Thursday, March 26, 2009

the answer is no

if you're stalking my blog for some big news, the answer is no.

if you're stalking my blog for other reasons, then welcome :D

The kitchen is coming along. It's now a nice primer white and the cabinets have been painted, but half of them haven't been put back up yet. We were hoping to finish painting this weekend, but with the severe weather and high humidity, it's not going to happen.

I've continued trying to get things organized and I'm purging like crazy. I can't believe we have sooo many clothes! D actually has more clothes than I do, if you can believe it. The closet is mainly his things. He has his own dresser that is full, I only use three drawers out of my dresser.

We're getting more excited about homeschooling this fall. Still trying to decide on some curriculum things. D and I are going to sit down together and map out what Alex will be studying. Someone sent me a link to a great Build Your Own Robot project. Alex is under the mistaken impression this is to be a science project. We're going to be doing it for English. He's going to have to write up a summary of the project and then do an oral presentation. He's also pretty upset that I'm planning on using Wordly Wise for our vocabulary. Leelee uses it at her school and I have been so impressed by it. It's hard work, but having a strong vocabulary and knowing how to use it is incredibly important.

I'm also excited about the civics/government program we're going to do. It's a great opportunity since we do live in our state capital. Alex is already a political junkie, so I have to keep the projects interesting for him.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

le sigh

It's gorgeous here right now. mid 70s. The kids are all outside playing dodge ball. D is outside sanding down cabinets. I scrubbed out the freezer then restocked it (chicken for 47 cents a lb!) and just pulled banana muffins out of the oven that lizzy, kari and i made together. Laundry has been folded and put away. We're having fish and asparagus for dinner tonight.

life is good.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

freecycle is great LOL

SEveral months ago, I posted for milk crates for D's classroom. I met a great lady who was a teacher herself and we chatted for quite a bit.

As luck would have it, she turned out to be Alex's gifted teacher for the first quarter!

We've since exchanged several emails and it's been just great.

I recently posted looking for a few items and today, she sent Alex home with a stack of things I needed!

and tonight, she's hopefully coming over here to pick up things I'm getting rid of that were too big to send to school.

All in all, freecycle is pretty great.

Oh and I got a bit more furniture moved today and bought some more small storage containers. Things still look totally chaotic, but compared to yesterday, the house is looking a lot better!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

a very good day

Aside from D being home with a man-cold, today went very well.

I was able to cut out three outfits, one for Kari, one for Lizzy and one for the new baby. I also covered the cork boards for the girls' room once we redecorate. It was super fast. You know, my kind of project.

In the afternoon, I got an email from a freecycler about a wanted item I had posted some weeks ago. She had a baby dresser/changing table for us. We drove out to the middle of nowhere to pick it up today. It was well worth the drive. There are a few fixable issues with it, but it was much nicer than we had ever expected.

When we got home, we had the task then of moving around furniture! yay! We moved everything around and swapped the girls' room and the boys' room. The only casualty being one pane of glass...D dropped the broom and it broke out a pane in the girls' window. I guess the "Good" news is we had set up an appointment before this to have someone give us an estimate on new windows. I really hadn't anticipated having to actually buy a window. I just wanted them to stop calling :P We have a friend from church that does handy man work and I'm going to have D call him to see if we can just replace that single pane instead of the entire window. I know we can use our home owner's insurance but I'd rather not.

I am trying my hardest in lobbying to get rid of things still. I cleared out my fabric stash and several patterns and the old dresser to freecycle. HOPEFULLY someone will actually show up to pick the items up. i'm really sick of people saying they want it and then never showing.

We have a book shelf that we don't really need nor have a place for, but D wants to move a bunch of other things around and put it in the kitchen to hold the microwave instead. This works only because it has a bottom cabinet where I can stash my sewing machine and serger.

Tomorrow, after I put my house back together from all the crazy moving of furniture, I'm going to attack the shed. Things have been out there for months and I haven't had to go out there looking for items...so I must not need them, right?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

brain disconnect?

I'm always amazed at how willing to help my toddlers are. They are so excited to help mama, doing everything from pulling the clothes out of the dryer to loading the dishwasher. Then, suddenly, they don't want to help any more. It's like some sort of switch in their brains.

Another odd phenomena I've yet to be able to explain is that aside from myself, the two year old is the only other person in the entire house that knows where everything goes in the kitchen. D can't even manage to get all items from the dishwasher put away correctly. Yet Lizzy knows and will tell you if you are putting it away wrong! Again, there's some sort of brain disconnect going on.

