It's not that we mind having the boys around 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's just that we're terrible at planning things to do with them. The usual routine is to wake without any semblance of a plan, wait until they fray our nerves, and then yell at them to find something to do. When those tactics fail, we employ various new tactics. You can guess their effectiveness:
- "Josh, go outside and run around the house five times."
- "Josh, get some paper, sit down and write a list of the things you want to do today ... No, lunch does not count."
- "Matthew, if you aren't dressed by lunchtime, you're not getting lunch!"
- "Josh, I'm giving you a new chore. You need to open the shades every morning."
- "Josh, go count how many trees we have outside."
- "Matthew, get dressed!!!!"
- "Josh, before you can turn on the TV, you have to put away the clothes I fold ... No, don't throw them! Neatly!!!!"
- "Josh, go to Nathan's house!"
- "Matthew, you're not even dressed yet? ... Oh, I give up."