What I Have Been Up To…

Well, what *haven’t* I been doing the last month?! I mean, I am a mom of 4 trying to do it all. Haha. I am crazy, that’s what I’m getting at. Any who…

So, I’ve been doing some noteworthy projects:

First: A Schedule 

I have never been a fan of down-to-the-minute type schedules. They frustrate me because of the constant uncertainty and change that happens as a young mother of young kiddos. I would actually stress out over having anything in a time slot during my day. I mean, it would cause me *serious* anxiety to have to schedule something.

But, since my four little ones are getting past baby stage and I have finally admitted to there being WAY more of them than I can handle. I decided that I needed to start getting more out of my day than just “surviving”.

So, I created a detailed schedule that allowed me to balance personal time, time with the kids, cleaning, and food preparation/clean up.


You can tell from the chart that I have a good balance of all the colors.

I can also easily adjust if I need a little more rest one morning, or need to move a cleaning or personal project around because of an errand or event. It’s very adaptable, but it keeps me on track to have everything cleaned during a week. The key is not to stress out over being perfectly to the minute, or having to rearrange. Life isn’t perfect, but it is more workable than it feels like in the moment. Having a plan keeps it from getting overwhelming. You’d be amazed at the amount of downtime I have during the day, and I get *everything* done!


Decorating for Christmas:


I designed and created this up-cycled Christmas gift for my newly married sister:

#10 can + juice concentrate “lids” punched with a nail and hammer into pretty designs, then spray painted two cheery colors (that I had on hand also) to create a tree topper and ornament set that even has a container for them. I had leftover raffia from a project long ago, which completed the country look.


Editing the “Year in Review” family video:

…to give to my parents and grandparents who live out east. Yes, I usually had at least one, and sometimes three kids on me at all times.

I do a video every year usually, but this year I had to do two years because last holiday season was a difficult one for me. This process usually takes 2-3 weeks of intensive dedication. I’m always rather proud of my work when I’m done. I actually went to college for this and love that I get to put it to use for at least one project a year now.


A Dollhouse for Molly (for Christmas):

This was my other HUGE undertaking for the holiday season. I have put about 18 hours into re-painting, and repairing this dollhouse given to me by a friend. It spent 8 years in their basement, so it needed some TLC. I think that I have successfully given it new life, and made it a 5 year old girl’s dream. Hopefully it will last a very long time.


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First Day of Painting (it cleaned up nicely):IMG_7305IMG_7303{I found  a mis-tint pink paint at walmart and bought a bunch of those paint sample bottles to do the rest of the painting. In all I spent around $30 on this house.}

Nearly done, just flooring and curtains to do (plus paint the attic):IMG_7492

IMG_7495 Fitted with flooring and curtains:IMG_7499 IMG_7497 IMG_7498


Making Neighbor Gifts– Upcycled Painted Vases:

Made from iced tea bottles I didn’t want to just throw out.

SONY DSC SONY DSCFor our friends it was my home picked/squeezed/canned grape jelly:SONY DSC


For the kid’s class parties at school (60 kids)

Reindeer Candy Canes:SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCMaking Friend and Grandma Gift (the necklaces) Packaging:

Up-cycled toilet paper rolls for boxes.



Pumpkin puree making and freezing:

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Thrifting night with my best friend:IMG_7378Enamel panIMG_7425Cute sweater poncho

…and seriously the best girl-time I have had in over a year!! Love that lady!


Tried a dozen different donuts from “Beyond Glaze” in Ogden. It has been on my “to do list” for a while now.

IMG_7438Dealing with a child who is transitioning out of taking naps. (At 18 months my kids just decide it isn’t necessary…it’s brutal.)



And trying to keep four kids entertained during a 15 day Christmas vacation. I have an activity or special event planned every day. 

Friday night: Aunt Sammantha, and Uncle Doug come up and we go to Layton Park’s Christmas light display—

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Saturday: family Christmas party (Kimber side)—


Sunday: Kiwicraft

Monday: Family night taking around neighbor gifts (vases) and then popping popcorn and making root beer floats to eat while watching a Christmas movie.

Tuesday: Activity–Special Agent Training obstacle course

IMG_7510…and it continues.

(I promise I won’t wait a month to post the next time.)

Have a happy holiday season!

~Nostalgic Knucklehead

About stacey

I am the Mom of two young, rambunctious girls, a curious little boy, and a wee little man who is bursting with joy for life. I just wanted to do something for myself that allowed me to harness the magical moments of being a Mom. (A job that sometimes feels thankless, misunderstood, and considered easy by those that haven't done it.) I wanted to be more positive by looking more closely at the good things that happen every day via photos and my thoughts.
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