Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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Why is Lucas huddled up on the couch hiding you ask?????

Because yesterday I got "Frank" out

Yes, my children have named our vacuum cleaner "Frank"


yes, Lucas is scared of it.


Perhaps because he has encountered "Frank" too few times in his 2 years.

When you only encounter a loud machine on rare occasions, I guess it can be quite scarey.

Let's face it, I try to keep the house relatively clean and picked up, but it is difficult with 2 little ones around. Seems like I clean something only to find it dirty again within the hour. But I really want to do better.


I decided to set my kitchen timer to go off every 3 hours throughout the day. When the alarm sounds, I will clean for 15 minutes. It can mean sweeping the floor, cleaning the bathrooms, etc ( regular household chores like washing the dishes and doing the laundry don't count). I'll let you know how it works in a few days.

You won't believe this timing, but the alarm just sounded!

Off to scrub a toilet!

By the way, if you don't know who Frank is, you probably don't have a little boy (or girl) in your house. You'll have to rent Disney's Cars...it's actually really cute!



  1. Oh, this one touched my heart. My daughter (now 12 and very much a pre-teen) dubbed the vacuum "va-a-boom" when she was just learning to talk. She was petrified of the vac-a-boom, and the noise that ensued. I sincerely hope that your little one can come to grips with Frank, and learn to wield him against the dreaded dustbunnies, as my daughter has! :-)

  2. There will come a day when Lucas will make more noise than Frank, I'm sure. What a great housework idea kind of like a time out (ya punishment)lol.

  3. thank you! it's all my friends supporting me... if i can keep it up, i'll be rather thankful. :)

  4. Aww, poor guy! Great idea on the timer, good luck with your cleaning. :)

  5. Well - I won't tell my hubby about this post - he'll be the one setting my alarm for every 15 minutes. I try to vacuum every other day, but when the boys were little it didn't happen that often - maybe once a week if we were lucky. It is frustrating cleaning only to have magazines, clothes, slippers etc all over the place in 1/2 an hour.