I’m trying out some new blogging software that will hopefully make blogging quicker and easier. I don’t have much time to get a post out and if I’m going to keep blogging I need some help! So for fun and to try this new platform out, I’ve put a few of the things that are on my Christmas wishlist. Most of the items I’ve asked for are for the home (and half are sold out!). I need some organizing help and I really would like to redo my pantry. Anyway, we’ll see how this goes. What’s on your Christmas Wish list?
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Fiiiiinalllllyyyy…. a real post!
Welcome friends to a Christmas stop at our house. I wish I could have you over for a Christmas party with fun Christmas tunes, fancy appetizers, and champs. Or just frothy lattes and Christmas cookies.
Throughout the years, we’ve documented our Christmas home and Christmas traditions on the blog and it would be sad not to capture what life was like in the Everett household for “Baby’s first Christmas”.
However, I don’t have the time to make sure the house is 100% in order, or a minute to even capture it if it was! So… there are no “professional” looking images (even if I tried there wouldn’t be anyway), kids are probably in the background, and more than half could be from Instagram Stories.
Anyway, all we want is some lights, a bunch of cozy, and memories.
Sometimes I feel like doing a red Christmas. For a couple of years we even did a blue Christmas theme (not sure why now!) but this year everything is pretty creams with a touch of natural elements and metallics.
These trees remind me of ones I saw in our hotel in Paris. I searched high and low to try and recreate what I had seen and finally found something similar from Target a couple of years ago.
I didn’t really go all out and decorate the entire house from top to bottom. I LOVE it when people do, and I would LOVE to visit your house if you do so! I’m feeling like we have so much stuff and it gets even crazier at Christmas.
Just look at all these stockings!
Our Elf on the Shelf is back- Sparkle. She’s not a very fancy elf, she mostly hangs from things and makes messes. But, the kids still ask each year when she is returning and they race from their beds each morning to find her.
Last year Brooklyn & Ella used their own money to start their very own Christmas villages. We are up to four houses now (almost a village) and I convinced them to set it up in the school room so we could all enjoy them.
Always prettier at night
We are doing the Giving Manger again along with She Reads Truth Advent cards. Love love love both.
Last but not least, you’re shown the door. Literally. The baby is up from her nap and I have to finish this post, probably even before proofing.
Oh well! At least I blogged!
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to write. The last six months have been challenging and wonderful and full, very full. I haven’t had time to do a lot of things, like personal time, exercise, or blog. Thank you friends for being patient with me. Tomorrow, Colette turns 6 months old. How can she already be half a year old? There were so many things that I thought would be easy, but honestly they haven’t been. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I had dreamed that maybe life wouldn’t be so drastically different. And, you know, that’s ok. So… here we are. An update and some cute pictures from our recent session with sweetmint. More to come hopefully sooner rather than later.
Monday, May 09, 2016
When you have 6, almost 7, people living under one roof things can get out of control in a hot minute. When everyone leaves out just 2 or 3 things that leaves ME tracking down 21 items that need to be put away. I think my children will one day taunt me with phrases I’ve been known to say on a daily basis. Such as, “WHY AM I THE ONE PICKING THIS MESS UP, IT’S NOT EVEN MY STUFF!”. Do you ever get that feeling when you look around your house, and feel like every single room and closet is just full of STUFF?! It’s suffocating. The thought of another child’s things, and babies do have a lot of things, leaves me with no small amount of heart palpitations. Just kidding. Kind of.
My kids are actually very well trained and they do their fair share of helping out. Still, it’s necessary to have some systems in place that make life easier. Some organizing rules that help us:
1. Touch it once. If it comes in the house deal with it then. Don’t put it in a pile to be dealt with later.
2. Everything has a home. I hate the feeling of shoving things into places they aren’t permanently going to remain.
3. Be responsible for your own things. Everyone from 4 to 40 needs to take care of their own stuff.
So, here are a few ways we actually maintain order.
I’ve been wanting to do a refresh in their bathroom for awhile, so one Saturday prior to bed rest I raided a couple closets and 15 minutes later (plus a couple Target trips afterwards) they got a mini makeover. Some day, we will tear out the linoleum and dated light fixture but for now, things look better.
