Zombie Apocalypse, Milk Jugs & Day What? #NaBloPoMo

One of the drawbacks to me being overwhelmingly busy constantly re-organizing our home after the 3 males living here trash it is that I never know what day of the week it is. EVER. Especially when the week is short because someone was home sick, then it was election day. And next week is short too because of Veteran’s Day, so I’ll more than likely think it’s Tuesday on Sunday. *sigh*

We are also dealing with a toddler version of the zombie apocalypse at our house. Kyle has figured out not only how to climb out of his crib in 2 seconds flat, forcing us to replace his crib with a big-boy bed, but he’s also manage to climb over every gate in the house – including the extra-tall one I put in the doorway hoping to keep him in his room and safe when he wakes up at 3am rather than trashing Connor’s room and waking everyone in the house. Needless to say, there is lots of excess baggage around the eyes of those living with the dreaded toddler-zombie.

Yesterday, I was thankful that my mom has such a good sense of humor and that we can make each other laugh about stuff that would normally push us over the edge (thanks Mum!).

Today I’m ever-so-grateful that Kyle is the kind of kid who will see you doing something a particular way a few times (like getting ready to bring Connor to the bus), then insist on that action being done exactly the same way for the rest of eternity. Yes, I’m totally serious! He knows how to help us empty the dishwasher (although he does want to put away dirty dishes quite often), he knows how to load the dryer (again, sometimes it’s not clean laundry he wants to load), and going out is easier than ever as he knows we have to put on his coat and that he needs to go onto the porch for me to pick him up and put him in the truck (even though he does sometimes make a dash for the sandbox). It makes life SO much easier now that he’s cooperative and wants to help!

My “Going Green” mission today is to save as many milk jugs as I can to organize Connor’s crayons, colored pencils, and craft supplies. I figure I could save about an acre’s worth of jugs from making it into landfills just with this project alone! I got the idea from one of my fave websites…Pinterest! Check it out…

Yesterday, we saved a ton of food from going in the garbage by eating the leftovers of our “camp-out stew”. Seriously – it’s so easy to make and is delicious! The best part is that it gets young kids active in preparing their dinner, and they have control over what they have to eat (to a point, lol). I’ll be posting the recipe after this weekend…I’m going to another Cub Scout Leadership training tomorrow. :-) Thankfully, this one is indoors and is only 4 hours, but probably won’t be as fun as the last one.

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Mommy Drill Sargent & Spring Cleaning Update #1

Well, hubby is handling my new Drill Sargent ways much better than I thought he would! Apparently, even though he likes to play tough guy, he really doesn’t want to be in charge of anything. He did get upset when I was tossing boxes out of my office/craft room and cursing him out, but only because he forgot that I had asked him to stop doing that months ago. I “gently” reminded him – although there may have been some more cursing involved. I sometimes wonder what is going on in that head of his…

Anyway – here are before and after shots of my office…there’s still a long way to go, but at least you can enter the room and actually see our circa 1975 red-orange shag rug!

Before

Phase #1 - Got rid of all the boxes!

If you look very closely under the window on the right, you can see the stack of flooring that’s going to replace the horrible shag rug in here. We got the flooring free when some rich person decided they didn’t like the perfectly good laminate flooring they had and had it ripped up – not only will it look nicer, but it will be way easier to keep clean in a crafting room than the awful rug! You will also notice the stack of colorful boxes to the right of the same window – those are Barbie dolls! Keep your eyes on future updates to this post as I’ll have links to my eBay listings of these dolls as I put them up for sale.

The only thing I’m missing for getting this crafting room usable is shelving…maybe I’ll buy some lumber and make some just the way I want…

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