Family Circus

No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys. - Doug Horton

Saturday

Dirty Laundry Saved the Day

DH loves tossing the girls around on our bed. They deliberately climb onto the footboard of our sleigh bed (three feet off the floor), then after maintaining balance for a few moments, they take the Nestea plunge, falling backwards to land flat on our mattress, and then giggle hysterically. Rosie, after seeing how much fun her older sisters have, decides she'd like to share in the giggling fun. DH usually lifts her onto the footboard, then says, "Ready...Set...GO!" When he says, "GO!", he lifts Rosie and while still in the air, he positions her so that she will not bounce so violently that she ends up on the floor. On her head.

Recently, I've been getting rather behind in laundry. The hampers are overflowing. Okay, okay. Truth: I've emptied the baskets and separated the white/darks, which I have left in two piles on either side of our bed. Large piles. On the carpet.
Without any 'reminders' from DH, I began to feel guilty about letting the laundry (literally) pile up. I finally found time during Rosie's extended nap yesterday to start a load of laundry, then dry it and put it away. Still, the smaller piles of laundry stayed next to the bed into the evening.
DH got home relatively early in the evening, and has a tradition of 'Daddy Time' with our daughters. Generally, this time involves much grabbing, giggling, and pleas from our daughters to end the 'tickle torture'. Today, however, all three girls practiced their own version of the Nestea plunge. Halie went - I'd give her a score of 8, then Catie - surely a 9. Then Rosie attempted to perform her stunt without the safety net - DH was talking to Halie. As Rosie climbed, then plunged, her tiny 25 pound body caught some wicked air, and off the side of our queen-sized bed she went. DH and I both gasped as we watched the entire scene in s-l-o-w. m-o-t-i-o-n. Just as we both began to reach for Rosie, we realized she was not crying. Rosie was giggling! She was thrashing around in the dirty laundry. Turns out that the pile of darks had saved the day.

CAST & CREW

Erin: 31, Emcee. Witty redhead, handy with a whip.

DH: 30, Strong Man. Comedian, defender of virtue.

Halie: 7, Chimpanzee. Pulls teeth, loves bananas.

Catie: 5, Leaping Lemur. Gentle and cuddly, loves grapes.

Rosie: 2, Cappuccin. Flings poo, loves carrots.

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