Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Happy May 2018!

It's been about a month since I last posted here.  It's been a whirlwind of activity here.  April saw six birthdays.  SIX!  Cammi is now 16, Elliot and Dylan are 5! What in the world?? 

The boys started T-Ball.
Elliot rounding third base.
The weather in April was so unpredictable! Sunshine one day, snow the next.  Our Azalea bush is totally confused. 

Today, May 1, is lovely.  Cool (it's only 8 a.m.), but the sun is shining and the sky is so blue.  It's uplifting, soul soaring kind of day.

This month will be devoted to preparing the house for the summer months.  I am actually looking forward to clearing away the cobwebs, decluttering and pulling out the summer decor.  Exciting!

The little ones both got new bikes this past month and they are gearing up to be outside riding.  We hope to add a playhouse, put up the pool, repaint the porch furniture.  We need to buy sand for the sandbox, create a plant potting area, and just enjoy the long summer days to come.  Kayla is currently obsessed with flamingos, so a bright, colorful, tropical look is what we are going for. 
Elliot taking his new bike for a spin.  Amelia cheering him on.
Cheers to a full, bright and crafty May.  Stay tuned.

Happy, happy May to you!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

It's April and it's Snowing

Again. Still.
The 100 Day Project began yesterday.  I usually fail. I may fail again this year, but NOT!  I am dedicated to crochet everyday for the next 100 days.  I've started with a scarf.  I finished the hat that will be the companion piece to the scarf. 
The Hat - now finished.
I am posting my progress on my Instagram site.  You can see my updates and stories* (and hold me accountable) here.  NO, my plan is not to crochet one row a day for 100 days and make a super long scarf (hmmm, but that might not be a bad thing... ).  Honestly, I hope to have a few projects finished by the end of 100 days.  On my short list:  a bath mat, a Fourth of July banner, a cute rug for beside the bed, maybe socks???, a market bag and a few crochet baskets.  That's the short list?????

In other news - - - we are preparing for Elliot's 5th birthday.  5 When? How?  He's getting so tall, daring, and oh, so independent, but at the end of the day, he's still our sweet baby boy (don't tell him I said that).

Okay, so if you are into #the100dayproject, what's your genre?? Are you sharing on your instagram or blog?  Facebook?  I love looking, do share!!!!

Monday, March 5, 2018

TO READ: Keeping Your Children Safe on the Internet

I recently received an email thanking me for a blog post I wrote in 2015.  It was a simple little blurb on cyber-bullying. You can read that post here.

She also sent me a link to an excellent article, "The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet."  You can read that article here.

Our children ARE our future.  Let's keep them safe.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Welcome March (and Spring to come!)

Oh my, we have been having some lovely weather lately (rain, yes, but warmer temps – does the soul  good!).  After a rough February, we really needed the sunshine, our spirits have lifted and we are ready for long days spent outside. 

In January we chose as our main goal to “spring clean’ the house, room by room and get organized. 

We started with the kitchen and upper hallway. It’s taken the past two months to make it routine, but we are doing it.  Most important is to turn the lights out at night on a clean sink.  I much prefer waking up to a clean kitchen.  Not always easy to maintain when there are late-at-night munchers in this house.

This month, we will focus on the two bathrooms and the entry hall – especially the entry hall as that is what gets most cluttered and is the first area in the house everyone sees.  And while we are cleaning and decluttering these areas, we will be maintaining the kitchen and upper hall.  Here’s how I know – K got her learner’s permit and she will want driving privileges once she passes her test – and I have the insurance – both literally and figuratively.  She’ll want to use the car – I’ll want the house kept clean.  It’s a win-win.

We’ll begin by decluttering the bathrooms:

1. Gather up any dirty clothing, towels, washcloths and deposit in laundry room.
2. Place any items that belong in another room in an empty box or laundry basket.
3. Toss empty toilet rolls, package wrappers, empty shampoo/conditioner, bubble bath and lotion containers, etc.
4. Clean out medicine cabinets, tossing empty or expired meds and other toiletries.
5. Clean out from underneath sink.
6. Clean out linen closet.  Either toss or recycle old, thin and used towels and washcloths.

Now clean the room:

1. Spray sink, tub, toilet with cleaner and let sit. Clean and sanitize.
2. Clean mirrors, wipe and polish fixtures.
3. Dust ceiling corners and baseboards.
4. Launder curtains, shower curtains, bath mats.
5. Sweep and mop floors. 
6. Replace curtains, bath mats.  Hang clean towels.

Next, the front entry:

1. Remove items that do not belong in the hall.
2. Dust.
3. Polish mirrors, wash windows.
4. Launder curtains.
5. Clean and sanitize handrail.
6. Mop floors
7. Vacuum carpet and stairs.

Here’s to New Beginnings!


Monday, February 26, 2018

Being Well Read

The Goodreads Challenge for 2018 is underway!  Have you set your intentions for books to read this year?  My target number for this year is 24.  Too low?  Maybe.  Last year I had originally set my reading target for 36 books.  Later in the year I had to drop that number so I didn’t fail another challenge.  I read 32 books.  In 2016 my number was 26 which I failed by two books.  However, I have been in a reading frenzy and am currently ahead of schedule.  It would be nice to have to up the challenge number this year. 

I do most of my reading on the bus going to and from the office.  Once I arrive at home, I have two adorable children so happy to see me that the rest of the evening is all about them.  However, if I added the children’s books read to them each night, I would fulfill my numbers and then some, every year. 

This year I started with a list and am checking them off.  However, our downtown library is rather small so it’s been a challenge to find a few of the books on my Goodreads list.

My original list:
Editing Emma, Chloe Seager
The Drowning Girls, Paula Treick DeBoard
Gone Without a Trace, Mary Torjussen
No One Knows, J.T. Ellison
Restoring Christmas, Cynthia Ruchti
Paint, H.M. Mann
It’s Always the Husband, Michele Campbell
I Let You Go, Clare Mackintosh
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, Louise Miller 
My Husband’s Wife, Jane Corry

Not much read off the original list, however, I’ve also read Once Upon a Lie and Lies that Bind, both written by Maggie Barbieri, Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena, and Judith Flanders “A Cast of Vultures.”

You can find my Goodreads Challenge here.  Out of the six books I've read to date, this one is by far my favorite.  I LOVED this one!

How about you?  Up for the Challenge?  What’s on your reading list this year?


Friday, February 23, 2018

Favorite Photo Friday

Amelia turned one on New Year's Day.  Here she is with my Mom on the 1st.
We celebrated her birthday, with family and friends, on the 20th of January.
She received lots of clothes and toys.
Love how she climbed on the gifts to open them.
Tidying up.