Monday, March 21, 2016

Welcome to the Farmhouse

We would like to officially welcome you to our new farmhouse.

Here are some before shots.  (These pictures really don't do it justice.  It was so much worse then it looks.)


 




 Some in progress shots.








  And some after shots.










 

It has been a wild ride.  We are finally settling into our new place.  Thought I would just share some photos with you today.  We did a lot of work on this place, we are calling this first period of work stage one.  Basically stage one is just making it livable.  Later this summer we will start stage 2 and make it pretty and upgrade a few things.

We ripped out all the old carpet and cleaned out all the garbage, painted the subfloors with kilz, repaired the water damage and dry rot around the two sets of french doors upstairs and the main floor bath.  We repaired all the sheet rock (so many holes to fill in and texture), replaced a bunch trim, and painted all the walls.  Through all of this we cleaned and cleaned and cleaned.

We moved in a few weeks ago and are still working on making it livable.  We have some broken windows to replace, some appliances to swap out, and some drains to change.  We have also been doing a lot of work in the yard.

I can't tell you how happy we are to be here.  It was a long road to finally call this place our own.  We are pinching ourselves each day to wake up to views of Mount Hood and are dreaming of all that we have planned for this farmhouse and this 10 1/2 acres we now call our own.

Now I'm off to rake the yard with the family, getting it ready for grass seed.  The lists of to dos never end around here but we are taking it one thing at a time and enjoying the process day by day.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Update, New Home Progress


I just wanted to give a quick update on what has been going on in these parts.  We are in the mist of working on our new home and under a deadline to get a lot of home projects completed.  We have been waiting for a long while to make this home ours and are so very excited it is finally moving forward, but it has been a bit overwhelming all that needs to be done in such a short period of time.

We have been clearing out all the old and bringing in the new.  After a week and a half of ripping out carpet and replacing and repairing two major areas of dry rot and water damaged walls and doors, we cleaned the floors, walls, and baseboards and new carpet went in yesterday (gorgeous!) and pretty paint is going on the walls today.

The kids and I have been moving forward with school projects, trips out to the new house, chores, meals, family time, choir, piano, trumpet, and basketball practice, homework, church activities, play dates, and just the stuff of everyday life.  It is a juggling act in the best sort of way.  With the added element of driving longer distances to get where we need to go, our days are overflowing.  We are very excited to move closer so our daily commutes will be a bit more manageable.

I have so much to share here on the blog, lots of Valentine things were in the works before these last couple busy weeks swept us away, so I think I will still share those posts in the next few days.  More to come on the house as well, can't wait to share more details of it here with you.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The 2016 Book Groups I'm Joining

I just wanted to share a couple online book clubs that I'm joining in with on the blog today.  I love books, I love community, I love hearing what other people think about what they are reading, and I love a good book list.  I'll be joining a grown up book group for me and a read aloud book group for my family.  Some of the books on the lists I have read but most are new to me.  Take a peek, you may want to join in.

The Deliberate Reader 2016 Book Club

Reading Together A Family Exploration Book Club

I also am starting with a couple friends an in person mothering book group.  It will be fun to talk face to face and share ideas and thoughts about what we are reading.  More on what we are reading for this soon.

You can find my 2016 Book List and reading goals here.

You can find my latest picture book (Hansel and Gretel) sharing here.



Friday, February 5, 2016

Yarn Pom Pom Wreath



Here is another wreath, because, well you know I love wreaths.  This one I did this last winter and never got around to sharing it with you.  This winter I happily paired it with this pom pom garland, something I made around the same time last year.  



This was such a fun wreath and one that I had wanted to make for a a long time.  I'm made a bunch of poms with my pom pom maker.  My maker is this one.  I tied each pom pom to the wreath with yarn. They slide around the wreath a bit when handled, but when it is on the wall it isn't a problem.  I nice wintery wreath.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Monthly Goals


This year I will be setting and sharing my monthly goals here on the blog.  In January I chose 5 areas to work on and each month I will set specific, measurable goals in each of these areas to keep me on track.  I also will choose one miscellaneous goal. If your interested, you can find my yearly goals here.

Since we will be working on and moving into our new home this February most of my February goals will surround this very time consuming and exciting goal.  Since I know we will be spending a lot of extra time working on this goal, I have limited my goals in the other categories.  

Family ||

  • Read 1 chapter from a read aloud book 5 nights a week with my kids.

Home ||

  • Purchase home
  • Finish all work on home
  • Move into home

Healthy Living ||

  • Meet with new doctor for regular check-up
  • Drink 12 glasses of water a day
  • Exercise 3-5 times a week

Connection ||

  • Go out with another family

Blogging and Etsy Shop ||

  • Follow new blog schedule
  • List new items in Etsy shop

Post a morning and evening routine, share on the blog, and work on following it.

January Goal Report

Just reporting on my January goals.  February goals coming later today.

Family ||
  • Have individual evening chats with kids 3-4 times a week. (I did a few chats, nights are so hard for me, I'm definitely a morning person.  Most of the time I'm just trying to get everyone in bed. I still want to work on this.) 
  • Focus on one child a month. (Yes!)

Home ||
  • 15 minutes a day to simplify (Worked on this.)
  • Begin work on Sherwood house. (Yes!)
  • Make a list of work to do on Sherwood house (Yes!)

Healthy Living ||
  • Join new gym with childcare. (Yes!)
  • Exercise 5 times a week. (I worked out 2-3 times a week.)
  • Drink 12 glasses of water a day (I worked on this, but will be working on this again this next month.)

Connection ||
  • Have one family over for dinner. (No, we scheduled it but had to cancel.)

Blogging and Etsy Shop ||
  • Follow new blog schedule (Yes!)
  • List new items in Etsy shop (No)

Work on following a simple morning and evening routine. (No, I thought about it a lot.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Fairy Tale Project || Hansel and Gretel



In January we read through of few of these lovely Hansel and Gretel picture books.  Like many fairy tales, this is an eerie, fearful tale.  Proceed with caution.  

Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Loved the illustrations in this version of Hansel and Gretel.

Hansel and Gretel by Susan Jeffers

Hansel and Gretel by Cynthia Rylant
Cynthia Rylant is one of my favorites and I love her rendition of this fairy tale.

Hansel and Gretel by James Marshall
A fun version of the tale

Hansel and Gretel by Holly Hobbie

Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman
Each illustration is like the cover, alternating full page illustration with full page text.  I really enjoyed the writing of this version of the story.
Hansel and Gretel by Will Moses

Hansel and Gretel by Manju Gregory

Hansel and Gretel by Nadia Higgins