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The Holidays Have Pushed me Over the Cliff

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I was going to snap a simple picture for a Wordless Wednesday post and then I realized I had too much to say (as usual.) So instead I thought I’d give you a little tour of our living space at this very moment. Let me warn you, it’s a DISASTER ZONE!

Between the husband’s birthday weekend, Christmas in TWO DAYS (OMG), my full time job, the blogs, the conference, and just simply life, I have reached my breaking point.

This is my poor kitchen. . .

. . .which as not seen much action this week. In part because it has turned into a dumping ground but also because I simply have not had enough time or energy to cook. I haven’t baked. :( I haven’t had time to whip up dinners or post some real ideas on GreenLiteBites. Two things that I absolutely LOVE to do.

By the way, my favorite part of the picture is the ketchup bottle left out from the last dinner I did cook.

Sad, I know.

Moving on to the Living Room which has become the Christmas wrapping station.

In a way it’s nice because every night the little guy and I wrap a handful of presents for the family. I’ve been involving him a lot on the giving side of Christmas. He’s helps us shop, picks out the wrapping paper, tapes and his favorite part, of course, cuts the paper. Why do kids LOVE to do the the very things that freak us out a little. It’s funny.

The one "person" who seems unaffected by it all is Irish. . .

She is still in the same position as I type this. It’s her spot. :)

Me? Well, I’m just going to keep smiling. . .

As I wrap up this year is it going to be crazy? Sure.
Will my house return to a normal state of only semi-messy? Of course.
Are my pants getting a little snug from being out of my routine? ohhhh yeah.

But who cares?!?

Life is good.

The craziness will subside. I will get back on a normal routine. In the meantime I’m enjoying myself. What’s the point of all the year end celebrations if all I do is stress about my messy house and tightening jeans. I will do what I always do and it will be fine as it always is. One day, one choice, at a time.

I hope you have (or are having) a WONDERFUL holiday. I’m not sure when I’ll be posting again. I have to put makeup and do that messy hair, then it’s off to work and tomorrow we travel to PA for Christmas. I may tweet now and then but more then likely I won’t be back on the blogs until Sunday.

Until then. . . have a great one!

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    December 23, 2009

    Have a Merry Christmas Roni! Don’t fret – my house looks very similar. Sit back, breathe and enjoy the holidays with your family!


    December 23, 2009

    Merry Christmas Roni!!! I think all of our rooms look like yours do – I know mine does – I laughed at the wrapping station because mine is the dining room table. Have a wonderful holiday and thanks again for doing what you do!!!


    December 23, 2009

    I loved this post because it showed me that I am not the only one with a messy house and some tightening pants. But as you said, I am enjoying myself now (and not going too overboard) and I will get back into the normal groove come the end of the holidays. Thanks for posting this and showing me that the place I am in right now is ok and that I should move forward and try to enjoy it all!! Merry Christmas!

    Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life

    December 23, 2009

    My house is pretty messy at the moment as well. It’s all party of the holiday craziness! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!


    December 23, 2009

    yah, ditto. but i’m not freaking out either. it is what it is. we’ve been playing in the snow, playing wii together and drinking cocoa. more important in the big picture. Merry Christmas!

    Anonymous Fat Girl

    December 23, 2009

    Laughing about the ketchup bottle. I actually left out salad dressing from dinner last night. My house is in shambles too! Have a great holiday :)


    December 23, 2009

    So glad we don’t have people over to our house for Christmas. We go to everyone else’s house. Our house looks much the same.


    December 23, 2009

    Your house looks lived in which is a good thing – it means you have a home and a family. Clutter is what makes the world go ’round!


    December 23, 2009

    Thanks for this post, I now feel a little less guilty for sampling the cookies and the fudge that I made, in MY messy house!

    Merry Chistmas to you and your family Roni!


