i love to clean. especially when i have the house to myself. when i get to listen to something besides"kids fun 123" or disney music. (although i really do love disney music) when something i clean stays clean. i love the smell of a clean lemon fresh house. love it. my boys however do not. this has been a battle ever since drew was introduced to toys with a million little pieces. i have tried everything to try to get him to clean up. races. i always end up winning. weird. "the gobble monster" resulted in a terrified 3 year old who would not be left alone because a monster was coming in our house to eat his toys. (thanks mom!) threats. many many threats. the only thing that got me was a very upset little boy and an even more upset mommy. some of my ideas i thought were great. others i hope he never remembers and that i'll soon forget. but i found one that works. and it's genius. (yes, my head has gotten very big)
so the other day as i was going about my morning routine, i passed drew's room with toys everywhere. i called for drew to come and clean up. i got the usual response. out of nowhere it came to me. "ok just clean up the toys you want to keep! " drew comes running in. "mommy i want to keep ALL my toys!" "ok well then just put away the ones you're keeping." "ok mommy." wait. what? within minutes his room was spotless. not a toy in sight. we haven't had a problem since. and i fall asleep smiling. at last, i have out smarted a 4 year old.
As promised, here are some pictures. Lots of pictures. I think these pictures really show my kids personalities. It is fun to see how 2 kids from the same parents are sooooo different! If I were to try and describe Drew the first thing that comes to mind is sweet. He is the sweetest little boy! He is so thoughtful and considerate. He is very creative, and artistic. He is cautious in everything he does. I do think he is a little perfectionist. He knows how he likes things. I love him!
Indy, oh Indy. I think the pictures say it all. The first word that comes to mind when i think of Indy is funny. He makes me laugh so hard. He is a crazy little boy. Fearless. He has so much personality in that cute fat little body. He is a walking mess everywhere he goes. We know he is done with dinner when he takes his plate and smears it all over his face and hair. He's a curious little boy. Into EVERYTHING! And i wouldn't change a thing about him. I am one lucky mommy.