The kids are very good about going to bed in a timely fashion; and while they moan and groan and worry that sleep will be elusive, they are in the land of Nod
Our living room... a work in progress... at Christmas time.
The story behind our stunning tree:
Just days before Dec. 25th, Patrick and I visited both Walmart and Lowes only to discover that the pickings were oh so slim. The trees were either wrapped up so tightly that it was impossible to get an idea of their condition or much too short. After much consideration, I finally decided that the boys would prefer a better tree, so we returned home empty-handed. Sean, Aidan, Luke, and Asher loaded up and off we went to visit a local Christmas tree farm that I spotted online. It was a bit of a trick to find this place, and I'll admit that I had two concerns: first, that it no longer existed, and second, that they would accept cash only. We persisted and eventually found this perfectly charming, "cash only" tree farm.
At this point, what did I have to lose?
So I asked the sweet woman ,who met us in the parking lot, if she had any trees that would fit our budget. She responded that their trees were priced by foot, and then proceeded to show us 1 tree that might fit the bill (needed to be less that 6ft. tall). This tree was GORGEOUS and closer to 7 - 8 ft., and they graciously sold it to us, packed it up , and secured it on top of our van!!!
It is truly the most beautiful tree we have ever had; and needless to say, I know exactly where we will be heading next year to pick out and cut down our tree!
So excited that the presents arrived in time (Dec. 24th), and they are exactly what we think the boys really want.
When Patrick accepted this call, we had every intention of renting. We searched high and low, and never found a single place that seemed suitable for our "large family" + a husband who works from home. Halfheartedly, we began touring homes that were on the market, but again none of them felt right until finally... was it exactly what we had envisioned? No. But did it match all of our many requirements? Yes! We made an offer only to discover what felt like many insurmountable barriers, but one by one they were all resolved. We have officially joined the ranks of proud homeowners for better or for worse.
Proverbs 16:9 states, "A man's heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps."
This house is OLD and with that comes many idiosyncrasies, but there is one thing that it possesses in abundance - STORAGE!
toy closet and game closet
puppet house/playhouse and book corner (which I have since reconfigured)
They are doing an awesome job keeping their toys picked up and the floor vacuumed.
I moved the bookshelves under the windows, so that the older boys had an official spot to drop off their backpacks when they walk in the door from school, and installed a shoe rack in the corner where the bookshelves had resided.
Not 1, but 2 large closets
I LOVE having a bathroom that I do not have to share with 6 males!!!!
guests towels and sheets, swim towels, duffel bags, blankets, etc.
You know those days when you first move in and everything is still in boxes scattered all over the place. And we were truly blessed with the opportunity and many helping hands to do a lot of work to the house before moving in... ripping up carpets, assembling beds and making them up with freshly laundered bedding, cleaning...
First things first (especially with a house full of males): the kitchen.
My brand new set of dishes ready to run through the dishwasher for the very first time - Thank you very much, Mom and Dad!!!
Another very important first, especially if you know me: the coffee corner with our new (cheap, but works super well) coffee maker and Nova Scotian memento mugs.
Nothing like eating a home-cooked meal together as a family... even if the table is missing.
Trust a 3 year old to find a seat amidst the boxes.
Napping in the winter coats box. After all, it is super padded and comfy!