Posted in Around the House, Books, Crafts, Family Time, Lifelong learning, My Own Personal Weirdness, Parenting

Happy President’s Day

We’ve had quite a day here. My eldest son hit a golf ball with a baseball bat and it went straight through the kids bedroom window. The glass company said they’d be here in less than 2 hours, but it took many phone calls and 7 hours for them to get here. Delightful, really. I made a list of good things about all this in my head all day long, to counteract the screaming, hysterical woman in my head. Such fun.

So anyways, since it was President’s Day and I’m a theme-loving kind of gal, we had a whole day of fun planned.

First we played Animal Crossing. We like taking care of our little town and I think it’s good that this game teaches them to take care of the environment with the recycling center and to pull all the weeds and take care of planting all around and not just in their own little places. It’s fun!

Then, for second breakfast, we had what I like to call “The Color of Money Muffins” which were green muffins with multicolored sprinkles inside to mimic the dollars that Presidents adorn. They were chocolate orange flavored. Yumm.

The kids played outside, which is when the glass thing happened.

After cleaning up all the glass and moving around furniture and cleaning up all the toys we found under said furniture, we made George Washington-style hats to wear around the rest of the day and also made cherry trees out of craft paper and yet more of the little red pom-poms leftover from Christmas.

Another thing we did was a game called “Ask the Kids.” The first question: If you could be president for a day what would you do?
D: make some laws, like going green and saving animal habitats.
B: wanted to save the animals, too, by checking if they were okay. for people, he wanted to have floating chairs for all the elderly people, the kind that don’t have to be pushed by anyone and that float high enough that it would be easy for them to get in and out of cars easily.
G: didn’t want to be president. he wanted to be a robber and steal peoples clothes (?!?!?!) or, even BETTER, to be a Jedi and battle the droids.

The second question: What do you think the President of the USA does all day?
D: He stays in his office and works on paper and passes the laws.
B: WORK! He works all day!
G: I don’t know. Maybe he writes to his friends every day.

The third question: Why do we have a president?
D: So we can stay free from other countries. In the beginning people wanted George Washington to be King, but he said “No, I want to be President.”
B: He’s here so we don’t get robbed or anything. He makes laws to help us.
G: (ran off & had to be dragged back) Because someone needs to do some work.

The kids left for a while after all this to hang out with my parents while the glass man came…or didn’t come, as happened for several hours. I crawled around their room with a light, checking for glass in unexpected places (it was still everywhere, despite vacuuming, because we have Berber carpet in that room), and did laundry, and entertained B when he came back because the Lord of the Rings cartoon was too scary.

We were also going to make cherry tarts today, but since we didn’t make it to the grocery, that has to wait until tomorrow, I guess. For storytime tonight we read some of our President books: “Arthur Meets the President” by Marc Brown, “Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln” by Judith St. George & illustrated by Matt Faulkner, and “Sesame Street: I Want to be President” by Michaela Muntean and illustrated by Tom Brannon. We really recommend the Sesame Street one, as it explained the best what a president actually does. The Abe Lincoln one is really good, too, but we’re not done with it yet, as it’s a very long one. The Arthur one is mainly Arthur-ish, but still good.

Anyway, hope everyone else had a great President’s Day! 🙂

Posted in My Own Personal Weirdness, Organizing

After the organizing was done…

So Kristal over at Kansas City Cristal wanted us to do an “AFTER ORGANIZING PARTY!” and I totally forgot that yesterday was Groundhog’s Day until someone in the house mentioned it this morning, so I’m just now getting around to taking my pictures.  I actually don’t have a whole lot to show you, as we really haven’t changed up anything too terribly much since the organizing took place.  I did wander around and look in all the drawers and closets, though, and will share some of the funnier things I found.

  • Day One: The Junk Drawer: I chose the kitchen junk drawer.  When I went back to look in it this morning I discovered something surprising: we have a new bright yellow microplane grater WITH A HANDLE!  I am totally surprised and completely happy about this, as our old one was just one long stick of grating, no place to grab on.  What a lovely surprise from my husband!  🙂

  • Day Two: The Computer Desk: This one I have a photo for:

  • Day Three: The Tupperware Cabinet:  Nothing new here, people.  My kids are so happy that they can find their stuff each morning that they make sure to keep this area tidy.
  • Day 4 – Linen Closet: This one looks a little different.  It had come to my attention that my decorating style had become less a style and more a “let’s see how much of the stuff I love I can get out on the shelves at once.”  So I started decluttering out in the living room a bit, then moved bit by bit through the house, taking 1 out of every 4 items down (or more).  I have to say that I really like the difference it made in the house.  The thing is that all this stuff, when it’s not out, lives in the linen closet.  So I tried to put it away neatly, like with like, and this is how it looks right now:

All of those places on Days 5-8 look exactly the same as the organization day.  I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to keep it all up.  🙂

Well, you saw in my post a couple days ago, we’ve redone the boys room.

Days 10-16 are all the same as well.  A few things added, a few things taken away, you know how it goes.  People use up one thing, another takes its place.  🙂

  • Day 17 – The Mail: This area got added to:


  • Day 18 – Keepsakes: These are still being worked on.  I have had a lot of difficulty going through and tossing cute kids stuff over the years, so there is just so much to go through.  Here are the notebooks I’ve made so far, neatly lined up in the living room so people can look at them whenever they want to:

I'm trying to go through another years worth of stuff each week, so I'll be done, umm, 6 weeks from now. But it's a manageable schedule for me, which means it'll get done.



Day 19 & 20 haven’t changed either.  🙂

  • Day 21 – You pick!: I picked our “Room of Requirement,” as everything extra from the organizing had been dumped there.  It looked pretty good after I was done with it, but it has improved a little bit on one side since you last saw it:

I changed out the blanket (going to make a cushion out of this fabric, but for now it's just draped) and added frames from the linen cabinet that I painted to match each other for a frame collage (my favorite is the mirror, which had been dark green & gold splatter-painted).


So there it is.  All still good and organized, which is a good thing because we’re having company over tomorrow and I need to focus on cleaning the areas that people actually see now.  🙂