I started a thread about this a while back.
I wish I had answers, but have the same problems you do, except for the little boys interrupting. In the summer I have to shave every single day to get a close shave, and even then it really isn't that close.
I was interrested in getting my legs waxed but you have to let the hair grow out for like a month and half for it to be long enough and I just can't do that, especially in the summer.
I tried Nair, it was awful, it did remove the hair but the very next day is was back, I got the same results as I would have if I shaved.
I seriously am thinking about looking into those "laser" hair removal techniques.