Hmmm...maybe it's the fact that I have to load the dishwasher about 10 times because my little helper is being 'so helpful' and enjoys it so much. :) Then that got me thinking...usually about 5 minutes after I clean up a room and head to the next...the room I just cleaned has stuff all over the floor again. Or the window I just washed looks so pretty and tempting...and their little fingers make prints all over it within minutes. Or the fact that when I try to throw away a broken toy or put some toy they no longer use in the basement...some how it always ends up back upstairs. Or maybe it could be that as soon as I fold all the clothes the baby thinks its fun to see them fly everywhere. Or maybe the fact is that drama is always happening like today when Minnie's bow fell off and it was the end of the world and it had to be sewn back on right away because she just wasn't as pretty without it on. Or it could be that as soon as I start cleaning someone wants a story read to them or help doing a puzzle (the puzzles that I've already put away 10 times today). But you know what...it's ok that my house is messy cuz my kids are happy. And as those who have come before me have said...enjoy this stage because one day you will miss it.
I came across a poem that my grandma cross-stitched for my mom when all 8 of us kids were home. (Our house wasn't always clean...but boy were we so very happy!) My mom let me take it to my house.
Some houses try to hide the fact
That children shelter there
Ours boasts of it quite openly
The signs are everywhere.
For smears are on the windows
Little smudges on the door
I should apologize I guess
For toys strewn on the floor
But I sat down with the children
And we played and laughed and read
And if the furniture doesn't shine
Their eyes will shine instead
For when at times I'm forced to choose
The one job or the other
I want to be a housewife...
But first I'll be a mother.
I'm so grateful for my children and the joy they bring to my life...especially my biggest kid...Mike (hahahaa...love you honey)! :) And although some days my house is clean and most days its a mess its ok because my kids are happy and one day I will miss the mess! Enjoy life and love it!