Let’s Organize This Place

Organize

You know that feeling where you are about to freak if one more thing falls out of a cupboard or your kids throw one more toy under their bed? Just me? Good to know.

I’m currently at this point. I was cleaning the house today and went to go throw a toy in the boys large outdoor storage bin that we have to hold all of their toys and noticed that the lid wouldn’t even close. You guys, this thing is huge. So to say that it wouldn’t even freaking close is just embarrasing. Well not embarrasing but real life. And thats what I am here for. So at my expense you can watch today’s stories on the IG to see what we did about it. But in the mean time I am going to share ideas on how I plan on organizing the rest of my house in the coming months!

Pantry

My pantry is always a source of frustration for me. I LOVE having a pantry to store my groveries in. However it’s like free range for my kids. Which leaves it in total chaos after they are done.

Now this pantry from my very very favorite IG duo, Classy Clutter, is total goals. And what I am hoping to achieve with my pantry makeover. You can find the deets for this makeover here.

I also purchased this glorious wallpaper to put in my pantry once I get to that point. Also from Clasy Clutter which you can purchase here.

Toy Orgnaization

This as well as the boys closet needs the most attention. Today while sorting through everything in the large bin I pulled everything out that was little. Hot wheels, small tractors, Paw Patrol figures, etc. and plan to put each of these in their own bins. I plan to put them up on a shelf so that frees up more floor space. But it will also keep my 2 year old out of the smaller toys which will mean less clean up for mom.

I love this idea that I found via pinterest from another fellow blogger here.

Master Closet

I have been noticing a large amount of clutter in the top of my closet. So I’ll be adding everything into baskets and labeling them all. Giving it a more clean and coheasive look.

I found this gorgeous netural image from Country Living. I also think the sorted laundry basket in the bottom of the closet adds a great layer to the already orgaized space.

Laundry Room

I have about 1000 kids. You know this right? Which brings at least as many pounds of laundry. I currently have 1 washer and 1 dryer. And my dream is to have twice as many.

Isn’t this amazing! It literally makes my heart sing and all my dreams come true! This will be a larger renovation but to organize something I need a place to put all of the laundry that has been sorted and is ready to wash.

I have a large counter that I love having to fold all of my laundry on. But the space underneath is not being utilized. So I hope to put in a couple shelves and add in baskets like above. This way I will be ablet to remove the laundry hampers that are currently taking up floor space in my laundry room.

So tell me. What areas are you planning on organizing now? Clearing the chaos will invite the peace into your home as well as your mind.

Mia Familia

Kids

There are few things that reward and frustrate me more than my boys. With 4 boys close in age our house is typically loud, messy and a whole lot of wild. But wow are the rewards huge.

Raiden- age 7, my particular cowboy

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This kid is so FUNNY! He has the best sense of humor and is SO particular about what he wears. It’s strictly Wranglers, a belt buckle and a PRESSED button up. It’s a fight to get him to wear a regular t-shirt to school. No joke, the struggle is real with him. However if he is just headed to work with his dad he will wear the holiest jeans he can find and t-shirt stained with grease, no problem. Oiy! But man is he handsome.

He makes friends SO easily it blows my mind that he is mine. He’s currently in 2nd grade and finally starting to get caught up to his grade level in reading. We used to live in another town where he went to kindergarten for and they did him no service there. So when he started 1st grade in his new school he was so far behind that we were worried we would have to hold him back a year. But with lots of work and thanks to AMAZING teachers and resources he is finally getting caught back up. And I couldn’t be more grateful!!!

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I’ll be sharing more on what we did to help him better his reading later in another blog post.

Dillon- age 6, my tender soul

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My oh my does this kid have an attitude. Like bad. BUT he is by far the most tender souled kid I have. He feels things, and he feels them DEEP. He’s totally my kid. He has a pretty serious obsession with Transformers and the movie Pacific Rim, which honestly I wish he liked a better show. Watching it on repeat some days is just more than I can handle.

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He can literally get just about anything he wants when he flashes that sweet smile at his mama. Ah, the smile. He has this way of touching your soul without even trying. He is able to connect with those around him on such a deep level, which just leaves his encounters in awe. Including his parents.

Kase- age 4, my wild man

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By far my most accident prone child has been Kase. He has NO fear and wants to live life on the edge. When he was smaller, he had this gorgeous red curly hair. Melted my heart every morning when he would come walking into my room with swollen eyes and his hair completely out of control. When Kase had barley turned 3 he had an accident. A freak accident. And now almost 2 years later I still struggle with the memories and nightmares. He fell into a septic tank. I remember watching my son disappear in the dirty water after I tried to grab his hand and failed. He slipped right out of my hands. It was then I knew that I would lose this sweet face and red hair if I didn’t go in after him. He’s safe and sound and has an understandable weariness about holes in the ground. There’s more that happened during that event but those are the bullet points you need to know for now.

