Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I'm a failure...and why that's OK.

Anyone else get super motivated and do a lot of stuff at once, only to burn out and then turn super lazy? Yeah, that's me in a nutshell. I will overdo it right off the bat and then think, "Hey, I deserve a break." That break then turns into completely abandoning what I had planned to do. This is the case for my cleaning challenge. Sorry, guys. After my crazy stress cleaning session, I just couldn't do it. I also piled work, kids, writing and homework onto my plate. (Speaking of writing, check out my new post on ROW that just went live!) I'm up to four posts a month, in my fifth week of this course, and trying to earn money to pay for gas and extras for our Louisiana trip.

Y'all, I'm learning that it is OK to not be all things to all people. I'm a good mother and wife and that's about all I need to be. I take on so much responsibility, some of which isn't even mine to take on. I constantly stress myself out about things that I have no control over. Hopefully I'll find something that will keep my interest and start another series soon.

Anyway, JR comes home today so I am tiding up the house and shaving those legs. You know it's official when the phrase "leg shaving" is thrown around. I've already washed dishes, watered the flowers, taken out the recycling, and now I'm folding laundry. Just have to sweep the floors and then get the kids and I baths. Then we will be headed to the airport!

Check out my ROW post and have a great day, y'all!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's Been Crazy...

The last few days have been absolutely crazy. My internet line was cut by my lawn mower happy neighbor and it took several rude calls to Century Link to get it fixed. My line is still above ground, but whatever...

I also had jury duty but I am happy to report that I was not selected! I won't have to worry about that for two years. Since JR is on a hitch, my mom helped me out with the kids. I tell ya, a lot of times I don't know where I'd be without her.

Anyway, I'm going to get some rest and recover and I'll be back at the challenge tomorrow. :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cleaning Challenge- Day 11

Does anyone else stress clean? I know a lot of women stress eat, but I've started cleaning when I'm worked up. I'm nervous because the insurance adjuster was supposed to be out here this morning to see about the damage to our roof. I was up and dressed before the kids woke up and I have been cleaning ever since. (Minus the hour I've finally been relaxing.) 

Well, the adjuster still hasn't shown or called and my appointment slot was over almost an hour ago. That's cool insurance guy. It's just supposed to rain tomorrow. No biggie. (He just called. He'll be here around one.  Way to be prompt).

Y'all, I've cleaned my kitchen, cleaned every door in this house, cleaned all of the trim on the walls, and then started on the bathroom. I stopped myself after cleaning all the doors and trim in the bathroom because that room is today's challenge from Money Saving Mom:

  • Set the timer for 20 minutes and put toilet cleaner in each of the toilet bowls and let it soak.
  • Remove any items that don’t belong in the bathroom, put away items that need to be put away in the bathroom, empty the trash.
  • Spray and wipe down the sink and tub.
  • Finish swishing and cleaning the toilet.
  • Shake the rugs outside (or throw them in the laundry) and mop or vacuum the floors.
  • Wipe down the outside of the cupboards and clean the mirror.
  • You’re done!
So, here are the before's and after's: 


Actually not too bad.

Not too bad, either.

Eww. This is the border around the top of the shower. I'm really starting to hate dust!

All clean and organized. 

Not much of a change, but I wiped down the entire tub and the walls. 

Be gone, dust!


I am all done and have already swept the rest of the house. There really isn't anything left to clean! I guess I'll just work on some homework (which will put me ahead) and be ready to start working early tonight. At least all this anxious energy has made me rather productive!

Have a great day, y'all!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cleaning Challenge- Day 10

After 9 days of "surface cleaning" rooms of my house, I was starting to wonder when we would be hit with a day of hard cleaning. Well, I didn't have to wait long! Here is today's challenge from Money Saving Mom:


  • Set the timer for 20 minutes and pick up and put away all items that are out of place. (Bonus: find 7 items to get rid of.)
  • Dust the furniture, wall-hangings, and knick-knacks.
  • Wipe down the baseboards.
  • Vacuum/sweep the room. (Bonus: use an attachment on the vacuum to vacuum around the baseboards and vacuum the furniture.)
  • Clean fingerprints on the windows.
  • Bonus: Spot-clean the carpets and walls.
  • You’re done!
I'm going to be honest: My baseboards haven't been touched the entire time we have lived here. Please do not gasp in horror when you see the pictures of what 3 1/2 years of neglect has done to them! 
You gasped, didn't you? It's OK, so did I.
Ewwwwww.

Ahhh. Much better!


