Psst! Want a clear head?

I am in complete and total bliss right now. Want to know why? It’s simple and free. I was able to clean and de-clutter yesterday. Generally, I just tidy, dust, and clean every week and that’s about as far as it goes. I’m not usually much of de-clutterer (word?) but I always have “spots” that drive me crazy in my house. So I started this daunting task by making a mental list of the places that drive me nuts. Some examples are:

  • End of kitchen counter (envelopes, pens, headphones, etc.)
  • Messy drawers that could be useful if they were clean
  • Nightstand with miscellaneous items on it
  • Dresser covered with jewelry, lotions, makeup (you name it!)
  • Will and Erin’s dressers – Will had stuffed animals on his dresser from when he was a baby that he never really had an attachment to. Erin had hair bows and socks and other various items strewn about
  • Putting plastic containers into storage of kids’ and Bill’s clothing that no longer fits

So, I was able to conquer all of these things and more. I cleaned up little things that didn’t have a “home” and gave them one. Let me tell you – my life feels completely in order just from doing these things. Every room in my house is clean right now, and nothing is out of place. It is seriously the best high in the world!

Start the Spring season off right by cleaning and de-cluttering. It only took me about 5 hours to really make a dent. (If you don’t have kids, or have kids that can occupy themselves, it will probably only take you 2 hours ;-) ) I never knew that doing so little could make such a big difference. Once you come to the realization that you can conquer just some of the cluttered spots in your house, you’ll be able to do it all!

What kind of person are you?

What does it mean to be a genuine person? What does it mean to be an opinionated person? What does it mean to be a kind person? What does it mean to be a tell-it-like-it-is person?

If I am any of these types listed above, am I that type of person all the time? Do we, meaning society, give someone a “title,” just one, that sticks with them? Can someone be kind and tell it like it is?

I have found myself wondering about who I am lately, and what category of person I fit into. If I am a genuine person (which I do consider myself as such), do I tell people what I think when the better part of me says I shouldn’t, for fear of coming across as rude or argumentative? If I am fed up with someone who I disagree with most of the time, do I stop being a good listener and state my belief, if opposite of them? Am I a fake good listener if I don’t tell someone my honest opinion? If I am usually a kind person, but get irritated with people who are not, do I need to become someone that tells it like it is in order to be genuine? Or does that just make me like them? Am I dishonoring my genuine “title” by not doing those things? What is the balance? Where is the line…is it black? Is it grey?

The Greatest Feeling of Exhaustion

EASTER, Easter, easter. Just the word has begun to exhaust me. On Saturday, the thought of Easter was so happy and spring-like. I thought of flowers, sun, kids laughing and playing, a beautiful church service. Now, on Monday night, the very word “Easter” sends shivers up my spine. I look at myself in the mirror with bags under my eyes, hair that is not so good looking, and clothes that are hideous and I think – “I don’t even have the energy to pick up the bathmat.”

BUT with all that said…we really did have a great Easter and a great Monday – Will and I went to the White House Easter Egg Roll!! (Courtesy of my mother-in-law). We had a blast and Will was such a trooper. We were dropped off near the White House around 2:30 and didn’t get home until about 7:30. He never whined or complained once about waiting in line for 2 hours or for being hungry, thirsty, having to walk, etc. We did things such as: dance to music, dye an Easter egg, listen to a story, do an obstacle course, see characters, learn about bees, eat fresh apples, and get Will’s face painted. It was so cool to be on the lawn of the White House! It was astounding to me. I couldn’t stop staring at it and thinking of all the life changing decisions that have been made there. Or of all the events that have been discussed within those walls. Or of all the many presidents that have lived there. It stopped me in my tracks, to say the least.

Now back to Easter weekend – we spent a good portion of the weekend gardening and cleaning, which always makes for happiness (and aching body parts). We had no plans for after church on Sunday, so we decided to have a cook out at our house and invite our families. I know that usually people cook ham or something gourmet on these types of holidays, but I opted for hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. And it turned out to be wonderful. Of course, we visited Bill’s grandfather for dinner, also.

Maybe I have already said this once, but I’m going to say it again. The best, most rewarding feeling of exhaustion a person can ever have is after days like these…when you are so tired you feel like you can’t even move. Where you stand up to get your kids juice during dinner and feel dizzy like you’re going to fall over from exhaustion. Mommies – can you relate? I can’t be the only one who gets this feeling. But in spite of it sounding so awful, it’s actually a rewarding feeling because you know that you did things to better your family, make your kids happy, and give your day your all! And when you get to lay down and go to sleep that night, you know that you have nothing left to give for a good reason, and that everyone is happily asleep in their beds. This is why I love that feeling.

Anyways, enjoy pictures from our weekend – minus the White House. I will upload those whenever I figure out how to size them correctly (need I even say “and have the energy to?”)

Inside the Mind of a 5 Year Old

Sometimes I get so fed up that all my son wants to do is play with me. And by playing, I mean he wants to boss me around ;) . Usually I can think of so many other things I’d rather be doing – like cleaning up the house, doing the dishes, (shopping online <;– how did that get in there??), or just sitting after a long day. My father-in-law said something one day that put this struggle into perspective for me. He said something along the lines of, “If you don’t play with him or talk to him about things that are going on his life, he’s completely alone. He has no one to talk to, no one to play with, and no one to relate to.” All I could do was just sit and think “wow.” He’s so right!

Another friend of mine mentioned the fact that she has to force her child to spend time with her. It really got me thinking – when will Will start thinking it’s not cool to hang out with me? When will he stop talking to me and telling me silly, sometimes ridiculous stories?

Obviously I can’t pay attention to Will ALL the time, but I think twice now before I blow him off or give him the “bare minimum.”