Sunday, June 8, 2014

Carpe Tomorrow


Confession: this is how the toy room looks right this second, and it's about 2,000% improved from yesterday, before Calvin "cleaned" it. (He really did clean it. Promise. Swear.)

The gig is up. I don't live in a magazine-worthy home.

If you drop by, you'll likely find me in my pajamas with piles of stuff everywhere. On any given day, there are Lego remnants, paper scraps, laundry piles, oh, the books!!!, and dishes in my sink.

And crumbs on the counter. Forever. For the love, ALWAYS the crumbs.

(Also, use my bathrooms at your own risk. Like, maybe don't sit down all the way.)

Hello, hard-working mud-room with no natural light! 
You're a hot mess most of the time, but I love you anyway.

 Kitchen, I've seen you a million times worse.
(The upside to a sassy-mouthed kid? My dishes are done. And not by me.)

 Living room! 
You make me look like I'm almost proficient at this housekeeping thing!
(And yes, this pic is partly just to irritate Team Symmetry.)
(I take my relationship cues from Silas.)

 I swear I've thrown that red eagle away 36 times.

What's that on the floor? 
Oh, nothing. 
Just Silas's bed where he's slept for the past 3 or 4 months since he outgrew his toddler bed.
 No big.

The kids really knocked themselves out today and made their beds.

Calvin's art. 
(Silas: "Is that a potty seat that plugs in?" I'll never be able to see it any other way.)

Most days, I feel exactly like that dangling sleeve.

 #%$& just got real....

Let's end this on a relatively happy note.

This is how we live some days. Maybe even lots of days.
I'm inclined to think we're all human. I'm inclined to think we shouldn't hold ourselves to impossibly staged, pin-worthy standards.

As for today, well, it's Sunday and I can't find it in my heart to care.

The kids are playing happily outside with the neighbors, there's a bowl of watermelon with my name on it and this book is calling.

Seize the day, homies. Live like there is a tomorrow. Because Mondays are way better suited for laundry piles and crumbs.


**
Hey. Hi. I found out last night that I'm in 3rd place for the #StyleForJustice trip. We have today and tomorrow yet to vote. I could really use your help! It takes just a second. I'm at peace with however this ends up, but I want to go down fighting, because what's the point in anything else?

Go here to vote.

Love you people!


45 comments:

  1. Thank you for this. The pictures of a real-life-lived-in-house are just as much (actually MORE) of an encouragement as the prettied up ones.

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  2. So two things: I've never loved you more thanks to that shot of what I can only assume is your room. I live alone and, well, let's just say that's a familiar site. Secondly, I heart asymmetry. Asymmetry forever! Thirdly (sue me) I CAN'T FIND the dern red eagle!!

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    1. It's a teeny, tiny McDonald's toy. By the sunglasses. :)

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  3. Ha - I looked everywhere for that eagle and can't find it either!! :) Also here's hoping for a come from behind victory!

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    1. See the above response.
      (You guys are cracking me up!)
      And thanks for the support!

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  4. The eagle has landed on the green table next to the sunglasses….right in the middle. He's a little bitty thing.

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  5. On the green table, y'all. :)

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  6. Your house looks so very happy and full of life! Our home is a hodge-podge of the things we love. Like my husband said the other night after a day of farming in the field, our home is cozy, like the very best kind of hug. And I'm inclined to agree.

    We get wrapped up in the picture perfect staging that we forget real people have to live and love within those four walls. As it stands, there is a two year old who will pull out every.last.car. just to play with the first one, and a dog who loves the most obnoxious color red blanket (aren't dogs colorblind, methinks they must be :) ). But they call this place home too.

    Your home is lovely, like the very best kind of hug. And a real mudroom, ah swoon. Farm clothes and traipsing through the kitchen drives me batty!

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  7. AaaaaaaMen! to everything.

    Oh the eagle. Is yours the "balance everywhere, see here he is on my finger" type? I've thrown ours away 36 times too.

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  8. Real posts make me smile for a long time.

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  9. I know our friendship is one sided (in a I read your blog always, you have no clue who I am kind of way), but if our paths ever crossed I'd have to hug you. Real is great. Our youngest has a bit of foam on the floor in our room, beds are over rated right? Hope the troops rally and you win the trip, but love your attitude regardless of results. But. I want to hear your stories from the trip :)

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  10. I think I adore you even more now! I love when peeps air their dirty laundry ;)

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  11. Voted! Love the real stuff, this has been my house for the past month. And The Weird Sisters is one of my favorite books! I keep waiting for her to write more. I laughed the entire way through, so funny.

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  12. Glad to know I'm not the only one. Also, I read the title several times and kept thinking it said Carpet Tomorrow! haha I was so confused what this post had to do with getting new carpet :)

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  13. Thanks for solving the eagle puzzle. I love your house, warts and all. Now I don't feel so alone!
    xo

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  14. This kills me!! I can't believe you are human!! Get your teeny tiny a bed!!

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  15. Yep, I'm having to learn to love our messes. It's mighty hard when you're a neat freak I tell ya, but it's mighty necessary to my sanity!

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  16. Bravo for being real! You are human and we too live in our homes as well.I don't nag my family to keep every lil item picked up so they feel like they too can live in their own home.

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  17. THANK YOU! I can't say it enough. Thank you! These pictures are what I needed to see tonight. Bless you for sharing! I'm right there... and then some. You're my hero... you're Braveheart.

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  18. Oh, do I love your house!!! Thanks for being brave and real!

