Friday, February 19, 2010

A Sparkling Good Time

Looking forward to spring, I have given up hope for any snow after a day like today, it was beautiful, sunny and warm. We threw open the windows to let in all that beautiful fresh warm air, it felt good and then...

I noticed my windows needed cleaning ( the downside of sun) when it's dark I can ignore that my windows need help, but today was not that day. And then like in the book When You Give A Mouse A Cookie... noticed that the cupboard needed organizing and while organizing the cupboards I noticed the floors needed cleaning...etc, it went on like that until the kitchen sparkled and I just have to say I LOVE SPRING CLEANING! It's better than any other kind of cleaning there is.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cleaning Never Hurt Anyone... YET.

I'm feeling the spring clean coming on, so far I have attacked the playroom, made a start at the yard and have my sights on the kitchen.

The kids room scares me. Unfortunately the kids play and deconstruct with gold medal winning skill, really they are amazing in their tenacity and skill. I clean the room (with their "help") but somehow it only lasts for a hour or so. I went through last week and started weeding through their stuff and have removed quite a bit, but I know I can do more. I'm pretty sure the toys and socks breed while I'm not looking and I need Olympian determination if I ever want to win the war of the girls room. It fights back and it fights dirty.

What's a mommy to do, call for backup? Grandma? No, she's too smart, she will cheer from the sidelines and give advice as the veteran of many wars, but get directly involved? "NO WAY, NOT ON YOUR LIFE!" And who can blame her, children's rooms have been known to make even the strongest mother weep in fear, terror and exhaustion. Daddy? No, you need help not a partner in crime.

It comes down to this (at least for me) use Daddy or Grandma, let them take the little mess makers for a while and dig in while they're out. Play some loud music, keep the chocolate at the ready and FIGHT, Fight, Fight!

Pray for me, I think I'll tackle the laundry room tomorrow.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mossy Monday

I'm a Northwest girl. I love moss, all the green beauty and the sheer fuzziness, which is really a good thing as this has been such a warm winter. It seems like the green stuff is taking over at our house. We were outside this afternoon doing yard work and there was moss everywhere I looked on trees, rocks, roof and driveway, luckily the kids were moving fast, no moss on them!

For those of you without your very own (I'm thinking of all you Arizona folks) here are some pictures of mine. We may not have snow but WE HAVE MOSS!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

All Hail the Queen

Annette is sick this week, we are knee deep in the 'flu' that I had hoped to avoid with all the shots we had this fall. This will be a light blogging week but here are some things said by the same little gal.

I was helping Annette the other day she told me to do something. TOLD me.
My response was "You aren't the queen, you ask mommy and say please." to which she said. Yes I am. I'm the baby queen!"

While putting her to bed last night she asked for another book, I said "Sure, but just one." holding up one finger to show her I meant one book. She got really excited and said "hey I have one too!" she held up one finger and said, very proud of herself, : "See I have one and you have one, we can read two stories."

Yep, she just may be the baby queen.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


February is Love One Another Month at our church.
This is a great time for us, it helps to refocus our line of thought off our hectic schedules and onto the people around us, to know better all those people we say 'hi' to, but not much more. This an exciting time.
Wouldn't it be fun if it spread, to all the people we come into contact with?
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude , it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.
It always protects, always trusts always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails."
I Corinthians 13:4-8

Emma II

I finally had the chance to watch the latest installment of Emma on Masterpiece Theater, and I have to say it's growing on me. I could be just getting caught up in the story, then again it also might be getting better as the movie goes on. Hmmm.

The costumes are lovely (I wish we could dress like that and so do my gals) , the ball had some of the most realistic and beautiful dancing, even Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightly is winning me over, although with such a wonderful character to play how could he not.