Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Year Ahead

This year begins very different from last year. I have a toddler instead of a baby and I am no longer nursing. (Only since last month but still...) And we are living with my parents as we look for a new house.

Every circumstance in life has good and bad points. I am trying to look for the good in everything. For example, our current living situation. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming not to have our own space or alone time but there are so many good things too. We have live-in babysitters. I don't have to make dinner every night. And as we discuss when to try for our second, I am enjoying just having Audrey. I am enjoying her 6pm bedtime and being able to just give her all my attention. I know that if we do have more children, it will only get busier. One of my New Year's resolutions is to be more diligent with my time since I won't have this much time for quite a few years to come. It seems silly but I think I need to schedule out my days. I can see that I waste quite a bit of time just wondering what I should do. I know I also need downtime during the day so that will be written down too but I just know I can get more done if I see my day written out before me. We'll see how well it will work.

Overall I am very thankful for all the blessings of the past year and praise God for all His mercy and patience with me.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gift Wrap Galore

The gifts have been piling up in my little room here at my parent's house and I have turned my thoughts toward gift wrap ideas. I hope to start earlier this year so I am not rushing to get everything wrapped at the last minute. I really enjoy gift wrapping and rushing takes all the fun out of the whole event. My plan is to get everything ready to be wrapped (in boxes with tissue paper) and then get them all wrapped in a couple nights' time.....while Christmas music plays and hot chocolate sits in a large mug next to me.

I've been scouring the internet and found Creature Comforts blog where there are some lovely ideas for gift wrapping.

There's a great video tutorial on how to make these adorable pom poms. They would make any gift look cozy and adorable.

I just bought a big roll of red and white baker's twine that I'm very excited to use for this year's gifts.

Happy Wrapping!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dreaming of a new home....

Much has happened since I last posted. Forgive me for slacking but things have been a bit hectic. We are no longer in our home and have moved in with my parents.

Let me explain. My husband and I had been discussing the idea of moving. Moving to be closer to family and church. We thought about possibly putting our place up for rent to see what would happen knowing we could move in with my parents anytime (they had a couple empty rooms). After discussing for a few months we finally decided to list. Well, it happened very quickly and within a month of us listing, we were moved in with my parents.

Things have been a little chaotic. We were living out of boxes for a few weeks until we could get everything put away and Audrey's room set up. We actually did not come with as much baggage as we anticipated as we were able to rent out our place fully furnished including linens and dishes. We are finally settling in and I've been dreaming of our new house lately. I'm excited about the prospect of getting new things since we left so much. It has really gotten me thinking about all that I own. I have become more ruthless in purging and selective about what I buy. I'm trying to remember the mantra that a few great, quality pieces are better than a house full of so-so pieces. It's hard sometimes to pass up a great deal but I have to ask myself if the quality is great and if I love it. Moving will definitely help you rethink all you own.

In the meantime, I've been gathering images of great spaces to inspire me.