Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Favorites

FriYAY!!!!! I thought this day would NEVER come. This week has been soooo slow. We have SO MUCH going on the "selling our house" side of things I am going crazy!!! I am so much better than I was at the beginning of the week. Selling a house isn't for the faint of heart...especially when this SAHM is in charge of organizing all the little "to-do's" that go along with selling. #inserteyerollemoji
I can't complain could be WAY worse. I am just taking it a day at a time and even sometimes an hour at a time. We have so much to be thankful already through this process. I have said it before but we know the Lord has completely gone before and paved the way for this...we pray we continue to follow his will.

Since I felt like I was on the phone all week I didn't take many pictures. ;( Never fear though I am posting the usual and linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci to share some of my favorites from this week...

Monday we started off with Upward Cheer camp. She last 1 hour before they called me and said she was upset. It seems totally out of character for her but I think it's just because so much has been going on...she just says she "misses me." We were proud of her for trying and next camp day I will just hang out for a bit and watch. ;) She is still so excited to cheer!!

One of my FB friends shared this and I literally laughed out loud. I mean this couldn't be more true! I still laugh every time I read it. LOL!!!

Tuesday I linked up for my first Tuesday Talk of 2017. I talked about some fun tips on how we live in our current house and not feel like we can't move. I can't wait to continue this series!! If you missed it you can read that post HERE.

100 day is fast approaching for Wyatt and he is so excited. We finished his shirt this week for the K fashion show. He worked on creating an picture using the numbers 1,0, and 0.  He also turned in is 100 items for his poster he will creating at school. (100 glow in the dark starts-and he included the planets as well)

Andrea posted about a book club day she did with her kids in 2016. I love doing book clubs with my kids as well. We have had so much fun! I knew Wyatt and Sloane would both LOVE this book. We have been working through some fun activities and I can't wait to share next week!

This week I started my fun series "They Call HER Mama." Tracy shared all about a typical day for her. It totally includes children...and lots of them. ;) If you missed the post you can read it HERE.

I can't help but share this picture. #insertallthehearteyes This girl and her baby dolls. Santa brought her a car seat for her baby doll and so it now goes every where with well as the diaper bag. ;/ It rained all day yesterday but as we walked into the store my heart was so full as she held my hand but yet was being so sweet, loving, and motherly to her little baby.

We have a fun weekend ahead!! Lots of fun plans between lots of crazy house stuff...I can't believe we only have 5 more weekends in this house!!! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

They call HER mama...

It's 2017 and I have so much planned for this blog! One thing being is including guest posts. I have my list of regular blogs I read but it's fun every once in a while when they have someone guest post. I have a few mom's lined up and couldn't be more excited about it!


Today is my first guest post! So fun! I met Tracy when her oldest was in the same preschool class as Wyatt...we hit it off and have been friends ever since. Tracy used to be a teacher before staying at home. She now watches children in her home. She is super creative and fun each day! Take a peek at her daily life with the ones who Call HER Mama...


Ive been reading Emilys blog since we became Facebook friends a few years ago when Wyatt and my daughter (Emma) started preschool together.  Weve become friends through a mutual friend since, and just recently four of us families traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks together for a few days.  We got to know each other even better that weekend, and realized we have a lot in common.  Weve been talking since about things going on in both of our lives, so when she asked me to write a guest post on her blog last week, I was excited to be a part of something I have been reading all these years  I have never done anything like this before, but anyone that knows me or follows me on Facebook and/or Instagram knows that I like to take pictures, like a whole LOT of pictures, and tell my familys story through them.  So, this way of sharing my life really makes a lot of sense.

Emily suggested I write a bit about motherhood and what a normal day looks like for me  So, here goes!  Here is a (not so) quick intro to my crazy family of six, followed by just a typical Tuesday from start to finish.


