What color is my carpet? my walls?
What color is my carpet? my walls?
Hubby's work bench...if you look closely - it's there!
The basement is still "in progress" - meaning that nothing else has been done since we've taken up the carpet and moved everything in the unfinished part. We have a shell of a living room - tv, couch and toy chest. That's about it. We hit a snag and are trying to fix that problem but it's close!!!! I know it. Plus, we were setting aside money every month in our budget for the supplies but we found out we are getting bonuses in our January checks, so we opted to use some of that to finally finish everything up in there - quick!
The unfinished side will get an overhaul as well. Ever since moving my crafting station in there, I have now decided to add to it. It will now be a painting, crafting, and wrapping station. There is a peg board already in place above the table, so it just needs some dowls and a small shelf to hold odds and ends. Check out this from Sippycups - great inspiration! The other shelves that were purchased months ago will now hold all those bulky kitchen appliances that are used far and few between as well as some entertaining dishes, napkins, etc. I want to have easy access, but I want it out of the way. The other shelves that are down there will hold stuff like coolers, toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies!
Upstairs will be more of an issue, especially in LH's room. I try to do this type of organizing when he is not there, but he might have to be witness to toy parts getting trashed, old "baby" toys getting stored, and making room for all his new items!
Onto the "spare" room, aka office, aka junk room = MESS! Even hubby thinks its bad! It's really bad. There are piles of whatever we needed to get off the kitchen counters or wrapping supplies to baby stuff from where we kept my niece! ALL of it will be cleaned out. There is a closet in there with shelves that hubby so graciously put in for me when we moved in almost 4 years ago. Originally they were for those miscellanious kitchen and entertaining items previously discussed, along with wrapping supplies and gifts thrown in that has now turned into a catch all from extra easter eggs, baskets, etc. Well, now that I have a place to put all that stuff downstairs in the basement, I should be able to utilize it more for other things - like extra sheets/towels that are spilling out of the linen closet.
We have a plan. It has to go in a certain order or we will get frustrated and it won't work or make any sense! It's almost like a domino affect. In order for one area to be cleaned out, another area has to be prepped! We will get this done. I will document the progress...BEFORE and after!
I'm on a mission!
He really is a super special kid. He just lights up our hearts and helps us remember what this time of year is all about. We enjoyed Christmas Eve service with our family and all the kids sang Jesus Loves Me during their children's message. It was sweet and I shed a tear or two. Then, we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus twice on Christmas day!
He was perfectly patient all day. He sat through opening gifts and breakfast, more opening gifts at my parents, and then took a good nap only to go back over to my parents for dinner, but then he was done. He had barely finished his meal before asking to go home to play on his new toys. We obliged and had the best time playing the Wii until our arms hurt. Mommy is not so good and very competitive, but we had a great time!
Now, we are in training so we are prepared on New Years Eve. We will be going over to our friend's house to play games and watch the VT/UT game! It should be a fun night.
I promise to post pics of Christmas soon!
Luckily, I got an email last night from Toys R Us and they were offering a gift card when you bought the console TODAY! Lucky for us that Hubby could go after he got home from work about 7:30 this morning!!! He also got very lucky and was able to use the gift card right after purchasing the Wii! Usually, they make you wait about 6 hrs or so before it will be activated. I guess the store clerk was in a giving spirit!
So, he walked out with the Wii, extra controller and an extra game!
Little Hauss will be so excited! We are thrilled because we've both wanted one for about a year now. I guess now we'll be asking for games and Wii Fit!
Family Game Night here we come!!!!!
We took Little Hauss to a local golf course infamous for sleighriding when it snows this morning! He wasn't 4 steps out of the truck before he was trying to slide down the hill!!! It was an absolute blast! I took lots of pictures. We met some friends there and all the kids (and parents) had so much fun!
He did so well going down and walking back up - even carried his sled a few times. Most of the time he convinced a dad at the bottom of the hill to carry it up for him!!! Sneaky!
Here are some of the pics from the day!
So, here it is.....Not sure when or if I'll do this again anytime soon!
Have I mentioned my love of snow? Nope, because I don't love it! I think it is beautiful and nice to look at, but I don't want to play in it. That is not the case for hubby and Little Hauss. Hubby has always liked it and loves to ski, have snowball fights, etc. I prefer to sip cocktails, sit by the fire, and watch from a window!!!
Well, we are in the middle of the mother of all snowstorms ever since I've lived here. We had a big one back in 1996, but I don't think we got this much (this fast). The record was in 1969 at 14 inches (in December) and we are well on our way past that now. Last night on the late news we were already at 10 inches and it is still falling! Our little town has made the national weather (Gigi called to tell us that we were on the Weather Channel). It will definitely be a white Christmas.
This is about an hour and a half after it STARTED....I swear the sky opened up and we endedwith about 3 inches in 2 hours or less!
He is going to have so much fun today!!! The dogs wouldn't come in last night. Our baby girl Zoey has always loved the snow!!! I'll try to get some video of her today!
