Saturday, January 19, 2008

HELL-O

I do a lot of laundry.

I have gotten to where I expect Courtney and Chloe to put away the laundry - that is their job.

The other night I instructed the both of them to put away two baskets of laundry that were sitting in our upstairs hallway, before they went to bed.

Do you think they put away these two baskets of laundry?

Uh ... No.

So ... the next night, after they got home from their basketball game, Chloe came into my room and I said, "Thanks for putting away the laundry last night, like I asked."

She said, "Did you put one of them away?"

I didn't answer.

She then just kept on rambling and said, "I got up in the morning and one of the baskets was gone and I thought 'Did I do that in my sleep'" and she laughs. "I thought, 'Hey, I'm cool.'" Then she went on to say, "Courtney asked me if I put one of them away and I said, 'I think I did - in my sleep,'" and she laughed again - truly believing this craziness could really be possible (what is the matter with their brains?).

I didn't tell her that I put away one of the baskets - she knows I must have. Either that or she really believes that she did do it in her sleep - because she is so cool that way - and has magical nocturnal powers ... (*HELL-O - IS THERE ANYONE IN THERE?*).

On the upside ... I didn't really put away the other basket - I merely moved all the laundry into ONE basket, because I needed the basket in the laundry room (*throws head back and lets out a wicked laugh*). They still have the exact same amount of clothes to put away as they did to start with. HELL-O, WHAT DO THEY THINK I AM ... A PUSH-OVER?

67 comments:

Summer said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Good for you!!

HRH said...

Love the title "HELL-o" in relation to laundry.

Karen MEG said...

Your girls are too funny! Paranormal behaviour, maybe if they think it, it will happen.
My mom ruined a lot of my clothes when she did my laundry when I was a teen, so I ended up doing my own. Wonder if she did it on purpose ... hmmmmm.

Amy said...

HaHAhaHAhaha.
Good for you consolidated the laundry!
Hmmmm, I wonder what chores I'm going to get done in my sleep!

My Goodness said...

LOL! They'll never be as smart as mama!!

Eileen said...

I love this!!! Laundry has become my life, and getting my girls to pitch in is such a constant battle. Perfect Kellan!! Your my new hero!
XOXO

Dawn said...

The excuses for not doing work just keep getting better the older they get, don't they.

Sharon said...

Sneaky, very sneaky.
I thought maybe you had taken their clothes out and hidden them. Then you could have told your daughter she must have misplaced them during her sleep walk. :)

bermudabluez said...

hahahahahaha!! Good Job Kellan! You are a super hero!!

familymclean said...

Oh, gosh that is too funny! You are wicked....in a really smart mommy kind of way!

multipleblessings said...

*lol* Too funny!

I have mine trained. My oldest three (ages 6, 8, and 10) all fold and put away their own laundry. My four year old folds and puts away the cleaning rags... She'll start her clothes when she is 5. :D

Tot's Mom said...

You are really wicked! BUT, I'll do the same if I'm in your shoes and quietly have my last laugh. :)

baby~amore' said...

very sneaky but smart - don't mess this mum *snigger*
thanks for the vote ... off to vote for you 1

Kylie in Warsaw said...

LOL! Funny...I too have 4 children (no twins though, at least not yet;). I do have a 13 year old daughter, who also never puts away laundry, so I totally get you!

Pam said...

Good for you! That is an awesome plan....I'm in awe of your mom powers!

pb&j in a bowl said...

Sounds like a plan to me. If I didn't put away my laundry/shoes/etc like my mom asked me to, she would hide it and then when I needed it, she would charge me money or extra chores. It only happened a few times- I'm a quick learner

Happy Days said...

hahahah! I love it!

Jessie said...

Funny! Now, I wish I had those nocturnal powers to wash, fold, and put MY laundry away :)

Have a great weekend mama!

Jodi said...

seriously, what is with the laundry? i only have two kids and it's like the stuff multiplies... love your stories...

kim-d said...

Ahhhh...the confidence/arrogance of 15, huh? Put away the laundry in her sleep! The very best part of the confidence/arrogance of 15 is that they don't see any farther than their own noses, so don't even realize that you don't have "stupid" tattooed on your forehead! Which means, when you decide to get your "Mama Retaliation" THEY WILL NEVER EVEN SEE IT COMING!!!! That, my dear friend, is priceless. Good thing they are cute and funny as all get-out, huh? Yet another great story! I SO look forward to coming here every morning!

InTheFastLane said...

Excellent! I still put everyone's laundry away except Violet's. And is her basket still sitting full in her room today? Yes. And is today the day I am going to do all the laundry again? Yes. To bad she doesn't have a twin...or not.

Mary Alice said...

Not a pushover at all --- but I highly seasoned MOTHER. Never mess with the highly seasoned mother.

Amy said...

i love her if i "think" it, it must have happened right? mom is too smart for that. hopefully some day they'll figure out your tactics and be able to use them on their children. 'til then you will always be one (or two or three....) steps ahead. cheers to a smart mom!

Kami said...

Oh my gosh... (*HELL-O - IS THERE ANYONE IN THERE?*)... Can't. stop. laughing.

It is fun to mess with their little minds a bit isn't it...

Moohoohahahahahahah!

Karen said...

Bwahahaha! That is great. So which of them will put away the "one" remaining basket?

