The kids can be so weird sometimes. Nicholai had to dry the dishes tonight, and as always he carried on until I told him that he was just being made to be helpful and to stop behaving like he was being sent to the gulag. I left the room, and when I came back Nicholai was still drying while Jericho sat in a kitchen chair pointing a water gun at him and shouting, “Ivan! Work! You will work, Ivan, faster!” in a this morning, to buy some organisational baskets for the shelves in Jericho and Soren’s cupboard, a powerboard, and some new knobs for their drawers. We also bought some Velcro for Emma’s curtain, and some potting mix and those little cardboard pots so I can split off baby plants from my succulents. We went to Petbarn too, since it across the carpark from Bunnings, so we could get some of Luna’s food. I laughed a lot while we were there, after Soren came up to me and asked, quite seriously, “When I graduate from high school, will you buy me a parrot? I’ll call him Squawky Walter and teach him to talk.”
We finished sorting out Jericho and Soren’s room today. That’s certainly a job and a half – I have no idea how they manage to create such a disaster so regularly. Anyway, for at least the moment everything is basically in place and I even vacuumed in there…will probably not be done again this year, but at least there is a moment when their room is tidy! It looks nice- none of the furniture matches, but really not one of the rooms in our house has matching furniture. I guess we just buy things as we need them and buy them from random places so ‘matching’ really isn’t a priority!
I put Emma’s curtain up for her this afternoon too. We bought some sew and stick Velcro, so I sewed one side to the fabric and the other just stuck to the door frame. It looks cute and she’s really happy with it. I offered to get Nicholai one for his room, since he also has no door (and actually can’t have a door because of the size of the room and lack of floor space) but he has declined. I suppose he’ll just have to continue to live his life out in the open.