    December 23, 2009

    This is just part of the season! Don’t worry, you’ll wrangle back control after the dust settles. Until then, I think it’s healthy to just sort of go with it, haha :)


    December 23, 2009

    Merry Christmas! Again, thanks for keeping it real! I love to see the real side of things and even though I think you are a little bit famous ( I’m not on the web), it still comes back to being a real person for the rest of us. THANKS!!!


    December 23, 2009

    Hi Roni, it’s been a long time since I’ve commented, I still read your blog faithfully. I am so happy to see from you post and the other comments that I am not the only one. Last night I thought for sure I must be doing something wrong…how can everyone else have it all together, (work, kids, gifts, baking, wrapping ….) ) and have a clean house too? Now I know that must be the exception, not the rule. I feel so much better. Christmas will still come, do I want my kids to remember Mommy all stressed out and crazy? NO. I’ll just have to ask Santa for a cleaning service one of these years LOL. Until then good enough will have to be good enough, time to move one to making some fun memories with the kids!


    December 23, 2009

    <3 This made me laugh out loud, because my house looks the same. I think every house looks like that – unless you’re the one having company! I hope your holidays are full of joy! Merry Christmas to you and yours.


    December 23, 2009

    Gorgeous pic of Irish!! Merry Christmas!!

    Jennifer Gardener

    December 23, 2009

    Ha! My house looks the EXACT same way! Christmas shouldn’t be as stressful as it is, so don’t let the crazy-clean people make you worry! Enjoy the season and hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

    Jennifer Gardener
    Proven Weight Loss


    December 23, 2009

    Hi Roni –

    I have to tell you – that when you post pictures like this of your house, it makes me realize that I’m not the only one in the same situation – it helps to see this!!! Sometimes we think we are the only ones dealing with things and then we read and/or see things that remind us that there are others who can DEFINITELY sympathize!!

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy new year with your family!!!

    ps – so far I have lost about 6 pounds with my “free passes!” thanks soooooo much again!!


    December 23, 2009

    Roni, it warms my heart to see your house, mine looks very similar! Have a wonderful, fun-filled holiday!

    PS The pic of your husband and son on his bday was so beautiful :)


    December 24, 2009

    Merry Christmas Roni to you and your family.

    Deanna - The Unnatural Mother

    December 24, 2009

    Have a wonderful Christmas, and thanks for putting it all in perspective, stress is overrated!!


    December 24, 2009

    Enjoy your holiday with family Roni. We’ll see you soon.

    Krista S.

    December 24, 2009

    Happy Christmas, Roni!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    December 24, 2009

    Roni thanks for showing your house in its state. My house has looked like that for the month of December because of work and I’m just looking forward to cleaning it next week. Then it will only be semi-messy :-)


    December 24, 2009

    As messy as you think your counters are, they’re cleaner than mine :(

    Well, at least your new house looks moved in and “home-y” right? I’m trying the “you can’t open new presents until the old toys are cleaned” threat to no avail with my 3 and 5 year old. It’s not working yet, but I’m hoping it’s at least decent before Santa visits tonight.

    Merry Christmas!!!


    December 26, 2009

    oh Roni thanks for this! I sit here in the biggest mess which extends to every single room in my house…and I have indulged and yes, my pants are tightening…BUT you are so right…who cares! Why would I worry…okay there is a little bit of worry but it is not consuming me and my holidays! Thank you for being so real because it makes me feel like the state of my house is more normal than I think! I was worrying about my lack of exercise and over eating and a friend put it in perspective and said, “a week or so of indulgence and lack of exercise will not see you gain all your weight back. You will get back in to routine.”
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and here is to a fantastic 2010 for us all!


    December 26, 2009

    I’m so happy you posted pics of your house! Beleive it or not it made me feel like I’m not alone. Every year I think I will be more organized and my house always looks the same! A MESS! My wrapping station happens to be in the living room too! Thanks for always inspiring me. Merry Christmas!


    December 27, 2009

    Hah, I went on a total cleaning frenzy Xmas eve. Cleaned the house for 2 1/2 hrs and I had to force myself to stop. It’ll get sorted out…just enjoy the holidays!
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