Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Some new house pictures-after the move

I finally got around to taking some more pictures now that we're settled.

Here's the front entrance.

A closer look at our nativity.

The bathroom near the boys' rooms.

The living room.  I had a picture that was more to the left that showed the fireplace and Christmas tree, but it didn't turn out...the dining room one did the same thing, so I will have to show those off later. 

My--yes, I said MY--kitchen.  LOL!

The counter is a little cluttered with Christmas treats at the moment. 

Here's a couple of views of the dining room that I DO have...the school section (yes, it needs a little organizing, even though we haven't started back with school yet LOL!).

And our china cabinet.

Moving on to the laundry room.  Excuse the mess...those boxes and everything are gone now.

The master bathroom.  If you walk in and go to the right, that's where our sink is.  There's cabinets under the sink.  Then, if you're standing at the sink and turn to look behind you, you will see a floor-to-ceiling set of cabinets/drawers, and next to that, a HUGE linen closet.  I love it!

Moving through the master bathroom into the master bedroom.

Hey, who's that?

Someone is up from their nap!  He must've heard the camera clicking and just had to ham it up.  Hello, Isaac!

After such a break of cuteness, why even bother with the rest of the pictures???  Oh, well...moving on to the backyard. Stepping out onto the deck.

Here's our shed, when you look to the right.

And to the left, here's the field/sledding hill where the kids play.

When I stepped outside the other night, I had to run back in and get the camera for this beautiful picture, just after sunset.  The picture totally doesn't do it justice...I swear the camera shrunk the moon (that puny little light just to the left of the tree branches).

In my next post, I think I will talk about routines that I want for our new home.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Getting settled

I don't have pictures yet, but will try and get some up in the next week. 

We are getting settled and re-adjusted nicely into our new house.  Moving so much stuff was an experience and adventure for sure!  We have one more major area to get unpacked, and that is the master bedroom.  We ALL love this new house the Lord has blessed us with!  We just keep finding more and more things to love about being here.

Today, Vincent made some new friends.  I am so happy for him.  Nick took Vincent and Andrew outside to go sledding before dinner, and some other kids joined them.  Andrew ended up coming in the house fairly quickly because he was getting whiny about the cold, but Vincent stayed out until we had to call him in for dinner.  He had a great time, and he looks forward to more! 

Nick brought home a tree yesterday, and it's settling in our living room...we will hopefully get it decorated tomorrow.  Sunday we are having my parents and brother over for lunch.  Tomorrow I will spend the day getting the final touches done with cleaning, and hopefully will get some Christmas decorating done.  Then, the few days before Christmas, I plan on doing at least a little baking.  I cannot wait to put my new kitchen to good use...not to mention the apron I won from Mrs. Mo!  That's another picture I will have to share later.  We will be celebrating at my parents' house this year, but next year, we will be back in hosting action. 

Anyway, I will try and be back soon with some pictures, although it will be pretty busy around here in the next week.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Final update from the old house

Well, things are going better than planned.  Everything is set and we are closing tomorrow afternoon.  As soon as that is done, we take possession of the new house and will move our beds and necessities over there.  We will also pick up our washer and dryer on the way.  Saturday is the big moving day!  I will blog more after we get settled...I will most likely not be online much in the next few days. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Moving update...some glitches, of course!

It's to be expected, right?  Our closing is not to happen tomorrow as planned.  They have not received one of Nick's employment verification forms, which was faxed to them, and they need a copy of my social security card, which I cannot seem to find.  I have to go apply for another, and they will take the print-off from that.  I went on Friday, but procedure was not followed (by the office, not me), and I didn't get everything I need.  Sooooooo, I went in today and took a number...there were about 60 ahead of me, and there were people there that had been waiting for about 2-3 hours.    I waited as long as I could, then Nick had to get to work, so we will try first thing tomorrow morning.  I'll get the paperwork I need, then we will head off to the sales office for the house to turn in what we need.  Hopefully, we will be able to close Wednesday or Thursday.  Nick says as long as we close by Friday, he will be happy.  He is not stressing, praise the Lord!  I was with the whole social security scenario, and I could tell my MS was trying to show through, but thank God I have calmed down since then.  I have taken some Excedrin for my headache, and I'm feeling much better...packing commences.   So, yes, if closing is any later than Friday, we will have a big mess on our hands.  We have a dozen or so people, some of whom have rearranged their schedules to help us move on Saturday.  Not to mention on Tuesday the inspector from the mortgage company is coming to make sure everything is cleaned up.  So, any prayers are definitely appreciated!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A testimony

First of all, I just have to say GOD IS SO GOOD.  I have seen Him work many miracles lately.  Especially throughout this move, He has been so good to us.  There is no limit to His provisions.  It starts with our washer.  Actually, it starts before that.  We are moving because we lost our house.  I won't get into the long story about it, but let's just say it was getting to be too much for us to keep up on.

