The Strategic Homemaker

learning to follow the Father, care for the clan, and redeem the resources

Family Reunions and Another Room Wallpaperless


August has already been a big month for us. My great-grandmother had her 100th birthday party, hence a family reunion, and we got to see TSH’s family for a few days on the same trip.

Here’s a five-generation pic. The lady in the center is the birthday lady.


And here’s a family pic from TSH’s side. We’ve added 4 kids since the last family picture: IMG_7466

While we were with all of them, we did a silly string gender reveal on the baby (Verdict–silly string is always fun, but it appeared white at first and only turned BLUE after a minute and gathering it all together, so it was a bit anticlimactic, and everyone guessed we were having a caucasian baby. )


Then we celebrated our six-year wedding anniversary.  TSH’s pick was to go golfing at an 18-hole pitch and putt.  I was skeptical, given this was about my 3rd golfing experience ever, but I ended up deciding that I really like pitch and putt golfing, although I seriously need to watch some YouTube videos demonstrating correct form :). My pick was The Melting Pot, so that’s coming up soon. Of course, we also got six Dunkin Donuts for breakfast on the day of. We are low-key around here, folks, but we were really happy to have been blessed with six wonderful years together.

Anyway, with these big excursions happening this month, I’ve been trying to refrain from spending money on the house and do some free projects–of which there are plenty. They just require a lot of labor. Below is one. We got the half-bath/laundry room stripped and painted with leftover paint from the dining room. Eventually we need to frost that window straight ahead, as it allows us to creepily watch our neighbors in their pool, or them to see our heads as we utilize the facilities. Awkward. Soon I will get some frosting film, but for now we’ve just been keeping the blinds closed.




Next up–organizing the office and more wallpaper stripping…

P.S. I apologize for any inappropriate ads that may appear. WordPress suddenly decided to show their own ads without asking me first. TSH is working on switching everything over to another domain name, but until then, I don’t have any control over what you see. Sorry!


8 thoughts on “Family Reunions and Another Room Wallpaperless

  1. I get the same ad’s let me know who you are thinking of switching too and will all the old blogs go over with you? I don’t want to lose mine. That is hours of my life written out…
    great 5 generation pictures! PG is such a cutie! and the laundry room looks GREAT! ours is purple because I sent my 11 year old (back in the day) with Keith and said she could pick out the paint 🙂 makes me smile when I see it!

    • Jen–
      Tim is switching me to my own domain name he bought from ($10/year), and he is hosting it through hostmonster because he already had a subscription to that through something else, so I don’t have a good free option for you. He did say there is an export button (which there probably is with any blog-hosting site) that exports all the past posts to the new site. anyway, that probably didn’t help you, but I was pretty annoyed with WordPress when Tim said, “Did you know there was some ad with a bikini-clad girl at the bottom of your post?” I was like “What?!”

      • Yikes I have no idea what ad is at the bottom of my post i do know that the wordpress domain can be purchased for $18 I wonder if that had an ad at the bottom?

    • You can also pay WordPress a fee to not have ads. You used to only have to pay them if you wanted ads, but I guess they didn’t think they were making enough money. It’s under settings > ad control.

  2. so fun! Love that I can now actually envision what you’ve done, since I’ve seen the place in person. Can’t wait for our next get together. Glad you all had a special time with the reunion, the gender reveal party, and your anniversary!

  3. I think the silly string is a cute idea! Your house is lovely & you are doing a great job decorating and organizing! I can’t believe how much you’ve accomplished.

  4. Amazing work on the laundry room! And, Happy belated 6th Anniversary! I don’t know why I always seem to miss your new blog posts when you put them on your facebook page!? Love the 5 generations pic, too! So, so neat!

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