Wednesday, December 23, 2009

not sure cottontail is a baby girls name....

Some of you have asked for house pictures...but honestly we had no Internet for the first 2 weeks of moving in. Torture I know. But even if we would have had Internet, I couldn't find my camera. Which was the real problem. Still haven't found it. We finally broke down and got another one. Which I will not complain about, because honestly I didn't like our last bulky camera. And honestly I'd rather be without my right arm than without a camera. O.K. well not my right arm since I'm right handed...but definitely would rather go without my left hand than be without a camera. Just not so fun to shell out the cash.

Since we moved 2.5 weeks ago....things seem to have gotten a lot easier in some areas. For one...we are back into a routine. Now that we are home more, rather than back and forth having work nights...there is time for the kids to do regular chores. I rather like that aspect.

Jack handles the dishes, Isabella folds most laundry and William as you can see matches and puts away socks. I'm so thankful for space and the room to let them be in their own rooms doing separate jobs.
Another fun thing since moving has been the rediscovery of things that had been packed away for months. Last weekend my sister Holly babysit for us and then stayed the night...which gave her little girl Makayla and our kids some good cousin time.

Don't know if you can tell...but the wedding veil they made for Suzy is made out of bubble wrap. Yes, daddy is proud. (Donovan works for Sealed Air that invented it)
This is looking from the kitchen to the living room area. It's one big room.

Suzy rediscovering treasures that have been unpacked.

Our bedroom.
....and bath.

little sweetness.
One thing that had/has been a challenge since having kids is coats, hats, mittens, school bags, lunch bags, boots, times was a challenge since our kids were old enough to wear the items. HOW do you keep them organized? When building this house we kept this in mind. We took what would have been our laundry room and made it into a mud room for this purpose.
And since hubby was kinda busy contracting this was on the back burner, that is until last weekend.

Look what hubby copied out of a Pottery Barn picture??? I love his skills. Someday I'll get more pictures of how it looks now with all the coats, snow pants, backpacks all neatly tucked away into each of their homes.

Isabella snug in her favorite spot. The girls share a room now. And the boys also share a room.

Instead of 2 sink bowls, I decided to go with one big bowl. Not knowing if down the road I might regret it. We found this sink on a good deal at Lowes. I love it because the only time I wash anything by hand, it is a big pan or cookie sheet that fits very well. My Suzy fits in there well for a bath too. :) So far there are no regrets.

SO thankful for the white Christmas we are having!!!

This is the road coming to our house. Love, Love all the snow. I have to say it like my friend Rose did on facebook.....and I quote,

"How I love you Mr Snow.....You make me happy down to my toes. Remember I only love you in small doses so don't get crazy and stay around until March! Thank you, Your friend(conditionally)"

My feelings exactly.

a rare moment when everyone gets along nice and sweetly.
For Christmas from my secret sister from church I got a fun hot chocolate set for Donovan and I, and for the kids...she gave them a miniture gingerbread kit. I hope you read my blog secret sister. You gave my kids hours of fun with this kit. We loved it!!!!

Some did more eating than decorating which is fun too.

And as if we didn't eat enough gingerbread candy....we got this fun treat from our neighbors. Oh how I love Christmas. I hope you are doing fun traditions and things this week.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

quote of the day:

Donovan was reading Suzy a bedtime story (Beatrice Potter's- Peter Rabbit)
after the story this is what I heard:
Donovan: "Suzy when you were born mommy wanted to name you Peter if you were a boy."
Suzy: "If William was a girl was he going to be Cottontail?"

Thursday, December 3, 2009

cabin fever

I wish I could find my camera right now....there are photo opportunities all around me. Boxes are stacked 3 and 4 high. Why I'm not filling more is a good question. If I would know where my camera is right now I would take pictures of all the remember why we should NEVER move again. I would take pictures of our little children sleeping soundly in the loft all stacked neatly side by side in the loft.....for one last night. I would take pictures of our cozy little remind myself of days when all 6 of us needed to be in the 7 X 5 foot space together. I would take a picture of the coats all hanging behind the kitchen table. That fall to the floor at least once a day when someone walks remind myself of how nice it will be to have a closet for coats once again. I would also fondly take a picture of the kitchen sink and little itty counter remind myself to never complain when I tire of emptying my brand spankin' new dishwasher. There are so many memories of this little cabin by the lake, and oh so sweet to have such an opportunity as this. But I shall be utterly gitty for the rest of my life to not be in such tight quarters with the ones I love.

Tomorrow is M day. As in moving. Who knows how long before we'll have Internet again.....and when we do get back in sync I'm sure I should probably be unpacking boxes, wrapping Christmas gifts, or making Christmas goodies. Speaking of unpacking....I probably should finish packing so we can unpack them in the days to come.

Love, Heather