Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Clean Windows & Progress

I haven't had much time to post, between launching my Grubbies 3 CD, running 1HourScrap, and working like mad to get our house ready for sale. I think I've taken my last load to storage (knock on wood) and I'm ready to do the thorough cleaning and the last de-cluttering of our hot spots -- mostly our desks, our mail-sorting area and the tops of our dressers. We've also got a pile of home improvement tools & stuff that we've been using and that need to be put away.

The biggest lift, though, was yesterday, when a good friend watched the boys during the twins' nap (thank goodness they still take one once in a while!). I attacked the sewing/storage room and cleaned it all out. The window in there was driving me nuts. Our windows are all 40+ years old and this one had hard water stains on it from the sprinklers that seemed impossible to get off. Hooray for Google, though, as I found out that vinegar works on hard water stains. It still took a lot of elbow grease, but now I can walk in that room and look out the window into the backyard and feel such accomplishment.

Today, I'm going to clean all the other windows. Most of them shouldn't be as hard, though. I also hope to clean off my side of the desk and give the kitchen a thorough cleaning.

Monday, May 08, 2006

How neat is this?

I wasn't looking forward to scrapbooking our vacation; so many photos, so much time, but I realized I needed to get those memories written down before I forgot them. But here's the best part -- all 8 pages here took me about an hour and a half, and most of that time was spent decided just which photos deserved to be in the scrapbook!

My secret? http://www.1hourscrap.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_10&products_id=263 Mish Gasser's "Feel the Magic" album at www.1HourScrap.com -- She's so talented, and I love how my photos look in this album. I love that even as busy as I am, I can preserve our family's memories quick & fast. Of course I'm biased, but I'm so excited about all the QuickPages at 1HourScrap.

And doesn't my family look happy, by the way?

Friday, May 05, 2006

When did this kid grow up?

Joey went to Kindergarten Round-up today. He's so excited and he'll do well, but where did my baby go?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mary or Martha?

Well, I had an interesting day today, as I scurried from one errand or task to another, trying to get a ton done, and feeling more overwhelmed in the process. I DID get a lot done today, but didn't feel very satisfied or happy, until the last half-hour, when I took some time to wind down and remember the most important things in my life. I took some time alone and read through some talks given at my Church's last General Conference. As I did so, I felt inspired to do more to improve the atmosphere and love in our home, and I felt renewed and excited about life again.

As I thought about this experience, I realized that I was being too much like Martha in the following story from Luke 10:

"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

I think many times I am too "cumbered about" with my to-do lists and plans, and forget to take the quiet moments to think about the direction of my life and family. I'm grateful that tonight I took some quiet time to remember "that good part." A can-do attitude is wonderful, but life is more than a series of to-do lists, and I'm grateful for that reminder tonight.

So much to do, so little time . . .

Everything in life happens at once, doesn't it? Our house is progressing well -- they should pour the basement floor today, then the framers start tomorrrow. I'm so excited to see it coming together. I was the one who designed the home, from the location of the bathrooms to the size of the closets and location of sinks. We did take my designs to an architect to draw up, but really, the house is my dream coming to reality.

In the meantime, we've decided we're putting this home on the market in about two weeks. My dad is coming down for 3 days next week to help us do the last-minute work to get the house ready for sale. It sure seems like the list is growing longer, from simple things like getting the windows washed, weeding, and fixing a gate, to bigger things like molding in the kitchen, a new gutter, and total decluttering. The decluttering is mostly left up to me, and I don't look forward to it. I already took a ton of stuff to storage a few months ago, but now I've got to decide what furniture goes & clean out all the closets. Wish me luck. We've also been painting inside yesterday and today, so I get the fun chore of keeping the kids away from the paint mess. =)

All of this is interfering with my more fun work -- I'm almost done with another Grubbies CD, but I can't seem to find the hour or two I would need to finish it. I'm also having lots of fun with 1HourScrap, but I've got a to-do list there, too. Not to mention I have a million pictures to scrapbook, and I can't seem to find the time for that, either. But I 'm going to have a good, fulfilling day today, and I'm hopeful I'll make a dent in all those to-do lists.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

California Vacation

We survived! Those with lots of little ones (or even just twins) will realize what a major accomplishment we just experienced -- my family spent 9 days in Southern California, visiting Sea World, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Universal Studios, and 3 days at Disneyland. What's more, we arrived home with the SAME 5 kids we left with. No lost kids, very little complaining or whining, & lots of fun. I hope to post more later, but here's some fun pictures.


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