Clothes are strewn about the house with little thought as to whether they have been worn or not.
Yells and screams puncture all too brief moments of calm, and continue until the brain begins to filter them out.
Small faces besmirched with chocolate, crisps and snot
The bathroom towel has large smears all over it where hands and mouths have been wiped with scant regard to the idea of being washed first.
Mealtimes stretched into 2 or sometimes 3 sittings, with a variety of food combinations in an attempt to deal with an even wider variety of dislikes.
Laughter from another room that instantly raises suspicions, followed by shrieks of indignation and loud tears.
Small plastic objects designed to seek out and apply the maximum amount of pain to the most sensitive parts of the feet are carefully laid out to fool the unwary.
Calls of "GRANDAD!!!" followed by unconditional hugs somehow seem to make everything OK again.