Now, this is all fun and games, but let me tell you how scared I was coming home. My plan was to work all day yesterday, but after learning of the weather, I was going to leave early (the school was going to close at 4) and it was expected to start at 12. I thought if I could wait until 2 (after nap) I'd be fine! Oh my!!!! I have a subaru and its all wheel drive, but nothing prepared me for the drive home!
The snow started around 2:15. By the time I left work, made it to the daycare and we were on our way, it was nasty outside. Cars were slipping and sliding and wrecking! I was nervous. I went one way and there were cars just stopped (on a gradual incline) but it was around the curve, so I couldn't see what was going on. I turned around and then went the other way. I didn't think that all the way through because there is a steeper hill and a curve that could be dangerous! That was a mess and I finally made a decision to go for it...THANK GOODNESS the car in front of me kept going! I didn't attempt to turn on my street and pull in the driveway. I parked in front of our neighbors house and let hubby go get it! He loves driving in this stuff! LH did a great job and I didn't let on how scared I was. He was more worried about his toys he got at the Christmas party - so he was content! I got home around 4 and will not be leaving anytime soon! Thank goodness I have painting and cooking to keep me busy. AND we have tons of movies to watch! I think this will be a great family weekend! We need it - a chance to slow down after how busy we've been! So, for that I do love the snow!
Oh, and even though I didn't get to my girls night out, I did have my White Christmas Cosmos!
He had his program at school today and I got teary as I thought of next year - he will be in Kindergarten! Wow how the time has flown! Not only did he shine as he sang all the words to 4 beautiful songs, but he listened to the Pastor tell the wonderful story of Jesus' birth and answered quesiton after question. Later the Pastor told us how bright LH was and how much he has learned in just a few months (they have a weekly Chapel and music) and how much he's retained! I'm sure if you were looking on, you'd realize we were busting at the seams with pride! We are sharing in the joy of Santa and the excitement of gifts this time of year, but it makes is extra special knowing that we also share with him the true meaning of Christmas and he's loving every minute of it! Here are the last four years with him. A total blessing!
Had a sweet baby boy born last night and a little girl should be here by tomorrow, then 2 more kiddos in January, followed by a couple more in the Spring! Its so exciting!! I can't wait to meet all of them!
Hubby and I volunteered this afternoon at the Christmas Store. It is a local charity that provides clothes, household items, food and toys for families in our area. I have heard about it but never really knew much more. I am so glad we went. My mother in law asked us to help with some people from her office and we had nothing going on, so of course we were willing!
It was such a great experience. We helped individuals and families shop for themselves and others. They get to really "shop" and choose what they want for themselves and their kids.
I used to volunteer in College all the time but have gotten out of the habit in the last few years. I'm so glad that we got to do this and especially right now during the Holiday season. It really puts life in perspective! As much as we gripe about life, it really isn't that bad especially when compared to who we helped today!
So, make sure you kiss your kids and your loved ones and thank God everyday for what you have!
Little Hauss slammed his hand in the car door catching the tip of his ring finger on his right hand! First, I'm pretty sure the 100 mph winds had something to do with the shutting of the door on his poor finger, and second, I've never heard a scream like that! Poor baby!
Half his nail was purple before we even made it in the house! After ice, hugs, lots of kisses, a golden oreo and motrin, he calmed down enough to take a bath and somewhat forget about the throbbing pain. He would have little bursts of tears every now and then, but overall he seems to be okay now!
Even with all of that, he and Hubby still managed to decorate the tree while I was out tonight. We usually do it together, but haven't had the time, so I guess LH just got sick of waiting so took it upon himself to get the ball rolling! It is the most beautiful tree ever! There are clusters of ornaments here and there but overall, it is wonderful! He is such a sweetie to want to do that for me!
We sing it as a duet and if I try to sing along with the boy, he tells me that I can't sing the boy part, but only the girl part! Ha!
Along with that, he likes Miley's Party in the USA, Down by Jay Sean, and Lady Gaga's Paparazzi! We enjoy our time singing together in the car! He asks for the music to be turned up so he can rock out! It's very cute!
My favorite song he sings however, is Away in a Manger! He belts it out all day long! They must have learned it at preschool because he's been singing it for a week or so. I was so proud of him at church because his Sunday School Teacher told me that he was the only one who knew all the words to it!!!
Don't get me wrong, I love this time of year, even the hustle and bustle, but it's starting to take a toll on me!
I was ahead of the game as of last week and now I feel like I'm barely going to finish. How in the world does that happen so quickly? I got my cards early, addressed the envelopes, but they haven't been mailed yet....just got stamps today! I knew I needed them, but it was just an issue as to when to find time to actually get to the post office! Hubby did it this morning! Thanks to him, we can now send out our cards tomorrow or Friday!
