Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Another Transformation ~ a little space put to good use

I don't even have the BEFORE before pictures!

When we first moved in, this space was pretty nasty.
old musty blankets
fragments of grossness
cob webby (yes I'm making this a word today!)

We cleaned it out REALLY well and then the closet and storage space became
our instrument domain containing amps, guitars, Alesis keyboards, cords and merch.

After unpacking to load it all up in the car for a gig the kids found the door and began BEGGING to play in it.

This got josh's creative juices going and it was later made into what is now known as "the secret hideout".  (It doubles as the perfect tornado escape as well which we have used on MORE than one occasion.  

We found new homes for all our ministry "stuff"
(check out how little Rainy and Zeke were!)

found fragments of carpet that Josh stapled to insulate it a little bit

 it was nothing short of pure awesomeness in their minds

but with the growing amount of superhero paraphernalia and "car-cars" we needed a place for them to call home (especially with Jude taking naps in the boys room which used to have all their toys in it, which lead to a very frustrated other little boy who couldn't get any of his toys...and we'd hate for this to plant seeds of bitterness and resentment in the future, ha!)

So, I did what I always do and I went "shopping" in my parents barn and around our own house for extra storage ideas and solutions and voala!

I used some extra paint from the other rooms in the house
took the door off
placed an extra panel curtain on the coat rod
the top basket houses all our winter gloves, hats and scarves

I hung nails on the right side to hang all the superhero houses and caves

The left side is our artillery bunker;)

and, BTW,
it ALWAYS looks this nice and clean.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Take 5 ~ "Holy Hangover" edition

Band: Sigur Ros
Song Title: Varoeldur

Robbie Robot set for 5 min.


I can't, for the life of me get myself together this morning.

The things that are coming out of my mouth are things like:
"Jude, just a minute, I HAVE to get the floor ready."
"I feel like I'm in an alternate university"


Josh and I woke up at 4am yesterday and the kids were up by 5:20...sheesh!

We walked in from a L-O-N-G day last night to a kitchen FULL of dirty dishes, as we had forgotten to start the dishwasher, ants all in the honey and spice cabinet, clean laundry piled high and an equally messy disaster in every other room of the house, so it's not that I lack things to get done today, I just can't figure out where to start.

I'm just sitting here laughing, and sitting in the mess:)

It's just something that's seems permissible after a wonderful Easter Sunday with the extreme "holy hangover" that has overshadowed me.

All this while Josh forces himself out of the same demise to get motivated and work out, pick up his clothes and straighten the kitchen for me.

I was THAT mom today.  I took my kids to school in my jammies...and my glasses that are currently being held together by tape and fishing wire, ha!  It's a good thing my kids aren't at the "easily embarrassed" stage.

Timer off.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Words Worth Remembering

Alethia:"Look at those pretty daffodils!"
Cai:"I don't see any?"
Alethia:"They are all over Cai."
Cai:"What are daffodils cuz I don't see any dogs."
Alethia:"Daffodils are flowers."
Cai:"But sometimes they're dogs too."
Alethia:"No. No they aren't.  They are always flowers."
Cai:"But sometimes they are white doggies."


Cai:"When I cough it makes noises."
(aka-I have a croupy cough)


Me:"Cai don't take that car from Jude, baby."
Cai:"But he took it from me and I'm driving it down the slide."
Me:"Ok, but could you go in and get him one to drive down the slide with you?"
Cai:"Ju-Ju, you wanna go in and get a car for you to drive?  You can do it!  You are a strong boy."


Cai:"Doos all bees have yellow jackets?"


Jude:"Nah-nah?" (where's Rainy?)
Me:"Rainy's at school buddy."
Jude:"Ah-mah." (Oh man!)


Me:"Cai, now don't freak out if I can't find your Batman socks.  We will find some socks, they just might not be the exact ones you are looking for.  You're not gonna freak out are you?"
Cai:"No I not gonna freak out."
Me:"You're done freaking out?"
Cai:"Yeah, I think so."


Cai:"I'm just getting a sip of water cuz I'm really tired...(sigh)"


Cai:"When is Zeke going to be done with his homework and come to bed?  I can't even remember what he looks like or what jammies he has on!"


