Monday, November 26, 2012

Not so much...

On Thanksgiving my sister-in-law was talking to me about my blog.
And about how she was so proud of me because I seemed to have it all together.
And how she was bragging to a friend about how I had it all together, had time to blog, tried new recipes, did crafts with the kids...etc.
And I receive e-mails regularly from women asking how I have it all together.
What's my secret.
All of that to say.
That's the problem with the blog world.
It is so easy for someone else's life to look perfect and picturesque.
The pictures are just so.
The words make everything seem like life is wonderful.
I've posted on this before.
I think maybe a couple of times actually.
But every now and then I think it is a good reminder.
I'm like anyone else.
I love to read blogs that are uplifting and positive.
I tend to stay away from blogs that are negative and whiny.
Which is why I try not to post alot of negative on my blog.
Not because negative things never happen to me.
But because I choose to highlight the good.
But just like anybody else I'm full of flaws and imperfections.
And for kicks and grins I thought I'd share some of them with you.
Let's start with the picture below.
The kids and I spent most of the morning outside enjoying the 74 degree weather.
What you don't see in the picture below...
me without a trace of makeup on, bags under my eyes, a pile of tissues next to me
 and my hair in a messy bun (and not a cute bun mind you).
I've been fighting a nasty cold that the kids have had the past few weeks.
And moments after I snapped this picture our dog ran into me
and I spilled me hot chocolate everywhere.
And it may have made me a tad fussy.

 I am 100% completely unmotivated to get my house put together.
I was on a "nesting" kick.
And then it completely fizzled out when the two weeks of sickness hit our house.
Remember how I was doing a load of laundry a day and keeping up?
Yeah...that hasn't happened in a week.
So today I spent the morning tackling half of the laundry.
My dining room is half painted.
I started last week painting the red walls white.
And then fizzled out.
We put up our Christmas trees this weekend.
And the rest of my decorations are just sitting in their boxes in the middle of my bedroom.
Oh and I might add that the rest of my dirty laundry (waiting for it's turn tomorrow) is sitting on the floor next to those boxes.
It's a disaster I tell ya.
That's just a little sampling of life lately over here.
Far from perfect.
Quite normal in fact.
So should you ever think my life is perfect...please e-mail me.
And I'll set you straight as quickly as possible :)
Hope your Monday was good!
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  1. haha, this is quite cute. thanks for being real. love it. you're a doll.

  2. I can't believe Roland spilled your hot chocolate! He's such a good dog! Love you dear!!!

  3. I love your transparency. That is the one down fall about blogging, we never really see the reality of another person's life. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Great post, love the baby bump!

  5. I love your honesty with humor tied in :) This is what keeps me coming back to your blog every time you post! Well that and your beautiful little family :)

  6. I had a similar conversation with someone lately and it really has had me wondering if I'm not giving an accurate portrayal of my life. But you are so right, it's no fun to read negative blogs and I so try to steer away from that. You are doing a beautiful job. No one has it all put together but what I love about you is that you have your priorities strait. Well done my friend, you still inspire me :)

  7. Couldn't have said it better myself ;) Thanks for being real!! That's actually why I read here...and I think we should all be able to relate to some weeks being more productive than others. Grace for others and ourselves...I think that's the only way :)

  8. Thanks for your honesty! I am always honest on my blog so you probably avoid me:) but I try to be positive, uplifting and motivational as much as I can yet I don't want people to think my life is anywhere near perfect as it surely is not so I am always honest ony blog! I appreciate this !! Thank you:) I admire you

  9. i love this. and i love you. i don't get the 'you live a perfect life' critical thing going around blogs these days. i mean, i get how people start to think that. and compare. but nobody is perfect. doy. we all know that! i choose to blog about the happy too (mostly). i want my kids to look back on my blog one day & remember all the fun moments we had. ain't nothin' wrong wit dat. ;) right? right. hehe. rant over.

  10. I love your post. I often try to keep anything sad off the blog, because that's not my purpose for being there. {Interesting time when I went from posting fun pictures of boyfriend, then suddenly breaking up} BUT - we just keep moving forward! :)

    Feel better soon!

    Audra @ Audra's Ally

  11. Beautifully said. Thank-you for sharing from your heart. Beautiful pictures as well!

  12. Now, I love you even more. I do love positive, uplifting, cheery but it's also good to know that I'm not the only one with laundry pilled up and christmas decor half out. And wild hair! ;) But, it's so much better to find the good in life, and I think that's what the goal of your blog is, and I really enjoy it!

  13. Thank you, Ashley! =) It's good to know I'm not alone.

  14. I seriously love your blog- thanks for keeping it real. :) I truly feel inspired when I read it and for that, thank you!

  15. I completely agree with you! My blog is definitely me "positive space" haha. Just found your blog and I love it!

  16. I'm with you Ashley. I prefer to focus on the positive on my blog - it's all about family fun after all! I like to see pretty & positive on the blogs I read. I don't for a minute believe that the blogger's lives are all sunshine & roses... and I totally understand we bloggers don't share all the negative. (And who really wants to see the pile of dirty dishes in my sink!)

  17. I was JUST thinking about this today. I need to post about this too. Don't compare yourself to my highlight reel!! You'll be disappointed every time.

  18. love this post...we have such a tendency to highlight the good things on our blogs or even in everyday conversations. For me it isn't so much about trying to appear perfect, but in my own little mind I personally don't want to dwell on the negatives, but the positives.