Thursday, July 11, 2013

Theme Thursday: Rooms

Thanks to Cari, it is about to get real up in this blog!

This week's theme is "rooms", and while someone's suggestion of going for a
Stepbrothers'-themed shot is appealing, I opted to go for honesty and nostalgia (I think).

A wonderful photographer (and all-around beautiful human being) once told me to take pictures of my kids' rooms and toys as they are today so that I will not forget the places and things that occupied so much of their young lives. It's an awesome idea, right? So, just after they all woke up this morning, I thought I'd capture a shot of their bedrooms without any bed-making or straightening up.

(Deep inhale) I present you, Bedrooms of the Dempsey Kids!
Jack's and Eamon's room

Killian's and Joe's room
Maeve's and Faith's room

Will's bed in our room...
Will's future room.

Here's what I learned:

1) my kids can't close a drawer to save their lives
2) my kids should spend more time cleaning their rooms and less time "hanging out" in them.
3) I should spend more time enforcing bedroom cleanings and less time cleaning the rest of the house
4) my photographer friend's advice is based on the fact that she has no teenagers yet and she is a better mother than I am.
5) I now know why I yell so much.
6) Kids don't need huge bedrooms all to themselves filled with many things in order to have good childhoods; they are better off having a smaller room filled with other siblings.

Now, play nice and don't call authorities on me because I just made you feel really good about your housekeeping abilities, didn't it?


20 comments:

  1. LOVE #6!!!! We've got 3 in one room and 2 in another. That's it, a 3 bedroom house for 7 people. And my kids love it :)

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    1. Until we had our basement finished last fall, we had 3 of the boys in the big room upstairs (now, our room), 1 boy in Will's future room (11x7) and Will was with us in what is now Jack's and Eamon's room (12x14).
      Twas a bit crowded that way, what with several
      of us being adult-sized.
      Kyle and I were amazed at how fighting reduced considerably when we separated the teen boys from the younger boys, though. Some togetherness is a bit too much. ;)

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  2. I have 7 boys...enough said...your house looks great:)Thanks for sharing!

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  3. #4 is false, #6 is true. Keeping it real, MK!

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  4. I hate photographing the kids' rooms unless I've cleaned first. I can't do it. THere's ALWAYS poop or urine somewhere. Always.

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    1. I lucked out today. Plus, no smell-o-vision for the boys' rooms!

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  5. Every kid who's required to clean his or her own room has a room that looks like that. And if he or she is NOT required to clean the room, you gots other problems!

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    1. Actually, I was required to clean my own room as a child and it looked way, way worse. Like, scary worse. So, I guess maybe our bedrooms aren't so bad. :/

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  6. I can assure you my room was way way worse as a kid/teen and sometimes even now. (Shame on me.) Some day you will be glad to have a picture of their stuff. And now I am going to take a picture of our playroom. :)

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    1. When they're all grown and gone, we'll look back and smile. Or, so people tell me....

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  7. Very daring of you. Well done! I toltalky agree on all points and I'm going on a limb to say my SIL must have been your photographer friend. I guess she knows what's she's talking about. ;)

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    1. So are you! And, too sweet!! Thank you!

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  9. Mary Kate, I love you. I can honestly say that most of the time our rooms are messier than those, but I would never be as brave as you are. Thanks for being so honest.

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    1. Ha, love you right back, girl! Still waiting for Kyle to chew me out for the reveal. :/ Shhhhhh.....

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  10. Love! My home is the same. Sometimes it's clean and nobody stops over....they only come when it's real. I think it keeps us humble. :)

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    1. Oh man, isn't that the truth?? I try to always keep the entryway and living room tidy in case anyone stops by, but Lord help them if they have to use the bathroom or go into the kitchen!

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