How to tell your child needs more structure

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I was sitting just a few rows back from the front in church this evening.
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Cold Little Socks

Never assume things in the Mellix home are in the correct place. It is safer to begin with where did I last see them.

After working more on my closet organization (still not done but it’s going well) I walk into the kitchen for a drink. Upon opening the refrigerator I find a pair of Aaron’s red and grey striped socks on the bottom shelf. Interesting…

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I question my boys about the socks and surprisingly the sock owner was not the culprit!

Isaiah’s explanation:

“Aaron and I were playing a game. We were taking turns trying to shut each other in the refrigerator. I was getting cold so I stole Aaron’s socks. I forgot to take them with me when I got out.”

Well…okay then. Not shocking at all. Just another evening with the Mellix boys.

You Gots That Kinda Money?!?!?

Drive-thru speaker: “ok ma’am your total is $14.34.

(yelling out from the back seat)
Isaiah: “You gots that kind of money?”

Too early for me to even attempt to reply…

I pull up to the first window and hand the cashier my debit card.

(Whispering to his little brother in the back)
Isaiah: “If she gots that kind of money we could’ve got 13 toys from the dollar store.”

Note to self: work with him on grammar because if he says “gots” one more time I’m going to pull my hair out.

On the bright side I’m impressed that he understands he’s going to need extra money for taxes šŸ™‚

I don’t want to brush my teeth!

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I don’t want to brush my teeth!

He decided to come out when he realized the bathroom sink doesn’t stop by Dunkin Donuts on the way to school.

Fresh breath and super late. It’s Friday.

Random Cheese

Around my house you will always find evidence of the children. You can pretty much trace their steps. Dirty Ninjago underwear, empty goldfish bags and deadly sharp toys galore.

It’s the weird stuff that I find that really trips me out. The other day I walked into their bedroom to find Batman was being held captive.

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Tonight it was a multi-layer square of American cheese. I almost stepped on it in the living room.

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Who had this 6 layer square of cheese?

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Why did they just drop it and leave it behind? Was it not satisfying enough? Why not drop it off in the trash can before bed? How many slices of cheese were sacrificed to create this piece of debris on my floor? I can only imagine where I’ll find the plastic wrappers they were originally in.

After pondering these things for a bit I grab my phone so I can document the foolishness I’ve found.

Annoying yes…but what would life be without these dirty little love balls? Certainly less entertaining for sure. They bring us so much joy even if it comes in the form of having to laugh as I pick up multi-layer cheese on my way to bed.

God Is Making More Numbers

Driving home from church this morning I hear my boys in the backseat.

Aaron: 98, 99, 100… What comes after a hundred?

Me: 101, 102…

Aaron: 101, 102, 103…What is the last number?

Me: There isn’t a last number. We just say infinity. Numbers go on and on forever.

Isaiah: yeah…God is building more numbers.

Aaron: No he’s not! He’s busy fighting the devil.

Isaiah: Yes He is!

Aaron: Mama! What is God doing?

Me: God is taking care of everything that needs to be done.

Isaiah: told ya..He’s building more numbers.

Me: (Just a few more exits and I’m jumping out of this car!)

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Stylebook Picture layout (fail)

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Pinterest photo of how to photograph clothing for My Stylebook app. I have the Android version – MyDressing app.

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My photography skills need some work…

I found it worked much better when I hung the items up on the back of my closet door.

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Still working on capturing everything. I’m very excited about my new organizational tool!!

Why can’t you read my mind?

Aaron: “Mama why didn’t you buy me a Magneto toy for Christmas?”
Me: “Did you ask for one?”
Aaron: “No.”
Me: “How was I supposed to know?”
Aaron: “I said it in my mind.”
Me: …
Aaron: “so…can you go get me one?”

Silence until he walks away…

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Mom’s “day off”

laundryI didn’t go to work today. In my world that means I didn’t report to my “official” place of employment but replaced those labor hoursĀ with things that desperately needed to be done at home. Anyone else take days like these?

After I dropped Boogy off at school I stopped by Bojangles and picked up two football shaped Bo Berry biscuits and a large Pepsi. Breakfast of Champions… check! I came back to the house where my husband and youngest son were still getting ready. Actually, Aaron was already dressed. He is four and can get completely dressed down to his shoes super quick if he knows there’s a chance he can play Xbox. So I sat down on the couch eating my sugar filled breakfast while Aaron told me all about his current standings with Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Before I was done he had defeated Dr. Doom and was moving on to find Galactus.

Once they left I sat down at the keyboard to practice. One might ask if this falls under the “desperately needs to get done” category. No…not at all. This would be categorized as procrastination Level 10. I’ve already avoided my job and now I’m playing…I mean “practicing” the keyboard. I have learned a little bit though. I can play a few chords from watching this really good YouTube tutorial. If you’re looking to learn how to play worship songs on the guitar or keyboard I’d recommend this guy. It’s under the name Acoustic Selection.

45 minutes later…

Sugar has kicked in and my fingers hurt. Moving on to the laundry. I completed maybe 6-7 loads today. Is there an end to it…ever? My biggest issue concerning laundry around here is towels. Why do boys/men feel like once they have dried off the towel is no longer going to work without being washed again? I wonder what they think the towel bars in the bathroom are for.

I balanced our checking account. That was fun.

I went out and paid a few bills and got myself some lunch. When I got back home I started working on my new organizational tool I downloaded the other day. It’s called MyDresssing app. I have an android phone so it’s the closest thing I could find to the iphone’s Stylebook app. It’s awesome! The app is a virtual closet organizer. You take pictures of everything including your accessories so you can organize all of your outfits. I love it so far! Now I can see exactly what I have and when I go shopping I have a reference guide. My pictures are not that great. I tried to follow the instructions I saw on Pinterest but it didn’t go very well. I’ll post some examples of that soon.

I went grocery shopping and then picked up the kidsĀ a little earlier than I would have if I went into the office today. I had time to prepare a real dinner and there was no stressing and rushing around to get it all done. I can’t do it often but I feel so much better at theĀ end of my “days off”.