Friday, November 22, 2013

Master Bedroom Reveal

Here is our Master Bedroom.  I'll share more details soon.

Find the rest of our home tour here.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Leaves of Autumn



The weather has been rainy and wet.  This last weekend, with the kids out of school for conferences, we headed out of town for the weekend.  Hoping to edit and share some photos of that adventure soon.  A weekend away with the kids is always an adventure. 

I made dinner in a pumpkin tonight.  The stem caught on fire and that was quite some excitement for the evening.  We saved the pumpkin and the yummy contents inside.  Dinner was so good with the missionaries joining us.  The kids love having them over and want to perform for them in all sorts of ways.  It is an entertaining evening for all involved.

The leaves of autumn are almost off the trees now.  I'm hoping to get a few more fall walks in during the last part of November.  My walking bud keeps me good company and seems happy to accompany me.  I have so many little projects to catch up on, so much to organize, so much to get done before the holidays.  I'm hoping to get a huge chunk of it done before the week of Thanksgiving, so I can enjoy every moment of the Christmas Season.  Simplifying can be so complicated sometimes.  Trying to take advantage of little moments each day.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Main Bookcase

Here is our main bookcase in our dining area and hallway.  When we first bought this home I wasn't sure what to do with the space but finally came up with a plan.  Four years later, I'm still loving the result and have fun rearranging every so often.
Just ignore the missing knob on the yellow table above.  It disappeared and it hasn't turned up yet.

My trips to the thrift store paid off with the purchase of these globes.  I love them all up on the shelves together with my few copies of the classics I have been collecting this last year. 

Here are some of my favorite books, in no particular order.  Just ones that I saw today as I snapped these photos and ones that come to mind.

Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott (I have three copies.)

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (My son actually grabbed this off the shelf last night, so it is not in the photos.)

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Love Comes Sofely by Janette Oke

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Jesus the Christ by James Talmage

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (I've gifted this book a few times.)

The Rhythm of Family by Amanda and Stephen Soule (Love all her books and her blog!)

The Work and the Glory by Gerald Lund

Some Children's Books In Our Collection

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O'Brien

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.

Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Dodsworth Book by Tim Egan

 Here are my Spanish scriptures from my mission.  I love seeing these on the bookshelf.

I have loved sharing posts about the books that we read.  I'm getting ready to make my 2014 booklist for this upcoming year.  You can find my previous booklist here: 2013, 2011, 2010.

 Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Lots of fun bookcases to look at!

Find the rest of our home tour here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Late Afternoon Light & Orange Pumpkins

We have so enjoyed having our exchange student from Japan here with us this last week.  The season was enjoyed with evening celebrations and family time together.  We carved and lighted Jack-O-Lanterns and dressed up together.  We headed to our favorite fishing hole.  My 5 year old was a proud fisherman, catching two fish in one evening.  Time outdoors as the weather cools and the evenings darken early.

My baby is taking his first step and will be joining the land of us walkers here soon.  I know that he is over a year old but time certainly flies by and I can't believe he is already taking his first steps.  Its funny how this time I'm so much more secure with the thought of him taking his time and going at his own pace.  With my oldest, I was all about hurrying him along.  Now, I'm savoring these fleeting moments as I think of my oldest when he first walked, as he took those funny tippy toe steps, he had his own unique style of walking.  Those baby steps have been replaced by a boy who loves to roam the outside world, running and jumping and climbing.  Not much of those baby steps left in the walk of my oldest.  Time certainly keeps moving forward. 

I'm hoping to finish with this decorating phase we have been going through around these parts.  I know I still have the boy's room to look forward to, but most of my walls are covered, and things that I have been wanting to update and changed are coming to completion.  I'm ready to rest that part of my brain and move forward with purging, simplifying, and organizing.  I'll finish up with the decorating, simplify my home a bit, and get ready for the upcoming holiday season.  Some serious knitting and crafting in front of a warm fire with a lovely Christmas movie is in my near future.  I can feel it on the horizon. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Basement Bedroom

Looking into the room from my mini studio.

This will be a small hallway heading out to the garage.

This will be the bedroom door.

The window. 

This was the small room that we used as a guest room.

The closet.

A photo while I'm standing in the doorway.  Some tubs of clothes and decorations that are waiting to go into the crawlspace.  So exicited for this room to be completed!
We are adding a room to our basement.    Our four kids have been sharing two small rooms this past year.  The basement has been overwhelming huge and we haven't been using the space.  So we made the logical choice and enlarge a tiny room that we used as a guest room.  We had a hole dug and cut through cement and added a lovely little window.  It is so fun to see light in that corner of our house.  Light where there wasn't light before. I'm so happy to have a place to spread the kids out a bit.  We are planning to house the toys in the children's rooms versus throughout the main living areas.  Saying goodbye to the dollhouse in the garage and lego pieces all over the floor is such a good thing.  We are hoping this will help us keep the little toys away from a "everything goes into his mouth" 11 month old.  So fun to see this progress.