Sunday, July 29, 2012
Otherwise, our Sunday has been pretty uneventful. More watching of the Olympics. Which, my mom did call to point out that I left out some info in my last blog post. She said it sounded like the girls and her just did a few art projects when really Mom went to a lot of effort to actually plan lessons around the projects. I know she did spend a lot of time working on them so I'm sorry I left out the info! She taught the girls about the first Olympics in Greece, the history of the torch, how often the Olympics are held, and where the current Olympics are being held. They worked on vocabulary words like Host, Athlete and Competition. And they discussed several of the sports that are held during the summer Olympics. The girls were able to list about 12 sports each. So I did not mean to make it sound like they just did arts and crafts! I know that both the girls and my mom put a lot of work into their Olympic studies!!
The other thing I did today was make two brand new dresses out of two old shirts of mine. I went through my closet a few days ago and pulled out a bunch of polos that were out of style and some shirts that I just never wore because they were uncomfortable. I'd love to say that I'm being trendy and upcycling, which I am because upcycling clothes is all the rage right now, but it's also just a plain good way to stretch our clothing budget while John is still looking for a job. The girls are growing so fast! I need to learn how to sew sleeves so that I can make some winter clothes but I'm pretty impressed with my attempts at altering old adult shirts into child size dresses with no patterns.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
So I went on to describe the competition aspect and how we can learn about countries from all around the world. Mom helped them make an Olympic flag (it broke about 5 minutes of being home, but I fixed it today. I'll post pictures soon.) And she also helped them make torches. So yesterday they were ready to see what all the Olympic fuss was about. Izzie was ready to see some diving! Apparently we forgot to tell them that events happen at different times and we can't just watch whatever event we want to watch whenever we want to watch it. We told them that last night was only the opening ceremonies and that there were no sports. They were bummed but they still enjoyed watching the program. They made it to about 8 pm, but we recorded the rest so they can watch the torch being lit tomorrow.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
pasta drying rack. So I sanatized this broom handle and repurposed it for the afternoon.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Today I took the girls to my mema's house by myself for the first time. They did great in the car. Actually better than when I have another adult. We played some road games, a bit of iPad and watched a Disney Sing-a-long on the DVD. We only had to stop once and so we made pretty good time.
Once here my cousins, Darrian and Daylynn came over. Maddie and Izzie loved babysitting them. Tomorrow is the little twins first birthday party and my girls are excited about that!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Sadly I did not think to take any before pictures. Probably because I was horrified about the amount of dust bunnies at the bottom of my pantry. Under the bottom shelf I had stuffed a bunch of reuseable grocery bags, some boxes, and other pantry odds and ends. Basically it was not easy to sweep around all that stuff and over time, the little dust bunnies were taking over. Not to mention all the garlic paper peels that flittered to the bottom and the errant raisins that dropped when 4 year old hands raided the raisin bin!
I'm not sure if I have all my jars in the "right" places yet. I tried organizing by type. The bottom shelf has my potatoes, garlic and onions. And next to that is the girls "snack" station. Nuts, dried fruit, dried vegetables.
This side of the pantry you don't see unless you are in the pantry. I put a basket for our loaves of bread, some cleaning supplies (vinegar, washing powder, borax. And right now I have a bunch of ziplock bags. Eventually I'd like to replace zip bags with re-usable bags, but they still are around right now. I found those paper plates at the back of the pantry along with a huge box from SAMS of plastic cutlery. I haven't bought paper or plastic plates in over a year, and I didn't know they were in the pantry. (It really needed cleaning, y'all!) I have some of my serving dishes and platters on this side along with my stand mixer and my Mema's old blender. She gave it to me when I was in college and it is still kickin'. It is on it's last legs though, I think it was from the 70's. I wish they still made products to last like they used to.
Well there you have it, my great Pantry Reveal. It was a lot of work, but so worth it. A few last notes: I switched over to glass containers in a slow process. Every few times I was at the store, if I saw a glass container on sale I'd pick one up. I also used a bunch of mason jars. It gives an eccletic look, but since they are all glass, I think it helps unify the storage. I did spend a day painting on chalkboard squares on a lot of my storage, but I don't recommend my method because it isn't dishwasher safe (found out the hard way.) I also just gathered up a bunch of baskets I had around the house (and even made one!) so the mix of baskets doesn't make it look super polished, but still tidy.