Cai:"What is that thing?"
Alethia:"I don't know..."
Cai:"I wondoe if it's going to be loud."
Alethia:"mommy said it isn't"
Cai:"I think it's going to be super loud."
Alethia:"No, it's not."
Cai:"What's it going to do?"
Me:"Guys, it's just an iron.  It's like a curling iron for clothes.  It's not going to make any noises, I promise."

(yeah, we don't iron much around here, ha!)


Cai:"Oh come on Zeke, don't cry! It can be a 'the best day ever'!"


Cai:"Maybe daddy can be a fixer guy when he growsded up cuz he is good at fixin' stuff."


Alethia:"Aw, look how cute he is!  I like his cheeks."
Cai:"THOSE are NOT cheeks, THOSE are nibbles!"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Take 5

Band:  Metaform

Song Title:  Letters To The Void

Robbie Robot set for 5 min...


Five minutes. It's all mine.  But then again, when you have kids, NOTHING is all yours.

Our shed practically got blown over a few weeks ago in one of those crazy wind storms.  I decided to call insurance about it and they are covering the removal AND replacement of it.  WHAT?!  How awesome is that!

I was a little giddy as I set my timer for 3:30am to get up and watch the blood moon last night.  I knew it was going to be overcast but I was hoping to see something.  In fact, Zeke learned about it in school and wanted to get up and see it too.  So when the time came around we crawled out of bed and saw the most beautifully deep red tinted sky.  The moon was tucked far into the clouds so we couldn't see it but the sky proclaimed its brilliance anyway:-)

This is Holy Week.  This year has been a little different.  Usually we do little activities throughout the week to signify different events, but this year we are watching the book of John.  We are spreading it out to finish on Saturday.  The kids have been enthralled by the real-life picture of those actual events!  Their faces...

Timer off...


Monday, April 14, 2014

Remember When... (34 memories for 34 years)

Remember when...

you used to woo me with your foot massages?

we could literally ride in the car together for hours and not say a word?

we had our DTR and it lasted a full 2 min. and my reply to "so what do you think about our relationship" was, "well, I like what we've got", and then we went in our separate tents to go to sleep?

I gave you that hideous plaid hoodie for our first Christmas?

we ate in silence and just stared at each other during our first date at Monterey's?

I was so terrified of the terrorists right after 911 that you held me in your arms that night until my panic attack went away?

you made that huge sign that said "I like you Tasha Litke" and taped it on the wall right outside my class in college and I was mortified?!

I pretended to get crushed in the mosh pit at the MXPX show so you could "protect" me?

I had  my car accident and you badgered the town to cut down the "historic tree" outside my duplex?

we communicated through email while you lived in Uganda and I was missing you so terribly in Greenville?

we went out on the boat for a date and you jumped out to tie it to the dock and I fell in the water? And then you asked if I could just go ahead and swim out to grab the boat since I was already in the water?

we had to wipe down your dash with RainX WHILE trying to drive Iggie with no power steering?

you got me up at an obscene hour to watch the sunrise and we drove to the peaks.  I refused to hold your hand because I just wanted to be in bed asleep...but then you proposed?!

we used to get up religiously at 5am to get a workout in before we headed our separate ways for work?

we snuck into Furman to watch the fireworks for our 1st 4th of July?

we jogged to Blockbuster to rent movies?

we lived in our little apt. in Greenville and we could hear that obnoxious lady blowing her nose and closing her kitchen cabinets through the walls?

you dressed up like Buzz lightyear for little Ben's birthday?

you called the firetrucks on the fire behind our seminary town homes?

we had our late night dinners after working security for that odd shift?

playing racquet ball at seminary (and kicking my butt!)?

we first found out we were pregnant with Rainy and went to "play golf"?

remember when I killed the grass because of the kiddie pool like a week before moving out of our seminary apt. and we scrambled to find the quickest growing grass seed we could find so we could get our deposit back?

we used to sit outside on our back porch, drink coffee and play games in seminary?

you were the associate pastor/ missions pastor/ worship pastor and youth pastor all at the same time?

we used to take Rainy and Zeke to the school park on Sunday nights after church in Charlotte?

you agreed to let me paint our bedroom purple?

it took HOURS to put up those stupid IKEA mirrors?

we sat at our kitchen table in Charlotte after being there a few short months, and finally decided to launch our own ministry?

we lived in Charlotte and we kept running into that guy with the bright red hair? He would show up in the most random places EVERYWHERE?

you always used to find a household project to do while trying to get out the door for a gig?

we lived on support and saw the Lord provide for us EVERY MONTH, even when the numbers made no sense on paper?

we used to be able to spend our vacations reading and laying out for hours in the sunshine?

