Monday, May 12, 2014

Acrobats, Lion Tamers and Fairy Floss Twirlers



Whilst driving Elk to my parents and Zeph + Pip to preschool the other morning I took a little second to asses my life, right there in the moment.

What a calamity. There we were, the four of us (the kids and I) strapped into our respective car seats and driving along some local winding streets.

Across the back of our Kluger we have 3 car seats, each heavily encrusted with sand, food and snot. The centre seat belonging to Zeph, sits on an awkward angle whilst the girls fit firmly and snugly against each door (which by the way, are covered in food smears and milk drips). The floor, which should allow me easy access to strap each child in, is literally covered in mountains of junk. Shoes, socks, empty wrappers, apple cores, pre school drawings, jumpers, swimmers and damp towels. The passenger seat is regularly piled high with groceries, my shoes, handbags and anything else I neglect to take into the house with me. In short, our car is a dump. It's disgusting.

Whenever it's necessary for my mother to enter it, I have pangs of anxiety at the though of her disapproval. It never inspires action though. So when such an occasion arrises, mum slips into the left hand side and gingerly places her feet on top of various piles of junk. She falters when trying to find a place for her handbag before I hurriedly thrust mine upon her lap.

Anyways, back to the calamity.


Zeph is chattering at a million miles an hour about everything and nothing whilst Pip stares calmly out the window and Elke uses her two hand to crinkle, crinkle, crinkle the ears of her elephant toy, singly contentedly as she does.

It's a circus.

Those children are acrobats and lion tamers and fairy floss twirlers. They are back seat bandits, weavers of magical fairy tales and desperately grubby. They have snot encrusted on the tips of their noses and their gum boots stink.

But as we were driving down those familiar roads I took a moment to cast my eyes back at those nutters and it was with a swollen heart and a sting in my eye that I returned my focus to the bitumen.

Crazy darling hearted individuals.

Don't ever change.

Just develop the skills to help me clean the car, k?

19 comments:

  1. Your car sounds like mine. Today I even left the door open, with the intention of taking everything out so it would look tidy (though then the house would just get messy, because who has time to put things away?!). But do you think I did? No. I just shut it again when it was time for the school run. Oh well. I often call the car an extension of my handbag, so it fits that's it's full of random crap.

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    1. I do that every day. 'oh, i'll just pop back out and collect the rubbish/food scraps/ groceries etc'…. the only thing it gives me is a flat battery!

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  2. Ahhh the car, I'm just beginning to realise it will never be the same again. I'm just happy right now that Tallow doesn't totally lose it when in the car, as she was in her early months. I can't even imagine what it's like with a circus in the back seat. I had a surreal moment last week, driving for the first time since Tallow was born, all alone. It was quiet, so peaceful and I could hear the radio. Oh the little things! Have a beautiful week lovely xx

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    1. I still get that feeling when I go out without the kids. It's like your brain fully comprehends that they aren't with you but your senses are left wandering/ wanting.

      x

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  3. Ha! The towels. They've been on the floor of the back of my car since Friday morning. Every time I hop out of the car, I think about grabbing them, but when you're already wrangling babies and toddlers and whatever other bags you have, the seem to be forgotten pretty quickly. This post reminded me though - so I'm going to duck out there in my pjs and grab them (straight after commenting of course).

    Ps your kids seem to parallel mine, Osc is always talking about nothing, Nora is often staring out the window and Iris is generally chewing on some chew toy.

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    1. ajajaj Im, do you find yourself secretly worried about the middle child syndrome? Such pensive little creatures.

      xx

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  4. my car sounds like your car...on occassions when necessary we empty everything into a spare wash basket and put it in the garage before running off to the next occassion event. I was cleaning out the garage the other day and found two jumpers (one of my 8 year old daughters and one of mine) that we had been looking for. Trust me it's worth dumping everything into a wash basket but putting it away in the same week otherwise like me you may never remember where you put those jumpers. Have a good week. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  5. I have a strategy I use with mine that you could try with Zeph. Little boys love to be big helpers. Trust me I have big boys now and these habits are important to start young! Mine take a laundry basket and fill it with everything that is in the car- boots, overdue school notes, prep art and craft, unwanted Maccas toys, pasta, chip packets, carrot ends...Then we sort n in the kitchen with the bin next to us and the rest gets put away as we have the time. The car isn't often clean but it does get emptied. My friend used to pay her son $7 for 7 minutes cleaning which was the length of time their hand vacuum would stay charged. I figure I pay mine in food and board so they do it for nix!

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  6. Sounds like the story of my life, but I've got one less child... x

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  7. Ha ha ha I adore this!! Ummm yep but you forgot the wet towels, swimmers and the copious collection of takeaway coffee cups. (lady needs her caffeine)
    Disgusting I know. I never want to grown up xx

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    1. totally forgot those but rest assured, they ARE there :)

      x

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  8. Your blog is a feast for the eyes. Beautiful. I am a mom of 9. Your pics make me long for the days when I had 3 teeny sized children. Soooo hard, that stage. Feels like it will never end. Your children are so blessed to have a mother like you who takes stunning pics to remember these days. Your family is beautiful.

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    1. love your pics... i can just imagine the car... enjoy the chaos, they grow up toooo fast
      erica
      pajamacasual.blogspot.ca

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  10. My car looks like that with only one babe! I also have a Kluger, gotta make sure you don't put anything too heavy on the passenger seat or the seatbelt alarm goes off!

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  11. شركة نقل عفش
    اهم شركات مكافحة حشرات بالخبر كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذلك شركة رش حشرات بالدمام ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة الجوهرة من افضل شركات تنظيف الخزانات بجدة حيث ان تنظيف خزانات بجدة يحتاج الى مهارة فى كيفية غسيل وتنظيف الخزانات الكبيرة والصغيرة بجدة على ايدى متخصصين فى تنظيف الخزانات بجدة
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام
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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em