it's usually pretty busy at our house, and almost always a little chaotic, too. and messy... that's a given.
and dichotomy, well, that's all over the place too:
N is wrestling with Advanced Chemistry this year, just trying to comprehend that the sum of all oxidation numbers in a molecule must equal the charge of that molecule.
A, on the other hand, has not quite grasped the concept of same and different. and potty training is a whole 'nother story.
G is doing quite well in history, and can rattle off a quite long and impressive list of important dates to remember. like when Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar lived. or when Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa. and it doesn't even count that he knows when Columbus "discovered" America. we all know that. but i bet you don't know when William the Silent lead the Dutch Revolt.
as for baby B, well, if we can just get her to stop eating the cat food and drinking the shampoo, that would be a good thing...