Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Beetle Shack House Tour- Behind The Scenes







Welcome friends. Would you like a tea?

Oh wait, I've run out of tea bags. How about coffee?

Oh, no milk. I just used the last.

Let me get you a glass of tap water, don't mind those smudges around the rim of glass, It's clean, I promise.

take a seat, oh, I'll just wipe that down for you.

So while you're here, let me fill you in on what's been happening.

Life here at The Beetle Shack is complete and utter chaos. The kids think it's SUPER fun to pull everything from their wardrobes and spread it all out on the floor. I think it's really NOT fun to clean it up every singe day, so there it stays upon the floor... just for a couple of days while I get over the fact that next time I pick it all up it will literally be back on the blessed floor the next morning.

Yes, yes, you're right. That is Zeph playing some kind of 'aeroplane' game with his baby sister.* She'll be fine though.

We've added some pigs to our little back yard farm and with any luck, we'll be eating home raised pork at christmas. We've also got 15 chooks, 1 duck and 3 rabbits. Oh yes, one of the rabbits has just had baby bunnies, so we've got 8 of them too. They are just starting to get some fur and practise their jumping. It is Ah-dorable.

Anyways, the last couple of days I seem to have harnessed the power of positive thinking (prayer, if you will) and I'm back in the game. Ready to make the lunches and the beds, wash the clothes (but not sort them, that bores me to tears) and launder the linen.

Things are on the up'n'up.


How's thing with you?



*no children were harmed in the writing of this post

** totally got on top of this filth over the last couple of days. 

(i hope you're not too repulsed by the state of my home. Bet I made you feel good about your's though, right?)

This post is for you Grace.

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    1. SO DANGEROUS! But you're the mother of 3 boys so you've seen it all right!?

      They live to tell the tale!

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  2. Love the aeroplane pic. Today my youngest locked me out of the house. I was busting to go to the loo! I peed in the bushes while he stared out the window picking his nose. I then found an open window and managed to climb through..........it is never dull round here.xo

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  3. Aeroplane Brother was the only thing that i spotted (in a cute way) Everything else looks normal!! xxxx

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  4. Love this! So true to real life.

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  5. Lady, today I came home from lecturing to find the front door slightly ajar, as I wandered through the house trying to work out if we'd been robbed I stopped and looked at the mess and thought "who'd fucking know in this pig sty?" They probably would have felt sorry for us and cleaned up a bit.
    Turns out the door hadn't latched properly as husband and kid made a mad dash out the door to work/daycare this morning.
    I can assure you won't happen again but damn it was depressing to take off the mess-blinkers and realize the house is in a shambolic state. Le sigh.
    Pass the tap water please..

    Ps. The other day I had to make coffee for my mother in law using the last bit of milk I had already emptied into little A's drink bottle for his afternoon tea. Classy!

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    1. When you come for tea astred, I'll make your tea using breast milk.

      ahahahahahahha

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  6. Im with Rachael. Best house tour ever. Kids can be devils cant they. Gosh we love em though!

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  7. ah, looks just like my house. I'm super excited for all your new animals! x

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  8. i can't believe you have all those animals in your backyard!!! x

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  9. Ah a realistic home tour from a blogger. And this is why I love your blog! Fab post!

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  10. Love this!! Aeroplane baby was the icing on the cake.

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  11. I don't know you but I think I love you. Seriously. My house looks exactly like this. My kids pull everything out of their drawers as well, and it makes me want to cry. Thank you for showing me that other people live like we do.

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  12. I love this. real life.

