Category: Projects

Hitch Goals No. 4

Our first month with three babies has passed! I’ve had a good month with my babies and I’ve enjoyed snuggling with my precious newborn baby Jake! Since I basically took the month off from doing anything, I feel like I kind of got more done and I’m ready for this next month! I still want to ease into the month but I can’t stay cooped up and alone in my house with the kids for much longer. Life just won’t let me. Also a husband who likes to go and do stuff won’t let me either. But I’m happy as long as I’m with him!

We actually got a good bit done around the house this last month, bathroom renovation started(!!!!), I can’t wait to keep up our momentum.

  1. Focus on play-based learning. I’ve started following some Instagram accounts that have all kinds of activities for playing with the kids. I haven’t done any of them yet, but the more I get the kids to play with their blocks and color and play with puzzles and magnatiles, the more ready I get to transition to doing the more hands on activities. Confession: I really just want to sit in the couch and cuddle Jacob while I play on my phone.
  2. Spend more time reading my bible with the devotionals I got for Christmas. I got a couple of devotions and memoir type books and I started out reading them pretty good but then I slacked off and eventually stopped. I think it is hard for me because I didn’t have a consistent study time before kids and now mornings are difficult because they are so full. It’s ingrained in me to do “word before world” but in my head since I can’t sit down with my bible and study books and spend 30 minutes before taking care of kids I feel like it is useless to do it. I’m planning to do it differently in February. #juststart
  3. Declutter bookshelf and paperwork. So the bookshelf won’t take much time to do. Basically my plan is to take everything off the shelves and restyle them. I’ve been eyeing the dang thing for a few weeks now and I just haven’t put forth the effort to do it. The paperwork is a different story. At the beginning of this year there was five different spots that had random paper clutter everywhere. Before Finley’s birthday party, I cleared out two spots. A large dresser drawer in our bedroom (what? why even??) and then also the pile of paperwork that is almost always on the counter and the slots above our key rack. Clearing up these spots made a huuuge difference, the countertop looks a hundred times better and I also had another drawer to store my leggings and yoga pants in. So now it’s time to get to another part of the clutter: the china hutch and small filing cabinet.

I have a couple of other things in mind, but I am not sure I will get to them so I’ll just let those be a surprise if I get to them!

Trying to Beat my Procrastination Habit

There’s a few things I want to do this morning that I just can’t stop thinking about. The biggest thing on my mind right now is my drawers of paperwork. Ughhh. And this would be a good morning to go through it all, my mom has the kids. So really, that’s probable why I really want to do it. But I have something else that I need to do first and I really do want to do it! It’s just going to require a little bit of project prep up front that isn’t quickly done so I’ve been putting it off.

I’ve been asked to make a baby blanket out of minky fabric. I am super excited because I want to make more things and everything I keep looking at and dreaming of doing tend to be on the more difficult side. I am a big dreamer after all. But this minky blanket is the perfect simple project to get back into sewing which is really something I want to do.

I think because it is so simple and will not take me very long to do, it is easy for me to procrastinate getting started. Procrastinating is something that I am a professional at doing. However, ever since having kids, I’ve been working at being better at not procrastinating. I’ve been changing my ways y’all. it hasn’t been easy and it has taken hard work, but with every thing that I do right away, I am one step closer to being a doer. I have noticed that if something won’t take a lot of time then I have the tendency to put it off.

The problem with this habit is that it often results in generally adding to the daily clutter that I’ve been battling. I’ve realized something else about myself, too. The easier it is to do something, the more likely I am to go ahead and do it. My goal for my house right now is to streamline all of my daily tasks and make everything easier to do because then I will actually do it.

This is why I try to run my dishwasher every night. Doing this results in a small load which literally take me maybe 3 minutes to unload and put away. And then this task is done and the dishwasher is ready for the dishes from the next day.

This is why I try to do all my laundry in one day. I wash and dry all of the laundry in the house usually on Monday. It doesn’t always get put up in the same day, but it is done. I know a lot of people do one small load a day, but that just doesn’t work for my brain and I just put it off until I have a huge pile of dirty clothes and we are almost out of clean clothes. I’ve learned from that my brain works better for laundry when I treat it as a project.

It’s weird, I know, because that’s the opposite of how I treat doing the dishes. But I use the same dishes pretty much every day and if they don’t get washed in the dishwasher then I’ll have to handwash and that’s just not something I can do right now. I have enough clothes to last me a week and I’ve also realized more of what I don’t wear and what I do love to wear.

Something else that helps me is keeping my kitchen table and countertops cleared off. It helps me think clearer and also makes it easier for me to do small projects. Which is why I am feeling the pull to decluttering paperwork this morning instead of sewing a super simple blanket. To do that I am going to have to get my sewing machine out, find the thread, find my rotary cutter, etc.

Oh well, I’ve rambled enough about this for this morning. Time to get started and get done! I’ll time myself to see how long it will take me to do it from beginning o end.

Friday Ramblings

Right now I am still sitting in my bed at 9:00 am all thanks to my mom who kept my two big babies last night. Since I have now been over 12 hours home alone, I can kind of think straight again and I am all sorts of inspired to get stuff done. Of course as soon as I get up I’m sure my littlest will decide he’s hungry and I’ll have to take care of him! But that’s ok, motherhood is the best job ever and I love that I get to do it.

