Remember this children's song?
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
the sun and the moon and Jupiter and Mars.
La la la I don't remember all the words!
But He's still workin' on me.
You don't remember it? Strange. Especially considering how thoroughly I just described it to you!
Well, it took Bookworm just a few days to make her solar system. Her daddy used all of the self restraint he possessed and lent minimal assistance. I assure you this was a very big challenge considering this is the same man who once declared: We will NOT have a red back splash. It is too much work to paint the red evenly!
And then I promised to paint the bead board.
And so he agreed...I painted maybe two square feet of primer on the bead board, and he looked at me and said: Give me the brush. You are not doing it evenly.
It was primer for the love of Pete! I didn't realize it NEEDED to be even!
So, he let her do all but a small bit of the work...
And this is the result!
Oh wait! That's not the result! Dag nab it! My secret it is out. But, hey do you see the lovely little fall display I have buried next to Popcorn's jacket their on the right? Chesney actually leaves that thing alone. Now that the scarecrow is gone, that is. She is quite determined to eat every scare crow she encounters.
Please tell me I'm not the only one who has a mysterious explosion of shoes, socks, jackets, lunch bags and back packs every single day.
Tell me I'm not alone.
Mind you, this is not the solar system either. This is just an example of puppy paraphernalia strewn threw the living room while the culprits lay in blissful slumber. I am just wondering when I lost complete control of my house. Do you realize that when my kids were babies my house was spotless? It was! Truly! I was a cleaning and cooking machine! Every single day I mopped and ran the vacuum. I washed dried and folded laundry promptly. I cooked dinner nearly every single night..in fact it was usually completely prepared except for the actual cooking by 3:30 while the girls napped... and I vowed to never let my kids sully their palates with carbonated beverages, high fructose corn syrup or french fries...
I have failed in nearly all of those endeavors in the past eight years. Of course I snapped out of the post partum depression about eight years ago... My housework has slowly slipped down hill ever since.
Who knew post partum had an up side?
Why lookie there! I finally got around to showing a picture of the solar system! And nary a mess is in sight!
Who says my house is a complete and utter disaster?
Three words: Location, angle, and sweep (as in your arm across the counter to pile all clutter against your lovely red backsplash.)
Here's another view. If you click on the photo and enlarge it, you will see that there are two more planets than there used to be in my day. Yep, that little tiny dwarf planet on the far right is Eris. And the little brown dwarf planet in the asteroid belt is Ceres...And not only does Saturn have rings, but so do Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus...Uranus and Neptune's rings are made out of thin sheets of plastic she cut to fit then wrapped around the planets. She is clever, no?
And here's the clever girl herself posing for "just one picture" before heading off to school. Good thing this turned out as she was quite adamant about the one picture only.
She gets that from her dad's side of the family, I'm sure.
This picture is purely gratuitous. I wonder what on earth Chesney is dreaming of?