Kudos to all those families out there with more than four kids (why I pick four as my breaking point, I have no idea but it seems to work!).
In the last 24 hours, the number of kids in my household has doubled from the usual screaming three to SIX! Yes, you heard it, six!
Family emergency comes up, of course I'll watch your kids. How much work can it be?
I had a plan, I told all the kids that we would be operating on the buddy system in case we went anywhere, that way I wouldn't lose anyone. I told them that we would be organized and strict and that our home would run like a well-oiled machine if we did this.
I am such a fool.
I didn't take into consideration the actual time it takes to prepare six kids for bed, supervise six sets of teeth being brushed, tuck in six kids and bring six glasses of water (because we all know that going to bed around these parts can't be an easy affair, noooooo - we have to request EXTRA water and kisses because that's just how it's done) to six thirsty sets of lips.
These things take time.
It took me one whole hour to get them all in bed.
But now, now it's quiet.
I try to imagine what it would be like if they were all mine, how would I get it all done? How would I not overlook something important? How would I know if I did?
Tomorrow, while two are at school, I get to take the other four with me to meet a friend for lunch.
I have to be there by noon.
Cross your fingers for me.