It’s a Typical Thanksgiving Day but it’s Okay

Thanksgiving pottery

We spent about 5 hours painting our pottery!

Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday. There’s no particular reason why. I always found it depressing even though we had plenty of family around. For a few years, we would invite friends over who didn’t have any place else to go. That was fun and everything but it was a lot of work because each year there was more and more stuff jammed in the house. Then to top it off, we were always sick on Thanksgiving.  It got to be too much.  I didn’t want to cook or clean for Thanksgiving anymore and I was sick of being home while everyone was throwing up or in bed with fevers.

So I broke tradition and upset everyone except my very immediate family.  Now, we take a vacation.  We eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, and there’s no cleaning up to do! We paint pottery, swim at the waterparks, and play miniature golf.  Lazer tag and sitting around by the wave pool are both great too!  It’s a short little vacation but by the third day, we’re all ready to come home anyways.  If anyone is sick, at least we’re not at home.  We give them lots of ibuprofen and Tyler and tell them to rest if they need to.  They’re old enough now that they pretty much do that on their own anyways.

It’s been a typical Thanksgiving so far this year.  There’s one kiddo with diarrhea, one with a migraine headache, the one with the bruises on her legs, one with a bad case of eczema, one with a cold starting, and lastly – the pregnant daughter-in-law.  I was going to mention it in an upcoming post because I’m throwing a baby shower for them on Saturday!  Yay!! I can’t wait!!

Can you believe it?  I went from dreading Thanksgiving cleaning to having a not so bad main floor, planning a short vacation, and throwing a baby shower all at the same time!  This decluttering thing is really working for me.  I know I keep saying that but I can’t believe how much less stressful it has all been since I got rid of all that stuff.  I can hardly imagine what it will be like when the rest of the house looks as good as the three rooms that I have finished.  I think that our whole world is going to change.   Maybe I will finally get out of the rut that I’ve been in for the last couple of years.

It’s getting noticable!!

My oldest daughter went to our house today to check on the pets and sent me a wonderful text.  It said, “I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THE HOUSE!!  Does the turtle need to be fed?”  After answering her about the turtle, I got a huge smile on my face from the part about the house.  That made me feel really good.  And the other day, one of the twins walked through the living room and said, “It’s finally starting to look pretty nice in here.”  Our house is finally looking like a home again.

With the comments from the family and the encouragement from everyone here, I don’t think it will take too long to finish.  It might take another year but that’s okay.  I’m enjoying the journey even though I complain about it sometimes.  It’s hard!!!  But oh so worth it!

Christmas is Coming!  Time to set some goals.

I really don’t like talking about Christmas before Halloween but this year is a little different.  My son has gotten to the age where coming home for Christmas doesn’t mean that he’s coming home for Christmas, it means that him and his fiance are coming for Christmas.

Unfortunately, she’s not as forgiving when it comes to the hoarding mess in my house as he is.  While it’s a hundred times better than it was 5 years ago, walking through the house still requires a bit of acrobatics.  Ok, it’s not really that bad but there are some tricky areas.

Anyways, back to the point.  For the past year, they’ve been staying at other people’s houses when they come to visit.  Do you have any idea how hard that is?  My kids are my life so it kills me that they have to stay somewhere else because of the mess.  It’s an awful thought has helped me to let go of a lot of things. It’s what inspires me to keep working on it.

I would be so happy if they could stay here at Christmas time this year so I need to get moving in high gear.  My main goal obviously then is to make the house nice enough that they will stay but that’s not really specific enough to start.

The living room will be ongoing but while that’s in process, I need to start working on the front porch.  My living room is going to look good but you can hardly get in the front door.  A clean porch will make walking into the nice living room that much better.   I think that I will give myself a week to finish it.  Today is October 26th so my goal date to have it completed will be November 1st.

A clutter mess on my front porch