Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My House . . .

*Easter morning. Carl is not actually doing a fancy Michael Jackson dance, BTW, he is just standing up and I caught him mid-stand. Super disappointing, I know.*

Is NOT a very, very, very fine house! (Although I must admit, it looks pretty good in the above picture. But apparently it is a rarety to find it in such condition!)

I just had this realization the other day. I think my living space might, just might, always be in a state of major disarray. I have a friend who is a wonderful, sweet, kind, helpful and loving person who visits unannounced. Which I like, it is nice to have a surprise visit! (And I don't want her to stop her surprise visits because of my lack of housekeeping skills.)


nearly_every_time_ she visits, whether it is just she and her daughter or her husband too, my apartment is a disaster area!!! So this fact got me to thinking that maybe it isn't just the visit times that are wrong, maybe we just live in a pigsty most of the time! I asked Carl the other day to see what his thoughts were on my housekeeping skills and he replied, "Well, it isn't your highest priority." And then he laughed. Well, that didn't sit well with me, not that I want it be my highest priority. But I don't want anyone thinking I am a slob, least of all my husband. (He doesn't really think I'm a slob. That would be terrible, wouldn't it?) Anyway, today I made a (somewhat) greater effort to keep my place in ship shape and this is what I discovered:

1. Trying to clean house while having children at home REALLY is like trying to shovel the walk while it is snowing! When I focus on one room/area another area gets trashed. And so on and so forth. Kenny seems to feel that it is his special job as Apprentice Messmaker to show up Lexi in her job as Head Messmaker. If a room is clean, he will find a way to make it have a cluttered floor within ten seconds flat! "Who cleaned this place up?", he queries, "Now I have to mess it up all over again! Harrumph!"

However, the kids did play together very nicely, which made me happy. And it was nice creative play.

2. It distracted me from what I feel are more important things. Such as: playing with my children, teaching my children, taking them out and about at a better time and working on various projects I need to work on.

I find that when I focus too much on the clutter and small things that can get in the way, it keeps me from doing the big stuff that has better long term results. Building strong, loving relationships with my children, teaching them and helping them develop a love of learning, enriching their curiosity and imagination, encouraging their kind and empathetic natures to be those who build others up in this tearing down society we live in. Plus when I focus too much on the little, not as important fluff, I am not able to focus on improving myself and my relationships with others either.

3. I need to work more on having my kidlets clean up the messes they make, even though it may seem like more work, it will have better long term results.

Sooo, here's to messy houses. May we learn to love them and learn to live with them! *As long as they are sans cockroaches, rodents, fleas, food smashed into the carpets and any other thoroughly disgusting stuff. he he :)* And may we clean them once a year!

Anyway, the baby seems to be doing well and wiggling all about! It is a very nice and comforting thing to feel. Also, I am now officially in the "fat" stage of pregnancy. I don't look obviously pregnant yet, but I don't look trim either. Pregnancy clothes are still too big, but my regular shirts are too small. I like how much better I feel during this trimester, but I am not liking how I look!

Here are some pictures from recent adventures we had.

Lexi holding Aunt Lesi's grande y gordo cat, Lancelot. What a Fatso! :)

Dyeing Easter eggs. Kenny is studying this new and unusual method of food decoration. Lexi thoroughly enjooyed herself!

The Princess tent my kids ADORE that Lexi got for her B-day.

The Kidlets made a nest on our bed and were being birdies. Complete with flapping wings, loud squaks and being fed pretend worms by Mommy and Daddy.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lexi in Her Beautiful Dress (which I made!)

There seems to be quite a package of Lexi pictures on this blog
lately, so here are a few if my sweet, smart, cute, silly and loving
little girl.

Lexi washing her paint supplies

What a good helper! :)

Lexi on the Horsey

Sweet Lexi

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Something I made for the Lex

I made this glorious dress for my sweet girl yesterday and she was
very excited to wear it. Unfortunately it is too big on top and
therefore baggy up there. Which will never do, of course! So now it
need to make a few adjustments. I was so looking forward to having
the dress finished in one day, but alas, my energy was all depleted.
And sewing didn't happen today either. Just some unpicking. Sigh...

I'm other news:

• Our computer is broken and thus I am condemned to the drudgery of
blogging on my phone. Which is why my posts are so scarce as of late.

• I am feeling baby #3 kick and it is very nice and reassuring. I am
not showing as much as I thought I would by this time which causes me
some worry, but feeling those little flutters and pokes makes me feel
better. However, I am always aware of the fact that there are no
guarentees. I wish with all my heart that there were. Recently a
friend who had the same ideas about birth as me and who was just one
week behind me miscarried last Thursday. I can't understand how she
must feel right now, but I wish I could help comfort her. She had a
still birth before this prwgnancy and seemed very excited to have
another baby (she has two children). I don't know what else to say
except that I wish she didn't have to go through such heartache.
Especially twice.

• Lexi is starting to spell three letter words, which I think is
pretty neat. She adores playing with Kenny and gets sad and upset
when he had to go to bed for throwing tantrums.

• Kenny is still my crazy little nut. He is talking more and more.
And he is still a Mama's boy. I am planning on sewing him a Sunday
shirt soon and perhaps I will show it on here as well.

That is all I have to report for today! :)

Kenny in Lexi's shoes

I thought this was so cute! Both my kids have a love for shoes!
Don't know where they get it from, though.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Kenny and His Little Rock

I wrote a nice, long blog post yesterday and it went, "POOF!" into an
oblivion. How annoying is that? It will definitely be a few more
days before I feel in the mood to do it again!

Isn't Kenny so precious?

Family Pix

Family Pix