The other day, I was in the shower and Mia decided she wanted to hang one of her papers from church on the wall. She ran into a slight problem. She couldn't find any tape. (That is a reoccurring problem in my house.) So she used the next best thing, or so she thought. Glue sticks. Here is the thing. Elly has always been addicted to drawing on things; wall, tables, globes, chairs. So she took that as a opportunity for free wall coloring.
I think this photo sums it up. Mia is proud of herself and Elly knows she made a mistake and is awaiting punishment. What did I do you ask? I explained to Mia why tape is a good thing and had them each wash it off. I thought Elly beat herself up enough. When I asked her why she was crying, she said "Cause I drew on the wall." Why do kids do things they know they shouldn't do? Oh, wait. Sometimes I do things I shouldn't do. I guess we never learn.
I was looking at facebook today. A friend asked if everyone cleans their house everyday. I didn't even realize that some people might not clean everyday. This is my jealous look. I do clean everyday.
Some days I feel like all I do is clean. It gets pretty frustrating. In my attempts to get things sorted, I have read alot of the FLYLADY
and Peter Walsh.
The thing is that I am not horribly messy. Sadly, Hoarders wouldn't come and clean my house. But it is a daily struggle. I am not an organized person. I really wish I was. My life is more chaos than anything else. I follow a blog and she is very materialistic. Even her bathroom drawers are clean and hardly anything in them. I have the opinion that if I get rid of it, I will want it again. If I keep it, I won't want it. So now I keep things. Seems easier.
Okay, back on topic.
There is a cleaning schedule that has worked for me for the past few years. When I was living in an apartment with 1 to 2 kids, I thought it was so dang hard to keep clean. What I wouldn't give to be back like that. 9 kids and a house with a yard is a lot of work. So this is what I do.
front room and tv room
If we aren't too busy on Sat., we might get a project done but for the most part Sat. and Sun is just maintaining.
So I work on deep cleaning. Here is my list of deep cleaning.
DEEP CLEANING SCHEDULE:
1. Master bedroom
2. Master bathroom
3. Babies room
4. Hall bathroom
5. Hall closet
7. Front Room
8. TV Room
10. Green room
11. Hall bathroom
12. Laundry room
13. B and C's room
14. Boys room
15. Little girls room
I am super flexible. (Not my body, just when I clean my house.)
If I don't feel like cleaning, I do bare minimum. Sometimes I get a burst of energy and do a bit of extra. Like today, I moved and cleaned around the microwave. Not a kitchen day, but still cleaned something.
The big thing of my cleaning is 15 mins. I used to deep clean and empty out a whole closet. By the time I was putting things away, I was tired or out of time so I just shoved things back away. Now what I do is 15 mins. It is amazing how much you can get deep cleaned on just 15 mins. Like today, my house was really messy so I did 15 mins. in each room and low and behold it is clean.
Let me explain. After child 5, clean = not embarrassing So as long as it is clean not embarrassing, I am happy. My house will never be perfect. That is okay by me. I also have a vinyl saying in my house that says "Excuse the mess - the kids are making memories."
Yes, people frustrate me. I got a phone call from the principal at the elementary school where I have 3 kids attending. My first thought is, oh crap, what kid did what?
Then she tells me that James bike was stolen and there is a very sad boy I need to talk to. She puts James on and I learn some moron cut the bike chain on his and jasons bike. The morons left Jasons and Annies. And just took James nicer one. They also stole another kids bike plus someone bike yesterday.
Maybe it was this guy,
or this guy.
James was so upset. I felt so bad. That was his 3rd bike stolen. And he is 10. Uggggggg
This morning James called me. The cops found his bike yeah!!!!!!!!
Here it is.
Yep, it has no wheels. They stole the wheels. I can't figure this one out. Why steal the bikes but take off the tires. Why not just pawn the bike. I decided I am not creative enough to be a criminal. Then, as school was ending, I received another phone call from the school telling me the police found wheels also. So the kids carried them home. We now have all pegs and wheels. The morons were sweet enough to put the bolts back on. Bummer they weren't sweet enough not to ruin the brakes. The bike is still busted. Uggggg. I am glad they found the losers. Hopefully the judge in court will get us some restitution money.
I did have a cop call and ask how much the bike lock cost so he could put that in his report and I told him about the bike still having problems, so maybe in 12.5 years we will get some $ for his bike and lock. (I know the court system and how long it takes).
I know, I think it was this dude on the left.
Here he is getting busted. Ha ha ha ha I crack myself up.
Anyway, there you have it. The first thing I told John was that we need to move out of this ghetto. Then when does my MIL say about the photo? It looks like a car in the ghetto after it was stripped. Oh, brother. Well, there you have it, my wacky story for the day. night ya'll.
