Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Most Important Job

Raph was talking about daddy's work and how I used to work. About how when I had Heidi I decided I needed to stay home. Then starts listing all the work I do now that I'm home (and how Daddy doesn't do much at home ::snicker:: ). He says to me, "Mommy, know what the most important job is? Taking care of your kids."

Seems he's an advocate of stay-at-home-mom-dom. :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I wuv you!



I'm entering my first ever I ♥ Faces weekly challenge. I've enjoyed looking at all the pictures and tutorials but have never entered. I think this is my week to try something new because I have the perfect picture. Now that I have found the list of future weekly challenges I'm looking for that one perfect picture that fits the next theme.


The Suzie Homemaker Plan

I'm adjusting to being a SAHM in my own time. I've stopped fighting the daily battle of making it something its not and accepting it for what it is. Sounds vague but that was a huge turning point for me. I've started enjoying my kids more and my blood pressure is at an acceptable level again. Not to say I don't have my moments...I have 3 kids 6 and under so yeah, my blood will still boil at times.

I have been so frustrated because I flit around from project to project and never fully complete things. I have rooms half organized or things tossed to the side, etc. I feel like my wheels are spinning and nothing is ever really accomplished. So, I came up with a plan. I made a series of lists. At the top of each page is a room and then below it I wrote down all the things I would love to have done in said room. I did the whole house (minus the bedrooms). Its daunting to see just how much I would love to have completed BUT if I consolidate my efforts I can work on one room at a time. Once that room is complete, then I move on to another room. Repeat until death or I move, whichever comes first. HA!

I think I can realistically get most rooms complete in a week. Some bigger projects two weeks if it requires much painting. I hate looking at my bathroom and seeing ugly caulk that needs replacing and a disorganized laundry room. But, if I had a whole week to spend on my bathroom...I could clean it like its never been cleaned before and re-caulk the shower. I'd love to gut the whole space but that's not realistic at this point so I have to make it most appealing to me with minimal money spent.

Most of these projects require NO money at all, just concentrated work on my part. I do need to paint some stuff but I'm going to put those rooms off until Memorial Day because there are usually paint rebates then. Behr paint is spendy so if I can save $15 I'll wait a bit. Its not like I don't have 8 million other projects to do in the interim.
Its like he's smirking at me and saying, "Yeah right MOM.
You do remember I live here don't you? Mwahahahaha."
One project I want to do is repaint my laundry room. I have an extra gallon of clown puke blue paint from Colin's room. I think I'm going to buy some cheap white paint, cut the blue and mix a pale blue color and use that for the laundry room. Its a neon yellow (wtf??) right now and it screams at you. I don't like screaming colors and I have blue paint. Problem solved. Then I saw this earlier in the week. I want Mike to make two of these for me to hang in our laundry room. I have to hang cloth diapers on Mike's weight bench (which just needs to go because no one uses it). An actual drying rack would be delightful!

This will also get projects that have been hanging over my head out of my life and off my shoulders. Its mental clutter...you know all those, "Oh I really should do _____." Like finishing the paint in the sunroom. I really only need to touch up a few spots and repaint the door. Should not take long at all. Every time I walk into that room I have a pang of guilt that I have not yet finished the painting. Or repainting the ceiling of my kitchen (and master bathroom) that I should have repainted almost 3 years ago.

I feel lighter already. Now I just have to figure out which project to tackle first. I'm fighting the urge to do a couple random things in a couple different rooms. I want the first room to be quick and painless-ish so that I can say, "SEE! I finished a whole room already!" Then I can build up momentum and finish my mammoth list in record time. Oh and feed the kids and bathe sometimes too.
She really is sweetness and light isn't she?

Thoughts? Do you have a Susie Homemaker Plan of your own?
BTW, my mom gave me a gift from the "Susie Homemaker Santa" at Christmas. It was a subscription to Real Simple. As if anything in my current life is real simple but I do enjoy the pretty pictures and the yummy foods my kids would never in a million years eat!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pile-o-kids

I've always envisioned a picture of my kids feet. All piled up with piggy toes. Its been on my to-do list for ages. It seemed like it would be easy enough to do. Line them up and take a picture. Taking pictures of kids, especially three kids together, is never easy. I did bribe them with jelly beans and started firing away. Heidi kept rolling over, Colin sitting up so he could see and Raph just giggling and wiggling. I thought about putting a blanket over the top of them to crop out the rest of my bedroom but Heidi might suffocate. This is what I get, a pile-o-wiggly-giggly-kids.





A sleeping baby, is there anything more precious and innocent?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter in Pictures


Two look good but never three.
The boys were excited about Easter this year. Its so much more fun when they are old enough to anticipate holidays. Raph has been talking about the Easter Bunny for weeks...if not months. Plus you can bribe them to sit still in church and take pictures for Mommy. It sort of works anyway. You can't expect too much from 3 small children but I try. The best part for me is not a basket of jelly beans, but the clothes. My boys in ties and the little baby Easter dresses. And bonnets! It doesn't get much better than that!


Raph was serious about his egg hunting


Heidi was a rock star.


Extreme egg hunting.


Mike and Heidi watching the spectacle of Raph and Colin's egg hunt.


My mom brought Cascarones for the boys. Gotta love those messy conffetti filled eggs.


The aftermath.


She's too sweet for words.


My semi annual attempt at a nice picture with all my kids. This is as good as it gets folks!

Heidi's first time in grass. Unlike the boys she was not terrified. I knew she'd
be the toughest one in the bunch.