What I’m InTo September 2014 Edition
Just about 13 years ago we purchased and moved into a 50+ year old house that had more surprises and upgrade needs than we realized. During the past 2 years we’ve finally be able to really dig in and do some of the bigger more important work. The main level bathrooms and kitchen have been completely remodeled. Builder demoed all the way to the studs, knocked out walls, took out and put in closets, changed out old cast iron plumbing with pvc and rewired most of the house. We have new windows throughout the main level and basement windows are on order.
strong base for the granite tile counter tops
MORE cabinets, another set of uppers is on order
tile counter tops
As this month closes out we are enjoying the comfort and warmth of our new kitchen. There is such stark contrast between the ugly and the beauty of the old and the new. The new open space has allowed the kitchen to become that welcoming hub of family and friends, and we can hardly wait to share it. We’ve come up with a plan to begin hosting lunch a couple Fridays a month and taking turns inviting people from the different communities we are part of. I can’t wait!
I am also looking forward to October and the more steady rhythm it will bring. Since the kitchen is complete we can turn our focus and “free” time to other endeavors. The back to school for Mom photography plan I had for September fits much more nicely in October. And I’m be hosting my first ever swap here on By Quiet Waters in October. I hope that you will join us for a Toddler Busy Bag Swap, and share this opportunity with moms and grandmas of toddlers that you know.
Now, what I was into in September by category.
Read and Reading:
Clutterfree with Kids, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, Let’s All Be Brave. (want a sneak peak at Let’s All Be Brave, two chapters to download and read now?) Where There Was No Church, Families Where Grace is in Place, Generous Justice and Misplacing God (and finding Him again).
It took me about 2 months, but I finished listening to the audiobook “Tom Sawyer”. The drive home from drop off, or on the way to pick up has been all the more fun listening to this wonderful story.
Next up, I am thinking The Last of the Mohicans. There is 3/4 of the school year left, so maybe that’s enough time to take in 33 chapters of another classic.
(I completed _2_ books this month)
The kids have been asking for us to watch an episode or two of Sherlock, so we did check that out. I’m not impressed, maybe it’s just that it is another British show, but Sherlock just reminded me of Dr Who, instead of introducing a new character & program.
We also watched a couple episodes of Once Upon a Time. We will probably take in a more of those.
Until very recently, TV was just not on in our home unless it was a previously selected DVD. We still reserve the screen time for weekends, and watching this little bit is becoming an enjoyable thing to do with my tired kids at the end of the week.
This month I discovered Itunes Radio and am checking out different stations. My favorite station so far is Smooth Jazz, but the Fleetwood Mac is a close second. Typically I listen to contemporary christian music or classical, but I found it so fun to catch some of the music from days gone by. With the Itunes radio I am able to skip less desirable music and just enjoy the good ol’ stuff.
Things I Love:
Wooden puzzles and play dough – I found some great puzzles at the Just Between Friends sale. Scored Doug & Melissa puzzles for about $3.00 each.
“Miss JoyNess’ sink”.
The new hand washing sink that Builder put in our new kitchen has become part of the morning activity rotation when I have my granddaughter. She will play for 15 or more minutes with a funnel, wire whisk and bubbly water. Giving me a solid little block of time to focus on a task or another person!
In the Blogosphere:
You don’t have to be one of the cool kids
Apple Scented Sensory Rice
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On The Blog:
Sausage Tomato Soup – which I am going to be tweaking and adding to, with the hopes of creating a Pasta Fagioli like at Olive Garden.
Toddler Busy Bag Swap – It’s back to the toddler years when I have my granddaughter. She is an explosion of activity so I did a little research as I said previously. I’m really excited about the swap and hope that others join in. It’ll be so fun to have a stash of special activities to pull out for JoyNess to play with.
Some pictures from September