I am so sorry that I have been M.I.A for a while, life has taken over and between work, getting ready for Christmas, and having a home computer die on me, I've been swamped! I do promise that I will be back this week with some new posts. I think I am going to do a series on organization because, well frankly, the clutter and mess is really getting to me. We are in the midst of getting the basement de-cluttered and I am purging a lot because in the spring we are going full force with a basement renovation! If you've seen some of my previous posts, we were debating either a basement renovation, kitchen remodel or a backyard oasis. Well, the basement renovation definitely won, hands down. I'd say it'll be the most practical decision. We'll be able to throw the kids playroom down there, a family television space with a comfy sectional and a nice area for me to do my crafts. Still wish I had a dedicated craft room, might see if I can work that into the plan somehow. Although, we are still getting a deck, french doors and **fingers crossed** a hot tub! The deck will just be a simple one, big enough for a BBQ and a patio set.