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So to say that I am grateful for all of the fights I have to break up between Kase and his brothers is an understatement. We would have had a huge hole left in our family if he had left us that day. So he reminds me daily with his constant need for chocolate milk (we have an addict, I’m sure), loud laughter, constant fighting with Dillon and Mack and love for anything that has a motor. Like I said, this kid has no fear.

Mack- age almost 2, My rainbow baby

Mack is my rainbow baby. But not in the sense how that term is usually used. I was 7 1/2 almost 8 months pregnant with Mack when my little brother, Jake, passed away at 19 in a car accident. Just 4 days after Thanksgiving. Worst. Day. Ever. Hands down. So when Mack made is big debut in February, he brought a whole lot of healing and love with him. Even my parents have made the remark that he is a little piece of Jake that we got back. But man did we get more than that. This kid is out of control. Like most 2 year olds he has an endless supply of energy. Energy that I can rarely keep up with.

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He has a big passion for anything with a motor. Like. It’s a big deal. He will pull this wide stretched surprise face anytime he sees anything cool. Which happens a lot and always results in me laughing. To which he fake laughs and then the laughing gets louder from those around him. I swear he has this insane connection to his mama. I mean all kids do I think, but our connection is different than my other 3 boys’s. Not that it’s any better. But I have a theory that because we spent those last couple months together going through the hardest thing I have ever dealt with, he gives me a little more slack and a lot more understanding during those times that it’s just a little harder. He gets it I think. Or maybe that’s just my little brother showing me that he is still so so close. Mack has two dimples. Just like Jake did. Neither my husband, me or my boys have dimples. When those two indents above his lip showed up I cried. I cried very very happy tears. Mack understood. He got it.

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Jud- age 27, my rock, my love, my soulmate, my bestfriend

I know when you hear someone say that they have found their soulmate or that their spouse is their best friend and you think to yourself what a cliche or ridiculous thing to say, or how could that really be true. Well I am here to tell you that it is oh so true. It really does happen. And I can honestly say that all those ring true for my sweet husband and me. We’ve know each other since we were 5. Really my parents actually taught a class we were both in when we were about 5 during church. Jud was the only boy in a class that was otherwise girls. Which left him and my dad no choice but to draw tractors together. I promise I’m not making this up. This literally happened!! I think my mom even has a couple of those drawings still in her hope chest!

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We ended up starting to date during high school after I had a very long crush on him. He finally decided to take notice of me at our high school football game. I was there with my homecoming date… and Jud positioned himself between me and my date and talked to me for the rest of the night. Sorry Drew! The rest was history after that. We date from our Sophomore to Senior year. 9 months after graduating he proposed. We were married in March and 4 months later I was pregnant with our oldest boy Raiden. Our life has always been fast paced and quick. We’ve had really really big major things happen in a matter few days. Like when we decided to move our family 2 hours away from home and to a place where we knew no one. We were moved and into a new house with a new life in about 2 weeks. The night after we made the decision Jud left to go live at the new place and learn how to run the farm that we would be taking over. I was left home with the boys and house to move. We did that for almost 3 weeks. Not one of my more favorite memories but you get the idea. We’ve had a lot of life thrown at us in the almost 9 years we’ve been married.

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But man can he give me butterflies. We haven’t lost that new love spark and he truly is my best friend. He’s the best dad and exactly what the kids and I need. We currently live on his families farm. He works endless hours raising wheat and seed potatoes. It’s a work that he loves almost as much as me. Living on the farm gives us amazing opportunities to raise our boys in real life settings. Raiden can drive a tractor and a pickup with a little help. And frequently drives a 4 wheeler around the farm fetching parts and tools for his dad or checking on something. He has always made sure that me and the kids had a hand in the farm. Which I appreciate more than I can say. Having been raised on a potato farm myself I have a large understanding for what needs to happen and I’m not too bad of a farm hand either. I’ve often had to fill in here and there, with kids in tow, when needed. I remember driving the combine for a few hours with Raiden when he was only a few months old. Or driving the grain cart in Downey while breastfeeding Mack. We’ve done it all and I seriously love it. It’s a huge part of who I am and what I value.

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Jud has always been a little kid at heart. He has legos around the house along with toy semi’s and trailers that fill his heart with so much joy. He has a deep love for diesel pickups, specifically anything duramax. I mean, I might too. But his is bigger and so much more fun to watch. I admire his passion. The passion that he puts into anything he’s doing, whether is playing with the boys, building his legos, dreaming of a pick up or farming. He leads with this heart and it shows. The men that he works with genuinely love him. To say that I am blessed is a huge understatement.

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Every morning I wake up I am reminded of that when I see these people. My people.