For starters, I have 6 kids at home, so it's probably safe to assume that I'm writing this in my pajamas with a toddler climbing on my head asking for water.
I like getting things done, I think stray wet hairs in the shower are the grossest, and the phrase you're least likely to ever hear from my mouth is "Wow, we arrived on time and everyone has shoes on!"
For the visually-minded among us, here are 7 pictures from my blog's photo library that pretty much sum up what I do here:
Parenting fails and messes/disasters are documented here. If I'm expecting company, I sometimes clean them up afterward. I highly recommend blogging about your biggest household debacles. That way, there's always a silver lining to your iPad getting smashed or your latest dumb idea DIY project taking over your dining room. You can put it on your blog, which is better than posting a wanted ad in the newspaper for your replacement and running away.
Lest you assume from this picture that Unremarkable Files is being run by a 12-year-old, yes this is a picture of Phillip and I, but it's not current. (Just in case the groovy lamp, wooden coaster set, and floral loveseat in the background didn't tip you off.) Phillip and I were a match made in band nerd heaven back in high school. I sidled up and started talking to this cute, quiet kid on a band trip in 1996 and haven't shut up since.
I live in New England with Phillip and our 6 kids (the youngest isn't pictured here; he's on my hip trying to rip out my earrings.) When I'm not inside staring at a glowing screen, we like to do laid-back outdoorsy stuff on a summer day like this one. If you think that I'm used to cold weather having grown up in Minnesota and now living in New England, you are sorely mistaken.
Since 2000 I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can call me Mormon if you want. We believe in Jesus, prayer, revelation, prophets, and attending a ton of meetings related to our volunteer jobs at church. It's a big part of my life.
As a mother, I'm continually surprised at the number of nonsensical scenes I come across on a daily basis in my house. For example, if I wanted to, I could devote the entirety of this blog to the strange things I've found being used as bookmarks: hammers, forks, other books... I try to find and share the random hilarity in mothering and life with you, dear reader.
Some people call me cheap, but I like to think of myself as principled. My favorite price is free, and I mean that. As you can see from the picture above, I refuse to waste 20 cents throwing out a diaper just because it lost a tab. Hello, that's what duct tape is for. Also you'll notice that the changing pad cover is pink. My baby is a boy. I'm not paying for a blue cover unless he starts complaining about it. Probably not even then.
I'm not a food blogger, but I do love to eat and you'll hear about that. Our family identity is very tied to the delicious food that Phillip makes. Some of our favorites are his Boston cream pies and his brussels sprouts. (Not together; that's just weird.) He's an inventive cook and a thorough food snob. As for me, my long list of culinary accomplishments include not letting anyone in my family starve, and not making anyone sick (to my knowledge.)
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