So I often talk about how hard it is to bathe the twins. I do love these babies, it just can be like herding cats to try and take care of them. John found a video on wimp that looks exactly like bath time at my house.
So Josh is the gorilla and Jonah is the chimpanzee.
GORILLA TAKES A BATH
Wasn't that just super cute? They are sweet animals.
We recently got some family photos done. Sorry, you will have to scoot the browser over to see all the photos.
Why are boys so attracted to water?
There we are!! Quite the bunch of coconuts.
My cute hubbie. Maybe one of these days I should start wearing my wedding ring again. . . then again, maybe not. And I should have taken off the peeling manicure that Annie had given me weeks before. Oh well. What do you expect. We were there, showered and looking spiffy.
My beautiful kids.
Jonah and Joshua
Elizabeth and Amelia - These are my almost twins. 4 months apart, but I have to use this photo of them together because Amelia's photo alone turned out like a scary zombie creature and in real life, she is adorable. Not zombish at all. Well, maybe a little today, when she had a screaming fit for 35 mins. until she fell asleep. All because I put her ramen noodles in a blue bowl instead of orange. Granted it was her first day of dance and preschool so she was tired. But it was still a little zombish.
The whole famdambly, well, almost. We are missing Jay and can you tell who is photo shopped? We were missing Jolyn, Josh and Jay. That is funny. All J names. Okay, I need to stop stalling and go make dinner.
I am having a little bit of stress lately. I can't keep my twins out of the toilet. I know it is disgusting and you really don't care but this is my stress. Just get one of those toilet locking thingy's is what you are thinking, right? Well, that is not so easy when you have a 3 year old and 4 year old that hold it until they are going to burst. No to mention everyone else in the house, so they really aren't that practical. Like yesterday. I was scrubbing bathrooms. They were playing in the hall, I ran out of the bathroom to get something 4.62 seconds later, they are both in the toilet. Only 1 baby walks now. What the crap am I going to do when they both do . . . and they get faster. Heaven help me.
I posted something on facebook about it "Why oh why is an open bathroom door such a magnet for 1 year olds. And why oh why do they hurry straight for the toilet. Nasty."
And my friend Lacey posted this. "If it makes you feel any better, yesterday I caught my 2 year old dipping toilet paper in the toilet and then putting it in her mouth and sucking the toilet water out of it. ICK! What the reasoning behind that one was, I'll never know. I just hope she doesn't end up with Cholerea or some dread disease Haha!
Which makes me think of my oldest son. When he was little, he would flush toys. (blame it on the foster kid, who took the blame and admitted to it!!! but that is a story for another day) When we finally got to the bottom of it and found out what he was doing, he said he was flushing them so Nemo would have something to play with. How do you get mad at that!!!! But after having to call a plumber . . . twice it was getting to expensive to flush toys to Australia.
Okay, I found some super cute rooms that I wish I had. If only I had all the energy and money in the world.
How sweet is this girls room?
I love this room. It is so odd shaped, but they did a great job with it. Love it!!!
Wait, now this is my favorite room.
I have always loved books. One Christmas break when I was young, I took my box of chocolate orange sticks and went to my room and read, and read and read. I read every Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie I could find. What I would have do to have one of these. But my sisters giant bean bag was great enough.
This is the coolest reading nook . . . ever.
Check out these bunk bed cubbies.
Wow, if only I enjoyed the lion, the witch and the wardrobe, how cool would this be?
This would make Harry Potter jealous.
Okay, so here is the last one.
What do you think? Do you like any of them? Now I totally want to redo my house. Anyone want to come paint and build? Pretty please with a cherry on top?
This morning, I spent an arm and a leg on my 2 jr. high kids school photos. I can not believe how stinking expensive they are. For 1 shot. Uggggg. Anyway, here is a website you have to go to. I am sure you have seen the awkward family photos and awkward pregnancy photos and all that. But Barnes and Noble put some of the most awkward school photos on a page. You have to go check it out. You really must. Very, very funny. Check back and let me know what your favorite one is. Mine is a toss up between the mullet dude that is named Megan and the orange crush. Oh my, they are bad. Hopefully my girls photos end up better!!!
I can be super crazy. I see articles about abused or neglected kids and I totally want to rescue them, take them home, and love them. I realized I can't save everyone. But I wish I could. Here is a video from an awesome kids who was rescued. Is it sad that I wish it was me? Not even on the same continent as me.
For some reason, I can't find this video to save you an extra step, so you will have to go to the wimp site.
Sorry, this blog is going to be down for a bit of remodeling. I hope it will be better than the time I fixed an old hutch and glued the door on upside down and not all the way in. We had to hook it closed with rubber bands on the handles after than. Thank heavens there is no wood glue in blogging.
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