Emma is 6 1/2 going on 16, wise and mature beyond her years at times.  She truly embraces her role as our first child and only daughter, and shares her sparkle with the world.  A mother hen and the boss of her three little brothers.  A sweet and innocent granddaughter and niece to her grandparents and uncles.  A sharing and caring friend to her peers and teammates.  A cooperative, honest, smart, easy-going student to her first grade teachers.  A loving, sensitive, stubborn, light to her parents.  An organized planner and busy body with a sassy attitude, just like Mommy.

Ethan is 5 1/2, and is the second child and oldest brother.  He is typically the more serious, deep thinking, literal, inquisitive, temperamental one of the four, although he has a fun-loving, bubbly, funny, strong-willed, and crazy boy side as well with those he is closest with.  He is a hoarder by nature, and his room is lined with collections of money, tickets, papers, Star Wars toys, Legos, and his three red pillows that go everywhere in the house with him.  He worries about the well-being of his family and friends, and his pre-k teachers agree that he has a huge heart of gold.   

Evan is 3 next week and is the third child and middle brother.  His smile and laugh are contagious to everyone he meets.  He is unpredictable and rambunctious and silly and gross and hilarious and stinky and defiant.  He farts and burps and spills milk on purpose and steals his brothers binkies.  But he is so sweet and says things like, Mommy/Daddy, cuddle me! at 3am so we do.  He will probably always sleep with us and carry around his binkie/blankie (as he refers to his two favorite things) and wear diapers but for now we are okay with that.  He is a true character and definitely fits the term threenager at the moment. 

Elliott is 16 months old and is the fourth child and baby brother.  All that we were told about how the fourth child is easy peasy and goes with the flow is so not true with this determined kid.  He has always wanted to be heard and seen, and his way of doing this as of lately is to climb EVERYTHING in site.  He has dangled and fallen and bled more than any of the others combined.  His interests lie only in what his older siblings and friends are doing.  He is so much work, but  So.  Freaking.  Adorable.  And cuddly.  And loving.  He completes our family in the best way possible.     

Tim is my husband of 7 1/2 years and partner of 13 years.  A true partner in every sense of the word.  He cooks (more than me), does the nightly dishes, separates and runs the laundry on the weekends, and bathes the kids (a lot).  He complains none (or maybe a little or some), but he does these things and much more and understands that I cant do it all when I am working too.  He is an elementary school teacher by day and a caregiver to all of us by night.  We could not function without his presence and are so grateful that he is so intentional with his time with us. 

I (Tracy) am a work-at-home Mommy (Monday-Thursday) and am just Mommy (Friday-Sunday).  I was an elementary school teacher prior to staying home, and now I am fortunate to be able to teach children (not yet school aged) at my kitchen table.  As difficult as it is sometimes to work from home, I cant imagine a life where I had to leave my kids with someone else and am so blessed to have this opportunity when they are young.  I dont want to miss anything.  

As a family, we love to travel (especially to Disney) and explore our own city, and much of our time and money is spent this way.  We are on the go a lot on the weekends especially, and prefer to be out and about together.  We sort of live by the motto, Spend money on life experiences, not material things.  So, in our pictures, you may see outdated floors and cabinets, but in our faces and in our story, I hope you see happiness. 


3:11am- Evan sneaks his way into our bed, stealing the covers as usual, and falls back asleep.

5:24am- Elliott wakes up crying, comes and cuddles with Mommy, and falls back asleep.

6:38am- After a couple snoozes (its been a looong four-day weekend), Tim takes Elliott off of me and puts him in his bed, and I get in the shower.  Tim gets in the shower after me.  Evan wakes up and joins the bathroom party and uses Tims toothbrush to brush his teeth and scrub the sink.  Gross.     

7:00am- Like clockwork, as soon as I open the gate to go downstairs, Emma pops up and wants to get ready for the day.  This morning, she wants to watch a new movie she got yesterday before school.  I put the movie in for Emma, and Evan is already in the refrigerator with scissors, trying to open a cheese stick.  I change his diaper and clothes and Emma gets dressed before the movie begins.

7:08am- I begin preparing breakfast: muffins, blueberries, and yogurt.  Tim comes down for the day, lets Tessy (the dog) out, and is already playing damage control over the tantrum Evan is having about how he wants Daddy to help him open the cheese (that is already eaten) and get him dressed (even though his clothes are already on).  

