Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How do you feel about housework?

I often blog about a single subject, which is fine. But since this blog is also my own personal journal/family history, I sometimes think I should blog about a typical day and even just what's on my mind. Today is Wednesday which is the day after Tuesday, which means it's the day after the day I work at the Sanctuary. Which means it's a catch up day. Editing, bill paying, mailing, shopping, blogging and HOUSEWORK. Ok, I've never done it before, but I'm gonna ramble on a little about housework.
Ever-present, never-ending housework. I've given a lot of thought to this subject over the 14+ years that I've been married and primarily in charge of keeping the house, and gone through many stages of feelings about it: denial, anger, acceptance, ambivalence, resentment, anger, satisfaction, denial.... etc. I've also come to believe, that while organizational skills and housekeeping skills can be learned and improved upon, being a truly excellent housekeeper is an innate characteristics and you either got it or - as in my case - you don't got it.

I have DEFINITELY learned to be more organized over the years and I really do enjoy a clean house. But it just always seems like there are more worthwhile things to do with my time.

Oh well, I'll keep working on it. And I have a theory - everyone has a different tolerance point for an  acceptable level of clean. I can ignore a certain amount of clutter, dishes and dirty floors and then all of a sudden, I've hit my limit. I have friends who can't stand the tiniest bit of clutter, or the minutest amount of dirt, but then I also have friends who can tolerate years worth of clutter piles and weeks worth of food crusted on dirty dishes. I would have to say, on a slob scale from 1 to 10 (1 being OCD Buckingham palace clean and 10 being "Hoarders") I'm somewhere around a 4 - the cleanest my house ever is: 2, the messiest: 6 - 6 is my absolute max tolerance level. The average is somewhere around a 4.  Except for the dishes and laundry, which I keep up on pretty well, I would have to say my overall style of housekeeping is "let it build up- while I work, edit, do horse stuff, etc. - until  I can't stand it anymore and then go on a big cleaning/purging binge" or, "someone's coming to stay so freak out at the kids and get in a housework bootcamp workout".

As I was typing this, I took a look at my desk and realized that the state of my desk is pretty indicative of the overall state of my life.

A whole bunch of "to-dos" and miscellaneous multi-tasking. Funny.

I'm glad I blogged about this stuff - it's cathartic.

How do you feel about housework? What's your cleaning style?

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Captain America and His Girl

    I mentioned a couple of posts ago that


    I'm a little bit excited, can you tell? She is one of my favorite people in the world and she found a GREAT guy and I'm just so happy for her.

    In March, she moved to Austin Texas. She had been living pretty close to us and we were sad when she decided to move that far away. We didn't know the reason at the time - heck, I don't even think she knew the reason. But now we know, and that reason looks a little like this:

    She met him online soon after she moved out there and they are getting married in November. They came out here a couple of weeks ago and we got to meet him and I got to take their engagement pictures. So fun.

    He used to be a captain in the army, so we call him Captain America. And the Marvel Captain America's girlfriend's name is Sharon Carter - which is my sister's name! :)

    And they are really great together!

    He's a successful business owner, a pilot with his own plane, has multiple degrees, and is a certified journeyman electrician in 16 states. Oh, and he also just won a state-wide wrestling competition. 

    Marty says, "Oh great, another overachiever", like our other brother-in-law, the FBI director. (who also speaks fluent spanish, has 2 degrees including an MBA and went to BYU on a dual baseball and vocal scholarship.)

    But he would have to be pretty great to be good enough for our sister. And the most important thing is that he is a wonderful person, who loves her, and is a faithful member of our church.

     Isn't she purty?! That is her natural hair color!
    And even though this means she's never moving back, I suppose we can let her go to live with Captain America.

    Saturday, August 20, 2011

    Looking Back - Window Light

    I've been super-duper-whooper busy with photo shoots this summer. Which is great, but along with photo shoots comes a lot of photo editing and it takes up so much of my time that I don't have time for much else that I'd like to do. I co-taught a photography workshop this spring and we set up a Facebook group for our workshop attendees with weekly assignments. Our last assignment was window light and the ladies were struggling with it a little bit so I bribed Brynn to sit for me and did a little window light session with her the other day do demonstrate some techniques for the ladies.

    As I was looking through the photos, I was reminded of the very first time I attempted to do window light portraits. And, of course, Brynn was my model back then too.

     She was so stinkin' cute! It was fun to look back at these and reminisce a little. That first window light session was a real landmark for me. It was the first time I'd ever taken photos that I was really happy with and it started me on my photography journey. Somedays  I feel as though photography has taken over my life - it has become the tail wagging the dog. But mostly I'm so grateful to have beautiful pictures of my children and able to give other people beautiful pictures of theirs. 

    This little beauty is Jenna's little Allison - growing up and so much fun. She posed for me for mini marshmallows while I was tending her the other day.

      I do love window light, I love all the curves and shadows and highlights. Most of all I love how it puts such pretty catchlights in the eyes. And I really do love my camera.

    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    My Little County Fair Participants

    We live in a little bitty town and our whole entire county only has about 6000 people living in it. That means, of course, that our county fair is very home-towney, accessible and lots of fun. Every year we enter something that the kids have made and I always enter some of my own photos.

    I actually remembered to take photos of some of their entries this year:

     (Brynn won a sweepstakes ribbon for her cool watercolor painting.)

    Luke came up with the idea to put in a helicopter on his own, made it all by himself and then painted it with a little help from his big brother.  The rotors twirl really well!

    A couple of years ago, Jaxon came up with his own comic strip in which the characters are all insects. It's called The Buggy Backyard. I'm continually amazed at the ideas he is able to come up with. He can sit down and come up with cartoon after cartoon and most of them are really funny. He usually just draws them in pencil - we have them all over the place. I talked him into putting one down in ink for the fair and it won a blue ribbon. 

    Isn't that great?! 

      He's so good at expressions and body language.

    In other news.... My lovely little sister Sharon is getting married! I will put up another post about her and her fiance, but for now I'll show this one photo that I entered in the fair.

    I love small town living, I grew up in cities, but always knew I was a small town girl. I love the parades, the town dinners and the county fair. We're so blessed.