Hardwood floors are easier to care for than carpet but they are LOUD. Our main level (and stairs to the upper level) is hardwood. The basement is loud because of the loudness of the main level. Boys are seldom quiet (unless something is going horribly wrong, see mud post)
Here is reasoning I remember from Philosophy class:
Hardwood floors are loud.
Boys are loud.
Therefore Mommy needs wine.
My house will be much louder next Wednesday. The kids will be celebrating the last day of school...but that isn't it. My mother's piano will be delivered Wednesday morning and 4 boys in our house (yes, daddy too) want to take piano lessons. If all 4 boys want to serenade me, fantastic, can't wait until lovely music comes pouring out. But until then...
I prefer red, a nice Cabernet Sauvignon or a Pinot Noir, I am sure by Wednesday night I will take anything. Donations accepted... Better yet, invitations accepted, I'll come to your quiet house and have a glass with you.