Tuesday, July 1, 2014

perspective shift

We moved! The last week in May we closed on a house in Boise. The home buying process really started for us in January. When we came back from Seattle we were living at a home that Matt's mom owns. It was a great fit temporarily but we wanted something more permanent for the boys, especially because our oldest is starting high school next year. (!!!)

After almost 6 months of house hunting, I thought we should just throw in the towel. We had put in offers and had the owner decide to rent it out instead or raise the price $20,000. Seriously, so many crazy stories to tell. Finally we found a good fit and fought through the closing process that was again, the hardest we have experienced in 5 times buying a home. We are getting moved in to the new place and I will share it on the blog, but I wanted to share the space we created in our "temporary" home first. 
I was having such a pity party. When I would fall in love with a house and it fell through, I would freak out. It felt like, even though it was only a few months, we would never find and close on something that could be home for the 6 of us for the next season. 

Then Matt's mom asked me to take photos of the house we had been staying in, so that after we moved out she could list them for future renters. Total perspective shift. I cleaned everything and staged it like a house showing and snapped away. I was feeling so good about what we had done since August to make the place feel like "us." Love the one you're with. Or something like that.
 Our bedroom.
 Half bath.
 One of the boys bedrooms. (random side note; I regret not setting up the boys beds straight away. It felt very sloppy for all those months. Matt and I set their beds up right away in the new house. Lesson learned.)
 Front room as you enter the front door.
 Front room looking at the front door.
 Kitchen.
 Bathroom. Matt hung old fence pickets as towel hooks and shelves in here and I cannot wait to do it again in another space. I don't care how modern the trends go, shabby chic has my heart.
The back patio with some plant I don't know going nuts. There is also a wisteria that is monstrous out there. A decade ago there was a sewer leak so all the plants are real happy out there ;)

It was so interesting to me that such a simple practice could give me a new outlook. I have already been doing that at the new house. When I get stuck with something about a different set up, I will clean house and start hanging pictures for the now. The perfectionist has got to go, after all, we will probably be moving again soon. Ha! (laughing out loud, crying inside)

master chef





Here is a fun thing we did this last year with homeschool. Our very own Master Chef mystery box challenge. I gave the 3 oldest boys a plate full of the same ingredients and Matt, Collin, and I judged their creations on presentation, taste, and creativity. I gave them angel hair pasta, sausage, parsley, shallots, heavy cream, pizza dough, romano cheese, artichoke hearts, lemon, and a very limited pantry. Most of the items did not have labels so they had to smell or taste or just ignore it if they did know what it was. They did not have to use everything and they had a small bit of help with the stove and blenders and such.




I was blown away! They did so great and got really into it, not to mention the food was really good. Aden made his own marinara and added carrots for presentation. (I thought this would be gross but the carrots were really good with it.)

Collin was very articulate and tried everything, giving feedback to each dish and writing down his score.


Kaleb opted for the pizza rather than pasta and it was delicious.
Parker did a pasta dish with lemon and even used the lemon peel in the boiling water for the noodles, very smart!


As for the scoring, each judge could give up to 10 points for the three separate categories and in the end a dish could earn a maximum 90 points. (up to 30 from each judge.)

Aden had the best looking dish in our opinion, not as creative but the taste was surprising and real good. He earned 79 points total.

Kaleb's pizza won us over in the taste category, we all finished every bite. He came in with 79 points as well.

Parker was the most creative, we thought. He used more sophisticated flavors and Collin hated it. In the final tally he earned 76 points.

Everyone was happy though. For about $30 in groceries, it was enough for 3 meals. It was cheap and fun and I love that these guys are developing this skill. Collin has already said we need to find another judge because he wants in on it next time.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

easter


Fun time celebrating Easter this year with boys and bow ties and bunnies.

My mom's family sold my grandparents home this year. As they were cleaning out the closets they found a box with four bow ties in it. I grabbed them up and boom! Grandpa Chuck's stylish legacy lives on.
The rest was all heading to worship, egg hunts, cascarones fun, and talking through Aunt Lindsay's set of resurrection eggs from 20 years ago.




















Thursday, April 24, 2014

boy mom

There is a lot about parenting that has thrown me for a loop. Having four boys, one thing I knew for sure was that team sports would be a part of our future. This year it was Aden's turn to try lacrosse. A funny thing about my detail oriented son, he is the only one in the family to ever read the rulebook for lacrosse. Aden is number 8 on the yellow team.











 Here is what I consider my best capture to date:
 Can you see the ball he just shot? The goalie caught it but we were so proud anyway.