Friday, August 29, 2008
Ha Ha HA
AOL just had a little article on the life span of things in the home. Obviously they weren't talking about large adoptive families. Take a look.
We once had a washer and dryer set that lasted 15 years. Of course that was when we only had about 5 kids.
Now it's rare for us to get through a year without replacing at least the washer or the dryer.
The stove? Well our last glass top stove lasted about 12 years, but for the last few years the oven door didn't shut all the way, and one burner didn't work.
Carpet or other flooring that lasts 16 to 25 years-Well, carpet make zero sense in our house. And sheet vinyl flooring-my kids rip it right off the floor in random pieces. We have hospital grade tiles in our family room. The kids dig until they get an edge up and then pull the tile off. My kids have even been known to crack ceramic tile laid of a concrete slab.
Windows? That's a big joke! My kids break windows like they break wind.
And that stuff that looks like brick facing...if we had that I'm totally sure that someone here would dig and pick until they got it off the walls or fireplace.
Sounds like I don't have any control over my kids, doesn't it? But that's simply not true. All my children are developmentally delayed, and a couple have ODD and wild behavior that we try to control with medications. But we'd have to have something that totally knocks out the two boys before we could guarantee that nothing would be torn apart or broken here.
It's a trade off. Kids that I dearly love, or a perfect house. The house loses every time.