Monday, December 7, 2009


Have you ever had a week where you literally just run from one place to another all day long? That would have been my week. I think on Friday and Saturday I was home for probably a total of 2/3 hours both days combined except for when I was asleep.

While I was gone, my children were home alone for a good chunk of this time so imagine the state of my house. Oh, and add into that the fact that I have Christmas decorations boxes out (I decorated my tree at 6:30 Sunday morning,) the kids slept in the living room the night before, and we had orange rolls (Rhodes dough) for breakfast. We had stake conference at 10:00 a.m. and my wonderful husband was at the church for meetings most of the morning so absolutely none of this was cleaned up before we left for church.

My sister and family were coming for dinner that night so I new I had a big job ahead of me. After conference I started pulling out leftovers for lunch and gearing up for the cleaning.

Why, you might ask am I sharing all this terribly exciting information with you? Imagine my surprise when as I'm pulling out the leftovers my lovely, always with a perfectly clean house, mother-in-law shows up for Sunday dinner. I about died right there on the spot!

I guess Nate invited her on Monday and then promptly forgot all about it and never mentioned a word of it to me. If the earth could have opened up and swallowed me right then and there I would have been a happy camper.

I spent the next half hour desperately trying to pick things up while I'm scanning my brain for anything I can fix instantly for lunch that will not look like leftovers and trying to entertain Marilyn at the same time. She was very gracious and just laughed and said not to worry as I begged her to understand why I was in such a state of chaos.

We ended up having grilled chicken salad with a yummy loaf of whole grain rye bread that I had bought on a whim. My sister said she'd bring a salad for dinner, so luckily I had all the things I needed for a salad on hand. We had fresh baked cookies for dessert. THANK YOU Krissi for the idea to share cookie dough at our last book club. Over all, the meal turned out okay, not what you'd expect for a Sunday dinner, but I did the best I could.

Nate always tells me that we should always have the house cleaned in case someone stops by. I guess he was right.


Me, Myself and I said...

Sounds like it's been just nuts over at your house! Well, your tree looks great - I saw it as we drove past (more like slid past) your house this morning.

Lisa J said...

Oh, I can SO totally relate to this! Monte's dad ALWAYS shows up unexpectedly on the one day out of the year that I decide we are having a lazy pajama day for everyone to unwind from all the busy craziness going on. I'm pretty sure he thinks that's what every day is like at our house. :)

Bonnie the Boss said...

I think you handled it surpurbly (sp) Besides if Nate thinks that tell him he can stay home and keep it spotlessly clean. This time of year a spotlessly clean house is a difficult thing to achieve.

Mommas Soapbox said...

while blog surfing this afternoon, which I usually don't have near as much time to do as I'd like, I've found some great posts.

When I started reading yours I got sucked in. I thought you were writing about MY week. I winced in pain for you as I read your mother in law came by for dinner. I'm impressed at what you were able to throw together. And top it off with homemade cookies.

From another mother of four....... high five sister! did great....