Monday, April 14, 2008

If you want to see the house...

One of my most favorite quotes came from a plaque that was being sold in a silly magazine. It said, "If you want to see the house - make an appointment. If you want to see the family - come on over."

Or something like that. It's been a long time since I saw the magazine. I think I've had a child or two since then. And I never got around to painting my own version. Never really had to. Until now.

Someone has made an appointment to see the house.

They called on Friday. You see, we've changed our house insurance. They want to send someone to come and take pictures of the INSIDE of my house. When she said that, I almost dropped the phone. I thought they'd want to take pictures of the outside of the house. It needs paint - but the kids don't play with play-doh on the outside of the house.

I just laughed and said, "I have 4 kids."

She chuckled back and said, "he won't mind."

"I do." I could have given her the list -- but stuck with the play-doh. When J-man plays with play-doh, he not only mixes colors, but he embroils his action figures into life and death situations where they are often up to their tiny eyeballs in colored, non-toxic goo.

I'm really glad that they called and made the appointment. I can clean up the play-doh (I'd been ignoring it) and pick up the varied and many messes Mini-e has multi-tasked herself into. I think the weekend is the worst on the clutter on our house. We spent time cleaning up the yard. It was a great and productive....too bad they can't inspect the outside of the house.

Thinking about having a clean(er) house made me think of my other favorite plaque. Probably from the same magazine.

"Yesterday, I cleaned the house.
You should have seen it."


Halfmoon Girl said...

With that attitude, you can come over to my house anytime. I saw a saying I liked years ago: A house should be clean enough to be healthy, and messy enough to be happy"

Melanie said...

I love those sayings- and the one halfmoon girl added too.

TobyBo said...

LOL about the play doh.

And you did a great job on the Spiderman cake, too. :)

Becky said...

Those are great plaques. I am especially fond of the second one. Made me laugh out loud.

I think we would both be amazed at the places these people sometimes see. I am talking filth, not life. They will be thrilled to see a busy, happy, well adjusted family doing life.

Hope the appt goes well.

Dapoppins said...

we have a front door and a back door, I'll take a plaque of each quote please!

Debbie said...

Still laughing.......
I have never seen that quote before, but I like it! I have 3 children, 2 older (22 and 13) neither have ever been as hard to clean behind as my 3 year old! My livingroom can be fresh and clean and I exaggerate not, if I leave him alone for more than 10 min, he will have the room strewn with toys so bad that it looks like I haven't done a thing! He is a constant source of "doorbell stress"

I love the spiderman original, go mom!