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Getting Organized

I am getting organized now and I love it. My linen closet has never looked so good. I have nice white containers for everything. And I am keeping the blankets in the rooms they are most used to keep them from taking up all the space in the closet.

I am putting up curtains and pictures and making the house look good. It just makes me happy to feel like this house is clean and spacious and bright and airy!

My bathroom is white a shiny. I got a new shower curtain liner. I always replace my shower curtain liner and my toilet brush when I move. I hate the idea of packing them up and moving them. YUCK!

Creativity and Storage

I thought I would post some layouts I did of my three youngest sprouts.  I wish I had a digital camera back when I had Lilly.  I would love to be able to post hers to compare.

This is Rose

This is Lotus

And this is Reed

 

I also thought I would post some more storage ideas I had for after my move.

I like the idea of under shelf baskets for storage for things like bread.  I actually have some of these that I can make better use of.

There is a small linen closet in the new place I love the ideas in this  pic for making the best use of space and keeping it organized.

I love the idea of a tension bar for cleaners and then baskets for soaps, sponges, and such.

Busy day

I had a busy day, shopping and cleaning and getting things done.  It was fun but exhausting.  What does it say about how old I am that a full day of shopping and cleaning completely wiped me out?  I was good about my eating though.  I allowed myself treats but they were vegetarian.  I had a bean burrito with no cheese for lunch and a veggie pizza with no cheese for supper.

 

I realized that I hadn’t finished all the layouts for Lotus’ first year like I had planned to do and I want to have them done so I can compare them with Reed’s when I do them.  So here is one that I did for when Lotus turned 10 months old.

The Good and Bad

First the good stuff:

  • My babies are all wonderful.  My boy sleeps better than any baby I have ever known.  My girls are sweetness defined.
  • When Wandering Aengus took Lilly out this evening, the babies all went to sleep and I got the house tidied up!  I love looking around and seeing tidy.
  • My blood pressure has come down a little and I was able to go from 15 pills a day to 11 pills a day.
  • I have been having fun planning two new unit studies for us to do, one on Earth day and one on Farms.  I love this part of homeschooling.

Now the Bad:

  • I hate how my stomach looks right now!  It looks like a very large underinflated balloon!  I really need to get back to getting in shape.  This has led me to the decision that as of next grocery day, I am back on a diet and getting healthier again.
  • I have been overdoing it a bit and I am pretty sure it is effecting how my inside incision is healing.

A Mom of Four

I am loving being a mom of 4.  I have managed to catch up on my housework for the most part and my girls love my baby boy.  Rose is always concerned when she hears him cry, she comes running and asks, “Is he okay?”  It is sweet.

I sometimes talk to him when I am cuddling him.  It is such a nice time sitting in the dark in his room, cuddling and feeding him.  I was talking to him yesterday, telling him about the family that he is joining.  It is a noisy house, but a house filled with games of tag, and stories, and tickles and hide and seek.  With three fun-filled, loving, big sisters I think it will be a wonderful place for him to grow up.

Our landlord sent out a paper saying that everyone was getting an inspection today.  I have never had an inspection and I have no idea what to expect.  It makes me nervous, but there is nothing I can do about it.  The house is clean and tidy. . . . well clean and as tidy as you can expect with four kids running around messing it up behind me.

Organization

Not a bad day today. I got more of the nursery set up the way I want it. It had become disorganized while I was in the hospital and so I had fun trying it out different ways. When we were out yesterday, I found some things for the walls that I am looking forward to putting up as well. When I am done, I will take pics.

After I am done the nursery, I want to get at my room. It is a disaster because everything that has no home anywhere else in our house finds it’s home there. So my next big project will be to find a way to organized the mismatched clutter.

Baby stuff, homeschool and yummy food.

I got more done on the nursery today. I was sorting through clothes and picking out the bags I was going to take to the hospital and puttering away at it all. I am feeling more confident that we will have it all done in time now. I did realize that I am going to have to shopping for some baby clothes, but truthfully picking out clothes for my new baby to wear is NOT a chore. LOL

I realized today that Lilly and I are doing REALLY REALLY well with our homeschool schedule for this year. I am going to have time to do unit studies and to take time off when I have the baby. I am so glad. The only thing we will have work on over the summer is math, but that is NOT our strong suit and it will be good to keep it fresh in her mind.

