Thursday, February 20, 2014

February Winter

We were hit with a huge snow storm last week. It left us with mounds of snow everywhere, which I was sure would melt the next day, but it didn't! It has been fun to occasionally sneak out and play in the snow. I must have had a sixth sense about it cause the other day I woke up and just decided we needed to play in it. Like really play in it, not just walk out for five minutes but get good and bundled and spend the morning out there. It's a good thing I did. The weather has gotten warm and it's gotten up to 56 degrees that last few days! So I was glad we got a day of makeshift sledding and fort making in there before it all melted away.

Our little chubs is crawling around and so mobile lately. He has crawled his way into everyone's hearts, even Alfred. No one can resist it when he crawls up to you and attacks you with slobber kisses and squeals of utter happiness just from looking at your face. It is fun to see October and Alfred learning to love the baby more. They use to acknowledge him and smile with him a little, but now I will see them go out of their way to kiss him or talk to him and bring him a toy. These three are going to be quite the crew.

C and I still going with Homeschooling. I recently moved the kids rooms around a bit to accommodate the fact that his growing up and needs a space he can lego and draw without constantly being told to clean it up or the baby/s will get it. He is after all 7 years old now! That feel like it happened fast.

I went through another round of "who's grown out of their pants" and did a bit of shopping for the whole family. I have been overwhelmed with gratitude for this. It was so easy, I saw we needed pants, I went and bought pants, now we have pants. That is a blessing and a gift and I am thankful for it.

I am {according to Jones} a bulldozer of love. I get an idea in my head and I push and push him until he agrees to do it. "she said I should sit with you, cause it would be good for you." I have his best interests at heart. So I have been wanting to go to Disneyland/world for a while and it looks like I might have bulldozed my way there, possibly soon...cross your fingers for me.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Laundry room

Our laundry room is a little window less room to the side of our kitchen. It is dark and usually ends up a dumping spot for things on their way to the garage. It needed a face lift, especially since its a room I spend a lot of time in. 

So here it is, My laundry room makeover. 
 (remember there is no natural light in there so a few of the colors are a bit off)

The table is actually less bright, The color is called Ball Park and that is what it looks like. Fresh green grass. 
I grew up in sunny Southern CA. One of the homes we lived in was across the street from an orange grove. My sisters and I would play in that field all day and sneak the occasionally orange. :)

Being sun kissed tired and smelling like citrus. 
That's the kind of feeling I tried to bring to the room.

This sweet and juicy box is actually our recycling. 

an Ikea tissue box hold our dryer sheets

An old milk jug holds our homemade laundry detergent. I found the recipe on pinterest and love it. I made this batch in November and this is all that's left. 30 minutes of work and about $6 made us 3 1/2 months of detergent plus Still have all the ingredients minus a bar of soap. :)

Somewhere to hang my cloth diapers finally! no more draping them around the house, another ikea buy.

Some uplifting, fresh, nostalgic artwork.
I made a frame using cardboard and fabric. 

( I like the idea of doing this to the doors in here, maybe in a coral or blue)

 using what I had a round the house I quickly through together this poster to cover up our breaker box.

 These glass knobs are actually my first Christmas gifts from Jones.
 I made some laundry bags after trying to find some to buy and discovering my options were either mesh or expensive. I bought all my fabric on sale and spent about $15 I still have enough to finish another bag, and perhaps make some pillows with floral fabric.

 Simple but effective. 
If we owned this house I would make all the doors in this room have windows to bring in natural light and allow me to see into the back yard, but sigh, I'll just make the best of what I've got to work with. 
In the end the room makes me happy.