Wednesday, October 22, 2014

that mountain we call laundry

So, I've seen a lot of questions lately on some Facebook large family groups that I belong to about how to handle the laundry.  Yes, when you have a larger family, you have a larger mountain of laundry.  I've not had much trouble with it I guess.  We try to organize it and keep it going several times a day; at least 4 to 5 loads.  And sometimes 6 or more if bedding is involved.  With it being such a huge chore, one person is assigned that chore and that is it for them.  (Except for personal things of course).  And with mom helping out when it is needed.

We have two bathrooms with a large laundry basket in each one.  When it gets full, it gets sorted in the laundry room.





In our laundry room we have some shelves that my handy husband made. :)  On the top shelf from left to right are whites, reds and oranges, then pinks and yellows.  The color of basket indicates which color or similar color goes in each one. (With the exception of towels).  The second row is blacks, denim jeans and skirts, then towels.  The bottom row is two baskets for blues, greens, browns, purples, tans, grays, teal, etc.  




When one of these baskets are full it's time for a wash cycle.  (These are rarely empty lol).  The table is for folding and stacking the boys clothes...hence the basket of clean laundry on the table.  The girls clothes, mine, hubby's, and the baby's go on the washer and dryer in the front-bottom of the picture (also see the next picture for a better view).  We put them away as soon as possible to keep the surfaces clutter free.  Not that it is always done, but that's our goal. :)

To keep this mound of laundry under control we have one washer and two dryers.  Long ago (when I only had 4 or 5 children and my mountain started growing) I would have to wait for a dryer load to finish before I could put another load in to dry.  It was frustrating when I needed to get several loads done in one day.  So I started looking for a second dryer.  A few years ago I was finally blessed to get one and we kept two ever since.  It is a life saver.  The cycle of a washer is shorter than a dryer and we can get two loads done in the time it took to do one before.

You may have noticed a rod across the way in front of the shelves.  That is to hang up the hanging clothes so they can be taken directly into the rooms.  I also keep some of the boys church clothes in here permanently so they will not get tossed to the bedroom floor and messed up before Sundays.  It also keeps the empty hangers ready.

The white basket on the floor under the bottom shelf is for older ragged towels we use for spills and cleaning.  The other white basket partially under the table is for swimwear.  In the second picture you can see part of a brown wicker basket; that is for stray socks.  And it seems full most of the time, lol.

The empty space on the top shelf to the right of the pink basket is for clean towels to be folded and ready for use.  As you can see at the time I took this picture it was empty.  I'm guessing they were either hanging up in the bathrooms or in the dryers.  They get a lot of use. :)

And that's our mountain climbing aka laundry. :)

P.S.  That is our second refrigerator on the left in that last picture.  We have two full size, one in our camper, and a small chest freezer.  They all get plenty of use.







 
Until next time...

JenT

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

and so it begins

20 years ago I started taking karate at my local community college.  I was signing up for my first semester in college and I need a PE credit.  Karate was the only one that interested me.  I really enjoyed it and even advanced to a green belt.

Fast forward 20 years, 12 children, a mostly sedentary lifestyle, and some plus pounds later to last week.

I started karate again.  Yay me.

I was so seriously sore the next day and twice that the second day.

Last night was my second class.

Oh.  My.  There are no words to describe the feelings in my legs when I go up or down steps.  I am so thankful I don't live in a two story house. lol

I dread tomorrow.  The second day is the worst.

Help.



Until next time...

JenT

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

we have to eat what?!

 How to get your kids to eat their veggies?

Serve this with it.


Whole tilapia.  Yum.  I think I'm the only one who ate a significant amount of it. lol

Even my 3 year old said it was "disgusting".  Actually, it was pretty good.  Just drizzled some olive oil in the pan, threw the fish in it, and baked for a while.  Served with rice and stir-fry veggies.

Until next time...


JenT

Monday, July 7, 2014

giveaway winner!!

I loved reading about your 4th of July memories.  

 Photo: Happy Independence Day!

#smokymtnchristian

My favorite 4th of July was probably one I remember as a teen.  Growing up the big thing to do on the 4th was attending the 4th of July Rodeo in Wright City, OK (a town close to my grandparents).  This particular one my younger aunt and I were allowed to walk around the carnival by ourselves.  We had so much fun.  After riding the rides we wanted, we went to watch the rodeo.  We made sure to get to the rodeo in time for the bull-riding (our favorite part).  The big finale at the end of the rodeo was the fireworks with the last one being an American flag lit up in the arena.  It was a great night. :)

And now announcing the winner....drum roll please...

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and the winner is.................Kathleen W. !!!!  Congratulations!

If you still are partial to the lavender I will send you that one.  If not, let me know the scent you want.

Thank you all for entering.  Keep checking back, I may just have another giveaway up my sleeve soon. :)

Until next time... JenT

Sunday, July 6, 2014

birthday (again)

Well, it's about that time around our house...yep another birthday. :)



This one is for one of our little princesses...she turned 7 on July 3rd.  (yes, I'm late in posting)

 (She was happier than she looked, we just didn't get a good picture of her with the balloons).

She likes princesses and playing with her sisters and brothers.


She picked a pink and purple birthday cake and her oldest sister obliged.





She likes Frozen and I know a lady that crochets loveys, soooo....

 (Anna and Elsa loveys)


 All of our little kids love the loveys we have (we also have Merida and Rapunzel from the same lady).  If you are looking for a lovey for your little one visit her etsy shop Lucy's Loops05.  She does some amazing work.

And that's all. :)

Until next time...


JenT

Sunday, June 29, 2014

giveaway: homemade soap!

I am having a giveaway!!

 cold processed scented homemade soap vanilla lavender rose sea mist ocean breeze

I can't remember the last time I had a giveaway of my very own on here.  The last few times I've talked about giveaways, they've been from another blog.

But this time it's my very own giveaway...of my very own soap...that I made on my very own.

 

You pick the scent you want and I'll send you a bar of homemade soap.  It is made of natural oils, water, sodium hydroxide (lye), scents, and colors.



Here are the scents I have available:

Saddle Up (a leather-like scent)
Lavender Touch
Sugar Cookie (vanilla)
Very Berry (strawberry)
Rose Petals
Sea Mist (ocean scent)
Date Night (chanel)
Tropical Paradise (coconut)

To enter this giveaway, you only have to comment below and tell me your favorite Independence Day memory. 

That's it!

Yes, I know - so simple.  No rafflecopter...just me, a bowl, names, and someone picking a winner. (So be sure and leave your name and a way to contact you such as an email address).

This giveaway will last all week long.  I will pick a winner next Sunday, July 6th and announce it Monday the 7th.

So - comment away!!

Also - I have these soaps available on my etsy shop for purchase.  So you don't have to wait and take a chance on winning.  You can have some now!  Just go here and choose what you want.

Until next time...

JenT

Thursday, June 26, 2014

today!!

Today is the first day of the Applachian Home Educators Conference right here in my town of Pigeon Forge, TN.

I am so looking forward to this.  I'm volunteering tonight at the registration table, so if you come by be sure and find me and say hi.

I've been looking over the schedule of speaker and found a couple of ladies I am so eager to listen to.  I hope I get the chance.

If you are close to east TN (Pigeon Forge), I hope you take the time to come out to the conference.  If you are already registered to attend and are already here - you made a good choice. :)

Appalachian Home Educators Conference

Until next time...

 JenT