Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy 6 Months Forever HollyMei~ {on Tuesday}

Six months with HollyMei...
Seems like she's always been with us~
 Full of personality yet quiet and calm.
Before HollyMei came home, Evie followed the boys everywhere they went
but now she is SO happy to have her BFF with her all the time!
She and Evie are the best of friends and completely act like sisters/TWINS~
HollyMei is talking up a storm now and repeats everything said...
especially Evie who has had a beautiful influence on her.
{Favorite question: Is dat funny?}~
It really is a miracle how God chose her for our family so perfectly.
Such a precious blessing in our family and we couldn't love her more.
Happy 6 Months Forever HollyMei!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Enjoying this Holiday Time~

Board gaming~
 and taking little rides around the house on Duplo cars they made~
and spending most of the day in pjs.
Enjoying this Holiday Time!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Partying~

We celebrated with Scott's sisters and families Saturday evening~
 BEST part was having my college girls home!!!
Little kids got sleeping bags and have slept in them on their beds every night~
SO sweet to watch Holly open her first Christmas gifts
and see the wonder of joy on her face.
Much fun was had Christmas Partying!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to my Mama~

Tonight we had mama and daddy along with Jason's family over for dinner
and a little birthday party for my mom~
 Amy brought a beautiful strawberry cake she made (yum)
and we loaded it with candles to celebrate all the blessings mama is to us all!
The kids had the best time helping her blow them out~
 SO wonderful to have Rosie home for the weekend... almost done with finals~
And just the cutest photo of Amy and Slate!!!

Happy birthday mama~
You are the most giving, selfless, compassionate, merciful, loving person I know!
You always know exactly how to help, what to say, and love big!
I am so thankful to have loved you the longest (wink, wink)
and will always strive to be more like you every single day!
I love you SO very much and wish you a very special day!
Praying God's richest blessings on your life (daddy's too)!!!

{Only thing that would have made it better is having EVERYONE home
but Christmas is just around the corner and we will be together for sure!}


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Frozen~

Every year we get the kids Christmas pjs and with 9 10 to buy for...
I decided I would make 7 of the 10 pair.
{thanks to Scotty for facetiming me while at Walmart 
and buying the Frozen fabric}

Yesterday we loved on BC all day again
and I took the opportunity to take more photos in J&S's beautiful house~


 BC had on his Christmas pjs {ADORABLE!}~

 Seventh Heaven~
I guess they aren't exactly Christmas pjs but my crew didn't seem to mind
and they all begged for them to washed today so they could wear them again!
{Didn't forget you Big Girls!!!}

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Works for Us Wednesday: Decluttering and Staying Organized~ {Mostly Kids and School}

I had planned to take this post in a whole different direction but had a message from my friend Erika~
hi sharon!  i have a question for you - maybe for your what works wednesdays . what do you do with 6 of everything? we have 4 of everything i am run out of room quickly to display things. do you have a creative and/or practical idea? also how do to decide what to save and what not? and how do you store the things that you do chose to save, both for sentimental reasons and also for record keeping?
What great questions so I took some photos of What Works for Us
and I'm going to share about each.

First of all in reality it would be what do we do with 9 of everything
but with a couple of moves since the big girls were little, 
they have purged much of their things.
When they were all little, I kept plastic storage boxes under their beds 
where we stored their favorite treasures, art, and journals.
Amelia and Rosie still have boxes under their beds
 and they have chosen what they wanted to keep.

For the little kids, I kept boxes of papers and art for a while
but I finally decided we aren't going to keep things like that forever
so why go to the trouble and expense to save...
SO to Erika'a questions~

1. What do you do with 6 of everything?
We have a ribbon hanging in our sunroom and the current projects are hanging there.
This old cabinet houses all the school things we are using right now.

2. How do you decide what to save and what not?
{This may be a heart breaker but I don't keep anything forever 
except journals, handprint items, and silhouettes. }
I also have them glue most everything we are going to KEEP in their journals.
Each child has their own roll of duck tape and we cover the binding with it
so they can find their journals when they want to go back and reminisce.

3. How do I store the things I choose to save for sentimental and record keeping purposes?
If the kids make some kid of art they love but I know I won't keep it,
we take a photo with them holding it, sometimes print for journals,
and most of time it goes on the blog to be printed in our blog book at end of the year.
{I dispose of it when they are not around and usually it all goes fine}

Other Decluttering and Organizing Ideas~
~ Books we are reading live in baskets in sunroom
~One caddy holds markers and pencils
 ~Lots of storage in basement for all my school supplies 
 ~Coat closet on main floor houses our home library and all our art supplies

A Couple more Ideas~
WHAT to do with kids' toys???
I am NOT a fan of toy boxes but really the younger the child,
the more practical they are!
For the little girls, we have a toy box (with no top) and when it's time to clean up
all they have to do is throw everything in it... Score!
The boys have this shelf full of small bins holding all their organized toys.
(yes they moved into their sister's purple room and we haven't had time to paint)
Our toy box in sunroom has held many things and right now we have duplos/magnaformers. (affl)

NOW... this is my next project and my mom can attest to the fact
we have both tried to organize/purge EK and SJ's closet many times~
I did read a blog post today about putting more than half of a child's toys away
and giving them time to play with less
{especially since Christmas is almost here}.
I will let you know how it goes.

WHAT to write about next time???








Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Love~

WP is an amazing little soul~
He loves big and serves well.
We call him little Francis Chan and he follows suit!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday~

A little laundry party~
and 7 pairs of Christmas pjs DONE!!!
Can't wait to see their faces when they open their package!
A good Monday.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fun Weekend~

Filled with Christmas parades, chilling, and more decorating~
Fun Weekend but missing our Bigs!!!
One more week and we will be reunited for the holidays!!!
{Finals week coming up so praying big for them!}