Here's one brief example. We took a lunch break. I gave Elijah a cheese stick to eat while I made lunch. Charlie stole Elijah's cheese stick. Elijah insisted that Charlie sit in time-out. I had Alyssa handle that since Charlie is her dog.
While we were standing around watching Charlie do time, Elijah knocked a pile of junk off my desk and discovered Chuck E Cheese tokens. Since they have "big rat" on the coin, he knew what they were for and that reminded him that he likes to stare at the "big rat" pictures from his birthday on the computer.
While I was pulling up the rat photos, he then discovered his flip-flops under the desk. We had to put them on immediately, yes, on the wrong feet - with socks.
See what I mean? This is all lunch break, and that's just Elijah. I haven't mentioned that Tori kept calling me for help with her book, I had to wipe Julia, I had the distraction of trying to convince Ben that it takes longer to walk to the barn, to get his bike to ride the garbage back to the barn, that it does to just carry the garbage to the barn in the first place. I never got that through to Ben before James started his 4th pleading routine for mercy (for losing TV for the day.)
So, where was I?
This is the reason we often are not done with school by the time JD comes home from work!