Find Good In Every Day

One mom's attempt at finding good in every day of this chaotic world.

A Girl’s Dream November 29, 2012

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 4:13 pm

Having married an architect who loves the character and style of old homes, I have resigned myself to the fact that I will never have a big walk-in closet.  I’m ok with that because I know I get a lot of other wonderful features in an older home even if I don’t get the big closet.  It’s a compromise.  I find it funny when I watch House Hunters or some other HGTV show where the couples joke about the closet and how the husband can put his stuff in the guest room.  It’s the age-old tale, right?  Women have more clothes and therefore need more closet space.

Jeremy and I fit right into that stereotype.  I have way more clothes than he does, and therefore I need more space.  But given my statement above about the old homes we have lived in, more space is not always possible.  We have had to make up some creative solutions.  In our last house, Jeremy took the small closet in our actual bedroom, and I got the larger closet in the adjacent room that was the exercise room/playroom/dressing room.  It was a bit awkward in layout, and it was hard to reach everything easily, but it worked fine.  When we moved into the rental we’re in now, we split the closet 60/40.  On my 60%, I created a double rack to increase my space.  But since we use the wooden IKEA hangers, the closet was still stuffed to the brim.  It was a serious feat to pull something off the hanger without bringing anything else down with it.  My sneakers and sandals were in a big plastic bin at the bottom of the closet, and my dress shoes were just piled up on one side.  It was beyond annoying!  We both felt that anytime we got new clothes, we had to get rid of something else just so it would fit in the closet.  (Granted, on our budget, we I shouldn’t be buying new clothes anyway!)

Last week, I had had enough.  I told Jeremy that while I love old homes too, my dream was that someday way off in the future, I would get my walk-in closet even if we had to build our own “new-old” home.  I expressed my sincere hatred of our shared closet and the fact that my shoes were not getting the respect some of them deserved just being tossed on the floor.  Well, guess what?  He listened!  Over the weekend, he suggested we go to IKEA to find a closet system/armoire that would make us both happy.  While I loved his enthusiasm to solve our problem, we were still worried about whether this was something we should be spending money on now, especially with Christmas bills right around the corner.  Then I remembered our credit card reward balance, and off to IKEA we went!

Behold – Jeremy’s new armoire!

Is there some rule about not showing the inside of one’s closet? Oh well.

My far more manageable closet! It’s like a dream.

 

Granted, our dressers are still stuffed to the gills, and we have underbed storage, but it’s all about compromise.  (See how nice and neat and protected my shoes are on the upper shelf?  Yippee!)  And while it is not a walk-in closet, I consider myself pretty lucky.

 

 

Pinterest Success November 27, 2012

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 8:03 am

I’m trying to keep up with my goal of actually doing what I pin on Pinterest.  It doesn’t always work out as planned, but I had to share my most recent success.

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I love breakfast.  I probably wouldn’t have said that when I was younger, but it has become a favorite.  I think it’s because it can be like an early morning dessert.  Now I know there are many people who will judge me for feeding myself and my family sugar for breakfast, but let me note that this kind of thing is for a weekend breakfast only.  During the week, we try to be good with our breakfasts…  cereal, bagels, toast, grapes, apple slices, cereal bars…  But on the weekend…  well, that’s a different story!

While I usually make special breakfast treats like pancakes or cinnamon rolls (easy Bisquick recipe!), sometimes I cheat and buy an Entenmann’s Ultimate Crumb Cake at the grocery store.  It is so good!  So when I saw a pin for homemade crumb cake, I knew I had to give it a try.  It was so easy and so good, I don’t think I will ever buy an Entenmann’s one again!  Jeremy was in heaven, the kids gobbled it up, and I sat in bliss while eating my delicious breakfast treat.

Please check out Dine and Dish’s recipe!  (And now I might just have yet another blog to add to my ever-changing list on Google Reader!)

 

Conversation with Mason November 26, 2012

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 5:45 pm

Mason: Mommy, it’s really hard work being a Mom.

Me: Yes it is, but why do you say that?

Mason: You have to get Cooper breakfast and water every morning.  I did that for him today, and so I was basically like his mom.  And it was hard work.

Me: Well thank you for helping Cooper.  And yes, it’s hard being a mom, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Giving Thanks – Day 5 November 22, 2012

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 4:00 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!  It’s a gorgeous day here in Providence, and for that I am thankful.  But I have a lot more to be thankful for today.  Here are just a few…

1.  I’m thankful for the peace and quiet I got this morning before the mayhem.  Even though it was only about 20 minutes, I was able to lay in bed, read my book, and just reflect on the day ahead.  It was wonderful.

