Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Homemaking for the Rest of Us

I really wish this could be some sort of instruction on how to be a good homemaker and working mom… but it isn’t. What it is, is another (yes, I can’t stop) self-deprecating post on how I keep failing as a homemaker. I wish I could blame this all on being 1000 months pregnant. But I really can’t, and Charlie is SO helpful (seriously all the time “doing me a favor”) that my excuses are getting slim.

I mentioned before how my cooking waxes and wanes throughout the month. With the reality that I would like to make more amazing and healthy things for my family, and I do sometimes.
But it’s really ends up being Charlie and I eating it, with the exception of Buckley who gets the unwanteds from MM.

Yet, another night of "Pizza Somethings" which consist of English Muffins, Spagetti Sauce, some sneaky spinach I could hide, and all the cheese.

We are of the primitive nature, where we still eat our meals on wooden boards.

Please tell me it’s just a phase, a semi-short phase.
I really thought I was going to win her over with some baked Ziti that happened to have chopped spinach mixed in. Nope, no go. After a little fighting and cajoling she ended up having a dinner of yogurt and a tortilla, well rounded.

As for baking, well I can make a mean pancake from Aunt Jemima’s mixes, and only occasionally burn the pre-portioned cookies that I order from the neighborhood girl’s fund-raisers. I did make a Strawberry Cake for my BFF’s (is that done? The term BFF?) Graduation and here is the amazing picture of my decorating skills. Call Cake Boss… as I’m a shoe-in for the next open position.
Good thing it tasted halfway decent… it really needed something to pull it back  from catastrophe.

If you care, it is supposed to read "You Did It!, Peterson FNP"

Then comes laundry, to start I’m decent at getting MM’s things washed because I can usually get some clothes in with the non-poop diaper wash, and she gets her clothes dirtier than mine do so they need washing more often.
With my laundry on the other hand, it’s gets bad… most dark things are covered in dog hair and apparently I have more underwear than anything because I don’t feel the pressure to really do laundry until I’m out.
Which I have stooped so low as to wear Charlie’s boxer-briefs around the house when I’m out (things are getting real). I figured it was a breaking point in our marriage when I start stealing his undies… it was either going to ensure that we only have these two children or we were going to have many many more, based on Charlie’s reaction to said men’s underwear wearing. Jury is still out (too much? Don’t care).

And… for real they are comfortable! Why was I holding out for so long?? I’m not going to get my own (because that would be too far, right??) but stealing his on the occasion, just fine.
I’ll save your eyes from any photographic evidence of this exchange.

Also, I am THE WORST at getting stains out and/or keeping items from bleeding on each other.
I have a perfectly good dress that was originally was white with flowers… took it out of the laundry (with admittedly, some colored items) and BAM, pink dress with flowers… why why why???

Also also, I tossed it a few weeks ago, but I struggled and cussed and pre-treated and oxycleaned and didn’t dry in the dryer the heck out of a shirt for MM that she’d gotten orange (the fruit) on and that stain would not come out regardless of the lengths taken.

Prize winning, no doubt

What else? Ohh gardening. That’s laughable. I have no green phalange on any appendage. I told myself that this spring I was going to get some hanging baskets and keep them watered and alive. Well I do make it out to water them at least every other day. And because we get FULL ON SUN all through the hottest parts of the afternoon, they are mostly dying a slow dry death, regardless of the buckets of water I throw at them. We could have a garden, If I had time and energy for that… but I don’t carve that out in the afternoon. And inside plants never make it either… I believe I should just buy some fake and call it a day, no?

Finally, cleaning. Ahh something I’m also not stellar at. It takes (us, because Charlie does have a hand in this one too) a week at least to clean the dining room table of papers and bags and what-not, and we still eat on it 90% of the time, just pushing all that mess over. In the past I was better about sweeping, but it’s only when Buckley’s hair has gathered and is planning to revolt against us that I start to tackle it. I tried to do some shoe-at-the-door organization, and that is about 75% successful, mostly because other non-shoe things (read: MM toys) keep mysteriously finding their way in there.

This cleaning service we hired is having a really hard time reaching the tops of shelves for dusting.

To be completely honest (and I always am with you.. 5 people who read this) I was CRUSHING IT as a wife/homemaker for about a week. I organized the re-do of the master bathroom (only costs us a few of Charlie’s non-essential internal organs to pay for that) and re configured the guest bed with new linens and a new beadframe. I. felt. AMAZING. But that was incredibly short-lived and now we’re back to this.

And well.. Work is work. So I can’t say that I’ve picked that one over the other.

So If you’d like to make yourself feel about your homemaking, organizing, stain-removing, cooking, gardening, etc etc etc. Please come over and bring us something to eat, but you must guarantee that MM will eat it and Buckley can’t steal it out of her hands before she gets the chance? K?

