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2015
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Broken Dryer and a Clothesline

line of tshirts drying on clothesline

Laundry is one of my least favorite household chores. It’s never-ending, multiplied by six. It turns out, laundry without a functioning dryer is flat-out ridiculous.

My dryer decided to quit blowing hot air Sunday in the middle of a giant load of jeans with another large load of clothes in the washing machine. I know there are far worse problems to have, but I was annoyed.

A call Monday morning to a repair man ended with an appointment on Wednesday to have the dryer inspected leaving me with loads of wet clothes and hampers full of dirty laundry. I regret turning a blind eye to the laundry situation in the house a few days earlier.

I channeled my grandmother and strung a rope across the deck in the backyard to air dry the wet clothes. I scrounged in drawers for clothespins which I use to hang school art work on a wire in the basement. The clothesline wasn’t quite long enough and a few pieces of clothing hung from the basketball hoop.

bowl of clothespins

Our children are on spring break and one would have thought I had given them quite the treat. The boys talked about life on the prairie. I had more help than needed. Someone was on the deck checking the laundry constantly. They bickered about who could do the clothespins and carry in the dry clothes.

A gentle breeze had the clothes flapping. Our 8-year-old begged me to take photos of the first load drying on the line. He claimed it made the house feel homier. He was also caught sniffing the dry clothes because they smelled just like mountains.

The kids persuaded me to wash more clothes just so we could keep using the clothesline. They’ve asked for sheets to be washed and dried on the line. The failing of the dryer, while inconvenient and annoying for me, was an opportunity to talk with the kids about what to do when modern conveniences fail. We slowed down and enjoyed a healthy dose of perspective.

The loss of a dryer, which I assumed would make my workload more difficult, actually engaged the kids into helping with the task at hand. It might be the only time I’ve deemed laundry fun.


 
Our Last First Lost Tooth
By     |    Mar 25, 2015
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Our Last First Lost Tooth

Last week I noticed our five-year-old’s bottom teeth looked crooked. I assumed molars were making an appearance and crowding the front teeth. A few days ago, she asked me to touch one of her bottom teeth. What I thought was a crooked and firmly planted tooth was actually a wibbly, wobbly tooth trying to vacate its spot. She was excited. I was appalled. How dare our baby girl loose a tooth? While something exciting was happening in her world, a... [Read More]

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Cleaning, Rearranging and Clearing Clutter
By     |    Mar 23, 2015
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Cleaning, Rearranging and Clearing Clutter

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St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Mischief
By     |    Mar 17, 2015
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St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Mischief

I’m a sucker for fairy tales, unicorns and magic. The wave of a wand, pixie dust and true love’s kiss were the root of my dreams as a little girl. Daily life  can be harsh, unforgiving and difficult to navigate. I try to fill childhood at our house with a little bit of magic and wonder. Our house has hosted a wee mischievous leprechaun for quite a few years. She makes an appearance while we sleep March 16. There’s always... [Read More]

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Home State Team: Wyoming Cowboys
By     |    Mar 16, 2015
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Home State Team: Wyoming Cowboys

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Cub Scout Pinewood Derby 2015
By     |    Mar 14, 2015
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Cub Scout Pinewood Derby 2015

One of the highlights of Cub Scouts for my boys is the annual Pinewood Derby races. Last weekend was our sixth year of pinewood derby madness. Craig and the boys work for weeks stealing time here and there to design and create their cars. Craig is far more patient with the kids than I am. He’ll painstakingly explain again and again proper tool uses and techniques. He’s always willing to try just about any crazy idea the boys can imagine.... [Read More]

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Case of the Missing Car Keys
By     |    Mar 10, 2015
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Case of the Missing Car Keys

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Learning More than Teaching
By     |    Mar 6, 2015
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Learning More than Teaching

I’m certain when our last child moves out of the house, years from now, that I will have learned more from them than what they learned from me. Over the last 12 years, I’ve learned more about myself from mothering than any self-reflection exercises I ever attempted. I have a better handle on my strengths and weaknesses. The parts of my attitudes and habits I don’t necessarily enjoy about myself have been magnified with parenting. I’m quick to anger and... [Read More]

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Parenting with Dr. Seuss
By     |    Mar 2, 2015
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Parenting with Dr. Seuss

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