7:10am- Our friends, Easton and Henry, arrive for the day.

7:14am- The kids that are awake or have arrived begin eating breakfast.  I finish packing Emmas lunch and snack (always packing what I can the night before to save time).  I feed Tessy and Vader (the fish), empty the dishwasher, and talk with the kids as Tim makes our coffees, packs his lunch, and gets pork chops out of the freezer for dinner. 

7:28am- Tim goes upstairs to wake up Ethan and Elliott as I clean up the breakfast mess that has already been made.  Evan is (purposely) spilling milk again so I have to be proactive instead of reactive.  Tim changes Elliotts diaper and Ethan gets dressed reluctantly (because he doesn't want to take off his checkmark i.e. Nike shirt and shorts, his current favorite jammies), and they both begin eating their breakfast.  The boys play with toy cars and tracks after they finish their breakfast.   

7:30am- Tim leaves for work.  (Please send help!  Ha!)

7:36am- Emma brushes her teeth, gets socks and shoes on, and I do her hair.

7:40am- Another friend, Oliver, arrives for the day.  He joins the others who are still eating breakfast. 

7:50am- Emma gets her coat and book bag on (20 minutes early, always) and is ready to go to school.  The boys all play with this new caterpillar toy that they are following around the house lately, and Emma walks around and supervises (with the coat and book bag on).  I clean up the rest of the breakfast mess.

8:09am- I realize my coffee is still sitting there untouched, and start chugging.

8:10am- We all leave for the bus stop, which is luckily really close to our house.  Its still so difficult to say goodbye to Emma each day because I prefer my kids close, but I know she is in good hands and feels at home at school too.   

8:24am- We arrive back at the house from the bus stop.  Evan has yet another tantrum that he wants to stay in the car all day and watch movies.  I am just the meanest mom for not allowing it.  All of my boys brush their teeth when they get inside and play with an assortment of puzzles until around 9:00am when start our learning time.

8:42am- As I help Oliver in the bathroom, Evan and Elliott pour half of the dishwasher soap on the counter, floor, and in the sink. 

8:46am- I quickly realize a broader description of our day will be necessary to complete this post.

9:00am (ish)- 10:00am (ish)- Today, we began our Valentines Day unit.  I am a sucker for all things holiday and get really excited to open old holiday boxes to assess what I need and head to the Dollar Tree to buy more.  (Dont tell my husband, but I spent $72 there last week!  How does that even happen there?!?)  I try to do a sensory bin and some kind of fine motor letter, number, color, and shape related activity daily (Monday-Thursday) during this hour.  They also  eat a snack during this time.

Pictures of the very simple activities we completed are as follows:

-flower pedals/heart shaped containers/salad tongs/spoons/spatulas as a sensory bin, with focus on sorting colors

-wrote their names on hearts with glitter glue, with focus on identifying letters (for the younger few boys) and letter sounds (for the older couple boys)

-homemade heart shaped puzzles with two sides: one-to-one correspondence on one and numbers on the other (for the younger few boys) and heart links with numbers written on them for ordering numbers (for the older couple boys), with focus on numbers

-hearts drawn on paint samples in Valentines Day colors that they cut, with focus on identifying and discussing shapes

9:30am- Elliott goes down for morning nap. 

9:57am- I remember that I havent eaten breakfast so heat up some oatmeal.

10:00am (ish)- The boys pick up the main level playroom as I clean up the kitchen.  We take potty and diaper breaks before heading to the basement playroom.

10:10am (ish)- 11:00am (ish)- We cant go outside today because the yard is a mushy messy from the ice/rain storms this weekend, so the basement playroom is a good substitute for days like this because it is a more open space where they can run and play with toys that get them moving.  I play a Valentines Day playlist on YouTube in the background.  Some dance and sing along. 

*I have spared you of the many redirects I have given these energetic boys in the last couple hours, but overall there have only been a couple minor time-outs and everyone is playing well together and following directions.