The lunches are nice - no cooking, no thinking of what to pack, just going and enjoying company of fellow co workers in a relaxed setting (and most of the time lasting a little longer than the normal hour), but it is interfering with my errands and other things I need to cross off my ever growing to-do list! I hardly ever take a real lunch...its always a working (personal) lunch. It's my time to get things done so I don't worry about it in the evenings, because you guessed it, they are already full too! Parties, dinners, meetings, and such (um, tons of painting) are being squeezed into every free moment we have! Mostly my moments. I know they are coming and I enjoy them, but I feel like sometimes I don't fully enjoy them because my mind is always preoccupied of what I should be doing instead of enjoy where I am.
SO, that is my motto. Enjoy the moment I'm in! If I can't do that, then obviously I don't need to be out doing whatever it is I'm doing.
So, even though I have finished my shopping and addressed my cards, here are the things left to do: (this is more for my sanity so you may stop reading now if you don't care about my to-do list)
- Stamp and mail Christmas Cards
- Wrap both Grandmother's presents and send back to TN with Uncle by Friday
- Make appetizer for Church Circle Christmas Gathering tonight!
- Walgreens and Kroger for small items that I forgot over weekend
- Wrap birthday presents for 2 little boys this weekend
- Purchase 2 gift cards for Hubby's work function on Saturday
- Paint, paint, and paint some more....(finish orders for this week and prepare for 2nd open house on Sunday afternoon)
- Wrap coworkers gifts for Monday
- Decorate tree....yeah, its up and has no ornaments
- Pick up pictures that I ordered online
- Fix lights on garland on porch that went out the other day
- Continue baking/cooking/preparing meals and such to stock up my freezer
- Try to find a FREE babysitter for next weekend....2 events, same night, no money to pay a sitter (well, we really do, but I'm just being cheap so if I find someone willing to watch LH, great, but if not, we are homebound)
- Paint some more...I'm sure!
- AND find more time in the day.....sheesh!
That's just this week and through the weekend....there is more that follows for next week! I'm sure you're lists are just as long and schedules just as hectic! Tis the Season!
- I told him I was sleepy yesterday and he matter of factly told me that I needed a longer nap and that he wasn't sleepy because he took a long nap the night before!
- I told him we were going to Sam's and Michael's the other day and he asked who they were and if we were going to stay there so he could play with them!
- He was in the tub with 2 of his giraffe toys and I could hear him saying "Daddy Giraffe, what do I do now?, Well, baby giraffe, you need to take a bath. Get your hair wet and wash your body with soap. Okay daddy giraffe" - I guess beacause that's our conversation in the bath everynight.
- He told me his leg pit hurt the other day....WHAT? Ya know, my leg pit as he pointed to the place behind his knee! It does kind of make sense!
- He told me that I couldn't use the blue soap in the bathroom because it was man soap! (Hubby had refilled the dispenser with men's body wash for what reason I'm not sure), but that since it was man soap, girls couldn't use it!
- I told him somthing was cool the other day and he told me that it was cute. I asked why it was cute and he informed me that girls say cute, boys say cool! And now he can spell cool!
I think I'm ready! There are 3 hostesses and we will be modeling hand made necklaces while sipping wine from pretty hand painted goblets! At least I will build my client list and have fun doing it!
Hubby drug out all the decorations and he put together the tree, then went to bed! Little Hauss and I put the rest of the stuff out and even decorated his tree in his room with all of the ornaments he's made over the years, complete with a strand of red lights! Now, I honestly don't know where these lights came from. I have acquired a diverse collection of Christmas decor over the past 12 years from various sources, so who knows. I've never used the red lights, but never thrown them out either...I guess they came to good use! His room has a glow that reminds me of the red light district in Nawlins'! I can't say that around him though, because he will ask way too many questions that I'm not prepared to answer.
Oh, and the questions we are fielding these days are incredible.
LH is asking about Santa, where he lives, what he lives in, the reindeer, how he flies, how can he be in every store and the parade, and about all the elves. The elf is the big one. Nelson finally graced us with his appearance over the weekend. Not to be missed by LH - he was asking where he was when we were decorating. Thank goodness I was in the right mind to store him separately from the rest of the decor! I informed LH that he would probably come that night while he was sleeping because we now had the tree up and he knew we were ready for Christmas. He just has a knack about these things and would come see us. Well, you would think that would be enough...notsomuch! He wants to know how he flies back to the North Pole every night, why his eyes are always open, when does he sleep, how can he really see LH all the time even when we are not home, why he doesn't have shoes, and all other sorts of crazy questions only a 4 year old can come up with. It's exhausting. AND, he's so literal and inquisitive, that he doesn't just let you answer "because it's magic"!
As anything else, we are super busy, but it will be fun! Friday is the parade and it will be a perfect start to a fun filled month!
So, as we prepare for this time of year, we are also talking about the true meaning of Christmas. LH is very aware of what Christmas means and why we celebrate it. We are not going to let him forget that and teach him that the extras are just that - just another way to celebrate the birth of Jesus!