Wednesday, September 7, 2011


I love a beautiful sunset.

Taken from my front porch.

Our New School Room

With what little spare time having four children allows, Jason and I have embarked upon a whopper of a project.

Without keeping you in further suspense, let's get on with the unveiling...

Jason watched the kids one evening while I traveled down to Ikea.

Oh, I do love you.

I spent a little time three hours figuring, re-figuring, drawing out ideas, and taking measurments. In the end, I think I came up with a great solution that would fit the needs of our family. I struggled to loaded up the van and drove my treasures home. The next morning, the unpacking and assembling began.

I had a little help...

And some very excited little people.

They were ready to jump right in, get to work, and help get our new room up and running.

Ben and Ella were each in charge of helping to build their own desk chairs. Gotta love Ella's technique.

Turned out...doing things right-side up really was easier.

A little blurry...but you get the idea. Hired Help doesn't come cheap these days. I had to put up with lots of ridiculous faces.

Even Cora was convinced she had something to offer. some kids were more helpful than others.

Ella now has a love for hammers like her dad.

With four sets of drawers for each child...there were a lot of pieces and lots to assemble.

It took most of the day.

And once completed, it was time to pull school supplies from every nook and cranny in the house. It felt so good to get it all in once place. And who doesn't love a good organization project?!?

A place for everything and everything in it's place. I stepped back and surveyed what we had accomplished and I was elated.

Four sides for four kids. Each with their own set of drawers for their work. Each far enough away from each other to avoid fights friendly disagreements. A place to call their own.

I got right to work decorating our new space. Making it feel inviting for little ones.

Notice our "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" tree...the kids were really excited about it since they have fallen in love with this book.

A told B, and B told C...
I'll beat you to the top of the coconut tree!
...Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,
Will there be enough room?

And with taking on the challenging task of learning Korean, I found these posters at Kyobo Bookstore in Seoul. I figured we could use all the help we can get.

And how did it all work for our first day of school yesterday?

I couldn't have been happier with the arrangement or how the day went.

It was a smashing success.

Lily's First Haircut

I did it... I took the plunge.

And wow, did it turn out to be a great idea.

Now this cute little face has a cute little haircut to match!