Every now and then I like to pull back the curtain on what happens in real life behind the scenes of a blog. I know the pictures look like I have my crap together all of the time, but nothing could be further from the truth. lol The times that I actually have anything together happen maybe twice a year. No lie.
As I was staging this kitchen for pictures I kept having out-of-body moments, thinking to myself – if I could document this for all the world to see, people would literally not believe this is what it takes to get pictures of a clean, decorated kitchen.
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Don’t get me wrong, I love to decorate and the decor is real. But usually there is a ton of real life happening around the home that gets cropped out or moved just outside of the camera frame for pictures.
But let’s get back to the actual happenings on the day this photo shoot (almost) took place. I actually had to postpone it for two days because of all the craziness.
I have shared before about how I hired a house cleaner this year. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever given myself. It keeps the clutter in check around here and once every two weeks my whole house is clean from top to bottom. I really, really, really try to coincide picture taking day with the day she comes to clean. That way I don’t have to clean a bunch for the photos and everything’s already all picked up.
So, last Monday was that day. I was planning to finish my last minute touches in the kitchen once she finished and then snap my pics. Time of the day is also crucial because you only have a couple hours of really good light in the winter months. My cleaning lady usually finishes up around 11, which was going to be perfect.
But that weekend the girls got sick. My youngest even ended up in the hospital one night because anytime she gets croup she ends up in the ER. So, I literally got no sleep that night and spent the rest of the weekend trying to make up for it while my husband was coaching a wrestling tournament. Also while juggling a sick 6-year-old. Mama was tired.
On Sunday night the kids were feeling much better and Monday looked promising. I was planning to send them both to school and to get my work done.
But then I woke up sick. The 6-year-old came in an said she still didn’t feel very well and she still had a pretty bad cough. So, I decided we were all staying home one more day. This was good because the girls could entertain each other while the cleaning lady was here and while I was working.
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They play pretty well together, but there are the occasional fights and bickering which was hard to handle while I was working and dealing with my own sickness.
We ended up eating Chick-fil-a for breakfast and McDonald’s for lunch – both being in the car because I didn’t want to get the kitchen dirty. 😜
And because I needed to get them out of the cleaning lady’s way while she was cleaning their rooms.
Then, back home once the kitchen was cleaned and I could take pictures, it was so hard to get anything done because the girls were tired of playing together at this point. For the whole 5 minutes that they played nicely outside on the trampoline, I was meticulously ironing kitchen Christmas towels. For reals.
By the time I ripped off part of my lip while trying to hang up the faux boxwood wreaths on the cabinets, I had pretty much decided that pictures were going to have to wait for another day.
(Ouch!! Who knew putting tape on your lips could rip the skin right off. I’ve been holding extra tape in my mouth for years and have never experience this phenomenon before!)
Y’all. I am posting this a week after all of this happened and it just makes me laugh at all of the juggling that goes into taking some pretty pictures for this old blog.
When the stars all align and the girls are in school and I can work quickly, it is a beautiful thing.
But even when it doesn’t all work out perfectly, I’m super grateful for a job that allows me to work in the cracks and crevices of the roller coaster that is motherhood. I love being able to show my girls how you can follow your dreams and work and be a mom all at the same time. Even if we have to eat Chick-fil-a and McDonald’s in the car for two meals.
My girls and I are mostly healthy now and excited about celebrating their birthdays this week along with dear friend and family, then spending special quality time together as a family of 4 as we gear up for Christmas. It’s going to be a wonderful week!
I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Kitchen Tour. You may like to see the rest of my home decorated for Christmas this year …
- The Farm Fresh Christmas Trees Living Room
- A Neutral Christmas Dining Room
- A Neutral Christmas Entry Way
- A Pretty Christmas Wrapping Station
- Emily Ley Simplified Planner (on my counter, which is Grand Central Station for all things planning Christmas)
- Christmas Plaid Mug – Target’s Dollar Spot (not available online)
- DIY Large Chalkboard
- Nativity Art next to the flocked tree – GraceLaced (no longer available)
- DIY Chalk and Chalk Eraser Holder
- Pomegranate Branches
- Lamb’s Ear
- Cotton Stems
- Gingerbread House Kit
- Tobacco Baskets
- Fiddle Leaf Fig (similar)
- Merry Christmas Free Printable
- O Come Let Us Adore Him Free Printable
- Christmas Village scenes
- Large Hocking Jar
- Smaller Hocking Jars
- Galvanized Sorter Tray
- Mrs. Meyer’s Peppermint Hand Soap
- Christmas Kitchen Towels
- Mug Tree
- Monogram Mug
- Coffee Maker
- Galvanized Wall Clock (similar)
- Plaid Ribbon
- Oil Rubbed Bronze Chandelier in Eat-in Kitchen
- Semi-flush Mount Light in Kitchen
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