Now that we've committed to the Open House tour, Graham and I have been looking around the house with a more critical eye. What was I thinking? Our coffee table has scratches and chips on it. There are toys everywhere. The laundry room is piled high with laundry --unfolded laundry. The paint is chipped on the walls and baseboard. Our upstairs landing has an ugly makeshift gate to keep the kids away. It's like a giant playpen with 2 computers and piles of paper. Philip has scribbled all over the banisters with a permanent marker. It matches Natalie's permanent marker scribbles on the playroom floor.
We've got a lot of cleaning and fixing and sprucing up to do. Fortunately, we've got a couple of months to go. And it's high time we did a lot of this anyway. There's nothing like the criticism of strangers to get you moving.