DSC_1070Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week?! It kind of crept up on me and I better get my ducks in a row, because I’m hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year. Its only seven of us including R and L, so it’s not as bad as I just made it out to be. I’ve never cooked a turkey before though, so maybe it is that bad… A least I don’t have t worry about a center piece though, Rosalie has that covered with all the fun things she found on our nature scavenger hunt today! I’ve slowly been pulling out our christmas decorations. We are getting our tree this weekend, which has become a tradition now to get it Thanksgiving weekend. I’m so excited, we are going out to the christmas tree farm in Deer Field again this year, which is such a lovely place and it’s owned and run by the Boy’s Home in Covington. We love supporting them.

I’ve been working on giving the house a nice deep cleaning over the past few days, especially since there will be real people coming over through out the holidays. You know, dusting, washing windows, baseboards, catching up on laundry, or at least all the laundry that’s been dried, but hasn’t been put away yet, and a good tub scrubbing! I love how much Rosalie likes to jump right in and help, and she really is a big helper. I feel it’s so important to teach children how to be organized and how to keep things tidy at such a young age. I think by cleaning up after yourself and taking care of your toys, it teaches them how to be responsible and how to take care of the things they have. It’s kind of become habit for her, and I don’t feel like I’m constantly nagging her to pick up up after herself. Here are a few photos and just a few tips that work for Rosalie and keeping things tidy in the nursery.

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If your little girls are anything like Rosalie, they change their clothes 85 times a day, and pull everything out of their dresser, so the room looks like a bomb went off..I mean she does get it honest. Rosalie is famous for wearing her nice church clothes out to play in the dirt or to the shop, and then they get ruined. So, after lots of scrubbing, soaking and washing on my part, I’ve organized her dresser in her room to only have play clothes in it and I keep all her nice clothes in our room, it’s not like she can really tell the difference between what’s play clothes and what’s church clothes, so it makes it easier for both of us.

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My kids really don’t have a lot of toys. They have a few great toys they love, and that’s it. Also, I only allow a small box of toys downstairs,that we rotate out, that way their toys aren’t taking over the whole house. Storage bins really are the best thing in the world, and can make things look tidy REAL fast! ha ha..  I always organize bins for different toys, like stuffed animals, blocks, instruments, dolls, that way its just easy for her to find what she wants to play with, and doesn’t have to pull EVERYTHING out looking for one thing. It makes clean up easy too. Most of her bins fit right under her bed too, so that keeps things hidden and neat too.

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This is only a small collection of our books, and I think some of them were mine when I was little. These are our favorites right now, but I switch them out instead of having a whole pile of books to get thrown around. Some people call the whole color coordinating thing OCD, but I call it learning your colors while picking up. :))

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^^this chair was David’s Grandfather’s along with the twin beds in the nursery, which David and his brother used when they were wee ones^^DSC_0003

(see the chalk on the floor above) I thought I bought the kind that washed out. Yeah, but that’s Rosalie’s and Ella’s masterpiece..

This ^^^ is Rosalie’s shoe rack for the shoes she wears most often. It saves so much times trying to find matches when everything is together and organized like this, and you would be surprised that she has actually learned to keep it like this.

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^^ a favorite toy^

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^^ That hair^^

Rosalie loves “reading” to Llewyn and teaching him about Jesus, and obviously, Llewyn is very interested. 🙂

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