Friday, March 28, 2008

Matthew the Great Helper

As kids grow older, they try to emulate what they see others doing. Unfortunately, this made my housecleaning day yesterday especially exasperating. Matthew was more than willing to help me the WHOLE DAY. Here are some excerpts from the day.

As I washed dishes
"Stop emptying my cupboards."
"Get out of the garbage."
After I swept and was getting the dust pan
"Oh, what a good boy sweeping . . . my sweeping pile all over the floor."
Cleaning the bathrooms
"Stop eating the soap."
"The toilet brush is not a toy!"
"That was a new bottle of shampoo!"
Folding the laundry
"Where is that pile of Joseph's shirts?" - Turns out Matthew was gathering laundry and I found them in the dirty laundry basket along with several socks and sundry articles of clothes that hadn't been folded yet
"Stop putting on those socks, I just matched them!"
"Get back here with all my hangers!"
"Matthew I need to vacuum there, move out of the way. Move out of the way. Don't sit down!"
Taking a break
"Matthew, how did you open all those help windows on the computer?"
Making beds
"Come back with my blankets!"
Finishing picking up the toys
"Who dumped out the crayons?"
Finished picking up crayons
"I just put those toys away."
Finished picking up toys
"Arrg! How did you reach those crayons!"
Finished picking up crayons Actually this time I was lucky because Matthew fell asleep under the table and hadn't done anything.

If only I could harness his powers for good instead of evil!


  1. If it helps any you were the same way. I had a helper with everything I did only you keep asking the question WHY? Even after the answer was given you would want to pursue it further with WHY? until I just didn't know the answer. It was hard then (I used that word because I couldn't spell the one you used) but now I can see that it was who you were. You don't just take the answer but want to know WHY it is so. It really was a good thing then and now. Just remember that with Joseph. He is a cute wonderful angel.

  2. I love how Mom naturally thought that it was Joseph causing you trouble, it was all Matthew right? Anyway, I have totally been there and can wait patiently until Ashton get to that point. So Funny the way you relate it though!

  3. That sounds so familiar!! It's fun to laugh at when it's someone else's kid. By the way, I have this strange feeling, like someone is watching my every move...

  4. PS, I don't have permission to read your blog so everytime I want to read it I have to sign in as Barlow

  5. That is so funny! I still see Matt as being so young (weird to see his name as Matt). I love how he feel asleep under the table because that is what I remember him doing all the time, falling asleep in the middle of the floor, in the high chair, etc.

  6. The true irony is that, by the time he's skilled enough to actually be a help around the house, he won't want to anymore. Darn kids!

  7. I wish Matthew had been around to help us clean out your freaking basement....just kidding. We were looking at Abe's family book the other day and I was saying how I missed seeing you guys! Glad you are coming soon!