Since last fall, all my kids during the day are toddlers except Izzy, and she's not the one making most of the mess. Toddlers are messy little punkin-heads, with their 1 minute attention spans and rare ability to stop and think about putting a toy away when it gets boring. Add to that the fact that one of them sleeps in our main living space and is a light sleeper, meaning I can't clean anything up during nap time. All of this adds up to a pretty substantial mess by the end of the day. A mess that needs to get cleaned up at night or my next day is ruined, because if the day starts off particularly messy then my mood isn't right and we all have a bad day. So I've been cleaning up in the evening.
Last night though we had a Christmas dinner with Spencer's dad's relatives about an hour away, which we left for immediately after work and didn't get home until 8:30. We got our sleepy children to bed and collapsed into an exhausted heap on the couch to watch a movie that Spencer had really liked and knew I'd like to. The movie was Warrior (click the link to get to the imdb site and click Watch Trailer) which I figured I'd like but had no idea just how much! Warrior unexpectedly jumped to my favorites list! It's thrilling, powerful, has some phenomenal fights, and still manages to tug on the old heart-strings. Tom Hardy's not bad to look at either. You might think because it involves MMA fighters there would be a lot of blood, but if blood makes you a little woozy don't worry, there's not much of it at all.
Anyways, after the movie was over it was so late and I was so depleted by the movie that I didn't have anything left to put into cleaning the house. Spence helped me get it a little bit presentable, I got the dishes taken care of, and I went to bed.
Of course things were a bit cluttered with toys when my first kiddo arrived at 7:15 but once my kids woke up and after I gave them a few minutes to relax and have breakfast, I put them to work. I told them they needed to have the upstairs picked up all the way and their room cleaned before they could go to the movie they had planned with Nana. That worked great! I was able to feed and change the baby and keep an eye on the 1-yr-olds while they did in 5 minutes what would have taken me 15 (actually more since while I would have been picking up, the toddlers would have been right behind me dumping more toys out.).
Moral of the story: See the movie Warrior because it is better than you might think, please and thank you. Also, sometimes it works to your advantage to put off till tomorrow what could be done today... just as long as you've got good little helpers with plans they don't want to miss out on later!