Thursday, July 23, 2015

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This is my current view right now and the reason for the blog silence.. Can you really blame me? 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Summer Deep Cleaning Part 1

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So remember a few weeks ago when I said that I was going to take this summer and really get our house organized on top of regular deep cleaning after this pregnancy? Well I finally got started in the past couple of weeks. Finally being the key word. It was long over due!

After this pregnancy of being so horribly sick for the first 4 months and so ridiculously exhausted and sore the last few months of it followed up with the craziness and exhaustion that comes with having a newborn in the house again (plus two other kiddos this time!) and it's safe to say undertaking has been long over due. 

The method that works best for me when deep cleaning/organizing/purging is just take it one room at a time. Or one closet at a time. My major projects this past week were;

1: Organize the 'junk cabinet' that somehow has become over the past two years of living here, the place we store random crap.
2: Organize the front hall closet where we store all of our winter gear.
3: Organize and deep clean the upstairs bathroom, probably my least favorite task.

I'm more than slightly embarrassed to be showing you the before pictures of these projects. That's how bad they were. But hopefully you guys won't judge me too harshly. 

This is basically where everything in our house that doesn't have a proper home goes. And over the past two years its gotten beyond ridiculous. I've been meaning to organize this cabinet for over a year, but as you can see it's a daunting project. But finally I just did it. And I'm so glad I did! Two huge bags went straight into the garbage. Mostly old paper work, a lot of it from Jasper's school. Old mail. Things that got brought to the car for long trips and then brought back into the house ended up in here. 

I made a pile for Drew to take things out to the garage. A pile of school work of Jasper's we want to add to his big 'keep forever' bin, things like special projects, stories he's written etc. I kept the blue bin in there for pictures that haven't made it into an album, a shelf for photography things that I don't want tossed in my huge props container in the basement, a shelf for some quick craft things the kids can do when I'm making dinner, and of course some miscellaneous things. It doesn't look great, but it's a huge improvement and at least now I can find what I need in there! 


Early every summer when we are finally done getting snow by organizing front closet. It gets super disorganized and messy by the kids grabbing their winter gear and not doing a stellar job putting it away where it belongs. But if it ends up in the coat closet vs. on the floor I'm mostly a happy mom. 
I used to sort it by hats/gloves/scarves etc, but this year I decided to do it by person, so each family member has their own bin in the closet with hats/gloves etc. I'm hoping that helps them with putting their items in the correct bin, instead of just thrown in like shown above. 
And the finished product. One day I want a huge entry way with a better system for organization, but this will do for now as storage is hard to come by in these brick Denver bungalows.

And my last big project this week, the upstairs bathroom. I can't even blame this mess on anyone but myself because really I'm the only one who keeps things in there. I still hadn't unpacked my toiletries from our Jackson Hole trip so there is it sitting on the counter. And since we have been gone so much the past 6 weeks I haven't been able to get our cleaner to come in and do my normal bathroom deep clean so I had to do it by myself. I know, poor me. 


Since our cleaner usually brings her own supplies I first went to Dollar General to pick up some cleaning supplies. For the bathrooms, I picked up Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaner and Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel.
 


My bathroom counters were especially gross because Tindra woke up from her nap the other day and snuck out of her bedroom and into the bathroom and dumped an entire container of leave in conditioner everywhere. I did a quick clean up, but the counters and floors were still pretty sticky. A quick spray of the Disinfectant Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaner and a wipe down and they were good as new! I didn't even have to scrub, just wipe them down.


 If you want to give it a try, from July 12-August 2nd Scrubbing Bubbles® will have some great coupons ( $.50 off any Scrubbing Bubbles® Bath product, $1 off any Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel product and $.50 off anyScrubbing Bubbles® All Purpose Cleaner) on savewithbubbles.com.

Next up on my whole house organization and deep clean..our bedroom closets! Any tips for those? 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach recommendations?



