Archives for December 2007

What I’m tackling today

For the past week or so John has been working on a really neat project. Our house is fairly generous– 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3000 square feet. But with ten kids you can imagine it is FULL these days. We currently have 3 girls sharing one room, and the 3 yr old is (ahem) sleeping in our room. Well, something about the baby turning 3 has got John and me hankering for another bedroom. And so John has been building one. Currently we have 3 bedrooms on the main level and two more upstairs, along with a gargantuan family room and a bathroom up there.

One of the upstairs bedrooms was formed 4 years ago by building walls, adding a dormer, and taking one corner out of our big-ol family room. It has been a small but serviceable bedroom for our teenaged boys– they love their space. Last week we took a chunk out of the opposite corner of the family room for our 9 year old boys. This will free up a bedroom downstairs for our 3 and 5 year old daughters.

The new bedroom is only 98 sq feet, but it is just adorable, complete with a new window and a built-in bunk at each end of the room. The wall-mounted bunks are high enough to slide full-sized Rubbermaids under the bed, so that will allow lots of toy storage.

I am really excited that we were able to add the new room without impacting the functionality of the family room. Yes, the family room has gotten smaller. Shape-wise, it now looks like a fat T instead of a rectangle. Each point of the T has its own function. One corner is the computer room, one is the library, (complete with window seat and a huge wall of books), and the other point of the T houses the piano and the foozball table. I really thought we’d have to get rid of the foozball table to make this work, but it still fits! We did get rid of a couch, a desk and (shhhh) my poor neglected treadmill, but I’m not sad about any of those things being gone.

We also called a plumber and added a new sink in a hidden corner just outside the upstairs bathroom door. Now kids can brush teeth or comb their hair while siblings are in the bathroom- a blessing considering 5 kids are now on one bathroom. The whole project cost — believe it or not– right around $1000 which is awesome considering we added a whole new bedroom and improved the functionality of the bathroom.

Anyway, today my task is to paint the new bedroom. We are hoping to get the boys moved in by Christmas. They are so excited that they have decided to make both breakfast and lunch, to free me up to get more painting done. Siblings of the lucky boys have already asked to trade rooms, but no way are they giving it up! It is an adorable, fun space and I think it will be a great solution. I’ll share pictures when we get the kids moved in.

Deck the Halls (aka The Joy of Sox)

BooMama is once again hosting the Christmas Tour of Homes. Here are some pictures of our home all decked out with twinkles. First, some favorites of young children in our home. The carousel sings different Christmas songs and twirls around, and the Santas, of course, come apart to be stacked together.

Here are some sweet angels standing guard over the manger scene that I bought about a million years ago when I was an Avon lady.

Next, here’s my blogging spot this time of year. What could be better than blogging in the tree-lit corner surrounded by the peace that descends at the end of a busy day?

Here’s our very-full stairway railing –we have two new stockings this year — how very fun! And finally, the sweet people who enjoy this Christmas hoopla almost as much as I do.

New readers may also enjoy some of my other Christmas posts:
Gift idea: make your own crystal decorations
Gift idea: Bean soup mix in a jar
Craft idea: Snowflake ornaments
Yummy Christmas morning breakfast

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Shannon has a giveaway that’s the grand-daddy of them all!

Sunday

Longing for a savior a hopeless world would wait
Sin demanded justice at a price we could not pay
But God displayed his mercy, the greatest gift of love
When we could not reach heaven, heaven came to us

Chorus: He made a way in a manger, a way through the Son
Messiah the promised, before time had begun
For God so loved this world
Though he knew what love would cost
He made a way in a manger to make a way to the cross

In Bethlehem a stable became a throne of grace
As God himself our Savior drew near to take our place
His mother smiled in wonder as shepherds stood in awe
The sacrifice of heaven lay sleeping in the straw

He made a way in a manger, a way through the Son
Messiah the promised, before time had begun
For God so loved this world
Though he knew what love would cost
He made a way in a manger to make a way to the cross

Bye bye candy house

Should I be worried?

My 5 year old was cuddled up in my arms last evening. She laid her head on my chest, then sat up and said excitedly, “Mommy, I can hear your heart beeping!”

almost forgot — more craftiness

Here’s what I made started while my kids were hard at work on their snowflakes. I got the idea from Jenni at One Thing, and (when I finally finished it 3 days later) I was pleased with how it turned out.

Oh, and on another craft-copying note, remember the Robinznest candied nuts recipe that I mentioned awhile back? I made it (using 10 lbs of almonds!!) and it turned out wonderful. My family and I highly recommend it. The younger kids were disappointed to learn that I planned to give at least half of that sweet goodness away. I reminded them that a sure sign of a good gift is if you’re tempted to keep it yourself.

snowflake craft

At the end of November I set the kids up at the table with a boatload of glue and sequins and craft foam to make their own snowflakes. Here are a few pictures of the fun they had. I bought the snowflake kit at Michael’s and bought extra glitter glue to go along with it. I love this picture of my 5 year old holding her creation so lovingly, with glitter all over her hands.
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It’s a good thing we got extra glue because the three year old was single-handedly responsible for using at least half of it. She was totally uninterested in the sequins. All she wanted to do was glue, glue, glue. Her ornament took 4 days to dry. But she had so much fun!!!
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Everyone had so much fun that it made me wonder why I don’t do crafts more often. Of course the next day as I was (still) scraping sequins and sparkles off the dining room table, I remembered why. Still, so much fun was had that I decided I really ought to get crafty with the kids more often. Like proper snowflakes, no two were alike. Didn’t they turn out cute?

Product Review: Puffs with Vicks

When my three year old wakes up crying at night with a stuffy nose due to a cold, I will often put a dab of Vicks under her nose to help her breathe a little better. She hates the goey Vicks, though–she tries to wipe it off as soon as I put it on — nevermind that it really does help.

I was delighted to get a sample of the new Puffs with Vicks to try out. The tissues are lotioned which should really help with a bad cold when noses tend to get raw, and the smell of Vicks was strong enough to make my sinuses feel clearer. I’m not sure a nose-wiping with a Vicks tissue is quite as good as a dab of actual Vicks, but my daughter tolerated it much better. I was pleased with this product and would probably keep a box around for the height of the cold season at our house.

Sunday

Psalm 91:11