Monday, January 18, 2010

A Dirty House

true story tuesday final     Baloney asked me

if there are always kids in our house.

And I told her yes.kids

When we first moved in,

I assumed it was because

Kaish is SO cool!kids 2

(And maybe me too!)

I mean I DO make the fiercest

chocolate chip cookies on the planet…

but one day,

when the kids were being just a tad too bit

LOUDkids 3

I suggested they go play at a different house.

And that is when I learned the truth.

Apparently the other mothers

do NOT allow

the hyper children in their houses…

they like to keep the houses clean!

Go figure.kids 4

Love,

Becky with a Dirty House

filled with happy (and LOUD)

children

PS Do the neighbors play in your house?

This question is ESPECIALLY for

Grandma J ‘cause I just know her neighbors

are all about playing.

49 comments:

Drew said...

We live in "the hood". :) Not so sure I want my neighbors playing at our house since some of their versions of playing involve syringes and non-hypodermic needles.

Seriously, though, there just aren't any kids in our neighborhood. We love our house, but I'm thinking someday we'll move to the country. The real question is what's my excuse for having a messy house?

Drew said...

Did you see I brought your fancy font titles back? :)

Linds said...

the loudness will only be temporary. I'd rather my kids WANT to hang out at my house, than be "that" mom who's so anal about my house that i miss the opportunity to hear my children laughing. Gosh, I kind of sound like a prick.... but that's how I feel.

Bernadine said...

Thanks for the visit. I love your blog. I don't have any kids but whenever my niece visits so do the girls next door. I figure the sounds of laughter and fun they bring to my house is totally worth the mess they leave it in:)

He & Me + 3 said...

They do...but I am that freak mom that is behind them cleaning up. LOL Why can't I let it go?
Great pictures.

heidi said...

That's one reason why the kids of the neighborhood congregate here, too. My house isn't a mess, but it's not a tribute to a family that COULD live here, either. We have SCHTUFF, yo. And kids get loud. And dirty. And need to make experiments in the kitchen with cornstarch, water and various other ingredients from time to time. Oh, and all the volcanoes that they made in the driveway last summer? That was science - not mess.

smiles4u said...

Yes, back in the day when my kids were growing up...and it was so fun. Now, I don't know very many people where we live and my little ones are young. We don't have very many kids in our neighborhood right now. But I surely hope that when my little's get to that age, we will live where there are lots of kids to come over and mess up our house! :) I would have it no other way! XX Lori

Christian Mommy Writer said...

My son is only two, so right now, the neighborhood kids aren't beating down the door.

I guess it says a lot if the other kids feel comfortable at your home. My thinking is that if my house is the one that all of the neighborhood kids hang out at, I can help make a positive influence in their lives (while knowing what my child is doing and who he hangs out with). ;-)

I believe that houses should be lived in. Keeping your house clean is nice, but not to the point that everyone feels restricted.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I loved how you included the pictures in your post! Have a wonderful week!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

When my daughters were younger, our house was the hangout house. I didn't mind because it gave me a chance to see what was going on. The bad kids got sent home with a call in to their mom or dad.

Now that Baby Boo is here and she hasn't learned the art of socialization, the house is quiet. I'm sure that as she gets older, that will soon change.

Alicia said...

There's not really any kids in the neighborhood that they "play" with. But, I'm totally not those types of moms who lets every other kid in the house too...lol. Especially if I don't know the parents, I wouldn't feel comfortable.

Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

My kids are the craziest and because I don't want them acting up in my neighbors houses I invite them all to mine. So, I too, have a crazy messy house - with or without the help of the neighbor children, lol!

Frau said...

I think it's better to be the house where they gather at least you know what your child is up to. Kiddos for you being the "fun" house.

Maggie May said...

You must be a very special Mum. Well done for putting the children before the house!

Nuts in May

Maria Berg said...

My house most be a Dirty House since it is also
filled with happy (and LOUD)
children!
But I do have 3 girls so it is not that loud but lots of dressing up.

Maria Berg, Sweden

Nice and good photo using the frame in nature around the family. MB

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Nurse Nancy said...

The more, the merrier in my house! But if the weather is nice, it is outside for everyone!

TSannie said...

Ours was always the house where the kids congregated when they were young. Come to think of it, they still do. Nice.

Sarah @ When two becomes three... said...

I DO hope that it's my house that little Brielle's friends choose to play at. I am SO not a domestic goddess to begin with so what's more mess really?

Great captures!

Nan Sheppard said...

I am RIGHT with you. My house is always full of kids and mess, and I love it. My reasoning is that boys (I have 3) need a gang, a tribe, and if that tribe is at MY HOUSE, or at least in my yard, I will ALWAYS know what they're up to.

But good grief, the mess. And they do like to eat. I need some Food Rules before they turn teenagers, or I'll be feeding the neighbourhood! Last night I ended up feeding three extra kids, which I don't usually do, but their parents had been kept back and all were "Staaaaarving!!!" I sent them home with apologies to their mum.

Emily said...

Wait a minute...other mothers, of boys don't want a loud house?! Is that even possible?
WTG for being that cool mom...that's totally who I want to be too!

Mighty M said...

I am not sure which way I will lean, but I tend to like noise and chaos a little less than most people so I may be one of those " go play at Kaishon's house!" kind of mom's! :)

Mr. Daddy said...

If there is food at your house I think that I could qualify as just another big kid...LOL

what time is dinner???

Busy Bee Suz said...

