Tonight while trick or treating Cinderella noticed the next house was dark. She said to me, "not this house, it looks deserted, and by deserted I don't mean with a cake on top." Silly girl.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I was trying to do the declutter in 91 day challenge, but then I discovered something today. I have a life beyond decluttering my home. I have laundry that needs to be done, I have kids that need me to play with them. I have children that need me to drop everything at different times during the day and come to their aid. And I do those things because I am a MOM. I love my kids. I will do things for my kids. But no I am not getting my cupboards all the way decluttered today. Maybe by the end of the week they will be, but I am making no promises.
I know that my house is a mess. I understand it isn't as clean as I want it, or what many people may think it should be. But I WILL play with my kids. I WILL come to their rescue, and I WILL teach them to clean along side of me. If you have a problem with the state of my house, feel free to come and clean it. However if you don't want to clean my house, don't judge me for not cleaning it either.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Here you go:
Monday, October 28, 2013
The first week the goal is to de-clutter the kitchen/dining room/ pantry. On Monday it is the Fridge and Freezer, so that is what I worked on today.
Here are my before and after pictures. Note: I was not cleaning, I was just getting rid of the junk, and expired stuff.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
What kind of sleeping arrangements do you have for your children on a regular basis? Our girls share a room, and currently they share a bed. Tuis is an issue of discontent as far as Aurora is concerned. She wants her own bed.
Do any of your children share beds? If they do how do you handle this kind of issue?
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Today I had to take Guy to the dentist to get a cavity filled. Turns out his cavity was so big that the dentist had to do what he described as a baby root canal. He also had a small cavity in the next tooth over that they also filled. I wish I could get that kid to do a better job brushing his teeth.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
On that note however, I found myself feeling quite frustrated tonight. Not frustrated at individuals, but frustrated at how things played out, and things that were really outside of my control. Cinderella is in her schools chorus. They were told to be on the stage by 6 tonight. So we got her there, and then stuck around in the gym/lunchroom/auditorium waiting for her to perform. We had no idea when that would be, and so we felt like we couldn't participate in any of the activities outside of this room, for fear of missing our daughter perform. For some reason, unknown to me, they didn't perform until about 6:40. So we were stuck in the gym for 40 min, with 5 kids who wanted to do other things.
Once we finished there, we went and stood in line for the hay ride. This took another 20 min, which is understandable. However, there were some kids who cut in line right in front of us. I wanted to tell them to scram, but one of the kids bore some resemblance to the man who was in line in front of us, so I wasn't sure if they were with him or not. I am guessing not. The guy didn't acknowledge them at all.
After this we went to look at the pumpkins my kids decorated, and then we headed to the media center, where there were gift baskets set up for a silent auction. I wanted to bid on something, and help support the school, especially seeing as how I never got around to donating anything for any baskets in my kids classes. Well we got there with 30 min to look through baskets. It was crowded, and I was trying to look at baskets without losing my kids in the crowd. I found a few that caught my attention, but I couldn't find the hubs, and I wanted his opinion before I placed a bid. By the time I found him, and we started looking at baskets together the auction was almost closed. We got only half way around the baskets, and they announced it was closing. So I just hurried and wrote my name on the list of the one in front of me, which had caught my attention, but wasn't my first pick, because I felt I had no other choice.
Then I had to stick around for them to figure out who was the winner on all of the baskets. By this point in time, the hubs tells me he can't find Guy and Spike, so he goes off to look for them. Then he comes back to tell me that they are gone. That is never something you want to hear at a crowded public place. I feel like I can't leave, because I need to pay for my basket, so I sent Cinderella off with her dad to find her brothers, and stayed there with Scooter, and Aurora. Just after they leave, I hear the principle announce over the PA system that he has my boys in his office. I felt like everyone looked at me and laughed. Kind of a knowing laugh, but a laugh all the same. I felt embarrassed, that all these people now knew that I am not able to keep track of my kids. But at least they were found. I am very grateful for that.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
When I have a child change sizes of clothing I box up the old size to be used when another child reaches that size. This saves a lot of money, but also takes a lot of time and effort. As well as space. The problem is, as my children grow, the pile of clothes grows too. Sometimes they will outgrow a shirt before the pants, and so the outfit gets separated. Then when the next child reaches that size, I don't always find all of the clothes I put away, and so sometimes I end up having to buy more. Or I have a child who is shaped different than a previous one, so the clothes don't don't fit right, and so I buy more clothes. Today I spent a large portion of the day sorting clothes so thatI can make room for the summer clothes the kids just wore. Can I tell you how exhausting that is.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Well last night after such an occurrence, Spike was being taken from the room, and said, "I not two, I not two!" "How old are you?" he was asked. "His response, "one!" Then tonight a similar thing happened. Only this time when being asked how old he is, his reply was, "twee."
I wonder sometimes if he understands more than we give him credit for.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
One of these place mats shows American Presidents.
Cinderella has enjoyed learning the different names of the presidents, and will often ask questions, or quiz us on them. IE. Who was the 25th President?
