over the last few days i’ve been cleaning and organizing like crazy.
wiping out the pantry, packing up clothes the kids have outgrown,
re- arranging the laundry room and sorting through the toy bins.
(i feel like i finally have time now that we’re on summer break.)
so, the other day in the middle of my cleaning spree
(while i was neurotically wiping off the bookcase)
i looked up and saw papers.
piles and piles of papers.
papers with no place to call home.
i knew we needed a place for these stacks and fast.
within minutes i was on craig’s list and found this file cabinet for $25.00!
it was just what i needed!
pure, sweet luck.
i went to pick it up and on the way home grabbed a couple of cans of the most lovely teal spray paint.
and 2-3 coats later…
here she is!
all painted up and looking oh, so sweet.
i love that color.
that lovely, lovely color.
be still my heart.
after i awkwardly drug it inside and got it into place
i stuck a dry erase board to the side using
double-sided foam tape.
i then took some of jonah’s old flash cards
snipped them down to size
and slipped them into place.
the perfect finishing touch. : )
i filled her full
(and i do mean full)
of those sky high stacks of papers.
and, i’m a much, much happier girl.
well, it’s officially our summer break!
we’re done with school and we had our last soccer game of the season
here’s our boy at his game.
(that’s him with his orange cleats.)
i’m not sure if you have ever seen a bunch of 4 year olds play soccer,
but it’s just too cute.
it’s like a bunch of little bees buzzing around their hive.
they sure are sweet and try so hard!
here they are sitting with their coach.
another action shot.
look at him go.
this kid loves soccer.
i looked over mid game and saw this…
my daughter with her brother’s sunglasses on
picking her nose with 2 fingers
i’m not sure why, but i always seem to catch this kid
with her finger in her nose.
here we are last year in florida.
look at that baby…
the ultimate nose pick!
it’s one of my favorite pictures
and every time i see it i laugh.
anyway, at the end of the game they all got trophies.
he couldn’t have been more excited or proud!
all the way home he shouted over and over, “and the winner is… jonah!”
as he held his trophy high over his head.
because it’s officially our summer break,
jonah and i sat down and started a summer list.
i love hearing all of his little ideas…
go on an adventure.
go visit the mountains.
yep, summer, we love you and we’re so glad you’re finally here.
mmmm…. sweet, sweet summer.
we’ve had quite the week around here.
between end of the year picnics, field trips, house work and soccer
we’ve been busy.
i’ve also been busy buying this!
so, i can make these!
to put on this!
isn’t it pretty?!
and, they’re so much fun to make!
i love digging through my fabric stash and putting all of the colors together.
they’re in my shop and looking for a good home. : )
i’m very excited to show you my new scrappy fabric wreaths!
they’re new to my shop.
stop in and take a look.
today, i thought i’d share the other part of our entryway with you.
it’s on the other side of the front door.
last week i shared our family command center
which, i’ve already re-arranged since you last saw it.
i simply can’t help myself.
there might actually be something wrong with me.
we’re not sure.
we’re looking into it. ; )
i put the pockets on the other side
and added a picture frame and an embroidery hoop to pretty it up.
okay, back to the other side of our entryway…
i got the idea here in this martha stewart organizing book.
is there anything you can’t do?
i knew i needed something for all of our coats, backpacks and keys.
i saw this and fell in love with it.
so, i put my husband, josh to work.
he can build things.
he’s handy like that.
he went to home depot and grabbed 2 pieces of furniture grade 1×4 pine
and drilled holes for the coat pegs.
then, i painted them white.
it has an upper and a lower set of pegs.
i love that i can put my purse way up high so the kids can’t get to it.
and, i love all the pegs down low.
i love that the kiddos can reach all of their things.
they can take down and hang up everything without any help.
the pegs are large and sturdy.
perfect for heavy winter coats.
it even has a spot for keys, dexter’s leash and sunglasses.
it’s super functional for our family.
it has worked out really well for us over the years.
i truly adore it.
especially, when we have lots of friends and family over for a visit.
okay, now here’s what it actually looks like…
i’m just keepin’ it real.
i just added some happy spring pins to my shop!
they are the perfect gift for a special teacher.
happy friday and have a great weekend!
how was your mother’s day?
mine was a delight.
we went out for breakfast and then walked around old town.
the kids played.
the weather was gorgeous!
it was so much fun.
we all had a blast!
when we got home they surprised me with flowers.
and, the house stayed clean (kinda).
it was mostly because the kids played outside a bunch.
it was hot enough to turn on the sprinkler. yay!
i don’t think i’ve ever seen this lady happier. : )
after we all played outside i ran out for some mommy time.
just me and world market.
i love you, world market.
i love your cute bar stools.
and your adorable (and reasonably priced) jute rugs.
i love your lovely utensils holder and it is sure to find a home next to my stove.
hello again, sweet cake carrier.
and, how cute is this kitchen brush?
i truly do love you, world market.
and i miss you when i’m away.
until we meet again…
maybe next mother’s day. ; )
yesterday, this sweet boy came home with a surprise for me for mother’s day!
he made flowers in preschool and was so proud. : )
there’s nothing like being a mom.
happy mother’s day!
today, i thought i’d share our family command center with you.
it’s constantly changing to fit our increasingly busy lives, but here’s what it looks like now.
it’s in the entryway of our house, near our front door.
and, it gets a ton of use. more than i ever thought it would.
the chalk board wall is below and the kids love it!
on the far left are pocket organizers from target.
on the pocket organizers i put a few yellow metal buckets to hold chalk and magnets. $1.oo each!
i also have orange binder clips to hold gift cards, coupons and receipts.
on the very top i store magazines and library books.
i love these pockets. they’re really useful!
to the right of those is a simple cork board i found at the goodwill years ago.
and, under that is a dry erase calendar with schedules on it.
it’s mostly just for my 4 year old , though.
next to the calendar is our “what’s up weekly board.”
we got the idea here. my son loves it!
he has so much fun moving the picture magnets.
it has really helped him learn his days of the week.
and, he loves to move the star, too!
and finally, more cork boards for pictures, art projects, notes and more.
i took 2 old canvases and put a thin layer of cork on top.
then i very simply (and sloppily) hot glued a nice thick fabric all the way around the edges while pulling it tight.
that’s it. easy peasy and pretty.
like i said before, our family command center is always changing and i’m sure i’ll add more to it soon.
stayed tuned! : )
every spring our grandma sam (my mother-in-law) gets a few of these sweet little girls.
and, this time she brought them by for a visit.
they’re so fluffy and sweet.
the kids love them.
But, who wouldn’t?
just look at that sweet little face.
and, this sweet little face.
my boy was so happy.
yes, i see chickens of our own in the near future. : )