Thursday, December 30, 2010

the ongoing quest to conquer clutter

it's been a while since I was on this subject and seeing after Christmas our house suddenly collected more stuff and i am feeling so stuffed to the brim in this house I am ready to throw everything out or move. Seeing as moving is quite in the cards Just yet, I am yet again on the quest to conquer the clutter in my house, (and in my heart).

Things that come to mind are these 4 boxes 2 in the basement, 2 in the upstairs closet, they are full of winter stuff... mitts, hats, scarves, boots from when we lived in the mountains in quebec, everyday we would bundle ourselves up for the - 40degree treck to school. it was useful then but comeon' we live in Brampton, it's not exaclty that cold here... and seeing as I use the same pair of mitts everyday with the exception to my snowboarding gloves I think its time to donate them all to the homeless. I'm sure they could really use them this cold winter.

The second that comes to mind is the endless piles of clothes, the constant flow of laundry. I have recently dumped 5 garbage bags of clothes.. and there are still too many. Yesterday I tackled the linen closet, threw out the crap. and reorganized, it looks beautiful.

Closets and junk drawers... there are many messy, unorganized closets and drawers in this house and they all seem to go unnoticed. Many things that don't really have a place but get thrown in or tucked away into the abyss of mess never to be seen again. I love a beautifully organized closet. I look in Lukes and it is perfect, dressshirts all lined up perfectly hanging, suits (well sportsjackets) , ties, pants, sweaters, perfect - even down to his shoes all neatly lined up in a row. Then comes to mine, and every other closet - excluding the new organized linen closet - ABSOLUTE CHAOS... It seems I always overlook them becuse they seem like such a big job, I think.. no I KNOW this goes for the many 'junk drawers' i have also collected in nearly every room.. I think this is perhaps fear.. fear that keeps me from cleaning them all out.. becuase God uses such practicality to talk to me i'm afraid about what he might tell me a lot about in my own closets and junk drawers and do a deep cleaning and pitching out the trash that has collected. but i guess perhaps, after a season of cleaning, then rest... it is time to get back to some cleaning, organizing and simplifying in my own heart and life.

Lately something in me doesn't feel quite right. I think it is a mixture of my little babe getting so big, (he is walking now!) pregnancy hormones finally being gone and not being on the pill for the first time in 10 years, my hormones are going insane trying to figure out where they belong, my husbands job is quite stressful on him and he is doing his MBA right now which can get crazy, me going back to work in less than a week and something not feeling quite right in me, not settled, not happy.. I'm not sure exactly what but i have definitely been neglecting the work it out with God part of things. my heart has been battling with some ongoing stuff this year, well Luke and both have. A big part of me just wants to get up and move away, move on, never to look back. I know that isn't the right thing to do that's just like putting all the little things i have thrown in my junk drawers and closets but at the same time, I'm not really sure what to do with any of it. mm.. yah....anyways

Someone said to me this year it is a season of exposure, God has been doing a wonderful job at cleaning out my clutter. Though like my house main spaces are clear i think there are are many hidden spots still packed with juNK. Maybe its time to get to it.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy 11 months!!!

oh my goodness, my little man is 11 months! where did the time go!!??

He is the silliest, happiest, most curious baby you will ever meet. He loves to laugh, and be chased around the house. He loves to read and talk and explore, you can often find him getting into something, like shredding newspapers, chasing the dog, playing in the dog bowl, throwing things in the toilet and trying to flush them down, pulling all the toilet paper off the roll and squealing in delight or just simply pulling out every item from his toyboy, or the cd cupboard, or dish cupboard or fridge. One word to describe him... BUSY!!! you are always smashing or hitting something, making noise any way possible. You think the washing machine and drier are fascinating, and always want to be apart of everything! You know how to HIGH FIVE! you are a great mimic of nearly everything. You are already babbling your own little language all of the time and know some of our words too! You say bUh baaa and wave which is super cute! and words like mama, dada, baba (bottle) , buh (book), buuh baa (bye bye), Ho Ho Ho and sing OOOOOOOOOooooo and LALLALALALA. Screaming is a great new hobby then laughing when it echos through the kitchen.

You have 8, count em' 8 TEETH!!! and 2 more Eye teeth on the way! Mommy and Daddy are impressed by your walking! You can do 5 steps on your own now but cruise everything in site at a see and can just stand on your own with out even trying to balance for ages, it is incredible. You are so strong and can do squats 100 time better than mommy could ever even try! You climb the stairs and do anything you can to get higher! like push your toys or the diaper bag against things to climb to the next level and most recently I foudn you hanging off the baby gate!! YOU MONKEY. It is hilarious! You can even escape your highchair with some amazing acrobatics. We think you are a little smartiepants and the cutest little boy we've ever seen..

Little guy you make mommy and daddy smile everyday you snuggle the best, you laugh the best, you bring us so much joy. Happy 11 months!

Monday, December 6, 2010

GATE 403

Well I made it.. My work is hung, and it looks great! Check it out if you get a chance to, have a drink and enjoy some great art and music. Gate 403 Rocancesvale Ave, Toronto. I will be having an informal meet and greet/opening from 5 - 8pm on Sunday. December 12th. The display will be up until January 2nd, 2011, hope to see you all there.