Recently, I was discussing the latest bout of mischief the twins have gotten themselves into. This person proclaimed I needed to start a journal to track everything they have bent, broken, flushed, destroyed, obliterated, soiled. We have not spoken about it much on here, but I think the time has come. Devin & Dakota are mischief MONSTERS.
Some kids are accident prone. These two are pro-accident. If you take your eyes off of them for just one minute, they are inevitably doing something they should not be doing. It’s like an inherent trait they were born with. Or maybe it’s because it’s two of them. I can’t pin it. No one else with twins has expressed similar issues to us.
Here’s the rundown so far:
- iPad – We are now on our second iPad thanks to these guys grabbing a kitchen chair. Pulling it across the room to the counter. Grabbing the iPad and smashing it on the ground. Sidenote: I put the iPad out of it’s misery while trying to replace the screen with one of those “anyone-can-do-this-kits”. Anyone but me.
- Coffee Pot – Easter morning 2013, we are scrambling to get all the kids ready and out the door for our usual tour of Northern Illinois. Someone took eyes off these guys for two minutes and they pulled the chair over, grabbed the glass pot, and smashed it on the counter. Pieces of glass littered the counter and floor and nary a scratch on the them. After this, we decided to move the knives and anything else sharp/breakable off the counter.
- Fish Tank – The older two boys have a small 10 gallon fish tank they keep on a dresser in their room. The twins enjoy taking whatever they can find and stuffing it in the tank (shoes, diapers, toys, crayons). Which would not be so terrible if they weren’t removing the full hood (light on) and stuffing it into the water along with those objects. Electricity is not a concept I can express to them yet. We now need to close their door at all times.
- Marker tips – All kids are going to get ahold of markers/crayons and write on the walls. Ours are no different. But do yours eat the tips off of 14 of them in 90 seconds? Ya, didn’t think so. Twins ate the tips off of 14 non-scented markers. Luckily they were crayola and non-toxic. Sidenote: We never had to call poison control for Kayce or Conor. We have needed to call it 3 times for the twins.
- Toothbrushes – These two have lost more toothbrushes than you would believe. AND WE HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY ARE GOING! Except for one. They decided to throw it into the toilet, then Conor promptly decided to pee on it. That was fun fishing out.
People think they have an idea of what it is like to manage a brood of kids all at relatively young ages. You really can’t unless you’re living it. Our extended families get a glimpse at family events or visits to the house, but even they really can’t sympathize. I like to tell people my quiet and relaxation time is when I’m at work.
The last thing Dawn and I are looking for is a pity party. We are immeasurably thankful for the family we have become. Sure, 4 rambunctious boys 6 and under certainly gives you an appreciation for the quieter moments of the day. But I’m a nostalgia freak of sorts. It’s in my blood. Because of this, I realize how fleeting these times are. Some day I will be begging for the wild chases around the house when I get home from sitting in a 2+ hour daily commute. Or an impromptu bike ride. A push on the tire swing long past bedtime. In the end, these guys have supplied me with enough joy to make up for the most destructive and embarrassing moments.