(Now I know you're really not supposed to prune a rose bush until it's done blooming, but mine had a lot of dead growth that needed to be cut away.)
To Prune a Rose Bush
1. Gather pruning shears, gloves, and rubber boots. Call out, "C'mon, kids! Let's go outside."
2. Help kids find (and put on) their shoes.
3. Make 1-2 snips with the shears and realize Elizabeth is throwing flowers, mulch, and dirt from the flower bed into the yard.
4. Call out, "Elizabeth! You don't touch Mommy's flowers!"
5. Make a couple more snips. Realize the sun is now shining directly on the baby's legs; adjust the sun shade on his baby seat.
6. Call out, "Elizabeth! I told you to leave Mommy's flowers alone." Walk over to porch, get her toddler wagon, and show her how to pick clover and put it in her wagon. "See? Now you can be just like Mommy!"
occupied." Walk to house, take off boots, make quick lunch for girls to eat outside, put boots back on, walk back to rose bush, adjust baby's shade, and make another snip.
9. "Elizabeth!" (more like a groan this time) "I think it's nap time. Everybody in the house." Get everybody down for their naps. Go back outside with the baby. Prepare to get some real work accomplished. Baby wakes up and wants to be fed. Tell yourself, "I think that's enough for now..."
...And that's why my "after" picture is really just my "halfway done" picture. (smile)