The count down is on! Next friday we will be arriving for a week at the beach! I'm so excited! I was there once 3 (almost 4!) years ago for my sister's wedding, but it was just a quick 3 day weekend and I was 8 weeks pregnant with Tindra and sick the whole time. This time I can't wait to go explore! Has anyone been? Have any must sees and must do's with kids? Favorite restaurants? Where should I go for THE best iced coffee? I have my priorities obviously! If you've been, please share!!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Three Day Weekend

Mondays after three day weekends are rough. Mondays after three day weekend and I'm out of coffee? Brutal. BUT after I fed Soren Drew took him down to hang out with him while he got ready to work and I got to stay in bed an extra 45 min. Which was complete bliss and almost makes up for the fact that I don't have coffee. Almost.

We had such a good three day weekend. If every friday could just become part of the weekend that would work really good for me. 

Friday morning we decided to head to our old neighborhood mini water park. We used to go there a lot when we lived 5 min away but have only been once since moving into Denver almost 5 years ago! We took the kids by our old house and I was surprised that Jasper recognized it right away. We only lived there for a year when he was 2! But we have been back since to drive by so he might just be remembering that, not actually living there. 

The kids were being so good and having such a fun time we decided to stay for lunch and past nap time (I'm pretty strict about nap times for my sanity so its super rare for me to forgo that) and all the kids ended up taking a little nap in the car on the way home.








Saturday was so last night minute on our plans. We are never actually in Denver for the 4th so we didn't know What we wanted to do. Last year we were in Sweden and the year before that in the mountains. We ended up getting donuts and heading to the park in the morning, and in the afternoon playing outside and then grilling out at some friends and catching some fireworks from their front porch. Perfect low key 4th! 






Waking up Sunday after two days off already (by off I mean Drews off so I have help, which feels like a total vacation) and realizing we still have another whole day together is the best. We decided to go to Confluence Park. Its a tiny little beach along the Platt River right in the middle of Denver. A fun urban little area, minus the homeless guys sleeping on the benches and the broken glass from beer bottles we kept finding.. thank God for the invention of water shoes! The kids had so much fun in the river and digging in the sand. Jasper said 'Its like we are in North Carolina already!' Ha. He has no idea apparently whats in store for him in a week and a half when we get to the Real beach! 

After playing at the 'beach' we went and grabbed some delicious burgers and fries before heading home for a late nap (for the kids) and some cleaning for Drew and I. 




All in all, a fantastic 3 day weekend! Friday we lave for Iowa and next Wednesday the kids and I head to North Carolina! 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Slooooow down

Time needs to. Summer needs to.

I just realized that its JULY next week. And I feel like we are just getting started! I get kind of panicky when I realize how much I want to pack in in such a short amount of time, parks and pools and beaches and library trips and and and..the list goes on. 

I've also realized that with THREE kids and just myself (during the week) I can't do everything I want to do. We really only have between 9-12 to get out before naps and after naps its been too hot to really do anything outside (think 97 degrees- blah) so there's really only time for one activity/morning.

I've also been trying to squeeze in 30-45 min at the Y to get a quick work out in. But mainly to have a few minutes to myself a day because 2/3 of the kids love going there to play and the other 1/3 doesn't care as long as someone is holding him. I'll let you figure out which kid. 

Throw in swim lessons twice a week for the big kids and it feels like theres ZERO time left for anything else. 

But so far we are having a fantastic summer! We've managed different parks, an ikea morning, the zoo today, a couple different splash parks and lots of bike rides. 

All this jabbering to say.. SLOW DOWN summer, we have lots left to fit in. 


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Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekend Happenings

We had one of those super busy/amazing weekends. The ones that make you really really dread Monday morning. 

Saturday morning we went to one of our favorite brunch places Snooze to meet Drews brother and his fiancé. Then we drove around for a little while looking at possible neighborhoods to move into eventually. I think we added another one to our list! Which is good because our number one preferred neighborhood is almost impossible to get into!

