Saturday, November 22, 2014


Even though this photo is not the best~
I had to post it because...
We are all SO thankful baby Original is home for Thanksgiving!
{Super thankful when they ALL get here}

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mindcraft Crazies~

These girls rock Mindcraft on their Ipads.
It makes me dizzy headed to watch them... vertigo sets in. :O
Also a new Fav is Toca Nature... actually ALL the Toca games are awesome!
Happy weekend!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ben Curtis Day again~

Yesterday we all went out to spend the day with BC
and he was SO awesome... all over the place and sitting up~
 Favorite thing was the Christmas tree and crawling under the coffee table!
Everyone loved playing with him, holding him,
and holding him!
BC we adore you and can't wait for the next day with you!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Works for Us Wednesday~ {Household Chores}

Benjamin Franklin once said...
"An ounce of prevention saves a pound of cure."
I believe this is super advice when it comes to Household Chores.

An ounce of prevention at our house means...
~everything has a home and when done, put it back
~toys belong to the kids, kids have rooms, toys stay in that room
(I do let them bring toys to living area but have to be playing with them
and can only have one thing at a time... saves a lot of 'cure')
***Plenty of things to do around the house***
~School shelf, drawing, legos/magnaformers, activity cabinet in family room,
closet with home library, and shelves full of art supplies)~
~tidying throughout the day reduces clutter at end of the day
~keep all surfaces clean and clutter free
(sure makes cleaning a lot faster)
~touch things one time... mail (trash or pay pile), 
dirty dishes (put in dishwasher NOT sink), 
shoes (basket for every two people), etc.
Instead of a pound of cure where JUNK is everywhere!!!

Keeping things picked up each day
makes the cleaning time much quicker and more efficient
which Works for US!!!
Procrastination is not helpful at all!

Household Chores: {2 Trains of Thought}
  1. Clean in Segments (a little each day) OR
  2. Clean All at Once
Either way, a schedule can help make this big job a little smoother...
  • Monday~ Declutter and Tidy from the Weekend
  • Tuesday~ Floor: Vacuum all floors
  • Wednesday~ Dust all Surfaces
  • Thursday~ Bathrooms
  • Friday~ Vacuum/Mop Floors if needed
  • Saturday and Sunday~ Clean All @ Once if didn't clean each day
I am not hard core either way 
because different weeks makes for different schedules.
If we are going to be home most every day, I most likely clean in segments whereas if it is a week like last week, I end up cleaning all in one day.
I spend time teaching the littles how to help with the everyday chores 
and for the most part they are happy to help. 

I think sharing the ownership in our living space
helps them feel important in keeping it tidy.
~Teach them expectations.
~Do it right along side them.
~Clean as they finish playing.

3 Zones
~1. Floors: I usually vacuum on Tuesdays for the big floor cleaning. We use a swiffer vacuum on our kitchen floor and hardwoods almost everyday. I only mop every other week unless needed more.
  • I have taught EK and SJ how to use the big vacuum and they most always vacuum the upstairs for me. The boys and little girls take turns running the swiffer vacuum at night after dinner.
~2. Bathrooms: I have a caddy that holds all my cleaning supplies and can be easily carried to each bathroom. The BEST cleaning tool I use is a fillable brush: half vinegar and half dawn dishwashing soap... just scrub and rinse. I also use straight vinegar on my shower doors and strips them clean. 
***Best Shower Idea~ Spray it down and leave it until you are ready for a shower then clean while you are in there... couldn't be easier!
  • The littles are responsible for using a baby wipe to clean the sink when they brush their teeth and dry the counter after they wash their hands.
  • {Baby wipes are your friend! I keep them in each bathroom for a quick clean such as toothpaste in the sink or yuck on rim of toilet} 
  • I also keep clorox wipes behind toilets for times when I need to sanitize.

~3. Surfaces~ Dusting and Declutering: Gonna be honest... I use a swiffer duster and hardly ever pull out the pledge. 
Beds are a surface as well and making them up each day makes for a WAY cleaner room (takes one minute)!
  • The littles love helping with this chore (everyone has their own wand). 
  • We sometimes just put socks over both hands and wiped down furniture too.
  • Keeping counters and sink wiped down makes a huge difference for things being clean and only takes about a minute with a windex wipe.
There was a time when I worked out of the home full time and paid someone to clean my house. 
To be honest, I cleaned before they came and they never met my expectations. 

