Friday, October 13, 2006

A Little More Balance and Less Chaos

Can I just say that I LOVE MY NEW HOUSE! I'm so happy that we are finally here. There is so much to be thankful for. It's been a long road to get here, but now I can enjoy it.

Don't get me wrong. There's still a ton of work to do. Boxes are everywhere and there are still a few carloads of things at the other house. But every morning I have been waking up so excited to get downstairs and take a look around. It's all ours. I talked to my husband this morning and he feels the same way. It's like it hasn't sunk in yet.

I have been cooking dinner every single night. This was something I hated to do in the other house. I have been cleaning the kitchen each night. I love it. I don't know what's wrong with me. I actually enjoy cleaning this house. If I get too crazy with this housecleaning thing, I may have to change my profile.

With this house, my husband and I have come up with some new rules. These rules help to keep the house cleaner and I enjoy life more. Here are the rules.

1. Absolutely no eating anywhere except the dining room table. I could never enforce this rule in our other house with the 2 yr old because we had let her eat in front of the TV for so long that she didn't understand the concept of a "new rule." With the new house it was easy to tell her she couldn't eat anywhere but the table. Now if she even has fruit snacks she automatically sits at the table. This has made clean up time a thousand times easier.

2. Shoes off at the door. This is a rule that we have decided to enforce because the floors are unfinished. The hardwood has been sanded down but not polyurethaned yet. I have said this house is a work in progress and I mean right in the middle of the progress. We have to be extremely careful not to get anything wet on the floors. This is a rule that will stay in effect even after we finish the floors. It keeps the house cleaner and I hate cleaning dirty floors.

3. If you make a mess, you clean it up. Even Alexandra has had fun with this rule. I think she even takes pride in our new big house.

4. Dishes done and kitchen clean before bed. This is a non negotiable rule for me. I love my new kitchen. It is so functional that I enjoy spending most of my day there. I don't want to clean first thing in the morning, so I make sure it is clean before I lay my head down. I have cooked dinner every night and I have made bread from scratch everyday and enjoyed myself while doing it (everyone else in the family has enjoyed eating too.)

5. Bedtime is bedtime. Period. Mom and Dad need time to themselves. This is a rule that we have been working with. Alexandra sleepwalks and wakes up with night terrors each night so we have to make sure that we take care of her but I think she will grow out of that once she grows comfortable with the house.

6. Minimal TV. We hooked up the TV with very basic cable. We did have every channel known to man in the other house. We had become slaves to the television by revolving our activities around the shows on in the evening. Alex and Monica were watching way too much TV. Alex would be like a zombie in front of Noggin channel all day not wanting to do anything else and Monica was developing a bad attitude. We are already enjoying our family time together. Monica and Alex do so much more playing together. Chris reads to Alexandra each night for about an hour. I do more housework. It's amazing what that "boob tube" can do to destroy quality family time.

7. Healthy food only in this house and no more eating out for a while. After living in a hotel for 5 weeks, we have had our share of fast food. We have gained a substantial amount of weight (not the girls, they are still my little skinny minnies.) The thought of eating out repulses me. McDonald's is a dirty word in this household no matter how many Monopoly prizes they try and tempt me with. No fried food for a while. And we won't even go the homemade pizza route for a decent amount of time. Our digestive systems need time to heal.

This is just a start. I'm sure more will come. We can already see the changes in our quality of life. These rules have eliminated so much chaos in our lives. If we keep this up, I may have to change the name of my blog to something like "Gentle Waters," or "Peaceful Bliss." Just kidding. I know that I will always have to balance the chaos in our lives. Right now is just one of those times that I feel more balanced than others. I am thankful to God that He has put me where I am right now.


Jenmomof4 said...

I just happened across your blog and I have enjoyed reading it. I am so glad that your little girl had a good check up at the Dr. YOu will be in my thoughts. Jennifer

Susan (5 Minutes For Mom) said...

What a great time to start new rules... it sounds great. I want a big new house too :)

Pawpads said...

I want a nice new clean house too. Grr. I'm so jealous of you. You sound so happy. :-)

Pawpads said...

Oh you're so lucky to have a nice, new house. I'm so jealous. :-)

WorshipFan said...

I enjoyed your blog...I understand the chaos that kids can make of a house. I battle that one every day. Enjoy your new home! Tracy

Jaime said...

We just moved into a new house too, and we have many of the same new rules. My favorite is the shoes-off at the door. With the new plush carpets, it makes cleaning much easier.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I know exactly what you mean about the t.v. Our family was in "limbo" for a year, living at a house on my husband's work campus (a children's home). We had no t.v. for one year! It was the greatest year we've ever had. Hope you have fun, making wonderful memories in your new place.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new home! It's a great idea to start your new rules in your new home

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EVE said...

Hi there, your post sounds just like I did about a month ago when we moved into our new home. Every chore was so much more fun to do. I even attempted the "ok now the living room is mom's space, toys go back to the bedrooms". You will notice the majority of this comment is in the past tense. Well it's true, only took a month for the cooking in new kitchen novelty to run out and the living room looks like, well looks like it's definately being lived in. Did I mention the basement packed with boxes. Of course I still feel so blessed to have our home. Congrats on yours, hope the excitement lasts!