Today we are getting back to normal. The holidays are over, the decorations down (although I will probably continue to find ones I missed for months), and Alex is back to work.
This morning I set the timer and challenged the girls to see if we could clean the living room before the buzzer went off. I love that at this age, they are so eager to help me because I know that one day it will take more than a timer to get help. But until then, I have a couple more rooms to get cleaned!