Our neighbors are too far away from us, but yes, I do have parents drop kids off...sometimes for a few days at a time!!!
I want some cookies now!!

Marilyn said...

Once upon a time our home was the happening place. It is now just a quiet haven in a hectic world.

Jenny said...

Most of the time my house is the hang out for the neighbor kids, but they are usually in the back yard or out front riding skate boards. I like it because I know where my child is ;)

Trudy said...

Good for you! I think I will be that mom too...never enough happy children, as long as they know who's boss, LOL!

SKELLER said...

hahahahaHA! Totally cracked me up ... I saw the punchline coming a mile away ;-). Tho, honestly, the real truth is: they're at your house because it's clear you love well and take an interest in them! Even if those other homes were available for play, I bet they'd still be at your place.

Pam D said...

Hmm. The only other kids around are the girls next door, so I don't have a group of messy boys in here. BUT..the girls do love their crafts, and I WAS a preschool teacher. So they get into my drawers of old craft stuff and it can get pretty crazy. Oh, and the creek.. and the dog.. and even the dad who forgets to wipe his feet. Yep, it's pretty messy here, too, but I wouldn't trade the LOVE that lives here for the cleanest, best-decorated house in the world! You and I would get along JUST fine, Becky....

Foursons said...

Hahaha- Now I know why there is NEVER kids at my house with the exception of my own. Bawahahaha. By the way, I am an excellent judge of chocolate chip cookies. My mailing address is....

Marla said...

That is a great reason to have all those kids at your house. Hopefully, it will continue the older they get and you'll be able to know all your sons friends. :)

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April said...

Yep...the more the merrier! I've learned over the years that a "perfect" house isn't what it's all about...making memories is!

jennykate77 said...

Sad to say that we don't have many neighbors and the ones we do have are mostly retired. I think your house is probably the funnest house anywhere. Can I come play?

Mental P Mama said...

We were the hangout house during high school. I loved every single minute of it!

Corey~living and loving said...

I always say that I'd rather be remembered for being a fun happy person, than having a perfectly clean house. :)

semicrunchymama said...

My son's not quite two, so we don't have the neighborhood kids hanging out here yet. But I think I'd rather know that he -- and they -- can feel comfortable hanging out here in my home, than to get hung up on how the house looks. My goal's not to have a magazine-spread house, it's to have a happily lived in house.

ricebabies said...

Ha ha ...Not yet...but I assume with two boys ..down the road ..its very possible.

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Caroline said...

I had to answer this one. When I was a kid all my friends came to play in my house for the same reason as the kids all play in yours - their mums weren't so keen on the mess and my mum didn't care! My mum's house was always messy, but not because of us kids ~ it still is messy (really messy) and she's lived alone for over 20 years now!
Now I have kids of my own ~ many of them ~ and they are expected to help keep the house tidy and clean (it's only fair as they make most of the mess!), but not many weekends go by without extra kids about. I must be fair though, they often go to their friend's houses too. I have an 'open door' but we live a bit in the sticks with only older folks for neighbours. The village is a mile up the lane, so it needs to be nice weather & daylight for any kids to drop in :D That said impromptu visits from anyone are never turned away. I don't mind how many kids I have in my house in the day ~ I love listening to them playing nicely and I usually find, though it may be noisy, the more there are the nicer they play :D
I'm so glad the kids feel comfortable in your home - that is such a blessing to them ~ and to you :D (it means you get to take lots of lovely pictures!!)

thedulls said...

you bet - rather have them in mine any day - dont mind the mess!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Hey - obviously they can't handle the pressure of screaming kids as well as you can!! Love it!

sheila said...

I'd rather have them play at our house then not know where they're at. Although mine are now all older so they do their own thing. (15,17,19). But when they were younger ...yep, our house or the neighbors.

I could care less about a spotless house. I like the lived in ones, :)

Rachel said...

Had to laugh at Emily's comment about other mothers of boys not wanting a LOUD house... cuz that's kind of a given, right?

I call this Silver Lining #463 of being deaf... those kids are gonna have to try real hard to make this deaf momma chase them outside due to noise :) Of course that means that it's pretty darn easy to be sneaky around me too... hmmm...


Love this post and the pictures!

Lisa said...

OHHH!?! You mean it is not because we are cool...Bummer! Oh! Well, But now at least I feel better about my dirty house.

THANKS!

AND I like it here too! I think I will join your site. Thank you so much for visiting me.

lisa

Yaya said...

We were the 'go to' house growing up. I hope ours is someday too!

Josh, Steph, The Boys and Maddie said...

what a sweet post. I don't mind the loud house... I just mind the dirty house. I have a clean as you go policy... which usually ends up to be a frustrated house mom because my kids to oblige to the same policy. But I really love kids in my home and since we don't have neighbors kids my childrens age...we alwasy have cousins over...!

Kmama said...

LOL!! So you definitely are the "cool" mom!!

I hope that one day, our house is the one that the kids want to play at!

Liz said...

That's awesome that you don't mind them playing at your house. I think that totally makes you a cool Mom!

Of course, no children play at our house. In our neighborhood we are the dreaded couple that has no children. Oh, and I work so I am double shunned! Trust me when I say it all doesn't bother me.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I am so jealous. I want that, I want the kids playing over at our house but right now Tristan is only 6 and we don't even have a lot of kids in the neighborhood.

I wish I could say my house is dirty with happy children. It's just dirty.............with 2 dogs.

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