Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A New Budding Blogger

Eva has decided, or rather, has been begging me, to start a blog for her.  She named it: Eva and the Pink Polkadot.  It is under her direction, she picks out pictures, puts in her own comments.  (Don't be surprised if each comment ends in....the best ever!!!  She likes that phrase...)  So if you or any of your children would like to be a blogging buddy to Eva, please leave a comment and let me know and we'll put you on the private 'short' list.  I know that there are some of my loyal blogging readers that don't have google accounts to leave comments - so email me if you'd like to be on her list. could sign up for a google account in a matter of seconds.  It's basically a username and password and your golden. (As Kerry would say.)
I showed her how to select pictures from the computer to put on her blog and had her drop them into her own picture folder.  I was surprised to see that there were very few pictures - out of about 30 - that she was actually in.  Most of them are of her cousins, friends, family, etc.  I thought that was awesome.  She has all of these "crazy" captions in mind that she wants to use. Stay tuned!

I however have been finding no time lately for blogging, let alone anything else.  I'm not sure what has happened, but all the sudden life is a big boat and I'm just getting dragged along by the rope!  It's all good - just going through crazy schedules and projects that have thrown the usually perfectly run and functioning Westenskow household into pure chaos.  It's true....
I keep thinking If I can just have one day to reign things back in that I could do it...

This has been a snowball effect- no groceries, bare cupboards for a week - each day thinking I'll have time to run to the store.  But then it's dinner time, no groceries, and it's literally fend for yourself. (FFY)  We even ran out of food storage mac and chesse - which I thought we had an endless supply of! We've resorted to the cheap frozen pizzas twice last week - usually I save those for babysitter nights, cold cereal.  Unpaid bills and random post it notes all over - my purse, laundry room, counters to add to my calendar.  Soccer schedules, taxes, to do papers and lists all piled up - waiting for someone to come and deal with them.   Papers jammed into my purse from brochures, price sheets, etc from basement projects.  Using my car - which is also being neglected and needs a major vacuum/clean/scrub to hide easter stuff in the back because there is nowhere to put it in the house along with more papers and kids coats, bags - since the laundry room is overflowing. Receipts stuffed into an envelope that need to be entered.  
It's been a month of daily apologies to my husband as he walks in from work as I say - Just don't look at the house.  I've been doing this and that all day and I've been trying to get it pulled together but I gotta run right now so when I get home....blah blah.  And then I come home to him having done/finished the dishes, tidied up a bit, etc.  He's a keeper.

I don't expect a perfectly clean home.  Not even close. Kids are busy, dirty, messy, into everything, and that's ok.  But I do have a certain level of cleanliness that can usually be maintained so that I can function and not feel crazy, and it just ain't happening right now!  Muddy shoes in and out of the house with construction, little boys and dogs that have been playing in the mud garden that has also been a little neglected, floors that get vacuumed daily but are disgusting and need a solid mopping.  There is no 10 second rule on those floors, baby!  Laundry overflowing, can't find soccer clothes, can't find school uniform pants because they haven't been washed yet. Does any of this sound familiar?  I think a lot of moms feel like this some times - Yes?

   It's been a week of a set of towels on the laundry room floor that literally would probably only take 3 minutes to fold and put away but are still sitting exactly where they were left 3 days ago, a stack of papers scattered all over the kitchen table that keeps growing daily, this or that that needs to be put away that again would take 3 minutes, but all together it seems like chaos and so it doesn't get done and keeps expanding!  Yikes!  I need to pull this puppy together!  
What has happened to my organized chaos that was working so well before?  Now it's just chaos, bursting at the seems, please don't neglect me anymore tasks that need some TLC.

I'm not sure why I feel like I have lost control.  Control?! Where are you!!??  Please come back.  We miss you.  Maybe we were never best friends,  but we had a good thing going.

Anyway, I do have one small victory.  Tonight I limited myself to 3 Oreos.  Huge.  That is huge for me.  Those devils get me everytime - It's never 3.   It's more like 10-12.  We have a love hate relationship.
Alrighty!  I feel better already.  There must be some therapeutic benefits of writing it all out.  Life is good.  Life is good.  Even when it is crazy.  I'll take it all.  


Jill said...

You are not alone sister! I have one of these chaos moments each month....then, at some point I pull it back together and it lasts for another 3 weeks...endless cycle (sounds like another monthly visitor doesn't it?) My new trick is putting all the clutter in a BIG plastic bin and hiding it in the laundry room. Counters stay clean even when I'm not organized. :) I just cleaned out my car and purse yesterday (while waiting for someone) and filled up 2 grocery sacks of crap! Feeling your pain and I say don't stress...

The Stones said...

See, this is why I love you. You're just...real. Thank you for making me feel like I'm normal. Or maybe we're abnormal together. Hmmmm.

At any rate, I hope you used Kallie for an excuse the other day-how do you get ANYTHING done with 3 year olds like ours? Don't be hard on yourself-I think you're super!

Kierstin said...

I would love an invite! That would be fun for Kaela to get on and leave comments for Eva. Cute.