I feel like my blog posts are getting farther and farther between postings. It’s been nearly two weeks since I last posted, so I’m gonna attempt to play catch-up a little bit with this one.
I’m still trying to chip away at the long to-do list for this house. Except for the kid’s bathroom (which has wallpaper that will eventually be ripped down), I’ve painted the entire upstairs. So logically, my next room to paint was the downstairs basement. When we first moved in, we really didn’t have any furniture to put in this room. It’s a big room and it felt a little bit overwhelming to try to tackle right away, so it got pushed aside for awhile until we got the rest of the house in order. But once we started homeschooling again back in March, the basement became our homeschooling space, and since we were spending a good bit of time down there, I was more motivated to do something about the lack of furniture. I was tired of sitting on the floor all the time. So over the past few months, we found some couches off of Craigslist and some chairs from Joss and Main and the room has begun to take shape. And then about two weeks ago, I finally painted down there. It’s the same color as the living room (Behr’s Irish Mist).
Here’s a picture of one corner of the room. It kinda has a beachy cottage feel. I’m so glad that it’s a walkout basement with plenty of light shining inside. I just couldn’t spend a lot of time in a dark, dingy basement. Hopefully, I’ll be back at some point with a little tour of the room. It went from a space I really didn’t like at all to a place that’s now bright and comfy.
Remember when it looked like this?!
Spring has been a bit finicky around here. We’ll have a day that hits 80 degrees and I become convinced that Summer is just around the corner and then we’ll have a cold snap come through and the days will barely make it out of the 50’s and the night’s drop down into the 30’s and it feels like Winter will never leave us for good.
On the nicer days, we’ve been enjoying getting out and exploring this area. There is so much to do around here. Lots of nature parks and historical areas, perfect for homeschool field trip days.
One day last week, we went to Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The kids had fun exploring along the creek and down the trails that led us through the woods. We saw a few deer cross the creek and run through the woods. And there was a small nature center with snakes and turtles and even a bearded dragon that the kids were brave enough to touch (I was not!).
Here’s Peyton doing a nature study of some rocks in the creek.
This week, we went to Claude Moore Colonial Farm. It’s a living historical farm set back in the year 1771, so you can actually see what it would be like to live in Colonial Virginia. This year, we’ve been studying American History. We’ve read about Leif Ericson and Christopher Columbus and now we’ve been reading all about the Pilgrims. And although this farm is set at a date later in history than the Pilgrims (this was set right before the Civil War), I think it gave the kids an authentic idea of what life was like back then with their farms and small houses with dirt floors, as well as the kinds of clothes they wore and how they lived their daily life.
Pudgy turned 9 years old and the kids convinced me to bake him a doggie cake.
An outtake… Poor Pudge. He puts up with a lot from us.
A month or so ago, Peyton and I picked out some fabric for her window and I just now got around to turning it into a window valance. I used No-Sew Heat Bond and it was a pretty simple project once I set my mind to it. I’m happy that it’s done!
While we are on the subject of window treatments, awhile back I found the boys some Pottery Barn Kids blackout curtains on clearance and snatched them up. Love.
Here’s to a bright and sunshiny rest of your week filled with popsicle afternoons!