We do a lot of work on our house, and I don’t mean work like re-painting a room or replacing a faucet. I mean like ripping off half of our roof.
Sometimes, when we have our child sequestered in a jumperoo over looking the neighborhood through our non-existant roof, and I’m climbing a ladder moderately pregnant, DanO and I look at each other and think “we must be crazy”. And sometimes, the child in the jumperoo looks at us like that, too.
Sometimes, when our living room is a battle field of shelving units waiting to be installed, we pass the parenting time by turning shelf-backing into race car ramps.
Sometimes the boys get to participate and although it may impact our pace, it is worth it to include them and watch their excitement at the opportunity.
Sometimes, though, they have to wait it out.
Sometimes my children play with shop-vacs and ladders because, really, who would play in the room in the house entirely dedicated to toys when they could play in with shop-vacs and ladders? As a result, we have a house rule that kiddos can only go as high as the second ladder rung. We have lots of strange household rules.
Sometimes we have rules about things, and other times we hand our oldest a (legit) hammer and pry bar and say “Hey. Make yourself useful. Rip out some flooring, would ya’?”
Dude doesn’t skip a beat.
Sometimes I cringe as my boys crawl around on plywood subfloor or are tickled by work gloves, but never once have they seemed to care or even notice.
Sometimes I think (know) that we are absolutely, positively, certifiably crazy for tackling all of the projects we do with two toddlers under foot.
But always I am amazed by how much joy and fun we find in this dusty, busy, construction-filled adventure we are on.
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