Friday, April 24, 2009

Evidence of Children...

I'm sure there's MUCH more... but here is my "keeping it real" post about how there is evidence of children in my home!  I didn't clean up, pick up, straighten up... so here it is straight from a busy day :)  There are, of course, random toys strewn about in each area, but these are the 'fixtures' that either keep me sane (organizationally) or are there simply because there are kids in the house...

The "kids' computer" complete with Magic Touch screen for Brianna (she can't use a mouse yet).

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Next to the computer... yep, the potty seat (and that's not an electrical outlet, it's audio cables for our intercom!)

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The entire 13-disk set of Signing Time... One of our favorites...

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And another favorite, Veggie Tales and Hermie series (and a few Baby Einstein for good measure).  The kids don't watch much TV, but with no cable, this is what they watch!

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Our changing table- 4 bins with diapers in them for the 4 kids in diapers.  The green bin has hairbrushes, diaper cream, detangler... And below the bin are Emma's overnight diapers.  LOVE them!

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Diaper pail and laundry hamper

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The shoe bin.  Or I'd NEVER find a shoe!  (ok, I'd find A shoe, but not a PAIR of shoes...)

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Plenty of kid-sized seating in the family room :)

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Creativity central.  Kristopher's (and often Brianna's but not supposed to be LOL) art station...

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This is the 8' bookcase in our guest room.  The top is games, books, puzzles, etc. and the bottom are toys that have lots of pieces and only come out one at a time :)  In the drop-down desk area is paint and play dough supplies!

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Since all the 'paper books' are up high... there has to be a bin of board books down low!

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Three shelves of diapers.  And on the top left are all wipes refills.  I needed to restock on Emma's diapers- bought some today that haven't made it to the cabinet yet ;)

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"Baby" tub in the guest bathroom.  This one's for a quick rinse and go if it's just one kid! 

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My favorite addition to the guest shower... the loooong hose so I can wash the kids with it!

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Evidence of GIRLS.

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Miss Brianna's sleeping quarters complete with "lovey" and her board books.  Two rails make a good side for her since she's ALL OVER bed at night!

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The girls' dressers... complete with a pile of shorts that Brianna emptied out of a drawer...

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Emma's bed, which she can almost escape from.

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Baby guard to the bathrooms/bedrooms (makes it possible to have the bathroom door open while ONE or TWO kids are in the tub and not have all FOUR kids climbing around the bathroom!!

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The kids' bathroom- 5 colorful towels, one for each kid!  We already hung our friend's towel to get ready for him :)

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Wash cloths up to dry and bath toys!

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Soft spout cover...

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Toilet decor?  Well, washcloths anyway

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Tiny hiney, tiny seat.

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The "step step step" stool as Brianna calls it.

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You can't mistake this bathroom for an adult's!

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Two sets of toothbrush holders- one for the boys one for the girls

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The monster gate that keeps the kids out of the kitchen... complete with monster :)

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Playroom swings, SO FUN!

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Playroom slide and rubber mats.

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Where the little ones' toys are "supposed" to be...

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Evidence that I seriously DIDN'T pick up before taking pictures!  This is our ball pit... how it looks 75% of the time... EMPTY

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The play kitchen, a bulk of the ball pit balls, and Kristopher's very messy play area.  Hmm...

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Cabinet with V-Smile and V-Smile Baby and a 'dance pad' below.  Electronics that are kept out of the general toy circulation :)

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Child-proof handles on  the laundry room and guest bathroom

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Hmm... this doesn't belong in the dining room...

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Everyone has a bin for their 'goodies' when they come in the door, and the 3 cubbies are for the 3 kids that are in school. 

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Coat racks... which we need to re-vamp for summer and just leave the lightweight ones there! YAY :)  Oh, and the diaper-bag backpack on the floor :)

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Still in the foyer, my mom used the umbrella double stroller the other day when she babysat and I haven't put it back in the garage...

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Evidence of kids?  Hmm... maybe not :)  We like to play too though!  (and yes, a few of those are K's games)

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Our friends from Vegas.  My parents brought these home for the kids, aren't they cute?

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The 'tiny table' and chairs we use for snacks and company :)

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The side of the refrigerator... farm animals

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The front of the refrigerator... alphabet

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And of course my 3 prayer kids from Reece's Rainbow.  The one in the middle is now HOME!  The one on the left has been moved to foster care and is no longer available but... that little sweetheart on the right can be seen at www.reecesrainbow.org/atriskgirls.htm

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Brianna's straw cups and a mass of bottles

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Plastic cups, sipper cups, and 'kid size' cups too.

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Table for seven.  Tonight was McDonald's!  Kristopher earned it :)

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A seat for our new friend

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And one for Emma

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Um... this one's Micah's...

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Brianna's (enjoying some French Fries)

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The baby-food shelf.  Nothing but baby food...

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How many gallons of milk and containers of juice can you count?

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Maybe this will help... there were two on the door plus... 7 gallons of milk in the fridge and 5 containers of Juice (plus one to the right in the pic above).  And a Brita water filter and a few more 20 oz Sprites...  Yes, I just got groceries today :)  And that will last about a week...

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I didn't make it in to the boys' room before bedtime, so that room's missing from the batch :)

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the baby gate info. Looks like you are ready for your special guest!! You must be so excited. Love the color coordinated towels. I wish I was as organized as you are.

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  3. Where did you get the cubicle with the bins with initials on them? I NEED that!

    Hope your new visitor adjusts well.

    Jan

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  4. Your fridge is huge! I would love it. we go through roughly 5-7 gallons of milk a week. we drink a lot of milk but you guys must drink tons!

    Cool post with all the pictures.

    Your visitor will hopefully feel right at home!

    And said above- yes, you are organized!

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  5. you are my idol, for real!

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