The Happyish Homestead

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Improving the Laundry Room

Ah, the new year.

The time of year where I want to:

save money,

spend money,




finish up projects,

start new ones,

move to a new house,

work on my old one,

stop watching so much TV,

find a new series,

leave the house more,

and stay home more.

It’s a complicated time for me, even if it’s one of my favorites.


One of the things I wanted to do was work on the laundry room.

{Which may or may not have included hand washing some shirts that had been sitting in there for four months…}

I go back in forth in my life.

I want to be a minimalist.

I really do.

I’m just not.

I think I like too many things.

Part of me really loves these before pictures where you can see the yellow plank walls and chunky molding around the windows.


And you can see almost the whole wall of exposed brick.

{Which is now partially hidden by a box of outside toys and an umbrella stroller.}



But I also really love this.


I get to showcase some of the things I really love.

And that I wasn’t going to get rid of anyway and were just sitting in my basement.


But it definitely looks more cluttered.


Even if it is organized.




What do you love about the new year?  Are you a minimalist or not?  {What’s the opposite of a minimalist anyway?  I mean, besides a hoarder?}



And, Meg has been drawing pictures of me.

With some loose interpretations as to how my body really looks…..


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Holidays in the Brief

Well, we celebrated Christmas.

Spencer was a stinker almost the entire day. 

Like embarrassingly so.

And I was sick.

Terribly sick.

But, other than that, it was pretty nice.

Here are some pictures of the kids the Sunday before Christmas in nice church outfits….that I did not make.










And some sugar cookie decorating and eating.




And because I was so sick on Christmas Eve, the kids decorated and set the table.

It’s charming in it’s own way.


While we were in Ohio one of the vendors at a flea market was selling these paper lanterns.

I bought them for New Year’s Eve.

And actually remembered that I had them

AND where I had put them.

We wrote wishes on them.

They were a huge hit and pretty easy to do.


My wish was to be more patient and meek.

And, ironically enough,

my lantern totally got stuck in our tree.

Five feet above my head.

And it was the only one.

So, yeah, I don’t know what that means.

But probably something significant.


Here’s to a new year,

{maybe without as much patience and meekness as I had originally anticipated…}