Saturday, January 14, 2012

House decisions for the new year

So last year, about this time, we moved our selves into the tiny room and moved Sam with all his junk into the master bedroom. I thought it would help keep his toys upstairs and we didn't really need all the space, but then a few things happened:
1) We moved Claire into the big room WITH Sam because Luella became incapable of sleeping with other people in the room, and then...
2) We moved Luella into the tiny room...
3) We moved into the front (medium-sized) yellow room.
We were pretty happy with that arrangement except that I got a hankering to change our tv room into a school room and just move the tv into our upstairs room since we really only watch it a little in the evenings anyway.
So....the new house arrangement is as follows:

The kids are in the front room (medium room) and Mr Tommy built us these fabulous lofted beds (and shelves). We got the idea for these hanging beds from The Bumper Crop blog and Mr Tommy copied them pretty closely!

And as you can tell, we keep our version just as nice and clean and fancy-looking as our inspiration room! (not)

Wella is in the tiny room (with the pink couch since we moved it out of the tv room).

We are in the master bedroom again with a new couch/tv sitting area. We got a tiny loveseat to sit on for watching tv. So far we think it's comfortable and just the right size!

And the old tv room is now a school room! I love it.

The only thing is that the big master bedroom is so big (to us) and beige. There is nothing on the walls, and our bedspread is a butterfly quilt I had left from Claire's bed a few years ago.

Here are my inspirations for new bedrooms. Tell me what you think! I'm getting a real feeling of needing to get away from my beige/earth-tone thing that my whole house has been all these years. I need some color and some white and some blue even? I've never used blue except in bathrooms but it's growing on me.

And I want to do the stencil (below) behind our bed or on the big empty wall of our bedroom. But in gray or something.
Yes? Or no...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Skate boarding: Sam's new thing

Do you by any chance remember this post from 2009? Sam had just received a skateboard for the first time. He was very into it and even liked wearing all the sweet wrist pads and things that make it a little safer. Of course he just thought they made him look "awesome".

Well, fastforward to Christmas and he received his first BIG skateboard. He rode it a lot in Kansas at this nice, clean, pretty skateboard park. Most of the time he was there alone.
But, when we got back to Chicago, he really wanted to keep practicing. The parks here are a little....

And there are a lot of big boys riding dirt bikes around which worried me a little.

But they accepted us pretty quickly (i.e: they stopped riding past Sam quite so closely) and we stayed on one side so they didn't have to get out of the way too much for us.
Logan Square has a covered skateboarding park underneath the highway.

Not exactly like the one in Kansas, but I have a feeling we'll be here pretty often.

Christmas 2011

Throughout December, we used this beautiful advent circle which we bought from the Voskamp family over at Holy Experience. We used it every night along with a Jesse Tree devotional, which really helped solidify the meaning of the season with the kids. I'm sure we'll use it every year.

Christmas Eve

But we did track Santa online on Christmas Eve too. I maybe should take Santa out of the equation altogether, but there are some fun little Santa things we like to do the night of Christmas Eve. I think it's okay since they are entrenched in the real meaning every other night of December.
Opening ONE gift on Christmas Eve...a family tradition. It's always so stressful to figure out which one they should open that night. Nothing too big, but also nothing too disappointing like socks or anything.

On our way to a candle lighting service.


Cookies for Santa. We kind gave him a lot.

Stockings filled to the brim.

Santa's footprint and Rudolph's hoofprint in the fireplace ashes,

Santa's letter to the kids. He always reminds them that the real reason he celebrates Christmas is because of Jesus' birthday. :)

Christmas morning.

Claire got this new reading chair to go UNDER her new bed. (More on the new beds later).

Sam made this little gnome house and the people for Wella.

Grandma and Grandpa's house

The "dad corner" of the room.

Aunt Rebecca.

Grandpa Norton.

Matt's brother, David, got a letter jacket for Christmas so the other Harris men had to go dig out there own old jackets for a photo shoot.

Grandpa's is a little snug these days. Heehee.

The beautiful bird.

The cookbook.

The gravy.

The chef...grandma of course!

The carver. Aunt Sarah.

Grandma Evie (who Claire is named after) gave Claire lots of love.

Christmas night

Grammy and Grandad's house in Kansas


With the grand dogs: Harley and Beast.

Aunt Katie and Uncle Chance! The cousins love these guys so much because they are the cool, hip, young married people who have things like video games, dogs, candy, motorcycles, etc. They are also just pretty cool and fun in general. :) Sam sat this close to Chance, (when he wasn't on top of him) pretty much the whole time.

New sleds. I'm not going to say anything. You shouldn't either.

Playing battleship with Ms Cathy, the International Student who lives with my parents right now. She's great and taught me how to cook a big Chinese food feast on New Years Eve.

Twins...thanks Grammy!
Grandad worn out after putting in huge full days of entertaining grandkids every day we were there.
Sam on his new skateboard at the skateboard park in Wichita. He begged to go every day,  and the weather was awesome so we went!

Matt and I also "celebrated" 10 years of marriage on December 29th. Well, we didn't do anything yet, but we said "Happy Anniversary" to each other! Matt's trying to get me to do a hotel night somewhere this month, but leaving all three kids seems like such a hastle! I guess I should....

...since it has been 10 years and we DO spend every waking moment with these guys. :)