Yesterday was Labor Day. It is supposed to be a day to rest from your labors but many people, like us, take the day to do projects around the house. The Doctor took the time yesterday to perform a labor of love for me. He cleaned out the inside of my van. I can't believe I'm actually showing this picture. I'm quite embarrassed. I decided it would do 2 things by me sharing. 1. Those of you who have a vehicle that resembles this know you are not alone. 2. those of you who manage to maintain a clean van can feel grateful yours does not look like this.....(GASP!!) This is the trash from our summer excursions. For some reason my children feel the need to throw everything on the floor instead of bringing everything out of the car. I'm usually in too big of a hurry and forget to remind them to bring it out. The Doctor started the cleaning around 8:30 AM and finished around 3:30 PM. That didn't even include washing the outside of the vehicle. When The Doctor does a project he makes sure it is done correct the first time. So, he hauled out all the trash, vacuumed the carpets, scraped all the gunk out from where the bench seats hook in, removed melted crayon, and shampooed the carpets. Cleaning the carpets is what took the most time. He had to do it about 4 times before the water resembled a clear brown over a murky muddy brown. Once it was transparent (still brown though) he determined it was good enough and he was never going to get the water crystal clear.
I'm happy to say my vehicle is now clean and we will no longer be eating in the car....at least for today and maybe tomorrow.