Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lots of work ahead of us

When you add kids to your family, you make the best of the space you've got.  Since we can not move, we must make do with what we have and make it work.  Or, die trying.  We have 10 children.  They all are getting older.  5 girls, 5 boys.  When we moved to this home, we had 2 kids.  Yes, 2 of them.  It was approximately 1900 sq. ft.  finished out.  Now, we have roughly 3100 sq. ft.  12 people, 3 dogs, lots of fish and a guinea pig reside here.  Irina and Yana each have their own rooms downstairs.  Upstairs, the 3 young girls share a room.  (bonus room size).  Plenty of space.  The 5 boys currently share a room as well.  About the same size.  However, at this point, there is just too much testosterone in one room!  LOL.  Plus, big age gap between our oldest boy and the youngest boy.  Plan is to move Bojan and Max to the girls' room.  That way, all boys will be upstairs but the oldest 2 will have a much bigger space and not have "little kids" around as they call them.  Girls will move to the garage.  What does our garage look like now?  Take a look.


Yes, I am ashamed to show this picture.  What's happened in here?  Kids.  Throwing stuff in w/ NO order.  


It's a disaster and think the only reason it's been avoided all these years is we simply get angry looking at it.  It is the only room in the house that looks this way w/ the exception of the boys room who simply blame each other.  URGHH!!

This is to be the girls' new room.  It is a finished garage so that helps.  The is the long work we have ahead of us.  But this isn't even the first step.  First, we must build a fence.  We literally only have like 6 posts up.  That's it.  I was hoping by September we'd at least have all the posts up.  At this point, I'd love to hire someone.  I just know we can't afford that.  It's appalling what they charge nowadays.  So, this is a self-install.  Like when you are not homeschooling, going to soccer, going to church, going to clubs, going to work, etc.  It's find the time and put it in when you can type deal.  I HATE this with a passion b/c frankly, everyone needs to be in a new place.  But, it is what it is.  Warren is going to try to take a few days off soon to work on the fence.  Vacation days for him typically unfortunately equal work days or kid has surgery days.  

Anyhow, after the fence is complete, Warren & Max were going to build a shed.  To empty the garage into.  See, years ago, Warren had a PV-544 Volvo.  Old car.  He gave it away despite loving that car b/c he didn't have time to work on it.  Really a fixer upper deal.  The guy we gave it to said he'd give us a shed.  Cool.  Never happened.  Bummer.  So, going w/ the flow, we need to build a shed.  However, I saw a shed at Sam's that might work and not that bad a price compared to building it.  And given the fact that we can't seem to find the time to do the fence, shed would delay this process even more.  Hey, kids have picked out the paint colors.  They're ready.  After the sheds get filled w/ some of the garage stuff above that is not being thrown out or sold, we can then start the transformation of the garage to a girls' room.  Tons of cool ideas for it as believe it or not, it's a very tall room.Can't tell from the shot.  

As you can see, lots of work ahead of us.  Not sure how we're going to pull it off unless we hire Santa's elves.  Seriously.  Almost every single weekend is booked w/ stuff to do.  We are hoping tomorrow evening after dinner we can work some and maybe Saturday evening.  Sunday we have church mid-day and then turn around and Yana & Alyona have to be taken back to church for Youth Group.  I'm glad they all have activities and such but really, for everyone's sanity, I'd like to finish this stuff up.  That and we are truly looking like the redneck house on the block.  Sleds in the yard when it's 90 degrees out.  Just thought I'd share some of the work that lies ahead.  They're not crowded per say, but age gap shows big time up there for the boys.  They've been great sports about it so far but what to help things along.  Hopefully soon, you'll see a completed fence picture.  I feel once that is done, things should move quickly.  The girls' new room as well as the boys will have more room and more beds.  You know, for company...not more kids!  Surely your minds didn't go there!  LOL.  Hey, you never know in this house.  Some house guests stay and never leave.  Look at Yana and Alex.  More posts to come. 

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