Thursday, October 29, 2009


After stopping for lunch in Springfield at "Lambert's Cafe"

We went to Branson using our Bluegreen "points" timeshare at the Wilderness Club @ Big Cedar Lodge...we had a FABULOUS time.If you have never been to Big Cedar Lodge, I HIGHLY recommend's GREAT fun!

We stayed at the Kings River Lodge on the Bluegreen side

Our studio room was really nice...

We arrived on Monday - despite the rain that thankfully stopped about an hour out of St. Louis...we had dinner and Heather swam at the indoor pool.

On Tuesday it was still slightly rainy and overcast so we played some games, watched a movie, did some shopping and ate at the Truman's was a good day.

Wednesday was the best day with the sun shining and it being 61 we hit the outdoor activities - we went on a 2 hour hike, went swimming in 1 of the 6 or 8 outdoor pools, ate at the Truman Cafe & Worman's House, we played miniature golf and went to a wagon ride/bon fire...we had SO much fun!!!

We ate at Truman's again and left around 10:30 and thankfully were spared of all of the hard rain that seemed to be sporadic around the area.

This was a WONDERFUL, cheap, close to home and fun trip for us...being Bluegreen owners DEFINATELY has its advantages...we're looking forward to using our points next year to go back and hopefully we'll get to enjoy the fall WITHOUT the rain!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Fun!!!

We usually go over to Eckerts to get our pumpkins but this year Larry and I went to Aldi and they had them for $1.99 each...WOW - we snatched up 2 of them for the kiddos to do...thankfully we did cause with all the rain and other things going on right now, we didn't make it over to Milstadt. It's ok, we had a GREAT time carving our Aldi pumpkins!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

7 drawers, 3 cabinets, a bug & a bucket o' toys

Well - Over at Organizing Junkie there was a challenge to tackle the drawers that are hiding all kinds of "disorganization" - This has been driving me CRAZY for quite a while...since my mom got sick and died things have been "accumulating". So I took the challenge and dove in and tackled 7 drawers and 3 cabinets. I didn't really have any containers to organize the drawers and cabinets but I think they turned out ok for now.

Boy did I find some interesting stuff. I forgot to take before and after pictures of "all" the drawers but I've got enough photos to show that I've been busy for a few hours this morning.

I have one grocery sized bag going to goodwill, 3 grocery sized bags of trash, 7 decluttered drawers (though from the photos they may not "look" decluttered, TRUST ME, they ARE!), 3 organized cabinets, a bug and a bucket of toys. (more on the last 2 later :-)

I began my endeavor on the drawers in the livingroom - nearly all of them were full of little toy like trinkets...ugh. Here's the first drawer:

The second drawer is in the same table - I forgot to take a before picture:

The little cabinet and 2 other drawers in the livingroom weren't photographed. Let's move to the kitchen for a bit.

I have a buffet that has 3 drawers and 2 cabinets. Next to that we had all of Heather's school books and stuff. I've always thought that I should clean out the one side of the cabinet to put all of her school books in...when you homeschool, it seems like there are always books EVERYWHERE...ugh. Well, take a look...I'm SO happy with the outcome and SO thankful to have happened over to the Organizing Junkies site!

The second cabinet:

The last drawer in the cabinet:

This is the "weird" part of my day...I am to the seventh drawer (pictured above) and pull everything out of it and this little thing falls, it's white and fat so I think it's bean that fell off of a craft project, pick it up to throw it in the trash and it starts to move...YIKES! It has a brown pointed legs - resembles some type of caterpillar to me...not sure WHAT it was doing there or WHERE it came from as we spray for bugs every 3 months...there was no candy in the cabinet but the cabinet IS solid wood...I didn't find any other "friends" either...we did have our caterpillars that we took care of until they turned into butterflies on this buffet this past spring...maybe that is where the little guy came from.

And finally, our now completely unorganized bucket of toys...I'm hoping they go downstairs for a while and become forgotten about so they can find a new home somewhere else one day. For now, they'll remain in their container.

I do have 1 more drawer to get to "the junk drawer" - I think everyone has one of those that has tools, nails, etc in the kitchen - I'll have to organize that another day as it's time to get busy with "my part" of school.

Thanks for stopping it's YOUR turn...go clean out/up your drawers and tell us ALL about it by commenting here or over at The Organizing Junkies site...and don't forget to follow her "PROCESS".


The final drawer in the kitchen...all of the drawers have been done!!! Woo Hoo!!! While I didn't have a good way to organize this drawer and I'm sure it doesn't LOOK like it's least now it is!!!