Saturday, November 30, 2013

Anyone else ready to send out Christmas cards?

I have about half my Christmas cards addressed and I always love getting cards out.  I mean, if I have them, they're ready to go, WHY NOT?  I'm going to wait until Monday this year, but no later.  I bet by Monday I'll have almost all of them completely written out too.  Love that feeling!

Starting to get that Christmas feeling!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Dear Underwear Companies

Dear Underwear Companies,

Why don't underwear sizes match pants sizes?  Why is it all confusing?  Just simplify things and make the sizes match.



We sold our house!!

We got the call in the middle of Thanksgiving Day.  The house sold in ELEVEN days!  Oh. My. GOD!  I don't know what we're going to do.  We have so much to think about now.  We may be packing it up and moving to Madison in the middle of January and I'd be driving back to teach.  We're exploring all of our options, looking for the most cost effective, easiest transitional, least crazy, and the best for all of my studio families.  It's so hard.  So much to think about and pray about.  My brain is spinning.

Disney's FROZEN is a masterpiece!

Disney's done it again!  This time set with Hans Christian Andersen's "Snow Queen" story.  Frozen is set in Norway--close to our family's heart and heritage.  So, when we had the first opportunity, we took the kids to see the movie and it was amazing!  A true masterpiece!  I can't say enough about the music and the detail in the animation.  Stunning.  Truely.  Boone bought the soundtrack last night and we've all been listening since then.  I can't wait to find some time to go again.  I highly recommend this family flick for every age.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Product Review: The Wet Brush

Gwen, my 7 year old daughter, has been growing her hair out.  I can't say she has fine hair, but it's certainly not full.  She donated her hair to Locks of Love two years ago and she wants to be a "hair farm".  Her words.

Her hair is a tangled mess all the time and she doesn't do a very good job combing or brushing through it.  So there I am, a few times a day, brushing out what we call the "Simba Mane Mess".  It's been getting so bad that she's been toying with the idea of getting it cut into the bob that she had when she donated back in 2011.  I'm all for cutting and donating to Locks of Love, but it's just not long enough quite yet.  I like it overly long so we have a little extra to play with in styling her hair afterwards.

So the search began and the amazing Wet Brush was found.  I got mine at Sally's Beauty Supply Store, but it's also available directly from Wet, and on Amazon for the same price and there are way more color choices on Amazon.  I also saw them at my hairdresser's salon too.

They just look like regular old brushes, but OMG!  They're awesome!!!!!  Like a hot knife through butter, this brush just slides through.  The bristles are soft and let the hair slide through without breakage or pulling.  With brushing, you work through the snarls.   Super easy.  Happy kid.  Happy momma!  It can be used on wet or dry hair too.

They come in all sorts of colors, patterns and even wood!  I love the Wet Brush!!!!!  It has saved Gwen's mane and our mornings are going so much quicker and happier.  Long story short:  If you or your child is struggling with a tangled mane, the Wet Brush is worth every penny!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kinda liking this clean house business

We've worked so hard to get the house in "SHOWING" shape and I have to admit...I like the way it feels.  So clean.  So tidy.  Not having all that extra stuff around is freeing.  The kids are getting used to not having all that stuff around too.  I know that they'll be happy to have a few of their precious toys back, but I wonder if they'll be willing to part with a few of them once they're back.

Having showings every couple days or almost every day certainly keeps me on my toes and I'm always looking for something to clean (the floors especially), but it's working well and now that we've been doing it for over a week now, we're becoming a well-oiled machine.  Don't get me wrong.  I'd love to leave my floors a mess for a couple of days, but I told the realtors that I only need two hours notice.  The floors take about 30 minutes to wash and then I need another 30 minutes to just tidy up and get it all set.  15 minutes to pack up the car with our valuables and then start the movie projector and leave a little extra time to get out.

We just keep on working at it, but it's paying off.  Tomorrow is our first "Second Showing".  I'm not holding my breath, but it's something, right?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Selling your house is a weird form of torture.

