Showing posts with label House. Show all posts
Showing posts with label House. Show all posts

Working So We Can Relax

 


I realized last night that I have been slacking on doing my Tuesday old-fashioned posts since getting back from vacation!  So this is my quick attempt to jump back on the wagon.  Here's what I've been up to since we got back:

Homeschooling

Since I have a baby coming right in the middle of the fall semester of school, I decided to try to get a head start on first grade.  If I waited to start until September this year (which is my preference), I would barely have two months to get into a good rhythm with school before everything will be thrown out the window.  I'd much rather get the bulk of our work done early and have more wiggle room to figure out what I'm doing again after delivery.  So we've been working on a couple of our subjects so that we have a lighter load after Baby #5 arrives! We're continuing with our reading program, and my goal for the summer is to get a good amount of science work in.  I'll write more about our curriculum choices for first grade soon, but we're doing Apologia Zoology 1 for science, and it involves birds and insects...which are obviously more prevalent in the summer, so it only made sense to get started on it.


(The kids doing an air pressure experiment, so show how air pressure helps birds fly.  They sucked water out of the straw by blowing air across the top of the straw in the water!)

Buying Appliances

We had a little money left over from our house renovation from last year (someday I'll actually get around to doing another house tour, but I feel like those of you who have been around a while have incidentally already seen most of it).  We could save the money, but...our dishwasher is rotting (yes, I'm serious, rotting), and our microwave is making a weird noise, and and the shelf broke in the fridge and the lightbulb went out.  The lightbulb was the last straw.  Derek makes fun of me for this, because we could obviously change the lightbulb - but it went out two months ago, and am I still rummaging around in the dark for the pickles?  Yes, I am.  Plus, it's nicer if all the appliance match in color anyway, right?  As I type this the kitchen is in shambles behind me, and I'm waiting for the delivery guy to arrive (they already tried to cancel on us, and Derek told them they had to come today because he didn't go into work so he could be here...so hopefully they actually show up).



Planting Flowers (And Other Outside Beautifying)

I finally got flowers for all my pots, Derek finally (mostly) finished building the new section of our porch, and we set up our little outdoor oasis!  It really is nice out there now.  Our porch was so skinny before that we couldn't even walk around our deck furniture.  Now we actually have a functional outdoor space, and I foresee many happy evenings out there with hummingbirds whizzing around our heads (we're still working on recruiting the hummingbirds - I'll keep you posted).  I also dug all the rotting pinecones out from underneath the kid's swing set and filled the sandbox with actual sand, which was a pleasant change.






This week...more working on school, and then a busy weekend coming up with a girl's night and my birthday celebration!

What have you been up to, friends?  How have you kicked off the summer?


The Upstairs Christmas Decor




I've been itching to share the rest of our Christmas decorations for the year 2016, mainly because this was an overhaul year!

I've had the same Christmas decorations since the first year we got married (back in the good ole blogging days, I'd do a post every year showing you the same decorations), but this year I decided to get some new festive decor.  I got a lot of new furniture and decorations this year to go with our house renovation, wanting to finally get this place fully decorated and settle in - and some of those decorations would just clash with my old Christmas stuff.

You might have seen our new kitchen table on Instagram (follow my account for family stuff here), and if you did you might remember that the chairs are aqua.  And I love them, so much.  And our kitchen curtains are yellow stripes.  I wasn't sure how I'd like red sparkles with aqua and yellow, and I didn't want to hide my kitchen chairs and curtains every year in order to decorate for Christmas.  So we got some new stuff and put the red decorations downstairs.

For upstairs I was going for a colorful feel, minus the red...so we have various shades of blue, green, white, brown, and gold!  I like how it turned out - it feel Christmasy but our touches of Christmas still kind of go with our regular color scheme.










I have the lights on white for these pictures, but we splurged and got new LED lights for the trees this year - and they can change to any color we want!  I'm surprised to find my favorite is actually the multi-color.  I thought I was a white-light person, but the colors on this string are really nice and the kids like them best too.

This year when we dug our decorations out of the shed, we also found that a mouse had nested in our tree!  Gross!  So we had to purchase a new tree.  It was an expensive Christmas decoration year.




You might also remember our Advent calendar, personally crafted by Derek's brother and his wife!  I love it so much.  It used to be wood, but this year I decided to paint it white because I had this vision of how white would go with our other decorations and set off the jars.  I love the way it turned out.  I'm going to share more about our Advent next week.








