Well, one day she showed up with 5 baskets. One for each of the kids and one for Steven and I. This is what our stairs look like now.
|Our crap baskets, labeled for each of us.|
|The contents of Brianna’s basket: 1 pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of boots, 1 library book|
|The second set of steps leading to the upstairs hallway, and our vintage stairs basket.|
|I kept this one to put things in that make their way upstairs that belong|
|The view looking down the stairs.|
The other place in the house that tends to get uncontrolable very quickly is the hallway and linen closet. We have one solitary linen closet. That’s it! And oh how I hate our linen closet! It’s totally builders’ grade, nothing special, not functional.
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And like this:
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And one of my goals is definitely to keep the hallway free and clear like this:
For some reason the hallway always tends to get cluttered. And then toes get broken and curse words get thrown around. And heaven forbid we ever had a fire! A cluttered hallway could be deadly! Definitely an area to focus on this year. Plus, walking out of our room and seeing this in the morning, it kind of starts the day off peacefully!
Conquering the clutter…it takes awhile but I finally feel like we’re on the path to getting there. One room/area at a time!
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She made these bags for her daughters, one bag for each hour of their family’s New Years’ Eve party. Inside each bag was an activity for the family to do together. I loved this idea and decided to make up some bags myself. Using plan brown lunch bags, white cardstock, my Cricut machine and some markers I created 12 bags.
|Not nearly as cute..but they got the job done 🙂|
Inside each bag I placed an activity. The first one was a little bit of trickery on my part, but it needed to be done! lol
|It’s time to start the night off right, we don’t want you to scream or fight. Just run around and pick up those toys, so we can have fun and make lots of noise!|
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It defnitely took some self inspection to fill them out. Some of the questions were just downright hard! But it was a fun way to look back and think about the highs and lows of 2012.
|Our girl didn’t need any help-it’s kind of sad when they can start filling out things without your help! Except for the occasional “How do you spell ________?”|
And so the day/night continued on, opening a new bag every hour (or 2, in the case of the 4-5 o’clock hour when everyone laid down for naps and no one woke up til 5:30. Luckily the 5 o’clock hour was eating and the 6 o’clock hour was playing board games so we could do that and eat at the same time!)
We played some Wii games (bowling and Just Dance 3-what a workout!!!)
|This little guy is good! His first time ever playing Wii bowling and he bowled a 72!|
|The pile on the desk…the reason I am on an organization mission in 2013! lol Oh, and yes, that is a broken arm! I’ll have to share that story soon!|
|And that little thing…he’ll be 5 months old this week! Can you believe it!?!? I sure can’t!!!|
|This game totally wore me out! You don’t need an expensive gym membership! Just buy any of the Just Dance games!!|
We ate our favorite New Years’ Eve dinner…munchie foods! I made potato skins from scratch, something I am ashamed to admit I’ve never done before! They were so easy and sooo good! So much better than those frozen things from the store that are probably full of additives and preservatives and other yucky stuff that we are trying to cut out of our diet this year. We also had BBQ chicken wings, sausages, cheese, crackers, celery, carrots, cucumbers, dip, chips, and salsa. I contemplated making quesadillas, but thought we had enough. Don’t you think so?!?!
|Yummy, yummy homemade potato skins. I’ll never buy potato skins again! Too easy and too delicious to make on your own!|
|All the yummies!|
While we were eating, and after, we played a few games that the kids chose. The first was Headbandz. If you’ve never played this game I highly recommend it! It is a great family game and one that is very portable. We will be taking this camping this summer for sure!
|I think Jonah was trying to use his powers of ESP to figure out what was on his card! lol|
Our sweet baby boy! The time is going by way too quickly with him! It seems the more kids you have to faster the time goes! I’d love to slow it down just a little. He is just way to sweet and I’m sad to think that we are almost half way through his first year. Knowing he’s the last baby has made every smile, every cuddle, every everything that much more special, but it’s also made it a little bittersweet. Lasts are hard! Now I need some neices and nephews to spoil!(Yes, Samantha and Eric I am looking at you!) For those of you wondering if he really is our last the answer is a big, resounding yes! 5 pregnancies in 8 years have been very hard on my body and my emotional state. For the sake of our family we’ve made the decision that it’s best not to push our luck. I’m doing good right now but it’s been a battle at times and I’d rather not push it anymore. So for the sake of our family Eli is our final baby. It’s a little sad, but at the same time he has made everything feel so complete. We know it’s the best decision!
Another of our activities for the night included calling grandparents to wish them a happy New Year!
Finally, it was time to countdown! With the exception of Jonah’s little cat nap the kids made it all the way to midnight! I didn’t know if they would (let’s be honest, I didn’t know if I would at times!! lol) but they did. And it was so much fun to ring in the new year with all of us together as a family!
|10, 9, 8….|
|Happy New Year! Welcome 2013 (2013-how crazy is that!?!? And where is my flying car?!?! Just sayin’!)|
|After midnight snuggles! Yup, even the baby was up!|
|And just a few days after New Years baby came down with RSV and an ear infection. The tears you see here we thought were from teething. Turns out not!|
|But after a little Tylenol the smiles were back!|
We had a wonderful New Years’ Eve together! The bags definitely helped pass the time quickly. We commented often how it seemed like hours were going so fast. It was time for a new activity before we knew it. If we end up doing a family New Years again this year we will definitely be doing this again! It was a huge hit! But we were all ready for a good nights’ sleep not long after 2013 showed up. There may or many not have been a little snoring!
Happy 2013 my friends! 2012 was a great year for us, but here’s hoping 2013 will be even better!