Monday, October 24, 2016

New Office Plan

Awhile back I talked about my office and how it was, like, 
the opposite of minimal and how I was okay with that.

Yah, so it's still pretty maximal and it's not so much that I want a minimal look, it's just that I'm running out of space.  I have piles of stuff...sample books or mission collection stuff or gifts or projects or whatever and I need some space for the temporary piles.

I want a new colour.
I am quite badly dying to have some green.

So - step one - I'm choosing a colour.  One of the 3 dark greens up there.  
The metal vintage filing cabinet is my inspiration.
I really hope I'll have some progress to share next week!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Back To Reality - Eli's Room

Well, we've been home from our summer adventure for nearly two months, 
and everyone's been quite happy to get back into the swing of things. 
Except, me. 
I have found the return to reality to be quite difficult. 
Like, they expect me to cook again here people. 
What has been hardest is mourning the loss of time together with no distraction. Everyone says wow, that was a once in a life time trip...which is true. It's very unlikely I'll ever have 8 weeks of uninterrupted time with my family again. Which is lovely during the planning and executions stages, but frankly a bit depressing when the "once in a lifetime" trip is over.  Cause I've got quite a bit of lifetime left, you know?

So, obviously to get over my sadness I went to work on Eli's room. 
He had been hoarding all kinds of junk by keeping it well hidden for quite some time. 
And then it overflowed. 

Look what was under his dresser.

Yup.  Time for a clean out, purge and sort.  
He was not really on board at first but once he got into it he enjoyed having everything organized and having less to worry about tidying.  
The trick of organization is that it makes cleaning that much quicker.  

So we moved things around a bit and got rid of the lego table.

I gave him a bigger shelf for his books.

And a smaller dresser for his clothes.  Cause what we learned carrying around a backpack for 8 weeks is you really don't need many clothes!

I used these drawers on wheels that Cate no longer needs due to her loft bed to give
 Eli some easily accessible storage.

I took away his desk with four drawers because every one of those four drawers was FULL of junk.  Sometimes having the space to hoard, just allows you to hoard.

Now he has a table, no drawers and two boxes to keep paper and writing stuff.

 His closet is much better after purging many toys he wasn't using and if the remaining bins get a bit out of hand, we can just close the curtain.  

It feels so great to get a space that was in chaos back under control!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ireland, the Grand Finale - Week 8

We could not have ended our dream vacation in a more lovely place.  
Ireland is just...I can't even think of one good word.  It's stunningly beautiful and serene and peaceful and shockingly green and friendly and quaint and fun.  Everything I ever imagined it to be.
This crossing sign sums it up...adorable!

We began our 10 days in the north.  This was our view.

The apartment was spacious and beautiful, right across from the beach.
(And it had Orla Kiely wall paper!)

We visited the Giant's Causeway,

and had some beach days.

We hiked, 

and hung out,

and ate,

and enjoyed a trip to Dublin.

Then we drove across the country to stay in the west for 5 days.  The drive was so beautiful but not without some nail biting (insanely narrow roads) and nausea (super windy roads).  

The miles and miles of rock walls criss crossing the country were worth it though.

Our house is right on the sea and has been cozy and comfortable for our last sleeps here.

Oh - and it is right beside an old castle!

And some cows!

We had some fun at an aviary and cavern.

And we've enjoyed driving around and checking out the farmer's markets and craft fairs.

Sadly we hit traditional Irish weather, so beach days here are not as cheery.

And it took us 3 tries to get to the Cliffs of Moher.
But it was so worth it!!

We had some fun eating in pubs,

and seeing some bits of my heritage (Shannon was my maternal grandmother's maiden name).

And now, our 8 weeks have come to an end.  We will fly out of Dublin tomorrow.  The saddest part of our return for me will be losing time with this amazing family.  They will head off to school and work and I will be back to my routine.  I will miss them so much.

We have been so truly blessed to have had this time together and to have seen and experienced such spectacular things!