Seriously, I Fail

Everyone,

So I failed this month at the whole NaBloPoMo but I have a good excuse. It’s called moving. And gutting my house. It’s really no fun. All my evenings are spent cleaning or organizing or putting things in boxes.

I like the throwing away part. That’s been very happy for some reason.

We’ve spent almost a week on the kitchen alone. Holy cow, was the kitchen dirty. But now my stove looks like it’s brand new (thanks to my awesome Oreck Steam Mop) and the fridge is devoid of magnets.

I also can’t find anything because I rearranged my cupboards.

Send chocolate. Please.

Safire

My Day’s Check List

Everyone,

I’m too tired to do a proper post about what we did today so you get the check list version.

  1. Meet Lolli at my house at 8:45 am for an adventure!
  2. Drop Butterfly off at school, with Lolli, and then drive to the metro station for our adventure!
  3. Ride the train.
  4. Get off at correct stop.
  5. Find the National Capital Food bank.
  6. Walk two miles because that’s how far away it is from the metro.
  7. Curse seemingly simple directions.
  8. Join tour of Food Bank late but enjoy what we do see.
  9. Have lunch with our friends!
  10. Have friends take pity on us and drive us back to the metro.
  11. On the way, decide last minute that we should go see the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin.
  12. Drive past and realize that we’ve missed the blossoms.
  13. Go to Hain’s Point National Park instead and walk on the water.
  14. Throw sticks into the water.
  15. Throw chips into the water for the ducks.
  16. Throw rocks into the water.
  17. Meet a nice guy with fishing rod and cast a few lines in the water too.
  18. Get dropped off at the metro station.
  19. Ride home.
  20. RACE to the car because we are late picking Butterfly up from school.
  21. Thank Butterfly’s friend’s Grandma for hanging out with Butterfly at school.
  22. Thank her again.  A lot.
  23. Whisk kids back to our house.
  24. Go play at the park for half an hour.
  25. Convince kids to go back inside because mommy is TIRED.
  26. Welcome Juice home.
  27. Take kids and Juice to Butterfly’s school for Family Learning Night and pizza.
  28. Watch Butterfly make a puppet.
  29. Watch Juice from across the room try not to pull out his hair while the boys do their own “craft” of making confetti.
  30. Smirk over the fact that both the boys use scissors with their left hands.
  31. Think back and realize that they have both been using their left hands to eat and draw lately too.
  32. Go home.
  33. Put kids to bed.
  34. Fall asleep in bad position on bed.
  35. Wake up after about 10 minutes and start my chores.
  36. Clean dining room table from all the gooey loveliness.
  37. Vacuum cobwebs.
  38. Wash picture frames.
  39. Scrub kitchen floor.
  40. Write blog post.
  41. Take out contacts.
  42. Go to sleep.

Safire

Saturday Clean Out

Everyone,

With spring just around the corner here (bird singing, trees budding) I thought the house could use a really good spring cleaning. We’re picking a room a week to focus on. And this week was the kids’ room! (All 3 kids still sleep in the same room. And yes, they all sleep pretty well. Yes, the boys are still in cribs [because they can be]. Yes, we will move them apart eventually.)

Butterfly Professor washing

I put Butterfly and Professor in charge of washing the walls and the baseboards while I washed the windows with Pirate. Juice moved and vacuumed under all the beds. I cleaned all the pictures and got rid of the cobwebs. Juice gutted the closet and swapped everything from the other room’s closet into their closet. See, I tend to use the stuff in their closet more (no clothes are in their closet, it’s all storage) and with 2 cribs, a bed, a rocking chair, a big toy horse, a book case, a toy piano and a standing lamp in their room, there really is not a whole lot of room to get INTO their closet. So we swapped!

We also cleaned the bathrooms. Butterfly loves to scrub those toilets!

Butterfly Toilets

Juice also cleaned out all the stuff that we probably won’t use and it’s sitting in the extra room waiting for us to go through it next Saturday.

Juice took pictures of the event because the kids were so happy to be helping out! He said, “You know you don’t clean enough when you have to take pictures to commemorate the event!”

Pirate Windows

I am NOT looking forward to going through my room.

Safire

Busy All Day Long

Everyone,

This morning we went to the church so I could have a meeting with my primary presidency and so we could go through the closet at church.  It’s always nice to know exactly where everything is in that closet!  And boy did we have a lot of stuff.

Also, a mouse.

Yuck!

I spent 4 hours at the church cleaning that closet out (with my fellow primary presidency people) and got home around 3pm.  After a quick lunch and a quick glance at my email, friends came to play.  We broke out our blow up pool and the kids had a ball.

Friends in the Pool

I love summer that you can do this kind of stuff with the kids!  I also love that my kids are old enough to enjoy these kinds of things.  And they are still young enough to enjoy these kinds of things.  I’m really liking this stage.

After a fun dinner with our friends (hot dogs outside so they could play as long as possible), I went BACK to the church.  I made smoothies with the 8-11 year old girls and we had a great time.  We talked a lot about nutrition as well.  I’m going to miss those girls.  This was my last “official” meeting with them.

And now, I’m exhausted.  Time for bed!

Safire