Thursday, January 21, 2010

Huddle Up

I'll just come right out with it: I'm fighting a losing battle against clutter around here. And the odds are especially stacked against me this go-round, because I just don't give a ding-dong drat about it.

The kitchen is as clean as a P. Diddy's shoes, but the room I'm in right now?

Well, it might be more comparable to my fuzzy, grey house slippers. They're lived-in. They're comfortable. They're not dirty, but I wouldn't exactly serve you a veggie pita on them.

We're spending all of our time in this room. It's too cold upstairs, too cold even in my room. (Raise your hand if only half your house is heated!) I might as well be Ma Ingalls, hunkered down, tending to my children in our one-room cabin.

We're like three hapless marbles rolling around in here. But we're rolling together and we're rolling happily.

This afternoon I found an old issue of ME's Home Campanion and Ruby was finally introduced to paper dolls.

We ate Cheez-Its together, right on the couch.

We read The Little Fur Family -- such a random, little book.

Calvin spent an inordinate amount of time creating this. And although I'm sure it's obvious to everyone, I'll go ahead and tell you - it's a paper airplane-turned UFO stapled to a galaxy (that's Pluto, way up in the left corner), with one of his recent novels stapled over that, for good measure.

While I heated up some left-over Corn and Potato Chowder, Ruby channeled a Persian heiress.

And Calvin followed me from the fridge, to the microwave, to the sink, asking questions with his sick little voice and sniffling his raw little nose.

He's still got the bug. But not to worry, I called the doc today and ordered a refill of sprinkles, so we should be all set by the weekend.

26 comments:

  1. I found your blog actually by looking at blogs who have "Walk the Line" as one of their favorite movies listed. Strange, but I so wanted to find a different circle of blogs to read. Glad I happened upon yours. Would you come say hello over at mine?

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  2. dirty house.
    tell me about it.
    cold house.
    can we say wearing gloves as we speak?

    sounds like you guys are having some great moments at home. sweet post!

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  3. Put on your fuzzy socks, flannel pjs, and cuddle up with your honey and stay warm. Hot cocoa to boot...

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  4. Could you watch your mouth on this blog with your whole ding dong drat...it is really offensive. Sprinkles...did you say sprinkles???

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  5. "We're like three hapless marbles rolling around in here. But we're rolling together and we're rolling happily."
    Love this line - and that is what it feels like to be living in a small space with preschoolers . . . bumping into each other, the furniture - randomly rolling through the day.
    LOVE IT! : )
    Keep up the good work, girl!

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  6. Those kids of your are p-r-e-c-i-o-u-s. I love your description of Calvin's project.

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  7. awww. that calvin has an adorable personality!!!

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  8. We're feeling it too... too cold to do much of anything.
    Love Calvin's art, Isaac is into the planets as well, and makes sure everyone knows that Pluto is a dawrf planet... just to be clear!
    Ruby is as beautiful as always!

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  9. You had me at Ma Ingalls.. you know I wanted to be the 1981 version of Laura. You bet I wore my hair in braids and rocked the prairie dress. Keep in mind, this was when preppy was cool and LHOP was not so much. Heck yeah,my house is cold. Bundle up kids, I want to save some cash for a little Anthro possibly???

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  10. "Little Fur Family"! Ha! My mom gave it to my son for Easter last year and half-way through he just looked up at me with the weirdest look on his face and I was like, "Yeaa... this is kind of weird..." Ha! We've grown in to it now! God bless Margaret Wise Brown!

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  11. You know, I've been meaning to ask if your house is cold. These are things that are just starting to occur to me about owning an old house. It's worth it though, right? Tell Calvin that I hope his magic sprinkles make everything all better.

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  12. Cute post. Our house is only partially heated too so we spend most of the time huddled around our woodstove in the kitchen and make the grand dash to our room at bedtime!
    Cheers!

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  13. Girl I just love to read your writing. You are so witty and effortless. That picture of Ruby was precious. I love your home dynamic. You can just tell it's a wonderful place to be...one room cabin or not:)

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  14. I do not do well with clutter. It makes mommy go crazy :)

    Love the pictures and the Artwork {of course we could all tell what that was...OF course!}

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  15. Cherish these times, they are so precious. That Calvin is a boy after my own heart and I totally knew what his creation was :) Stay warm!

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  16. You do have the cutest kids that side of the Mississippi (of course mine are the cutest on this side). And your confusion about Arizona snow..everyone is, confused that is. We live in Norther AZ. Flagstaff a little ski town in the mountains. Our house is at 7300 feet and the one room heat in the house...hand raised..but on the Ingalls front...I beat you sister... I really do live in a log cabin. Rustico central. I may blog about my love hate relationship on my 52 things. Keep warm out there.

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  17. Cleaner than P. Diddy's shoes? Almost peed my pants as I read that. I'm fighting the clutter battle too. Not really fighting - more like passive resistance. I may just have to throw up the white flag. As long as the toilets and kitchen are sanitary, who cares about the perpetual cheezit crumbs on the floor?

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  18. I grew up in a really cold farm house! The downstairs was warm, but oh my the upstairs was sooo cold in the winter! Now that the parents have married us off - they have heat upstairs - go figure! They even got a shower when I went to college! I hope Calvin gets to feeling better - we all have the bug at my house & I wish I had some sprinkles :)

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  19. i'm trying to declutter today! how funny! we moved into our apartment last august and i never organized the girls' closet...just shoved things in there and CLOSED the door. now it is organized, new sizes of clothes switched. now to haul all the bins to the basement! so...my hallway is cluttered now until i figure out how to get all the bins downstairs. haha!

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  20. my head hurts so bad that my brilliant and witty comment just went
    POOF! right out of my brain.
    dang sinuses ]:( grr

    oh, guess the comment wasn't meant to be witty--
    but my girl, chloe spent all of yesterday (no school) clipping outfits from a catalogue called TOAST, maybe you've seen it...
    we drew a cardboard body, and she has a ziploc full of outfits
    (toast is similar to Anthro in that the stuff is somewhat obscure and verrrrry cool)
    i'll try to post some photos over on my blog SOON

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  21. your kids are absolutely adorable, they rank right up there with mine!

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  22. I feel the same with clutter...and oh my my downstairs is freezing during the winter in my house...sprinkles make it all better:)

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  23. I had to come over because I knew I would get a little giggle! Thanks. We would like some spinkles over here too please.

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  24. Is Calvin okay with the news of Pluto's demotion in the solar system? Hope he feels better soon. Looks like you had a creative and cozy day. Keep rollin, mama marble!

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  25. Sure wish I was there too! We would throw in some home made cookies. I know that would help my budding artist and the persian princess feel better. We might even bring Raphie in the house too.

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  26. That little boy looks so grown up in the last picture. :( How did this happen?
    I found some old ME paper dolls in a magazine a few weeks ago for Nora too. I think I had more fun with them than she did, though.

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