Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Making Your Home a Haven

I have been wanting to participate in Crystal's Making Your Home a Haven all week. I just have not had the time. But today, I thought I might just be able to do it, but not in the laundry room as was suggested.

Last night, it snowed! The first snow of the season! My daughter, Energizer Bunny (EB) was soooooooooo excited that she got ALL of her stuffed animals and lined them up at the door to look outside. Then she proceeded to skip around the house cheering at the top of her lungs. Oh, to be a child again!

My husband is out of town until tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening he has an orchestra rehearsal for a Friday and Saturday concert. By the way, for you locals who view this blog, his symphony, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, is having their debut Christmas concert in Noblesville on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. It's at the Noblesville High School and the High School Chorale and the Anderson University Chorale will be participating as well. The tickets are very affordable. Adults are $10, students 13 and older are $5 and 12 and under are free. Can you beat that? Please come. There are conflicts with other activities that night and they would like for their debut in Noblesville to be well-attended.

Enough of my sales spiel! As I was saying, my husband is out of town until tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening he has an orchestra rehearsal for a Friday and Saturday concert. So, he would not be able to shovel the driveway at all.

Now, you all know how it is. Everyone looks around to see who is not responsible enough to clean their driveway and who just lets the snow and ice pack down and look more and more unkempt. You've been guilty of it yourself, haven't you? Remember that I have 3 kids. The oldest two (5 and 3) have to be shoved outside in the summer and the door locked and bolted in order to get them to play outside. Sometimes I have to threaten them with punishment if they don't stop staring at me through our patio doorway for the entire 30 minutes they're required to stay outside. Are my kids abnormal or what?

So, now it's cold and they are loaded down with 20 extra pounds of gear to keep them warm. Is this going to work?

Then I have a 1 year old, Goofy Boy (GB).

NONE of my children would ever let me sit them outside when they were 1. Both of the others cried and screamed and tried to hyperventilate until I took them inside. BUT I was determined to get the driveway shoveled as a special surprise for my husband. (I figured that I have tomorrow to work on the house.)

Here's the before

and here's the after!

Yay for me! I did it!

And guess what? Here's how GB sat for the entire hour it took me to do this. No crying whatsoever! I think he truly enjoyed watching his brother and sister play. They played and played and played and got out more toys than they ever have in the summer. Go figure!

My only regret is that I didn't get any pictures of their playing together. Now you know what tomorrow's post will be!


Ambrose Family said...

Hi! I found your blog through Crystal's Make Your Home A Haven Challenge.

All of this sudden I was struck by how similar you seem to me.

I'm a young married woman (not a mom yet), but I am interested in organic/locally prduced food, I love music, I live in Indy, and I am a passionate Ron Paul supporter! Please don't think I'm too strange, but I hope to start reading your blog, if that's alright.


Lylah said...

so sweet! love the pics...and, i'm surely impressed with the driveway...

you go woman! lylah

~Babychaser~ said...

Good for you! And, not only did you make your home a bit more of a haven, but you found a special way to bless your husband as well... and no child ever forgets a day spent in the snow! If I felt better DS (turned 1 on Tuesday) and I could go out and play in the snow we got too!) We'll see... I'd hate for him to miss his first real snow of the season (his first ever real snow was at only a month or two old.) :)

Anonymous said...

Kudos on the driveway!! :) We're the people that just let the snow and ice get packed down.

Dovey said...

Kate, that's too coincidental! Please, be a consistent reader and maybe we can share tips back and forth!