Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Phone Booth

I am renting an antique phone booth in an antique shop!
This is totally my husband's idea! He is so sweet! I can't believe it! It was fun trying to figure out how to place things just so.

We are not allowed to put screws or nails in the walls. So I had to think of a way to hide the ugly wall behind the things I wanted to put in there. Tension rods to the rescue! I had some sweet fabric in my stash and made some quick curtains. How fun!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Homeschooling Updates

The honey bees.
My twin girls are lapbooking along with the Rod and Staff schooling. We are enjoying cutting and gluing. Well, I am enjoying cutting and gluing! These lapbooks are from Danielle's Place. Along with the lapbooking ideas at Lapbooking Lessons. Here is our school bulletin board. All set for 2010. This helps the younger ones to write 2010 instead of 2009.
My husband and I are considering switching the older four children to SOS Switched On Schoolhouse curriculum.
We were recently blessed with 4th and 5th grade and hope to obtain 6th grade here shortly. My oldest child is currently using 7th grade SOS and is doing quite well.
This will allow me more one on one time with the twin girls for reading lessons and so on. They do recognize some words. But sounding out words are another story. So goodbye Konos Curriculum(sad). But I know this is going to benefit our homeschool more than struggling along. We will continue with Rod and Staff math and phonics. I think my husband wants to continue the R & S math for all the children. But we shall see.

Monday, February 08, 2010

My Favorite Room in the House!

Well, this is indeed my favorite room in the house! I actually come in and sit on the bed and just breath in the loveliness!

We recently put in the wood lamanent floors to help our children with their asthma. It is only in the boys and girls rooms, also the hall way. This little desk was such a great find! It is small enough not to overpower our very tiny girl's room, and functional enough for our little journalist. Our oldest daughter loves to write. The small dresser you see under the desk is the stool.
We turned her bunkbed into a two story dollhouse for American girl dolls and other cherished play things.

Look at the sweet setup my oldest arranged. Do you see the stuffed cat on the left? That cat is quite a character!

Of course we have grass next to our dollhouse. And the quaint houses for the calico critters.
I enjoy having these baskets to catch all kinds of beanie babies and doll furniture, hats for the makeshift hat store. Everything has a place. I think it is so much easier to clean than it was before the switched rooms!

This is where the twin girls are supposed to sleep. But what really happens is, the very littlest comes to sleep with me every night and the oldest and the other twin share the bed.

Can you see the jam box under the bed? I would love to have a perfect ruffle to cover that up, but for right now it works. The girls play Mozart, and Bach and many other composers on that jambox. Of course it's really a cd player. I guess I'm still using '80's terminology.

I know it may sound funny, but I really prayed and asked God if this was the best thing to do. To switch the rooms between the siblings. I know how it feels to be arranged in a house in such a way that you just don't feel comfortable. But this was a great switch! The room is very small, and I never thought that we could fit everything these young ladies own in there! I just am so pleased. And the girls play all the time! I have to go get them for school. Where before, they would sit at the homeschool table with their books and beg to do school.
The boys room may be next. I am not sure. They really do have things that are so, so, boyish. I tried to decorate their room with a camping theme. We shall see if it stays nice or not.
I hope my sweet friend so far away enjoyed seeing my favorite room! I love you and miss you!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Loving My Homemade Laundry Soap

I Love My new crock! It dispenses my homemade laundry soap!

My sweet husband bought it for me a couple of weeks ago!
This is what it looks like in the crock. I stir it before dispensing it into a cup for the wash.

I have it sitting on a pedestal cake stand. I am currently using a matching cup that goes to my punch bowl. What ever works! I will post more pictures soon! We have been remodeling. Well sorta. The girls switched rooms with the boys! And I don't know why we never thought of it sooner! It is perfect! And easy to clean. The girl's room is what I am referring to. The boys room is very messy at present.
My husband laid down wood lamanent. It looks great! the children's asthma is much better too.
Until next time....