3.16.2009

getting real

It has come to my attention that I maybe made it seem like I have my act all the way together. When I read other bloggers blogging on their "I have my act together" blogs they stress me out. I wonder why I can't be like that, why I am so disorganized, why my house isn't decorated so well, etc. I don't want anyone to feel stressed out after reading my blog.

Here is the truth.

Sometimes I stay up late and do the dishes and enjoy doing so and have a chirpy sunny place to eat breakfast in the morning. Sometimes.

Other times, my kitchen looks like this.




Sometimes I take my kids shopping all by myself like Supermom and tote Alice around in the baby carrier while Clark stays in the cart due to his wonderfully developed self control (and by self-control I do in fact mean bribes) and have an entire fridge full of delicious healthy groceries to cook for dinner and send with Luke for lunch. Other times we have no groceries. Zero.



And we eat frozen pizza or cereal for dinner. Last week Luke took (...wait for it...) PopTarts to work for lunch. I almost died of embarrassment.


Sometimes I keep up with the laundry. Sometimes I don't.




Sometimes I do fun and educational activities with my son. But not always. Sometimes he watches television. Sometimes I leave him unattended so I can do important things (like my makeup) and he writes on stuff with markers and ballpoint pens.




This list is in no way all inclusive. For instance, I also think I accidentally taught Clark to say "damn it" when he's mad about stuff.

So there you have it.

I hope we can still be friends.

27 comments:

  1. I think there should be an alternative sneak peek website that shows houses as they really are. It would make us all feel better about the way we truly live. Your house is still stinking cute even when it's messy.

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  2. Look like my house right now!!!! thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. I agree - your kitchen is so colorful and lovely that it makes "normal messy house with kids" look GOOD!
    Great post! So was the last one. :)

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  4. PS - Last week I fed my kids Ramen noodles for lunch because that was all we had. Why did we even have those things in the house in the first place? Because I went grocery shopping pregnant. Enough said.

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  5. Lovely post! I think all moms feel this way @ times. No one can keep a perfectly organized home all the time. That's exactly what my house looks like on mondays. The weekends always seem to be chaotic and I don't keep up with my house chores, so by monday it looks like a tornado hit. :) I have just come to accept it. Thanks for keepin it real.

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  6. I love it...
    I want to do a sometimes post! A few weeks ago I had to iron 25 pieces of my husbands wardrobe because I won't let him use a dry cleaner (too expensive) but I wait till he is going to business meetings in stinky clothes before I iron. And... I think Eli ate peanuts for dinner 5/7 nights last week! I have also decided if I name the dust bunnies then maybe we can call them pets and let them grow bigger and bigger making it appear we take "care" of our "animals".

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  7. thanks for sharing your pics. i have been feeling discouraged about what a bad homemaker i am. i thought i was the only one . . .

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  8. This was wonderful. I am pretty sure the laundry on my dining room table will stay there all week; we will just use it like a dresser.

    Really, this blog made my day.

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  9. dude. we just totally took our relationship to the next level. i agree with oijoy- your house is adorable, even candid. i have a hunch we'd be good friends... where do you live again?

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  10. Thanks for sharing that! Those are all things that we think no other mommy does, but in reality, we all do them whether we want to admit it or not!!

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  11. I love your honesty...and, of course, I can relate. Especially to the empty refrigerator. Grocery shopping is one of my least favorite tasks.

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  12. by the way, your new profile pic is adorable. you look like you're 16! i'm in need of changing mine to a happier, cheerier me... one that's not so surly.

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  13. No worries...you certainly keep it real, but it is nice to see the mess behind the fabulous sometimes. Your house is adorable-piles of stuff or not.
    Shopping with babies...oh, my! I've only just become adventurous enough to take my one child shopping by myself. Usually, I drag my mom in on the deal. Oh, how I love that she lives next door. Kudos to you for ever venturing out of the house with two rugrats in tow.
    And, laundry, don't even get me started. There are only two of us, so I really have no excuse. But, oh, how it piles up!
    And that whole doing makeup instead of watching your kid-ending of course with bad results-I have no idea how you could do such a thing! Just kidding! Mine fell on his head twice in 24 hours, because I might not have been watching quite as closely as I should have been.
    Oh, the world of motherhood! It is a crazy, MESSY, joyous ride!

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  14. I know you don't believe me but I promise my house gets like this too. I hate laundry and sometimes I just decide to not do it. Last week I had a pile of clean laundry just laying in the corner of our bedroom for about six days. I finally folded it and put it away but not its time to start all over and I now have clean, dry laundry again...but now its all on one of our couches in the living room. I HATE LAUNDRY and WISH IT WOULD DIE! :-)
    Fun post!

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  15. I am sooooo glad we met! I love this post! I love your kitchen! I'm happy I am not alone!

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  16. Love it! Thank you for sharing. I've really enjoyed reading the "messy monday" and "not me" posts everybody seems to be making lately. They make me feel more "normal". I love your bathroom's ruffly curtain and that adorable kitchen table and chairs, though. Girly chairs and ruffles can never look messy. Never. Not in my book :O)

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  17. You crack me up. I accidentally taught my oldest to say "sh*t" when he dropped food on the floor... yikes :(

    My house often looks like yours...but not always. I have it somewhat together ;)

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  18. your kitchen is adorable! I think our houses look much messier to us than they do to other people. I rarely notice things out of place in other peoples houses but mine drives me crazy 24/7. anyone who says they have it all together isn't being completely honest and I think it's great for you to share like that because it's life

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  19. I loved these last two posts. They go well together. I live far enough away that I can almost get away with claiming that my house is always clean, but I've realized that in all the pictures I post of my kids, you can see piles of mess in the background. So much for pretending!

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  20. great post! so glad I stuck around after checking out your "capture" of the week!

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  21. Thank you thank you thank you- for your honesty. Sometimes when I peruse the mommy blogs I get down bc they seem to have it all together. You helped me remember that "seem" is the operative word.

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  22. "Honesty is the best policy". I am sure you have made many people feel better about their homes and lives. I am older and live alone but, amazingly, I can't keep everything clean and organized either. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I love it , im constantly wondering how every else manages to have the perfect house while its a battle for me. Makes me feel so much better looking at these shots

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  24. I think we could be BFFs! I love the pics and you were bold to post them! So many of us share houses that look the same on occasion. But how boring would life be without little ones to "decorate" living rooms and kitchens.

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  25. Okay, I can totally relate to this post! I often get that depressed feeling too after visiting other mommy blogs that seem to have it together...that's why I tend to stick to blogs that I can relate to. Thanks for being so honest!

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  26. Oh Erin, remember when two kids was twice as many kids? Yes, I'm reading old posts because I miss you.

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