Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31 Days of De-Hoarding

Welcome to 31 Days of De-hoarding!
31 Days of De-Hoarding
I am joining up with The Nester's 31 Day Writing Challenge.

For 31 days I will be sharing each and every single day as I work through de-hoarding my house.

Yes, I admit it.  I am a hoarder.  Maybe not like you would see on TV, but definitely hoardish tendencies.  Married to a man with hoardish tendencies.  Passing on the hoardish tendencies to the children.  Mostly the Peanut.  Something needs to be done around here.

October is here and that means November is right around the corner.  November means Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving means a houseful of guests.  Then comes December and Christmas.  New stuff to find room for.

I thought about doing 31 days of cleaning but I realized I was putting the cart before the horse.  I instead decided on getting rid of all the excess stuff I have around here first.  Then when November comes it should be easier to clean and maintain.

That's right.  I will not be cleaning!  Yay!  Just de-hoarding.  So, don't be expecting things to look all shiny and pristine around here just yet.  Just less stuff.  Which means less cleaning.  Winning!

To give myself some sort of focus each week I will pick a new area of my house and work through that area day by day.

What better way to hold myself to the plan than to share with all of you?

Check back each day to follow my progress.

Week 1
  • Day 1 - The Plan for Week 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4

Week 2
  • Day 5 - The Plan for Week 2
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
Week 3
  • Day 12 - The Plan for Week 3
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
Week 4
  • Day 19 - The Plan for Week 4
  • Day 20
  • Day 21
  • Day 22
  • Day 23
  • Day 24
  • Day 25
Week 5
  • Day 26 - The Plan for Week 5
  • Day 27 
  • Day 28
  • Day 29
  • Day 30
  • Day 31
31 Days of De-Hoarding
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Monday, September 29, 2014

What Did I Just Get Myself Into?

I have been trying to be a better blogger lately.

Which pretty much means sharing stuff more often even when it's something no one actually wants to read.

You're welcome.

With that in mind I just signed up for a 31 day blogging challenge.

31 days of blogging.  Every day.

About one subject.


I just couldn't seem to help myself.

I love the Nester and have followed her blog and her Pinterest boards for a long time.  I just love her style.  Then, recently, I read her book and love her even more.  "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."  Just what I needed to hear.

Cause things round here never gonna be perfect.
What Did I Just Get Myself Into?
And that's ok.  The Nester said so.  Have you seen her house?  It's beautiful.  She knows what she is talking about!
When I saw her 31 day blogging challenge, I said to myself.  Why not join in?  31 days of blog content and the motivation to tackle something that really needs doing.  Win and win.

I guess I am in.  And I am telling you about it today so that I can't chicken out before I even get started!

Just in case you are wondering.  I know you were.  I am not at all prepared for this.
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Friday, September 26, 2014

7QT - More Matthew

1.  Today was the anniversary of Matthew's death.  My husband took the entire week off work and we have been spending the week together as a family.
7QT - More Matthew
2.  On Matthew's birthday we headed out to his grave site.  He is buried about an hour drive away so we don't get to visit him as often as I would like but we make sure to go out there to celebrate his birthday.

3.  Last year I was kind of unprepared for his birthday and went at the last minute to try to find some things to decorate his grave with.  Unfortunately, I discovered that September is not the best time to find outdoor decorations.
7QT - More Matthew
4.  This year I have been gathering things throughout the year so we would have some gifts to take out there.  We also wanted to have something for the kids to participate in so we made a stepping stone.  We spelled out his name, added a Superman action figure to the center and the kids placed all the glass mosaic pieces.  They were really excited about making a gift for Matthew.
7QT - More Matthew
5.  We headed out to the cemetery and gave Matthew his gifts.
7QT - More Matthew
The stepping stone.  Flowers.  A #2 birthday candle.  A humming bird.  A little bunny and mushroom.  A drawing (birthday card) the Princess made for him.  And small stones we each decorated.  Mr. Cool and his parents also contributed a pinwheel which was perfect.
7QT - More Matthew
The vase, teddy bear, little car and flowers we put there last year for his 1st birthday have held up so I added the pinwheel to the vase.  His little glass dolphin is also still there and though it has been kinda beat up, it has held up better than I ever expected.  After we placed all his gifts we sang him Happy Birthday and had cupcakes.
7QT - More Matthew
6.  I love that cemetery.
7QT - More Matthew
It is so pretty and there is an "old cemetery" section with the taller cooler looking tombstones.  The little white church was recently restored and I love seeing it right next to "our tree" that stands over Matthew's grave.
7QT - More Matthew
My husband's grandfather is also buried there along with many other family members.
7QT - More Matthew
I love that Matthew is buried surrounded by family.

I always like to take pictures when we are out there.  Kids, stand by that tree and act natural.
7QT - More Matthew

7QT - More Matthew

7QT - More Matthew
7.  I have been working on a slideshow for Matthew for the last two years.  I keep wanting to tweak it and adjust it and at this point I better leave it alone before I destroy it completely so I will post it now and be done with it.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Matthew

Today, in celebration of Matthew's second birthday, I thought I would share a video of his bath.  This is one of the few videos we have of him and the only one longer than a few seconds.

He wasn't the biggest fan of the bath and that is one of the few times in his life that he cried.  He did love to have his head rubbed though.

Happy Birthday to my sweet baby Matthew.  We miss you everyday.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Princess

It is birthday season around here and yesterday was the Princess's 6th birthday.
I was planning on writing a whole post about it but this week is crazy busy so instead I will just throw some pictures at you.

Pictures of her birthday celebration at Chuck-E-Cheese.

Cake on her actual birthday.
And some photos of her through the years on or near her birthdays.

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