Morning time plans

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Monday to Thursday

Not as much as last week that`s for sure.
Lots of cooking it feels like, and tweaking of the more difficult bits of the house.
Training kiddo`s up in the way they should go, continually, repetitively, despairingly at times.
Talking more with the girls about what they like about the new house, what they miss.  How the Lord is in control.
Working on paperwork for the Provincial nomination.  Fighting for joy and peace in this. 
Getting the home school schedule a little more planned, trying not to panic about how to fit the whole of life into the hours I am up. 
Having tea parties with hot chocolate and brownies and two princesses
Making meatballs, throwing them in the slow cooker and heading to the park for long gangly girls to practice their monkey bar swinging and very nearly getting it!
Loving watching the little boys interact with each other and the girls.  Much giggling often means mischief between Hope and Hosea!
Planning to get some canning in this year, I will regret it if I don`t so tonight is apple sauce.  I have called in the reinforcements.......a sign of the season of life I am in.  No huge time limited projects without help.  I am trying to learn to live within the parameters set for me so far as time and energy go.
Doing some school type things with Hopie, she loves to be a part of it, and she is so fun one on one.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


Wow we moved a week ago today. 

And I think we may have cracked it!

Achieved today:
A second sleep after a broken night thanks to my wonderful husband.  I dreamt about driving a fire engine!
Dining room table built with the help of Heidi. 
Sun room cleared and tables set up for plants to start off in.  So far Tom has brought in the radishes and lettuce from outside and planted peas.  He set out to get more seeds today but there was none to be found in Calgary this late on in the year.  I guess the fact that we should have snow sometime next month has something to do with it. 
Changed the screen door glass to the the screens to try and get some air flowing through without the bugs!
Banister rail attached and stair gate put up. Previously we had to put Hosea in one area or another, but now we should be able to function on the main floor without getting stuck on the wrong side of a stair gate. While we did this the boys slept and the girls played in the back yard.  Little did we know they were caking themselves in mud.  Apparently they were trying to cool down!  Oh well, baths are useful and it bath night after all.

Good friends came over and helped us get the motivation to get the final boxes in the right spots.  In theory Tom and I now have somewhere to put our clothes, but how long it takes for me to get them there remains to be seen.

I guess all that remains is to get some pictures taken, and then choose some colours and materials to start the renovations.

Friday, August 24, 2012


Moved all the things from the front entry way and put the majority away!
Rearranged the boys room and unpacked their clothes into the white drawers
Moved lots and lots of boxes into the master bedroom from the sun room so you can now walk into the sun room and see some of the floor!
Made a chocolate rhubarb cake with the girls,  seriously good recipe.  Like a cakey brownie with sour bits in it, yum  Added the last of the sour cherries too.
Finally put the bed frame together so tonight will be the first night in a bed and not the sofa bed.  Yippee.
Cleared a path to the bed from the door.
Started to make list of priorities for tomorrow. Mine, organising and unpacking.  Tom's getting seeds and starting to turn the sun room into the food production area.  Plan to leave at least room for one chair for me.
It rained nearly all day today, so after supper we all went out for a walk, the girls on their bikes and the boys in the stroller.  Heidi is getting so good at pedaling, she was sad to have to come home. It is nice to live on a street so quiet that we can watch her biking up and down the street by herself to get out the last of her wiggles before bed. 


Unloaded the van before Tom went to work, things piled outside house and back gate.
Arranged girls room, and unpacked clothes from suitcase into plastic drawer units.  To trial and see how well it works.
Moved all the junk into the house.  Unpacked the kitchen things (more!) and left the other things in the front entry way!
Took the kids out for a walk in the afternoon and played in the park
Seats back in the van
Unable to update blog because my computer broke!  So back to no internet for me in the day, not a bad thing I guess
Early night

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Unpacked 5 more kitchen boxes
Poorly big girl slept much pf the morning
Cleared old plant pots off decking
Rubbish in outdoor bin, overflow in shed
5 boxes to garage
Part of laundry room scrubbed, deep freeze moved, bleach added ready for scrap and scrub tomorrow
Back to old house for final bits removal and clean.
Home at 1am!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Moving and settling into the new house

Well we moved on Saturday, and it has been non stop since then, even more than it was before then.
Life is going to be busy for a while, so I am hoping to keep some kind of day to day diary of the things that we are doing in the house etc mostly so that on the days we feels that nothing is moving we can look back and see it.

Saturday moved stuff over to new house in one load in the back of the bread truck.  Boys and girls all looked after by friends for the morning, in the new place for the unloading and the start of the sorting out/organising.
Bunk beds built and bedding found. Day bed also made up and put in girls room.  3 sets of wet bedding by morning!
Light fitting will need changing to bunk beds can go against the corner of room.
Box 46 was lost for much of the day, and finally found tucked away in old house in cupboard, It contained screws etc for boys cots.
One cot built, play pen put up for the other bed.
Airing cupboard unpacked
Esther slept on top bunk, Tom and Hope on bottom and Heidi in day bed!
Living room arranged, will likely be rearranged in due time but somewhere to sit.

Sunday church, park with splash pool, home for supper kindly given to us from fundraiser dinner the night before.  Good to rest.

Monday amazing friends came over to help clean. (problems with cleaning agency means that house was not clean when we moved in).
Kitchen cleaned, cupboard above the fridge packed into 5 boxes and taken out.
Bathroom cleaned and towels put into cupboard from airing cupboard to make way for toys
Main bedroom cupboard cleaned and boxes started to be stacked in so we can walk about and begin to think!
Ran dishwasher and went downstairs to discover sewage on the floor of the basement.  Rang plumber and arranged for him to come out Tuesday am.
Packed to spend night in old house.
Cleaned front entry cupboard.
Ended up washing with hose in front garden after cleaning up the sewage!
Tom helped friends move book cases from old house out.

Tuesday Spent the day cleaning parts of the old house, and sorting out thank you's for everyone who helped look after the kids for the move.
Plumber unblocked the floor drain and extracted tree root balls.  Also got face cloth out of the en suite toilet (that explains why it overflows!)  Replaced the kitchen tap and the en suite sink. 
Put leaves in the table in the kitchen and set chairs around it. Moved the microwave. Tom changed light  bulbs in kitchen to energy saving. Ran dishwasher.  No sewage in the basement.  Hurrah.

Now lets see if I can keep this up for the length of the renovations!