Right now if you were to walk into my house this is what you would see...
You'd come in through the kitchen door and have to hurdle over a pile of soaking wet snow pants, gloves, hats and boots that have been there for almost 4 hours.
Your eyes would wander over to the kitchen sink brimming with an array of dirty dishes waiting to be put in the dishwasher. Yet, the dishwasher hasn't been emptied of the last load that was washed.
A kitchen table packed with take-out boxes from the best little Italian restaurant in our area, complete with half-eaten cherry tomatoes and a cup of lemon basil vinaigrette that somehow dripped from one end of the table to the other.
The counter filled with a plate of fruit and veggie scraps waiting to go to the compost bin, papers, mail and Lord knows what else.
If you were to venture into the living room hoping to grab a seat, you wouldn't be able to. Five loads of laundry are creating mountains on my furniture, waiting to be folded.
WATCH YOUR STEP! You're likely to step on something that could make you hop around like a goon while holding your foot. These things include, but aren't limited to, Lego's, marbles, colored pencils, doll sized hair brushes, barbies, small plastic animals, Breyer horses, and a tea set.
Once you've made it through the living room you'll need to excuse the mess in the office. Yes, we did some arts and crafts today, and no I haven't put away the paint or the glue. And if you happen to find the covers to the red and yellow acrylic paint while you're in there I'll love you forever.
You'd then probably notice that I have a 4" stack of bills on the desk that were suppose to be paid today. And yup, I am using them as a wrist-rest while I type. At least they're good for something.
And if you got close enough to the computer you would see an inbox with over 200 new emails waiting to be returned, deleted or ignored.
Right now my house is a mess. It's true.
All of this because for the first time in a LONG time we were able to be together as a family from 3 in the afternoon on.
We had a small snow storm, school was dismissed early, and the hubs actually got to come home before 9pm.
We played outside as a family. Made snow angels and forts and had a snowball fight.
We went to get take-out and had a relaxing dinner at home....complete with an adult beverage (probably another reason my house is a mess!).
We played with the Monkey while she had her bath, instead of letting her play independently in the tub while I sat on the floor returning emails.
We watched Elmo in Grouchland.
We gave Daddy a makeover with dolly brushes and Slinkies for bracelets.
We sang silly songs into a fake microphone.
We read Hop on Pop 4 times before bed.
We snuggled and hugged.
It was just what we all needed.
And now, right now, my heart is full.
And my house is a mess.
I suppose I should do something about that...