Sunday, March 30, 2008

Family Coming

Just about 4 hours until my family arrives from Utah!! I'm so excited to see all of them. We will spend a low key week together with just a few things planned. We will go on a hike one day, and to the beach another, and we also plan to watch General Conference together this weekend. I'm sure we will also play lots of games, have some good conversations, and watch a movie or two. I love having them all come to town and can't wait for them to get here. Well, I have some ham chowder cooking in the crockpot, all the extra bedding washed, beds made, and clean towells in the bathroom. Now all I have to do is straighten up the house and I'll be ready for them to arrive. Maybe I'll just go take a quick nap before I straighten, you never know how late we may stay up tonight!!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Baby Update

Went in for another appointment and everything checked out great. It is amazing how quickly they get you in and out of that examination room. Baby's heartbeat sounded good and I'm measuring right on schedule. Can't believe we are going to have another little rascal running around here. Okay, so he won't be running around, I guess I'll be doing the running around for him trying to take care of 3 children!! Any pointers from moms who have 3 or more?? How did you do it, any advice??

We are all excited for this new addition to our family. Jakob tells me all the time how he is going to take care of his little brother. He says he will hug him, and kiss him, and play with him. So cute that he gets it!!

Isabelle just randomly points at her belly and says "baby." She doesn't really get it, but she takes excellent care of her dolly, so I have confidence that she will get it when he comes.

I'm feeling really good and trying to get lots done. I feel like I make a little progress every day; organizing, scrapbooking, purging stuff, etc. I feel this intense need to get ready for this baby, I know my time is so precious and I want to be ready for his arrival. I know after he comes I will have even less time to get stuff done. Now or never. This pregnancy really has been going wonderfully!! I take naps quite a bit, not everyday anymore, but 3-4 times a week. I think this has helped more then anything with feeling great when I am awake. Its hard to take a nap when Isabelle is napping and Jakob's at Preschool, thats prime time get stuff done hour, but I force myself and am always grateful I do. Anyway, better get to bed.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Pics

Loved these fun Easter outfits. All purchased at Target this last week and everything was on sale. Love that!! Happy Easter!!



Self Portrait



I know, I know, should have had someone else take the pictures, but thats not always easy to do!! Yes, my belly is just starting to poke out, it will be huge in no time at all. Anyway, here is my attempt at taking a pictures of my growing belly.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

New Shoes

I got some new shoes. Really like them. Super comfy!!
OH, when I first took the picture I had to lean over the bump, then I just decided to take a shot with it. It really isn't as big as it looks, I'll post more photos later, but it feels this big!!

Some Easter PIctures

SATURDAY'S EASTER EGG HUNT




The kids did really good on their Easter Egg Hunt. We did it with a few other Moon Cousins and had lots of fun. Isabelle totally got it this year, and got her first few eggs really quickly. Our only problem was when she discovered there was something in the eggs. No more wanting to get easter eggs, just wanting to eat the candy inside. My sweet girl!!
JUST A FEW COLORED EGGS
Waiting. . . . .
Helping!
Watching.



Friday, March 21, 2008

A Couple of Questions

Just to answer a couple of your questions about the linen closet.

Yes, I printed the labels. I have a couple of cool fonts from scrapbookers who have the cutest handwriting!!

Also, the containers under the sink are labeled candles, hair care items, post baby items, and misc. items. The miscellenous tote held all the little ziploc labeled bags. I labeled these little bags razors, bathcap, lotions, sanitizer, perfumes, makeup, and chapstick. In the closet the drawers are labeled toiletries, toothbrushes, and first aid supplies. The containers in the linen closet are labeled lotion, refill items, and outdoor items. The refill tote is filled with hand soap refill bottle, body soap refill bottle, cotton balls to refill containers, etc. You get the idea. Hope this helps, for those who were curious.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Organizing Bathroom and Linen Closet

Okay, here are some pictures of what I worked on this last week. Its funny how they look nothing like Martha Stewart, in my mind I was really hoping they would!! BUT, I realized as I compare pictures that Martha organizes all of her new products and makes sure colors match, etc. I, on the other hand, am working with all of our OLD STUFF, all mixed together and NOT colored coordinated. Well, it may not look like Martha Stewart, but it makes me oh so happy to know that everything has a place.