I’ve been sitting here in bed, cuddling my little Jakey and drinking coffee, and reading a new-to-me blog I discovered. It is a minimalism blog Be More With Less and now I’m all sorts of inspired to do some more minimizing. I should note that this happens often when my mom keeps the kids because then I can take a look around with clear, well rested eyes and see what in my house is too much for me.

I’m going to start with the room that Finley and Eleanor share because they have already thrown all their toys out of the toy bins and this makes it easy to sort through what they play with and what they don’t. Something I love about the kids is that they really love to play with the simplest of toys. We have donated so so many toys and I think we could donate half of what is left still. I’m trying to view their toys with practicality of what they actually play with instead of my idealism of what I wished they played with. Decluttering and minimizing is good to do, but if I try to stick to unrealistic expectations then it doesn’t really do much good.

As a dreamer and idealist this can be hard for me because I can see the potential in a piece of furniture on the side of the road or I will buy craft supplies for a project that I wish I did but in reality I’m not ever going to be a scrapbooker no matter how much I like the way they look or wish I did it. If I’m not going to use the supplies or redo the dresser, I shouldn’t bring it into my house. I’ve been working on changing that mindset in 2018 and the last six months I’ve been putting it into practice. 2019 started out with us taking a load of stuff to the local thrift store and in a week or two I plan to have another load ready to go.

I’m feeling all sorts of inspired to clean up this morning but right now for the time being I’m gonna sit here and cuddle my sleeping babe and drink my second cup of coffee.

Thanksgiving Place Cards (Placards?)

So ok. These things took me more time than I thought they would. The tutorials I see on Instagram are waaay quicker than it took me to do. I have a tendency to underestimate how long it takes me to do a new project.  I think this is because I’m used to being capable at the crafts I’ve done most of my life. I’m so used to being able just pick up a knitting project or sew something that I have forgotten what it’s like to have to practice something over and over.

But anyways! I did these this morning at my mom’s house and finished them just in time for dinner. Well ok, I finished the front just in time, but because I totally waited until the absolute last minute I didn’t finish doing the names on the inside like I planned. I also found those adorable pumpkins on clearance at Target and I knew they would be perfect with the little place settings.

Today I am thankful for my new little family we are growing, my family that I have been a part of my whole life, and my husband and his family that have treated me like their own. Most of all I’m thankful for Jesus Christ for saving me and loving me even though I don’t deserve it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Hitch Goals No. 1

As an offshore wife, I live my life in the hitches that Kevin is home and when he is gone to work.  This gives me opportunity to have an ebb and flow of how inspired I am to do projects and other things around the house.  My plan is to have a new set of goals for each month and since today is the first day of November, I thought it would work out pretty well!

Yesterday marks the 30 week mark for my pregnancy.  We are now 3/4 of the way closer to meeting the newest little member of our family.  2 1/2 months.  I’m not ready.  With the first 2 babies, both of the rooms that were to be theirs were in total chaos.  There was nothing ready, but I didn’t really care.  I mean, I cared a little bit, but here’s a secret about me: I am not a project finisher.  What I mean is that I am really good at starting a project, but I have a hard time actually completing it.

I have a lot of thoughts on this subject and I think I have figured out the solution that works for me.  But I will have to talk about that some other time because I still need to sort out those thoughts.  Anyways.  On to my goals for this month.  I feel as if I am in full nesting mood and I have so much I want to do.  The best way to do this is to break the project down into manageable smaller projects and just get to work getting things crossed off my list.

Recover rocking chair.  This project is more than a “want-to,” it’s a “must-do.”  Two and a half years ago, one of the dogs chewed the padding off one of the arms on the chair.  This is a very special 30 year old chair.  And I just so happen to be 30 myself.  So yep, that makes it the chair that my parents rocked and held me in when I was a baby.  I love that I have this chair and I cannot wait to recover it to give it new life.

Paint nursery.  Finley and Eleanor are going to be sharing a room and the room Eleanor is currently in will become the new baby’s room.  Aaaaand it’s purple.  I’ve never liked the purple but I could never work up the motivation to repaint it.  Now that we are having another little boy, I have a reason to paint it.

Knit chunky baby blanket.  My cousin is having a baby girl in December and I want to knit her a pretty blanket for her out of this super soft and chunky yarn that I have.

Make Thanksgiving placards.  Including the kids, there will be a total of six of us at my mom’s for Thanksgiving this year.  This is a lot smaller group than we have had in the past, but our families getting older and growing, it’s gotten harder to get everybody together.  I am looking forward to our little Thanksgiving and making new traditions that we will hopefully have for years to come.  One thing I’ve always wanted to do is to make placards to go with the place settings.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.

Craft fabric pinecone ornaments.  I found the cutest fussy cut quilted ornaments on Instagram the other day.  When I shared a screenshot of them to my aunt, she told me about a set of ribbon pinecone ornaments a friend made for her.  I immediately looked that up on Pinterest and now I am obsessed.  I want to make several of them not only for myself but to give to my friends too.

Keep decluttering. Kevin and I are on this decluttering journey and while I don’t have the time or energy (or desire) to do it in one weekend or week, we have made tremendous progress in the past three months that have been working on it.

I’ve tried to keep this projects simple and straightforward because I have learned that is how I get things done best.  I tend to be an idealist when it comes to my to-do lists and project.  I have learned that if I set my project goals too big then I become overwhelmed more easily and end up quitting and not finished at all.