In the last Mommy Reality Challenge, I showed you the view from my window. I am afraid that I only showed the cute and the handsome.
|My handsome son|
I should have also shown the down and dirty!. So here is a picture of my front yard once the snow begins to melt. This “trench” was built by my 10 year old and the numerous cars that back up into our yard. It is gradually becoming worse and worse. Our house sits on a hill. Both the front and backyards slope away from the house. In the spring, as it rains, erosion happens. Added to the mix is a little boy who loves playing in water. He will take the hose and create rivers of mud! Oh how I love mud – said no mom ever.
This week the Mommy Reality challenge is something that is broken. My yard is definitely broken, but I don’t see a quick or easy fix for that given that if it isn’t snowing, it most likely is raining, and until we spend the money on a permanent fix such as a paved driveway, I really don’t see a change in sight.
We built our house 15 years ago, and you all know the saying, “Nothing lasts forever!” Well it lasts about 15 years. While my husband is pretty handy, there are numerous items that could be fixed or replaced. You all remember my couches – well they are getting worse, but the good news is that we have couches in layaway. Hopefully we will get those within the next decade!
Item #1: The hanging light with no working light bulbs that hangs over the steps from the first floor to the second floor. When we installed the light I wanted a little switch that would enable the light to come down to us. It is one of those things that we didn’t think would be a big deal. The first couple of times that the lights burned out, my husband rigged a series of ladders on the steps, leaning against the wall, and “walked out to the light.” He has asked our older sons to help him, but clearly they have not lost their good judgment. I am hoping to have one of those little switches installed “someday.”
|As you can see, the light hangs from the top of the 2nd floor over the steps. It is a good 12 feet in the air.|
Item #2: There are tiny holes drilled into my kitchen ceiling. One fine morning Jack-Jack walked into our bedroom and proudly announced, “I tried to save the house by using towels, but the water just kept coming.” I laid there thinking he was talking about some bizarre dream, and then it hit me – the toilet was overflowing. I bolted up, and ran into the bathroom and stopped the toilet, but I really have no clue how long the toilet was creating a lake on the second floor of my house. My darling husband proceeded to clean up the mess as the water had run into Jack-Jack’s bedroom and was soaking into the carpet. I went downstairs just in time to watch the water pouring through the chandelier in the kitchen. My husband drilled these tiny little holes to relieve the pressure and to give the water a chance to dry out. One year later and I still have tiny holes in my ceiling! The good news is that I only notice them when I look up or when a guest asks, “Why are there holes in your ceiling?”
Item #3: Although technically not broken, this area here is supposed to have a wedding picture. My son and daughter-in-law have been married 18 months. Even though this isn’t broken, every day I walk past this and have pangs of guilt. This feels worse than broken, and it certainly needs fixed!
Item #1 is definitely a someday due to cost. Item #2 isn’t anything I even want to tackle – this is solely on my husband. But Item #3 rests squarely on my shoulders. I plan to cross that off my to do list before the next Mommy Reality Challenge! I am tired of living with the guilt!