We listed our house for sale today and I'm experiencing a whole new form a torture.  Selling a house with young children, two dogs, and a husband.  When we sold our old house over eight years ago, I don't remember it being this stressful, but Barrett was a baby and really didn't have "STUFF".  You know.  Lego tables, board games, Infinity, desks, twin-sized beds.  All that "stuff" that we now have for TWO kids and a guest room.  

We've really cleaned out a lot of our extra "stuff" and the house is looking great.  I wish we would have thrown a lot of this junk away a long time ago, and it always looked this nice.  We haven't even had a showing and I'm exhausted.  I'm still trying to sell some of the kids' clothes and books that will fetch a few bucks on eBay and I'm still trying to keep up with the kids, the two dogs, and the husband.  I think that I will be able to pay for all of Christmas with what I've gotten on eBay!  

Oh wait, then there's work too.  

So tired!  Yes, it has been confirmed.  Selling a house is a weird form of torture.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I took a shower with someone... then I commit murder.

I hopped into the shower this morning to be greeted by a HUGE spider between the shower liner and the curtain.  Okay, to me a HUGE spider is any kind of spider, but this one was HUGE!  Bigger than a quarter and it was all wiggly.  I freaked out and I screamed all crazy like a scene out of the movie Psycho.  For real.  It was good that the kids were at school because it was all crazy in the house.  I washed my hair with my eyes open and was out of there in record time.  I kept an eye on that spider the entire time I was in the shower.  All 45 seconds.

There I was running through my house wrapped in a towel for the vacuum, because HECK NO, I'm not gonna touch that thing with a tissue.  I got the vacuum and then I didn't know how I was going to get the stupid spider from between the liner and curtain.  I bumped the curtain into the tub, just in case the spider decided to jump for it and sure enough, it did.  I screamed so loud, I'm sure my neighbors heard me.  Of course, just as the spider dropped into the tub, I had some water from my hair run down my back.  Ahhhh!!!  I grabbed that vacuum hose and, I sucked the spider up and left the vacuum running for a good five minutes, just in case that spider decided to live.  OMG.

I hate spiders.  Sorry all you spider lovers and all you folks who catch spiders and release them into the world.  My philosophy is that if you don't pay rent, you're not allowed in.  With the exception of our two dogs, Lola and Sofie.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

It all better be worth it

I've worked so much and I've been still hacking with my nasty cough this weekend.  Plus, it's going to be a late night.  The upstairs it ALMOST done.  I can almost see it.  The stink of cleaning supplies is hanging in the air and all I really have left is the kitchen island and my desk.  (Not mentioning the floor which will be the last thing to get done.)

Then on to the basement.  Boone has been cleaning in the basement since yesterday.  I haven't gone down there, so really he could be playing video games and leaving it for me to have a late-night heart attack.  I'm assuming that he's been working on it.

I'm assuming it will all be worth it in the end.  The kids love their simplified rooms.  Wish we could keep it that way forever...maybe with some coaxing....a mom can dream.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

I just want to throw most of my stuff away

With our impending move, I've learned that I would like to throw most of our stuff way.  Okay, not most, but a good percentage of it.   Fresh start.  Clean this junk out!  Barrett is a hoarder and has a hard time letting stuff go.  Boone likes to pretend that he doesn't want to hold on to stuff, but he really does.  Gwen likes to hold on to stuff, but not as bad as the boys.  I'm not perfect, but I find that this move has been good therapy for me.  I wish I had more time to list stuff on eBay.  If I could just breeze through a bunch of listings, I would.  I just love the feeling of packing up a sold item and sending it on it's way.  I'm not making a whole lot on my resales, but, it's a heck of a lot better than the garage sale I had this summer.  Yeah, I won't do THAT again!

I keep chipping away at the "TO DO" List and Boone did almost all of the outside stuff today.  AWESOME!  Hopefully tomorrow is nice and he can stain a small part of the fence.  We have some stuff to finish up in the house, but we're on our way.

We want the house to sell, but we don't know WHAT we'll do when it does.  Rent an apartment or a house, I guess.  Adventures!