Well this morning she had been looking at the place mat and came to me saying, "Did you know there were two presidents with the name Harrison? I am really familure with Benjamin Harrison, because one of my favorate movies is "The One And Only, Genuine, Original Family Band" which takes place during the election between Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. I found myself trying to think of what the other Harrison's name was. I thought William, no I know wasn't Ford's first name Harrison. Harrison Ford, that sounds right. So I told Cinderella that. She went and looked. No it is William H. Harrison. So then I told her that Ford's first name was Harrison too. She went and looked and came back. By this time I remembered that the president Ford, was Gerald Ford, to which she informed me was correct. So then I was thinking, who is Harrison Ford. Then I remembered.
On the note of presidents I thought I would share another funny antic dote that happened lately. The other night we took the kids out for Pizza. At the restaurant there was a television showing basketball. Cinderella looked at it and asked, "Is that Obama?" I told her no, Obama doesn't play basketball. She then asked me what he plays. I told her politics. She then asked, "What is politics? Is that lying? Politics and Advertisements are kind of the same. They are both just different words for lying." Oh the mind of an 8 year old.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I don't know why, exactly, but my boys in particular, are little kegs of dynamite. Those boys are crazy at times. They have so much energy, they go around my house like tornadoes. When the weather is good, I try to send them outside so they can get rid of their energy in constructive ways. However on rainy day's like today, they spent most of their time indoors. I would try to get them to work, and use their energy in those kinds of ways, but that was like trying to herd cats. :/
At one point I shut both boys in their room, but then they were just destroying their room. So then I took Spike out, and told Guy he needed to get dressed and clean his room. He did get dressed and his room did get cleaner, but I think the mess was just too overwhelming for him. By lunch time, he still had stuff all over the floor. I finally told him he had made a good try, and he could come out, if he could behave well for the rest of the day. But if he started being wild again, he would have to come back in his room and finish cleaning it. He was pretty good the rest of the day.
Wow! That was only day 1. I still have 2 more days, plus the weekend. I need to figure out what to do with my kids if the weather stays yucky.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Then my day ground to a screeching halt, when I went to rotate the wash and found this:
Well, I was afraid if I put the clean clothes from my washer into that dryer, I would end up with wax on them too. So I did some research. Run your dryer for 15 min, then clean off the softened wax. There were many options I came across: Some said "magic eraser." Some said "WD-40. On a cloth- don't spray it in the dryer, because it is flammable." Well that one scared me. I wasn't going to rub something that flammable around in my dryer. I also read that you can take a powder cleaner like comet or ajax, and using a toothbrush scrub the wax off. I opted to try the magic eraser, because I had one on hand. It worked some, but there was still a lot of wax that didn't want to come off.
I was also concerned as to if there was anyway to salvage the clothes. I took a look at the batch, and there wasn't a single item in there that didn't have crayon marks on it. So more research and I found that if you soak your clothes in laundry detergent, borax, and Oxy-clean, it should take most of the crayon stains out.
I didn't have any borax or Oxy-clean on hand, so I went to the store, bought those and some ajax to clean the dryer. When I got home I decided to get the clothes soaking
Well I have a front loading washer, so I couldn't soak the clothes there. So I filled up a bathtub with really hot water, 1 cap full of detergent, 1 cup borax, and 4 scoops Oxy-clean. Soaked the clothes in there for 1 hour.
Here is a picture of the inside of the dryer after it was all clean.
I took the clothes from the tub, put them in the washer, and ran them through the Heavy Duty Cycle, without adding anymore detergent. Probably 2/3 of the clothes came out clean after that. The last 1/3 I put back in the washer, with a little Oxy-clean, more detergent and ran it Heavy Duty again. I haven't checked it yet to see how it turned out.
So no I didn't get my laundry all done today. But I was reminded that you need to learn to flow with what happens in life. Even if it is a crayon in the dryer.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Scooter hasn't been feeling the best lately, and today he was extra fussy and pulling on his ears. So I called up the Dr's office and took him in. Nope, he is fine.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Seems when ever I get out of my regular routine, I don't do a very good job keeping up with blog posts. This weekend we apent some time with the family at my parents house. Enjoyed the LDS General Conference. I love having the opportunity to listen to a Prophet of God speak.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
My computer has decided it doesn't like the wi-fi right now. It is really frustrating, any time I try to use it I get the spinny wheel of death, that just goes for a long time, and gets no where. The weird thing is, all of our other wireless devices work fine.
Maybe tomorrow it will work.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
At this point Cinderella pipes in, "He's got Dino Facts..... In his brain!" It was a lot more funny to hear, than to read.
Another funny, not at all related to dinosaurs. The other day I was in the bathroom with Spike. He was looking at the floor, and said, "That a bunny!" "What's a bunny?" I asked. "That!" He said pointing, "That a bunny!" He then got down closer to what he was pointing to, and said, "Oh, that a bug. That a bug bunny!" (By the way my kids don't know Loony Toons.) 'What's up doc?"