Tuesday, February 08, 2011

This and That

Happy Tuesday! The sun has been shining here and the snow and ice has been melting. Yes! I am starting to really feel cabin fever and the sunshine is helping with this.

I filled the cookie jar yesterday.

For something different I added an M&M before I baked them. I thought that they looked like flowers. Or maybe it is my cabin fever making everything look spring like!

Some time has been spent creating. Have you ever used this Model Magic?

It was Megan's valentine gift from her Aunt Lana in Texas. It has a marshmallow feel to it and when you let it dry it has a spongy feel to it. We have been having lots of fun with it.

Remember when I posted about working on a solution for the paper clutter Megan was creating? I happy to report that I am gaining some control of it!

A bulletin board was added to a door in the kitchen. The rule is that once the board is full that a paper has to come down before a new one goes up.

It is fun for Megan to pick and choose what goes on the board. She has even gotten creative with getting the push pins in all the way!

As for all of the other papers. Placing them in a folder is the current solution.

It is suppose to be that when the folder is full that some papers need to be gotten rid of. Something that currently needs to be done. I am not sold that the folder is the best solution but it beats finding paper everywhere!

I put many papers in the recycle, but there is a little girl that thinks everything is a keepsake. She has a great memory and will ask me about a specific paper weeks later. If you have any suggestions I am all ears!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy the simple moments!


  1. Oh boy..I must have spring fever too! I think the cookies look like flowers. :) No answer to you about the papers....when we just had one I kept more papers then when we added two and then three children...I knew I had to do something. I do keep some art and many times I take a picture of the art so that we always have it. Come say hi. :)

  2. We have the same issues with paper control here too. I just posted something about that this morning, actually. Have a great day!

  3. Me again--so I guess you have already said hi on my latest post...so come say hi on Wednesday when I post my new recipe. ;)

  4. Wendi--I don't save everything. For ex., I don't save all the worksheets they do at school or church, unless its just AMAZING! I do save most of the artwork for a year in a plastic box...then at the end of the "school year"...I go through and decide what to keep and then I photograph the rest and keep it in a file on my computer...
    I'm not sure how long I'll do that. Honestly, my parents saved very little of my stuff and my feelings aren't hurt☺ They must have known I detested clutter from the beginning☺
    Love the bulletin board idea...I might have to borrow it!

  5. We also have a bulletin board on our kitchen wall. It is rather big and hangs in view of my husband's seat at the dinner table. Since he doesn't see the backpacks after school, this allows him to comment on their work and ask questions about school, church, etc. I empty it every Monday in anticipation of the new week's papers. I only keep papers that represent their original creations, not worksheets or such.

  6. We just got more snow yesterday - and we're expecting more tomorrow.

    Leah Kate likes to keep everything too - I just keep putting things in folders and binders!

  7. Love the bored you put together - nice job. I love the smell of cookies baking and I bet these taste as good as they look.

  8. Your bulletin board looks fantastic! That was a great idea. She can save the things that are important to her AND feel good about them being on display. I think that is a wonderful confidence builder!

    We have homeschooled for 11 years, and paper accumulation is an area I constantly deal with. Many years ago I invested in a heavy, large three ring binder for each of my kids. (3 inch, I think.) I filled about a third of each one with page protectors, which is great for sliding in smaller pages, cut out projects, folded items, etc.

    The binder is big enough that EVERYTHING gets three hole punched and put on in there. Then, at the end of the year (or semester), I can weed through and dispose of daily work that is more insignificant.
    They usually aren't around for that part, but even when they are, they are usually much less sentimental about papers after several months pass by.

    You are such an amazing Mom for wanting to honor her need to save things! :-)

  9. Hi Wendi,

    Those cookies look so yummy! The house is absolutely lovely! I love older homes and all the stories that come with them!

    For our papers I have a system that hangs over the door for current projects. It was a gift displaying 4 pictures at a time. My girls are sensitive about their art too, we frame some and then change them out. We also hang clothesline and use clothespins to hang up the pictures. But I always take pictures of everything they create and show it to them. Then after it goes into recyling we put the disk in the digital frame so they can see their pictures anytime they want! :-)

    Have a great week!


  10. Megan is a very good artist! I am impressed!
    I have the same problem with my son's preschool papers,and right now I have a box where I am putting the artwork. At the end of the school year I plan to seal it and date it for storage. Current week's art is on the refrigerator, but I like your bulletin board idea much better!


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