I can't believe it has been so long since I last blogged...life gets so busy....seriously!
Alot has happened...we had awesome Easter services at our church...we had a sunrise service outside at the park, a traditional, and one called "Resurrocktion", yes, that's right "Resurrocktion".
We took rock n roll music and combined it with the power of the resurrection. We had around 300 people come out just for that one service. We had a great time and Brad did a great job of describing who Jesus is and what He did on Easter! We know atleast one girl became a Christ follower and I believe others did as well! It's exciting to come up unique and creative ways to meet new people and share our faith in a genuine way! I have met several new friends because of Resurrocktion! I am also starting a brand new business venture being a distributor for Premier Jewelry! I am excited because I love hangin' out with the girls and love beautiful jewelry! Sooo, if you want to have a girls night and would like some bling-bling to look at give me a shout out and I will come on over!...oh, yea the best part is you get lots of free jewelry just for having a girls night out party! That's why I decided to host a party--and now become involved even further! I am excited about the ladies events coming up at our church...right around the corner we have Heartspa on mother's day weekend ( a day of pampering for just the girls...manicures, massages, and facials...ooh la la! )
I'll post more info later about this awesome event!
The other day we got a message from a friend or I guess you could say a word of "prophecy" saying "This is your year!" And I believe it! I feel deep down that positive life-changing things will happen this year! why? because I have a God of change and I have to believe things will get better not worse! Now, I have no idea what is in store for 2009, neither do you...but we can have a year of faith! 2009 the year of NO FEAR!!!! Wow, I sound like my husband. So I would like to give an update of our current status with the "sleep thru the night challenge" We were being consistent for over a week and then the last two nights we fell off. I guess the sleep deprivation is getting to us, it seems to get harder and harder to get up and follow thru every night when you feel like a walking zombie! So, in the midst of not being very coherent they have some how found their way to our bed the last couple of nights! I am asking myself what in the world can we do! I have to give this over to God and totally depend on Him that He can help us through this little battle! I have to find a way to stay functional! So keep it coming if you still know of some tricks, tips, and tactics! Let us know! I appreciate the comments already about this! I will keep you updated! Isn't parenthood a fun journey! Boy, oh boy....LOADS!
ok, so its january 2009, and boy do i have some new year resolutions! i have been working on the kids playroom and thats a huge job...so stay tuned for the reveal pictures i am almost done and i am entering the january procrastination challenge
we have been working on getting our kids to sleep through the night. for so long they are used to waking up and getting into bed with us or at different times sleeping with us. and i feel like we have been sleep deprived for years now! and its time to take our life back! (is that a little dramatic!?) so, we can not function very well, when we are waking up at 2,3, and 4 in the morning! but this is a new year! we are into our first week of consistently returning them to their beds (crib) whenever they get up and we are 5 days in....and so far they still havent all together slept through the night in one night. but we are holding out hope! there is a light at the end of the tunnel....i just know it. if you have any suggestions on this please leave me comments about it on my blog. i will take any and all suggestions! how long will it take brad and nicole to get their kids sleeping through the night in their own beds....countdown is on
Well, today is Thanksgiving. And I have a lot to be thankful for! I am thankful for many things in my life but I am thankful that I was able to accomplish 3 goals I had for the November Procrastination Challenge! My 3 Goals were: 1. To get a temporary kitchen pantry for my canned goods and other food items. 2. Tame the wild papers that were overtaking our kitchen countertop! 3. Organize our home entryway that was a functional space for our busy family!
Below are my before and after pictures!
1. BEFORE KITCHEN PANTRY
AFTER KITCHEN PANTRY
I just bought a single-standing (put it together yourself) cabinet at Lowe's. And bought a couple of pantry organizational items to help organize our food items. And that got the overflow of food off the counters and into a great space! Yeah, we can actually see what we have now!
I bought mine, new off shoplet.com from Amazon. This isn't the sturdiest paper sorter/holder but it will do for us for now. There are 8 slots and I labeled them -- (To Pay, To File, To Trash, Undecided, To Follow up, Kids School Papers, Church Resources, and Take out Menus/Coupons)
Wow! I can actually see my counters now!
3. Entryway Clutter (Family Launch Pad)
Before Entryway Organization
AFTER ENTRYWAY ORGANIZATION
I went to my favorite place TARGET for these organizational items. I found two great hook racks from Target. I placed one at adult level and one at kid level. This is great when we come home and need a place right away to hang our jackets, scarves, and the kids bookbags.
The cubicle storage unit is from TARGET as well. It is called the "ITSO" storage organization. I think these are great. I put together this custom storage unit with cream fabric storage boxes. I used clear address labels to print our family names so each person could have their own box. The small top box has a organization tray that fits right in and we keep our keys, wallets, sunglasses and things we were always looking for on our cluttered countertops, so they are there and when we're flying out the door!! Each kid has their own cubby to put their shoes and hats and whatever else they want! Since this is practically the first thing you see when you walk in our front door I wanted it to be functional yet stylish to match our other decor!
It seems I have been in a funk lately. I can't seem to manage life lately. What happened to the young 21 year old (before kids) that was a night owl, loved tackling projects and needed only 4-5 hours of sleep? Is that girl gone forever? I don't know. I certainly do not know her anymore and am in survival mode. With 3 lively little ones, all under 5, a stressful job, and plenty of volunteer work at our local church; every minute of my life is consumed. My home is not a haven of organization and peace and has seemed to throw our life into chaotic turmoil. I have under-estimated the value and importance of being organized. This stark realization hit me several weeks ago when I felt the walls were closing in on me and it seemed like everything I needed this particular week couldn't be found underneath all the clutter. Mentally I was screaming, "I can't live like this!!" or " I know I saw that somewhere around here, where did I just see that?" It wasn't long after I found the amazing site http://www.dandrcustomorganizers.com/ and Debbie Jordan Kravitz. I read her online book and have been following her e-zines and blogs. Her expertise and simple, clear instructions made it easy for me to mentally wrap my mind around possibly solving my clutter problems for good! This is the first time I have been motivated in years and it's about time! I have decided to join the November procrastination project. I always like a good challenge and love to win!
So, I was inspired by the family launch pad concept. Our typical (before school) morning was digging through piles on the floor looking for shoes, backpacks, lunchbags and more! Complete dissaray! This lead to high-stress, chronically late mornings! So I have been working on an area that will be an organized family launch pad for our home. Also, we recently moved to our new home around a year ago. My kitchen does not have a pantry, and our kitchen was overloaded with boxed and canned food and papers all over! So, I finally went out and bought a temporary pantry and worked on putting this together for a much better storage option! Before and after pictures soon to come! 3 projects for November:
1. family launch pad 2. kitchen storage 3. taming papers (mail and papers inbox)
i am 28 years old. i met my husband while working for a non-profit organization called "WorldHelp" We traveled on a professional vocalist team and traveled across country and around the world to places like India, Philippines, Hong Kong, and other countries. Our passion was raising awareness for the needs orphaned children, humanitarian aid, and church planting in these desolate communities. After we were married we were the director for an orphan children's choir called "Children of the World" This was a an awesome life-changing experience. There were 20 children and we traveled clear across the United States performing concerts and raising the awareness of many needs! We now are blessed with 3 little children of our own! We are now in a local church and dreaming of going back to visit overseas!