Friday, March 9, 2012

SINE DIE: Things I've said to my kids in the last 60 Days that People Also Say During Legislative Session

For those of you who know someone involved in the legislative process in Florida, and many other states too, session is ending today, hopefully.  In Florida, session is sixty days long.  During this time, things are busy and we don't get to see our whole family together nearly enough. As my daughter has said during prayers for the last two weeks, "Please let Daddy's busy time get over soon." Tonight, "busy time" ends!  

In celebration, I have written down the following: 

Things I've said to my kids in the last 60 Days 
that People Also Say During Legislative Session

1. Go back to your room (chamber) and don't come out until you are ready to play nice with your brother. 

2. That costs too much, put it back.  

3. Just because your friend did it, doesn't mean it's ok for you to do it too.  

4. No means no.

5. Is it bedtime yet?

6. Quit acting like a baby.

7. Trust me.

8. Because I said so.

9. Put your pants back on. 

10. I can't understand you when you whine like that.

11. Ok, it's time to go home.

It's been a long sixty days, so...

Sine Die, friends! Sine Die!

Thursday, March 8, 2012



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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pinned It and Did It: Vertical Clothes

Pinterest is a super-fun site that can result in a feeling of crafty/organizational/cooking/fashion inadequacy like no other site.  Just a few months ago, our only option for true cyberspace procrastination was to thumb through other people's pictures on Facebook, and now look at us!

Well, sucked in I am.  Pinterest is as much an amazing resource for inspiration, as much as it is also a place to to get new ideas I never even knew I needed.  However, I frequently see things now and am so skeptical of whether it will actually work and wonder if there are actually moms out there who really come up with and do thousands of crafts with their kids.

After sitting on my bum and collecting ideas of things I want to do on Pinterest, I started actually doing some of them.  Some have worked as planned, others not so much.  When I can, I'll share my repinning adventures.

My first one is an idea that I saw, "Repin"-ed, and did! I just grabbed the bull by the horns and started doing it at my house!  That's right.  No procrastination on this idea.  I put the keyboard down and got back to putting away the laundry I had been procrastinating.  It's called "Vertical Folding:"

It has been a couple of months since I first tried this, and I am happy to say, it has WORKED!  The kids no longer dig through their drawer for their favorite shirt and putting their clothes away has been just as easy as it was before.  

Here is what their shirt drawers look like right now, and I didn't even have to do any extra straightening to take the pictures!  (This was seriously unheard of before at my house, especially since I let them pick out their own clothes and put them away before.)

Thank you Chasing Cheerios for that great post!  

I have even done this with my daughter's leggings and my shirt drawers.  I modified this slightly for the kids jammie drawers and while I still stack their jams, I fold them with both pieces together to minimize the need for digging.  

I'm a sucker for organizational tricks that keep me looking organized, 'cause organized, I'm really not.   My world has to organize me, I don't organize it.  

Next time I will address the Pin that has circled the feed a couple of times, Painting with Colored Shaving Cream.  It really seemed like a good idea at first.  

If you aren't on Pinterest, you have to be invited.  Sounds exclusive, right?  Just find a friend who is and ask for an invite or send me an email and I will do it!