August 11, 2011

I did it again - Moderation in all things

In an effort to get a handle on things around here, yesterday I decided to start with cleaning the kitchen.

While cleaning the kitchen, I noticed the bananas were in such a state as to make the perfect banana bread... and I just wanted them off my counter. So I stopped cleaning and made banana bread.

While making bread, I figured that since I was already cooking, I might as well cook up the chicken for dinner that night. So I started cooking chicken.

Then Claira made it known that she was hungry, so I stopped to feed her. After that I realized she really needed a bath. So I gave her a bath.

While getting her dressed, I looked around my bedroom and decided I hated the way it felt so cluttered, I then decided to move my computer, desk, and anything office related downstairs.

But first I needed to clear off the work space Hubby had made for me in the storage room. So I started organizing that.

Then I realized the chicken was done and needed to be diced. So I stopped cleaning and diced chicken. After that was done the banana bread was also done, and the kids were hungry, so I fed them lunch.

When they were satisfied, I finished clearing off the work space in the storage room and moved my computer downstairs.

Then got distracted after I turned it on by emails and an intense game of facebook scrabble between my mom, myself, and my sisters.

I know, we live on the edge.

After Claira had a diaper blowout, I remembered that I still had wet laundry in the washer, so I went to go switch it over but then realized that the dryer was still full. So I emptied the dryer and threw all the clean blankets on the couch.

A fight broke out in my bedroom so I went in to shoo the kids out, and since I was already in there, started moving office stuff downstairs. But then I ended up sorting though all the papers to throw out what we didn't need anymore.

That was interrupted by hungry children, diaper changing duties, mini splash parks on my kitchen floor, and a rather intense fight over a blanket.

In the middle of all that, the doorbell rang and some friends had stopped by, much to the everlasting delight of my children.

So while we moms were chatting, I noticed the kitchen was still a disaster, mostly because it was covered in banana bread crumbs, and all my clean laundry was in a nice big heap in the middle of the living room floor.

So embarrassing.

Then I also realized it was almost dinner time. So I started working on that... again.

And so, by the time Hubby came home and helped me move the computer desk downstairs, dinner was half made, the kitchen half cleaned, the bedroom half destroyed, the storage room half organized, the laundry half done, and the family room downstairs in total chaos.

On such days, I try to make myself feel better by telling myself I am simply following the counsel of "moderation in all things."

Aside from the total chaos in the family room and the banana bread, I don't think I completed a dang thing yesterday.


20 super cool people speak:

jaacs said...

I'm sooo easily distracted. It is hard for me to stay on task anymore. lol

To think that some people wonder what we Mamas do all day. :o)

For the got a lot accomplished.

the fowlers said...

sounds like my day, too! i even made banana bread - and that was about all that i finished. how is it that we're busy all day but nothing is ever complete?

Sue said...

I love your sense of the ridiculous.

So entertaining.


Saimi said...

Ever read the book, "If you give a mouse a cookie?"

Yeah, pretty much parallels your day!

Will and Marcie Davis said...

Have I ever told you how much I LOVE your blog??? I swear we are TWINS!!! You sum up my life perfectly!!! Thats exactly what happens to me EVERY day! ;)

The Momma said...

Love it! I swear that's me almost every day! I love reading your blog to my husband, he now knows I'm not the only mom who has crazy adventures!

Nicole said...

Love it!

Patty Ann said...

I totally do the same things. One of these days, I know that I will have a clean house. Currently I am trying the plan. Believe it or not, it is working, slowly.

KT said...

Yes, Yes, YES!!! You are awesome. I call this motherhood induced ADD. My kids were all in school for the first time last year. The ADD stayed home.

ldsjaneite said...

Ah, but the children were fed. And cleaned. Missions accomplished.

Amy said...

I adore you.

I thought there was something wrong with me. Do I have ADD or something? Can't I stay and finish one task before moving on to the other?? And it's only gonna get worse when kiddos come!

I'm glad I'm normal.
Thank you.

P.S. Thanks for the writing encouragement! You're a very good writer too.

Lara said...

It sounds rather like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. :) I am so the same way. I am sitting here commenting on blogs now because I came in the office to put some things away and thought I'd check email real quick. Yeah, right.

Lindzena said...

Wow, you are supermom. Don't you get down about not completing anything entirely, you can add to your list the education of young girls like me who aspire to be mothers. Time to prepare mentally. :)

liz said...

Thank you! Very funny and VERY VERY TRUE!! : )

Brenick said...

you basically described my life every single day. hahahaha!

Rachel Sue said...

So glad I'm not the only one who does this. EVery day.

Heather (wife, mom) said...

wish i had that motivation to even half do half of those things! you're great :)

Larsen said...

Look at me, look at me, look at me now!
You could do what I do
If you only knew how.
I study the scriptures one hour each day;
I bake,
I upholster,
I scrub,
and I pray.
I always keep all the commandments completely;
I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.
I help in their classrooms!
I sew all they wear!
I drive them to practice!
I cut all their hair!

I memorize names of the General Authorities;
I focus on things to be done by priorities.
I play the piano!
I bless with my talents!
My toilets all sparkle!
My checkbooks all balance!
Each week every child gets a one-on-one date;
I attend all my meetings (on time! Never late!)

I'm taking a class on the teachings of Paul,
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all .
I track my bad habits 'til each is abolished;
Our t-shirts are ironed!
My toenails are polished!
Our family home evenings are always delightful;
The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.
I do genealogy faithfully, too.
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
I rise each day early, refreshed and awake;
I know all the names of each youth in my stake!
I read to my children!
I help all my neighbors!
I bless the community, too, with my labors.

I exercise and I cook menus gourmet;
My visiting teaching is done the first day!
(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.
It's the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters.)
I chart resolutions and check off each goal;
I seek each "lost lamb" on my Primary roll.
I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all .
I write in my journal!
I sing in the choir!
Each day, I write "thank you's" to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!
My kids get straight A's!
And their bedrooms are clean!

I have a home business to help make some money;
I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.
I go to the temple at least once a week;
I change the car's tires!
I fix the sink's leak!

I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.
I make sure I rotate our two-years' supply;
My shopping for Christmas is done by July!
These things are not hard;
'tis good if you do them;
You can if you try!
Just set goals and pursue them!
It's easy to do all the things that I do!
If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!
It's easy!" she said
and then she dropped dead.

Mama Smith said...

Darling Daughter: What you simply...NORMAL for mothers of YOUNG CHILDREN...(I better throw in MOTHERS of TEENAGERS, also)! What I am impressed all the half-done things you accomplished in one day! (smile)

TisforTonya said...

I had the motivation this morning to get something done... laundry is piled on my couch because that's where it will make me want to fold it, papers are strewn across my bed because I can't go to bed until I a) take care of them or b) toss them back wherever they came from. Zucchinis are on the counter waiting to be grated.

and then I read this... maybe I'll just sleep on the couch tonight (the one without the laundry pile that is)

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