This Dusty House

Attic of Awesome: DIY Bed Frame of Awesome

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Our attic has been finished for, what? 2 years now? No, not quite. A year and a half maybe. Ever since we finished it, we've been sleeping on our bed with the box spring on the ground. Finding a proper bed frame has been pretty low priority. A bed frame doesn't necessarily affect the functionality of a bed, so we just...

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Baby Gear Review: BOB Revolution SE

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

I've been running a lot lately. I've been hesitant to mention it too loudly here in the blog, since technically, I'm training for a half marathon that I'm still not entirely certain I'm going to be ready to run. Even if I don't manage the race, I will have finished the summer in the best shape of my life. I have to admit, I...

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Let's Talk Toy Storage

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

A few months ago, we moved all of Isabel's toys onto the lower shelves of a bookcase we've had for almost forever. The space worked pretty perfectly at the time. Everything fit and was mostly in her reach. She would stand up, leaning on the shelves for support and pull down her books one after another, until she found one...

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Camping with a Baby

Authors: Jeanette deBoer


On Monday, we packed up our tent for the season. Swept it out carefully, flipped it over on its ceiling so its underside could dry, and rolled it up tight with its poles for another winter of storage in the shed. We love camping; we’ve gone on at least one camping trip every year we’ve known each other. Since Isabel’s birth...

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Musicking: Motherhood, Identity, and Holding On To Both

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

I have a new toy.

On Sunday, I left Mark and Isabel to fend for themselves for four hours in the evening. I drove myself up to our church in the north part of the city and participated in a couple hours of "musicking", followed by dinner with a few of my musical friends. Part of this musicking involved learning three chords...

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Meal Planning Monday

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Last week was, more or less, a meal planning success. We overspent the week before, so I pulled meals together based on things we already had. We also had a plethora of produce that came from my grandmother's garden; beets, green beans, onions, rhubarb. We managed to stay very close our $100 budget, mostly because I didn't...

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Saturday Survival

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Saturday.

We were up at 6 am, but really at 2 am, with a teething but playful baby who really really didn't want to sleep. Coffee didn't help - brewed, creatively, through a paper towel, since both coffee presses were in the dishwasher, and drunk black because both the cream and the milk went sour in the fridge two days ago....

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Garden 2015: Weeds Galore but also Vegetables

Authors: Jeanette deBoer


At the beginning of the season, I was very hesitant about our garden this year. If Mark had agreed, I probably would have thrown the towel in on the whole thing and purchased a bunch of rolls of sod instead of seeds for the space. This is the fifth year we've planted, and, over the past three harvests, I've learned a few...

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Meal Planning Struggles: Searching For Success

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

Meal planning does not come easily to me. Does it come easily to anyone? I need to know your secrets. There's something about the task of deciding what we're going to eat for the week that sends all recipes and favourite foods scurrying out of my head.
These days, I'm using two things to help this predicament.
One


Pepperplate...

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Refrigerator Confessions

Authors: Jeanette deBoer

My refrigerator is embarrassing.

Today, I cleaned it out. I threw out:
  • One large ziploc bag filled with half a package of macaroni noodles and one head of chopped broccoli, left over from a camping trip we took two and a half weeks ago.
  • One serving of pork chop pieces, left over from approximately four weeks ago.
  • Half a box of
  • ...

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