As if Christmas isn’t hectic enough all on its own my family added in a string of illnesses and I still had to go to work.  The day before Christmas eve I thought I was actually going to lose my mind. I was convinced that Christmas was going to be ruined and I was on the verge of a mental breakdown. Presents still were not wrapped, my house was a tissue filled disaster, my kiddo was still spiking fevers, and then I felt the ick creeping into my body. I had absolutely no idea how I was going to make it through the next few days. Let me tell you what ladies and gentlemen…my husband is a saint. He is beyond words amazing. That man held this house together and he kept me calm during the whole mess. He finished our last-minute shopping and pulled the house together while I spent hours and hours on the recliner rocking and cuddling our sick little man.  Mr. Lyle can drive me absolutely mad at times, as most men do, but he really is so good to me. I will never understand how I got lucky enough to find someone so wonderful.

Okay enough with the mush…This crazy virus that has taken over our house is one for the books let me tell you. The three of us are all suffering from different symptoms and there is no end in sight for the adults. Braxton started feeling more like himself after about a week. His fevers were the hardest to keep down. He was just a grouchy mess for days. Thank heavens he didn’t get the sore throat, coughing, stuffy nose, sneezing, achy body, nasty mess that his dad and I have. We are a walking ad for Nyquil right now. Our entire house is being infused with Vicks Vapor Rub.

I’m so thankful that Andy has had off work this past week, because he has been keeping up with the constant sanitizing. Unfortunately for me I had to work. Most of my adult life has been spend teaching preschool which has almost always meant long holiday breaks. This year with my new job I got one day off for Christmas…not impressed. I literally hated going back to work the day after Christmas because I didn’t get to put my house back in to order. Here it’s Friday and I still have presents stacked around the tree. I cannot stand it. Anyone that really knows me knows that I’m certainly not a neat freak and my house is in no way, shape, or form neatly organized BUT this chaos is too much. My plan was to put everything away today but this sickness kicked my ass today. My head is so full of crud and my body aches from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. The only things I got accomplished today was making shower bombs and soup. Braxton stayed in his jammies all day and just lounged around while I tried so hard to start recovering. I let Andy take the day off since his body wasn’t so achy today. I was pretty happy that he got to go hunting actually, He has been cooped up in this house far too long, and having some fresh venison in the deep freeze is always nice.

Alright so during this holiday madness I did try to use my unexpected down time to my advantage. I tried to come up with some fun blog ideas for the new year. I have been wanting to do a post about organizing your entire house in 2 weeks, so I created a little plan for how to start. I mean what better time to make changes around the house? I have a bunch of new stuff and my kid has more stuff that I can handle. I’m going to start by donating a ton of old toys. He has things in his toy box that he hasn’t played with ever, so it’s time to do a sweep.

I decided to develop a new way to organize all of his stuff, too. I am going back into preschool teacher mode and incorporating some of my old strategies into his bedroom and his playroom. I need to order (or search on swap and sell) for some shelves that I can put cubbies on.  I might even bust out some labels. There is zero method to the madness right now. He has 2 Thomas boxes that all his stuff just gets thrown in to. I think that is why he never plays with anything. If there are was more organization then he would be able to see what is there. So, that is one my plans. I am going to completely re-do Braxton’s “zones” and hopefully you guys can follow the process and add any tips along the way.

I also got some new furniture pieces for Christmas so the living space of my house is going to need a major makeover. My kitchen might be the smallest kitchen on earth and my awesome in-laws got us a portable dishwasher. I have been living without a dishwasher for like 6 years and I hate hate hate it. I was so excited when we opened that damn dishwasher. The only problem is I have no clue how I am going to make it fit in my kitchen. I am going to have to get crafty. So again I will post pics of the before and I’m hoping that you guys can give some advice.

My new TV stand will be easy to add to the living room. I have been dying to take the table that the TV is on currently to our laundry room. I want a tall table to fold on and it is perfect. However my laundry room is a whole other project. I have never decorated my laundry room. It is literally just a plain white room with 2 shelves full of junk and my washer and dryer. I have so many ideas and I am hoping that over the next month I can start to add little things here and there. I know I won’t be able to do everything I want to all at once because we are on a budget, but a little at a time will eventually make something really cool I think.

I wish  I could load some of my photos today but unfortunately I am waiting for an amazing order with my new micro sd card. I got a new laptop and I didn’t realize that it wasn’t compatible with my original sd cards. I have so many photos that need edited and uploaded but I can’t do anything until it gets here. LAME!! It should be here in about 2 days so be prepared for photo overload!!!