I moved your home office to the kitchen?

I'd fall in love with you all over again, but I'm quite enjoying growing old with you!
Happy Birthday!
Thanks for being MINE:)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Story Time With Jude

Before any proper reading can occur
"bubby. pee pet. cubo." (ie-bubby, pillow pet and covers) must all be located and placed just so

Me:"A furry guy wants to take a bath"

Me:"then he throws cloths and smells the yellow one"

Me:"then he takes a bath and...yes it's a froggy"

Me:"...and then he...yup bear and..."

Me:"...then they had family hugs and..."
Jude:"ah dun. bye-bye!"

Me:"Oh you want the snail book! I love this one"
"the snail had a friend..."
Jude:"look, look! bunny!"
Me:"yes, bunny and...oh ok..."

Me:"and the snail had googly eyes and a..."

Jude:"no, no!"
Me:"Yup, the puppy has a nose..."

Jude:"no mo. k. bye bye."

Me:"There once was a little girl who was sitting down to eat..."

"...and then she saw a cat..."

"and she got some clothes on."

Jude:"ah-done. bye bye"
Me:"uh ok. mommy's gonna take a break from books for a little bit."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time It

The timer on my phone is one of our favorite things around the Colony household.

We even have a name for him: "Robbie Robot"

Sometimes he makes the kids cry with his abruptness, but it's hard to argue with him, ya know?

I set Robbie on my phone for EVERYTHING!

He helps motivate us to clean up our room, or get our homework done, or countdown minutes until the next meal (that one's for Cai;).  We set him for disciplinary actions and for picking up sticks around the yard for some extra money.  He also counts down between bathtub rotations and toy exchanges, or helps us get faster at our multiplication facts.

You name it, we've timed it.

I have started doing something new though.

I've begun timing myself!

I don't have all day to work on projects, I have 5 little people making sure of that, ha!  I do, however, have 10 min. to clean out the refrigerator, or 30 minutes to do a quick clean-up of the misplaced things around the house.

Just today I decided that the weeds had gotten way too out of control.  Alethia and Cai were crafting gifts for siblings and Jude had just gone down for a nap.  My to-do list had surprisingly dwindled (I'd been setting the timer a lot today) so I grabbed my gardening gloves and set Robbie for 1 hour.  It helped to know that I had a specific time frame to work.  It motivated me to keep going.  I tried to make little goals along the way to see if I could get to "that point" before Robbie went off.  If I hadn't have set the timer I probably would've gotten too carried away and worked well into the afternoon, forfeiting homeschooling the littles, playing with them, getting dinner prepared before the 2 older littles got home from school or even getting some other office work done.

If you are having a hard time tackling stuff around your house I'd encourage you to set the timer!  Everybody has 10-15 minutes to chip away at a task that continues to hang over your head.  You might not get the entire mountain of laundry folded, but you can at least make a mole hill out of it:)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Take 5

Band: London Grammar
Song Title: Strong

Timer on 5 minutes... GO!

I decided that sometimes I'm just going to write. Unedited. I'm not going to go back over it and read and reread it to make sure it is grammatically correct.  Or even if it makes sense. and of course no pictures or links.

It's just me, my music and 5 minutes of time:)

I just reminded my kids, again, to take their food outside.  I could care less if they carry around bags of crumbs and pretend like they are on their trip across the world to Uganda, but let's keep the little crumbs outside.

I went to Once Upon A Child today to see if I could get some money for Jude's old stroller.  It's a super nice one and in excellent condition, except for a little dime sized dirt spot, that I accidentally forgot to wipe off.  So of course, by the time I trek 3 of the colony members with me inside the store, first thing in the morning they decide that they "stain" made it unsellable.  I guess it's to Craigslist it will go.

Rainy was so keyed up after gymnastics last night, and the excitement of her field trip today, that she didn't pass out until Josh and I were snuggly in our own bed for the night.  That girl would talk all night long if I allowed it.

I've decided...

*Timer OFF*