Tuesday, February 06, 2007

My house is a mess.

Three days of being 'frozen indoors' and all I have to say is I'm glad that none of you have dropped by my house today. It's not that bad, but as a self-proclaimed neat-freak at heart, it's enough to make me a little edgy. And not the kind of edgy that's cool- like in the fashion world or pushing my music to the top of the charts or anything like that. Nope. Just the kind of edgy that makes me snip at the kids to pick up around here, or hollers at them to stop jumping on the couch. I can walk from room to room and kick toys and pillows out of my way.
So, yeserday I pulled out the paints and thought maybe a "controlled mess" would get the urge to make a mess out of the kiddos systems. They were thrilled, of course. However, I haven't seen much improvement in their clean-up skills or in their listening skills even though we had an afternoon of art time.
Oh well. I'm sure the pioneer mothers would have gladly traded some messy rooms in a warm-enclosed environment in place of covered wagons and outhouses. So I will try to quit nagging the kids about cleaning up, and simply enjoy the fact that I have a warm, messy home.


Jim and Jaena said...

Although it wasn't the purpose of your post, you may have actually convinced me to try to paint with my kids. I've considered it but usually swap out the paint for crayons or (possibly) markers. If you can do it, I can too - right! Thanks for the inspiration...and that would apply to you and your entire blog, not just the painting idea! :)

Hillary said...

Aren't you ready for this weather to get better. I'm sick of being stuck indoors as well.....

gilmoregirl said...

I just found your blog :)
I live in MI, too and have been a human popsicle! Where in MI do you live? I'm in Macomb Twp.. Just wanted to send some 'warmth' to you. Take care!

Leona said...

My mom always said "dishes can wait, children can't". Enjoy your children, they grow up so fast.

Deanna- yep Dee-na said...

enjoyed a quick catch up on your blog today. :) i'm with ya! lol
my ds is sick today. i'd rather be home playing than working any day.
it's even cold in the south today. i'm sure not near as cold as you are now.... but cold for us. can't wait for a spring warm up.

Anonymous said...

A messy house drives me crazy too, but this winter I've been really trying to not that get in the way of the fun the kids have with building forts, playing with the tea sets and having cars all over the family room "interstate".
Thanks for the encouragement to enjoy the moment.
Hope you get out of the deep freeze soon!.

Jill from Omaha

Anonymous said...

How do you do it? I would REALLY love some tips on how you seem to do it all, have wonderful children, a great relationship with your hubby, a relationship with Christ and just so much fun.
I have been reading your blog for almost a year now, and am constantly amazed.
I just had my 3rd baby,(i now have 3 girls, 3 and under) and would love to get tips, tricks, prayers etc that you use on a daily basis. How DO you do it all?
Robin Brooke
Scotts Valley Ca