A full week

August 28, 2009

in big A,little A,milestones,mom stuff,school days

We’ve had a very busy week so far. It’s involved Meet the Teacher, gymnastics, Chuck E. Cheese, haircuts, taking Dixie to the vet (for excessively licking like a lizard), Big A’s first day of school and cleaning.

On Monday night we had Meet the Teacher night. I am SO thrilled with Big A’s FIRST GRADE teacher. She is just “that” teacher who goes above and beyond. Here they are!

And here is Big A on her first day of school. Little A wanted to have nothing to do with pictures at 7:15 in the morning, but I told her whether she was crying or not, she was going to be in the picture. If that’s how she was on the first day of Big A’s first day of school, then that’s how she was. She didn’t stop crying until we got in the car.

I am so proud of all of them! They are my world. (You didn’t notice that my almost three-year-old still has a paci, right?!)

Big A at her desk.

So, what have Little A and Mama done now that Sissy’s in school? We’re trying to tackle this mess…

And this mess…Little A loves to destroy Big A’s room.

And this one…The catch-all dining room table. You’ll find some boxes of china (that Christopher’s parents just found in their closet…btw, I sure was missing those wine glasses), school clothes, cords, mailing supplies, 24 antique wooden horses for Christopher’s pica machine (a post devoted to that soon) and much more.

And the never-ending gigantic pile of laundry. We still like to tease my mom for yelling, “Get your stack!” I don’t even have stacks, people. I have an enormous mound.

The past couple of weeks, I’ve just totally neglected the house because we’ve been consumed with other “stuff”. But yesterday, I just got to the breaking point and decided I would have to do the dreaded task of cleaning out drawers and closets. It just needed to be done. I couldn’t even put up the clothes from the dryer because I was out of hangers and drawer space. Little A still wears some 12-18 months, and with the weather change it’s just hard to decide what stays and what goes. But we did, and I am so glad.

Now y’all, I’m totally opening myself up for having posted these pics, so please be nice to me! Maybe I’m just trying to make all of you feel better for being as bad a housekeeper as I am. (Or maybe I’m just in denial and totally embarrassing myself!) Feel free to leave comments with your suggestions on how to be a better housekeeper.

Ok, I need to end for now and get started on the next mound of chaos.

Have a great weekend!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Charity August 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm

That post made me laugh! Dont worry we have all been there many of times. At least you have a laundry room. My laundry mound sits on my table for everyone to see and admire like art work. lol

2 Jana August 28, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Z was just checking out the pictures and he said that we need to get to Dallas to help you organize! I totally understand. We were cleaning today too!

3 Anonymous August 28, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I soooo remember your mom yelling "Get your stack!". Ahhh memories.

4 Jennifer August 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Nothing like a little accountability for motivation! I will work today, too…

I am so thankful for Big A's special teacher! And a great start to the school year!

5 Alli August 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm

You are sooooo not alone. My dining table looks the same! In fact, it is my task to tackle this weekend…after laundry! I just gave our baby furniture to a friend, so now I have mounds of other crap to go through. Yea!

Hang in there, you are doing a great job! As my mom often has to remind me, that neglecting the house to give attention to my family is not a bad thing.

6 Having It All August 30, 2009 at 3:38 am

Thanks for the pictures. I am always either stressing about my mess or trying to get it cleaned up, which is next to impossible. Becoming a better housekeeper with small children is not possible, so let's relax, shall we? :) Your girls are as precious as ever. I wish your Little A and my Baby J could get together. They'd tear the place up! And "Get your stack!" Now that cracks me up! This is getting long. Maybe I should have just e-mailed…

7 Jill Pill August 31, 2009 at 1:59 am

WOW! That pile of laundry definitely calls for a "COME get your stack!!" haha!

I am so proud of my sweet Alex.. She is going to be an amazing 1st grader and I know she's on her way to being as smart as her mama! :)

8 Susan August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm

OK – my washer and dryer have other junk on them. The clothes from the dryer usually make it to the recliner, then they get folded. I gave up on "come get your stack", I just put it in their room and whatever happens after that – well I just don't care.
Now that I only have one left at home, I wonder if I spent enough time with L, J & K when they were the A's ages. Nothing I can do about it now – they don't remember the mess, but they do remember what you did with them!
By the way, K's room still looks like that at times – it's just seventeen year old girl's stuff.
Big A in first grade! Can't believe it! Of course, K is a senior – not fair!

9 Anonymous September 5, 2009 at 8:20 pm

You crack me up! You shouldn't be embarassed. I am the only one living at my place and it looks horrible…I should be the one embarassed. I have to say, you're not alone. I have a lot of friends who have small children and the majority of the houses look like your pics. I still can't imagine how married, working moms get everything accomplished.

I guess maybe one day we will see each other again! :)


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