Dusting was the easy part because I don't have anything on my walls. I like to say it's because I don't really have much to hang and that I'm horrible at hanging things, but it is really because I'm lazy when it comes to decorating. I really need new pictures too. We haven't taken any as a family since Ashley was about 6 months old. 
I said dusting was easy. I didn't say it was pretty! (This also includes all of the chair rails and walls)
Oh, Hi Cheyenne! It's almost like she is saying, "Mom, that's disgusting. And I eat poop, so I know disgusting when I see it."

While dusting was easy, I realized that I needed to wipe down everything in the living room. Floors are swept and mopped and I even took a vacuum cleaner to the baseboards. (Sorry, furniture. I'm tired!) Also picked up stray items and threw away a bunch of random stuff.

The chair of things that do not belong.

Back to being "the chair that needs to be replaced but will do for now."

Well, things are winding down here. I have some homework to do and then its b&b (bath and bed) time for the kiddos. Then it's Duck Dynasty time! And getting in some work. 

See y'all tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cleaning Challenge- Day 9

Day 9! I can't believe I've actually stuck with this challenge. I know I missed part of yesterday, but I am happy to report that I went ahead and finished it while I was working on tonight's challenge. 

Here is the challenge as posted on Money Saving Mom:

Your project for today is to surface clean your bedroom(s).
If you have multiple bedrooms in your house, you can choose whichever one most needs a good surface cleaning.
I picked Ashley's room since I have already used mine and Justin's as part of the challenge. Sorry in advance for the crappy iPhone pics. I really need to invest in a good used camera. 


Apparently my iPhone felt that flash was not needed here. *sigh*

Toys much?

Disney Princess and Dora everywhere!

Looking much better!

We need a bigger house. 

Yes, Ashley actually sleeps with all of these stuffed animals on her bed. Try taking one away from her. I dare you.

This challenge has shown me just how small my house actually is. A family of four in a house of about 1000 sq. ft. is a pain, but we are just thankful to have a roof over our heads! 

How did you do? :) 



I hate this part...

JR leaves today. In a few hours, the kids and I will be dropping him off at the airport. What makes things worse is that one of our friends and his family is PCS'ing out of state tomorrow. Ugh. So many people to miss. :(

I have a feeling these next two weeks will go by pretty fast. I'm on week three of my current class, I have a post due every week this month for ROW (WOOOOOT!!) I have two books to read, a lot of work to catch up on, and jury duty next week. Oh, and I have to keep up with the cleaning challenge. 

I know I missed yesterday, but I have a good reason. The challenge was to sweep/vacuum all floors. I had swept the floors in most of the house and was about to vacuum when I realized that we were out of pull-ups. So, at 8 pm, I ran to the store and then came back to get the kids ready for bed. With that said, I promise to get back at it today. 

Well, I have to go and get the last bit of JR's laundry done and get ready to head to the airport. 

P.S. Do me a favor and check out Melissa's son's website. He is trying to raise money to dig a well in Rwanda. His twin brother already met his goal in December. This is Ashton's birthday wish. 

Thanks y'all!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Cleaning Challenge- Day 5 and Planting A Garden

Y'all, I'm tired. I mean dead tired. We decided to rip up the ugly shrubs in front of our porch and plant some flowers. I'll talk more on that later, but first, the cleaning challenge:

With the weekend coming up tomorrow, today you get to choose your project from the list. You can either surface clean the living room and kitchen, clean a bathroom, or clean your interior windows.

OK, so I had to clean my house almost from top to bottom since a ton of dirt made it into the house. I have hardwood and laminate floors in all rooms except the bedrooms and they were killing me. I feel so accomplished. I think I am going to take the weekend off except for my normal cleaning. 

Oh, and sorry about no pictures of the clean-up. My mind wanders when I wash dishes (what I wouldn't do for a dishwasher) and I totally blanked on taking crappy iPhone pics. But you like those crappy iPhone pics? Well, lucky you! I took pictures of our flower bed!


Petunias and Gerbera Daisies


Hanging baskets!

Gerbera Daisies and Marigolds

Begonias in a hanging basket. I just love saying begonias. Begonias. Ok, I'm done. 


I so wish I had taken before pictures. In the last week, the front of the house has made a dramatic recovery. It had been neglected for so long. Poor yard. 

Anyway, I'm going to go enjoy a beer or two and a bonfire with some friends who are about to PCS out of state. :( 

Happy Friday y'all!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cleaning Challenge- Day 4

Whew. Today has been a day, that's for sure. Payday= running all over town. Good news? Justin is sounding a lot better. Bad news? Ashley is hacking and sneezing now. Ahh. The joys of motherhood.