Under my sink in the bathroom.

View of the inside of the containers under the sink. I bought a box of bags and labels and categorized all those little items that I don't use on a daily basis. It was so easy and fast!

Top drawer in the bathroom. Mostly Steve's stuff, except for the toothbrushes that we both use.

My drawer. I tried to just keep things out that I use everyday!! I put a bunch of stuff that was in this drawer in those plastic sacks shown earlier.


LINEN CLOSET

Outdoor products, lotion, and items that I use to refill other items all labeled and easy to access.
Aren't the blankets pretty all folded up??!
I really like the drawers. Thinking about getting some more drawers, makes items super easy to access, but they can hide away at the same time.

It feels really great to get this done. I keep going back into the bathroom to look at everything all organized. I also have the bottom drawer in our bathroom and the cupboard under Steve's sink EMPTY, can you believe it?? I'm keeping them empty because I believe as I keep working on organizing I will find items that need a new home. I also wanted to point out that I did not buy any containers to do this project. The only things I purchased were the plastic sacks and labels. I collected the containers from around the house, looking for ones that matched. I found them scattered through the kitchen and my scrapbook room. As I added these containers to their new space, I ended up taking a few of the containers I was using out of the linen closet/bathroom and will use them in other areas of my home. I loved the look of matching containers, I think that it really adds a look of order. I also love knowing I didn't spend money on bringing new items into my home that I didn't need!! I love when I can figure out how to use the things I already have to complete a new project.
Well, hope this post doesn't bore you!! I also wanted to wish everyone a
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!
Think I might make cookies or something fun for the kids. We don't really do much on this "holiday" and are doing little easter scriptures everyday this week in gearing up for this weekend. Trying to help the kids understand the true meaning of Easter. I have to go try and find something green to wear, something that will fit my growing belly.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Meatloaf Dinner

Just wanted to post a couple pictures of how our meatloaf turned out!! I love my big crockpot!! I loved how easy it was to cut!! (Ignore the chip on the plate.)
And, of course, proof that it really was good. Isabelle, our pickiest eater, licking her plate!! Love this shot!!
I think we will have this again sometime soon!! Definitely a success. It smelled so good cooking all day!!
Oh, and a little preview. I got my linen closet organized yesterday while Isabelle took a very long nap. I'm so excited to have this completed. I will be posting more pictures soon.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Meatloaf Night??

Thought I would share a recipe I got off line that I'm going to try tomorrow. I finally got a new crockpot, a 6 quart, so much bigger than my last one. Recipes just didn't fit in it!! Anyway, early easter present from myself. I love the idea of throwing in something in the morning and having it all cooked and ready to eat at night. I'm never in the mood to cook dinner at 3:30/4:00pm. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Easy Meatloaf

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
2 slices day-old bread, cubed
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
1 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
8 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks (I just use baby carrots)
8 small red potatoes

In a bowl, beat egg and milk. Stir in the bread cubes, onion, green pepper, salt and pepper. Add beef and mix well. Shape into a round loaf.
Place in a 5-qt slow cooker. Spread ketchup on top of loaf. Arrange carrots around loaf. Peel a strip around the center of each potato; place potatoes over carrots.
Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 7-8 hours longer or until no pink remains in the meat and the vegetables are tender.

Yield: 4 servings

Source: Taste of Home’s Slow Cooker Classics

Monday, March 10, 2008

Yes, He's 29!!

Steve's 29th birthday was yesterday!! We celebrated with dinner on Friday night and Steve bought himself a bike for a gift. On Sunday, his actual birthday, we gave him a few little gifts and cards. I actually wrote down 29 reasons that I loved him, punched them out with my circle punch, and stuck them on our mirror to make a big "29." It turned out cute and was easy to do. We had his family over for a potluck dinner and cake and icecream. It was fun to get together since our family here hasn't all gotten together since Christmas.