I am trying very hard not to raise lazy children. The 5 yo and the 7 yo aren't pulling their own weight right now and it's starting to drive the 10 yo and 12 yo (on Friday!!) crazy. I am very impressed with Alex's work ethic lately...as in he finally has one! If I give him a task and a certain time frame to complete it, he generally does an acceptable job of finishing. Of course, the TV and computer must be completely off because he has that genetic problem inherited from his father that every time there's something electronic on, he is drawn to it. It's like a mosquito to a bug zapper....zzzzzzzzzzzzttttttttt

Monday, March 9, 2009

It's Monnnnndayyyy

Like most people, I hate the time change. The only good thing is that I got to pretend that the little one slept until 7. It seemed nice to look at the clock and see that number instead of 6. Too bad my body wasn't fooled and still needs a nap!

Big accomplishment this weekend: The kitchen walls are primed. The sander battery died so D didn't get to finish the cabinets. He's tutoring every day this week, so I doubt it will get done til Saturday.

Saturday, a friend is coming by the help me swap out winter for summer around the house. She's taller than me, so hopefully she can get to those hard to reach places I can't dust! D isn't much help because if he can't see it, then the dust doesn't really exist.

Meanwhile, we're gearing up for ideas on homeschooling Alex for the fall. We need all the ideas we can for making the most of this. Now, the boy and I both have ADD so we know we need to keep a good schedule. Unschooling is a phenomenally bad idea. I need tips on how to set up a small closet into a classroom, storage of materials, etc. Thankfully, between D and I, we have college level degrees/certifications in all the core subjects except science. We may farm out the science curriculum to one of the online distance learning programs.

As for the other kids, we're waiting to hear back on school applications for Ben and Kari. Leelee is gearing up for the science fair and her major history project is almost done. I can't believe there are just eight weeks left of school, with two of those being state testing!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

hey, i finished something!

I finished a pair of yoga pants for Leelee. Sad to say that's about all I accomplished today aside from grocery shopping.

But I have to take baby steps. Tomorrow, I will finish her tunic and put away the winter clothes. I actually have to find a box to put them in, though. Part of me just wants to go out and buy a new plastic box, but I know I have a box here.

I'm inspired to repurpose something, too. I want to be creatively using what I have. i have no idea what, tho. I don't have much time to figure it out, either!

Tomorrow, I also plan to move the cosleeper in to our bedroom. That means I need to move the sewing stuff to where the cosleeper has been housed. Extra fabric is going to be stored under the cosleeper. And, I guess I'm going to use the drawers that had the fabric for the baby's dresser. Still, I feel like I'm just moving stuff around and not actually getting rid of things. I need to purge my fabric but that just feels so wrong. LOL

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

project reminders...

I love looking at tutorials for things I want to do, but realistically will never get around to doing. I have high hopes, but sadly, my reality is that I can never remember to do any of the projects! When I have down time, all I want to do is sit and veg.

So here are some of the projects I fully intended on participating in and never got around to.

Square bottom lunch bag These were going to be teacher gifts.

many free purse patterns
yet another teacher gift idea or maybe a cute bag for myself...

DIY bella band This one I did try. But I messed up and used a shirt that was too large for me so it never worked correctly.

This Black Apple Doll was going to be a gift for my youngest.

The oldest girl is in desperate need of headbands yet I still haven't finished one yet.

I promised myself I will get at least one of these kimonos done before baby arrives.

and these seemed like a genius idea, too! I have the crates and the fabric. Just need the TIME.

Well, that's my big confession of today. And I keep thinking it's better to have a large amount of projects bookmarked on the computer than having the instructions in a file folder or something.

Anyone else have great intentions that never come to fruition?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

SNOW! in Central Alabama!

The weather forecast called for snow but we prepped the children that it really wasn't going to happen. Imagine my surprise when I was awakened at 6 a.m. to screams of "IT SNOWED!"

I managed to hold the kids off til 8 a.m. when we let them go outside to play in it. Having served time in Colorado, Utah and Idaho, it wasn't all that much snow to get excited about. Half an inch. Last time it snowed here, we got about that much and it was gone in an hour. The kids made a cute snowman and that was it.

My surprise continued as did the snow. The kids had their snowball fight and came inside once they used up all the snow on the ground. The snow started coming down harder and after about an hour or so we ended up with this...



The forecasters said we were supposed to get LESS than an inch. Just spoke with a neighbor who said the revised forecast is for four inches by 3 p.m.! yikes.

I guess school may not be happening tomorrow after all. It is supposed to be in the 20s tonight so the roads are going to be sheets of ice tonight. Not looking forward to that.


And I just love this picture...