I am finding, thanks to the blog world, that I am not the only one like this..but none the less...it is a bit crazy. Yesterday, the kids and I finally packed away the Christmas decorations in the house. And I was feeling the need to REALLY clean. The little ones just seem to be going from one cold to another no matter how hard I try to keep those little hands washed, bedtimes strict, and bellies fed with fruit! It has gotten me a bit discouraged and I was feeling a bit desperate to kick this cycle. So as I finished vacuuming the dust from UNdecorating, I looked down at the nasty carpeting I was attempting to clean and thought-well-actually I didn't think-I just did!!! I took one good grip on the carpet and yanked-I ripped it out furiously and the kids came in and looked pretty amused and joined in. With their help, we had it out within 30 minutes!! Now I feel compelled to mention-the carpet was very temporary-we had laid it over our hardwood floor when we found out we were expecting Noah, feeling like we wanted at least one area in the house that had a warm soft floor for our soon to be new crawler. So we put down a very cheap carpeting. We have had it for 4 years now, which was longer than we had expected. But I kept thinking it was going to be a HUGE job to pull it up until a few nights ago Matt and I had been talking about it and I mentioned I was not looking forward to getting the glue up, and he says-"there's no glue, remember, we just taped it down". Oh my!!!! That wretched thing would have been pulled out years ago if I had known that! So, there you have it-that is the back story to what led me to my impulsive carpet attacking yesterday! The girls helped me scrape a few spots that the tape had stuck to, but all in all, it was a very fast and I am now feeling like we may be able to stay a bit healthier now that we are back to hardwood floors. And since we have pared down the furniture in the living room to accomodate a dining table, the room has become a place of peace. Here is the after.