The week of Monday the 6th, was a busy week for me. Particularly Mon and Tue. I was trying to rearrange the house to meet out needs, can salsa, make soup for a soup pot luck that I attended, and it was my turn to watch the sweet neighbor boy. I was afraid we were going to loose him in our mess, but his mom was able to find him. Of course I put off making salsa all weekend, so it HAD to be done Mon. That morning while putting together IKEA furniture, I sliced my finger and that made chopping jalapenos and dicing tomotoes extra fun.
Here is the end result. I was pleased with how many jars I got, and my kitchen got cleaned too. The pile on the counter is a gift for Baby Simon, that I was happy to get in the mail on Fri.
This last month Desmond has moved into his own room. It has been bittersweet. I'm not sure if he was ready for the move, but our current arrangement was no longer working for us. We made his room fun with John Deere sheets, and a fun book shelf that is accessible from the bunk bed-full of fun reading material. There have been a couple of nights where Desmond has asked to sleep in our room, but for the most part the transition has went very smoothly. Jeff misses having him on the floor beside him, so this is where I will find Jeff some mornings. Sure glad this bunk bed comfortably fits two!
Our outdoor room turned into our nature room filled with rocks, bird books, binoculars, etc. Now that winter is approaching, I have been trying to winterize the outdoor room, which means it needs to come inside. The lovely stand (we call it the nature table) is from IKEA, and I love that you can choose if you want to add cupboards/drawers/baskets, and the placement is all your choosing.
I originally wanted the nature table in the living room because we use it all the time, and it is beautiful. We live in a cozy home, so everything must be very functional. I rearranged the house several times, and the nature table landed in Desmond's room, because it had the most extra space available.
In our living room, we have the craft table, which I wasn't willing to move b/c it gets used all the time.
We thought about combing the nature table and the Bible table. (Donating one of the shelves for our Bibles) We had the nature table here for a while, but missed our original arrangement, so into Desmond's room it went. Since our home is cozy, it really doesn't take that much longer to run to Desmond's room to grab the binoculars when we want to bird watch.
I just love the Kallax shelving system so much, that I got 2 and put the other one under Desmond's bunk. I love how organized this seem to make our house - which is another bonus when you live in a cozy house. Desmond in particular has never really played with toy toys, so I struggle a bit finding him activities. He does so well with his natural play and nature table, and now we are basically ready for winter.
If I have a little extra time in the day I throw something from the rotating toy box into the 'surprise basket'. The kids love this, and Desmond can tie a shoe now that he has practiced on the lacer from Uncle Mark.
After dropping brother off at K, Darla has been in the habit of chanting 'technology, technology, technology' as soon as we get home. I don't mind her being on the computer, but all the fussing to get on it was mild compared to the fussing that occurred when it was time to go pick up brother. It was too much fussing for this mom, so now she gets to do a 'preschool activity' and no more technology in the a.m. As you can see she misses it very much - not.