Monday, July 22, 2013

The New Digs

I'd say that this new place we're in now comes closest to winning the apt title of "cookie jar" for its size.  Behold our little 500 sq. ft.  2 bedroom apartment!
The only time when the kids' room is clean...when they are in bed! Max sleeps on a "big boy" mattress now, and during the day we push it underneath Ruby's bed as a kind of trundle type of arrangement.  Someday they may progress to a real bunk bed but right now I'm too worried about one or both of them falling/pushing each other off of the top bunk. 

Ruby's bug quilt that my grandma made!



My beloved dishwasher (and all of the counterspace our kitchen has!)

Galley kitchen might be overstating the case...

My kitchen extenders

The "dining room" or at least the part of the main room where we eat

Our new-to-us loveseat and the Wild Things quilt my grandma made for Max.

Let us not speak of this area...

No tub? No problem! That's what the blue tub is for! The kids don't seem to mind it.

Gotta love a W/D in the house

The "master bedroom" 

I'm trying to do justice to the amazing underbed structure Allen built.  This side is made of two IKEA shelves and it acts as my dresser drawers.

The rest of the underbed storage holds various tubs, totes, and suitcases, so all of the square footage under our bed is utilized for storage space.  That's key!

The rest of the room (that closet is jampacked with baby paraphernalia...swing, bassinet, etc.)

Allen's living out of a suitcase, but he's a good sport about it
I know what you're thinking..."Where is the new baby going to go?!"  Don't worry, we'll think of something.  We still have about 10-12 weeks to figure it out.  Honestly, there are some pluses about living in such a small space.  For one, it takes a lot less time to clean.  True, it does get dirtier quicker, because there just isn't that much of it and the kids do have a habit of strewing their stuff everywhere (I think there are dried up cheerios in every room of the house)...but it also gets clean quicker because it is small.  We also don't need to use our baby monitor because you can be in any part of the house and hear what's going on in any other part.  Also, so far we have not had any noise issues with the neighbors above us, which is more than can be said for our last place!  I'll take small and quiet over large and noisy.  Living in a smaller space also makes me more conscious of what is worth keeping and what should be given away.  We downsized quite a few things during our move and so far I haven't missed them.  In fact, I can't even remember some of what we gave away, so it must not have been that important!
I know it will be pretty crazy when our sweet new baby gets here and there's nowhere to go in the house to escape the noise, or when the ENTIRE counter space offered by our tiny kitchen is now taken over by bottles being washed and dried, but I also trust that God will give us the grace to handle it one day at a time.  For now, I'm just thankful that we have a roof over our heads that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  It's not forever, and even if it were, it would be more than many, many people in the U.S. and the world can call their own.  How many people would find this place palatial with twice as many people living in it?  Perspective is important...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!

My brain is too tired to write in complete sentences.  So instead, I present my bullet point list of things that were nice about today:
*making pancakes loaded with fresh, plump blueberries for breakfast with the kids
*went to spend the day with Allen's aunt Karolyn and uncle Kevin and their family/friends instead of being by ourselves
*unexpectedly ran into some old friends from Imago whom we haven't seen in a few years at Cowboy Coffee in Molalla when we thought they had moved out of state, and seeing that they've added another precious boy to their clan since we last saw them
*the weather--not too hot, sunny, breezy, perfect
*watching the small town parade and knowing some of the people in it (I saw you, Ms. Hosek, rocking that flute!)
*watching Ruby navigate a playground with joy and surprising grace
*a grilled hot dog in a soft, doughy bun; fresh blueberries and strawberries; raspberry ambrosia (Karolyn's signature potluck dish)
*the kids having a blast in the sprinkler in Karolyn's backyard
*catching up with Alishia and Andy
*having the kids fall asleep on the way home...and stay asleep for another hour after being carried out of the car and deposited in their room
*getting a lot more unpacking/organizing done during that time
*Allen hanging up some of our pictures and artwork and making the house look more like our home
*not getting sunburned too badly and having aloe vera gel for the places I did get burned
*living in a country where I don't have to worry about the army putting our president on house arrest, or having tanks and missiles pointing at my neighborhood because of my ethnicity or religion, or constant civil war