Tuesday, June 26, 2012

In The Midst of all This...

So, life can be a funny thing sometimes.  No matter how hard you plan, simplify, accept, plan, simplify, accept, life still loves to throw those curveballs.  This is our house right now.  The kids furniture from both bedrooms and the bathroom sink are sitting in our living room dining room.
 It is quite a mess and has been quite a mess.  On top of that, I started modified bed rest a couple weeks ago, the day before the last day of school for the kiddos.  We have been sitting with all this stuff staring at us for the last couple of weeks patiently (sometimes not so patiently) waiting for our painters to come and paint.  Finally we got the call this last week that they could stop by to look at it and start the following Monday (yesterday.)  They showed up yesterday masking off and putting up plastic in each of the rooms.  So exciting to see this last step begin.  The only drawback to all this is we have company, my sister Marie and niece Rem, coming into town tonight.  I realized the painting would not be done and modified my plans, making a new plan of where they would sleep, what bathroom they would use, etc.  Working hard to accept the fact that the house would be turned upside when she arrived!
 Mind you, I can only get up to do things a bit throughout the day.  I feel very limited on what I can do, but I'm trying hard to be good and stick to the modified bed rest schedule.  So I made a list of things that I wanted done before our guests arrived, doing little things throughout the day for the last few days,  and was feeling pretty good this morning.  Ignoring the unswept floors and the dusty furniture, the house was picked up, the bathrooms were wiped down, and the beds were made.  All the ;laskdjfcrazy kid items were stacked neatly in our main living area.  We were set.  Then I got a call that our new furniture had arrived and could they deliver it in a couple hours.   Ummmmmmm, sure, I mean who says no to new furniture, right????

Backtracking a bit,  I've been eyeing this furniture for almost 9 months now and wanting to buy it.  I finally did a couple weeks ago.  I read that it takes 2-6 weeks to deliver.  Most of the reviews said that it took a long time to deliver.  I thought I was safe.  I thought for sure the painting would be done by the time it got here.  Well, surprise, surprise, it arrived today.

So, I called Steve and miracle of all miracles he was able to come home and move the sectional from our upstairs to our downstairs.  Up went the bed that was made for Marie and Rem's arrival, everything got moved.  The new furniture arrived and was put in the correct room.  How and when I will be arranging it is yet to be seen.
And here is a photo of the loveseat.  There is a leather sofa that was delivered as well that is not in the photo.   And no that is not where the loveseat is going to end up.  Not quite sure where it will end up, but not there, but that is where it is at for now.  Crazy, crazy!  Today of all days.  But what exciting things they really all are.

Feeling very grateful for all that we have been blessed with.  That we can remodel this house and buy new furniture.  That the reason I can't do much is that we do have a baby on the way, a sweet baby boy at that.  And the best part of the day, we have family coming into town in a few short hours.

So, come on over Marie and Rem.  It is a mess and we are in the middle of a few major projects.  Our bathrooms are not all functioning and we have tags on our sofas, but we are ready for a nice long visit.  There will be lots of sitting (I'm doing so much of that now), lots of good food, conversation, maybe a couple good movies, crazy kids, and your fill of messes.  Come and join the fun.

Ready To Paint!

Finally, we are ready to paint.  Actually, we have been ready to paint for a few weeks now, but our painter was super busy and had to put us off for a couple weeks.  So excited to see this project coming to an end!



Friday, June 15, 2012

It's a Boy!

It's a boy!!!!! 
Lots more testosterone to add to our household in a few months!
He looks healthy, happy, and quite content.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

More Organization

I organized a bit more yesterday.  I have been wanting to switch a few drawers around and make it a bit more functional in the kitchen.  I'm always amazed by how messy my drawers are once I pull everything out.  Vacuumed, washed, and restocked.  Oh, that is so much better.  Am I the only one you loves to go pack and peak at my organized drawers at various times throughout the day?  I love that feeling of accomplishment.


So, this Tuesday is 20 weeks and that means that I need to start staying down a lot more.  I'm hoping to avoid complete bedrest during this pregnancy by starting early with modified bedrest.  So, I've been counting down the days and trying to get as much organizing and household projects done before I'm limited in what I can do. 

The bedrooms and bathroom are still not finished.  We are waiting for our painter to come.  I was so hoping to get those rooms finished before this modified bedrest came into play, but I've been able to do a lot of projects that are ready to go into the rooms as soon as the paint is dry.  We will have to save the rest for later.

