I thought for sure I was going to start daily blogging again but then realized… I don’t take pictures every day. So I don’t know how often I’ll blog, or what about. But I hate this just being a dead space. My poor blog.


I spotted Lyla on the couch with these stuffed animals. She was pretending to breastfeed the kitty. So cute!


Lyla loves to hang out with me while I cook. Usually she sits on the counter where I’m working but sometimes she wants me to hold her. On those days, because I can’t cook with only one hand open, I wear her in the ergo.A (22)efbblog

I don’t really have any other pictures that I want to share! My family has been sick and I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of school and errands and I’ve also started doing my online classes again and working and I’m just so busy my poor cameras sit unused on my counter most of the time!


Lyla Makes a Mess

So a few months ago I realized that though Lyla makes huge messes every single day I rarely took pictures of them and maybe it’d be something I’d want to remember in the future when she’s through the messy toddler phase. I made an effort to grab my phone or camera to snap pictures before cleaning but it’s really hard for me since I notice a mess and just clean it immediately. It’s habit. These are less than 10% of her messes. But at least I captured some of the things she does!


Are you cracking up at all her huge smiles throughout this series? She really likes making those messes. haha

My Apartment “Tour!”

So it took me a full month to unpack and decorate my apartment and ever since it’s been an ongoing project to figure out how to really live in this tiny space with 7 people! Seven people in 1,100 square feet!

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I had to buy some new furniture for this little space. The furniture I had in my house was giant and never would have fit here. It was nice to start over with new stuff anyway, try to forget the past type of thing. Make new memories in this new life as a single mom. d (2)eblog

Oh my gosh I spent hours researching furniture for my space! I found furniture in so many different places. I tried to buy mostly from Amazon because the shipping from Amazon can’t be beat (2 days?! YES) but I did have to get a couple things from other places.

If you want to find these things I’ve linked where I found them below! Click on the name of the item. (Amazon links are affiliate links, all others are not)

The taupe sofa is from WalMart.

The small aqua loveseat is from Amazon. (And I love it so freaking much!)

The area rug and pad are both from Amazon. And if you’re worried about noise then even though the area rug is gorgeous, the gorilla grip pad has been really necessary. It has been worth every penny to me in helping the noise levels in here and also for comfort. I found the area rug on Wayfair first but it was cheaper on Amazon by a whole lot!

The mini brown recliner was from Home Goods. (sorry no link, I found it in store!)

The gold poof and the cloth floor pillow and its cover and the sheepskin rugs are from Amazon, too. The gold poof is one of my favorite things I’ve ever bought. It’s so pretty and it’s more useful than I even imagined! My kids love sitting on that thing! They even pick it up (it’s heavy and hefty) and carry it all around the apartment to play with it or use it for a chair! There is also this gorgeous brown leather one I have my eye on. As soon as I can afford it I’m buying it for my bedroom! It’s so freaking pretty. As far as the round cloth floor pillow, my kids loved it but it wasn’t my favorite and I ended up giving it to Goodwill. It seemed to get flat really easily and was basically a giant pillow… so if you want that then you’d like it. I preferred something with structure to sit on.

I found pillow sets online, too. The world map ones are still available but the colorful one isn’t available anymore. Here are the throw blankets: the cream colored one and the bright pink one. I super love, love, love the cream colored one but I am not a big fan of the bright pink one and gave it to Sierra. She loves it, though!d (4)fbblog

The view of my kitchen. It’s tiny, huh?

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I slid this shelf with all our scrapbooks under the bar counter instead of getting barstools and am glad about that since Lyla would likely just ransack the counter anyway. The baskets on top of the shelf hold all of our “car” things. If you have kids you need to have a bunch of little things you take with you everywhere, if you want I can do a separate post on what I bring with me to take care of six kids on the go. Let me know in the comments.d (9)fbblog

I didn’t do a lot with my kitchen at first. d (11)fbblog

This is used mostly as a homeschool space instead of eating, though we do both here! I’ve finally finished setting this area up and will post separately about it soon! I got my desk and office chair at WalMart and the long corner desk (that I adore SO much) right here at Amazon. The bench is from Amazon as well! (I couldn’t find a link to my desk and office chair, sorry. I love this gold and white desk and this white and walnut office chair though! )d (12)fbblog

This shows my full counters. I never have a lot of space, they’re usually more cluttered than this, too. haha. I got everything on my counter from Fred Meyer and Home Goods. Fred Meyer had this amazing 70% off sale a few months back and I got most of these items for under $10 each!d (13)fbblog

I’m really lucky that the hall in my apartment is really wide and I can fit two giant shelves in here! One shelf holds all our homeschool stuff and the other holds more of our family photo albums! Both shelves I got at WalMart.

The easy to use wall ledges are on Amazon. I have rebought those a couple times because I love them so much. They use 3m strips! Easy on and easy off! The link I included takes you to a page with a couple options, 4″ and 21″. These photo ledges in the picture are clearly the 21″ ones (one per order, you don’t get two when you order!) but I have bought three sets of the 4″ ones as well! They are holding up amazing. I have a heavy jar with dry erase markers on one of the little 4″ ones and it hasn’t budged a bit. I love these wall ledges, obviously. I’d buy a whole lot more if I had more money!d (23)fbblog

The little kids love running up and down this hall so I bought a really thick rug from Amazon. It’s so thick this one didn’t even need the extra pad that I had to get for the area rug in the living room!

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My laundry room is filled up! I use it for extra storage by having a shelf and loading every spare bit of space up with stuff! I got these hanging vertical laundry hampers from Costco!