A couple of months ago, our washer broke down on us.  Finances have been so tight lately, not to mention, how could we justify even buying a cheap dryer in the classifieds when we were moving in a couple of months?  I put out a wanted ad on freecycle for one and prayed someone would respond.  Someone did, that very evening.  The next day, we had a working washer again.  It's a 2/3 size, but it works for us.

Next, going over the budget, we were wondering how we were going to come up with moving expenses.  We prayed about it and the next day an envelope from FedEx shows up at our door with a letter saying the mortgage company wants to work out a deal.  If we vacate by the date we are supposed to and leave the place in decent condition, they will cut us a check.  No strings attached whatsoever.  When we called the number to confirm, we found out the check is going to be more than we expected...much more...it will more than cover our moving expenses!

We went and applied for a loan for our new home.  Except for the foreclosure, our credit is pretty good and hubby's income is great, so we were able to get a very nice new manufactured home...see the photos below!  It includes my dream kitchen, and so many other things that will be sooooooooo much better for our family than where we're at now.  We got approved and the funds have fallen into place.  We close on it next Tuesday.  Although our budget is still pretty tight until things settle, it has improved greatly over the last couple of weeks.

The ONLY problem with our new home is that we have to provide the washer and dryer.  Which we have, but the home is set up for electric...we have a gas dryer.  And our washer's pretty small, but we would take it if we had to.  I once again put out another post on freecycle last week for a working electric dryer.  This time I got no responses, so we started checking out some classifieds.  We actually found some used sets and just dryers that were fairly cheap, and were prepared to buy.  It would really stretch our budget, but this is a need we have, so we were willing to move things around for it.  I just checked my email a little while ago, and someone actually responded to the freecycle post!  They have a full size working electric dryer AND a full size working washer that are taking up space that we can have!  I just started bawling.  God never fails to provide for our needs, if only we would ask Him.

These are the major things...there are also many little things in between that my Father has done for us!  I have seen him work in so many ways throughout this.  He is so good!  To HIM goes all the credit and glory!  Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Our new house part 2

Okay, here's a few more pictures of the kitchen (the kitchen, of course, is my favorite part!).


Here is the master bedroom.  That door leads to the master bath, which leads back around to the laundry room.  The 2 closets are on the same wall as the door, and there's another window to the right side of that wall...the bed will go in between the 2 windows.

Here's the room that will be Andrew's.  For some reason, we didn't get a shot of Vincent's room or the other bathroom.  The closets in all the rooms are huge!

Here's another angle of the laundry room (washer/dryer and cabinets off to the right).  That is our back door, which leads out to the deck.  The door on the left is the pantry (!).

Here's somewhat of a view of our deck/yard from one of the windows.  If you were to pan more to the left, you would see a baseball field....LOTS of running space.  And the boys are VERY excited about sledding...oh, and the apple tree...you can see it right next to the deck there.  We took our shoes off at the front door and couldn't go out on the deck, so this is the best view we could get for now.

Our new house part 1

We went out this morning and got some pictures of our new house.

Here's the front hall where you first walk in.

Here's the living room (see the fireplace!).  This angle is taken from the kitchen.

Here's the kitchen.


That's the dining room back there, then you take a right and go into the laundry room.


I'll post more pictures later...for some reason, I can't the previous/next feature to work on choosing photos here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My house should be declared a national disaster zone!

Okay, first I've been tagged by Christi, for a "Get to know you better" post.  Hopefully, I will get to that this weekend.

But right now, I am sitting in the midst of chaos.  I guess no matter how organized I try to stay about it, packing has taken over my house!  LOL!  I think we finally have enough boxes, and I want to hurry up and fill them so I can get them out of my hair...then when I do, there's no where to put them except right where they're sitting anyway.

We still have so much to do, and now the clock in my head is officially ticking.  We have exactly 2 weeks until the big move...a week and a half until we move our beds and necessities and start living in the new house.  Trust me when I say I'm saving y'all a huge headache (and myself!) by NOT taking pictures and showing you what my house looks like at the moment.  I would much rather wait until I can get pictures of the nice, empty new house...it may not have a woman's touch yet, but I bet I would feel a lot less claustrophobic in it than I do right now.

