January 29, 2007

Kid Was Here


Last night there was a slotted spoon between the couch cushions, and a baseball among the snacks in the kitchen cupboard. I am pretty sure you could find enough wooden tracks underneath the couches to build a Figure 8 set for Thomas and his cheeky Friends.

Hubby says to me as he looks in the trash, "Why is there a cowboy hat in the garbage can?"

Found more makeup in there along with it. And Gray's pants.

Before I became a mother, I remember very clearly attending a party at someone's house, and this someone had kids. The kind of kids that I swore I'd never have. And they kept their home how I swore I'd never keep it- there were toys in plain view in the living room! The carpet wasn't vacuumed. There was crayon on the wall!

Those judgements I made back then haunt me everytime I walk past a crayon-marked hall in my house today. I had to laugh as I picked up random odds & ends before going to bed, straightening up and finding imprints of where the kids had been that day. I am not reminded of their inability to keep any room of our house toy-free. I am not reminded that they did not put away/pick up/throw out that thing I told them to earlier.

I am reminded that they live here. And I love it. And I wouldn't have it any other way.


17 comments:

  1. Hey Steph....just in case you'd rather the TOYS be the sign instead of the crayon colored walls, orange Gojo works mighty well getting it off. ;)

    I relegated my children to using nothing but "washable" type writing utensils a few years back. I've saved quite a bit on furniture and clothes in the meantime!

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  2. Yep. Crayoned walls will become a thing of the past all too soon... I'd rather they DIDN'T choose that as their medium, but it's better than some of the other options!

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  3. Amen, sister! One of my dear LLL friends said to me, "Every child you have changes you a little and helps you let go of something else." She was so right. I'm a better woman BECAUSE of the toys in the living room and the mess I can't stay on top of. I don't want to get to the end of my life wishing I'd had more stuff, kept a cleaner house, or spent more time doing trivial things. Thanks for this reminder.

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  4. Sorry, forgot to log in earlier as ME, not Cody. OOPS!

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  5. I have never repented so much as since I've been a mother. Repenting for all the judgments I made before becoming a mother.

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  6. So true - both the hilarity of findings things in the most bizarre places and the happiness it brings when you realize your kids are getting to live their lives so fully and enjoy just being kids.

    Our most random product placement lately was finding the car keys hidden in the toe of my boot on the shoe rack. Thankfully we weren't running late that day, as it took quite awhile to retrace her steps and locate the keys!

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  7. We haven't got the crayon colored walls yet, but we sure have the toys in the cushions!! And board books everywhere!!!! And the occasional piece of stringcheese!

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  8. Ah, so true! Now that the bulk of Xavier's toys have made their way into the living room and I have my first crayon drawings ON the coffee table I fell... if only I'd known then what I know now!

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  9. It's so funny that whatever you're most judgemental of before you're a parent becomes the thing you have to deal with when you are a parent. My house is a big ol' mess and my kids are happy - it seems like a fair compromise.

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  10. Am I really in for it with Carter? Neither of my other boys ever colored on the wall. (or anything else) When Hunter was 2 he found a pen and came and asked me if he could draw on himself!

    But I hear you on the toy thing. I've never minded though. Even the toys in MY bedroom will make me smile!

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  11. Isnt it funny how you come into parenting with all these preconceived notions....OH MY! I know I did too! As I continue to parent through the years, I find myself, being more relaxed and enjoying the whole thing. The good, bad, and the ugly...hehehe However, the good is very very good!

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  12. Yes! There are reminders all over my house, that there are little ones here. I have also learned to be less of a "neat freak" than I used to be.

    I do feel like all I do is follow my 4 boys around (hubby included) and clean up after them :)

    But I wouldn't have it any other way either!

    Have a great day!!

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  13. Oh, yes. I have learned not to judge after having kids.

    By the way....as we were moving our equipment for the TV we found MANY items behind desks and stands!!

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  14. Your house sounds exactly like mine. I found many things yesterday in the garbage can that weren't sopposed to be there. I also had to get a new toothbrush as my son was using it to clean the sink and everywhere else in the bathroom.

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  15. LOL I'm totally with you on this one! My car is something I NEVER used to think I would let get as nasty as I do. Its just impossible to keep from making messes!

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  16. Had to comment on this one after looking in the back seat of my car while driving to work this morning and spotting a half-eaten Cheese-It, a baby toothbrush, and a candle from a birthday cake. And, doubly ironic, my one-year old has taken to throwing away nearly everything he gets his hands on, including a new pair of his shoes that I looked high and low for for nearly a hour. Aahhhh, the things we share as parents. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. That is so sweet, You always have a great perspective on things. Things that would make lots of people cranky. :)

    Did you see that you've been nominated in the Share the Love Blog Awards?! How exciting!

    http://onewomansworld.blogspot.com/2007/01/share-love_19.html

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