Disney Vacation (pt5)

The conclusion of our Disney trip… from September, yes, I’m totally on top of it! 😉 The final Disney Day we didn’t have a Magic Morning, which was kinda nice actually cause we could take our time getting awake and at em. However, months of waking up early to milk goats often keeps me from sleeping in even when the opportunity arrises! And one of my children has maybe slept in 3 times in his entire life. 😉 So we had a mommy/son date at Starbucks in Downtown Disney while everyone else slept! It was fun! Fun Fall themed decor at the front gates to Disney Land! Taking selfies with my lads while we wait for the gates to open. You may, or may not, notice that I dress the kids alike when we’re at Disney. It’s so I can keep track of just one color. Of course, it kinda backfired because Ella wanted to wear her princess dress 2 days in a row, but at least with the boys I knew to keep my eyes peeled for the bright orange shirts. 🙂 Ella and her beloved rental stroller. 😉 I love Main Street! I could sit here and absorb the atmosphere and be totally happy for some time! This day I made sure that Ella got to meet some of the princesses!! We weren’t about to stand in an hours long line for a ticket to see Ana and Elsa, but we did get to see some of the others and Ella was thrilled!! I confess that these were some of the moments I was most looking forward to from the moment we decided to take the kids to Disney this year! The “courtiers” that escorted us in to see the princesses did a big flourishing bow to Ella and she responded by curtseying like her cousin Helen taught her! It was so fun!! I liked the Merida princess best of all. She was outside under a little umbrella, but she took time to talk (with her lovely Irish brogue) to each girl who came to see her. It was very sweet! Be brave my little, Ella! I love that you are such a sweet little princess! We rode on top of a double decker street car down Main Street! They were growing cabbage all over Disney!! Made me want to ask what they planned to do with them. 😉 Farmer girl here! Small World! Everyone’s favorite ride.... read more

This Old House

It’s pretty taboo to complain about a decent house when so many people live in substandard homes. Ours keeps us warm, has a lot of space, is so much more than what a lot of people have. And let me just say that I do have a thankful heart for the house that God has provided for us. It has allowed us to live debt free, and for that I will always be thankful! But… It’s far from my dream house for sure. It’s been a “project” for the 8 years we’ve lived in it and it’s still a project. There is painting that needs to be done, unfinished walls and siding, floors that need a LOT of attention. Those are cosmetic issues that likely will change one day. I don’t know what day that will be but it’ll be one of them. I’ve found it increasingly hard to function in this house. I become overwhelmed by the piles of junk that just end up everywhere. Granted we have 5 kids and clutter is going to happen. But it just seems to compound till I can barely breathe, never mind figure out how to deal with the problem. Since there’s not much I can do about the constant state of project that the house is in I’ve decided to take drastic measures and work on the contents of the house. Some of the biggest issues is that stuff just doesn’t have a “place.” And you know the mantra “a place for everything and everything in it’s place.” That’s a good one. When stuff doesn’t have a good place then it means there’s too much stuff. I ran across a blog post someone did about how to have a clutter free home in 8 weeks. I’m taking that challenge! The basic idea is that you spend 30 minutes a day (minus weekends) for 8 weeks. Focusing daily on different areas of your house and getting rid of 10 things a day. By the end of the 40 days there will be 400 fewer things cluttering your life! How’s that for awesome!?! I’m excited about it. I’ve known for awhile that I needed to hunker down and just get things purged, but again the overwhelm of the enormity of the task just gets me down. Anyone can do 30 minutes a day!! So I’m jumping in on Monday with this 8 week challenge! I’m looking forward to a less stressful environment... read more