Welcome to our month long open house series. Each Thursday during the month of August 4 Moms and 35 Kids ( Connie, Deptuty Headmistress, KimC and I) invite you into our homes for a glimpse at how we set up, organize and manage homes for our larger than average families.
This week we’ll cover our yard an entryway. Welcome to our home!
Often in the evening when the weather is nice Mark and I sit out on the front porch after the children are in bed and enjoy some peace and quiet. This is a great way to get a ‘date’ without leaving the children.
I got this chair (below) and another like it from Freecycle (free of course) added some flowers and our once empty porch now has a bit of ‘pretty’.
When you walk into our home this is what will greet you, well this and more than half a dozen kids.
Turn to your left and you are in the living room. (I’m cheating and including the living room as part of our entryway because we have several living areas in our home.)
These book shelves hold our dictionary, concordance, thesaurus, many of our classics as well as science and nature books and an assortment of history readers.
Hand-me-down furniture, yard sale drapes, more freecyled chairs (the red ones) and an avocado green table that I found at a yard sale for $5 and spray-painted black all come together in our living room to look almost purposeful.
We use our living room for rest time, family worship and as a quiet place to read or study. Of course the little ones love making forts with the pillows and cushions from the couches, but that is generally discouraged. I love having an area that is nearly always tidy and presentable in the event of unexpected guests.
Ideally I would love to have hooks for coats and purses, bins for shoes, boxes for hats, gloves and scarves and a sink for hand washing in our family entry area but this is what we have.
So we settle for storing coats, purses, shoes and for the most part hats and scarves in bedroom closets.
We have a deck that goes across the back of our house with an eating area off the dining room where we eat most of our meals in the spring and fall and where the children eat lunch throughout the summer.
There is also a play/sitting/eating area off of the family/school room. This portion of the deck is ideal for little ones who need an outside break while we are working on school.
Our backyard is lovely for relaxation, playing children,
big time adventure and exploring
but not so great for grass or gardening. However, see that patch of sunlight right in the middle of our patch of grass?
That patch of sunlight now contains this garden that my wonderful husband put in this year.
Have you ever seen such amazing, tall tomato plants? (humor me here) We think that we have enough sunlight for two more boxes that we hope to fill with plants next year.
Edited to add: Our outside storage, how could I forget?
This is probably the most helpful part of our outdoor area. If you’ve read RO for long then you already know that I do not function well with clutter. This was our solution for organizing our children’s outdoor playthings and tools.
(The steps go up to the eating area on our deck.) The shelves are simple, plastic large storage shelves and we purchased very large bins that fit the shelves perfectly.
Each bin is full of it’s designated items. One bin stores all the life jackets, goggles, snorkles and water toys, another skates, another balls, and other throwing/catching toys, etc. We now even have space for sleds and snow gear. This made outdoors a much happier place for me.
Of course no home with children is complete without wheeled transportation (and a lovely trash can).
Photo credits for the bike port go to Alyssa (9), because I was busy feeding the baby.
Be sure to come back next week for a tour of our kitchen and dining room.
Raising Olives open house:
- Kitchen and dining room
- Living areas/ school room
- Bedrooms (boy’s room and little girl’s room)
- Bedrooms (big girl’s room and master bedroom)
- Laundry area and tips
Visit the other moms of many to tour their yard and entryway:
Link up your entryway/yard open house here. Please link directly to your post, not to your homepage. Also, please include a link back to one of the 4 moms in your post, Raising Olives, Smockity Frocks, The Common Room or Life in a Shoe so that others can join the open house.