Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 4....

Here's the basement "before" photos.  (Couldn't get a good shot of the bathroom as it's just too small, and this lens is just too big, but it's not that bad and really won't look that much different anyway.)

UPDATE:  This didn't take long!  Cari is at her class, Brad and Matthew went to get new tires on Madison's car, and Amelia slept in, so I went ahead and got this out of the way.  Now I am finished for the week!  The rest of the day will be spent drying and putting up the last load of clothes and then packing for a little family trip and tying up all the lose ends that must be tied before leaving.  Tomorrow would have been used to clean/sweep the porches/deck, so I should have time for that today as well.

I know I can't do this every week or I'd have to change the name of my blog to Rhonda's Housecleaning Blog, but it certainly has been a big help this week and has shown me that even in my busy-ness, I can still take time at some point during the day to do what needs to be done and that procrastination does not have to become my theme. :>)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 3.....

As I'm taking today's "before" shots, it would appear the dining room has become a sort of catch-all this week, and it looks like some {little} people had too much fun around here last night.

UPDATE:  Yay!  Looks like I'm three for three.  :>)  Very productive day.  Even had time to wash some curtains,clean the ceiling fan, and do a little bit of fall decorating.  Speaking of fall, I love lighting my pumpkin candles when I'm finished cleaning.  It's like the finishing touch, and pumpkin candles are one of my favorite fall items!

Tomorrow is the other upstairs bathroom and the basement playroom/school room. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 2 of Using Embarassment as a Motivator

I went to bed last night with my kitchen in a bit of mess (but at least my bedroom and bathroom were clean!), as well as the foyer and breakfast room.  It's a little hard for me to post these "before" pictures, but it has to be done, so here you go.....

UPDATE:  Successful day two!

Now I have a clean bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, breakfast room, and foyer!  And I'm breathing easier. :>)  Tomorrow, it's the dining room and living room.  As for tonight, I'm feeling very thankful for a productive week so far.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Using Embarrassment as a Motivator

I'm gonna have a little fun on the blog this week and also use this as a motivational tool.  My housework has gone down the tubes here lately.  Like most families I know, we are busy!  In the past couple of weeks, at the end of the day when all of the have-to's have been accomplished and I'm given the choice of finishing my housework or taking a break and relaxing for a bit, taking a break almost always wins out.  So, I've given myself no choice but to do something like this ~ forgive me if this sounds like I'm having a conversation with myself. :>)

In my previous blog, I had once blogged about how I function best when following the Emilie Barnes type of cleaning schedule - deep cleaning one room per day.  As of late, that hasn't even been happening like I would want it to, and that leaves me doing everything on a day when I do have more time.  Not exactly the way I want to spend my free hours.  It's just too overwhelming and tiring.

So how do I plan on embarrassing myself on this blog?  Well, let me back up just a bit.

Whenever I know that company is coming, that is a huge motivator for me.  Or, if someone drops by unexpectedly and the house is a wreck, even though it's too late, afterwards that can be a motivation for me as well.  I like when people drop by ~ no problem with that at all ~ but I do prefer to invite people into my home when it looks nice - and they can see the floor (and not stick to it) - and can find a place to sit down, etc., etc.

So, I'm inviting you into my home, one day at a time, just as if you had dropped by unexpectedly.  You can see the "room(s) of the day" before (in all its embarrassment) and hopefully after.

Monday's rooms are my bedroom and bathroom.  My good camera, which doesn't have a short lens that works, would not get the whole room in the picture, so I used my daughter's iPod.  It didn't make the greatest picture, but I think it will get the point across.

So, ta-da, here's what I have to work with today at some point.  I'm about to have to leave, so it may be late when I get it done, but I just can't leave it looking like this for you to see. ;>)

(Bed stripped and remnants of my children's play time with the puppies.  Didn't get a picture of the bathroom yet, but just imagine a bathroom with towels and clothes lying everywhere.)

UPDATE:  Mission accomplished!  I went ahead and took pictures with my good camera, so the shots are rather closeup ~ I also added in a few more before pics.

After the picking up and putting away, cleaning, wiping, dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming......

Thanks for visiting!  Tomorrow you'll be invited to the kitchen, breakfast room, and foyer.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Busy Kids

Miracles do still occur.  Madison's softball team actually made it to the state playoffs! The games were played five hours away from here, very close to the Georgia coast.  I debated on going or not since it was so far, but I'm glad I decided to go.  Me and the other three kiddos, my mom, and my aunt loaded up in the van and headed down that way on Wednesday morning.  It was good to spend the day with my mom and aunt since life is so busy and visits are usually not that lengthy.  The Google map directions were spot on, and we arrived while the team was warming up.

To the huddle for the Lord's Prayer and some quick encouragement.

The starting lineup. (Madison - #2 has been lead-off this season.)

National Anthem....

Play ball!

Playing 3rd base

Unfortunately, our team didn't score any runs at all in either game.  Madison made it to second base one time, and at another point made it to 3rd base, and that was as good as it got.  It was a 2 out of 3 series, so after two games, we were headed home.

{I'm glad that Madison was able to finish the season with her team.  Her getting to play was a little questionable as last week she had been down with pneumonia and very high fevers and had missed all of the region play.  Thankfully, a different antibiotic last Friday started clearing things up, and with lots of rest over the weekend, she was able to return to practice on Monday.}

It was quite a long drive to come back empty handed, but at least they ended it in a memorable way.  So softball is over now, and I can't believe we only have one more year!

Well, school ball is over.  Travel ball starts this Saturday.  :>D

In other news, Cari made her acting debut last Saturday at a local fall town festival.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to hear a word she said.  Her group was first, and I guess nobody had taken into consideration at that point that microphones would be needed.  They'll be performing again soon, so I'm hoping I'll be able to hear her next time.

Cari's drama class is just one of the many classes held at a local homeschool co-op.  Before the students began their performances, it was a wonderful blessing to look over and see them joined together in prayer.  The performances were a blessing as well and Christ centered without a doubt.  Skits were performed, as well as dance/drama routines, and I believe they definitely honored God with their talents.

On the Amelia and Matthew front, I caught them doing some washing outside the other day.  Matthew loves to wash his car.

And Amelia loves to wash Annabelle. (Looks like I caught Annabelle getting Amelia a little wet as well!)


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