Tuesday, May 03, 2011

What my "castle" looks like these days...









I don't know how the weeks fly by in between blog posts here, because in behind the scenes in our real life sometimes the days and nights seem endless at times! Since Easter Sunday much has happened in the world and in our home too.

It was a very big deal for Prince William and Kate Middleton to marry this weekend- even though we're not British, royalty or in the same time zone. =) I happened to be awake at 4 am when the tv coverage started because Teague was up at that time crying and fussing with a mild fever from his two first teeth coming in. Once I started watching I was hooked and ended up posting a running commentary to my Facebook status updates throughout the whole day. It was actually amusing for me and since Teague wanted to be held most the day, I just used one hand to type and just had fun watching the wedding unfold. I woke Ava, Bella and Brock up just as the couple were about to head out of the church as husband and wife. The girls jumped out of bed and ran as fast as they could to see the new princess; they were so excited! Brock on the other hand didn't move a muscle- until I told him the coffee had just finished brewing and he could grab a cup whenever he was ready. I thought their reactions were spot on- girls love a good fairytale and boys love food! =)

Anyway, I have a lot I could say about the royal wedding and just maybe I'll get around to revisiting those thoughts here in the next few days. I do love weddings and I love tradition and precision at times. So for me it was nice to look on and watch it all happen and I enjoyed seeing and hearing about all the amazing and sometimes even, outrageous details.

Onto the next event, Wyndham got sick toward the end of last week and is still sick today. Last night she ended up in the ER due to dehydration and just being unable to keep anything down. This is nothing new to her or us, so unfortunately we sort of knew what to expect after 4+ days of this illness dragging on. I have to admit I feel like the worst mother at times like this because there just isn't enough "me" to go around and I end up worn very thin and feel more than frazzled. Thankfully I am not up for any mother of the year awards, so it's okay that my house turns into a disaster from Playdough and paints and couch cushion forts and anything else that gets dragged out or in. It's far cry from Buckingham Palace around here, but I'm trying to convince myself that being "normal" is sometimes better than being royal anyway. I snapped some pictures of Teague and Crew just a little bit ago because the more cushions they pulled off the couch and the 'higher' they climbed onto pillows, the happier they seemed to be. It made me pause and realize that what I see as a "mess", they interpret as pure joy! The same thing seems to happen with playdough and paints too. I hope that my kids will grow up thanking me for allowing them to be creative and to explore things rather than remembering that all I did was yell at them to clean up.

It's hard to strike a balance- especially with such a big, diverse group of people in one home. The house is not often that clean and tidy and typically someone needs a nap or a snack or their bed linens washed and dried, or even just a snuggle to make them feel better. I'm no superhero and simply do my best to stay "caught up" as best as possible. Seeing past the chaos to the fun on their faces and the fact that their only kids once is what I'm trying my best to do right now. I figure if I actually pull that off, well then maybe our life will feel like the fairytale most people dare dream it to be.

7 comments:

jsprik said...

great post...sometimes we just need to let go and let things unfold and allow pure happiness to ensue...then while everyone is still happy...play the "clean up" game!!! :o) have a blessed day....still praying for that darling wyndham!!

babyrndeb said...

I think your kids are going to have the best memories of fun growing up!!

Keshet said...

A dirty house is the last thing to worry about, or so I tell myself! ha!

Veronica said...

I would feel right at home! Thanks for the reminder that chaos is a blessed thing!

jenny said...

Hi Jody,
Before I even read your post I was thinking how lucky (I mean blessed) your kids are that you let them play hard and enjoy their home. You are absolutely right. There'll be plenty of time for a neat (and maybe lonely) house in later years, but now is the time to teach them to ENJOY life. I think you are a great mom and you and Chip and Wyndham and all the rest are in my prayers. God bless!

Anonymous said...

your kids will not remember the messy house, unmade beds or dirty dishes, they will remember together times, hugs and cuddles, and playtime. As they get older they can help out with chores more. I remember cleaning the house with my sister every Sat and the boys and girls helping with dishes. "Boys: clear and clean up...Girls rinse and load." Jan

Anonymous said...

your kids will not remember the messy house, unmade beds or dirty dishes, they will remember together times, hugs and cuddles, and playtime. As they get older they can help out with chores more. I remember cleaning the house with my sister every Sat and the boys and girls helping with dishes. "Boys: clear and clean up...Girls rinse and load." Jan