August 25, 2008

Travel Plans

I have not posted for a few days. We are packing for a trip to Idaho. The kids and I are very excited but a little sad to be leaving dad at home. I will probably not have access to a computer so I will be MIA until around September 15th. I'm sure I will have lots to show from our trip when I do get home.

Please pray for safe travels.

August 20, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

August 9, 2008

A different type of back to school sale


Everything in my shop this next week will be shipped for free AND I will take off $1 per item.

This means if you order two pair of earrings at $6 each (already a great deal!) and a $14 bracelet instead of costing $28 with shipping it would be $23 total. What a deal!!

Just pay for the items as usual. If you use Pay Pal I will refund the difference to you. If you plan to pay by check or money order I will send you a revised amount.

This sale is only for U.S. or Canada shipping addresses.

Sale price is for items already listed. However, I will extend free shipping to custom orders that are placed before August 17th.

Sale ends August 17th

Happy Shopping!

Go to the Schooling at Home Etsian's blog to see even more sales.

August 8, 2008

It has been almost a week.

It has been almost a week since the "Big Clean" in the girls room. I thought I would share how it is going. They are still throwing clothes on the floor when they change. They are still leaving shoes all over. I do have to say that the shoe situation has improved a little, could be because I got rid of a few. They have been fairly good about putting toys away (should be easy with only a handful out). The top picture is a felt shirt that has been sitting in the same place on the floor since about Tuesday. You would think with such a clean open carpet that they would notice this poor lonely shirt and put it away. NOPE!

Here is an updated picture taken a couple minutes ago. Not sure if they are ready to have more things back yet or not. I know that most of you would say, what is wrong with that? Well, I guess my thinking is, if you only have one box of toys out and you can't keep it put away what will you do with three or four (or more)? This is training time people! Work with me! Encourage me to stick with it and not give in .

I still have not had time to go through the toys in the garage. I refuse to take a picture of that. I am sure that most people can relate that have more than one child but I am just not ready to show the world my mess if you know what I mean. Maybe if I get it all cleaned and organized this week. Of course that would mean staying home more than a couple hours in the day.

August 3, 2008

Before and After

I thought about just posting the pictures because I know that every mom would get it. In fact most kids would "get it" too. You have to understand that the before picture is actually on a good day. It is often worse than this.

I gave my girls a choice last week. Clean up your room before Saturday or mom will clean it for you. This room is shared by three so I give them a lot of grace. I don't expect perfection by any means. However, I would like to be able to walk into the room without stepping on things at least once this summer! So now everything except one container of toys (feeling generous) and one favorite stuffed animal to sleep with, are relegated to the garage until further notice. I want you to notice that there is not even a dust bunny under the bed!!

They will slowly earn back things. Only as long as they put things away as they go. Can you say intensive training time??

Now I get to spend another day of my time organizing and cleaning everything that was put in the garage. I hope to do it without little helpers in order to get rid of a few extras.

I recommend this to anyone feeling out of control with toys and "stuff". My girls actually sighed in relief when I moved everything out. They are in their room right now playing with the felt set (one of two things they got to keep), should be interesting to see how the week goes. I think the 6 yr old is going to get bored and frustrated. I predict that my 8 yr old will enjoy the week. I know that I am going to be happy with the lack of toys! :)

I will let you know how it goes!

I might even repaint their room while it is so empty.

August 1, 2008

Water Water Everywhere!

We had just come in from the kids playing in the sprinkler (Obviously didn't get enough water at the beach the day before!) and I thought the girls were in their room getting changed. I hear some giggles coming from the bathroom and went to investigate.

So we go back to the beach yesterday with a friend (for another 5 hours) just to give them a little more water time. ;) Of course we all went but for some reason these were the only pictures I got around to taking.