I got the table :)

So, I went and got the table and hubby liked it on the stair landing…I really like it there too…and the color matches our railing really well, so thankfully I am not in as much of a rush to paint it black since it was FREEZING Sat and not much warmer today and tomorrow the high will be around 41 at 9am and then just keep going down to 15 on Tues!!  But I did manage to already decorate it and change up the decorations ;-)  Here are a few pictures…

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Yes, I still have the adorable Muppet Baby trip from McDonalds and Kermit does still have his vest floating around somewhere…the Garland I had in the closet…had bought it a few weeks ago, but just never got it up, so threw it on the table :)  The teddy bear was also from my childhood and if I remember right it came with a matching night gown for me…which I thought was the coolest thing :)

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a view from the top of the stairs…please ignore the fact that there are empty spots in the frame…I have been adding them as I come across them and organize the photos…but I am just happy I have more than just my oldest in frames now!!

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From the bottom of the stairs…I was trying to show off how I displayed our Christmas cards when my 4 year old decided he needed to go upstairs…oh well, he sure is adorable, so will keep the photo :)

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Then I decided to change it up…I had the two Pampered Chef trifle bowls on our dinning room table (earlier one was FULL of balls, but a certain cutie pie (don’t call him adorable, you will upset the 4 year old, only he is adorable) 1 year old decided throwing them would be fun…he killed 6 of them…anyway, I split them up and the pinecones (that I got free :) ) and put them on here…with a family of six, table space is premium, so this freed up food space on the dining room table…Said 1 year old did break one of the 6 after they were over here, but he is learning…

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slightly more close up view…I do have to say, I love the trifle bowl more for cooking than serving food, and love that you don’t have to use the pedastool stand…which would work just as a pedastool too…Check out my friend’s Pampered Chef page if you want to order one or two for yourself…I have also added a Nativity that we forgot about and was still in the crawl space (we have a few and this one was new from last year) and will be adding the Three Wise Men when I am done posting them :)

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And the final view from the bottom of the stairs…

I am loving this table…I have known we have needed something on the landing and the timing of it’s listing was just perfect…I haven’t been this excited about a used piece of furniture since the rocking chair I got last year…I think it helps when you have an idea for something and see it come true and for cheap!!

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I love this mantle that I found on pinterest (and have since been catching up on her blog, I tend to do that)…I think this will be my inspiration for the table…and come to find out she lives in CO…which just makes her even better in my opinion…she has two board I love, the one in this photo and this one

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Really not sure which one I want more!!

So obviously, the table did not end up in the entry…so for now I am thinking when it gets warm enough (which weather out this way is known to do) I plan to paint the orange boxes black to make at least the coloring more cohesive…and I think I am going to put the coat hook board up in the coat closet so not clutter up the eyes in the entry way…we shall see ;-)  will also pick a mantel scape to hopefully put on the top shelf…

Happy New Year!!

So it has been a while…I have been thinking about blogging, but then just figure I don’t have time…but still really have been wanting to, so I decided the new year and a new project was as good a time as any…

My new project for the New Year is to try and declutter, organize and decorate the home better…we have managed to really clean most of it, so now we can focus on these things…I have pinned a bunch of ideas over on pinterest (all idea photo sources can be found on my pinterest board)…and will be starting with the entry since that is the first thing you see when you enter the home…

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This is what you first see when you enter the home…the book shelf I was given in college by a friend’s mom…I painted it this maroon color 10 years ago…I have to say it has held up well it is 15 years old!!  the orange boxes are from IKEA and though I am not fond of the color (they were bought for my oldest, but got used for this space) I love them…I put one pair of the boys shoes on top of each and their socks are stored inside (a lot of their clothing is stored in unconventional, but convenient ways)…to the right is a corner round basket thing that I bought at a yard sale last year…it was holding the youngest’s diapers, but I wanted something better to hold our hats, gloves, and scarves…

For this area I am toying with sticking with this or going something more like this…