There are weeks when I am overwhelmed 
and I don't get everything done. I'm okay with that!!! 
Having the support of my family is huge. 
I would be remiss if I didn't mention my awesome husband who pitches in 
with anything that needs to be done when I ask! 
Couldn't do life without you!!!

Other jobs my kids help with~
~Loading and unloading the dishwasher
~Emptying trashcans around the house
~Making up their beds every morning
~Keeping their things picked up and put away
~Cleaning up after school and playtime

Remember that phrase for last week:
Work smarter, not harder!?
I hope something shared might make your Household Chore time
run a little smoother and grace your home with less stress.
PLEASE share what Works for You... 
I would LOVE to hear!!!

Next Week: Menu Planning and Grocery Shopping

The following system is exactly what the title describes~
What Works For Us... Our Family
but maybe through my words and posts,
 there might be something helpful shared. 
PS... I am a system and procedural kind of girl so my house runs better
if we have a system in place.
There is no guessing what's to be done or how it will be done.
That makes for a more relaxed and restful home, I believe.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Days are Shorter~

SO... they have made a train to Crazytown and I bought a ticket. LOL

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Book of Blessings~

I had put off ordering our blog books all year long...
and today our 2013 book arrived in the mail.
I can't tell you how excited we all were to relive all the memories recorded!
EK has read the entire book!!!
366 pages of pure Blessings...
A Book of Blessings!
{I can't wait to order my 2014 the first of January in 2015!}
Books made at
and I would love to refer you if you leave your email address for me.
(I will get credit toward my next book... thank you!)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Love the Weekends~

I love the weekends because we have a higher chance of seeing the bigs
and that was true for this past weekend.
Amelia surprised us with a Saturday afternoon visit
and lavished great love and attention on the littles~
SJ helped me make poppyseed chicken to celebrate and we all sat down
for a family style dinner together~
Today I was excited to be in Athens with Rosie for ZTA House Christmas decorating~
Lots of mom, dads, and girls had a million beautiful things to hang!
I loved spending time with Rosie of course~
and her big Michelle and family~
I would love to see it all lit up at night~
Maybe Rosie can send me some photos.
Merry Christmas sweet ZTA girls!!!
Loved spending the day enjoying your beautiful house!!!
That's why I Love the Weekends!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sweet Faces~

This is not their Christmas photo but SURE could have been!
Oh little Grandson...
you make ShayShay and Papa's heart so full!!!
{Adore Josh and Nan too!!!}

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Week of IG~

1. The boys helping with their laundry.
2. EK watching the jellyfish @ CHOA.
3. Pink Pig
4. Santa
5. Big Christmas Tree
6. Me and grandson
(wonder why we call him grandson? 
Scott and I love how Zeke on Parenthood calls his grandson that!)
7. Payne building with legos
8. Twins with pigtails
9. Christmas cards are here!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If They Only Knew~

This morning was a very early one with everyone out the door by 4:30am
then hour and half drive to CHOA for Payne's sedated MRI.
We arrived on time, checked in, and began a morning of waiting, 
observing an aquarium, playing Ipads, and more waiting~
 Scott went back with Payne and he was SO brave getting his IV in.
About 2 hours later, he wheeled out to tell me how brave he was~
 We walked right across the street to our neurosurgeon's office, Dr. Boydston,
to have the scans read.
Not much info other than nothing to be concerned about now
and will see us again in 4 months~
Everyone was starving and If They Only Knew...
we were taking them to Maggiano's and Lenox Square Mall!!!

Family tradition to take them to Lenox for Pink Pig Ride
{Holly's first ride}~
Then to see Ole St Nick~
{Had to have a little pow wow of what everyone would ask for}
 Evie was not scared this year but she didn't sit on his knee either... EK kept her safe.
As for Holly, she wasn't the least bit afraid but had NO idea what we were doing. :)~
 Always such a good feeling to see Santa early and not worry about fighting the crowd later~
 Holly went back for an extra hug~
 Just one more pic kids~
OKAY~ done!
A fun day that started out with one thing as priority
and ended with a surprise to make a family tradition memory!!!
We are known to pack a ton in one day and that's exactly what we did.
Oh and we stopped by to see grandson on the way home
so I could shoot their Christmas card photos~
They turned out beautiful...
isn't HE beautiful?
The sweetness just keeps getting sweeter!!!