Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Our Playroom

I must have the kindest hearted blog readers anywhere around! You ladies sure know how to give a compliment! Thank you, sincerely, for the sweet comments. : )

I had planned on showing you all the Christmas cards we received this year with pictures of all of my updated scrapbook pages. However, I'm not entirely sure you want to spend five minutes of your life looking at my ridiculously cute friends and family whom you probably don't know any of! Who knows though... seven degrees of separation, right? Maybe you would know someone... a long lost cousin?

Anywho, I think the year 2011 finished off my Holiday Album fo sho! It just can't handle another page. That means 2012 will be starting with a brand new album.
Lucky for 2012, it's already been purchased.

I would really love to document all of my cards from this year, so don't be disturbed if you see a post about it, oh, you know.. this Spring! Ha! : )

With Christmas down, I put together a winter mantle.
Okay.. a Spring mantle. You caught me!
I figured it wouldn't hurt to you know, push things along.

I need to choose and develop a picture for this cute frame. One of my best friends, Brandy, bought it for me this past September as a birthday present when I traveled home to Arkansas.

It is clean, simple, and uncomplicated.
It feels just right for this time of year, especially since I am still finding Christmas glitter in the carpet.
Anyone else in that boat?  : )

Speaking of finding grime on the floor, I was totally serious when I said Harbor loves to vacuum. He really, truly does. If he even hears me utter the words "dirt" or "glitter", he is after that vacuum like wet on water. : )
It really is the sweetest gesture.
Whatever Christmas glitter remains in cracks and crevices isn't for lack of trying!


After all his hard work, he likes to slip on a pair of knee boots and stroll the house, you know, to stretch his legs and such.

{I think I will show the above picture in Harbor's senior slideshow and title it,
"Mama's Little Wooden Soldier." What do you think? : )

A few of you have asked in recent weeks about how I keep my living room picked up and how we store toys. We have two systems at work.

We keep a lot of toys in the living room, actually, but they are stored in baskets and on a wire shelving system that is Harbor's height. I found it at Target and it has been a great tool for every item having a place. I promise to take some photos and really show you how I organize those areas. Let's face it, between birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, and "just because", kids naturally have a LOT of STUFF! It is a job to keep it organized.

Our second system is our basement playroom.
We feel really blessed to have three full stories in this precious old cape cod of ours. We have really utilized the basement. A guestroom, bathroom, laundry room, storage area with long aisles {David built these}, craft room, and playroom are all down there. It is just one huge open room, the entire size of our main floor.
But, we have worked hard to create separation.

I know I'm not likely to stumble across these images on Pinterest any day soon, but we are thankful for this space. By hanging colorful curtains, we have been able to create a fun space for Harbor to spend some of his days. It is perfect for when I want to get some laundry done or craft a bit.

We have a few rules about toys when they become too much clutter.
We either: store it, donate it, or move it to the playroom.

By the way, I did see a few pictures from my blog on pinterest a few days ago and got so tickled! I told David my detergent had been "pinned" and he gave me the, "Why are you going on and on about this?" look! Obviously, he doesn't have a clue, right? Haha!  : )

Happy Organizing!


  1. Oh my goodness, your playroom looks like a daycare's play room! I love it! I'm sure Harbor does too!! Our playroom is downstairs and it drives me crazy because it always looks messy! I wish it was hidden and as organized as Harbor's!

  2. OK, I SO e-mailed your laundry soap link to many people! I don't do pinterest b/c I can't "afford" my time to be addicted to anything else but I did pass it along! We have a playroom in what is supposed to be our dining room. But it's a carpeted area and with little one(s) it just doesn't make sense to "dine" on carpet, lol. What is funny to me is that I took a picture of our playroom the other day when I realized that 90% of the toys and thing that can be seen are PINK! I guess it's ok with a sister coming, lol.

  3. :) I think I pinned your detergent! :) Made it and have just started using it!

  4. I love how you have organized your basement! So fun! You have so much space there. I think what you do with your Christmas cards is fabulous!

  5. Oh, my sweet big helper Harbor William. He looks so funny in your rain boots,ha!!!! He looks like a duck woddleing as he walks. I remember he would get me my shoes out of the closet when I didn't have any on. I miss Harbor so much. I guess you guys are getting use to all that snow you are getting since its been snowing for days on & off. That picture you sent is so pretty with the glow of the street lights. Miss & love you guys. Give a kiss from us, MOM