11:00am (ish)- We pick up the basement, then head upstairs.   

11:10am (ish)- I wake Elliott up from nap.  (If I dont, he won't nap in the afternoon and will want to go to bed for the evening at 5:00pm.  So we are at that weird stage right now of needing to transition to one afternoon nap only, but he's just not ready.  And neither am I!  Ha!)  The boys have some down time, with Valentines Day themed books and Paw Patrol on the TV as I prepare lunch. 

11:27am- Lunch (ravioli, cheese, broccoli, and apples) is served.  I load back up the dishwasher as they eat and clean up the lunch mess after they eat their cookie for dessert.  

12:00pm-12:30pm- The boys play with Superheroes and different kinds of building toys. 

12:30pm- 12:45pm- Story time: Pete the Cat: Valentines Day is Cool

12:45pm-1:00pm- We take potty and diaper breaks and head upstairs for nap.  (Hallelujah!!!  Even Ethan, who only naps once or twice a week at most, is taking one today because its been a looong weekend for him without one.  He has always been very dependent on sleep.) 

1:02pm- Ethan has to poop and yells downstairs for me to wipe him.

1:04pm- I pick up the rest of the main floor, register Emma for tee ball, make some phone calls, send some emails and texts, update my calendar with some new dates, scroll through Facebook and Instagram briefly, make myself lunch (bunless burger, green beans, some sesame garlic herb chips and avocado dip), start folding the 8 loads of laundry I have sitting in my family room staring at me, and update this post.  I also check on ALL the kids sleeping a couple times.  Woo hoo!

3:00pm (ish)- As per usual, the same kids start waking on their own, and I have to wake the deeper sleepers to start preparing to get Emma from the bus stop.  The kids take potty and diaper breaks, get shoes and socks on, and eat snack. 

3:35pm- We head to the bus stop to get our favorite girl that we miss all day! 

3:47pm- We arrive home from the bus stop.  Emma had a great day  Her highlights were telling her teacher that she cried at the end of Free Willy this weekend and getting an emoji eraser from a school fundraiser.  (Dont you wish as an adult that things like these excited us so?)  She has gymnastics at 5:00, so she eats snack and quickly runs upstairs to take a shower and dress herself.  The boys all choose some kind of bin of building toys to play with in the main floor playroom.  They love this kind of play and learn so much, as we have many options for them here. 

4:10pm- Tim gets home from work.  Typically I do a crockpot meal or make dinner at nap time on days like these when we have an activity so early, but the long weekend has got me kind of off so Tim quickly prepares pork chops, rice, green beans, and strawberries for dinner so that Emma can eat before she leaves.  In the meantime, I study with Emma for her math test tomorrow while all the boys play around us. 

4:20pm- Easton and Henry leave for the day.

4:40pm- Oliver leaves for the day.

4:45pm- Tim takes Emma to gymnastics.  Typically I do because I love to watch her and its not ideal to take our entire family there.  Plus I love the break and chatting with my Mommy friends.  Emma wants Tim to come tonight though, so they head off.  The boys and I finish an early dinner.  I clean up the kitchen mess  And the family room mess  And the downstairs playroom mess.  I sweep, mop, and vacuum as quickly as possible with three boys helping me.  I feed Vader.  (Tessy doesnt need to be fed at night as her bowl is still half full because she eats table scraps all day.)  I then put up Evans soccer birthday banner because his birthday is next week and these days are a big deal around here.  He loves soccer and wanted this as his party theme, even though he runs to the candy machines and games or wants me to hold him each Friday when we go play with his buddies..  I guess were going with the belief that true athletes are born on the sidelines, right? 

5:15pm- I give the boys a bath.  Do your kids flood your bathroom every time they bathe?  Mine do.  No matter how calm the bath starts, it always ends in everything, including me, getting soaked. 

