A house with 7 people in it can get a little crazy. Ok, a lot crazy. There, I said it. My house is crazy. At any given moment there’s at least one kid running around for no apparent reason [although they usually do that in pairs and it's almost always 20 minutes before bedtime], a tv blaring with no one even in the room, a dog howling because there’s a train going by [or the ice cream truck which oddly enough is still making it's rounds in January], one kid singing on her karaoke microphone stand that Santa was
dumb generous enough to get her, two to four kids involved in a dart war, one kid practicing her violin, a kid on the xBox, and someone saying “Mom/Alecia!!!” or “Dad/Gary!!!” over and over and over….and over. For us it’s nothing out of the ordinary. For outsiders it’s total chaos. And a form of birth control. Some even leave with a twitch.
I’ll be the first to admit that our house can get a little chaotic-ish. It’s not quite like this but close. Really close some days. For a while I would hear people compare our family or home to a circus or zoo. My feelings would get hurt! On the outside I would smile and chuckle and go along with it but on the inside I was thinking “Our house is NOT a circus. Why would they say that?” I imagined them coming over and thinking “Good Lord, here we go again. I can not wait to get out of here.” But then I realized, with a little help from Gary, that to other people it only seems like a circus because it’s not what they are used to. Chaos is defined as a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order according to dictionary.com. That is so not the case at our house. We’re more like organized chaos which Urban Dictionary defines as a situation or place that seems to be in chaos, but has an underlying organization and pattern which is evident to those involved in the situation. This describes us much more accurately I believe. What other people see is chaos, what we see is organization.
Over the next few days I’ll be sharing with you all the things we do around here to make our daily lives seem a little less chaotic. In the meantime go to the Circus. No really! It’s in town! Go!