Our internet went down late last week sometime and I couldn't post this, but I put it in notepad last Friday so I would have it ready to go. It's been fun getting ready for baby. Here's a little bit of what I've been up to!
I'm fluffing my feathers, and making room in our nest. I've been cleaning out the bad and bringing in some new. I've been getting all the "eggs" in order and I'm ready for my baby to arrive!
A few months ago, I went nuts thinking about all I wanted to get done before the baby comes and we got busy. Our garage is not perfectly clean, but it is in so much more order than any of our garages have been in a long time. Woohoo! I could definitely do more cleaning down there, get more things in order for sure, but it is in good condition.
I went through all of the clothes the kids have been growing out of that I have held on too. Organized and separated Adie's from Jo's. Currently, a friend of ours is going through Adie's clothes to see what she will need for her baby. It felt good to get some things being stored out of the way! Jo's, I organized into sizes and then got them all into our really huge storage bin, to pull out every few months for Alex. Earlier this week, I soaked the baby bathtub and the bath seat in bleach, then scrubbed them down and they both look brand new! That felt good to get done, but when we were filling up the tub, Adie wanted to get baby Alex and put him in the bath! It was so cute! I guess my nesting is getting everyone ready to have Alex here now! Ha! We pretty much have the house in good order all around. The kids rooms are looking great and we've even gone a little farther in the decorating this year! Today, I realized that it would be fun to show y'all some pictures of what their rooms look like. I guess I could upload pictures of the whole place, we'll work on that. We've got the crib up, blankets inside. We've been slowly getting bottles (I don't like to hang on to them after one baby is finished using them, too much to store and they are in such good supply!). Today, I washed all the clothes that will fit Alex pretty much right away. We've needed to find a dresser for the boys' room, and I've been watching the garage sales, but haven't been able to find one. So we are sticking with the good old plastic drawers for now. Hopefully next year, we can start saving to get them a nice dresser to have in their room, hopefully. I'll be working on getting all of his clothes put away later today. I have his baby book filled out, just a few things to write before he gets here. We got the carseat cleaned up looking real nice and it is now in the van ready to go! We finished getting all of our summer cards with pictures sent out (sigh of relief) and I've got our winter letter written up and will be ready to print it off and sent with new pictures of the kids (all three this time!) sometime in December. We covered the couch and chair with some blankets we had around and now they look nicer - woohoo! I've been able to find all of our harvest decorations and our house is so cozy now! I didn't realize how much I love scarecrows! I've been collecting things slowly over the years and we've got so many of those cute things, it looks nice. I really didn't do it on purpose, but it has really worked out.
Now, for the last thing, our kitchen floor. How often do you mop your kitchen floor? Really, I want to know! I haven't ever really mopped all that much. I mean, we did to keep the place clean. But I've got to tell you, this floor is the absolute worst I've ever lived with. It's terrible! I think there is dirt litterally ground into the grooves of this floor from 5 years ago! It's crazy! I guess you could say I've been a little obsessed with it lately. I just can't seem to get it clean and now it seems to be getting worse. I really don't like it at all. I've now tried three different mopping things and I'm not sure what's going to do the trick. I really like the swiffer mop because I can just throw it in the trash and there is no messing with buckets and water and mud sloshing around. Back in Lubbock, we got a Bissel Flip-It for our wood floors. It is nice, it vacuums up the dirt so we don't have to worry about sweeping it and the chance of dirt getting missed and dusted up into the air. This thing doesn't miss the dirt. BUT the water. For the wet side, we have to mix it with a soap solution (no problem there). I haven't fully figured out the wet side (we quit using it after moving to Killeen). But when I do use it, I can't clean 1/4 of the floor without having to get more solution done, AND the dirty water is absolutely filthy! It is actually disgusting to me! I can't stand the thought of my kids playing on the floor in there because of how dirty I know it is. And now I've got one on the way that will be crawling everywhere, I can't keep him off the floor. I've got to figure something out. Today, I found a mop that, after using it, might work out. It's got a nifty little scrubbing brush on the flip side and the sponge is big and it looks like it holds a lot. But I have to deal with the water. And, oh that water was yucky! Also, after 10 minutes of mopping, I was so hot and out of breath, I couldn't even finish the whole floor. I do think it will get us started though, in the right direction. Jeff has Monday off, so we are going to clean that floor all day! I've got to get rid of the dirt, and I think it's going to take a mopping everyday or every-other-day at the least to keep it looking the way I want it to. Is that right? Everyday mopping? I've never heard of that, and I've never seen anyone do that. So tell me, what do you all do? How often do you mop your kitchen floors? I really want to know! :)
So, here I go, fluff, fluff, fluff. I'm fluffing these feathers and getting the nest ready, and we're ready for Alex to be here!