This is an shot of MM's impromptu musical performance Mother's Day morning, before I choked down some pancakes then crawled back into bed with a stomach bug. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Closet Envy?

As I was browsing my Zulily daily emails (who isn’t enticed to buy at least one thing a day? Not you? You may be lying)

I ran across these baby closet organizers for their kids' clothes.

When I think back to when I was pregnant with MM, I had her closet stocked with HANGING ONESIES (just typing that is absurd). To think that I would be using them as poop catchers and spit up rags in the coming months makes me giggle now.

Now, let us peruse MM’s closet now. There are a few jackets that are obviously not appropriate for the 90+ degree weather we’re having in May. Long sleeved shirts (also not necessary) a few short sleeves and dresses… Which we wear in frequent rotation and the ones that currently fit are loving hand-me-downs which have been lifesavers as I underestimate
1) The quickness the heat set in this spring
2) how little MM has to wear for said heat
3) Most things related to raising a toddler (for another time..)

Also, a vase of fake flowers, a wedding dress, a box of thank you notes from my wedding... obviously baby items.

Now let’s take a look at the looming Miss V’s Closet.

Yes, you can see there is nothing in there but some diapers stuffed into the shelves and some shirts Charlie has forgotten to move (despite my constant, self-aware nagging) and new hangers that allude to the thought of her wearing clothes. Ohh, and a snow white outfit. Naturally.

What you can’t see is there are a few Newborn (that was a mistake I know.. I was being optimistic when I bought them) Side-snap shirts, and some pants I got on major sale at Old Navy and Baby Gap, Ohh and maybe some of MM’s old onesies that AREN’T completely ruined by poop stains.

Please let my daughters know how spoiled they are in the clothes department sometime. I beg you. I assume their tiny heads will get overwhelmed with the clothing choices…

Also, to continue with the Closet Organizers, there is a newborn section included. I believe once I came to my senses about what newborns wear, only a few dresses, mainly a baptism dress (that is if you baptized your children as newborns, we didn’t… heathens) would be in that section. I’m sure I’m going to look back at MM’s old clothes and find some fancy smocked thing that I coveted and only let her wear for a picture or something… but until I find that… “What on Earth would you hang in the Newborn section of a baby’s closet??”

If you do have these hanging dividers, I applaud you and your organizational skills because I think it's beyond obvious that I don't and the more children we have the less likely I'm going to dig it out of the piles of laundry and dishes that I avoid doing. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Of course you'd never ask...

but I'm going to tell you anyway.

This week I feel like know I've been phoning it in as a mom. We had pizza (once frozen) at least twice, multiple mac and cheese dinner that were then lunch and then dinners again, along with a handful of a veggie looking thing, let's just assume it's peas and corn. OK, it is always peas and corn. And I had a glass of something alcoholic almost every night.
Yes, I know I'm pregnant.
NO, I don't care about having a drink at night (sometimes in the afternoon... so there).

AND, done.

I feel like Charlie and I have had crazy schedules this week, but honestly it wasn't anything more than normal. Maybe it was because Charlie was on Easter break last week and we got spoiled, but whatever it was, it took it out of us both and we're worse for wear now.

We did come off of a fun and busy weekend with many a friendly dinner including this one, that shows some food, mostly drinking, and lots of babies.

We made our re-incarnated weekly visit to Kids Eat Free night at Moe's then made the more than huge mistake of taking a toddler to Home Goods. Like WORST. IDEA. EVER. Luckily I have a loving husband who followed her around and struggled to keep us from buying all of the glass items in the store.

We also jumped riiiiight into third trimester. Joy. If you have ever been pregnant you know that's when everything slows down and gets harder to breath.

This should fully explain her emotions on both third trimester and the amount of pasta she's eaten in the last week.

Part of the stress from this past week was that 2 of the 3 people that keep MM while I'm working are either having their second children or leaving the state AND having more children. BUT the wonderful and ever saintly Mandi from Messy Wife Blessed Life said "Yes! I will take MM and the impending V coming this fall!" And my heart was overjoyed! 

MM and her future husband Finnegan Francis. We take these things very seriously.

From Mid-May to June we have ever wonderful Mandi and another good friend (also leaving us I'll note) will be watching MM until Charlie can get out of school and be daddy daycare ALL SUMMER!!

Part of the crazy week was the numerous appointments we had. I had my (almost) 30 week appointment, gestational diabetes test, and  MM had her 18 month. The very nice dr. told us that "Yes, she may be the 90+th percentile for weight but it's nothing to worry about right now" super... I imagine the fore-mentioned pasta and lack of veggie throwing at her could be the explanation. 

Sure.. Pasta while we wait for the doctor sounds like the perfect thing. And yes, there is corn and some peas in there.

So this is from the other month, but I found it on the million of phone pictures and must re-display.

Upon review, I believe I have at least 1/2 of the pictures on this post with MM topless or 100% birthday-suited. 

Like I said, phoning it in.