Friday, February 27, 2009

A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place

I have been super motivated this week. Since we've moved to the eastern panhandle, I feel like I have had no motivation to be a homemaker. But suddenly this week, the bug bit me. We had a little extra money, since we got a nice big tax return this year, so we decided to splurge on some new furniture for our living room.

Looks pretty nice, huh?

Our old furniture had become very dingy and disgusting. Pastel colors and toddlers do not mix! Last year I bought material to reupholster my sofa and love seat. In May 2008, I was about 3/4 of the way finished with the love seat and haven't touched it since.

I don't know what I was thinking. It is something that I know how to do, but I don't know what I was thinking taking on a task like that when I am a full-time student, a wife, and a mother to two insane toddlers! It was just completely unrealistic to finish that project, or to even start it in the first place. I think the realization that the project was too difficult was the beginning of my motivation actually.

My house had sat, literally untouched since a week after we moved in. Most of our belongings were still in boxes in our garage, and our walls were bare. It's hard to feel at home when you have no where to sit. So, once we got the furniture in the living room, it became easy to accomplish the rest of what needed to be done. I spent the week scrubbing our house from top to bottom, organizing various areas of our house, hanging curtains, and removing decorative items and photos from their hiding place (the garage) and hanging them.

Now our house is sparkling clean, and for the first time since August I actually feel at home! It's amazing what a little bit of old fashioned housekeeping can do to lift your spirits!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What Would You Bring?

First off...the chicken chow mein? Fabulous. I can't wait to try some more recipes from that blog. If you haven't had time to check it out - make time! It took me about ten minutes to throw in the crockpot and at 5 pm, dinner was ready with about ten minutes of additional work, which involved making rice to serve it over and steaming some broccoli as a side dish. I will definitely make this dish again!

Last night was family night in our home. I love Family Home Evening. I feel so blessed to have the gospel in my life. We have a very simple routine for our family night - a prayer, a few songs, a story from the Book of Mormon Reader, and dessert. It seems to work really well for us. It involves little to no planning, and it really seems to have an impact on our children.

Last night, we read about Nephi being instructed by the Lord to build a boat. After we read the story, we asked the kids what they would bring on the boat with them. Here is how they responded:


  • Worms
  • A caterpillar
  • Cookies
  • A toy house
  • Mud


  • Toys
  • Food

I love Andrew's answers. Too funny! I am so happy that our children have reached the age where they can actually be involved in FHE. It makes for a happy family...

As the children's hymn goes, "We are a happy family!"

Monday, February 16, 2009

Great News for Busy Moms!

First off, I have been the epitome of busy mom the past two weeks. Things have just been absolutely insane around our house. The biggest reason for this was the fact that I had four tests and two papers due all in the same week. Also, I have not been feeling well, Andrew has been going through the terrible threes, Brad has been above and beyond stressed at work, and Joseph has been, well...Joseph.

I have great news for all you busy moms out there! I found a really great blog for healthy crockpot meals. I have my first attempt in the crockpot right now. I'll post details as to how it turned out. I am trying the Crock Pot Chicken Chow Mein. Here is the address for all who are interested:

Until later, happy cooking (or fixing it and forgetting it, I guess)!

Monday, February 2, 2009

What a Sport!

Too funny - This morning, as I was dressing Joseph in these clothes, he asked me what a quarterback was. I told him that it was a player on a football team. He responded with, "Is there a 15 on the shirt because he has 15 baseballs?" It looks like Joseph is going to inherit his mother and father's athletic abilities!