Here is the before in case you were wondering
The green is gone and I went all white. Now, I know white everything is kinda trendy right now and might not seem like a practical solution for 5 kids, but here are my thoughts on that.
1. Everyone in the house now has a white towel. There is no distinction between our 3.5 bathrooms.
2. White towels are easy to bleach. There is a reason hotels use white towels too.
3. When it comes down to laundry day (more on that later) it’s easier putting things away. All the towels can be done at once, there is no white/dark loads.
4. For the most part, as long as I keep up on laundry it helps things look “clean”.
The boys towels are on the towel rack and they girls towels are hanging behind the door in case anyone was counting.
Next, the tooth brush drawer. I can’t tell you how gross it is to open a drawer and see toothpaste and dried spit x’s 4 crusted on every surface.
It also gave my germaphobic self some fear to know that their toothbrushes were all intermingling amongst each other.
So, here you go. Everyone has their own box with fresh from the dentist supplies. Even Colette, who technically doesn’t even have teeth yet, has their own place. Hopefully, this will result in not only a cleaner more organized system but better oral hygiene as well. One can pray.
Thankfully, laundry has never really been that big of a headache for us, because we’ve put some good systems in place.
1. Everyone has their own basket. From Brian to Colette, we each have our own “bag” and it’s easy to tell when someone needs to do their laundry.
2. Each person is basically assigned a laundry day. Mondays- R&L. Tuesday/Wednesday- Brooklyn or Ella depending on if they need it. Friday- usually Brian or I and/or towels, etc.
3. Everyone, yes EVERYONE is responsible for their own laundry. Both the girls do their own laundry from start to finish. The boys help me with theirs and they do their own sorting/help with putting it away.
4. Sheets are washed at the beginning of every month. Please don’t judge me too harshly on that. If they are dirty they get washed more frequently.
Some of my kids aren’t tall enough to reach the sink and the water dispenser on the refrigerator makes a mess, so as seen in a previous post we keep water out on the counter. Next to that is this handy six slot caddy that holds everyone’s cup. Each of us gets one cup (well not exactly true for Brian &I) for the day. The kids all know where their slot is and are responsible for putting their cup back in it’s place. This saves us a lot of extra dishes and random cups laying around that who knows, who it belongs too. Maybe it’s my my germaphobe personality but I don’t like the kids sharing cups.
I probably could go on about kids’ rooms, shoes, memory boxes, photos, etc. Maybe, I’ll save that for another post!
Sunday, May 01, 2016
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this post will be worth at least a million! I went through my iPhoto library and pulled a bunch of pictures that I might add to her baby book, should I actually get started on it. This is an unedited authentic look at these past 8 months. These past 34 weeks have been an interesting emotional journey and I can say with certainty we are ready for our little Colette and looking forward to the addition she’s going to be to our family.
A surprise Paris trip in September leads to an even bigger surprise a few weeks later.
We chose to reveal the news to the kids on a special bench where we’ve launched butterflies and started many many walks from.
Brooklyn is in shock (like us!) and Ella cried tears of joy.
After some early bleeding we were happy to see her on our first early ultrasound.
The perfect gift and maternity shirt from a friend.
The 20 weeks ultrasound revealed a healthy (thank you Lord) little girl.
Brian has a 21 days around the world trip in February.
Not your typical before/after shot. Ha ha.
A sweet Parisian style lunch with my sisters.
One of my last 7 mile hikes. Holy contractions on those hills!
Colette’s is almost ready for her arrival.
Feeling so sick and awful after hour one of the three hour glucose test.
Blood Sugar monitoring (again) Dang!
A very unexpected hospital stay after preterm labor and bleeding.
A sweet bonus was getting an ultrasound and seeing Colette’s chubby cheeks.
After 4 days we were released to come home on bed rest.
Not the “baby” for much longer, I think Lawson missed me! I’ll take every snuggle I can get before my boys all the sudden seem so big and grown up.
Beautiful, thoughtful, humbling, gracious meals from friends. I had thought I could do this whole pregnancy and recovery on my own this time, after needing so much help with the boys’.
What’s coming up? I have some additional testing and monitoring in the next few weeks that may determine an earlier due date for baby. Until then, we are hanging here at home!