Sunday, January 31, 2016

What We're Loving Now {January 2016}

What we've been watching, reading, eating, living:

Sofia the First - the second season of this show went up on Netflix recently and the girls' just finished it.  "I'm finding out what being royal's all about..making my way, it's an adventure everyday."  The theme song is REALLY catchy, but Piper won't let me sing it.  

Bunk Beds - Cadence may not always be super excited to have her little sis in her room, but the bunk beds have none the less proven to be a lot of fun.  Piper figured out how to hang blankets from the top bunk in optimum fashion, so...

Downtown Abbey - You know, it's been a lot of ups and maybe more downs with this show, right?  I'm watching on the pbs website since we don't have TV, so I'm at least a day behind.  I'm really glad that Carson and Mrs. Hughes are married and that Edith has such fabulous headbands.

Homemade popcorn - I can't eat microwave popcorn anymore; I just can't.  We eat my homemade popcorn frequently and it kinda saved the day during the snow extravaganza.  I've developed my technique: popped in coconut oil, sprinkled with kosher salt.  Or tahin.  Or popped with coconut oil and sugar, then sprinkled with salt, which is kettle corn-y perfection.

The life changing magic of tidying up - I already wrote about this.  It feels really good to be letting go of things that we can send to a better home.  Or the dump.  The bookshelf in our living room has never looked so good.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We're tidying up!

 At the end of December, I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and got very excited.  There are some crazy parts of this book, for sure, but I loved Kondo's thorough methods for going through your stuff and paring down to what sparks joy.  The amount of stuff in our house had really started to bother me - it was hard to clean and hard to put things away.  We have only sporadically decluttered after moving here, and we still had stuff like we lived in a much bigger house.

She recommends going through each category of item in your home and looking at them all together and touching each one.  So, that's all my shoes.  (Clearly, I owned two many pairs of shoes.)  It seems like a simple thing, but gathering all the things makes it much easier to see what sparks joy and what's just a duplicate and what I actually forgot I had in my closet.

This is all our cups on the kitchen table.  There are 4 people in this house.  I don't believe we've ever had more than 8 people eat a meal here.  I had no idea we had so many until I pulled them out of the cabinets.

13 bags/boxes have left our house so far.  Matt and I have done clothes, books, and papers, and started slowly on the miscellaneous stuff, like DVDs and cups.  We haven't even started on the rest of the kitchen cabinets or the girls' massive wardrobes and toy collections!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

First Snow 2016

This is just the first's still coming down!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Here's a bunch of pictures from our Christmas celebrations this year.  Actually, this is just pictures of the opening presents part.  We DID, in fact, eat several nice family meals and read the Christmas story and light candles and listen to music and many things that had nothing to do with stuff.
Piper got a giant stuffed horse!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

What We're Loving Now {October 2015}

*Downtown Greenville.  We got to go for a few hours a couple weeks ago and loved it.  Clean, and pretty, and there was a free trolley.

Cadence on the trolley

Piper on the trolley

At Falls Park - so lovely
*Fixer Upper and Jane the Virgin on Netflix!

*Visits from Aunt Pami and Nana while Matt was SUPER busy with work

*Speaking of Matt, he made a cameo appearance as Doctor Who (Matt Smith) in the school Cirque show this year, and was charming and hilarious

Matt in costume, in profile
"I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool."

Happy Halloween!

This year, Cadence was Felicity, the discontinued American girl doll.  (Basically, a colonial girl).  I made her whole costume, which I came to regret a little bit, because while it turned out great - it took a lot of my precious free time this month.

Piper was a unicorn.  This was a super easy costume.  I made a felt horn and attached it to a headband, then made a mane and tail with ribbon and yarn attached to felt.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

what we're loving now {September 2015}

*The American Girl movies.  We've watched Kit Kitteridge, Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, and Molly: An American Girl on the Homefront, and Felicity, thanks to a 4 DVD collection from the local library.  They are a little complicated for Piper, but the history is appealing and not too scary.  Also, they prompted some interesting questions about serious issues.  And, Cadence decided she wants to be Felicity for Halloween.

*Cinnamon apples.  Piper will eat apples that aren't cut, but ever since her first loose tooth, Cadence won't.  I'm finally able to send them in her lunch due to this super easy trick - simply cut an apple and sprinkle the slices with cinnamon.  They are delicious and any browning is unnoticeable.  I got the idea from Foodlets here.

*The bus that takes the girls and their friends to school.   Honestly, I don't know that the girls are so excited about the bus, but they haven't complained.  Mainly, I LOVE having extra time, especially in the mornings.  I can drop the girls off, eat breakfast in the dining hall if I want, or head home and get some chores done.

Piper on the bus!
*Pumpkin spice Oreos.  We bought a pack last weekend and we all loved them.  Thankfully it was a small pack; we polished them off quickly and now they are out of our system.  Maybe. Let's hope.

*For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.  It's making me laugh out loud, it's making me think.  There's just nothing like grace.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cadence is 7! An interview

Favorite color: "All the colors except orange."
Favorite book: Fancy Nancy or Magic Treehouse
Favorite food: I don't know
Favorite dessert: I don't know
Favorite song: Let it go and Tomorrow
Favorite subject at school: math and listening to reading
Favorite place to go: "I think the dining hall because I can see my friends."
Favorite toy: all of them
What do you want to be when you grow up?: "I'm going to keep that a secret...I have a lot of ideas."
How many teeth have you lost?: "Let me count...6!"