KonMari-ing the Husband

I keep forgetting to post updates, but I finally took an afternoon to get through Brian’s things and it’s mostly done!

I didn’t actually make him hold everything and decide if it sparked joy, but it’s done and the veterans are getting another 4 lawn and leaf bags!

There’s obviously still some work to be done, but it’s like a decluttering snowball… I’m in the zone, just wishing I had more time to work!

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Konmari (kind of): Clothing

Ok so I scheduled a babysitter for the afternoon today now that our California Closet is complete and the master floors are in!

After reading The Life- Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I was dying to get going!

I’m realistic about the amount of clothing I own, so I really thought I’d get to tops only today. Maybe start bottoms. However, once I got going, I flew through almost all of it!

To set the stage, I wore comfy clothes and running shoes, instead of finery like Marie does. I also opted for the 90s music channel instead of silence or classical music. I’m not ashamed to say Wilson Phillips gets me going!

So I bopped, sang and rapped my way through maybe 3 1/2 hours of sorting, purging and organizing. I kept things that made me happy, that I wear. Not the things that I’ve held on to “just in case” or because someone gave it to me as a gift. Let’s face it, I have my favorites, my go-to pieces, and I tend to ignore all else.

The end result was 5 lawn and leaf bags chock full for poor Brian to lug downstairs so I can donate them. I’m left with only things that make me happy and that I’ll actually wear.

I love my closet!

The one section of hanging space was unfortunately too short for my tops to hang, so I’ll have to ask California Closets to come raise that shelf for me, but otherwise I must have purged the magic number because everything has a place. I can tell at a glance everything I own! And I don’t have any off- season clothes stored away! The only clothes I have elsewhere are my fancy dresses in the basement closet. I’m ok with that!

I even Konmari folded the clothes in my drawers!

Brian’s first statement was “yeah that’ll be like that for a day.” But I’m like, “no way! Do you understand how happy this makes me?”

I can’t wait to cart out the bags of donations and the empty bins and start on the next category: books!

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all had a fun Halloween! We had a busy day at Easton’s school, then back and forth to preschool. Then we had to wake up 2 sleepy kids to go trick- or-treating!


Mommy was prepared though…

(My special hot chocolate in my mug!)

The kids had a blast and got way too much candy! (I love you, house that leaves out a basket of toothbrushes! )

They did have to be reigned in and reminded of rules and politeness about halfway, but they were just so excited. More excited to ring doorbells than get candy because that’s what they cried over!

Overall they had an awesome Halloween and we hope you did too!

From the mouths of my babes…

So Easton had a Lego Star Wars hardcover book, and after time all that is left is the covers. LOL. He tells me tonight, “I guess I’ll have to make my own pages to fill up the book.” I was like, “that’s a great idea. I can get you paper to work on that tomorrow. Why don’t you go plan it out in your journal?” He got all excited and ran off down the hall toward his room and called out, “oh yes! Thanks Mom! Mommy you make me smarter!”

UGH, like could you die? Makes it all worthwhile…

A Big City Adventure

I’m so happy to share Laurie Berkner’s newest music video, “Umbrella”. The reason I’m so excited about it is because my kids are in it!! Enjoy!!!

We had a fun and interesting trip to NYC to participate in this video! From greatly underestimating the commute into the city, to a screw-up with the parking garage, to navigating Chelsea Market with 5 kids, to being unprepared with the proper clothing colors…it was certainly a learning experience for these non-stage parents.




Overall, the kids had fun and we enjoyed our adventure! I think we’d do it again! Big thanks to Michelle Puskas and Take Flight Dance Center for including us in this fun, thanks to the crew at the YouTube Studios in NYC, and thanks to Laurie Berkner for letting us be a part of this and being so sweet to my children. We are all now fans for life!

Also, check out the rest of her videos on YouTube, and go buy her new album, Superhero!!

How To Play

“Mommy, will you play cars with me?”

The dreaded words. It’s not that I don’t like playing with my son. It’s just that it’s hard!! There’s RULES. It’s taken me a number of years to figure it out. So I’m passing on the wisdom:

1.  Don’t sit on the couch or a comfy chair. You must be on the hard floor, even if you lose feeling in parts of your body.


