Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Reason To Be Joyful!

One of my best friends called me today. I haven't seen her for at least three months. She told me she is pregnant with twins! I am so very happy. I screamed and cried and then screamed and cried a little more.

They have been trying for so many years. She has watched me go through my last two pregnancies. She has always been a great friend. She has loved my children even through all her pain and disappointments. Sometimes I even felt guilty. Why did God choose to bless me three times over and my friend had to suffer so much pain? I don't know the answer as to why it was so hard for her. I do know that God has His reasons in His own time.

I'm just so happy right now that I want to shout it out to the world!

I think I will start knitting tonight! I have knitting for twins duty and they will be born right in the middle of a cold NY winter!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Still a FlyBaby!

Okay, so maybe I don't stick to the program 100%. I may be a flybaby for the rest of my life. The truth is though, if I even do 25% of the recommended program, then my house is cleaner than it was before!

If you struggle with keeping your house organized and uncluttered like I do, try the FlyLady. It is an easy, gradual program to declutter your home and love yourself for it! Once you shine that sink for the first time, you will see what the program can do for your home and your self confidence.

This program comes highly recommended by me, someone who has been living in CHAOS for many years.

If I keep decluttering my home, I may have to change the name of my blog. Never!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

This Summer's Big Project

Each year we try to concentrate on one big project. The year before last we did a complete remodel on the kitchen in our previous home. Last year we didn't really have a project because we had a new baby (she was the project) and we were house hunting.

This year we are scraping and painting our new home. It is quite the job. I don't think anyone has ever scraped this porch. We have counted 10 layers of paint. We are finding details in the woodwork that we didn't know existed because they were covered by the thickness of multiple paint layers.

It's a good thing we have such great help!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

100th Post

This is my one hundredth post to my blog. I know I'm supposed to post 100 things about myself. I really don't think there are 100 things that anyone would want to sit and read about me. It's just not that interesting.

If you want to know about me, take a close look at these pictures. These girls are my babies. They are everything about me. I live my life for them. I am proud of them. If my one hundredth post should be dedicated to anyone, it's them. They are all of my heart and soul.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Feeling of Accomplishment

It's not often that I feel like I got a lot done in a day. Between taking care of the children, cooking, cleaning and homeschooling, i am a frazzled mess each day. Fortunately for me, there are more hours of daylight now and I get more done now. I love warmer weather and working outside.

I started a garden and am so excited at the prospect of fresh veggies. We have broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, green peppers, other colored peppers (carnival mix), jalapenos, beets, potatoes and green beans. I also planted a row of sunflowers so we will have seeds too.

I am also starting to compost. Hopefully it works as well as they say. That is a project for tomorrow.

Today we cut down a row of 6 small trees that did not fair well from our April 16th snow storm. They fell over from the weight of the snow. We tied them up hoping that they would recover but it did not work. Only one of them got any new growth this year and that one would not stand up again. We also dug out the stumps and I planted azalea bushes in each hole. Today was the first time I've ever dug out a tree stump and hopefully it is the last time. Each tree stump was approximately 3 inches in width and the roots were solid. I broke the handle of one shovel right off. I bought a second shovel with a fiberglass handle. It worked much better.

Well the job is done. The azalea bushes don't look quite as stately as the trees did before the snowstorm. They do look better than the trees did after the snowstorm. Out with the old, in with the new!