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The dilemma I am having is I really like the boxes and with 4 boys I need 4 boxes…I am actually getting a side table tomorrow that I plan to paint black for $15…so either it is going in place of the book shelf and the shelf on the stair landing, or vice versa…may have to play around with it and figure out which I like better…I think the book shelf will stay, just need to pain the boxes…and the side table will be more of a decorative piece…or it may just go in the craft room and be a work table…who knows…need to get it in the house and play with it, and plus with moving it’s “job” will prob change anyway…

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The wall on the right side of the entry way is a long wall…right now it has photos of the 4 boys…aren’t they good looking?  A part of me wants to use the whole wall, but the front door, when open covers a part of it, and I hate the idea of hiding a part of the wall when we leave the door open…but there are such great ideas on pinterest that I love and are very useful for the boys to make it easier for them to reach their jackets to get them and put them away…

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I am definitely liking the long hooks on a piece of wood idea and we have a collection of wood from Jacob’s old swing set that sadly never got put together, so at least it will be put to good use here…and with it being on a board we can put it up where ever we move…

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I recently worked on organizing the closet…the white milk crates had been on the floor and our vacuums had been stored in here too…now I have moved the crates up…one holds bags, another baseball hats and a third baby carriers…now the floor just has our steam cleaner, my oldest’s gym bag, the brooms, umbrellas, mop (which is missing because I mopped up snow…jackets are missing too because the boys were enjoying the snow…) and sometimes the vacuum cleaner, which we use so much it hardly gets to make it in the closet for a rest…because we are in base housing, there really isn’t much that can be done to change this space though one can dream…

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The last two photos just finish out the space…I am pretty happy with the old phone stand that holds my Molly doll and usually a seasonal/holiday item (like hubby’s new Charlie Brown tree :) )…and our “Home is where the Air Force sends Us” plaque…Not much else would really fit there with the closet doors anyway…maybe a chair for putting on shoes…

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And then, looking back is our door…I do have an idea I like, but we don’t have as much wall space above the door, so not sure if it will work…but hey, who knows…

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A few other ideas I like for the space…some are also unrealistic because we are in housing and honestly, the placement of the light switch above the book shelf is off, which doesn’t help either…

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So that is where I am right now with the entry…I am trying to work with mainly what we have or what I can get cheap…Just thought of a rug that we have that may fit…though I would love a brown sisal rug instead :) and a bench that may work as a seat, though I do like where the phone stand is…sometimes I hate decorating because there is the making up your mind part, and plus we will eventually move and it will seem sooner than later, but I can’t help by want to and really do enjoy the process :)  So, hopefully I will have another update on the space soon…I haven’t decided if I will just focus on this or post other fun going on’s of our home :)  Either way, hope to post again soon…

Laundry for a family of 6

(I will continue my trip blog later when I can focus better)

So, laundry is a head ache here…the only laundry I semi enjoy is cloth diapers, crazy as that may be!!  With 4 boys, three of which just throw clean with dirty, etc…I am trying to find a way to organize their clothes more…

The idea of a dressing room has be presented to me by a few of my friends with families twice the size as mine (in my mind my family is still small)…but with out house I just wasn’t sure how to make it work…right now we are in a transition with that…the first thing I did was if it can be hung (pjs too), it is being hung…which does mean the one closet in their room is not large enough…there is a hanging rod in the basement that is pretty long, so right now the older two are maxing it out…my 3rd has his clothes in the guest room and the baby actually has his in their room…they each have there own color hanger (love the container store…bought a box of USA made hangers there :)  )

Eventually I hope to have the storage room cleaned out with shelves for toy bins on one side and clothes racks (also container store, also USA made) and for their clothes and then a bin for their shorts in the summer…

Their underware is now in drawers in their bathroom…there bathroom has 6 drawers that I could not figure out what to do with them, well they need clean undies after bathing so it just made sense…and their socks…those are in IKEA boxes we had on the shoe shelf by the front door and they are to put their most frequently worn shoes on top, so when I actually pair socks they have socks right with their shoes for heading out the door…

Now to just stay on top of laundry and folding socks…the plan for that will be another post ;-)

