December 19, 2017: Less than a week before Christmas and our house has devolved into a new level of chaos. With relatives coming in soon, I am resigned to the fact that this is what they will be welcomed with – counters that can’t be seen, toys in oddly out-of-place places, and bag after bag of unpacked items, none of which (I hope) is perishable food. It is a time when I could certainly do one of two things. I could frantically run around cleaning with what little time I have (always a possibility, depending on my mood), or I could accept that this is life right now and welcome them with a warm smile and a hug. For today, I am choosing the later. My pediatrician even advised as much at my son’s appointment today, stating that I should accept that this will be the way it is until the kids have passed the age of five. Pretty hard for a self-professed perfectionist….
December 24, 2017: Did I say chaos? After starting to write the above, we had the stomach bug and a cold hit our house. So, the chaos continued. At this point, my goal is to get some downtime while also making sure the family has some happy and fun holiday memories. And that means the house may not be clean this Christmas. Right now, while they are sleeping (everyone finally stopped puking, yay!), I am teaching myself how to blur out the background in photos. Maybe that way, when we look at the photos years from now, they won’t show our house looking like such a mess! But if they do, oh well. That is life right now! I’m pretty sure the kids won’t care, as long as Santa shows up tonight.
For now, I will bid you farewell, and wish you a Happy, and possibly messy, Christmas! See you in the New Year!