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A Homeschoolers Idea of a Bad Day

Posted by on Nov. 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM
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My sanity has been tested the last couple of months, as I prepare for my very first craft fair (coming this December 7) - with my crochet and tatting. (GULP!!) And, of course, I'm obsessing about having enough product to last through the show. Anyway, as many of you know we've lived, as a family of 4, in a 800 sq foor 1-bedroom apartment for the last few years (for financial reasons). We had my DH's and my bed in what would have been the living room, the boys shared the bedroom, and the 'dining room' was our homeschool room.

Well, we've been offered this awesome Eddie Bower barely used couch, so it's resulted in a room shuffle. This means taking everything (every one of my thousands of books) out of the homeschool room, so that our bedroom stuff can go in there, then re-organizing the 'living room' so it can again become one. 

Ugh... we've been homeschoolers for over a decade now...that's a lot of..er...stuff... we've accumulated, not to mention I'm a complete biblio-phile with TONS of books of my own....we had them all in cloth grocery bags (since we didn't have the foresight to get boxes) all around the house. The kids room is stacked sky high with all the shelves and such....

Wouldn't you know that during the 3-day shuffle, our car has been having trouble. My DH's co-worker was nice enough to call yesterday (just as we finished emptying the homeschool room) and offer to come over for an hour or so and help DH look at it. Since we need a working car, DH said ok. Wouldn't you know, the co-worker shows up with his wife and 2 kids!!!!! While my house looks like we should be on the show Hoarders! OMG. 

So not only did I tell the surprise guests they had to play outside with my boys (Delaying all re-arranging - and the couch is coming today at 4pm) but I told them that if they needed to pee they had to drive to the Dunkin Donuts around the corner. THey looked at me like I was the most unkind, ungracious person alive. So DH lied and said I had a stomach bug....bad parenting moment...when my Autism Spectrum son (who has no concept of lieing) says "since when?" (sure, throw dad under the bus...lol) After 2 hours I pulled my kids back inside as I am physically incapable of doing all the work myself. UGH! So I told DH that once we have a path to the kitched again I'll bake them cupcakes..lol...

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usmom3
by BJ on Nov. 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

 Yeah I hate having unexpected guest just as all h*ll is breaking loose in the house!

debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Nov. 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

 Unexpected guests would not be allowed in my home either.  My kids and the animals are to messy for that.  I would loose my mind.  And I clean everyday, added because of my messy comment, with much more space to move around than your 800 sqft home.  Which with a family of 4 has to be crazy and hard to keep up just from clutter.  I would be going crazy. 

jakana2369
by Member on Nov. 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM
Wow. My dh knows me better. He woukd asked if wife and kids were coming. You should have told the truth. You live in a very small apartment and are rearranging. Also I feel it is always better to tell the truth. All the kids could have played outside (if old enough without adults) and ask the other wife to help. She would have said no. And stayed outside with the kids or helped and you could have gotten it done.

mem82
by Platinum Member on Nov. 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Yikes!

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Nov. 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Oh I agree about the lying. I literally never went outside, so heard about the lying later. We never thought to ask about the family. DH had no plans to work on the car, his co-worker called out of he he blue and said he was in the area and could swing by, so it never occurred to DH to ask if the whole family was in the car, I hadn't even peaked outside when they arrived as I was buried...lol.. I'm a brutally honest person (everyone knows to not ask if they look bad in something..lol) but my DH is very, very shy and tends to panic when put on the spot - so he'll often issue a small lie to get the pressure off and regret it later. He says he married me to get me because I'm so outgoing..lol.. My family thought we were on the brink of divorce for the first several years of our marriage because he never spoke at any family gatherings. ;) they're used to him now. Lol

Quoting jakana2369:

Wow. My dh knows me better. He woukd asked if wife and kids were coming. You should have told the truth. You live in a very small apartment and are rearranging. Also I feel it is always better to tell the truth. All the kids could have played outside (if old enough without adults) and ask the other wife to help. She would have said no. And stayed outside with the kids or helped and you could have gotten it done.


KickButtMama
by Shannon on Nov. 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Lol, I didn't realize we even had so much! Lol 

Quoting debramommyof4:

 Unexpected guests would not be allowed in my home either.  My kids and the animals are to messy for that.  I would loose my mind.  And I clean everyday, added because of my messy comment, with much more space to move around than your 800 sqft home.  Which with a family of 4 has to be crazy and hard to keep up just from clutter.  I would be going crazy. 


debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Nov. 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

 You never do till you move or rearrange.  We still have stuff in storage from our last move because we have not had time to get rid of stuff so we could bring in the rest of the stuff.  I have no clue where we are going to put it but we need to get it done before December.

Quoting KickButtMama:

Lol, I didn't realize we even had so much! Lol 

Quoting debramommyof4:

 Unexpected guests would not be allowed in my home either.  My kids and the animals are to messy for that.  I would loose my mind.  And I clean everyday, added because of my messy comment, with much more space to move around than your 800 sqft home.  Which with a family of 4 has to be crazy and hard to keep up just from clutter.  I would be going crazy. 


 

suziejax
by Member on Nov. 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM

awwww wow sounds like a roller coster ride! WOW he brought the wife & kids with out telling you first? I do not like drop ins lol. And when you said it looked like it should be on hoaders I was laughing!!!!!! I do love that show but as of this week I look like I need to be on it to! I am moving next monday and all my junk is everywhere. LOL

No_Difference
by Silver Member on Nov. 11, 2013 at 10:11 PM
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 I've had to start getting used to neighbors just popping by...the "School is in session sign" on the door isn't working. I try to get a little cleaning done everyday, but let's face it - it is barely going to look clean with everyone home all day long. So I now have a sign in the foyer for when people first walk in that says:
Our house-elves are currently on strike, From this point forward, you are in charge of picking up your own messes
(...yes...I'm a Harry Potter nut lol)
Also with a tiny note at the bottom that says, "You've been warned" as you go up the stairs lol...then they enter my disaster of a main floor... *sigh* One of these days people will come over and the house will be clean. I might be old, gray, and hardly capable of moving on my own...but someday it will happen! LOL

I'm dreading having to move....Over the last few years I've been trying to weed out as much as I can, and I feel like each month I get rid of at least 16 boxes of stuff, and somehow find twice that much the next month! When we rearranged our school room it took me a week to go through it all.

Good luck on your craft fair!!!

TJandKarasMom
by Debbie on Nov. 12, 2013 at 8:25 AM
Oh my gosh what a day! Sounds so crazy! Luckily we are kind of like hermits and don't have visitors, lol. I'm not even joking, we literally never have people over. I always thought I'd be the kind of mom that would have extra kids all the time, but living in my MILs house definitely changed that....I don't feel like it's my place to invite people over, so we don't :(. Sometimes it's bad, but I am thankful for no surprise guests.

Good luck getting everything done!! I hope the move goes smoothly. We have totally considered a one bedroom apartment, but have decided to keep paying mil instead of a stranger..I hope that can change soon and we can buy our own house, I really do not like our living arrangement, but I am grateful for a great place to stay and inexpensive rent! But you can be grateful you do not have to live with your mil (who doesn't approve of hsing, lol).
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