My hubby with his mama!!

And.....

Wanted to share this fun magazine that I bought at Target the other day. So good, all of the articles are about organizing and it is so great!!! Highly recommend and will be getting a subscription soon.



Friday, March 7, 2008

IT'S A BOY!!

Well, the newest member of our family will be male, so Isabelle and I are outnumbered. We are really excited!! Jakob and this new little brother will be 5 years apart, which is the same distance between Steve and his older brother. Everything went well at the ultrasound and I'm feeling great!! It was so amazing to see this tiny image on the computer screen, this little life inside me; kicking, moving his little arms, watching his little heart beat, knowing he will be part of his life so soon. This next few months is going to fly!! I'm very motivated to get EVERYTHING DONE before he comes!! Anyway, just wanted to share.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Letting Go!!

So, I’m feeling the need to go through and let go of things in my home. Trust me, I’m not the greatest at this!! I hold onto many things that we might use someday, but I feel so good when I can let go of some items. It brings such order to my home and will make it a lot easier to organize (why spend time organizing things you will never use??). We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with so much stuff. We have to monitor it or it can take over our lives. Look at how many things have come into your home in the last week!! As I’ve looked around my home and listed these items I feel justified to get rid of more!! If you need some inspiration check out 100 Reasons to Get Rid of It. Very fun and inspiring.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Knight and the Princess

Jakob is still really into Knights!! He is insisting on a knight birthday party (which I think will be really fun to do) and loves to dress up and play "knights" almost everyday. I'm finally posting these pictures of him dressed in the knight outfit he got from Grampy and Grammy Huish this last Christmas. Enjoy!!



OH, and one of the princess with her doll that she can't seem to get enough of these days!


My two little rascals. Jakob wants Isabelle to have a princess outfit so she can be properly attired for their playtime. We'll see what we can do!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

SCRAPBOOK CONVENTION

So, Friday I got spoiled and left my kids with their Grandpa and Grandma Moon and headed out to the Portland CKU Scrapbook Convention. It was really fun to spend a day looking at scrapbook stuff, going to a few classes, and buying a few things. I got some good deals and got to see everything fun and new. I went to a class taught by Ali Edwards. She is so fun!! I have loved her books, her monthly articles in Creating Keepsakes, and I check her blog daily. She scrapbooks everyday moments and I have been so inspired by her work. She calls scrapbookers "Life Artists", I LOVE THAT!! So fitting. Her class was just as inspiring as everything else she has done. She also brought a bunch of her scrapbooks that she let us look through! So fun! And, best of all, I won her new book from her class. Very excited!! Here is a photo of the book and the link to it below.

Another thing I did at the convention was sign up for the Cocoa Daisy kit of the month club. I just signed up for 6 months (they had a great deal going on) and we'll see if I commit to more than that. I don't liked being locked into spending money. I have bought their kits before so I am super excited to be getting more from them. I put their link below if any are interested. I have their January 2007, July 2007, September 2007, and now their March 2008!! Love it!!



Oh, I found a picture of all the items in the Cocoa Daisy July Kits!!!! This is one I brought home from the convention. Look at all those fun pink and orange, birds and flowers. So fun, I played with this kit last night to make a page for Isabelle!! I'll post later.


So, I have been scrapbooking the last couple days. So determined to keep this going in my life on a weekly basis. I love the idea of doing a page a week. That is 52 pages a year!! Wow, if I could do that I think I could catch up and stay caught up with all I want to do. This new little one is scaring me in the scrapbook/documenting department. Now I need to keep up with three little people and our family and holidays and....the list goes on and on. So, I will post my most recent pages soon. Sorry I haven't been posting photos, I haven't been taking any! I promise to post more soon.
And, just so you don't think that I have forgotten, I will be back to organizing this Monday. Still determined to get my life completely filed, boxed, labeled, contained, and in order. We'll see how I do!