Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Busy, busy

Our weekend was busy but just as much fun as I had anticipated. We had great entertainment, great food, even better company and okay weather (it was a little cold to stand outside after dark, but we managed) All in all, a very good holiday weekend.

But then reality hit and I realized that in less than a week, I was going to be hosting 2 holiday gatherings for more than 20 people each. Yikes. I had a lot to do and not so much time to do it in.

So the last few days have been spent cleaning, organizing and straightening up between the dirty diapers, meals, crying fits and arguments that are part of my life as a mom and daycare provider. I don't have much more to do, and what I do have left is mostly last-minute things. Like I've learned never to mop the floor in the kitchen until at least 24 hrs before-hand (or even closer, if possible) It just doesn't happen because it's inevitable that someone will spill their milk or drop their oatmeal on the floor. I also leave the main bathroom for near last because of the last minute showers and baths that need to be taken. As for the mirror, happens about 5 minutes before people get here because I just know that I will get toothpaste splatters all over it within seconds of wiping it down if I do it early. These are things that you come to learn when you have kids (or a husband, for that matter) Gone are the days of cleaning well in advance and keeping it clean. Sure, you can clean up and keep it clean for days...if you have a lock on the door going into that room. Otherwise, you'll have to go over it again at least once. Now don't get me wrong, my house isn't dirty and my family aren't pigs. But they're kids and with kids comes a certain amount of clutter and mess. But it's all worth it. I'd take laughter and smiles over a perfectly clean house any day.


Mom to 3 Monkeys said...

Good luck getting everything ready to go and oh so true on families and cleaning. Someday we'll have spotless homes and pine for grandkids to come mess it up. The laughter is definatley better!

Carol said...

Good luck!!! I know exactly what you mean about which jobs must absolutely be left until last...

If I lived close I'd take your kids for you that last day or two before the big event so you could clean freely! : )