I made a kind of yummy breakfast bar this morning. It would be really really good with nuts in them too.

For supper I made a version of Pasta Puttanesca. I made it a little spicy and it was really really good. Even Lilly had two servings. MMmmmmm . . . yummy!

Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars

Ingredients:

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup sugar or sweetener of choice
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
3 cups rolled or quick cooking oatmeal

Steps:

1. Mix all ingredients together and press into a 8 x 13 pan. Bake 15 – 18 minutes, or until done. Cut while warm but don’t move until cooled. These were a little soft in the middle and VERY TASTY!

Pasta Puttanesca

pasta, any long variety of your choice
1 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 – 2 tbsp capers
3/4 cup pitted brine-cured olives, chopped (use a combination of black and green)
12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, diced
2 large cans diced tomatoes
1 tbsp olive brine
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste

Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and sauté until over low heat until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the olives, roasted peppers, tomatoes, capers, olives and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to low, and add the brine and tomatoes.

Cover and simmer for at least fifteen minutes.

Combine the cooked pasta with the olive sauce in a large serving bowl.

Season with salt and pepper, and toss together gently. Serve at once.

Excited Find

I went to the local fruit and vegetable market yesterday.  It is called Dave’s Fruit & Vegetable Market and it is WONDERFUL!  I went hog-wild picking up a full shopping cart of fruits and veggies and I was nervous when I got to the register that I had over-spent, but when I got there, I had only spent $60 on enough fruits and veggies that I could hardly fit them all into the fridge.  I actually had to get a large basket and put on the top shelf so that I could stack a bunch of them up in it.  It was wonderful! There was just so much variety, I can’t wait to make another trip.  I honestly can’t see me buying any fruits and veggies at the regular grocery store again.  I will be making weekly trips down the road to the market instead and getting local, organic, yummy, inexpensive fruits and veggies.

I used some spiced peppers, onions and potatoes with a little hummus and Tofutti Cream Cheese on a vegan wrap for my breakfast this morning and it was FABULOUS!!!  I am making Ratatouille for supper tonight and I can’t wait to dig in!

Simple Ratatouille

(Makes 6 servings)

Ingredients
1 medium  eggplant
2 small  zucchini
2 small  yellow squash
1 medium  green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium  onion, finely chopped
2 medium  tomatoes, each cut into fourths
1/4 cup  olive oil
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/4 teaspoon  pepper
1 clove  garlic, crushed

Directions
1. Cut eggplant into 1/2-inch cubes.
2. Cut zucchini and yellow squash into 1/4-inch rounds.
3. Cook all ingredients in 12-inch skillet over medium heat 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving (244.3 g)

Calories 132
Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.4g 14%
Saturated Fat 1.2g 6%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 11.8g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4.6g 18%
Sugars 5.8g
Protein 2.4g
Vitamin A 23%     •     Vitamin C 99%
Calcium 3%     •     Iron 4%

In regards to homeschooling, I am so excited to have found a Scholar’s Choice store here in town.  There are so many things I can’t wait to buy.  There are so many resources there that I will be using to help my girls.

I am also amazed at how much my girls learn by just having a learning environment.  Lilly is always coming up to me and telling me things she has read in a science book, or a history book or some other ‘learning’ book that we have.  Rose has demonstrated that even before I started to really offer my help via book homeschooling, she knows all her colors and her numbers up to ten and most of her alphabet.  She is only three and she is amazing me already.

And Lotus is already proving to be farther along than Rose was at her age.  She speaks more clearly, has almost no baby talk, counts to five and we keep finding out she knows so many things that we didn’t realize she knew.  And she is only TWO!

Laundry Room Etiquette

What do you do when you are in the laundry room ready to put your clothes in the dryer and someone else has their clothes left in there, probably all night.  I took them out lay them on top of the dryer and put mine in, but then I have visions of going into the laundry room of our apartment building and being met with some crazy angry lady who is screaming at me waving a laundry basket and a roll of quarters in my face.  There were other dryers, but this is the good one and I have been the only one in the laundry room all morning, the clothes were ice cold, so I really feel this stuff was left there all night to reserve the dryer for today.  What would you do?