Thursday, April 30, 2009

Changes in our Home - Update with Pics

So, I mentioned in this post that I had to make some changes to survive the laundry dilemma. It's amazing how moving around furniture can make ALL the difference! What a blessing!

Okay, some pictures to share - some of these are even old as I've since made changes and will continue to do so as I find deals to complete my "vision." Below is one of the bookshelves we had in our old guest room (aka the Narnia room)
. This is where I am housing all my homeschooling materials and is the hands-off piece in the school/play room.

Oh- and we're making a magnetized chalkboard to put up on the wall to the left. That'll be my main teaching area.
This is our new office/family room. We got these two big pieces of furniture off Craigslist for free. Not fancy but it provides the storage we need. We opted to use our flat screen TV screen as our computer monitor so this is where we do computer work and watch videos. By the way, have I mentioned how we LOVE having a Mac? You can't even see our little Mini Cube it's so small!This is where most of the toys are stored. And the kids play with that dollhouse (free from friends in our Care Group!) EVERY day!
This picture shows that same toy area along with the kid bookshelf in the right corner and the Daddy-Mommy bookshelf on the left. Definitely want to move our books to the office when I find a great deal for the right bookshelf for the office!
Another view of the school/play room.
And this is another view of the office in real life during the day. Chaotic, no?

This is in the Clothes Room. This dresser used to be in our room till I needed to put the rocking chair somewhere in our room. On top of the dresser is junk in need of a home and in the big white container we're growing our veggies.
I also opted to put the changing table in the Clothes Room. This is where the kids now get dressed and undressed and changed. It going well. The blue basket on the bottom of the changing table is where I keep all the jammies, except PJ's. The kids do well getting their jammies out and putting them away.
And as you can tell, I did not choose a fancy system. My purpose was to spend as little as possible to make life as simple as possible. Each kid has 2 baskets and it goes in height order with the except of PJ again. She's the only one who doesn't select her own clothes each morning. I do think I'll have to add another shelf though as I'll need to make room for Baby #5 in the fall.
This is what our foyer looks like as I still go through clothes and try to scale down how much I hold on to and as I try to work through having multiple season's worth of clothing out due to our unpredictable weather.
Well, there's more to show but the kiddos are ALL down for a nap. A rare moment. I'm going to flat iron my hair and, God-willing, get a short nap as well! Do send you comments though. I'd love to know how other people handle the never-ending laundry deal!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Videos - PJ and Kadin

This was too cute to me. Paloma grooving to Kadin playing his music. Those two really do have a sweet connection.


And here's one more video of Paloma. This time it is Paloma squealing with delight as her Daddy gives her kisses from Sunday after church.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Paloma's Nine Months Old

Our Sweet Paloma Joy turned nine months on the 9th. She's growing so quickly! Here's a brief update of what she's up to...

Paloma wakes up consistently ~5:30 or 6am and chills in her room till one of her big brothers or sister opens the doors. It usually is Kadin who then yells down stairs to Daddy and I, "Mony 'wake! Mommy! Mony 'wake!"

Mony loves to crawl everywhere and is totally on all fours! She started crawling just before she turned 9 months old.
Paloma in the picture above just had her bath so her hair looks different than it usually does.
She's still a light weight. But, not a surprise. All of ours are on the smaller side. The drs. always try to get us to supplement with formula to beef her up but we think she's doing just fine. I did just (yesterday) give her some soy milk to try to get her to drink through a cup. She has done well and so hopefully we'll be able to transition her to drink milk from a cup later this spring / early summer.
And she continues to be a great eater! William even commented on how little baby food I've purchased this round and I'm certain is has much to do with her eating regular table food early and easily. We'll have her tested around her one year bday to see if she has the peanut and egg allergy like her brothers.
And though I don't post often, I do have video clips as well. Here's one to share with you of PJ in her crib not long ago.


And here's another random clip of Paloma making sweet sounds.


Finally, here's a clip of one of our loud afternoons when Daddy is home.


Nothing special. Just real life for us! Hope you all have a sweet weekend. We're looking forward to almost 70 degrees today! Yippee!!!!

Insults

My Quiet Times have revealed the following lately: I don't do well with insults.

The good news: God is so at work on me in this area!

I get lots of comments on "how many" kids I have all the time. Maybe that's why I try not to go out alone with them so often. The comments (or looks) usually come at the grocery store or the library, the only places I frequent on a regular basis.

My response has been nothing less than shameful, I am sorry to admit, though I have seen growth. This verse helped me realize this indeed is an area the Lord would have me call on Him and ask Him to help me in.

The vexation of a fool is known at once,
but the prudent ignores an insult. (Proverbs 12:16)

Why is it so bad to get angry when people "insult" (in quotes b/c often the comments/looks themselves are not insults but I take them that way) me? The answer to that is found in another good Proverb.

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. (Proverbs 14:29)

Friends, I do NOT have great understanding... yet. But I want to. And so I am on a mission to confess this nasty sin (which probably has it's root in pride and self-righteousness) and trust God to not stop until I am changed!

So, there you have it. God is using our family size to conform me more to His image! How kind of God to use our situations, different for each one of us and yet no less tough, exhausting, and multilayered, to make us more like Him.

And for the record, regarding our family size, the Lord (who alone controls the womb) has faithfully continued to do what He spoke to William and I early in our marriage, give us "a big family." And as we add kiddos to our family we realize how subjective "big" is! As William has said, "Five just doesn't seem like a lot anymore."