5:45pm- Everyone is in fresh jammies.  Evan chose Ethans old ones that are three sizes too big.  So, hes running around, so proud of himself with this huge sleeper on, entertaining  everyone.  I sneak away to use the bathroom and quickly clean it up when I'm in there from the hurricane we just had, and I hear Ethan scream, Evan is painting the carpet!  I run out, and sure enough, teal nail polish.  On the carpet.  And on the stairwell.  And on Elliotts forehead and hair.  NEVER, in my 7 years of raising kids has this happened, but of course it happens on the one day EVER that I write about our typical day, and if Im being honest about our day, I have to include this!  So then I have yet another, very impossible, mess to clean up.  And I cant even be mad at him, because it was Emma who left the secret cabinet of her nail polish and make up open as a tempting invitation for Evan.  And it was Tim who didn't think it necessary to childproof every singe cabinet even though I asked 19 times.  And it was me who thought that I had the right to use the bathroom for the first time since this morning.  Go figure!

6:15pm- Tim and Emma get home from gymnastics and I am still trying to clean up the nail polish that will never come out of the carpet.  Tim just laughs.  Everyone settles in and Emma shows us some balance beam moves, reads the boys a few Valentines Day books, and studies more for her math test.  They all sing and dance to Taylor Swift songs Emma, and thus all of them, are loving at the moment.  

7:00pm- Time for Elliott to go to bed!  He just cant hang any longer than that  None of our other babies were early to go to bed but he wants it.  The routine is read book(s), brush teeth, talk about the day, and pray with all the kids.  He puts himself down really quickly by humming, which is a fair trade for him not sleeping through the night until a couple short months ago.  Tim works on the carpet cleaning more afterward.

7:15pm- I pack Emmas snack and the majority of Ethans lunch for tomorrow.  Ethan goes to pre-k three days per week and likes to stay one day for lunch.  Emma is buying lunch tomorrow, which is something that excites me each time because it is far less work for me!  Emma and I then escape to my bedroom to fold more of those eight loads of laundry that I started with earlier and to prepare to watch the season finale of Outdaughtered, which we love watching together.  The boys wrestle around and watch the Blues game in the family room.    

8:00pm- Time for Evan to go to bed!  Typically Emma and Ethan would go down now as well, but Emma is really excited about the season finale of Outdaughtered so I told her she could stay up until 9:00 and watch half of it tonight (not over until 10:00pm) and the other half on Thursday night, as she has soccer practice later tomorrow night.  When Ethan naps, he goes to bed late around 9:30, but I have to weigh the pros and cons and today the nap won!  Emma and I snuggle up and watch our favorite quintuplets!  I think we love it so much because it is like five girl Elliotts running around on TV!  They are the same age on the show as he is, so its so fun to relate (in a small way) to their everyday life.  We hear lots of random cheers (or maybe constructive criticism?) from the boys downstairs as we are watching  Hmmmmm?

9:00pm- Time for Emma to go to bed! 

9:30pm- Time for Ethan to go to bed! 

9:32pm- Ethan needs water.  He always needs water two minutes after going to bed no matter how much we prepare him.  It has to be fresh water from the faucet too, as weve tried the cup next to his bed thing. 

9:34pm- I finish up writing this, and Tim runs the dishwasher, lets Tessy out, locks up the house, and turns on the alarm  Its been really fun doing this today, but really time consuming.  I guess because I dont talk to many adults during the day I just dont shut up in the writing department either!  Ha!  And I know there are so many little things that I left out that are just so routine to me that I dont even think to share them with you.  

10:00pm (ish)- We will start a new episode of Homeland, and then start another and both fall asleep during sometime in the 11:00 hour.  (So predictable, we are!  Ha!)  We just started this series a few nights ago and I cant decide if I like it.  It probably doesnt help that I like to browse Facebook and Instagram, check emails, and update my always ongoing to-do list on my phone while watching. 

11:00pm (ish)- At some point during this hour we will fall asleep.  And then start over again bright and early tomorrow morning  This life of ours is so crazy, but so beautiful.  I really wouldnt trade it for anything, even though I feel as though Im losing my mind on a daily basis! 

