Savannah our 5 year old is having surgery this morning in order to repair a genetic problem. The doctors will be reconstructing her bladder and moving one of her ureters in an effort to protect her kidneys. All prayers for safety, a successful surgery and a comfortable recovery are appreciated.
Welcome back! This week the 4 Moms get down to the nitty-gritty, the living area of our homes. You’ve seen our yard and entryway as well as our kitchen and dining room, but here is where we really live. (I included our living room in the entryway post because our house has a lot of living areas.) This week you’ll see our family/school room as well as our play room.
Our family/school room is where the kids and I spend most of our time. It It also allows someone to work in the kitchen while we’re reading aloud or working on other group school work.
See Raising Olives headquarters? Yep, that’s where I am right now. I sit on the end of the couch or in ‘Mom’s school chair’ and work on that wonderful, little HP Mini that I won with this post.
This is our read aloud and discussion area of our school room. This is also where we often have family worship, spend Sunday afternoons reading or listening to CDs, family meetings, etc.
The large table ($25 at a bookstore going out of business sale) is where the children work on Greek, handwriting, math and copy work as well as art or craft projects. It’s larger than it appears and accommodates up to 10 easily. The shelves under the table store toys, blocks, song books, items for science experiments and of course some trucks.
Want to see what is back in the corner behind the large table?
We have an additional table for the younger children to use for their seat work or art. The black shelves are used to display any 3-D artwork that the children have created and of course this is where our guinea pig, Rose, lives when she’s not being held. We also have an art closet for all of our art supplies. I posted about cleaning out and organizing the art closet last year.
Our rain gutter book shelves store books that we are currently reading and using for school in addition to a collection of picture books for the younger kids. I also have a small basket of board books (it’s behind my school chair).
I appreciate having our laundry area in our family/school room. I can’t imagine how far behind I’d be on laundry if it wasn’t right here.
This desk was another Freecycle find. I LOVE getting things for free.
I’m happy to have space to store much of the school stuff and the desk top provides space for our printer, laminator, stapler and other office type supplies. It’s also useful for drying paintings and keeping science projects.
Here you can see our other indoor pets, fish or at least you can see their home. We have a tank full (really full) of live bearers and yes, there is a funny story behind that.
Now come on downstairs to the play room. This is where the kids wrestle and get their energy out when it’s just too cold or wet outside.
It’s where we have family fun nights as there is plenty of room for all of us to sleep.
The play room is where we snuggle up in front of a fire, read books, watch movies and have indoor picnics. We also keep most of our toys down here.
Look, cute baby on the couch.
See the Rubbermaid tote that doubles as my end table beside the couch? That stores our set of large wood blocks.
Don’t even think that you’re going to see behind Mark’s office door, that is off limits. I don’t even look in there unless it’s absolutely necessary.
This bar provides additional eating space when we host larger groups. There is a sink behind it and we often eat downstairs for family fun night, using the bar as a buffet and a place for the younger children to eat.
In the closet behind the bar we store our toys and games.
Our home has ample living area and Mark and I often pray that we will use it for God’s glory.
Raising Olives open house:
- Yard and entryway
- Kitchen and dining room
- Bedrooms (boy’s room and little girl’s room)
- Bedrooms (big girl’s room and master bedroom)
- Laundry area and tips
Be sure to visit the other ‘4 Moms’ and visit their living areas:
Your turn to share your living area. Please link directly to your post (not to your homepage) and be sure to link back to one of the 4 Moms so that your readers can join in.