Monday, July 12, 2010

Off the market and under construction!

At this moment, George has cut a huge hole in a wall in our home. I loved it when we called our friend Carol (the home improvement guru) for some advice and she said in a cutsy little kid voice, "You two are becoming such handymen!" She's allowed to say that because she and I go way back and she has helped us do MANY home improvement projects. So we borrowed her "saws-all" and now there is a hole. Hopefully, it will become an enlarged storage closet for buckets of wheat and other food storage.

Also this weekend, we moved all of our stuff back in from JB's garage (she was letting us use it as a storage unit). We now have our comfy seating back in our family room! Yay! We have also rearranged the room. Now, it's more like 2 rooms. Very functional. One side is 2 couches "L" shaped facing the TV and the other side is a school room! Funny how the "school room" has changed every year:) I am sure that someday, I will find a set up I like! So now, our family room isn't pretty, but oh, SO functional! I am thrilled! Becca helped me organize it today. I still have some things that need homes, but we will get there!

Here's a question for you: Where is your food storage? Currently, ours is in the garage and I like having it out of the house, it too hot? And is it only too hot for the long term stuff? What if I will use it within a year or two? Then is it ok to be out there? That would be super handy if I didn't have to move it all again and got to keep a whole room of my house.

Alright, should be doing laundry, prepping school units, or moving all the junk that came out of the closet that now has a huge hole in it, somewhere else. Fun times!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010


As I read through my last few blog entries, I noticed that the last 3 are pretty much the same. I guess you can tell where my thoughts and interests are at the moment:) I guess I shouldn't blog so late at night when my brain is off. Oh well.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Loving summertime!

We are busy doing a bunch of whatever! It's so great. The kids have had lots of fun just spending hours outside. We had a great 4th of July party at Harry and Linda's (see their blog for pics...I don't know what my problem is:) and a water party for Levi's birthday. I am now gearing up for a week of camping/cabin-ing up in Wisconsin. Can't wait for that! Also prepping for a homeschool convention in Chicago! Yay!

Time is flying. School is starting on August 9th and I am hoping to be really ready by then. Today, I went through all the school stuff I have to organize it and see what I have and if I can use it this year. I am prepping for Unit Studies based on this fabulous book by Jennifer Steward called Everything You Need to Know about Homeschool Unit Studies that I picked up at a garage sale a few months back. It has been extremely helpful and I am hoping this will help us not to get burned out. I am also hoping to do school year round. I think I will do 4 weeks on/1week off. This will give us about 6 weeks in the summer. I think it will be good for all of us. We will see.

We took our house off the market today. :( But, I am ready to move on and excited to move things around a bit. We are going to try schooling in the family room this year. It's out of the way and there are plenty of surfaces to pile things on:) ALso, lots of wall space to hang up maps and white boards and such. I hope it works! We have lots of things that we want to do to the house now that it's off the market. It's too bad there's no money tree in our yard, that would be so helpful:)

Hope you all are enjoying your summer! Thanks for reading:)