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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Good news bad news

The good news is that TubaDad is on his way home from yet another business trip -- yahooooooo! The bad news is that the house is TRASHED. I don't know if anyone else is capable of having a spotless house and happy kids, but I'm not. I swear the amount of time I spend with the girls is inversely proportional to the cleanliness of our house. And apparently I spent a lot of time with them in the last two days. Heh heh. As evidence of our joy, I present the following two photos of chaos and destruction. (For the record, yes I am sitting on the couch blogging rather than picking things up.)(Also, close scrutiny of the second photo seems to indicate that we had a kegger party here. We did not. It was only the girls and their infinite supply of pretend juice cups.) Ree
 pink pjs, Ro dinosaur pjs Instead of worrying about the mess, the girls and I danced with glee over the 74-degree weather, bared our legs, and headed outdoors. I thought the belly picture from yesterday was just scrumptious, but then saw these chubby, pinchable, unbearably cute toddler legs. Ro pink skirt, Ree purple skirt Now tell me you would have been able to ignore them and go clean instead?

41 comments:

  1. never in a million years would I have been able to resist those adorable girls... and never to clean... I'm with you... a clean house is a sign of NOT LIVING... I'd rather live and enjoy every second with those babies - and worry about housework when they sleep, or at some other point. Wasn't it beautiful outside... I'm loving the outdoors too... and can't wait to get home to my girls tomorrow afternoon.

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  2. Someone ought to tell those girls that "Cowboys like fat calves!"

    As I tell my guest when they look upon in quiet disdain, you want a model house, hire me a housekeeper or visit the lady next door.

    Small children and clean house... those words do not belong in the same sentence.

    Here is an idea... "SuperNanny

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  3. Cleaning is HIGHLY overrated. If you're not getting dirty or making a mess, you're not having fun!

    Party on Salsa family!

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  4. The top photo is truly frameable (guess that's not a word but it should be). True sisterly love/bond. Let the party continue.
    A belated happy birthday to you. You're young and you obviously know how to live well!

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  5. Wasn't that a party?? Glad you had such a great time with the girls and that the 'Twinadoes' lived up to their adorable name! The chubby, too-cute-for-word legs are just scrumptious! Spending time with them is worth every bit of the mess. Maybe you can convince them that cleaning-up is still fun? If so, may I borrow them for the weekend? :o)

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  6. OMG, love the cute legs! Enjoy the nice weather. We're getting yet another snow storm and yesterday it was -18 Celcius. Brrrr.......

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  7. I love the photo of one chillaxin (our new word courtesy of Catherine) across the other in the chair. Oh to be two again and have a twin sister to chillax with!

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  8. Cris a2/13/2008

    My Mom always says....no ones going to steal your mess, but time will steal their childhood! Enjoy them, the mess will stil be there!!

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  9. What is a clean house?

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  10. Having a beautiful grand-daughter myself from China and knowing about those bellyicious bellies and lovable chubby knees and cheeks...I cannot imagine wanting to clean a house over hugging and playing. Go to it girl...trust me...there are greater things in life than a clean house. I wish I had known that when "mine" were babies. I have now "lowered my standards" and you can bet when that sweet baby girl of ours visits next...it may start out clean, but I won't care what it looks like when she leaves.

    Have fun...

    A PoPo in Tucson

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  11. Such an adorable picture of their little legs! And I totally understand preferring playing with your munchkins versus cleaning the house! Totally! In my opinion, spending time with them is much more important than having a spotless house! You're doing a great job! Keep it up!

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  12. "Cleaning and scrubbing can wait for tomorrow,
    For babies grow up, I've learned, to my sorrow.
    So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
    I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep."
    (Ruth Hulburt Hamilton)

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  13. That was a sweet little poem, Gramma. Love it!! My mommy had a little saying she hung on a board in her kitchen that said, "My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy". I still think of that whenever I have a dirty house and a happy kid.

    I love the juicy little leg pictures. Too sweet!!

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  14. The gams are SO cute. Hey, I have heard that a clean home is a sign of impending insanity.

    ENJOY!

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  15. Anonymous2/13/2008

    Ok - sick I know - my sister in law is wonder woman in the scariest possible way - 3 kids (very happy well adjusted) perfect house - no house keeper. I DON"T GET IT. The rest of world is a big ol' mess!!!

    :) I just have always looked at her in awe. Of course her house was perfect BEFORE children too - mine - never!

    Your sweeties are too cute for words!!!!!!

    Beth

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  16. Kristina2/13/2008

    My favorite housecleaning quote.....my house was clean yesterday.....sorry you missed it!

