Smelly Socks: A day in the life of boys

By Anita Spisak
Dec. 27, 2012 at 6:27 a.m.

Soldiers ready for battle.

Soldiers ready for battle.

7:05 a.m.: Time to wake and stretch. Adam contemplates playing with his Legos and starts building a ship. He is, however, distracted by Charlie, who has now burst into his room with two swords and two shields and is challenging him to fight. The battle continues as they run up and down the upstairs hall trying to get away from each other, and thus, waking me up in the process.

7:24 a.m.: The battle is over as Adam and Charlie have defeated the bad guys and are now on to crashing trucks in the living room.

8:25 a.m.: "Mama, can we watch TV?" Yes, I reply. In the background I hear the music to the TV show "Johnny Test." But wait, that station gets switched and now Sensei Wu is taking to the Ninjas on "Ninjago," while the boys, Adam lying on the couch and Charlie sitting on top of the coffee table (yes it's a sturdy one), are entranced by whom the ninjas are fighting in this episode.

8:31 a.m.: "Mama, I'm hungry." Breakfast is being made, but they are trying their hardest to sneak in a Reese's peanut butter cup or a chocolate chip cookie or a piece of apple pie made the night before. I try to finish making breakfast but keep getting sidetracked. Finally, they are happy with some raisins as an "appetizer" before breakfast.

9:01 a.m.: Breakfast is done. Twenty minutes later, I hear, "Mama I'm hungry, can I have a snack?"

9:45 a.m.: The boys have now retreated into the living room to set up a fort for their army guys. There is a Fisher Price castle, two big green army tanks, three cardboard boxes and about 75 plastic soldiers positioned in places like underneath the rug or on top of the window sill. They are on a mission to storm the castle and save the princess. Well at least there's a girl in there somewhere.

10:35 a.m.: "Mama, I'm hungry. Can I have a snack?"

11:45 a.m.: Time to prepare lunch. The order for today is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or ham and cheese sandwiches. All are being eaten while watching "Scooby Doo." Once those are done, it's time to get the swords out again and run around my kitchen, living room and dining room chasing each other and screaming, "Got you!"

1 p.m.: Charlie is headed for a nap, and Adam is now bored for the next two hours, alternating between building the next big pirate ship or castle, playing games on the computer or going outside and being bored, but the way I see it, is that at least he's getting some fresh air and sun.

3 p.m.: Little brother has awoken and manages to get himself dressed although the underwear always seems to end up on backward. Now, the boys are ready for an afternoon snack of hot cocoa and a cookie. The sugar seems to ramp them up, so now, it's on to the basement to strategically place another set of army guys in hideout spots where they will sit until someone steps on them in a couple of days.

4:45 p.m.: "Mama, I'm hungry can I have a cookie?" Mind you dinner will be ready in 45 minutes. My answer is no.

5:35 p.m.: Dinner. Some is eaten; most is not. What can I say?

7:30 p.m.: Bath time. The nice thing about having two children of the same gender is that you can give them a bath at the same time. The bathtub is full of toys; some submarines, a diver, a plastic Nemo and a car are thrown into the mix.

8:15 p.m.: Books about trucks, ninjas and "The Berenstain Bears" are being read. There's one last attempt at "Mama, can we sleep together. We promise we won't giggle or tickle each other." Again, my answer is no.

9:14 p.m.: Ahhh ... peace and quiet. At least until 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Anita lives in Chicagoland with her husband, two boys and two dogs one of which is a girl. Email Johanna Bloom or Anita Spisak at



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