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December 9, 2014

Real Life Looks Like This...

I love the blogosphere. I love Pinterest. You know I love Instagram oh so very much! These are fun places where I enjoy connecting with new friends and interacting with others. Most of the time, I come away inspired by fresh ideas and encouraged in some new way. 

However, this isn't how everyone feels when they hop on-line! In fact, I have a few friends who refuse to sign up for Facebook, create an Instagram account, or browse on Pinterest, because it completely overwhelms them. They aren't able to view others' postings as inspiring or encouraging, because the ugly monsters of comparison and jealousy attack full force, and they just don't want to go there. 

So, in an effort to keep it real with you guys today, I'm going to share a little bit of what my real life looks like - making sure you understand that while I enjoy sharing fun recipes, organizational tips, decorating ideas, thoughts on parenting, etc. I also have a very normal life - a life that includes messes, conflicts, frustrations, irritations, mistakes, and lots and lots of spilled milk. 

Would you allow me to share a few examples?

Like the time I blew it - in a big way....because my house looked like this:
Oh, friends...we're just getting started~

Did you see my recent post where I showed you a few little glimpses into our holiday decor
What you didn't see is the pile of plastic bins sitting in the spare room, the pine needles strewn all over the house, and the ornaments that my children have done their best to demolish. 

Our recent chats about freezer meals have been fun, but let me clarify that sometimes dinner consists of either leftovers (Around here, we eat lots of leftovers.), peanut butter sandwiches, or "Honey, if you want something to eat, you'd better grab a pizza on the way home from work."

While we're talkin' kitchens, I must admit...while my intentions are to keep my kitchen island looking like this....

...the reality is that it is our catch-all space...and most days, it looks a little more like this~

 And then there will be times when I post fun little pictures like this...telling you to whip these two ingredients together for an amazing combo of pumpkin sweetness...and then I will have to give my creation away because it tastes like Playdoh....and then the friend who I gave it to will text me and say, "Yeah, that was nasty. We threw it away." Psst! Don't use yellow cake - stick with the spice cake for this recipe.

Oh, and you know I love sharing my kids' birthday parties with you! 
See the "3"?
Well, let me tell you...I had planned to wrap that little puppy in fabric...I spotted the idea while browsing Anthropologie...I mean, "How hard can it be?!" I asked myself. Well, apparently, I do not have what it takes. THIS is what happened....

Y'all...it was bad...I frantically texted the above photo to my friend, and she is so kind. She called me and in between fits of laughter she comforted me with comments along these lines: "Girl, I don't know what to tell you." and "Yeah, Liz, it's pretty bad." 
Honest friends make the best friends.

I love talking homeschool pre-school with you fellow homeschool mamas out there, and while I do try to work really hard to be organized, etc. our "learning space" typically looks something like this...
...and some days I feel I have no other choice but to throw my hands up in the air and pray for a fresh start the next day. I am so thankful we serve a God of fresh starts and new beginnings. I don't know about you, but I need them often.

Pinterest is just full of great activities for kids! I have found so many fun things to do with my little ones, but the reality is that sometimes your fall scarecrow turns out to look demonic...

so you have to try a different idea...
If the first pin doesn't work, try, try again.

Our playroom, I just love our playroom...I'm a big fan of keeping toys organized, and some of you have mentioned how much you've loved implementing some fresh ideas in to your home, but I think it's important for us all to remember that we're talking about kids...and play spaces...which means this will be normal...all.over.the.place.

Traveling with little ones...We've done it since our oldest was 5 weeks old~ Lots of followers have been excited to read our best tips for traveling with little ones - a post full of ideas that have worked great for us, but c'mon...we've all had those road trips that involve the baby smearing poop all over the inside of his carseat and the toddler vomiting on the side of the road. (Please tell me these things have happened to you...)
P.S. Please forgive me for saying "poop"...I promise it won't happen again...
well, until I share about our next road trip.

Remember when I shared my Tips for Eating Out with Little Ones? Well, rest assured that my best tips and best intentions don't always promise a perfectly smooth restaurant visit....Sometimes things go more like this.

Oh, and I've had lots of readers pin our bedtime routine as well as the post where I share about how we try to use the time before bed to focus our little ones' hearts on faith matters, but mamas and papas, hear me loud and clear. We most definitely have those nights where everyone is screaming...everyone is crying (including me)...everyone is spitting toothpaste all over the mirror...bath water is everywhere...the baby throws up while we're saying bedtime prayers...and we ask God to help us make it to the end.

And then sometimes, I like to talk fashion - like when I was part of #thetravelingscarf with Cams & Sheena. It was fun having hubby take this cute little pic of me standing in my kitchen holding a perfect piece of pie, but fellow mamas, let's face it...

 Most days, my hair is in a horrific ponytail and my fashion sense...well, the next photo will explain everything you need to know.

So in this holiday season - when it appears that everyone has it together...with their perfect little crafts...and their exceptional Pinterest recipes, know that you are not alone...I totally understand that real Christmases are made up of moments like this:
Happy Holidays, everyone! 

Thank you for allowing me to always be myself.
XOXO

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