Zach and Nik should be on their way home, and Alexander is off to Springfield again.
When I went down into the basement to wash a load of laundry, I discovered a load in the washer waiting to be dried, AND a load in the dryer waiting to be folded. One hour later I am folding laundry at the table while Amelia and Micah play nicely upstairs.
As I headed to the closet to hang Jamie's shirts, I saw that "playing nicely" meant taking all the clothes out of Amelia's dresser and piling them on Micah while he lays on her bed. So much for my efforts to fold everything neatly. I told her to put all of her clothes away and continued hanging t-shirts. This time when I came out of the closet she was just finishing up pushing a pile of clothes under her bed. Again I told her to put them all away neatly, and went downstairs to stir the chili.
Maybe I should have known better and actually put the clothes away with her. Not five minutes later I hear Micah: "ow ow ow, Meli-ahhh!" And then they came downstairs. Amelia saying, "oh pretty" and Micah wearing her pink jumper. It wouldn't have been so funny if he was not so proud of how good he looked. I resisted the urge to take a picture and just changed him back into his boy clothes.
And now I think they are brushing each other's teeth, again, so my five minute computer break is done! (When are my three wonderful teens getting home??)
Update: While I was folding the third load of laundry, Dante removed every wipe from the diaper wipe box--- one by one. After I put them all back in, I gave Dante a bowl of Ritz crackers. He decided to make them bite-sized by dumping them on the newly vacuumed floor and wacking the pile a few times with his toy. If I was organized enough to keep a log of his daily activities I would have to write him down for problem solving and fine motor skills practice!