It's like some mad kind of shell game... you get one settled, then another takes off in another direction. You get that one settled, then another pops out of their room to ask a very important question (while another one is trying to get your attention as well -- "Mom, do you know that cows have four stomachs?" No, I didn't. Get back in your room -- or tell me some very urgent thing that can not possibly wait until the morning -- "When I get biggah, I gonna wide in a heppa-copper an wave to you an Daddy an Punkin an Swee'Pea an all-body an shoot bad guys wif my guns on my heppa-copper an fy awoun' an...." Uh-Huh. Ok, that's nice Buddy. Get back in your room-- or to ask their sister a question -- "Hey, wanna be "twins" tomorrow...?" Get back in your room; you too, get back IN YOUR ROOM! Pouting and heavy drama is as much a part of our bedtime routine as getting on their pajamas.
And let's not forget the "Oh! I have to go potty!" (even though they just went five minutes ago) and the "I just want to get a little bit of water..." (even though they just drank the equivalent of small pond while brushing their teeth) to the point where we have threatened to take all their toys if they don't stay in bed. (And don't you know, when they're almost settled in bed, they always remember the toy they want in bed with them is downstairs in the playroom in the basement.)
Every night we tell the boy (after singing the Spiderman theme or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star TWO times (and God help you if you don't do it *exactly right*)) "Ok. Now. Good night. We love you. Remember, no getting out of bed unless you have to go potty. No drinking water, and no pestering your sisters or coming downstairs. Ok? Ok. Love you. Good night." Then I pray I can make it all the way down the stairs before I hear that one word uttered so quietly, yet clearly from any of the clowns... "Mommy....?" Which I know will get louder and more insistent (maybe waking up the other two children) and will just never stop until I go back up the stairs and address the source and have to start the "backing out of the room, maybe this time I can make it all the way down the stairs" process all over again.
That's why I think this clip is fantastic. Creative, funny, lyrical. Perfect. Watch it.
So, yeah. It's not just us. There's some comfort in that.
I'm thinking of playing this every night for my children... and for me.