Saturday, September 1, 2007

Simulation:Putting 40 children to bed

I feel a lot more involved this year in the every day runnings of things, and am currently working on implementing a consistent bedtime routine...and it's tough getting 40 kids into bed, let me tell you! If you ever wanna try a simulation of bedtime here try this....get 15 kids under 3, 14 between 3and 5, and 7 between 5 and 12...then put all the ones under 2 in bed(after you change them of course!), all the while ensuring that everyone else has not overturned the water cooler and have not gone for an evening swim! Then, get all the little girls to the kitchen for a glass of water and attempt to have them drink the water with their mouths not their shirts, if you know what I mean! Send them all to the bathroom with one toilet and 10 potties, and pray that there is toilet paper so you don't have to leave and run for the key to get toilet paper! Once eveyone has done their duty and, get them to wash up and brush their teeth. One you have saved the toothpaste from being eaten at least 5 times, send all the little girls to bed.
Next, gather all the little boys who are by this time driving one nanny or another crazy, and get them watered, all the while keeping your eyes open for any wandering little girls!
Line the boys up and "march" to the bathroom, where once again they share 1 (Yes one) toilet...keep in mind that most of the boys are older and are not cool with using a potty! Oh, and many of them have not yet mastered the whole "aiming" thing...don't think you need more details than that! In the midst of all this there are 10 babies crying as they settle in for the night! Once everyone has used the toilet, get them all to wash up and brush their teeth(if they can find the toothbrush that someone else likely scrubbed something with earlier in the day) and shoo them down the hallways to bed. Double check to make sure you got everyone out of the playroom, and begin tucking everyone in...oh, and have I mentioned that at least 5 of them don't have a sheet on their bed and you need to go and find one and fix up their bed and get them back into it...oh and that 4 of the two year olds have decided to take an evening stroll!! After you kiss 40 little cheeks and think that things are done for then evening, you hear someone calling you and telling you that their ear hurts and that one of the babies in their room is vomiting...there is always something!!!
And just think, it was crazier than this before!! and However, they are learning the routine, and learning that they need to obey me, so in time I know that it will be much easier!

Things are going well...I had an awesome nap yesterday despite a few little knocks on my door to tell me that so-and-so had done such-and-such, and others just checking to see if I was actually nice of them!! ;)

We've got some kinda sickness going through the babies right now...a fever and such...a few have some heat rash...we could use your prayers that it gets through everyone and gone sooner than later!