Overhaul Week!!!! Operation Staycation

We’ve had an amazing week. We left town a week ago for North Carolina. We crashed with my father-in-law and his wife for the night. The day started with a breakfast in bed for my husband and his father for an early father’s day celebration. It was convenient really. All of my babies were gone from the daycare this week so I had a vacation and so we left our kids in North Carolina with Grandpa and Gigi. We drove home and dropped the dog off for the evening and repacked our bags. Saturday night we went to a pool party with John’s friends. We had a blast. Sunday we woke up early and had breakfast with his friends… then the work began. My business closes in about 40 days and we spent this week the two of us having a great time and transforming our home from a business into a home. I will only have five days off before my next job will begin. There is a lot of preparation that needs to take place between now and then.

Our friend Andrew helped us move the treadmill out of our bedroom. It’s been the thing I ram my foot into every morning for two years.
We finished painting the daycare room from pastel green to a nice tan color. We also moved around the furniture from other parts of the house. The dining room became just a dining room and no longer an office as well.
We finished Father’s Day with steaks and salad and visit with my dad.

IMG_6131 IMG_6137 IMG_6136 We spent Monday at our other house- stained the fence, stained the wall around the basement steps, fixed some latches and repaired a french drain,  painted the shed trim and put in a layer of mulch. IMG_6135 IMG_6134 IMG_6133   IMG_6132   That was actually pretty exhausting. We went home and rested up before attacking more projects.   Tuesday John and I put up the kids new swing set which we acquired through some friends who were moving to a space it would not fit. If they move again we’ll just give it back. IMG_6150 IMG_6148 IMG_6145   We took the time to tour a local brewery and had dinner at a nice restaurant in town. IMG_6158   We worked steady by Wednesday to redo our ugly gas log fireplace and transform it into awesomeness. We aren’t entirely done with that piece but we are well on our way. We sanded- primed and painted it as well as paint the interior trim in high heat spray paint. IMG_6154IMG_6161 IMG_6160 IMG_6157 IMG_6156IMG_6178 We put up new curtains in the new office. IMG_6152 We potted some plants in our hanging baskets too.   IMG_6164 We gave our our main bathroom an overhaul. Scrubbing from the ceiling to the floor and replacing the shower curtain. IMG_6169 IMG_6170   I did about six loads of laundry and John mowed the lawn. For Father’s Day I got John a new charcoal grill. So we spent two hours putting that together and made dinner with it. IMG_6183 IMG_6184   We rearranged our bedroom and cleaned it up after the treadmill was removed. It was dusty for sure.   IMG_6173 IMG_6174     Thursday I worked on organizing our dining room and getting rid of clutter. He fertilized the grass. We did more laundry. Then we ventured out to enroll our daughter into kindergarten… ::sigh:: that’s an emotional mess right there. We had lunch at our favorite restaurant and went and shopped for some furniture for our dining room. We picked these two fabulous pieces. IMG_6230 IMG_6229   First things first- put the liquor in the cabinet!!! IMG_6234   Then put away china that’s been stored in a box for about five years. Store the linens and serving utensils in a more appropriate place. It’s been a long time coming, but we are happy to have “grown-up stuff”. IMG_6235 We cleaned up the front porch. IMG_6239 John hung up things that needed to be hung for a while now. IMG_6242 IMG_6243   I cleaned out the van and sorted through some things we gathered from helping a family member close out an estate. It was a lot to sort through. I tried that thing where you put landscaping lights in pots upside down to serve as stands. I couldn’t find enough pots so we just drilled holes in the deck to drop the lights in and it gives us a glow all the way around the trim of the deck. Looks pretty awesome. IMG_6244   Today we have spent time cleaning up all the tools we used this week, hanging curtains and doing some final touches on things. IMG_6252 We love our dining area!!! IMG_6246 IMG_6247 IMG_6250   The best part about the whole week is that we accomplished so much and it feels great to feel more settled into our home… and we didn’t yell.. didn’t fight…we enjoyed each others company and got so much done. We picked our the furniture in total agreement with each other. I’m glad we are such compatible people. It makes life so much fun.


One Year of the Blog


This photo was taken from across a park. My daughter apparently desperately thirsty pulled herself onto the water fountain to take a sip. I love this moment because she used her physical strengths to be resourceful for her own needs. My friends may get sick of my talk about running and then reading this blog. The ultimate need for me to quench my thirst of life comes from running and writing. It has been such a journey for me to truly realize those two things to find balance in myself.

The most rewarding thing about this blog is that – even though I talk A LOT in person- many people – even my husband- say they learn something new every time they read a most recent post. Sure this is a form of social media and I have to be pretty gutsy to write about some of the things I have on here, but at the end of the year I have been contacted by so many of readers expressing how moved they have been, how more connected to my inner workings they feel now, how much I helped with something they had been struggling with, and it would be nice if I would slow down so they can catch up with me in real life.

Fun Facts about the Blog

The blogs that had the smallest amount of reads- 

Summing It Up – I have never been able to put things briefly.

The Ebb and Flow of Life – Blog about the connection people make with the “Let it Go” song from Frozen.

Feeling Good Friday – Songs I was obsessed with for a while.

Cape Cod – Our vacation from last year.


Blogs read and shared the most-

I’m Sorry Trayvon – Blog about Trayvon Martin from a teacher of hoodied children.

I want to pick up my kids – About my surgery last fall. This should also fall into the next category.