Well, Isaac finally fell asleep for his nap, so I think I'll go try and claw my way through my kitchen and find my stove to cook us some dinner.  Ugh.  Can't I pleeeeeeeeeeeease just order take-out?!  Of course not...I wouldn't want to injure the delivery guy when I open my door and the whole house-load of stuff falls on him.  I'm pretty sure that would be grounds for a lawsuit.

Yikes.  Okay, time to get back off of my hiney...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Moving update

Well, we picked our house yesterday, and I am so excited!  I was so excited, in fact, that I forgot to use my cell phone to take pictures.  So no pictures yet.  However, Nick and I are going to try and get out there on Tuesday to take a look without the kids, and we are bringing a camera.  We are closing on December 9th.  While the big move is on the 13th, we are moving our beds and a few necessities over on the 10th so we can start living there.  Yes, that's how excited we are about this house.  LOL!  The boys absolutely love it, too, especially the huge amount of running space they have outside and the apple tree in the yard.  God is so good, to Him goes all the credit and glory.

My inspiration to get packing has been renewed with vigor, and that's what I'll be doing today.  Tomorrow we are going to my parents for Thanksgiving.  They are hosting Christmas this year, too.  Usually that's our thing, but obviously this year, we won't be ready in time.  However, I would like to try to have Andrew's birthday at home, which is 2 days after Christmas.  Then it can kind of be an open house/housewarming, too.  If I had my way, we'd be unpacked the day after we move, even though I know that's totally unrealistic. 

So, next week I should have pictures to show y'all.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Powerful video

I was browsing around on GodTube the other day and found this...thought I'd share.
WARNING:  Have some tissues handy!
I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Advent

Sorry for the lack of updates…due to moving preparations, school’s been on and off lately.  We are in the middle of Brazil now for ECC.  We will finish that up next week, then we will take a break from regular school for advent to participate in advent activities.  I will be (hopefully) posting daily activities either the day of or the day before we do them.  I will mostly be using this calendar from TeachingMom, but will be modifying it for my family.  I’m not sure if she’s going to update it this year, but some of the links don’t work anymore, so I will try and find new ones that will work.
I usually try to do this every year, although we skipped it last year and I contemplated just following the ECC curriculum through the holidays to "stay on task."  But with schooling year round (just started this year) there is no reason we can’t break from the usual curriculum to have a little fun. 
So from now until Thanksgiving, we will work on finishing up our study of Brazil, and I will be preparing the advent stuff.  I just love this time of year and am so happy that I made the decision to "do" this calendar again!

Friday, November 21, 2008

My kitchen

Okay, so progress is a little slow today...I decided to pack the food I KNOW we won't use within the next 3 weeks.  Here's what my kitchen looks like right now.

Ugh...look at those bare walls!

And boxes and bins everywhere!  Oh, look, there's my Crock Pot!  What's inside?

Chicken Delicious, a recipe I found on allrecipes.
Okay, and here's the best picture (of course, I'm biased):

Hi, Pork Chop! (Don't worry, we don't eat pork around here.)  He's part of the reason progress is so slow today...his naps seem to be getting shorter and shorter lately.  Oh, well!  With a face like that to sit and stare at, who wants to do boring old packing anyway???

Love,
Lisa (who really should get Pork Chop to sleep so I can get packing, but I don't wanna!)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Packing progress

Well, I got just about everything packed that I can in the kitchen for now.  I just have out the bare bones of what we'll need for the next 3 weeks.  I do still have all the food unpacked, but I want to see what we use up first.  Nick said not to purposely cook to diminish our supply, as we should have plenty more room in the new house than we have now (I don't have a whole lot of cupboard space in this house), as the new house has cupboards galore!    So, I will cook like normal, and when we get down to the last week I'll pack what we have left, minus whatever I plan on using that week.  And we ARE taking our deep freezer, that has been so invaluable to us, so there is no way we're giving that up!

Anyway, I think I'm done for today.  I'll just finish up some last minute things in the kitchen tomorrow and then move on to the foyer and dining room.  The dining room is where all our homeschool stuff is, so I will just pull out what we'll need for the next couple of weeks (won't be much since we will be concentrating more on packing than school), and pack up the rest.  Then there is our desk, which holds ALL of our paperwork.  Hubby's going to help me sort through all that b/c we don't want to have to be digging through boxes for stuff we may need.  That is always a packing nightmare!  I really, really want to get all three of these rooms packed by the end of the day tomorrow.  That way, hopefully I will be able to get the main floor and the upstairs packed before the end of next week.  Then, we'll have the basement, and that's it!  Sounds easy on paper, doesn't it?   I'd come up with a schedule, because I love making lists, but I rarely follow them, anyway.  LOL!