Good bye for now!  Maybe, just maybe, I will come across some of you in my dream life as a stay at home mom/professional organizer/Disney travel agent!  Thanks for inviting me to do this, Emily!  :) 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Talk

Since it's new year it's time for new link ups. I am really excited about this one. Erika and Ashley are hosting a Tuesday Talk on the third Tuesday of every month. We get to chat about anything we would like to chat about. ;)


Today I am going to chat more about our current home...last week I discussed a little about our bedrooms and how we keep things organized inside. Today I will post a little about our living room. Come on in...


We have been through many stages in this room. When I look back at pictures I can tell what time period we were in as a family based on our living room decor. Ha ha! Funny, right?!?! The current "look" is how it's been for a while and that's because we love the way it looks and it works for our family. It was a lot harder when the kids were babies and the things needed were bigger. Then we went through a stage where their independent play couldn't be alone in their rooms so we stored lots of toys in the living room. (That wasn't my favorite stage for sure.) Now it's a functional living room for our family and where we all spend the most time....well, except for me because let's face it I probably spend most of my time in the kitchen. ;)


We don't have a eat in kitchen so our table is included in our living area. (#1 on my list in the next house...a place for my kitchen table OTHER THAN our living room.) We have tried to separate the two areas even though it's open...we did this by  putting a large light over just the table and arranging the furniture of the living room not incorporating the table. I hope that makes sense. The entertainment center stores all the cords and boxes required for our television, blu-ray, etc. Making sure the cords are hidden makes a room appear WAY less cluttered. We have the movies in the entertainment center as well.


Since the room is small we found "tight" furniture fit best. I doubt that is even a word to describe furniture but what I mean is we don't have over sized or stuffy pieces. We didn't loose seating space we just lost bulk. The same goes for the pillows. We just pillows that are almost perfectly square instead of big fluffy ones. Again, it is just way more practical for the space we have but don't worry...we don't loose any comfort at all. We have this couch and we use the space underneath for storage of extra blankets and 2 t.v. trays that we use often as well. We have 2 of these couches. We love them so much. When we purchased them you could get a myriad of cover colors. The covers actual fit the couch and zip on tight. They can be taken off and washed SUPER easy. They have help up SO WELL for us too!!! We have these chairs which are SUPER comfortable and hold up EXTREMELY well.


I am not one to have pictures/frames on every wall. I feel you can make a home feel comfortable without pictures plastered on every wall. And again, it makes a small space feel cluttered. We have picture shelves with frames to display some of our favorite pictures. When I get a new picture that we love then we replace the old ones.

So that's our living room in a nutshell. Less is more people!!! It's not about the things inside it's about what's important to you and what makes your house a home. If you have questions feel free to leave them in the comments as well as any other suggestions on how to organize in a small space. I am sure others would love to hear!

Monday, January 16, 2017

4 day weekend...


Wyatt and Sloane were off school Friday and today as well. I plan to soak up every last snuggle and lazy day at home...


We had so much "house" stuff this weekend my brain needs a break. ;/ Cheers to being lazy one extra day and watching The Bachelor TONIGHT!!!


I will be back tomorrow posting my first Tuesday Talk of 2017!!! 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's Friday again so I am linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci to share some of my Friday favorites. I have been looking at house decor and design pictures lately on Pinterest. It's mostly to show Mark and find our likes and dislikes that we agree on. ;) I wanted to share a few of my current favorites...

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Aren't all these images fun!?!!? They all have different reasons they are my favs. ;) After I put them all together some are so different from the others. Do you have a favorite style or certain things you look for in decorations?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Maximizing our space...

As I mentioned in an earlier post...we SOLD our house! (Please continue to pray all the details continue to work as planned.) We currently live in 888 sq. ft. While there are many things we are looking for in a new home there are SO MANY things I don't want to forget about this one. A major part of this house is how we organized our space. I am going to break this information up into a few posts about how our family of 4 stays organized in 800 sq. ft. I think it would be easiest for me to start with the bedrooms.


