It’s been a while since I wrote a post. Let me give you a quick update on what’s been “goin’ on ’round here”. We found out a new little itty bitty teeny weeny mini farmer is joining the family! And….we just found out that the itty bitty teeny weeny mini farmer is a boy. We are thrilled and nervous at the same time….5 kids….well, let me rephrase that, 5 kids in 6 years. So…..there ya go. Our little bundle is due just after the new year so this Christmas I’ll probably be enjoying the holiday festivities sitting in my favorite chair and watching everyone scramble around the house. Don’t be surprised if I decorate the house for Christmas in October…I want to enjoy these decorations and not be too miserable. So, if you see my house looking like Christmas before Halloween…just go with it.
We purchased a bull for the ranch! That was a pretty exciting leap for us. I guess I can officially call The New Farmer a real cowboy now….because owning a bull makes you 100% cowboy. You didn’t know that? Well…it does.
With my previous pregnancies, it brought on an overwhelming desire to nest and organize and clean and purge and organize and organize……and I’m finding this pregnancy is no differnt. I’m not sure what it is about being pregnant and creating a list so long of “to do’s” that you can’t possibly even reach half of those goals, but it happens and again I say, “just go with it”.
I have literally sorted this house 6 times for a rummage sale and children’s consignment sale, and put everything back where I grabbed it. Who does this? Last night I informed The New Farmer that I was going to sort again and this time, I was going to actually go through with it. I think he cried a little. It drives him a little nuts when I sort the whole house, price it all for a rummage sale, and remove the price tags and put it all back. Seriously, if I could stop this madness I would. My excuse is for the simple fact that I’ve had “preggy brain” for almost 7 years straight. How does one recover from that?
I stumbled across an awesome blog a few months ago and it’s an encouraging blog giving ideas and suggestions on how to organize and declutter your home. The writers name is Mary and right now she’s hosting a 91 day declutter challenge…Yes…..I’m participating. The goal is to be finished before Thanksgiving….perfect! For Week 1, the focus is your living room. You can find her post here.
This brought instant gratification to me because my living room is the ONLY room in my house that doesn’t need de-cluttered. So…I could mark that room right off the list without breaking a sweat. Yay!
This room is by far my favorite room in the house. It’s always simple….always clean….it brings me peace.
The drawers in my tables are all empty. There’s no “hidey holes” I need to purge…done, done and done! The ONLY issue I have with this room is the playhouse toy thing over to the side….and that my friends, is a whole other situation wracking my brain: toys.
Right before we moved out of my previous home, I purchased a playhouse toy just like the one I just showed you. The kids enjoyed it, played the heck out of it….and then we moved. The New Farmer stuck it in storage during our move, and it was forgotten. We discovered it didn’t survive storage, and for some silly reason when we moved to the ranch it was put in our horse barn instead of being tossed….so occasionally I’d see that toy…just sitting there….all heart-broken without children playing with it.
About a month ago, I began a big purge of the barns and house…..you know….one of the 6 already this year. There was the toy….the heartbroken toy. The New Farmer tossed it and it triggered something in me. The search for a replacement was on. And, with technology as it is today, my search was pretty fast. They don’t make this specific playhouse toy anymore so I couldn’t just click on Amazon and get a new one…it was an Ebay search and “Yay!”, one shipped to my door.
It arrived, I felt fantastic, the kids were thrilled….and then “Day 2″ came and I became annoyed with the toy…it’s in my peaceful living room….making….”noise”. So….the great toy debate officially begins. (What stays, what goes?!) In hopes to create “peacefulness” and “calmness” throughout the whole house, I’m participating in Mary’s 91 Day De-Clutter challenge….I can do this, I can do this, I can do this!