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  13. Total brilliance…..our house is the same…..ahhh…normality! x

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  14. Awesome. Never understand how these bloggy houses look so good all the time, so this is very refreshing... And glad to hear you're on the up! x

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  15. That's frickin' aces Emily. Bless your mess. I'm hearin ya sister - I really don't object to collecting, putting in machine, hanging out or getting the bloody stuff in but GOOD LORD I hate folding and sorting the bloody things. Thanks for sharing. (house mags are so unrealistic and the insta-net just fuels perfection defecit anxiety for me)

    Also thanks for Little Tienda - she's a goodie. xx

    P.S. Matty has spent the night listening to podcasts of The Conversation Hour while rolling pork loin and bagging up chops etc. at the kitchen table - we just got this year's pigs back from the butcher. It's quite intense - all that pink flesh but when you can provide the most delicious home-grown organic ham every christmas, it gets you out of SO much other cooking. Shhh.

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  16. I literally laughed as i scrolled down and then head shaking just smiled at how real it is and refreshing to see as that is my home at most times of the day and night. 3 is just a full time job hey? add in working from home and its a shambles.

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  17. Thank god Em!!! Your normal!!! I often look at pictures of your home & just swoon at its loveliness so I am so grateful to see I'm not alone in dropping the ball in the game of housework. I'm not going to lie, I'm struggling to keep in top of anything this week. The day is nearly over & I cling to the hope that I'll get some decent sleep tonight which will enable me to have some energy that I'll use to get my shit together :)
    Thanks for sharing Emx

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    1. Pretend my house looks like this too, yo. Cos it does x

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    2. Mine does too.
      I've got so many more interesting and important things to do than wash up.
      Totally normal.
      xx

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  18. LOVE IT!!! That aeroplane shot had me in stitches - the same thing happens at our place... :)

    Totally need to get the courage to do a post like this - you are amazing!! xx

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  19. Looks like my place. Just this morning Osc and Nora decided to make porridge while I fed and settled Iris (I was in my bedroom). In amongst the toys and the the clothes and the chaos there were oats and milk everywhere … my response? Sit down and make a cuppa tea (without milk, that was on the floor). Take deep breaths. Listen to them giggle. Let them play with it, because at least they were occupied and happy. Then, when I felt ready to face the mess, I may have yelled a little and forcibly sent them to their rooms just so I could clean in semi-peace.

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  20. Looks like my place every day. Only I don't have a baby in the house - or piggys and rabbits.

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  21. Sometimes it all gets too much doesn't it! Those days I try to remind myself of that saying...which of course I can't think of right now but it goes something like just do what is in front of you.
    Or don't. And sit down and drink of cup of tea and watch some mindless tv.

    And photos of those cute bunnies please!

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  22. Love this post. And, I agree with the others - Normal. That could be my house, only yours is prettier.
    ~FringeGirl

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  23. Ha ha, that conversation at the start - STORY OF MY LIFE! In one of my recent posts about saying goodbye to my midwife, Rosie looks really tall because she's sitting on my clean washing mountain! Meh. Life isn't about being tidy.

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  24. Give me a baby bunnnnnnny!!!!!!!!!

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  25. wow! love real life posts ;)

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  26. it's always so great to see when momma bloggers i follow actually post about what ^bri said "real life". because it's true, the house is usually a mess all day, and it's wearing on you when you're constantly doing the same thing over. sometimes you feel as though you're about to go bonkers, but you do it and at the end of the day there is some relief and tenderness still within your heart. i love this! great job mama!

    xo jenna
    sweet grace

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  27. I adore you! I love your real life. We do our best and have fun along the way. The key is to keep a realistic attitude to the house I think. When the kids need the telly - we turn it on! When I need to rest and play games with the kids instead of doing the washing/dishes/cleaning... we do. Our best quick fix is getting outside and particularly the beach for some real life insight. I just find the computer time a hard one to balance. Do you?

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  28. Glad to hear the positive thinking is working its magic :-) Once again, this was such a refreshing post. My big messes are in the kitchen and my eldest son's room - packing away toys at the end of the day just doesn't happen, so it's usually a veritable tripfest in there. I don't usually mind putting washing away, but despite best intentions, it doesn't happen all the time so I can have piles of clean laundry on the floor for up to a week. Oh yeah.

