Monday, June 16, 2008

It doesn't have to be perfect to be Beautiful!

Once again the Nester has amazed me. The thing that is so great about her is that she is real. Not real like she is alive, but she's not fake, she says it how it is. Why can't she move to Utah and be my neighbor? We have some really nice community pools here. I think the crypto-speridium should be under control this summer :)




Anyhow, on her last post she talked about how there are so many things in our lives that are imperfectly beautiful. Like our homes, as much as we want them to be perfectly clean and lovely, that's more of a house, not a home.



I remember when I lived in California, I had this friend and at her house there were two kitchens, one inside the house that was immaculate and beautiful, and then there was one in the garage that they actually used. Really weird. While the house was beautiful, it was so uninviting, you didn't dare touch anything. What a fun childhood those kids must of had eating all their dinners in the garage so they didn't mess up the real kitchen.



So I am learning to let go a little and let my kids have fun and make messes, and ya know what, we are all happier because of it. My kids are having fun and I'm not cleaning all the time. I still have a long ways to go, but slowly I'm getting there.

22 comments:

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

I've heard of that kitchen thing before--it is some sort of a cultural thing for some people. Of course now I forget what culture. Portugese? Italian? I can't remember!

~ Sarah

Laurie Anne said...

Looks just like my little girl's room :0)

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique said...

Bwahhahahaha all that TP!!

The Nester said...

Not only am I not fake, I am alive too! and I so wish I lived nest I mean next door to you!

2 kitchens? so sad.

sara's art house said...

Love the bathroom pic! There is nothing as fun as toilet paper!!!!

Songbirdtiff said...

I've never heard of the kitchen thing, weird. I can't imagine having a kitchen I couldn't use! Your pictures are too cute, especially the bathroom pic!

sippycupsandblackberries said...

oh, i know how hard it is too let go, now i just try and get to the end of the day. One time cleaning, hopefully.
love the tp pic.

Dapoppins said...

I found my way here via "the secret is in the sauce" and I have to say I love the look of your place.

Now, we LIVE in our kitchen and it is always messy. And there is no room in the garage.

I just can't imagine.

Karen~ said...

The photo of the tissue all over the floor cracks me up, the look on that sweetie's face...priceless! Have a great evening.

Karen~

Sissy said...

We had a "clean" room like that lady when I was a kid. We never did anything in the living room and therefore, it was always clean in case someone stopped by. I soooo don't live like that now. I run around when people are coming and shove things into closets.

Nice to meet cha, btw. I love the scrapbook kit you used for the blog design!

Jenny o said...

I think your house looks great! I love the photo of Taylor in the bathroom!

Ruth said...

Blogging has really been good for you! Haven't I told you to stop worrying about things being perfect and enjoy! There is such a big difference between clean and lived in. Live, enjoy, kiss my grandkids for me - You will regret no doing that more than having to pick up toilet paper, I promise. Besides - your mom thinks you are perfect.

Brian and Staci said...

I lOVE that toilet paper picture! Too cute! Great house!!!

megan said...

My mother-in-law always says that it's not messy, it's lived in. I think that is a good motto to go by! Although...I do think that your messy is not that bad!

Kari & Kijsa said...

That is so funny- a garage kitchen and a clean one inside!!!! What people will do!!!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Kudos...just the way a family should be...fun and NOT perfect!!

Shannon said...

Hey! Thanks for the info! So how did you get two different colors, one for your border and one for the letter? :) Sorry, I'm new at this!

Shannon said...

Duh! THat makes sense. Sometimes I just don't get it. :) Thanks for spelling it out for mr. Ok, I'm going to order it!

Marie said...

Are you kidding about the friend with 2 kitchens? Oh, I hope so. That's very odd. lol Love your toilet paper picture. hee hee

The Romantic Portuguese Daughter said...

Hey...are you talking about some who is Portuguese? LOL!

Many of my "portuguese" friends had those 2 kitchen houses. I didn't because we lived on a farm. As you know, everything gets dirty on a farm. However, we did have a second kitchen...but it was in a detached garage and we used it as a prep kitchen. My mom would boil chickens feathers off there and we would prep meats for the frezzer. She did canning there too! I think it was for items that were too smelly or made the house to hot.

Susan
Pink Portuguese Roses

Blarney said...

Hey ~ we have the same sofa! I just washed my floors after 3 weeks - now I'm feeling a little too clean!

Kristi said...

I just love that post - I also have a hard time not having things "just so". But, then I try to remember that if my "house" were perfect, it wouldn't be my "home" - not without our 2 children we love so much!