Friday, August 26, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
I have yet to post pictures of our new house because I feel like everything is a work in progress. I still want to paint the hideous kitchen cabinets, hang a few more things in the living room and re-do the kitchen table amongst many other projects. One room I feel like is essentially complete is the kids playroom.
This house had one of the garage bays converted into another room. We are using the front half as a playroom and the back half, which is basically a separate room with a step down into, as a storage room. When we first moved in it was a soul sucking, dark hunter green. Because it is a conversion, there are no windows and I absolutely hated to be in this room, especially with the door shut. The ceiling is popcorn and looked like it had twenty years of dust stuck to it, the ceiling fan was just as filthy. The crowning glory of the room was a circa 1980 wallpaper border of a world map.
The homeowners left behind an entire gallon of paint plus primer but this dark color was so paint sucking I had to go buy two more gallons to finish this room and paint two walls of Daniel's room. I only need about a pint of the third gallon but it is the same color as the hallway and parts of Laura's room as well so I'm sure I will use it down the road. On another note, who buys flat paint? Ugh, but that's what I'm stuck with throughout this entire house!
I had my eye on the U.S. map print for months at Hobby Lobby so when the kids got money for Christmas, I justified decorating their playroom as something to spend it on. Besides, it's educational right? I love that this room has built in shelving too. Behind the bifold closet doors are a few more shelves of toys and some random other storage items. To the right of the tent is the opening to the back storage room. I hung a curtain there to cover up the doorway and keep the cold air out as we closed the vents to that back room.
Over six months of slowly buying items here and there I spent around than $75 total including the paint for this room and a few more clear storage containers that are on the shelves. Now, if I only the kids would keep it this picked up!
Pinterest Project completed at last!
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Please excuse any math errors in advance!
Day 1- 100 items of paper trash
100 items of paper! That was embarassingly easy. I had a "to shred pile" that had built up plus I went through a few old files. I don't really need the health insurance payout from three years ago.
1 large box the kids were playing in
7 old removable bra straps - since I wear wear so many strapless dresses to fancy parties these days
1 Holly Hobby vintage plate
2 our old set of sheets that I just replaced last week
Day 1 total= 111
Day 2- 25 items from your Bedroom
Today from our bedroom
I haven't even tackled out closets but I made great strides going through my jewelry boxes. I had Laura help me clean out my jewelry.
5 earrings with no mates
1 hook (what was that doing in my jewelry box?)
8 bracelets (I honestly cannot stand wearing bracelets)
10 pairs of earrings I couldn’t remember the last time I wore
1 large box from Christmas that was in the backyard (classy I know)
= 27 items
Total = 138
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
2016 Reading ListI read 20 books last year which was 9 more than I read in 2014! Ok so I cheated a little and finished one of these the first week in January but hey, I started it in 2015 so that counts right?
27 books, my goal is to get to 20 of these 27 on the list. This might be overly ambitious since I'm having a baby in May and starting to homeschool Laura for kindergarten come September. Last year I ended up reading other books not on my list and bumping a few to this years list. I'm sure the same will happen as I come across a new book recommendations.
Eight cousins Alcott
GA Henty (historical fiction, we own several different ones.)
Popular Economics -John Tamny
Fierce Convictions -
Evidence Not Seen
Stepping Heavenward (make this an annual read)
Putting Amazing Back into Grace
How Should We Then Live? Francis Schaeffer
Prayer- Tim Keller
Holding onto Hope- Nancy Guthrie
Essentital Truths of the Christian Faith RC Sproul - I bought this for a bible study that was canceled for I figured I should just read it on my own
The Well Trained Mind
Give Them Grace
Putting Amazing Back into Grace
2015 Reading Wish List
Books without a strike through didn't get read but I may try to read them in 2016.
Parenting, Marriage and Family
Give them Grace (own on kindle) bumped to 2016
Nonfiction- History and Biography, Current Events, Health
1776 -I may or not may not try and tackle this one in 2016. I have been enjoying the audio book of John Adams in the car however.
A Chance to die – Elliot still working on this one!
I love Mormons
Unglued bumped to 2016
Just Show Up - Kara Tippets