"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." - Mother Teresa

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Another Tag

I guess it is all my own fault. I decided that after not having cleaned for a week while family was here, I needed to clean after the kids went to bed this evening. I did the boys' bathroom and decided that I really could spare a few minutes to look at blogs. So, I gave myself 8 minutes and sat down. And, who should I check, but Celeste. So, here is my extra dirty house in blog tag. Oh, first, the rules:
The rules are you have to take ten pictures of the following things. And you have to do it right away. No straightening, cleaning or wiping your child's nose. Then you tag five others.


1. The kitchen sink - Some things look better in wide shot

2. The toilet - I did mention that I just finished cleaning the boys' bathroom before I got tagged, right?

3. Laundry room - Please note the self-propaganda above the window. This room usually is very organized, but with the boys still working on potty training, we do A LOT of laundry. I have been ignoring it for days now.

4. The fridge - It's where we keep the food, what else can I say? (Although, I usually like to look in my freezer because it is so useable. Again, I've been ignoring it.)

5. What are your kids doing right now? Well, sleeping, actually. And, there is no way under the sun I am going to risk waking them up. So, here is a picture I took earlier today of what they were doing.

6. My favorite shoes - Can I have two? I have never really owned great shoes before, but I splurged this year. Comfy and versatile.

7. My favorite room - I wish it was clean and that I could get a real 360 picture. As I have told John on many occasions, my room is my sanctuary. It is the one spot in the house I can go without worrying about little hands getting into stuff. And, although you can't see it, there are 7 paintings on the walls I did myself to match my curtains. I love them and the creative part of my they represent. So, it is my favorite.

8. My closet - As my closet also doubles as Hyrum's bedroom and he is sleeping at the moment, you get my entryway closet. Sorry, I don't wake up babies.

9. My dream vacation - I must admit I have never really thought about it. Vacations seem like something that other people do, so I haven't spent much time considering it. Sad, but it isn't so difficult to let something go when you haven't wasted a bunch of time and effort on it.
10. Self portrait - I dislike most pictures of myself, but self-portraits most of all!

I tag Jenna, Brooks, Angela, Lyndee and Stacie.

As a side note, although I was a mortified at the state of my house, after thinking about it a bit, I was really glad it wasn't in its kids-have-gone-to-bed-for-the-night cleaned condition. I don't clean house during the day when the kids will pull it to bits moments afterwards. I think it is a waste of time and effort and it completely disheartens me. Yet, I want it to be clean whenever anyone comes over, because what will they think of me? Maybe the truth. I am busy and have four small children. I think we would all like our homes to look as if we had live-in help, but that just isn't the case. I hope when my kids get bigger, they remember the fun things I did with them, not me shoving them outside so I could get the house cleaned. I had a friend once who refused to clean her house just because people were coming over. "If they don't like me the way I am, they don't need to come." I think there was a lot of truth to that, and I always felt more comfortable around her because I didn't think she was judging me or my lived in home.
Sorry, those things come out on occasion, no matter what I do to bottle them up. And please, don't clean your house for me.


Lyndee said...

Oh man- I was going to go to bed but now I have to take pictures! and you know how much I don't like to do that! :)

Lyndee said...

Ha! you can print my plant pictures if you want! you are so funny! and I love your cubes in your bedroom! I bought some for my play room because I remembered yours at camp and how cool they were! :)

Chev said...

I'm so glad I've found out about tags...I love your pics...even the toilet one. ;) I think self portraits are an art form...I'm leery about them myself. The pic of the kids is AWESOME! Especially that Hyrum is standing up there too!

Lyndee said...

Thanks! :) Where is he off to?

KellyAnne said...

I love what you say here. I am learning that it IS more important to spend time with the kids than to always be cleaning house (which you would always HAVE to be when you have kiddos) because they aren't around forever. Thanks for reminding me again!