March 2012 archive

instagram weekend

Today is day 4 of Sam’s 4 day weekend. Sam and I were able to get away to Seattle for 2 nights to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. We had so much fun together, walked everywhere, laughed a lot, ate some great food and even ran into some friends. When we got back home we started work outside for the spring and summer.  We are redesigning the garden and getting ready to bring home some chickens.  I didn’t know how much we would be walking, so I decided to just bring my camera phone and have some fun with instagram.

woke up to a gorgeous blue sky!

breakfast in bed!

underground tour of Seattle

Sushi and Edamame for lunch at Japenessa

Sounders game!!

I cheated for a salted carmel cupcake while shopping at U Village.

Came back home to make a carrot cake for my mother-in-laws birthday.

Ripped out the old “fence”, then burned it.

Can’t wait to get the title to the old truck that came with the house.

Tractor ride while cleaning up the yard.

meet trent

This is Trent. Isn’t he just adorable?! He just celebrated his first birthday and his mother made this great barn set up for his party!

meet charley

Meet sweet little Charley. I first met her parents two years ago when they knocked on my door to introduce themselves as our new neighbors. They were the best neighbors anyone could ask for and I’m sad we don’t live three feet away and share a wall anymore. It’s fun to watch them as parents and get to know their beautiful little girl. 



I admit it. I have too many clothes. Shocker, I know. I need to do something about this. Not that it is any excuse, but here are some reasons behind my hoarding of clothes and their piles.

*I have 4 different sets of clothing sizes. If you’ve been pregnant you understand:

  • There is the pre-maternity wardrobe (which you hold on to because your false sense of reality allows you to believe that you will one day fit into them again.)
  • The maternity clothes.
  • The post-maternity clothes.
  • The I’m facing reality and I don’t think I’ll lose anymore weight clothes.

*We had a terrible washer and dryer at our last home. I had to wash and dry a lot of things twice and then got behind on the clothes mentioned above and never recovered.

*I didn’t have a good laundry system set in place.

*I have two kids who go through multiple outfits a day and keeping up with their laundry takes precedence.

Part of the break I am taking from photography is to allow myself to get caught up on projects around the house. Labeling the kitchen, organizing the pantry, organizing the linen closet, painting, organizing the junk drawers, filing miscellaneous papers, etc…you get the idea. This weeks project: The Laundry!

I can do the laundry, I don’t mind it. I can do 10 loads in a day. My problem, getting it put away. I get so distracted throughout the day that I end up with a big pile of clean clothes. If its late at night and I walk into my room ready to fall into bed and see a heap of clothes that need to be folded, I swipe it on to the floor and promise myself it will get done tomorrow. My girlfriends and I addressed this issue  (yes, other people do this too.) We laughed about the 4 piles we all have :

  • The dirty pile.
  • The clean pile that needs to be folded and put away.
  • The I wore it once and can wear it again so it doesn’t need to be cleaned just yet pile.
  • The question mark pile: Is that clean or dirty? Eh! I’ll just rewash it.

All that to say, desperate times call for desperate measures. I need a system. A good system. I didn’t even look on Pinterest for this one. I had to stop and think, what would work for me ?

Here is what I found to works best for me.

  1. I keep one laundry basket in the hallway outside of the laundry room. Throughout the day things that get dirty get tossed in there.
  2. I don’t do laundry unless I know I will be around when the dryer timer goes off and can fold it right away.
  3. Each person in our house has a canvas bin on the folding counter in the laundry room.
  4. There are two bins for dish towels and small bathroom towels.
  5. One little bin for solo socks and one for random items out of pockets.
  6. When the dryer is done I stand at the dryer and fold, putting each article of clothing/item in the appropriate bin.
  7. Once that is done then I can start a new load of laundry.
  8. Even if I don’t have time to put it all away right away, at least it is folded, ready to go and not piled on my bed waiting to get swept onto the floor
Sam left me this little note a few years ago. I taped it up in our old laundry room and in this house I wanted it to be framed.