#1. We don't have dressers. Most of the kids toys have to be in their room because we won't have a play room. Our basement is finished but there are toys down there as well AND let's be real...the 4 and 6 year old aren't 100% to play in the basement alone since that's where the monsters live!?!? LOL! Since we don't use dressers we have to maximize our closet space. They have a single door closet. ;) This requires me to constantly be on top of the clothes in their closet. They only have what currently fits. I don't keep clothes once they outgrow them and if I purchase clothes for the season ahead I have a Rubbermaid in storage that I check regularly (so I don't forget about what I purchase.) I usually write a note in my planner every 60-90 days or so to check the bin for clothes. Just a suggestion. ;) As far as inside the closet goes...we paid a little extra and went to the Container Store. The closets are ELFA. It's TOTALLY worth EVERY PENNY!!! Every time their pants get a little longer I can move the bar/shelf up so they aren't touching the floor. Everything is adjustable and everything has a place. It really is one of the best things we added to this house.


2. The rooms are only big enough for a twin bed so they both have smaller size frames. Sloane has THIS BED and Wyatt has THIS BED. We use underneath the bed for storage as well. There are Rubbermaid bins with wheels that helps aid in pulling them out and putting them away. I have tried to purchase off brand or cheaper storage containers and in this get what you pay for. Just spend the money up front because you will eventually be buying the good ones anyway. ;) You can thank me later.


3. They both also have THESE that they use to store their toys. Yes, certain toys go in certain bins. This is something that has been stressed to them since they were super little so it's just a normal thing for them. They play and put things back into the bin where it goes. You can buy doors and drawers for the holes as well. At this point in our lives the bins do the trick. We have purchased the ones from IKEA and they hold up really well. They also hold a lot more than you would think.


Those 3 things are a baseline for our bedrooms. I am totally open to any questions you may have...just leave it in the comments. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Workin' It - New Years Goals

It's a new year and a new link up! I will be sharing how I am "workin' it" on the second Wednesday of each month.  Shay and Erika have some super fun topics. It's only appropriate that the first link up we share some goals we have for the new year.

It has been a HUGE past few weeks around our house. Mark and I had been tossing around the idea of selling our house for a about 6 months few months. Around Thanksgiving we talked to our realtor and decided as soon as the new year came and the sun was shining we needed to be ready to put the "For Sale" sign in our yard.  We love our house but we need this move...for many reasons. There are 4 of us living in 888 sq. feet. We are ready for something that fits our family better. With all that said the house went "live" last Friday at 1pm. We got a call early Saturday morning asking if someone could show the house...then we got another call...then another call....then a call from our realtor with an OFFER!!! We had a contract in less than 24 hours!!! We couldn't believe it. All we continued to say was "God is GOOD!" He has totally gone before us and paved a way for us...I truly believe this.

With all that said...I haven't had much time to sit and think about what this new year holds until I began composing this post. One word just kept coming to mind:


What a word, right!?!? In 2017 I am going to act with purpose in all I do. I am not someone who does something halfway usually but I already know this year is going to require a lot more "no's" than "yes's" and I want to be okay with that. I want to be able to remind myself I am doing all areas of my life with purpose. I am not just going through the motions.

I plan to work out 2-3 times a week. If I get to more than YAHOO but I want to make 2-3 times a week a habit for me. Mark and I have been very conscious of our eating habits lately. I plan to continue this through the year as well as drinking my daily water needed. We have made some pretty minor lifestyle changes but as a whole it was a large change. It feels so good!

 I have never been one of those people who "hate social media." I think everyone has their own convictions regarding this. I won't get on my soap box but...I plan to scroll less. Shay talked about actually taking time and scrolling to through look at others we care about. It's fun to see my friends children. It's fun to see cute house projects. I just want to do it with a purpose...not just to be scrolling.
I love to read! About 1/2 of 2016 I started reading really reading. I would have a book in my car a lot. I would read anytime I was in a line or waiting in my car. (which seems to be pretty often these days) It is way more refreshing that just "scrolling." ;) Even though I have started reading more I want to continue to grow in this area.  As well as reading fun books I want to better my quiet time. This includes journaling and studying God's word more.

2017 = PURPOSE 

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