What a trip

It has been a while since I have posted…many times it has crossed my mind to post about an organization project or something I have made, or something we are doing in school…but beeing a crazy busy mom of 4, none seemed worth my time to take to blog…but this does…this is a God thing…I will give some back history first for those that do not know…

I am second from the left…Tami is just above me…this is our JV B-ball cheer squad 10th grade…

Last March as my husband and I lay in bed looking at face book on his lap top surrounded by boxes getting ready to move, I saw a status update from a friend…that she missed someone so much…initially I thought he dog had passed away, but upon further reading I found out it was a much greater lost…her husband had passed that day while serving over seas…I could not believe, and honestly there are day I still have trouble believing it…

This is my second son Patrick and her first son...we were driving through where she and Dee were stationed on our way to LA so met up for lunch...

This is my second son Patrick and her first son…we were driving through where she and Dee were stationed on our way to LA so met up for lunch…

My friend and I and her husband all went to high school together…We were not that close…she and I cheered together one season and I honestly barely knew her husband…but when we reconnected about 4.5  years ago, a friendship blossomed…we had lunch dates as we were moving to Louisiana and then twice as she was driving through…when Alex was deployed and I was having a hard time she would message me…I knew that I had to be at his funneral…if not for him, but for her…I would not have been able to live with myself if I had not made it…so thanks to my in-laws help…another high school friend of ours and I went…it was one of the hardest days of my life…to see my 32 year old friend a widow, grieving for her husband…their children 4 and 2…very close in age to my PAtrick and Robert…now with their Daddy in heaven…the wailing of their Grandmother, his mom…it just tore my heart in two…it still ditive always will, or something is really wrong…I remember when the missing man formation flew over…that will nethat day it was a symbol…from that moment on it was Dee…It was raining during the fed the sun came out and the skies cleared…

Dee being carried into the funneral...he was burried with full military honors...

Dee being carried into the funneral…he was burried with full military honors…

Over the past year I would text Tami and mes prayed for her a lot and talked to God a lot about it…I knew since last year that I needed to be with Tami this year…so I asked her if she would like for me to come visit…and when our tax return came in I got my ticket and Mikey and I made the trip…

Now being an Air Force brat and Wife I have flown a lot, but none the less, I still get nervous…I tend to run into a lot of issues when travelling…it is just stresfull for me…I usually have a lot of delays…long security lines…things just always seem to get messed up…

I was finally all packed Tues…with half dirty clothes…but packed none the less…even with taking Mikey, I had the fewest carry-on bags I ever had…and I somehow managed to not even need all I packed…My husband and kids took us to the airport…because I had already “checked-in”  as Alex was getting MIkey into the stroller, I already had my luggage checked in and heading to the plain curb side…we did have to go inside to get MIkey added as an “infant in arms” on my ticket, but that was quick and painless…I got to security and there was one person in front of me…last time Alex and I flew out, the AF failed to pay for his ticket, the TSA line was insane and we actually missed our flight and got on another that ended up with a 4 hour delay on top of the original 4 hour layover (see, traveling and I don’t mix)…I did forget to pull Mikey’s bottle and the juices out of my bags…but the TSA agent just went and tested them while I got Mikey settled back in the stroller…by time I was done, she was done…so off we went to our gate…because things went so smoothly we had 2 hours to kill…I went up to the counter and requested a seat change so that I could have space since I knew the flight wasn’t full…it was quite empty actually…the gentleman was very nice…

The flight attendants we very nice and understanding to my wiggle worm 13 month old…we got to Detroit and wiggle warm fell asleep as we walked to our gate…we ended up slightly delayed because we were waiting for half of our crew…we were on a very full flight, so no empty seats…and the plane had to be deiced…once again the flight attendants were great…they let me walk up and down the asile a LOT and when I went to order a snack box the flight attendant said it was on her because I was working so hard…they did not mind me sitting cross legged on the floor half in and half out of the row (aisle seat thanks to other passengers switching with me) so that Mikey was more content in the seat…Mikey did soil his pants and had to go pant less the rest of the way until we got our luggage since I forgot to pack a change of clothes…we got into Salt Lake City about 40 minutes before my flight…so I am walking to my gate talking with my older three when I realized I left my USAFA sweat shirt on the plane…so I rush back to get it (my gates weren’t that close)…the Delta agent gets it for me as another agent checks my flight just to make sure I wasn’t going to miss it…I get my shirt and rush to my gate…I am one of the last ones on, but still with time…Another painless flight into Boise…I got our luggage, got him changed into his PJ’s and then Tami picked me up for the drive to her house…

