Aren't these the prettiest file folders you've ever seen?

I’ve been trying really hard to get a good organization system going at our house. We have a lot of clutter for just the two of us, and neither of us are naturally organized people. I tend to drop my stuff wherever I feel like it when I get home and deal with it later. We put the mail wherever we feel like it, etc.

One of the things I’ve done is dumped a few of our kitchen drawers- the ones that get the most cluttery and I find myself shoving closed- into boxes. After we use something from the box, we clean it and put it away in the drawer. Whatever we haven’t used in a month goes in a garage sale box. I’ll look through the box to make sure there aren’t things that we normally used that we just didn’t, but I’m determined to get rid of stuff. I also have a “garage sale box” in our dining room that I add to quite often to get rid of stuff we don’t use.

I bought a pretty canister to go on my counter top to put the frequently-used utensils in, spatulas, etc. I used a gift card to Crate and Barrel for that from last year’s teacher appreciation. I knew I was saving it for something special, and when I got there and shopped around, I knew that’s what I was waiting for!

Because of my profession, I need to keep receipts, especially if I bought something for school or a housing expense. I found gorgeous file folders at an office supply store. I like the folders enough that they can stay on my counter all the time, by where I keep my frequently-used cookbooks. That way, instead of a pile of paper on the counter waiting for me, I can pop them right into the correct file folders. It’s much more fun to use them when they are pretty. The best part- I had a gift certificate, and a coupon, so I bought a few things I needed for school and only had to spend a few bucks of my own.

The biggest challenge to this whole getting-organized thing has been trying to get Jeff to buy into it. But, it will all get there eventually.

I found this blog over Christmas break, and it has really been inspiring me to get our house in shape. I love the author’s style, and she has really great ideas. Let me know what you think if you check her out!


Posted by on January 22, 2011 in Uncategorized



Outside January 20

Here are some pics of outside our house. I went out to shovel at about 8:30 this morning and came in at about 10.









Posted by on January 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


Crazy Snow Days

It’s been a crazy few weeks of school around here. Last week, we had two snow days, Monday and Tuesday. This week, we had no school Monday because of MLK Day, and then had an ice day Tuesday. We were back to school today, but it has already been called off for tomorrow. Will we have school on Friday? I’m doubtful. Maybe only one day of school this week- nice!

I had eight miniature meteorologists in my classroom today. Every three minutes or so, one of them would call out “It’s not snowing yet!” and then they would get into a “discussion” about when the snow was due to begin and how much is predicted to accumulate. The biggest argument was between one student who said that they predicted 5-9 inches and another who said they predicted 6-8. I tried to get them to see they really were nearly the same, but they were both too hard-headed to give in. I’ve never been so tempted to block my windows!

The snowflakes began to fall around 1:30 or so. We’d already done a bunch of snow activities last week, so I was fresh out of ideas to let them funnel their excitement into their work. I gave up about at about 3:05. Parents started coming to get their kids early, the rest were only looking out the windows, so I finally just said, “All of your homework is due the day we get back to school. You can do it now, or you can stare out the window. But if someone near you is trying to work, don’t bother them.” Of course, out of the ones that were still there, they all chose to stare out the window.

As soon as all my kiddos were gone today, I cleaned off my car and left. School dismisses at 3:30, and I was on the road by about 3:45. I got home at 6:05. It usually takes me 30 minutes to go the 25 miles between school and my house. Today, two hours and twenty minutes. It was one of my least-fun drives home in recent memory ever. When I got home, I opened a bottle of wine and sat with my legs stretched out.

I’m planning on using tomorrow to get caught up on school stuff and do just a few things around the house. If we end up being off on Friday, that will be my “clean the house” day.

Growing up in Minnesota, I’m just not used to this “two days off for 6 inches of snow” thing. I was OK with it at first, but now we’re getting into the realm of having to make up days, and I DON’T want to do that. However, I enjoy the random days off and chance to work around the house more. I’ll post some pictures of the winter wonderland tomorrow.


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Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Uncategorized


Christmas and Break

I keep cutting my Christmas card list down every year, especially since I know some people read my blog now, so if you didn’t receive a card, it’s nothing personal! I didn’t even send them out until a week ago, anyway. Here it is in case you didn’t see it.

May Jesus always be
your joy, your hope, your song.
And may this Christmas
and each day of the new year
be directed by His guiding hand of love!

We are living in the same house, working in the same places, and seeing the same sights. Jeff keeps busy at work and is always reading up on the latest Android and electronics news in his spare time and making sure we are up-to-the-second with our mobile phones. I stay extremely busy tracing family ancestry, grading papers, and watching my school’s amazing 8th grade boys’ basketball team. I’m still getting used to having students that tower over me, but they know they still can’t get away with anything!

It is our prayer that all is well with you and your family!

Feel free to call, text, email, Facebook, read our blog, whatever! We’d love to hear from you. Make sure you let us know when you are in the area!



Posted by on January 3, 2011 in Uncategorized


Almost there…

Well, as usual, not much is going on here.

Our Christmas program was on Friday. I, once again, directed the music. How does this keep happening?

We had a party last night, a few friends/coworkers of Jeff’s came over and we had played Wii and made crafts. Yes, I said we made crafts. A coworker of mine had a craft table at a party they hosted a few weeks ago, and we thought it was a neat idea, so we did the same thing.

So, I’m happy. The house is clean, I know what I’m doing in class the next few days, and I only have a little shopping left to do. I still have no idea what to get Jeff. Everything he wants is electronic related.

I need a snow day so I can get Christmas cards out. Life has been too busy, and I really don’t have much interesting to say!

We have school tomorrow, Tuesday, and a half day Wednesday and then it’s Christmas break. I can’t wait.


Posted by on December 19, 2010 in Uncategorized


Camera/Camcorder question

Right now, I do not own a “good” camera. I use my phone to take pictures. It’s an 8mp camera, but I’m not so sure I always get the best pics I should. What do you use for a camera and to take video? Does anyone take video that they are easily able to get still shots from? I can also do video on my phone, and haven’t really experimented with it a whole lot.

So tell me; what do you use? Do you like it? Would you do the same thing if you could do it over again? (Kay and Christina, I’m especially asking you, but of course, other input is welcome!) 🙂


Posted by on December 4, 2010 in Uncategorized


It’s Officially Christmastime!

Last year, I think I was rather grinch-like, but this year I have Christmas fever! I cannot wait until it gets closer and I can bake cookies and make hot apple cider, and watch Rudolph and A Christmas Story. And, of course, there is writing the ever-daunting Christmas letter…. although this year I’m thinking of only mailing hard copies to people I don’t keep in touch with via internet.

And, here’s our tree. Does it look kinda like yours, Kay?! 🙂 Also, these are the lights Jeff put up outside this year. I don’t think he’s done yet, but I’m not sure…


Posted by on December 1, 2010 in Uncategorized