This is a short blog today.
The truth of the matter is, my kids are only with me for a short time. I don't want to look back on their childhood and say "wow, my house was clean." I want to look back and say "WOW! We had SO much fun that year."
Actually, there is a lot of noise in my house, but it is sometimes full of yelling, frequently full of the sounds of TV, video games and/or music. Then there is the constant sound of the dishwasher running (usually 2x a day) or the washing machine and dryer (most days...all day long), but most importantly there is the wonderful sound of laughter.
Here is a video that shows a typical evening in my house when all the kids are home. Here is a video of a dinner out. K4 and K6's birthdays are in the same month so Hard Rock Cafe set up a little competition for them. Or, how about this video just getting a hair cut... Yes, this really is typical of my kids.
Although, it is a bit crazy, hectic, messy and loud sometimes, (loud enough that grandparents tend to stay at hotels now when they visit) I know that I am giving my children the best gift I can give them. A happy childhood with siblings that they love to spend time with and connections that will last them a lifetime.