Thursday, May 01, 2008

Keepin' it real

I really am a clean person, people. But my house? It's a mess right now. I even took pictures, and was going to post them, but decided that it would be much too embarrassing even though I'm trying to keep it real and all.

There are several reasons for the terrible state of my home.

1. We're busy. Last night Bria had her Suzuki strings concert and Joel and I had a dress rehearsal at the same time. We got to see her play the first part, and she wanted to stay for the rest so we left her there sitting by some friends. Joel was able to finish his part in the rehearsal in time to see her play the last part and bring her back to the rehearsal. We rehearsed until after 9 pm and then went to Arctic Circle for a (very) late dinner. Tonight we have the performance and tomorrow my students are doing a recital. And then I think my life will be much easier for the next few months. I can't wait.

2. I've been exhausted. See a couple posts down. I am not sure when the new dosage will really kick in, but it hasn't so far. I do feel a little better, but the new medication that I have never taken before is making me nauseous I think. That's not helping the situation. Anyway, I am tired. It's a miracle I'm getting myself out of bed in the morning.

3. I've (happily) been watching my niece and nephew for the last few days. Unfortunately, two extra kids combined with my exhaustion meant I couldn't keep up with all of them and it got messier than usual. Also, I left to go to work yesterday while they were here and Joel didn't even try to keep up with the mess making because he had so much work to do himself. Sigh.

4. I am just not an organized person. I try so hard to inflict organization on myself, but it usually falls apart after a couple days. I've made a lot of good headway this year, but the past month or so has been so crazy that I think I've gone backwards. I just bought a new bookshelf to put in the girls' room to hopefully contain some of the crazy mess, but I need to put it up when their room is clean again. So probably not till the weekend, unless I suddenly get a wonderful burst of energy. I am also trying to put things in the garage to get ready for a garage sale, but there's a lot more around I'm sure.

Okay, so in a fit of insanity, I decided to go ahead and post a picture of the girls' room. I think it looks even worse in real life.

And that is that. I'm off to get at least my front room looking presentable before my voice students begin to arrive.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Lara - I think you must be too good of a photographer. I mean, yeah, the room is messy, but they way you take pictures, well, there's something artistic about the mess. It's almost like it was just made to look messy just so you could take the picture. Or something. I dunno... compared to MY girls rooms, it just doesn't look so bad. But I feel your pain. Oh yes, I do!

    Good luck on recovering from exhaustion. You'll have a clean house soon enough!

  2. All you need is one clean room.

  3. I didn't see the girls room today, but when Zoie's room has been a total sty it was impossible to capture the sty-ishness on camera.

    Good luck at your concert.

  4. Trust me. We ALL have rooms that look like that..... there's no way around it with kids... sooner or later, the mess is just going to happen. I for one, still love you. (wink)

  5. Just take my advise, just pull down your pants and slide on the ice. (MASH) I love that quote. I think that we have one or two rooms like that. At lest you and your family are happy.

  6. You are always so stinking busy! That room looks just fine -- so it must normally look amazing when it's all cleaned. Ellie's room look likes that 2-3 days out of the week. I know you've mentioned that we have the same beds, but Ellie even has the same Troy and Gabriella pillow too!

  7. Oh Laura, this is how we look 24-7 because of course the kids only actually play in their rooms if i clean it up so it's perpetually a mess. I try not to care.