Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Putting the Stuff Back in Nature

We don't have a huge house, but we have enough room for all of our stuff, even if the stuff doesn't always get put back where it's supposed to go. And now that we have three kids, we have a lot of stuff. All of that stuff multiplies the level of chaos in the house exponentially. I believe that if the kids' stuff wasn't laying around all over the place, the level of chaos would be just a faint murmur on the chaos-o-meter. But the kids' stuff is laying around all over the place, just waiting to be stepped on, kicked, or chewed on by the dogs, and so the level of chaos runs high. I suppose that we could all work more diligently at cleaning up after ourselves, but I think the best way to minimize the chaos would be to buy a bigger house. Then, even if the stuff was still laying around, at least we would have room to build pathways through it all by shoving it out of the way with our feet. Big ol' houses are pretty cheap nowadays, aren't they?

Instead of moving into a bigger house, for the next three days at least, we are moving our three children and our two yippy dogs into a much, much smaller house. Like, say, 8 feet by 6 feet. Yes, you guessed it, we are going camping for the first time as a family of five; seven if you count the mutts. And, by the looks of the mountain of gear that is piled up by the door, waiting to be packed into the minivan, we are taking most of our stuff with us. We even put the car-top carrier that came with the van back on the roof so we can bring more stuff with us. It is sure to be crammed full, and we'll need every square inch of the inside of the van, too. I can envision our dogs vying to sit on my shoulders as I drive down the road, because they can't find a place to sit. It's safe to put dogs in a car-top carrier, right? I think I just found a reason to leave it on all the time!
No dogs were hurt in the writing of this blog post.

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