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  19. Bless you for that! BLESS. YOU. Love the "live like there IS a tomorrow." So calming : ) Life is so much more than a magazine spread (though those are fun too!). Love that you can do the magazine but real life too. (BTW, even with the "lived in" look, you can tell you've got style girl!)

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  20. When I saw the picture of your living room, before I read the reference to "team symmetry" I thought"I wonder if she'll get it if I ask why the pictures are "off". But you're way ahead of me!

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    1. By which I meant I'd be kidding you, although I wondered if you'd appreciate it. (Please see previous post for my team asymmetry credentials)

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  21. Love this post. So animating-- We've gone from two tidy people living in a small house and added my son's family-- that makes 7! and it's no longer tidy by any stretch around here. I'm glad I'm not alone. (also-- I'm voting day by day!!)

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  22. I live in a 1200 square foot home ( in Ireland), we had my sons communion party on Saturday here and all my family slept over (13 adults & kids), you can imagine the mess. When I stress about the house my husband always reminds me that it's a home before a house. And then I see the photos of your beautiful house and they speak volumes, they say Welcome in.

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  23. I thought we all lived that way!!! Don't we?? I do! :) Would love to maintain perfect order for more than five minutes, but that's just not real life right now-and I'm okay with that! It's picked up when it has to be and sometimes it isn't! No bigs!!!! Love keepin it real!!

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  24. Thanks for yet again.... "keeping it real"..... Using the home is the way to go! I get stressed out if I have to much stuff laying around so that is just ME, my weirdness so I try to stay on top of my kitchen and living rooms but my bedroom I am always trying to "fit" stuff in. LOL The kids rooms well, that is their area and most times it is a wreck of a space. LOL I hope you have a blessed week for sure. :-)

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  25. Oh i love that you keep is so real.
    And i almost choked on my coffee, for real, about the eagle.
    How does that happen? Always? I am convinced that most of the time the kids are NOT even digging it back out but it's getting out some other way.
    Still voting : )

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  26. LOVE it! Thank you for keeping it real. Just voted. Any idea why I had to sign in through Facebook? Never had to do that before. ?? Fingers crossed for you. :)

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    1. That's a new thing for this final round. (shakes fists at all of the technologies in the world)
      Thanks for the vote!!

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  27. AAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    You crack me all the way up! Man, oh man, did I need this post this morning. I was ranting at my people yesterday, in a loud voice (ahem) "If you want to keep anything, you have to give away five of the same thing! See this Hot Wheel? If you want it, five others go in the donation box! See this, this, thing! Five of them, gone! Except underpants! And shoes! We have too much crap in this house and I'm sick of picking it up!" I was imagining all the tidy houses with children in them, and annoyed that my home looked closer to an episode of hoarders than Design Mom. Thanks for the dope-slap, Shannan (and fellow commenters!)

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  28. I gotta say, your competition is tough! I almost don't want to click on your little "vote" button when I see that mama with that sweet hospital baby pressed to her nose.

    Did it anyway. Uh-ya welcome. ;)

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  29. Crumbs on the counter top, laundry piles in the bedroom...I love thee even more!

    Voted (for you)! Always voting...just not bragging about it as much. :)

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  30. Favorite post ever. You are totally awesome and I only Wish I had seen thiese pics Saturday when I was having a slight meltdown over the messes at my house. Blessings are sure to be heaped upon you for your vulnerability.

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  31. such a fun post!
    i have been faithfully voting for you nearly every day - well, every day you write because you remind me! i really hope you get to go and tell us all about it even though i'll be a teeny weeny jealous because how cool!
    anyway, don't feel bad about your littlest's sleeping set up. we have had our babies living in our walk in closet in past years because we ran out of rooms. now everyone has their own but still, we like to play musical sleeping arrangements around here and it's actually difficult to get everyone to want to use their own beds because they would rather sleep together! rock whatever works for ya!
    liv

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  32. This post is why I love you! Soul sister!!

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  33. Like for real, for real!! AND I love you for it. :)
    Voted.

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  34. BOY, did I need this post today. Thanks for that. :)

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  35. Looks just like that here sans the 3-littles. haha. Don't you just love real life. I do.

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  36. LOL at the eagle! I managed to throw ours away just the other day. Here's hoping it stayed in the trash.

    Where did your beautiful bed frame come from? I love i! In fact I love your whole house and you for sharing it with us in a real way.

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  37. Duly irritated. (Though immensely relieved to see that your house looks like mine on a normal day. Whew.)

    So here's a thought, you know, since you love us so much... what if you rearranged the pictures just for 5 minutes and took a picture and posted it so "team symmetry" could breathe a collective sigh of relief before going back to sorting clutter and tossing McDonald's toys? Good idea?

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  38. And BTW, I love it that Silas sleeps on the floor. Call it cultural sensitivity and adaptability training. Awesome.

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  39. Ha! You make me feel better about my life! I still think my house would beat yours in a "nasty-house-off", but I do feel better knowing that others have messy houses and that not all of their children sleep in beds! Thanks for keepin it real!

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  40. This was a relief to see. My house sometimes looks nice and is nice. But more often than not, there are magazines and books piled up. Laundry to be done. 25 stuffed animals strewn about the living room floor (Curtis the labraweinie's "dolls") and I feel like that dangling sleeve! Today I do! I'm too tired to care.

    I hear a Little Debbie Fancy Cake calling my name..and a movie to watch (it's chilly today! I've already walked the dog and am taking a lazy day!)...

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