And in other news, this next week will be our 20 week ultrasound where we will find out if this little baby of ours is of the male variety or the female.  Can't wait!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Money Jars

Another little project I was able to cross off my to-do list.  We have such a hard time giving the kids money and them keeping track of it.  We later find it in odd places around the house, not knowing who it belongs to.  They just aren't quite ready to keep it in a safe place.  Plus, we needed a place to store tithing and savings before it was time to take it to church or the bank. 

So, I came up with these mason jars that we have been using to keep track of the kid's money.  It has worked out well.  I finally got around to labelling them and placed them in this container.  I also added a few blank ones for baby #4.  I just have to keep them up high so they can't get into them.  Love things that come together easily and make a big difference in keeping us organized!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Love.


Love that this girl calls backpack, packpack.  Love that her biggest concern of the day was that she left her coat at recess and now has to find it in the lost and found tomorrow.  Love that she loves reading and is forging ahead as she learns new words each day.  Love listening to her give such sincere prayers.  Love her long, long stories.   Love her loving her brothers.  Love that she is so excited for summer break to stay home all day with me.  Love how she loves this soon to be new baby and gives baby lots of "hugs" and loves.  I just love my almost 6 year old girl!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Our Garden 2012

My SIL Erin asked me a few weeks ago if we had planted our garden.  We hadn't, but it looked like we had with all that was growing in this lovely corner of our yard.  Lets just say a few weeks ago it was weeds, weeds, and more weeds.  I have to say that I have been slowly, very slowly working on the garden.  With the pregnancy, this has falling down the list on my list of to-dos.  It is still on the list, many things have falling completely off the list, it is just low on the list.  I'm not exactly sure how this is going to go this year with the modified bedrest aspect of my pregnancy and having my baby during harvest time, but we are forging ahead.  The pictures below show my first attempt, taken a few weeks ago, at weeding and planting one bed with some tomatoe plants.




 As of last week I have planted 3 of the small beds and one of large beds.  I'm halfway there and yes we are in June already.  We have planted tomatoes (and have already lost 3 plants since I haven't put cages around all of them and little people have stepped on them), radishes, squash, cucumbers, carrots, and beets.  I have one of the smaller beds weeded, thank you Jakob, so I just have to weed and plant a few more.  I'm just taking it one day at a time.  We will see how much I get done in the next week and a half, after that, what's done is done, and we will call it good for this year.  We will see how it goes with Steve and the kids watering, weeding, and harvesting what comes up.  If I can keep off permanent bedrest I'm sure I will wonder out there every so often, but I know I want be much help, needing to take it easy and all.  Dreaming of a fabulous garden this next year, but for this year we will take what we get, and love what we are able to do.

Day by Day

He has been "reading" a lot lately.
Fresh mint and Meyer's Cleaner gathered by my sink.  Love!
 
 Just some animal flashcard taped above our craft cupboard.
 My desk with my new lamp and some flowers Isabelle picked for me from our yard.
 Grandma and Grandpa Moon spending a Saturda with us to go to Jakob and Isabelle's Soccer Games. 
 Herbs that need to be planted!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Craft Cupboard

All our crafts and misc. kid's items have been upstairs in a closet in the laundry room and a cupboard in the kitchen.  When we finally finished the basement I wanted to corral all the items into one location.  This is a fun cabinent I found at Goodwill.  Of course I saw the red, fell in love, grabbed the tage, and snatch this baby up!!  So I've been slowly bringing these items downstairs and tossing them in the cabinent.  I knew I had to take some time to get it all downstairs and go through it all.  I finally found some time this week to do it!

BEFORE


AFTER


Ah, much better.  All in one location, labelled, and organized.  Threw out a paper sack full of garbage!  How does that all accumulate??  The peaceful hum of an organized cabinent.

Kid's Rooms Update

The bedrooms have all the trim up.  Thought I would share some photos of the process.

So below is what will be the boy's room with all the trim up.  See the pretty trim around the windows.  Waiting for our painter to give us a bid and hoping they can get done this next week.  Beds are shoved in the center of the room.
 Here is what will be Isabelle and the Baby's room. (Can't wait to find our what we are having!)  In this room we had a shelf with pegs installed.  That will all be painted white when the room is painted.
 Here is our new floorboard trim.  Steve wasn't too impressed, but I think trim makes such a difference!
 Here is a sneak peek at the dresser that will go in Isabelle and Baby's room.  Isn't it pretty??  Not sure if  I will keep the floral knobs if it is a boy.  We'll see how it looks in the space.  It can't be too girly for a baby boy.