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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Not a Happy Labor Day

Do you ever wish you could forget you had kids? This weekend was one of those times. 20 years ago, I was about to be a mom for the first time. I was excited, I was scared. It's been rewarding for the most part, but there have been struggles. I think I know why God makes kids cute when they're born and difficult as they approach adulthood. It's so you don't kill them as babies and it's easy for them to leave the nest later. I never thought I'd be looking forward to the day my son moves out of the house.

I admit I'm not a good housekeeper. My house is always in C.H.A.O.S. (can't have anyone over syndrome). I've tried following FlyLady, but I fell off the wagon so many times that I can't take another bruise right now. I've tried to teach the kids to at least clean up after themselves, if not everyone else, but it hasn't always worked out. Consequently anytime we want to have someone over, it's a monumental cleaning effort, usually all on my part. The younger son helped a little bit, but the older one wouldn't clean even parts of the bathroom that he's the only one that uses, taking dishes to the kitchen.

My Labor Day was spent cleaning the living room. It sure looks great now, but when I walked in this morning, the older son's shoes were laying in the middle of the room. AUGGHHH! It's like pulling teeth to get the kids to do anything and I'm glad I'm back at work so I'm not yelling at them. And they'll live another day...

At least I got to do a little scrapping this weekend, thanks to Andrea's Challenges. I actually got all three done: Altered Item - Composition Notebook,

Ad Challenge,

and San Antonio.

I even made a card: Friend

So even if the house didn't get clean enough, at least I felt productive.


Rach said...

You mean to tell me they don't start helping out more after they're a little older? Darn, you've shattered my dreams! :(

I'm sorry you're dealing with all the work load of home AND your full time job. I guess if you leave your place get bad enough, the boys will move out on their own. lol

Jayne said...

I hear you about the son! Great layouts - love the meow one!!

Suzanne said...

I LOVE that comp notebook! I need one of those! I can TOTALLY relate to your comments about kids. Yep, yep, yep. I sometimes wish I had a "work" to go to. LOL This too shall pass?

Tammy said...

This may sound mean, but when the boys were small and they didn't pick up their toys when I told them to, I would start picking them up and putting them in a trash bag. That would always start a fit of crying and pleading but I would just keep on. They would hurry and pick up all they could. It didn't take very long for them to realize that they needed to pick up when I told them to. The toys? No - I didn't really throw them away - they just thought I did. I would get them back out slowly at a later time.
Maybe you should either throw the stuff in the trash or at least hide it for a good long while. ;)
BTW - I LOVE the Meow layout.