These pictures don't do it justice. I ruined an entire load of laundry yesterday. Technically, the black dry erase marker that Austin had in his pocket ruined an entire load of laundry yesterday. That's right! I tried everything I could think of to get it out, but it was already set. After the third run-through, and none of the ink had even faded, I decided it was time to just let it go. Nothing was spared. The damage included, but was definitely not limited to: All of Austin's school pants (except the ones he wore that day), every outfit Paige wore the past week (I shed some tears over a cute pink skirt and a soft-pink horse outfit), a shirt and pair of pants that Macy had worn once, a Sunday dress, along with several pair of pajamas & underwear (which we kept because it doesn't matter if you have ink all over you when you are asleep or if you are wearing it under your clothes).
Greg was amazing and reminded me that we can replace everything. He was good to laugh and not get mad at me (or Austin). Shockingly, I didn't even yell at Austin. I just explained that we need to be more careful about checking pockets - both he and I. Probably the main reason I didn't get angry is because I felt like I should check his pockets when I was putting the load in. I checked a few, and there was nothing in them, so I got lazy and rushed to just "get it done." I've been praying that I will be more in tune with the Spirit and recognize the voice of the Holy Ghost. Well, if I can't even listen when He tells me about laundry, how am I going to listen when someone really needs some help! Guilt and frustration!
It was an awfully expensive lesson as I replaced about $150 worth of clothes today (a lot of clothes that they have only been wearing for about a month). That sounds like I went crazy on the spending, but everything I bought was on sale. There were several pair of pants in that load (which generally cost more than shirts), and since it was mainly kids clothes (Greg and I both lost only one shirt each), the clothing was smaller and there were a TON of pieces of clothing in that load. Seriously, it was almost all of the clothes that all three kids wore the entire week. That is expensive! Arghhh!
Deep breath...Moving on...