Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Messy is our new look

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/claire-mccarthy-md/my-house-is-messy-and-i-dont-care_b_4853787.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Go there, read it. It is just making so much sense to me now. It describes a house that my sister used to nanny for. I loved that house. I used to do there and think how eclectic. Then I became a Mother and I tried to keep my house ridiculously neat, work full time and raise my daughters.
Something had to give and soon I noticed it was my sanity.

I know this sounds like a complete contrast to the recent posts about my new chores for the girls but please understand the level of cleaning is on a 7 and 10 year old scale. Also those chores aren't about the cleaning but about the lesson of responsibility and respect for me and my home.
Another side effect that I didn't expect is we are tighter for a few reasons. They seem to now understand all the work I do. I have heard how tired they are and Gees Mom, I feel like a slave. Yes child, so did I for 10 years. But the good side effect is that they can't really do these things all alone so instead of them parked in front of the TV while I slave away we really work together. I would not leave either of them alone in the kitchen when it is their night to cook so instead I stand by and assist while they do dinner. I handle some knife work and the pots of boiling water but they make everything and the plates.

I know we have just started this sort of family plan but so far I am amazed at how well they are doing. I get a lot of help with things I didn't even ask for. Yesterday Ava cleaned the litter box as that was her chores but then took the trash out so it wouldn't smell without being asked.
It is taking more effort for me to keep on top of what I expect but they are already self correcting and taking the punishment well. Pretty much that involves taking away all digital devices. You would be surprised how well that works.
So back to my original point.
The house may be messy because we decided to open the futon and sleep in the living room all weekend but the plants are watered and they swept all the floors. So rest assured 8 things are getting done in the house a week and the rest can kiss my ass. We are living our life.

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Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40