Brittany said...

yes... they believe we are pushovers... I know Adam believes I am one... usually because I am. sigh. I need to grow some mommy balls. ;) ahaha.

wheelsonthebus said...

We don't fold the laundry. Makes it easier to put away!

Emily

Melissa said...

Oh mom, your just to smart!! (insert evil laugh here)

Maria said...

Oh, I thought you were going to say that you put it away. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one with laundry problems! Hell-o!

Joanna said...

You're good! This is why I'm bowing and paying homage to the master. :D

Jodi said...

I'm eviley laughing with you! I'm glad you didn't put them away.

LunaNik said...

I love this friggin' blog so much! Not only is it fun to read, but I'm also getting an amazing education on how to trick your children into becoming responsible adults!

Valarie said...

LOL! Oh my Kellan, that is so funny. I love that you didn't really put any of the laundry away, but I love even more that your daughter thinks she did it in her sleep! :)

Nicki said...

That's funny! I make my seven year-old put away his laundry too! I leave it laying on his bed for him so he has to put it away before he can go to sleep.

my wonderful men... said...

That is a good one, they think they have only one basket to put away, not! it's still two, ha!
Way to go mom.

Angela said...

That totally deserves a wicked laugh. Go you for combining them and then not saying a word when the girls didn't notice! That is totally awesome! Have a great day!

Sheri said...

I have been trying to pull up your blog for days!
That was a good one.

Em said...

I cant even imgine how much you do, nevermind laundry! Shame there are no fairys that come and do it for you!

joan said...

I love your wicked laugh! Hah, that'll teach them to try and outsmart the Mom. Funny girls!

Are You Serious! said...

That's awesome... Laundry is a terrible chore! :)

Susan said...

I love it when we outsmart our kids.

Kathryn said...

HaHA! You are so smart! Kids never fully understand the genius of their parents. It is such a great little secret, isn't it? ;)
I wonder what I do in my sleep.

carrie said...

The boys have had the same two piles of freshly laundered, folded clothes, waiting for them to put away - for TWO DAYS.

I want to pull my hair out.

kimmy said...

Great story...I'll have to remember that one!

Kimmy

Beth said...

You are brilliant and evil...I love it!

Regina said...

LOL! Too funny!

Bavani said...

hahaha
that's hilarious :) - I never expected the twist at the end with you transferring the clothes hahaha

La La said...

Love your sense of humor! Love those girls, too.

Keep the stories coming!

Blessings to you.

Mo said...

That's so sneaky (and smart!) to transfer it all into one basket! When the girls are older, I bet they'll hate laundry. Right now, they like it. Miss J had me write down a set of directions on how to do laundry so she & her sister can do it themselves...I can only enjoy it while it lasts...lol

JCK said...

You sly fox of a mommy, you. I'm writing all these ideas down, you know. For future reference.

Bastet said...

Very creative...keep them guessing. My husband is actually guilty of this...any advice for him putting his clothes away? LOL!

mommy (gina) said...

lol- you have to stay one head of them! my daughters would probably go as far as to argue with me that they HAD put the basket away in their sleep and didn't have to do anymore.

Angela said...

A wonderful power.
Laundry just never ends

Val Cox said...

amazing what goes on (or not) inside the brain of a teenager, too funny!

Hetha said...

I can't even begin to imagine how much laundry you must do for a family of 6. You deserve an award!

tommie said...

what a fantastic idea! Love it, I'll have to remember it down the road.

Andrea said...

I am SO laughing out loud right now (and I rarely do that, so you know it's funny!!).

I think I love your kids!

Shellie said...

Oh, yes! Love the picture by the way. I could write volumes about the laundry but I will spare you. So, can't twins do paranormal stuff though? :) Love your little secret...

Family Adventure said...

So....have they put it away yet??

Heidi

frog ponds rock... said...

Oh Kellan, I have just thrown back my head and LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND LAUGHED..... you are

Truly Brilliant Woman!!!!

cheers Kim xxx

Lisa said...

I just taught Goosey how to fold washcloths yesterday. She was so proud & ran to Hubby to tell him what a helper she is. I guess I better enjoy it now, huh?

Jen said...

Oh laundry! I don't mind laundry except for the putting away. The rule at our house is that everyone must put away their own. But my challenge is that DD sees all the clean clothes and thinks "I must wear that" about every outfit, so instead of putting them away, she tries them all one, and then leaves it in a big heap in her room...

Melek said...

once, my mom went to evening church service, leaving me and my 14 or 15 year old sister and i (13 or 14 at the time) at home. we were supposed to do the dishes before we went to bed. and of course, we didnt. so when she got home, after we'd gone to bed, and saw the unwashed dishes, she hoofed it upstairs yelling "GIIIRRRLSSS!!! GET UP AND DO THESE DISHES!!"

and it was late for us. like 11pm or so. and we got right up and did the dishes. never left them overnight again either. maybe you should try that tactic :)

Stacie said...

hahaha. you are a smart mom!!!

I love the cartoon that goes with this post!

girlymom said...

You are great Kellan- just too much! My Lolo was asked to bring stuff upstairs that was on the steps...by this I meant put it away. Nope, she literally walked it up the steps and plopped it on the floor up there. Hell-o!! Looks like you're telling me this isn't going to change! Yippee.

bren j. said...

Oooh....that is GOOOOD! I'm gonna remember that.

Patti said...

Oh you are WAY too smart for them! I am taking a page from your book

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