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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cool New Socks

My big boy requested that I put a picture of his new socks on my blog. He specifically asked for the blog, and not Facebook, so "everybody in the whold world" could see them.

His sister is just as proud of her new socks, and wanted to show hers off, too.

Wish they made cool socks like this in my size. :(

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Why you should never

...leave your precocious preschooler unattended with new bottles of finger paints.
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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Hoarders, part 3

Here I am in my brokenness. The bare-naked, butt-ugly truth that is my mess.

I haven't seen the top of my desk since sometime in the Fall of 2009.

The basement is, as always, a disaster. I'm surprised we haven't lost any kids in there yet!

The laundry facilities. Not good, but they have been so much worse.

Our "shoe bench" that no one has ever been able to sit on, in the 2+ years we've had it. As you may have guessed from the pile of stuff in front of it, some days we are lucky to even get to it.

Our homeschooling shelves look nice and neat and organized...

...but good luck getting to them!

We haven't seen the kitchen countertop in at least a month.

The map that the kids keep knocking over and leaving on the floor. And the old picture frames that need new pictures and a home on the wall.

A basket of WHO KNOWS WHAT that has plagued various rooms in my house for the last 2? 3? years. (Victory note: I went through half of this basket with the help of my housekeeper, and found the title and lien release to my husband's car which has been lost for... 3 years?)

My dining room table, which is almost never clean to eat on.

The hallway that is almost always littered with something. Or many things.

The pathway to my bedroom, littered with toys.

The countertop in what used to be my husband's bathroom (off his computer room). It should now be my kids' bathroom. If only their lazy (overwhelmed) parents would get their crap outta there!

The usual state of the kitchen sink. Although the dishwasher runs 1-3 times per day here, we are perpetually 1-2 loads behind.

The cluttered cookbook corner.

More lost kitchen countertops.

The inside of my bathroom cabinet, which has been 1/3 emptied by a little monkey who left its other contents all over my bathroom floor.

Two boxes of random crap that I cleaned up from the bathroom counter & floor. Oh how I wish I was one of those people who could just dump the contents into the trash instead of having to go through them all!

My bed. In my defense, I usually do try to keep it cleaned off, and this particular day was using it as a staging area to bag up things we're not currently using like outgrown kid clothes and maternity clothes. (Yes, my baby is 13 months old and I have not put away the maternity clothes yet.)

My bedroom floor. I can barely move around in here.

If you were to go upstairs in my house, you might think I was a collector of porcelain shoes. However, if you were to ask me about them, you'd find out the truth. The collection belonged to my grandmother. They were very special to her. I ended up with them and feel too guilty about keeping them around, but also too guilty to let them go.

The banister top, which in theory should contain nothing. (Yes that is toddler art on my wall. From the 2nd toddler. It's been there at least 2 years.)

A box of random junk just inside my bedroom door.

The nightmare that is my closet.

The bathroom countertop, after I cleaned 2/3 of the stuff off of it.

So... now you can see why I'm at the end of my rope. Yet, I still struggle mightily with throwing anything away. Even though I am reasonably certain there is peace on the other side. (There is, isn't there?)


We've been experimenting with whole food smoothies the last month or so. This yummy concoction had: 1/2 banana, 1/2 pear (with peelings), 1/2 apple (with peelings), a handful of spinach, a handful of baby carrots, 1/2 a roma tomato, 1 cup chopped pineapple, 1 cup green grapes, and 1.5 cups of frozen blueberries. Add just enough water to get the blender going, and blend on the highest setting for several minutes. Yum!!!
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Random Breakfast

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Frosty Beauty

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2-20-10 Snow Day!

Sammy had a sore throat and didn't want to go out in the cold. But the other two had a blast and a half playing in the snow while we shoveled/swept!

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Pattern Boards

... and other imaginative adventures!

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Love Notes

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010


"A fish and a turtle are going to be eaten by a whale. Yonah is going to be drying off by a fire. And the turtle is trying to save his brother from the whale. There's a bunch of... well, a pelican is landing on an island. This bad guy (bottom right-hand corner) is wanting to stop Jonah with his magic wand. A whale is spraying water out of his blow-hole. These fish are going to get its brother while it's eating lunch. So I tried to get all the crystals. It was the only way to stop the bad guys. Because they were afraid of light, and all the crystals had light. If he collected them. That's a door (upper right-hand corner). And it has a crystal behind it."

"It's a bunch of bad guys over here. They look mean, but they're kind of friendly. A few of them have spikes. But this one (right side) has a taaaaaalll spike. And this (middle) is a silly one. He has no feet, and he only flies. This one (left) has flying feet and a tooth sticking out of his mouth and one eye. And so does this one (middle). He looks like him, incept he is looking blue instead of red. This one (???) has a few spikes, but not many spikes. This one (top left) has a magic wand poking out of his head."
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