I've heard people say, "Before I had kids, I was the BEST parent on the planet." It's funny how that works, isn't it? We all have the greatest intentions, and then life gets in the way. When I was pregnant with my first, I bought small-batch homemade lotion from a local boutique and stocked up on cloth diapers. Then kids came along, and we basically just tried to survive. Things got...cluttered. And confusing. I felt like I was drowning under the weight of it all and I just wanted to go back to a life that was simple.
I know what you're thinking right now. "Woah, Chelsea, that is like a metric ton of toilet paper." Indeed. People often ask how we juggle travel and home life with a big family. We've shared a ton of tips and tricks, but this is BY FAR the most important. The home stockpile.
We’re still renovating our farm and our house, and our current big project is putting a bathroom in the master bedroom. There’s a lot going on in there. Plumbing, tile, demo. The works! Nate and I can’t sleep in there while all that’s going down, so we had to find an alternative. We thought about sleeping in one of our offices (too close to the back door), the playroom (too messy) and the boys’ room (too stinky). The solution? Putting a bed in our living room.
Why yes, I AM just now getting all this Christmas junk put in storage. Leave me alone.
I've received a couple messages on Instagram lately asking what my DEAL is with farmers. "Are you a farm family?" one curious follower asked. "I've noticed you post pictures of goats and tractors, but you also travel a bunch soooo I'm wondering how that works." It's true that my love of homesteading and my love of travel are in direct competition with one another. Such is life when you're the daughter of a flight attendant and grew up in a farming neighborhood!
Awhile back, we told you all how we installed our own hot tub. As we explained then, it was kind a sudden swap-out. We were expecting some huge endeavor, so we kept putting it off. When the time came, though, we were surprised at how simple it was! It arrived, got plugged in, and was ready for action within hours. The only thing left to think about was how to make this oh-so-luxurious hot tub fit in with our farm house vibe.
The outdoor laundry room we've been working on for months is finally done! I'm utterly smitten with this new area of our home, and it's quickly become the command center for all of our family's activity. We pass by this room on our way in and out. It helps us keep all the dirt and grime where it belongs as opposed to getting tracked in the house on its way to the sanitation station!
When we bought our house, it came with a hot tub. The sellers made it part of the deal that they could leave said hot tub where it sat, and we soon learned why. It was dead as a door nail from day one! There was something wrong with the overly-complicated electrical setup, and soon this massively-heavy beast of a machine was acting as a makeshift sanctuary for wayward frogs and snakes. It HAD to to be replaced, but we didn't have a ton of money for this task or the first clue about how to install a hot tub.
Dealing with smells caused by diapers and laundry from four boys all born in 5 years is NO JOKE.