Saturday evening we went to Boulder for a friends Swedish Midsummer celebration. Good food, amazing back yard with views of the foothills, Aquavit (and the singing that goes along with that!) and dancing around the flower pole made for such a fun evening. I could Almost pretend we were back in Sweden celebrating (as we were last year!) minus the fact that it go dark at 9 PM instead of the sun staying up all  night. 







Sunday morning we woke Drew up with coffee and presents. The man is So hard to buy for! The kids and I did a little photo shoot for him for pictures for his office and I think he loved them, so thats a big win. Next we got donuts, played in the yard with the kiddos and then went to see Inside Out since it was 97 degrees out. SUCH a cute movie. And the 5 minute mini movie before hand? I about cried. I didn't think I'd ever feel so bad for a volcano (if you see the movie in the theater you will know what I'm talking about.)

In the evening Drew's brother and fiancĂ© came over to babysit for us (THANK YOU WILL AND BRITT!) so Drew and I (and Soren) could go see Ingrid Michaelson and Ben Folds at Red Rocks. If you are ever in Denver/Colorado during concert season you HAVE to go see a show at Red Rocks. I don't care who it is. There's really nothing like seeing a show there. And this was no exception, amazing shows by both of them. Doesn't hurt that they were both playing with the Colorado Symphony. Just amazing. My only complaint- Ingrid and Ben only sang one song together. They sang The Luckiest and not going to lie, I was basically in tears it was so beautiful. 











Soren is one lucky little guy to have that be his first show! We got some looks and comments and I definitely got a side eye from the girls sitting next to me when we sat down with Soren. After the show she told me she couldn't believe how good and quiet S was the whole time. The same can Not be said for her drunk and loud friend. He seriously did so good though. As I knew he would. As long as he's being held and fed- he's the most perfect and content baby. He slept some of it, but mostly he just sat there watching, taking it all in. We were far enough back that it wasn't too loud. Pretty sure the movie we went to in the morning was louder than the concert. And luckily he can sleep through some loud noises, I mean he does have two very loud siblings..

And that was our weekend! Hope yours was as good! 


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jackson Hole; Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone



And we are back! Got back last night from a great little vacation in Wyoming. I couldn't get over how beautiful it is there. Seriously everywhere you turn, beauty. I think we are a bit spoiled here in Colorado with how beautiful it is here, but I've got to say I think Wyoming has us beat. 

Like I mentioned, Drew was there for work so Wed-Friday he was busy so the kids and I were out exploring on our own. But Saturday and Sunday we got as a family to explore Grand Teton National park and Yellowstone. 




 ^Those Tetons are something else right? ^

 ^Getting a little steam bath from the hot springs in yellowstone^


 ^My dad lives on the other side of Yellowstone so we met him halfway!^









 ^One of my favorites from the whole trip. Hanging out at String Lake in Teton National Park. The water is the warmest because the lake is so shallow. It was breathtaking^

 ^Lunch In Moose is necessary for these amazing views alone. And Mount Owen Pizza^



 ^Another favorite, Granite Hot Springs. In the summer the water is about 94 degrees, which is Perfect. We decided Soren needed to come in for a few minutes too and the whole time he just snuggled up against me, in complete heaven. I bet it felt like being in the womb.^


 ^Coolest restaurants. These two places next to each other have this field in the middle stocked with balls and cones for the kids to play while waiting for our food. It was the most relaxing dining experience with kids probably ever. We went to one one night, and tried to go to the other restaurant the next night but they had a big bridal party there and it was an hour wait to sit outside so we found somewhere else to eat^

 ^Town Square. Notice Tindra's eyes..she was ridiculously tired that day^


I can't wait to go back here some day when the kids are older and take them white water rafting and horse back riding! And canoeing! So much to do in this gorgeous area of the country. 
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