Are you taking the kids… NO!!! – Our ten year anniversary trip and why it was so important.

Lindenhurst – Part of our anniversary trip last year. Visiting some amazing friends.


Blogs that surprised people about me… 

The Unique Proposal – My husband didn’t propose in the traditional sense of how marriage proposals are expected to go.

Ohhh Sh*t Handles – My irrational anxiety of riding in cars.

It’s all part of the plan... – People who thought I was just flying by the seat of my pants were surprised to realize things are going exactly as I had planned regarding my career.

1 out of 365 – The story of a lost friend that was a transforming moment of my life and shaped me into who I am today.


I have thoroughly enjoyed writing these – long winded – opinionated – passionate- poetic – honest –  blogs. If you joined me for this amazing year thank you for reading and following along.

Do tell… What was your favorite blog of the year? Is there another blog you’d like for me to write? 


Merry Month of May

This last month has just been simply crazy for me. I have lacked focus and time to write. It has been a few weeks since my last post. So I will make a list of what’s going on in my world.

1. My husband was gone for two weeks out of four. I am terrible when he is gone. What people think about it and have said vocally are things like- You need to find your own identity…. You rely too much on him…. You have to figure out how to be alone… So here is what I think. I adore my husband and am deeply in love with him. Until I am alone I have no desire to know how to live and be alone. We have been together for nearly 20 years. In that time we attended school and even took classes together. We went to college near each other and spoke every day and saw each other nearly every weekend. We graduated from college in May and we were married the following July. Then we worked together at a local theater and then in the local school system together as well. Then we had children and he was my rock during my exhausting and painful pregnancies. He has been an amazing person in my life and it is so hard to not have him with me. I was perfectly fine the first week other than something always goes wrong when he’s gone…. Always. Like the gate broke, the dogs got out and I threw out my back. That kind of wrong. The second week I was fine until the very last day and I simply could not take it anymore. Emotionally I was a wreck. I was sooo ready for him to come home. I didn’t sleep and I cried at the thought of him or when someone said his name. He is truly my very best friend and I’m still in that phase where I’m so glad he’s home that I can’t squeeze him enough.


2. Running has been very rewarding and yet far and few between. I bruised/blistered my toe. It sucked and I will likely lose the nail. I bought nice bigger running shoes since then as I gather that was the initial problem. My ankle has been bothering me and the chiropractor has helped with that. My ankle is locking up and it feels like a sprain sometimes. It’s a backwards step. I haven’t been able to run as much due to John being out of town and due to some other things. I did get to ten miles though and that was an amazing feeling. Not too many people can say they have done that and I actually enjoyed it. I’ve realized that once I get to mile six my mind finally becomes clear and I feel at peace with whatever my mind was processing. It is my therapy.



3. I have a job lined up for next year. I signed the contract last week and I am really excited about where I will be working. I am relieved and blessed by all the things that are coming my way.

4. Our daughter graduated from preschool. Maggie is so adorable and loves to sing these days… mostly songs from Frozen. At school during her graduation though she sang a few songs and signed ASL along with the music. I held it together until she started singing “God Is So Good.”


5. We camped as we always do for Memorial Day weekend with our friends at a place called Daddy Rabbit Campground in Willis, VA. It was a lot of fun. This time we didn’t feel the need to entertain the children as much. The girls spent a good half hour in one spot looking at a few bugs. I just relaxed and slept a lot.

6. After camping I stayed tired… really tired. I tried to run Monday and I just didn’t have it in me. Tuesday I started getting knots around my ear and within a few hours I had five knots and then my whole face was swollen. I had a terrible terrible infection and luckily I was swift in motion and reacted to it. I’m on three antibiotics and the first three days I was icing my face constantly and taking pain medications. The infection was so hot my skin is peeling now. My face is still a little lopsided, but I am doing so much better.


7. Our son finished second grade. I can’t believe my sweet little baby Alden is a third grader. Every year I feel older. Every year I feel amazed that he’s grown so much. This year he went through some testing for his abilities, but he lacks dedication to tasks. He’s really really smart…. also lazy. I mean extremely lazy. The combination of those two things leaves him not going into the gifted program… which is fine by me. I could have him retested and put up a fight, but for now I’m not interested in it. We’re going to give him another year to mature. He has no business being in a gifted program being so lazy.


8. One of my girls that I watch moved away. I kept her from the time she was a wee little babe until she was three and a half. I was so busy with everything else. So busy with John being gone. So busy with camping… so busy being sick that it really didn’t hit me until I packed up her belongings on the last day. We just snuggled and I cried for a while. I will miss her so very much.

9. The daycare closes in less than 60 days. We are getting everything together for this process. This is not easy to do and it takes a lot of work on my part to organize and plan. I’m just simply overwhelmed by the house and by all the things I have to do. It would help if I could go run and clear my mind. It would help if I could just stop for a little bit and just do nothing.

10. We spent last weekend cleaning out the final things at Granny’s house- John’s grandmother. It was hard saying goodbye. Granny loved John… I mean absolutely adored my husband. They were close. Her name was Agnes Marie. She told me she absolutely hated her name. She went by Aggie. Our daughter has an adapted name from Aggie’s. She is Maggie Marie. Maggie is named after a very special person to us and even though Aggie passed a few years ago this was our final toast to their family home.


So given all that information. I must say I need a long nap and break from the madness. I would like some calm please. This isn’t all that I have been juggling there is more. This is obviously a short short list.