Madness, I say!
We were out of the house for two weeks living in the camper for a week and then in the basement. I can't tell you how happy I am that I am not cooking on a one burner propane stove in the garage! Plus, the floors are done and beautiful! Josh did an awesome job. So proud of him.
Now it is drywall madness. The dust!!! I can't even....oh my, the dust. My Bona floor mop is being put to the test. There is so much dust.
Now fast forward to last week.....it was time. Time to get my lights. But when I went to the site to order them, they were sold out online. Devastated. I couldn't believe it. Lesson learned. I walked away defeated in search of another light the right shape and scale. I looked hard and came to the conclusion that I would have to settle for a different one style that I didn't like as much.
Then yesterday I had the idea to call the closest world market and ask if there were any available in the store. I needed two, the computer was showing they had one in the store. I gave it a shot anyway for the heck of it. By luck, I was connected to the awesomest employee possible named Ken. He searched all day for me while keeping in contact over the phone. He found one, the floor model, but could not find another. After I spoke with him the last time over the phone he said he would give it a last ditch effort and talk to one other person who would be coming into work in an hour. I thanked him for his continued effort and hung up thinking that was the end of the story. In almost exactly on hour's time he called me back with the fantastic news that they had two....both in boxes, not even floor models. WOW! It turns out he and the other worker went out and checked their storage space out back for me and found two!!! Can you believe it? I jumped in the car immediately and went to pick them up. I thanked him so many times. He was so awesome! There are the lights.
June 29, 2014
|Birthday morning picture of 8 year old Ida.|
Today Ida turned 8 years old and we celebrate by throwing her a weekend-long party. I made sure I did everything possible to make Ida feel special for this birthday, a birthday that was special in itself seeing as our current living situation includes a camper, a smelly house and a makeshift kitchen in our garage while we finish staining our floors.
Then we came home and had sprinkle cake. It is a tradition that I make whatever cake the children request on their birthdays but our situation was extremely different this year seeing as I had to place to cook and decorate a cake. Did that stop us? No! Ida decided to have a sprinkle cake and that we did.
I decorated the camper for her birthday. Looked awesome.
Grandpa came by in the afternoon and witnessed a very cheerful birthday girl opening some fantastic gifts from her cousins.
|This is what Ida did when she saw her gift from the Orlandis|
|And this is Ida's reaction to her gift from the Richards.|
June 25, 2014
Picking strawberries with the children this year reminded me of all the great summers I spent picking strawberries with my mom and my best friend, Monica. Tomorrow would have been her birthday so I have been thinking a lot about her. Toward the second week of June my mom would check the paper religiously for the ad announcing strawberry season had begun. No matter what day she saw the ad, we would plan to pick sometime during the following two days. I would call Monica right away and make arrangements for her to go with us. There wasn't a time that I asked her to come that she said no. It was one of my favorite summer traditions. Monica would dress in her "grubbies" and so would I, but I always thought she looked so put together. Her grubbies didn't seem as tattered as mine, though thinking back, I am sure they were. It is just a quality that Monica had, no matter what she was wearing or doing it always seemed polished and intentional. I remember we would eat strawberries and laugh until we got stomach aches. Mom never stopped us. I know she enjoyed our friendship as much as we did.
June 24, 2014
So, here's the floor. Completely running from dining room to kitchen......so pretty.
As soon as the floors are done, the cabinets will be put in as well. I think I finally convinced Josh to buy the cabinets instead of making them. It will save SO much of his time! And after combing through the Internet for cabinets that I like, I finally found some for a reasonable price. Yay! What is most important to us is that Josh has time to spend with us as a family, and honestly, between this house project and his job, we haven't been accumulating many family hours for far too long.
In the end, getting the house done will make for 5/5 happy campers!
June 19, 2014
Okay, this story goes like this: The day after school let out for the summer it was overcast and soggy.
I decided it was as good a day as ever to take the children to the strawberry patch. After talking to grandma on the phone about coming with us, she decided that she didn't want to chance the rain and wished us the best of luck. I love my grandma so I asked her if she wanted me to pick her a tray of strawberries so she could make jam for grandpa. After the words left my mouth we both broke into laughter. It would be me and the children and that would almost be impossible unless all three fell madly in love with picking strawberries and thought it'd be no problem to be in the patch for a good 2 1/2 hours.
So we headed out, the children and I into the spongy weather.
It turned out being awesome. Urban is a heck of a picker. Her filled his little basket diligently to the very top, showing me every strawberry he found and asking, "Mom, do you think this is a good one?"
The older two children gave it a champion try and lasted until we filled our 10lb tray to the tip top. They were both interested in finding the biggest strawberry in the patch.
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