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  29. Yep, that looks pretty normal to me! I seem to be only able to keep one room tidy at a time.

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  30. Thanks Em. The little cartoon demon that lives on my shoulder and asks me why I'm such a crappy housekeeper just left the building. Now I feel less angsty and am going to celebrate by sitting down on a chair that doesn't have washing on it, have myself a nice hot cup of coffee and read my book. Bless you x

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  31. So nice to read a blog that is real. xx

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  32. Also ... how have you not posted pictures of the baby bunnies!!! Please please please ... x

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  33. i don't often comment, but i had to today -- THANK YOU.

    just...thank you. x

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  34. Looking at these pics - feels like home :o)
    Love it!

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  35. I hear ya! Our home is in complete chaos too, but i am so excited that we have baby chicks hatching today that I can't even contemplate cleaning.... :) xx

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  36. I haven't made my bed yet this week, although I did pull up the duvet this morning. Sometimes, house work is just too anal for what else comes first!

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  37. I am ok thanks for asking Em spent all day yesterday cleaning this house and it wont stay clean for long but at least I know I did it! Love your house pics ,you are so real and honest and that is refreshing In a blog I reckon,you cannot expect the house to look amazing with 3 young children,if the children make a mess leave it and then make a game for packing it away and even a little bribe does not go astray.I am glad you are feeling better and are back in the game of boringness.My kids are adults but the jobs stay the same so boring the same thing different day!I would love to see pics of your baby bunnies how sweet,i think it is great to teach children to care for animals it teaches them to be kind,have a lovely weekend xxLisa Mckenzie

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  38. Your home is so beautiful Em! Even with a little bit of chaos. A little bit of mess makes a house a home! xx

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  39. ...this post is exactly why I love you and your blog :)

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  40. Thank you so much Em. I have only been following since both our babies were born earlier this year. I was getting weary of everything being so perfectly styled and curated in blog land. Thank you for keeping it real.

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  41. Now that's what my house looks like! Let's make it the new black! xx Philo

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  42. For this I god damn love you. I have to say I get fed up of every goddamn blog hiding the fact that we are real people with real chaos!! THANK YOU a million and one for your honesty.

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  43. I just love your blog. This summer we moved out into the sticks where we have no Internet hooked up but I still sneak on my phone and read your blog:) love your honesty, realness, and overall vibe..love u!!!

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  44. incredible photos, amazing words. i adore your blog!
    xx

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  45. oh goodness, this is my life as well. it's never ending with kids....happy friend friend! xo!

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  46. All I saw was that we have the same bassinet :)

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  47. this is quite hilarious. i like your comical writing... i find myself in the same position a lot, before people come over and sit down -"let me just wipe that off", and "oh, dang... can you watch the kids a moment? i just have to run across the street for milk..." hahaha, c'est la vie, right?

    glad that things are looking up for you. being a parent/household runner can be crazy stressful and overwhelming

    my children also like to play a game where they dump all of their (they have three mini toy boxes, stacked on shelves, separated in to blocks, trucks, and softies/trinkets) and then they just leave the room. the joy is actually dumping them out, i think? i only clean it up after they've gone to bed -as silently as possible and in the dark, lol- so they can wake up to a nice clean room. it's crazy.

    glad to have discovered your blog the other day. it's fun, down to earth, and easy to relate. your kids are beautiful.

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  48. Oh Em, I've got two rooms that still have unpacked boxes from when I moved in March - you aren't on your own with the mess, thing is I only have myself to blame!

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  49. Oh I luv luv luv luv this post! I luv that you take the effort to create a scene for all your other pictures but I also luv that your house isn't always like this... that your house is like mine most of the time too :) Hugs to you Em xx

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  50. So familiar!!!!!
    I am happy that I am not the only one :)!

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  51. Thank You! I feel so much better about my own lovely pig sty now :)

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  52. In our house we call it the floordrobe and my kids are experts at dumping stuff there!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em