This year I kept seeing these adorable garlands - they are twine, with little furry white snowballs spaced along them.  I love the way they look, but we already way overshot our Christmas budget this year with the tree problems, so I just made my own version.  All it cost me was $3 for the yarn!  I made big white pom-poms and tied them along some twine I already had.  This yarn pom pom tutorial shows you the basic method, but I used my whole hand instead of a fork.  Maybe someday I'll get the furry garland, but this one has the same feel and was way less expensive!








The dining room is my winter wonderland themed area.  When I uttered the words "winter wonderland", Derek nixed it and wouldn't let me do it all over the house, but this is my little wonderland corner.  I got the trees and deer from Hobby Lobby, the marquee star from Target last year, and the crochet centerpiece was a wedding present from a sweet lady at the church where I grew up.





My favorite part is that I finally got a manger scene!  We never had one before this year, and when I saw one I liked at Hobby Lobby I had to snag it.  There is something about this one that I really like, and I'm glad to have the true reason we celebrate front and center this year.

Have you done a Christmas decor post this year?  Comment below because I want to check it out!

P.S. THANK YOU to all who commented on my old-fashioned blogging post!  I am so excited to know there are so many of you still out there who like that kind of blogging, and I have to tell you, I'm already excited about pounding out something random this next Tuesday.  It's been a while since I looked forward to writing a post like that - it's freeing to plan something that is NOT pinnable!  So I hope you won't think I'm going back on what I said by including the pins below.  I'll still just include pins when something happens to be pinnable, but I'm going to not let my whole focus be Pinterest either, as it too often is for bloggers these days.  Because sheesh, social media seems to be a necessary tool that also has a way of sucking the fun out of blogging.  Do you know what I mean?






















Christmas Decor Tour (And A Free Gift For You!)




We have lived in this house for eight years, and I only just decorated the downstairs living room.

When we first moved here, the basement was unfinished.  We took on that project when I found out I was pregnant with Wyatt, and we ran around like crazy to finish it before he was born.  Still, the downstairs living room area sat unfinished for a long time because we didn't have the budget to buy a couch.  In 2015 I started trying to furnish it (and was a little delayed when I found out I was pregnant with Clarice).  

With our remodel this year I finally got it fully decorated (full house-reveal series is coming in January, so keep an eye out for that!), and this Christmas we bought a "downstairs tree", which makes it really feel like an official living space.  A house just isn't official until it has regular decorating AND Christmas decorating, right?  Anyway, it's official.  We really live here now.

I decided to do a little Christmas decor tour in two parts, and this week I give you - the downstairs!  I would have started with the upstairs, but I was too excited to give you all a little gift (see the end of this post!).  I'll share the upstairs next week, but consider this a little sneak peek before I share our whole house in detail in January (I haven't done a home tour on the blog since 2009 - a long time).
















And now for the fun part!  See that print on top of our piano?  A friend of mine, Jessica from Sweet Little Ones, has an Etsy shop by the same name that has all kinds of downloadable prints.  Jessica is really talented and I just love her designs!

The surprise is: I teamed up with Jessica to give this "O Come Let Us Adore Him" print as a gift to all my newsletter subscribers during the month of December!

Note: If you happen to come across this post after December 2016, you can also purchase the print for a very reasonable price here.

I so appreciate all of you who take the time to read my blog and newsletter, and I knew I wanted to send you something for a Christmas present.  Jessica was so sweet to allow me to give this print to all of you!  She has so many gorgeous prints, including this one, so check out Sweet Little Ones Printables


You can sign up for my newsletter here, and I'll be sending this printable as my gift to you in the next couple days!  
Merry Christmas Friends!


P.S. Swing back by the blog next week to see the rest of the Christmas tour.)







All About Our Home Renovation (With Grit & Grace)




Last year at this time my husband and I were dead-set on moving.

He had just started a new job a few months before, and was also working on his master's degree.  We were thinking that it wold be nice to be a little closer to his work so that he could make it home earlier in the evening, and honestly, I was just ready for a change.  We have been in this house since we got married, and it just felt like it wasn't an ideal fit for our family anymore.  My wishlist was for a house closer to work, closer to our church, and that had a little more space for our family.

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