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This shelf holds our art supplies and my personal books. d (32)efbblog

Payson and Ember sorta share a room. Ember mostly likes to sleep at the foot of my bed or on a cot in my room or snuggled right up in the queen with me, Everett, and Lyla so mostly just both their toys are in here and Payson sleeps here. Ember’s clothes are kept in my room, too. But this is their play space and they love it.d (33)efbblog

All the canvases you see in here are from WalMart! I actually have been pretty happy with the quality there and mostly happy with the price and that they print these in ONE day! What the heck? Seriously! It’s awesome.d (35)efbblog

So, that’s that! My apartment! It’s been a super interesting experience going from a large house to a tiny apartment. Going from being a married woman to a single mom. Going from stay at home mom to stay at home mom PLUS work at home mom. It’s insane and busy and an absolute adventure every single day. I feel like I’m an explorer now. Every day I’m figuring out a brand new life. I’ve learned and I’ve grown a whole lot. It’s been really difficult. But it’s been good. Changing is good.

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Again, anything from Amazon is linked using an affiliate link so hopefully I get something back if you purchase through those! I just barely signed up for that program and if it goes well I’ll tell you more about it in the future! It’s a boatload of work tracking down all those items I bought this last summer so I hope you use the links if you want to purchase! Those are items I personally had spent hours and hours searching for and then purchasing on my own that I genuinely like and use.
Any other links outside of Amazon aren’t affiliate links 🙂

The End of 2018 Update!

Hi guys! It’s been forever, huh? I needed to take a break from socializing online to cope with my new life! I know you understand: divorce, becoming a single mom, moving, starting a new job, starting online classes, and still homeschooling- I’ve been feeling like I’m drowning. I didn’t have any energy for sharing online.

I could never do 4 months worth of blog posts to catch up so I put together a pretty decent collection of pictures for this post to let you know what we’ve been up to. SO much has happened! Not even ten percent will be shown here but it’s the best I can do. I have a few separate posts planned for the rest of this week but for now, get ready for a major update post!

So I mentioned in my last post 4 months ago that we moved or were moving, we did move- to an apartment! It’s small and has been a major adjustment that I’ve been figuring out. I have an entirely separate blog post with an apartment tour ready to go. For now here’s a picture of when we first moved in and didn’t have all our stuff unpacked.023eresizedblog

Ember lost her very first tooth! She’s lost a total of three in the last 3 months and has three more loose!

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Brooklyn turned 15!047efbblog

We moved to a new state so I had to get a new driver’s license.086eresizedblog

We ate at restaurants quite a few times during the first couple months.112efblittleblog

Our apartment has a pool. Yay!003eblog

And a playground!A (84)eresizedblog

We went to the lake many times. I could live at the lake ♥A (95)ceresizedblog

We went to the park a whole lot, too.d (6)efbblogc (75)efbblogc (81)efbblogc (99)efbblog

We had to go back to our old house a lot before it sold.d (126)eresizedblog

I finally got the apartment unpacked and decorated!d (2)eytblog

Brooklyn started high school!

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We went to a lot of doctor checkups.F (42)efbblog

Sierra started 7th grade!F (85)efbblog

The kids settled into our new apartment.F (100)efbblog

I got a couple boxes of curriculum from the local public/home school school Payson and Ember go to. (That’s another separate post coming!)F (132)efbblogH (13)efbblog

Payson and Ember had their first day of 5th and 2nd grade. (They go once a week)H (54)efbblog

Everett had his checkup for his fingers and how they’re healing since his surgery in 2014. I will post here and on my syndactyly blog all about that soon but for now- everything is looking great!B (195)efbblogB (147)efbblog

We went to quite a few movies! It’s one of our favorite things to do for family fun.B (460)cefbblog

It was a lot of trial and error getting Lyla a new car seat when she outgrew her bucket seat. A (12)efbblog

The kids had a STEM event at school.A (45)efbblog

Brooklyn and Sierra had an appointment with an eye doctor and had their eyes dilated. (Both girls have perfect vision)A (102)efbblogA (108)efbblog


My phone was ancient and finally stopped working so I replaced it. I had to get my own phone account through Verizon after divorce anyway so it was good timing.A (157)efbblog

Ember turned 8!E (55)efbblog

Our apartment neighbors under us complain constantly about the noise my kids make (long story) so I went to look at a bunch of rental houses.B (24)efbblog

I couldn’t find anything I could afford that was available so to solve the noise problem we spend most of the day out of the apartment, homeschooling in the quiet places we can find around town.B (67)efbblogB (78)efbblog

We celebrated Halloween!084efbblog

Everett turned 5!n (20)efbblog

We went on a couple road trips to visit my family. Traveling with six kids seems like a lot of work and it is but I love it so much!265efbblog

I celebrated my first Thanksgiving alone with the kids. My sister hosted our whole family and cooked the meal. She’s amazing. She also took this picture of me and my kids that I love.116eblog

I took all six kids black Friday sales shopping and got much needed clothes for everyone!349efbblog580efbblog

There was a huge storm coming through the pass on the road trip home but we made it just before it rolled in!748efbshareblog

Lots and lots and lots of grocery shopping trips.03 (5)efbblog

We decorated the Christmas tree.784 (25)efbshareblog

Lyla is still breastfeeding. She’s 2 1/2 now.072e2fbshareblog

Payson wanted to grow his hair out and did for months and when he was finally ready to trim the sides I was excited! He’s SO handsome!277efbblog

Christmas eve I was up until 4am wrapping presents! Lyla woke up several times and  putting her back to bed took quite a while! After I’d wrapped for hours I sat and stared at the tree and cried. It’s been an emotional year.083efbblog097efbblog

Christmas morning!


And that brings us to today! New Year’s Eve. What a year it’s been.

Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon.