Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Homeschool Classroom 2016-2017

I have been meaning to post this for such a long time now but it kept getting away from me. We are on week 12 of homeschool. It's been going pretty well. Over the summer I took a look at our back room, behind the kitchen. It is a small bedroom-sized room and it also houses our laundry. We had a deep freeze and two huge industrial shelves back there, for storage. We kept the litterbox in there. All-in-all it was kind of a gross room. Mainly because, in order to keep the rest of the house orderly, we tossed everything in there and pretended the room didn't exist. It was our laundry/utility/storage.

And I got sick of it. I love cleanliness. I love order. I love organization. I love everything having a place. I also love making good use of each space. I felt like we could make better use of the space by converting it into our classroom! Our dining room is the center of our house and it got taken over with school stuff.

Here's where we were doing school, which isn't too shabby. But when it's the center of your house it quickly gets taken over by school stuff. I needed a space to put school things, out of sight, so it wasn't consuming me and stressing me out:

I didn't get a before of the laundry/utility/storage room until after it was cleared out. The washer and dryer are in this separate space to the right. I had already begun filling in holes and getting ready for paint here.  

Notice the ceilings. I don't know why, but when we moved in I thought sponging metallic paint on the ceiling would look cool. Guess what! It doesn't!

Ceiling was painted white, the walls pale gray-blue, trim white. Elaina was helping paint the trim here.

These floors. SIGH. Well due to lack of funds we did what we could afford. And that was to paint them, with floor paint. I made sure everything was screwed down securely, filled in the seams with wood putty, and then power sanded it all down.

 I applied a primer and then a medium gray floor paint. We couldn't walk on it for days. And because it was so humid, it will still a little sticky when we did finally touch it. My cat walked over it, too, leaving little pawprints. Painting these floors was the worst thing I think I've ever done but there's no looking back.

Rare view of part of the room from the backyard window.

Finally moving in. We waited extra days to put furniture in there but it still rubbed up some of the paint. So so frustrating but better than plain orange-y plywood.

We ended up taking the little table out of the middle of the room and putting in a pretty, soft rug that the kids could lay on and read books.

Our bookcase is colorful and holds our school books, reading books, and anything we may need during lessons, like sharpeners and erasers. I love this bookcase.

All-in-all the room is bright, cheerful and best-of-all it is useful! This is our homeschool classroom.

Monday, November 14, 2016

And then she was one... and he was five...

September has already come and gone but I had to share: the baby is one!

Big beautiful blue eyes!

The kids helped me make her funfetti cupcakes. We put these pearl candies on and then regretted it shortly after. They were hard as rocks! Pretty, but not edible. I thought they'd be softer like wedding mints.

The pearls sure looked pretty.

Eating her birthday dinner: pizza. She was a little nervous because her grandparents were there. For whatever reason she freaks out when she sees them. No idea why! She's done it since she was old enough to notice people.

She loved the frosting (we plucked her pearl candies off). But she didn't really go crazy with the cake. Just a few nibbles of frosting were enough.

Wearing the jumper that her Nonna made for her. Little blurry but so cute. She has the best smile and the best hugs and the best giggles...

And big brother turned five just 12 days after her first birthday... I made a chocolate cake from scratch. But we used pre-made frosting that I tinted turquoise. It was so yum!

This wasn't taken on his exact birthday, but a few days before. Just love her squeezing her brother's face. They aren't always this amiable but they do get along pretty well!

Woke me up birthday morning so I could wish him a happy birthday.

I didn't get very many pictures of birthday boy. The boys move so fast. But he loved his Toy Story Busybook and got a pic of him playing with his gift, with two of his sisters.