Saturday, June 13, 2009

Camping Trip

I just wanted to post a few pics of the camping trip that we took down in Lesterville Mo.

Playing in the creek!

Picking up the rock!!

Throwing the rock!! I think she threw the same rock 50 times!!

Wishing that the day was not ending so soon!!

But hey at least I got to eat marshmallows!!

The camp site!!

Got to check the blog!!

Yep my God is awesome!!

Just hanging around chatting!!

What Gage does best, catching critters to scare his mommy.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Around The Stroupe Home

Clarissa learning how to ride the tricycle!! This can be a difficult task for a 2 year old.

We always find time for rest. This is Deacon all cozy with his blanky!

In my flower bed!!

This is the turkey, this was taken a couple of weeks ago, so they are much bigger now!! This is the first time that we seen him sitting on the side of the tub.

Daddy, taking care of a boo boo:(

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fighting The Battle Of Laundry

So I will be the first one to admit, after my 4th child was born I felt like I could never catch up with the laundry. It honestly was stressing me out, on a good day I would have only 4 loads of laundry left after doing a few. Everywhere I looked there was a piece if clothing somewhere, rather it be under a bed, behind the door, or stuffed somewhere in the corner there was LAUNDRY!! Oh, I don't want to forget to mention the dressers and closets, oh my, they were so unorganized and crammed you could not fit a thing in them!!

So a few weeks ago I told my wonderful husband that I was going to go through all of the clothes, throw away, give away, and store away this out of control madness!!

Guess what I DID IT!!! I am so happy and my days go by so much smoother!! Yeah!!!

Here is how I did it!!

First of all I went through and simplified all of the clothing and what ever was not needed, was thrown out.
All bedrooms have 1 dresser in it all 3 boys share, and the 2 girls share, and hubby and I share.
Then of course we have our closets!!

Each bedroom has there own little basket. After the children, are done with there changing they put in there own basket, girls with girls, boys with boys, and the hubby and I in another!!

The whites go in the basket in my room ( normally I pick out the whites as I do the laundry and put them in the proper spot )

The towels go in the hamper in the laundry room!!

Whatever basket has the most clothing is the baskets I do that day. I normally do 2 loads a day sometimes 3!! I do towels 2 times a week and whites 1 time!!

Every night after the kids have had there baths they know that they are to lay out the clothing that they want to wear the next day. The older siblings help the younger ones!!

As for putting away the clothing I use to struggle in this area also. Now I will not allow myself to put another load in the wash until the load that is on the line or in the dryer is folded and put away.

The children put away there own clothing, and help the younger ones. When they are not looking, mommy goes in and does it nice and tidy, or if it is really sloppy I call the children in to do it the right way with a little of mommy's help.

I am so excited to say that I have made it through the laundry battle for several weeks now. My daily duties are so much easier!!!

I would love to challenge some of you to try to become stress free from laundry!!
To the ones that don't really have a laundry issue, I would love to know how you all keep up with your laundry!!