I just realized how long this is getting so am going to stop for now and chat about some high lights of my trip and my flight home (which was an even better experience than going out there…I will also add photos to this one…but I need to go stuff and hide some Easter eggs…)  to be continued…hopefully tomorrow…

GROSS!!

So…during Father’s Homily in church this morning I was thinking about how so much that the Readings said pertained to my life and really my ah ha moment yesterday…I wanted to blog about them here…well…we got home from church, I took a nap, and then went back to church to decorate the preschool room for vacation Bible school…once we got home, while hubby was making dinner, I was running my fingers through the back of my oldest son’s hair, and I saw this huge yellow tan thing sticking out…hubby was determined it was good stuck to his hair…I went and got a comb, and saw that it was pulling on my son’s scalp, so freaked that it was a bug stuck in his head!!  Hubby still insisted it was popcorn…I kept saying, he hasn’t eatten anything that looks like that!!  Our son was freaked out by then too…Eventually I was “stable” enough for hold his hand, because it hurt as he through his dad was pulling his hair trying to get it out…well once it came out it had legs and a head!!  Not food, and it WAS a bug…so out the door son and I went to the ER…He had gone camping the week before last…the thing is, it didn’t look like a regular tick…once we got to the er, we found out that it was a tick, but a dog tick…which though bigger and this one was very full…it is safer and no need to worry about disease and what not…we are assuming it got there since Tues, only because he had a hair cut Tues and the Barber didn’t come across it…My son has very thick hair and due to a head injury scar she left his hair a little long, so she may not have hit it with the comb…he did have a tick on his face the night he came home after he laied on his pillow, and that was a black, bad, deer dick, but it never bit him…I literally saw it just after it went on his face…this one, who knows how long it would have gone unseen had I not been playing with his hair…hubby and I are now totally grossed out…we will be watching him for a rash or fever, but he should be ok…

Tomorrow: VBS…picking up…and maybe that original blog post I planned…early morning, so heading for a soak and then try to go to sleep early :)

Just Another Day in Paradise

taken after my baby’s Baptism with my Dad and In-Laws…my FAVORTIE picture so far this year!!

had an ah ha moment…the song, “Just Another Day in Paradise” by Phil Vasar popped in my head…but I didn’t want it to sound like satire and that I was complaining about clean on a Sat with my husband off working on a paper for his Master’s degree…which was my reality cheak…I am living in Paradise…I have a family, I have children, I have a home, my husband is getting his Masters for free to promote in a job, he has…

There are people without families or that are still waiting to find that one…there are people trying so desperately for children…my children have never been less than a blessing to me, but sometimes I do not make that impression on them or my husband…We do have a home, yes I have complaints, it is base housing, there are wierd things about it, but it is a home, and in walking distance from church, hubby’s work, activities for the boys, and in a safe community, and we have one…it has not burnt down, or been blown over…my husband is able to continue his education, he is able to promote at the right time, and well all in all he has a job, which so many are searching for right now…

I pray I am able to continue to look at the things I stress about more in this new light…and rather than focus on the burdens that my blessings bring, be glad that I have those blessings…I am a Cub fan, we are optimists!!  Like I told my dad a few weeks back…”I don’t expect the Cubs to win, but I would be estatic if they do”…I still love my cubs, even if they do suck this year…just like my family…I don’t expect them to live up to my impossible expectations, I can’t even live up to them…yes I am exstatic when they surprise me…but I still love them more than I ever thought one could love someone even when they upset me…

Now to work on my bad words when frustrated or angry…but that is for another day…