There's a great story behind the picture as well! Hannah, a mom of four under four (YIKES!) got sick while her husband, a Navyman, was away at sea. Her daughter got into a box with styrofoam in it, “Look, Mommy! I am Queen Elsa! I'm making Beaaauuuuuutiful snow.” Too sick to even talk, Hannah gave in to the chaos. While Queen Elsa was making snow, Hannah's twin boys got in on the action and raided the craft cabinet. They started tossing around empty milk cartons and newspaper. “Believe it or not it was so worth it,” Hannah said. “For two hours I was prostrate on the floor while my children wreaked havoc in utter bliss!” We've ALL been there, Hannah!
There were so many awesome photos in the contest. Thanks to everyone who entered!! The runner up was this kitchen counter that has so much crap on it, it looks like it's going to collapse:
There were pics of teenage bedrooms that are just trashed. Playrooms gone wild. Messy moving days. Head over to the Messy House Photo Contest to see them if you haven't yet!
I did this contest because I had zillions of comments about my messy house in my Let It Go – Mom Parody. People thanked me for being real and not making the house look perfect before we shot. My husband suggested that maybe we should clean up and I said, “No.” I wanted it to be real, but I had no idea it would spark a conversation. I mean, it wasn't that messy … was it?
I think we can all use a dose of reality when it comes to this parenting thing. It's hard enough to do without thinking everyone else is doing it perfectly and you're the only one who can't keep it all together. It's comforting to know that the mom down the street who looks perfect in her spanking new yoga pants probably has a pile of laundry bigger than yours staring her down every time she walks into the house.
There's so much pressure to be perfect these days. The perfect mom. The perfect spouse. The perfect employee. The supermom who can balance it all without a hair out of place. I say we need to cut ourselves some slack and celebrate the fact that we are doing the best we can. Sometimes you just have to let it go, and let the kids destroy the living room.