Weekend Report– May 2-3rd We Now Live Outdoors Edition

Friday night we had an impromptu dinner party at a local park.  Ashley and I picked up Little Ceasers on the way to the park and met the Dads and daughters.  The two monkeys had a total blast running around and the grownups took shifts between eating and supervising.  I can see this becoming a new Friday tradition for the summer!

Taking a break from all the park action

Taking a break from all the park action

Making a racket

Making a racket

Driving

Driving

Push me Daddy!

Push me Daddy!

G goes along for the ride

G goes along for the ride

We had never been to this park before and it is definitely a step up from the one near our house.  Until recently Zoë was not a fan of slides or swings, but I think watching Maddie  enjoy herself  had her throw caution into the wind.  It was really neat to see her trying new things and having so much fun.

Saturday we were up pretty early and spent a lot of time outside.  Garret helped Elliott get his boat out of storage and Z and I patrolled the backyard, blowing bubbles, bagging leaves and collecting sticks.  We had quite a wind storm a few weeks ago and back yard is covered in debris at the moment.  Zo kept saying “help mama” and she would pick up a leaf and throw it in the bag. She kept wanting to rake, and shovel and do everything we were doing…I think we need to invest in some child sized gardening tools.  They are doing gardening at daycare in a few weeks.  Planting a veggie garden and will be tending to it over the summer.  Hopefully she didn’t inherit my super power of killing everything with a single touch.

Early morning Youtube singalong

Early morning Youtube singalong

Cute and covered in pink

Cute and covered in pink

Misplaced Bunny Friday night, thankfully found her Sat morning, enjoying some early morning rays

Misplaced Bunny Friday night, thankfully found her Sat morning, enjoying some early morning rays

Beep Beep

Beep Beep

It felt good to really attack the yard and garden.  We have a LOT we want to do this year and I feel like we are finally really getting to it. I just really loved Saturday. Z was napping and G and I were in the back yard and had a great chat about life and our home and just where we are right now.  It is so funny, but I think with a small house, we are just on top of each other all winter and by the time spring comes we just are climbing the walls…WE NEED TO MOVE NOW!  Then spring arrives and gives us the use of our giant back yard, and we start to back pedal….this place isn’t so bad, we can make some changes and make it better…learn to live with less…..We have started getting real estate listings sent to us so we can see what we can get for our money when we are ready to move.  For all the things we hate about our house, we also have some great privacy, a large lot and amazing neighbours.  I’m sure our tune will change again come November, but for now I am going to enjoy our yard and live it up with the upgrades we are making

#walshfamselfies

#walshfamselfies

Sunday I slept in (heaven) and by the time we all managed to get rolling into our errands we realized we overshot naptime.  Z fell asleep on the way back to the house, so we ate lunch in the truck and hung out til she woke up.

woke up from her nap and wanted to come hang out with G up front

woke up from her nap and wanted to come hang out with G up front

Covered in Chalk

Covered in Chalk

Pointing at the plane in the sky

Pointing at the plane in the sky

We spent Sunday doing much the same as Saturday, digging out an old garden at the side of the house, Garret aerated the lawn, Zo blew bubbles, chatted up a storm and coloured our whole walkway in chalk.  I am sensing a lot of our summer will be spent this way AND I CANT WAIT

January Cure Day 1: Make a list of projects

*I should make a side note that since we are still experiencing some construction related insanity upstairs I think that focusing on the main floor for now would make the biggest impact. Although once the closets are finished boy howdy am I going to nerd out with some serious organization. #nerdalert

Entryway: fix light–new fixture? Fix hole in ceiling,
Dining Room: touch up paint behind the hung mirror, remove the full length mirror, paint the trim on doorway heading into living room, organize and purge items in the buffet.
Living Room: Go through DVDs donate the unwanted ones, finish painting the spaces that were patched, clear off all random paper from the tray on the ottoman
Kitchen: fix hole in ceiling, organize drawers and cupboards, finally choose a backsplash, hang a small shelf over the stove, throw out expired condiments in the fridge, make a list of the food we have in the freezer
Backroom: Make a pile for the outreach and garbage, put hooks up to hang skis, snowshoes etc, make a list of the food we have in the deep freeze
Basement: Hang a corkboard over my craft table, get G to go through his tools, organize my scrapbooking stuff, organize the file cabinet so it can actually be used

“Santa” (cough, Mum, cough) put a really cool note pad in our stocking this year. It has a shopping list on one side and a daily breakdown on the other. It is meant to be used as a weekly meal planning tool, but I think I am going to also use it as an organizational guide. G and I tend to get rather squirrelly when our place is a mess and I want to strive for more zen in 2013.

Final to do of 2011

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We made a little to do list the other day. Aaand have been working hard the past two days to get things done. The satisfaction in crossing things off that list is nearly audible…and I’m using a Sharpie so you know it’s really done! A few of the other tasks are in progress but I’m pumped that by the time we go out tonight they will be all done. It will feel amazing to welcome 2012 into a clean and organized house. Oh lm getting old

Party people

If there is one thing G and I have learned about ourselves it is that we don’t want our friends to know how messy/unorganized we can sometimes be! So whenever we have company coming we somehow pull it together and get our space in order. When we lived in the apartment this was easy—we would throw random stuff into our bedroom, shut the door, and there you go…clean as a whistle! Having the house now it isn’t so easy…way more surfaces to clean! We had a Halloween party on Saturday night and cleaned our place like crazy people all day Sat. G built all the ikea furniture my mum and I had brought home earlier in the week.(direct quote “while I appreciate you surprising me with ikea stuff it would be an even better surprise if you built it yourself”) I don’t have the brute force strength or the patience for it…although I blamed him by saying that his tools were in the truck so I couldn’t do it anyway (ha!) He assembled and I tidied and we finally got around to tackling the piles of paper that had been building for ages and dishes and laundry were sorted and cleaned. For an added bonus G’s mom Char had
come for a visit on Thursday and hung up our decorations! We were party ready way before guests even showed up…we’ve since discussed that we should have a party every weekend…think of all we’d get done. I hope everyone had a fun as safe Halloween.

My mother is always right

I somewhat hate to admit this…but my mother is ALWAYS right. I used to try to fight it but over the years I have come to just accept it. She would tell me to bring a jacket, and I would say I’m not cold. Inevitably 30minutes later I would be freezing…I could go on and on citing examples but I’ll get to the point of this post (but trust me the list of examples is endless)
Those of you who know me, or I should say knew what my bedroom looked like when I was growing up, could comment on my untidiness. In fact those who know my mum’s obsessive tidy gene might question how I am her daughter. We would have countless “discussions” over the years about the need to have a clean bedroom. My argument was always that it took too long and that it would just get dirty again (excellent argument young Julia!!!) Over and over Mum would repeat her mantra “maintenance!!!!” if you do a little each day then it’s never a big job. To which I would scoff as I put away my laundry by throwing it on the floor…..
Fast forward a few years to now. SHE WAS RIGHT!!! (And side note it is way more difficult keeping a house and yard clean than it was just my bedroom, or Garret and my teensy apartment!)
We have been away the past few weekends and going to the gym a few evenings a week which leaves minimal time for a big cleanup. So we had a chat last night about how to best keep stuff organized and you will never guess what we decided….new mantra for the ShWalsh family “maintenance”!
We are going to make a list each week with jobs on it so that we can make sure we are tackling more than just the kitchen and laundry. (and those two things sure pile up quickly too) I wonder how everyone else makes time?! Any pointers? (aside from “always listen to your mother”)