Organizing a household

So we’ve been trying hard for the last year to get our house decluttered and more organized and I must say (I haven’t thought this for the longest time) but we’re making progress. It’s a very slow and painfull one you see it’s going way to slow for my taste… But even with baby steps we will get there one day.

One of the things that helped us get on track this last year was a menu planner. After using it this past year and me switching to low carb food the planner just wasn’t working as it could so we adapted it, made a dry erase version by putting it in a frame and there you have it our menu planner 2.0. If anyone’s interested I can email it to you so you can adapt to suit it to your lifestyle.

We also made a home management binder ( I was so inspired with the ones I saw on pinterest) in which every bit of info we could need that is at our fingertips (which would normaly be everywhere and nowhere) . Things like emergency contact numbers, finance info, insurance refund forms, stamps, id & library cards, discount coupons, school information, fave take out menu’s, adres list etc.

We also made a new calendar for 2012 ourselves. The family planner that we usually bought changed in format and we didn’t like it one bit. We couldn’t find one that was similar or if it was that fitted our budget (purchase and shipping costs 😦 were too much) so again we made one ourselves. It’s based on this calendar below (i will show our version as soon as we’ve assembled it) and if you’re interested I can email it to you, again so you can adapt it to suit your lifestyle and family names.

And instead of buying the boys a weekly planner, they will be getting a dry erase version (still in concept) with their chores on it so they can check them off and re-use it the next week. Less paper 🙂 Will share when they are done.

a little update

I’ve been really busy baking and purging in my house, so far the purging has been a very very slow process…. the baking has been fun trying out new recipes and the purging wel …. let’s face it this stuff has been lying around since before I started my memory lane and it will take a while to get this up to scratch.
And I’m not even talking about scrapbook supplies here. I will have to sort those out too as dh and I are trading places, he gets the cold (smaller but finished and painted) room downstairs and I get the warm (bigger & unfinished) room in the attic. We’re both very happy with this deal so we’re working very hard to get this done before the new year.

I’ve also been very busy with the Dutch Dares, looking for some new talent for the dt, promoting ourselves on Facebook and scrapping the dares and sketches, unfortunately not joining in as much as I’d like to.

And we have new Family photo’s ! It’s hard to say which ones are my favorites since they are all so fab, but here are one of us each and a group photo all made by the fabulous Miss Delis.

So what do you think ?

Sometimes you need a little time

Time to but read a lot of books (the darkest powers & House of Night series), be ill (twice), make plans for the summer, make plans for redecorating in your home, purging and raise 2 highly intelligent kids. So that’s why I needed a little blogbreak somehow I just didn’t feel like writing here …

But we have been doing a lot more than just the above to be honest, never a dull moment in this household.

After getting his B swimming certificate it took Colin only a month to get the final C certificate and that didn’t come without a tough injurie because he somehow got a chunck stripped of his little toe and that bled so fiersly he was afraid to go back into the water. So even though he did not do all the necessary required obstacles he did get his certificate ! We were very proud and happy that the lessons (twice a week) were history 🙂

On May 25th, I started with ear-acupunture and a special diet which basically means no Carbohydrates at all so I could fit into my clothes again, be confident and feel like I did 2 years ago before my car/bike accident & the pleuritis.
The past weeks have nog been tough really, i don’t miss a lot of foods but mostly fruits, french fries and potato chips. The great thing about this combination of diet and stimulation is not that I’ve been losing lot’s & lot’s of kilo’s but lot’s and lot’s of bodyfat ! So far I’ve only lost 5 kilo’s (3 and I’m @ my goal) but so much fat I could already fit into my clothes after 2,5 kilo’s 🙂 Only a few more weeks to go and I’m confident I will find a new balance with my food, weight and gymroutine.

Michael and Colin are doing very well in school, Michael will be going to the next grade (6) and since this will be a grade in which he will be getting lot’s of new things to learn, he will have plenty to keep him busy as he already is in an excell program because he is way ahead of the rest. Colin will be skipping a grade and going from 3 to 5 as his level was, at the end of the schoolyear, already at the same level of the 4th graders. We’re hoping he will be okay on a social aspect, but his former teacher and new teacher seem to have the utmost confidence as they’ve never had a student of which they are more sure he will be ok than him. So I’m trusting their judgement and we’ll keep a close eye on how he’s doing at school and at home. Colin is very excited he’s been visiting the class and likes the kids much better than his own class, according to him there are less kids that tease there.

For the last day of school I wanted to do something special for the kids so I made them cookie’s for them to bring to school. They turned out ok for my first try, i put them in little bags with labels saying have a great vacation, for Colin it was a goodbye gift in disguise. The teachers, the internal mentor, the head master and the concierge also got a bag of cookies and they were happy surprised.

We took the boys to see a Kiss concert, they thought it was fun to see but it just takes a while before the concert started and usually they can stay up real late but Colin fell asleep at about 9.30 pm and Michael at about 10.00. Don’t worry they had earphones in, and they needed them as the opening act was ridiculously loud and nothing at all in the genre of Kiss. It was a good concert and they played really long, well worth the money. We weren’t the only ones that took the kids along, there were a whole bunch of them with kiss t-shirts and make up on !

I tried to host a bbq party but unfortunatly it was not a good date i set, lot’s of people couldn’t make it due to prior engagements but I was dissapointed a tad when a lot of people just didn’t respond … I mean hello I cannot host a party if I don’t know wether you’re coming or not. I must say I have been a bit dissapointed on more fronts with friends/aquaintances inviting us around for fun stuff, it seems I’m always the initiator and I really should learn from this but it’s hard ….
Oh well that’s just us I guess, we’re not the popular crowd never have been but we are a fun crowd and I’ll someday be ok with it, it always takes me more time for things to settle down with me.

Now we’re well into our summer vacation (7 weeks for me, 6 weeks for the boys and 3 weeks for Ed) it’s been all about Dutch Baseball week, waterguns, sunscreen, geocaching, Movie Park Germany, relaxing at my aunts hotel in Germany, purging, Colin’s 7th birthday, sleeping in, volunteer work for a handicap baseball day and getting the house back into a respectable state that has been long overdue for the last let’s say uhm 4 years …. And hopefully a visit to the beach before the summer ends as every time it’s been beachweather we couldn’t go ….

update bday’s, swimming, crafting

ehm a long one I’m afraid as I haven’t updated since uhm well way too long sorry life got in the way

What’s been going on, well we’ve had a few dinnerparty’s, I did my taxes for 2008 so only one more year to plow through and then it’s bye bye business admin, scrapped a bit, made a cute valentine bunting, oh and of course doing lots of baking which can mostly be seen here …

Colin got his next swimming diploma B, one more to go

Michael had a star wars party, here’s a little slide show of his party

some Love

Oh and for anyone still interested in some London Pics, here’s a quick slide show

Star Wars Birthday

Star Wars Cupcakes for school treats

Chocolate & vanilla cupcakes, white chocolate spread and fondant circles.

The star wars cake, a story in itself …. I had everything planned how to, was on time with everything except the ordering of the cakesupplies. The fondant came way to late so I had to improvise. My friend was able to supply me with marzipan (yuck and so no fun to work with when you’re used to fondant) for the top part of the cake. And I made swiss merengue buttercream for the bottom cake, and omg this was so much easier and so delicious. Never making other buttercream again ! The top cake has vanilla merengue buttercream & cherry jam the bottom cake has chocolate mousse and strawberry jam.