2.  Sit and wait to be handed a toy. Don’t dare try to pick up a car without being handed one!


3.  Wait for them to explain the story that you will act out. And never, I repeat, never try to freestyle and create your own plot.

4. When your part is over, wait patiently for your next direction. Do not try to leave.

5. Make sure other participants follow these rules. Law breaking will not be tolerated by anyone.

If you follow these simple rules, you can have a successful play session, and you might even earn the right to choose your own car next time, or the voice you use to talk.

Good luck!

When Your Baby Turns Five

I don’t know how it happened, but yes, Easton is FIVE YEARS OLD!!!  My sweet baby, whose infant photos pop up on my Facebook all the time, is five.  When he turned four, he was still a little child.  Granted he was a huge little child, but he still was my baby.  Now, he’s five.  It’s like a game-changer.  Five is a grown-up boy.  Well, in some ways.  Thank goodness he still loves his mommy and loves to cuddle with me and is quite attached.  Thank goodness for that!

 

He was eligible for kindergarten, but would have just made the cutoff by a matter of weeks.  After discussing the issue with his preschool teachers and many other parents, we decided to give him another year of preschool.  Academically I think he’s ready, but emotionally and maturity-wise, I think it will be good for him to grow a bit more.  So he will now be attending the preschool at our high school that the hs students teach.  It’s a wonderful place and I’m excited for them to start!  Unfortunately it starts later while the students are learning to be teachers, but it will be well worth the wait.

So Easton…what can I say?  He’s the leader of the pack around here.  He teaches his brothers and sisters all the ways to break the rules and drive mommy insane.  At other times, he is the most amazing big brother, and will patiently help them with a toy or read a magazine with them.  It’s all about the highs and lows.

He visited the pediatrician for his five-year-old well visit, and is once again off the charts for height, at 3’11”.  Although right now he measures 4 feet on our giant ruler!!  He also weighs in pounds what his height is in inches (if you followed that!) so he’s 47″ and weighs 47lbs, which is around the 75th percentile.  The doctor says he’s perfect, and I agree!

Easton still loves Star Wars, but Lego tops everything.  At night we watch Lego videos, including Lego Pokémon, Lego Jurassic World and just LEGO.  LEGO LEGO LEGO!!  His second favorite obsession is dinosaurs, so we also watch a lot of Dino Dan on YouTube and NickJr.  Easton likes to run around with Daddy and play “Wampa” and look for slugs outside, but he also loves to sit at the table and color or draw pictures.  He’s turning into a  good artist, and loves hanging up his pictures in the kitchen!  His favorite thing to draw are “Werewalkers” (AT-AT Walkers for all you Star Wars fans).  He’s also a big fan of rainbows and the color pink lately, which I’m ok with.  You gotta be comfortable in your masculinity to love pink and rainbows lol!!  Easton also loves to borrow my phone!  He’s a silly goofball and he makes me laugh every day.

Easton had requested “decorations and balloons” for his birthday, so we hung up some Happy Birthday signs and blew up a bunch of balloons for the living room.  They love balloons!

The next thing he wanted to do was go out to breakfast.  So our whole gang went out to Perkin’s with Grammy & Pappy for a yummy meal.  Then we had a chill morning playing and at naptime Easton and I went out to Toys R Us for birthday shopping!

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Easton got his crown and balloon, and picked out five presents (plus one for good luck – I have a hard time saying no to him!) for his birthday, which included Lego Star Wars, Lego Ultra Agents, Lego Halloween stickers, Lego Star Wars watch, a Hot Wheels fire truck and Shopkins.

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Then we hit the drive-through at McDonald’s for milkshakes.  Of course, Easton only wanted a few sips, so I guess I HAD to finish his also!

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Last, we went to Shoprite to pick out a birthday cake.  E surprisingly chose a fruit tart!  Later on, we had a dinner of chicken, noodles and carrots that E (also surprisingly) chose.  Then Aunt Holly, Madison and Jackson came over for cake and presents.

And, of course we measured and marked him on the giant ruler!!

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Daddy also brought home one more present later on…

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I’d say our amazing boy had an amazing day!!