2.  I’m thankful for my mom.  She is not only helping me with so much of the cooking, but she’s my support rock today too.  We’ve been having some attitude issues with the kids, and my mom is being a good example of how to let it go and focus on the good.  I have so much to learn (cooking-wise and parenting-wise), and she is a great teacher!

3.  I’m thankful for nature.  We went to Roger Williams Park this afternoon for a walk, and it was gorgeous.  Most of the leaves have fallen, but there were still some bright spots of gold and red.  The fresh air invigorated all of us before our evening of chowing down.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

Giving Thanks – Day 4 November 21, 2012

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 6:29 pm

My day has been a productive one!  Yet, here I sit at 6:21pm squeezing in my Giving Thanks blog for the day.  I thought of waiting until later to be able to show some pictures of my upcoming nighttime adventure, but I figure I’ll save that for another day.  So 9 minutes before Mason and I leave the house for our downtown destination, I am giving thanks rather than brushing my teeth and my hair and making sure I have enough cash for the evening.  Oh well.

Today I am giving thanks for my husband.  I often feel like the luckiest girl in the world (but doesn’t every happy wife say that at some point?)  It is the truth, though.  I won the lottery when it came to husbands.  I was telling the story of how we met a few days ago and relayed the “love at first second sight.”  (long story)  I really did just know.  I had no doubt that he would be my husband and we would live through our days together.  Thank goodness he had the smarts to finally ask someone for my number!

I am thankful for my husband today because he is strong; he is brave; he is cute; he is loving; he is an amazing father; he is supportive; he is mine.  We have had over 10 years of memories together – some have been good, some have been bad.  But we’ve been through them together, and that makes us stronger.  We are on a path where the destination is unknown right now, but I can’t think of anyone else I would want to walk beside.

 

Giving Thanks – Day 3 November 20, 2012

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 7:03 pm

I did it!  I have passed another Real Estate Licensing Exam.  The first was 6 years ago in Maryland.  And today, I passed the Rhode Island exam.  (Now to just pay all the fees and fill out all the paperwork to actually get my license!)

You might have guessed then….  today I am thankful for the ability to get this done and out of the way before the holiday season.  When I first started my job back in early October, my “boss” offered to pay for my licensing class and exam.  I figured I would put it off a little bit while I got settled, but when I looked at the schedule of classes, I realized that one was starting the next week that would get me done before Thanksgiving.  We decided together that it would be better to just get it over with so that I could be more effective at work after passing.  (And before they all were too dependent on me!)  I took classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm-4pm for 6 weeks.  It was an intense and quick turnaround.  My team was amazingly supportive through it all and understood when I couldn’t help as much on class days.  Jeremy and the kids didn’t feel too much of the pressure until it was nearing the end of class and time for the test.  Jeremy planned a day of fun for the kids this past weekend so I could get a lot of studying done.  He gave up our couch-cuddling DVR time to let me study at night too.  And my mom was awesome just getting out of my hair this morning while I did my last minute cramming.  It was a team effort for sure!  And I am so grateful for the support.

There is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.  I am excited to fully focus on work, family, and fun.  And all the craft projects and baking plans I have for the holidays can go into full swing!  Let the celebration begin!

 

Giving Thanks – Day 2 November 19, 2012

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 5:45 pm

I am so thankful for my family.  I know that may seem like an easy one, but the last 4 months have not been easy on our family.  As I’ve said over and over on this blog, we left our family behind when we moved to Rhode Island.  No more Wednesdays with Nana and Kristin.  No more sleepovers at Meema’s.  No more easy drives to see Jen, Scott and Hayes.  No more simple last minute family gatherings.  This isn’t a case of you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone because we knew we had it good.  We knew how fortunate we were to have our family so close.  This is a case of we didn’t realize how lucky we are to have our family come see us so often!

We are thankful that Meema, Nana and Papa, Jen and Scott and Hayes, and Kristin have all made the efforts to come see us in Rhode Island.  There have been several trips…  Whether they drive or fly, they’ve come a lot, and we love it!  I am grateful to have such dedicated family that are willing to make the long drive or pay for plane tickets, especially since it is not as easy for us to get down there for quick trips.  We can’t wait to have a house big enough to host them all more comfortably (and maybe then they will come even more!)  It’s been wonderful to share our new life with them.  And I can’t say thank you enough to each and every one of them.

Our Thanksgiving gathering from 2011 – a weekend full of awesome memories!