Winning Christmas Presents

I probably do not want to know how much money I have spent on presents that were tossed to the side and never looked at again.  They usually can be found later in a pile with parts of tape and wrapping paper still hanging on!

This year, I felt like I knew the girls a little better and they have more definite likes and interests.  Compared to years past, I didn’t spend as much money on Christmas gifts.  However, we got several things that seem to be a big hit with the girls!

Most of my purchases were made on amazon.  I LOVE me some Amazon Prime!  One of our favorite gifts that the whole family is enjoying is the Winning Moves Tile Lock Scrabble that we got.  We have played it multiple times a day.  The twins can’t spell well yet so playing with them might make you want to throw it through the front window   requires a little patience. 🙂  It is especially fun for LG.  Henry and I may or may not have played a game alone after the kids were in bed last night.  I told him that we were going to make awesome old people!

Hands down, the most favored gift of all the girls is a cardboard box!  Shocker! This Easy Playhouse
actually comes in the form of a playhouse and it has been a HUGE hit!  The girls love them.  I ordered them back in the summer when they were on for $19.99 but I would probably pay amazon’s price now that I know how much they love them.   They have decorated them and love to hang out in them with their toys and play.

Of course, we had to throw in some babysitters  electronic devices.  But once again, amazon came through with $35 kindles.  Henry downloaded a program called Freetime (also from Amazon) which allows him to set a time limit, as well as an on and off time.  This has really taken care of the five more minutes that some kids (not mine, of course) might argue about.

 So, it’s time to begin my Christmas shopping for next year!

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Tidying Up – Using Kon Mari to Organize Your Home

I’m currently going through the The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
for simplifying, organizing, and storing.    The author teaches the “Kon Mari” method to organize Your home, and I love it.

I’m listening to the book on audible. I’ve actually re-listened to a few chapters to make sure that I am soaking in the information. I’m really encouraged and optimistic.

The craft closet – it’s not perfect but it has come a LONG way!

Before beginning, you have to imagine what you want your life to be like once your home is tidy. This is your vision and the “why” for going through the process. I have written my list and it sounds heavenly. I will drive into a carport that is free of any extras…no tools, no junk, no I’ll put this away later anythings. My entry way will be uncluttered and my house will smell clean and fresh when I enter. My flat spaces that now seem to be a catch-all will be free from anything that catches my eye. This is KEY for me and I know it. If there are things in piles I cannot relax. It always makes me feel as though there is more to do and I won’t be able to get to it.

Progress has been made. I’ve been using her principles to adjust my way of thinking. I don’t look for what I will throw away so much anymore but I group everything and look for what I will keep. I will keep those things that bring me joy! JOY! So far, I have (with Henry’s help) emptied the linen closet and cleared out anything that is not purposeful. It feels great to open that door and peek in. I have also purged tons and books and craft supplies. The method states that you should do one category at a time and that totally makes sense. Otherwise, you will always feel like “I just did this!” So far, I have done the categories of clothing, books, and linens.

I’m blogging here so that I can look back and see all of the progress that I’ve made in my journey to organize our home and declutter our life.

Happy decluttering, and I highly recommend this book!
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing


It’s Worth It

It feels as though all of my posts lately (all two of them) have had a common theme.  The theme being that life rushes past quickly and I’m trying to savor it.  I’m trying somewhere between the loads of laundry and load of homework to nurture these children that I’ve been given.

I was texting (because I can do that and supervise homework and cook chili) with a friend a few minutes ago.  She has three children under the age of five, including a two month old.  She’s tired and she’s often overwhelmed.  Because, well, because she is a mom.  I was telling her that I totally get it.  This parenting thing is hard.  I added that it is hard. And wonderful. And tiring. And beautiful. And worth it most of the time…..except when it doesn’t feel like it is.

Then they grow up and they don’t call or text as much as you’d like.  You don’t lay your eyes on them as much as you’d like.  You think back to how much you did when you were busy and how you kept going when you were tired.  You realize that you’d do it all again even if you knew that they might not remember all of the details.

Hopefully they have an understanding that your life became so much about them the moment you knew about them.

I often describe parenting as a “hard gig.”  But I know of nothing else that could be done from pure love when all other resources fail.