Last Week at the Blue House of Joy

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In between the arm breaking and fall festival shopping craziness, things still did get done around here.

  • I got a plastic dresser from the clearance rack at Wal-mart (bright turquoise) for Greg’s closet and got his stuff moved over and Ben’s moved down. Now they have a shared Treasure Drawer and Ben has three drawers for clothes and so does Greg. I’d show you a photo, but it’s kind of boring in there.
  • I made my lunch drawer happen, even though it wasn’t on the Official List. Nick and I had a discussion about the plastic ware and where it needed to live (my answer: Goodwill. his answer: in the kitchen) : it’s gone into the top cupboards with the regular stuff. Some of the  stuff was removed from several categories and will be making its way to Goodwill this week: mugs we didn’t care about, bowls that didn’t fit our needs, lunch drink containers that ended up not being as leak-proof as advertised.
  • A tall bookcase arrived for David’s room, so he has room for the books that came out of my room (for his age and interests). We still need to get that moved in and the top of the old shelf arrangement mounted on the wall above his dresser for his Lego creations. The old shelf may go to its forever home in the garage.
  • I have plans for the garage. Oh yes. Plans that are not fully envisioned yet. But I did start work on making it tidier for the present. (For the future, I would like to take in half the garage and make a “project” room or -even bigger dream- the whole garage and move the master bedroom over there and let each kid have his own room. Nick would like to think on these further. Poor Nick.)
  •  Last, but not least, I got my lovely, lovely, lovely electric teakettle for a feast gift from my sister-and-brother-in-law. Isn’t she gorgeous?

Happy New Years 2014!

We were all a little under the weather for New Years Eve this year. We were tired, the parties we wanted to go to were far off, and to be honest, home sounded really good this year…

Setting off some small fireworks to get the night started.

Setting off some small fireworks to get the night started.

I threw the party together in about 45 minutes. I started with a run to the dollar store for supplies: small little doodads for goodie bags, a fresh glue stick, some ribbon, and some discounted glittery balls for the Photo Booth…

Some of our New Years Eve goodies.

Some of our New Years Eve goodies.

I made some treat bags with paper lunch sacks (we have to get a whole bag every year for school and end up using three) clocks downloaded from the internet, and lots of fun!

The garland we made last week at Grandma's house is now complete!

The garland we made last week at Grandma’s house is now complete!

Opening the first goodie bag of the night.

Opening the first goodie bag of the night.

We were going to use some Photo Booth supplies I’d picked up ages ago at Wal-mart, but when I couldn’t find them, Nick reminded me that I’d donated them to a church pre-teen event (I never saw photos from that, btw!)

Our own little Photo Booth.

Our own little Photo Booth.

We loved glittering up these photo booth props. (We found them online and cut them out ourselves.)

We loved glittering up these photo booth props. (We found them online and cut them out ourselves.)

David said I couldn't post this to facebook, but he never said I couldn't post it on my blog! Bwahaha!

David said I couldn’t post this to facebook, but he never said I couldn’t post it on my blog! Bwahaha!

Trying out the photo booth myself.

Trying out the photo booth myself.

Nick said he was watching football, but slept through most of the evening.

Nick said he was watching football, butslept through most of the evening.

We loved the sentiment this sign displayed, so we printed one of our own.

We loved the sentiment this sign displayed, so we printed one of our own.

All our snacks came from a Christmas present from Grandma

All our snacks came from a Christmas present from Grandma

Another hour, another goodie bag. I made them all out of things found at the dollar store.

Another hour, another goodie bag.

Even with hourly goodie bags, the evening dragged on, so we watched Harry Potter while we waited for the countdown.

Movie watching time!

Movie watching time!

Finally it’s time for the big countdown!

The end of the evening and the last of the mini fireworks.

The end of the evening and the last of the mini fireworks.