Time To Get Started

Well today is my first day to myself after our Christmas break.  No work, kids are back at school and hubby went to work.  I am relishing in the quiet and catching up on my blog reading.  We spent the last five days enjoying the mountains with some long time friends skiing.  Van and Garrett were the only ones who had skied before so we knew it was going to be an adventure.  I was a complete failure – let me just say I am a weakling and I need to start working out (although I really hate exercise of any form); and I really don’t like feeling out of control.  So…I attempted to ski one day, and everyone else had a blast the other two days!!  The kids LOVED skiing, so I’m afraid I will have to go back.  Maybe next time I will be more prepared (stronger and in better shape) and be able to get the hang of it (not feel like I am flying down the hill at the speed of light straight for the trees).

 

Now that I am back home and things are back to regular-scheduled-programming, I feel the need to get started on something.  My kitchen is probably the only area that didn’t get a lot of attention in the purge and de-cluttering of last year so this is my first mountain to tackle here.  It is completely overwhelming to me and I think that’s why I haven’t done it before.  I start thinking about all the problems and how this doesn’t function, and that doesn’t work, and how I desperately need a pantry, and I just throw my hands up and say “forget it, it’s hopeless – let’s just gut it”.  But, then my husband talks me down from my hysteria, as he often has to do, and ever so gently reminds me that would cost a lot of money (because he knows my taste), and that we have to work with what we have.  Blah.

So, last night as I was perusing my kitchen pinterest board, I decided I needed to take it apart and do small pieces at a time.  I need to see results quickly or I lose interest.  So, today I am going to tackle my drawers.  Here are some photos I snapped this morning of the worst culprits – don’t judge you know you have these drawers.

Yikes!!  So, this is what is on my agenda today – purging – getting rid of things I don’t need – and organizing – trying to find a system that will fit each drawer to make it more purposeful.  Oh and also you know what else is staring me in the face after vacation?  This…
Ugh!!  Wish me luck!!

 

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2013 Home Goal List

There are going to be lots of changes happening around here in 2013 and some of them will hopefully include my home.  I thought it would be fun to make and list so that this time next year I can see how I did.  Not to stress myself out, just to keep myself on task.  I tend to be a little all over the place when it comes to home improvement.  Like I said before, I’m a starter and not always a finisher.

One thing that I worked hard at all this last year was decluttering, and cleaning out.  What I have discovered about this is that it is addictive.  Once you start throwing away and clearing out the stuff you. can’t. stop.  So, even though I have pared down quite a bit, I will be doing more.

So…

#1 on my list is De-cluttering – everything!!

#2 Organizing – everything

#3 Kitchen redo – including decluttering, organizing and updating (hopefully)

#4 Redo Craft closet

#5 Finish doors in hall – painting and molding

#6 Garage redo – clean out, organize, blah, blah, blah

#7 Kids bathroom update

#8 Backyard landscaping – making it a more usable space

#9 Fireplace update

#10 Finish Master bath update

#11 Master closet update

Wow, what a list, I am anticipating that it will not all get done.  Life is going to happen as it always does.  These are in no priority order.  That’s just not how I roll.  I will do whatever suits my fancy and my budget.  🙂  I have been pinning away on my pinterest boards, collecting ideas of how I want things to look and function.  Wish me luck!!  I’m gonna need it!!!

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Christmas Rewind

I wanted to share how our new Christmas activities that will become traditions went.  Our advent tree was wonderful.  Everyone so enjoyed talking and sharing abut how awesome Jesus is – what an indescribable gift!!

 

 

Also, this year we decided to give back to Him for the first time.  A couple of weeks before Christmas we told the kiddos about our idea to give back by shopping a few catalogs.  Again, inspiration from A Holy Experience.  From her list of catalogs we chose three.  We allowed the kids time to peruse and explained that they would be using some of their own money for these purchases – we wanted them to sacrifice as God had by giving His only son.  Then on Christmas day we all sat down to make our purchases.  My husband and I went first to set the tone.  Then they all took turns picking and placing their orders and paying me their cash.  Let me just say I was shook to the core by their generosity.  Sure, they had raked in the cash for Christmas but still they had already begun to make plans for that cash and now they were giving it away.  It blessed my heart.  I read so many stories of families giving back at Christmas over the years, and to be honest, I made excuse after excuse as to why we couldn’t do that.  Now, I will never miss it.  Looking forward to finding other ways we can teach our children how to look outside themselves.
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Gifts List Challenge

I finally finished reading Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts”.  Wow.  If you haven’t read it – read it.  If you want to be inspired on a regular basis check out Ann’s blog here.  I love the way she writes, and her book spoke directly to my heart.  At times (many times), I felt God was speaking to me through her.  Thank you Ann for being God’s vessel.  I shared with you here how thanksgiving changes your attitude.  I so need a change of attitude.  So, I am taking Ann’s challenge on for myself.  To journal my very own gifts list.  I would love for you to join me!!  It’s not difficult, not time consuming or expensive.  You can use any form of journal you would like.  I received a really cute – purple my favorite color – note pad from my mom for Christmas and as soon as I pulled it out of the bag I knew what I was going to use it for.  It wasn’t until last night when I pulled it out to make my first entry that I noticed what was printed on the front on the pad and on the pen….why was I surprised, this is God we’re talking about.  Thank you Father for your never-ending love for me.

 

 

Will you join me in counting your blessings – rejoicing in all things because friends, God is in all things.  Here’s to an amazing 2013!!
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December in Review {Insta-Style}

I wanted to take a moment and blog about the behind the scenes happenings in my family this month.  December always zips along at a fast and furious pace, but it is always filled with family fun.  So, this is going to be a snapshot of December Insta-style.  🙂

Starting with a Christmas children’s choir concert at church.
Followed by a school orchestra Christmas concert – yes that is my daughter behind the music stand.  No matter where I sat I could not see anything but the music stand…
My girl went to her first high school dance…what??
Dinner date with this dude – yes he asked for teeth for Christmas – still haven’t came.
Anniversary celebrations – 20th engagement anniversary 🙂
Christmas movie watching – lots of this – Charlie Brown is my favorite.
Candlelight Christmas Eve service – love.
Christmas light looking in our Christmas PJ’s – yeah that’s how we roll.
Snow?  Yes snow, on Christmas day – not quite the 6-8 inches they were predicting but hey, snow is snow.  (The weathermen here get really excited when predicting snow, it’s like a contest.)

 

Happy Birthday Jesus pancakes and…
Happy Birthday Jesus cake – decorated by my daughter the up and coming cake decorator.
Hope your December was filled with lots of warm family memories.  I am working on a list of home goals for 2013.  It’s really long right now so I need to pare down.  My chunking stuff I don’t need, more organizing, more making my home function for my family.
Blessings to you and yours!!
 life rearranged
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