Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Drifts

I'm on a roll.. LOL I'm not even sure if anybody reads this little blog of mine. If you do, please give me a holler and let me know you came by.

Today is round 2, day 2 for snow days. We've gotten about 6" of snow since Monday night. Monday morning we woke up to ice everywhere. The roads were so bad. I was so nervous driving to work. There were accidents everywhere. People not being able to just "go" after they had stopped at a sign or light. Buses were late picking up, late dropping off at school. It was just plain awful. So yesterday was declared a snow day, as is today. It is soooo cold outside (-15 windchill). Hubby started out to work about 6AM and got stuck right outside our neighborhood. Most of the outlets were blocked, so he found a way he thought he could maneuver. No such luck. He was stuck. He had his shovel with him and tried to shovel himself out. That didn't work. So he walked home to grab the snow blower to move the snow that was blocking his way, after he was able to get the truck to move. Well, finally, Mr. Snow Plow Man came by and moved the snow out of his way so he could come back home. Poor guy. All this on top of a migraine he's battling this morning. Hope you have a better day honey.
Here is what some of the drifts look like in the backyard.

Can you see the drift by the fence? I took these while looking out from my glass door. It was too cold to actually open the door.

Look by the trees. So Pretty.

Well that's it for the day...or for now LOL

Have a great day everyone.

Love Jeanette

Tote Giveaway and My Family Binder

Today, Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons is offering a giveaway for a free tote from Thirty-One. If you've never visited Thirty-One than you should. This company sells all kinds of different bags, totes, purses, and organizers in a variety of different patterns.
I have a couple of bags that I organize with. I have a pool bag that keeps the pool pass, pool toys, sunscreen, and towels.
I also have a backpack that I use during football season, or whenever, that keeps magazines, a book, paper, pen, and snacks.

Yesterday was a snow day so I was able to get quite a bit accomplished. I've been working on puting shelving paper down in the kitchen. I put some down in the cup cabinet and the plate cabinet. Looks so much better. I also was able to finish my family binder. . I posted about this a couple of days ago. A Bowl Full of Lemons is hosting a weekly organizing challenge and this week's challenge is to make a family binder. I had one about 12 years ago, but haven't used one since.

This is what I was using to store some of my papers in

Yep, just a plain ol' paper folder with 2 little pockets. Here's what it looked like when I opened it...

Sad, isn't it? So I went to Target, one of my happiest places on earth, and bought a new binder, some sheet protecters, stickers, and new ink for the printer. I went through the old folder, threw out old papers, and 3 hole punched the keepers.

I wanted to decorate the front somewhat so I had some colored paper to lable the front with stickers and a Bible verse card that I had lying around. Here's what I came up with...

The front...

I didn't take a very good picture, did I.

When I open my binder here is what I see. The pocket holds the kids school handbook. I have an empty pencil pouch. I'll fill it up soon.

Then I have some poems and prayers I put in sheet protecters.

This picture kind of shoes the different tabs I'm using...

School/Activities: holds the school menu, the schools newsletter, yearbook form, wrestling info sheet and schedule, mbr. ship forms for Roller Hockey, instrument agreement from the music store, the band's weekly schedule, letter from a teacher w/ her email on it and my sunday school class list.

Medical: this section currently holds my shot records, eye prescriptions, and a brochure from the dog's vet. I need to find his shot record. Hmm... I might add a new vet section if I buy more tabs.

Menu: I have a brochure from a Co-OP I want to look into, an old order form from Angel Food Ministries, and then I'll add some menus as I make them up.

Cleaning: I'm going to make up my cleaning schedule.

Crafts/Decorating: I see all kinds of crafts and decorating ideas out there in Blog land so this will be where I will add all the great ideas I see.

So as you can see it's still a work in progress, but at least it's started and I can continue with getting it filled and relying on my new "My Family Binder."

I hope you want to see more, head on over to A Bowl Full of Lemons. Even if you don't want to see more binders, go over anyway. Toni is so inspiring.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Home Management Binder

A few weeks ago I found this cool little blog called A Bowl Full of Lemons. This blog is all about cleaning and organizing. She just finished up with some daily challenges, only to begin with some weekly challenges. This week's challenge is to build a Home Management Binder. This binder should hold cleaning lists, phone lists, menus, and just about anything else that will help you stay organized and help you run your home smoothly. Now, I've had one before... It was okay...I just didn't use it a whole lot. Right now I have a cheapy folder with menus, phone lists, and so on. This week I'll go shopping for a cutsie binder, ink for my printer, and some dividers so I can make a really cute binder. Hopefully one I'll use.
Go on over to the website above to read more and get some ideas.

Obviously I've been away for a long time

Happy New Year everybody!
What have I been up to you might ask? Well, let me tell just tell you. I got real busy with everybody going back to school and the boys playing football, last fall.
When football starts, it's a fulltime job for me. Practice is 3 days per week, with a 4th day filled with games.
Once football was over, I had one kid playing basketball and 2 kids playing roller hockey. This took up 4 days per week, with the others left to do everything else that need done.
Next was Christmas. We drove over 1500 miles to have Christmas with our family for the fist time in like 11 years. What a blast that was. It was wonderful to see the fam, while celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus. My mother in law really made our visit extra special.
Now we have 1 kid wrestling, 1 kid playing hockey, and 1 taking a break.
While all of this was going on, we worked very hard on our son's room that we're building downstairs in the basement. It didn't help that we are so out of our comfort zone when doing anything down there. We had help with getting the dry wall up and most of it mud and taped. When we felt like we couldn't do anymore, hubby started puting out feelers and found a guy to finish the mud and texture the ceiling. It turned out so good. When we came home from vacation we painted, put down some temporary carpet, and moved the kid in. What a difference it has made having him down there and all the kids having their own rooms. There's less fighting and arguing and less clutter.
So there you life summed up in a nut shell. This next year holds some significant changes mine and my family's lives. I hope you can check back ever so often to say HI!