Monday, May 18, 2009

So....

Are you tired of pictures of these things yet? Well, here are miss Kyleigh's blocks all together, finished and shipped. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out, even though they aren't perfect. And I'm even happier that I'm done with them. It shouldn't have taken me so long to finish them but I'd get stuck on something and they'd sit for a couple of months until I'd remember them again. Thankfully Kyleigh hasn't started school yet :) Travis spilled the beans on the aprons for Landon and Cameron and I kind of meant them as a surprise. But I think they'll like using them when they bake with Shane.
When you live in a house the size of ours every little bit of space is important. There are nooks here and there where stuff is just kind of piled for lack of a better place to put it but for the most part everything has a place. I should really get rid of everything that doesn't. But for the last two and a half years that we've lived here our hallway has pretty much looked like this:
Actually that's a vast improvement of what it used to be. We used to have one laundry hamper that wasn't nearly big enough to hold dirty clothes for 5 people. We bought this laundry sorter at Costco a few months ago and I love it. It really is the best $50 I ever spent. But it left little walkway in the hall. I can't even count how many times I've caught my wrist on the hall closet door while walking by. It always *really* hurts. But since our cats departure, it opened up storage space in the laundry room and we were able to put the laundry sorter in there. Finally. So here's our walkway now:
It feels really weird to have all that space but I love it. I also love that my bathroom (laundry and bathroom are together) doesn't smell like cat litter- or worse. When I walked in there this morning I actually noticed that the bathroom smelled *good*- vanilla coconut- heavenly compared to what it was.
Can you guess what these guys are? The pile of seeds under the plants probably gives it away. Pumpkins. Yes, pumpkins. Last fall when my decorative pumpkin was starting to go bad I tossed it out in the back yard because I'd heard that deer like to eat the inside. I don't think any deer nibbled on it but the seeds were all left behind after the pumpkin decomposed. So now I have little pumpkin plants- I think I counted 8 in all. Travis almost mowed them down last night not realizing what they were. So I guess we'll see how it goes. Could I be lucky enough to get more than one pumpkin this year? My fingers are crossed....

7 comments:

Mary said...

The hallway looks great! What a great feeling to put it all away somewhere.

Gotta love the pumpkin volunteers. Can't wait to see how that works out.

Christy said...

Stealthy little pumpkins! How wonderful!
Only someone who lives in a small house could understand what you mean when you look at an empty *hallway* and are overjoyed to have "that much space!" I love it :)

Ms. Tee said...

Your hallway does look great - I love your wood floor. And you did a great job on sewing those blocks - so cute.

About the pumpkins - how cool! I will have to look out back - I did the same thing with ours last fall! :)

Tracy Wyatt Mock said...

I cant play video games at all because I get motion sickness too! Forget going to a movie that has to much camera action moving every where.... it will make me puke! I thought I was the only one like this! haahaa!

Amy said...

Christy- yeah, I guess it would be ridiculous to most people to consider that space. But it's the only part of the house that you can take more than two steps without walking around a piece of furniture. I can hardly imagine what it would be like to have a house 2 or 3 times this size. It's funny but I found myself thinking yesterday that I'm happy here and I've gotten used to the space issue.

Tracy- OK, glad to hear it. I thought I was the crazy one. IMAX movies are tough for me to watch. I once watched one on whales- the boat that they were shooting from was bouncing so much that I totally got sick. That was the first time I'd ever had motion sickness.

Angie said...

Oh! I love the blocks and can't wait for Kyleigh to see them! I didn't know about the aprons because Shane wouldn't tell me but I am sure they will be a big hit:)

Tisra said...

You're so inspiring with your garden-y goodness. And WOW the hallway is a big deal. We have areas of this house and when it all finally falls into place, it is AMAZING at the way it lifts spirits. Each time I have a "space issue", I like to remember the folktale about the man who was told to invite all the animals into his house. Here: http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/productreviews/fr/littlelittle.htm

:-)