    Please, a clean house is so overated!!! Right now we have Valentine's stuff, a science fair project in progress and piles of mail and magazines on the kitchen counter! The family room looks like an earthquake happened and no one bothered to clean up the rubble! That's all okay since they grow so fast and I love you Mommy is the best way to get me to stop cleaning and sit down and play.

    LOVE the warm weather too! I put on Capri's and Sandals on Sunday! Hoping it holds out thru the weekend.

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  17. Nope you had a kegger party and that was how you controlled them, Heh heh.

    Beverly

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  18. Bah...cleaning! Enjoy your girls. The mess will still be there and if you clean it, more mess will appear!

    Keep smilin!

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  19. The one thing I noticed: in your first snap shot, all the pictures are somewhat straight on the wall. That's impressive! And 74 degrees, huh? Lord, I'm envious. Please send some warm weather to the east coast :-) SOON!

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  20. With such scrumptious bellies and legs AND 74 degree bare-leg weather, you would have to be crazy to go clean. Sit back and enjoy some SEES.

    Hugs

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  21. When my daughter first came home I read something that said, "[The parent] stays home with the child, not the house." That helped me feel a lot better about my approach to cleaning!

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  22. Clean house...not since my single days!! I love the pics and also knowing that it isn't just me who has chaos in the house because of little cutie(s)...or in my case a bit of laziness too.

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  23. Cleaning can wait; your girls are too precious. I love the toddler legs!

    What good is a spanking clean house without the love and laughter of children? No good at all(unless you're preparing for your 1st visit from the social worker to do your home study--maybe).

    Such sweet girls!

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  24. Cleaning, shmeening. :-)

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  25. Hey, who's the one who's always telling you to forget about responsibility and go bite the babies?

    Of course, I don't have to live in your house... so.... there's that...

    ~A~

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  26. Love the pics ....
    You capture the best !
    To heck with housework ...life is for playing !
    :)
    Andrea

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  27. No, absolutely not! Your priorities are 100% in the right place :)

    They get cuter by the minute!!

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  28. Mine are 18 and 21, I dont remember them ever saying "remember the time Mom didnt mop for weeks!" They do say, "remember the time we pitched a tent in the living room in front of the card board fire we made and camped out?" or "remember the time Mom brought home the refridgerator box, of the time Mom brought home the bale of straw and we had a huge pile in the driveway?"

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  29. Love those legs, too cute!! Really I can't wait for Summer!!

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  30. Just a lurker here....Love those cute little legs!! Great pictures!! Your girls are a riot :)
    Anne (Elizabeth's mom)
    PS: I'd love to share my blog with you; feel free to send me an email if you'd like an invite.

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  31. 74 degrees???????????????????

    I need to move!

    Your girls are wonderful, forget the cleaning.

    Snick :)
    dd Sunshine 6.9 Viet Nam
    dd Brilliance 20 months China

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  32. Only thing that matters when you have little ones is to love them and play..The time is so fleeting and you need to store up all those memories.. the things you want your children to remember are the good times and dusting the house is not one of them. someday they will be in school full time and you can clean your house!!! Linda

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  33. Anonymous2/13/2008

    Hey! Did you gals break into our playroom and take pictures? Oh, maybe not... we don't have the blue chair.

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  34. My house is worse than yours. And I even have a for sale sign in my yard. Not good.

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  35. Love the leg picture! I do not know how you do it. Julio is leaving town for two weeks and I am starting to freak out. I hope I am able to do it. You are a pro now.

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  36. HEY! So you're telling me that I am not the only one who has a house that looks like that???!!! Girlfriend... I hear ya! And when you do have that special 10 seconds of "me" time, picking up is just the way you want to spend it... right? NOT! Awe.... I suddenly don't feel so alone in that part of mommy-hood! heh

    Lisa :)

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  37. Love the legs. A priceless shot! And I am totally for messy houses.

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  38. All I noticed in the first photo was (I'm guessing Ree's) smile. That's all that matters.

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  39. Anonymous5/15/2010

    Wow -- I thought only my house looked like that. I swear it's good to see I'm not the only one. If it's a choice between cleaning and playing with April -- April comes first. You can't work full time, take care of a husband and baby and expect to have a clean home -- as I've discovered.

    You'll get more joy out of the time with Ro and Ree than you will with a neat home.

    --Ilene from Atlanta

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  40. I say 'forget the cleaning'... there are times in life when there are more important things and this is one of those... to have fun with the munchkins, who by the way are looking gorgeous... those cute legs too... I 'lurk' for the most part but decided today to come out and say 'just have fun'... let TubaDad clean... hehehe... (sorry TubaDad)

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