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.
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. 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. We took the time to tour a local brewery and had dinner at a nice restaurant in town. 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. We put up new curtains in the new office. We potted some plants in our hanging baskets too. We gave our our main bathroom an overhaul. Scrubbing from the ceiling to the floor and replacing the shower curtain. 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. We rearranged our bedroom and cleaned it up after the treadmill was removed. It was dusty for sure. 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. First things first- put the liquor in the cabinet!!! 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”. We cleaned up the front porch. John hung up things that needed to be hung for a while now. 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. Today we have spent time cleaning up all the tools we used this week, hanging curtains and doing some final touches on things. We love our dining area!!! 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.