Anyway, here is today's challenge:

Your project for today is to surface clean extra rooms (laundry room, office, etc.)

I picked Justin's room since I managed to track dirt all over his carpet when we came in from the store. Gotta love rainy days and 50 degree weather. (WTF Spring?)

Here are the before and after's:


No excuses. Just mess. 


My husband is directly responsible for the Saints gear that graces the walls of baby boy's room. If I had it my way, it'd be wall to wall Steelers. :) 


Sorry for the blurry picture. I was holding a fussy baby. Oh, and that hamper of clothes? Those are actually clean, I'm just going through Justin's clothes and putting all of the ones he can't fit into together to give to a friend whose sister is having a little boy. 


I figured I'd leave you with a picture of the most handsome man I know. Tied with my Dad, nephew, brother, and husband :)

How did you do? I want to hear about your progress! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Discovery Place Kids Trip and Cleaning Challenge-Day 3 (Picture Heavy!)

Since I'm linking this post up with the Money Saving Mom website, I'm going to talk about the challenge first. Here is today's challenge:


  • Set the timer for 20 minutes and pick up and put away all items that are out of place. (Bonus: find 7 items to get rid of.)
  • Pull out any items under the bed that don’t below under the bed and make the bed (wash sheets/bedding, if needed).
  • Vacuum/sweep the room. (Bonus: use an attachment on the vacuum to vacuum around the baseboards and vacuum under the bed.)
  • Clean fingerprints on the windows.
  • Bonus: Spot-clean the carpets and walls.
  • You’re done!
Here are some before pictures: 



I have realized a few things: 1) I can't wait to get a new comforter set. 2) We throw stuff any and every where. 3) See number 1.

Here are the after shots:




I have also realized that taking the before and after pictures is actually pretty motivational. (And I really want a new comforter set.)

How did you do today?

Now onto our Discovery Place Kids adventure. For some reason I fail to understand, Discovery Place decided to open in Rockingham. Really? Anyway, my mom and I took the kids, along with my nephew and cousin. It was ok. I mean, it is Rockingham. I think I would have had a little more fun if I didn't have a sick baby. 

 Baby Boy loved the water. So glad that they had a table with baby seats! (That's my mom in the background. Hi Mom!)

Justin at the water table and the "lunch" Ashley made me at the play kitchen.



Ashley in the play kitchen and at another exhibit. 

All in all, it was a full day. Now onto the homework I have due tonight. No rest for this momma. Night y'all!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cleaning Challenge- Day 2

What a day it has been.

Justin has been a little congested for a few days, but got much worse over the last 24 hours. I was able to get a doctor's appointment very early this morning and found out that little man has Bronchiolitis (at least, that's what it sounded like she said) and has to have breathing treatments. If he isn't better in a few days he may have to go to the hospital. :(


My handsome boy is happy even when he is sick!


He fell asleep almost as soon as we started his first treatment. Poor baby. :(


Justin is still a little fussy and I'm a lot sleepy, but I completed the challenge for today. (Sorry, no pictures of my progress) Here is the challenge as posted on Money Saving Mom:


  • Set the timer for 20 minutes and put toilet cleaner in each of the toilet bowls and let it soak.
  • Remove any items that don’t belong in the bathroom, put away items that need to be put away in the bathroom, empty the trash.
  • Spray and wipe down the sink and tub.
  • Finish swishing and cleaning the toilet.
  • Shake the rugs outside (or throw them in the laundry) and mop or vacuum the floors.
  • Wipe down the outside of the cupboards and clean the mirror.
  • You’re done!
This took me way more than 20 minutes because I had to stop and give Justin a breathing treatment. Either way, I got the job done! I'm very thankful that the Lord gave me the energy to keep up with all that happened today. This momma is wore out!

How did you do with day 2?


Monday, April 1, 2013

Spring Cleaning Challenge-Day One

I'm going to be truthful with y'all; I almost didn't take part in the challenge today. I know, I know. It's the first day! Don't fret, I did it! 

According to the Money Saving Mom website, today's challenge was: 

  • Set the timer for 15 minutes and pick up and put away everything that’s out of place. Bonus project: Find 7 things to get rid of.
  • Next, wash the dishes in the kitchen (if there are any), wipe down the countertops and surfaces in the kitchen.
  • Finally, vacuum the living room.
I did everything listed! I even took pictures. 

Here is my kitchen before I started:

Let's just say this weekend has been pretty busy.

Here is my kitchen now:

Yay! Clean! I wiped down every surface I could think of. Stove, microwave, counters, cabinet doors, etc. 

Feeling pretty good about this challenge. How did you do today?