I’m Back….with A Story and Some Pictures to Prove It!

AUTHOR: | POSTED: June 3, 2013 | COMMENTS: 6 Comments
CATEGORIES: Authentic Life, Focusing on The Joy, Home Improvement Hell, Home Projects, Tool Girl,

Carolyn Savage

The last four weeks have been a whirlwind.

A graduation, graduation party, total gutting of two bathrooms, a minor redo of our kitchen that took a turn for the major, and a tangle with the stomach virus from hell followed by an upper respiratory strep infection that resembled a pandemic required my attention to divert to our family.

It appears that all fires have been extinguished.

Hallelujah.

(And yes…I am knocking on wood.)

Because I don’t want to overwhelm you with the intimate details of everything we’ve been through over the past month–and trust me when I say the material is endless AND priceless–I’m going to start back slowly.  I’m still weak from the emotional turmoil of it all.

If you are thinking my angst is coming from the bittersweet high school graduation of our oldest I hate to burst your bubble but I must.  As mixed as my emotions are about Drew’s impending exit from our daily lives, I must admit…the trauma of the kitchen wallpaper removal, drywalling failure, and rewallpapering/painting fiasco is causing me terrifying flashbacks that mimic my former symptoms of PTSD!

So…

I’m going to fall back on my old Monday stand-by of focusing on the smiles and allow a few pictures to tell a bit of our story.

Enjoy!

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First Smile…A Graduation

It’s over.  Drew is officially out of high school, done with track, and has completely been celebrated for all of his accomplishments.  All that’s left is to pack him up and move  him out.

Baccalaureate at the Cathedral.

Baccalaureate at the Cathedral.

 

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There's the moment!

There’s the moment!

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Party is over, too!  Thank goodness we had a beautiful day to celebrate as my kitchen wall were literally still drying!

Party is over, too! Thank goodness we had a beautiful day to celebrate as my kitchen walls were literally still drying!

 

Second Smile…Track is OVER!

I’ll never forget the tidbit of wisdom I learned early on in my parenting career from a veteran mom.  “Any sport that incorporates the word ‘meet’ should be avoided.  Why?  Because the word ‘meet’ is code for ‘total time suck’!”  Good God how right she was.  Swim meets, track meets, wrestling meets, etc.,  require parents to spend an entire day watching their child participate in two events (spaced six hours apart) for a grand total of 47 seconds give or take a few.  Track is also notoriously cold, requiring parents to freeze their rears off while waiting for their child to do whatever it is they do!

That being said, I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with track meets.  I love watching my boys and the other athletes rock their talents.  I’m always amazed by the skill and dedication these young athletes display.  Drew and Ryan both had great seasons.

Ryan won his JV  league championship in the mile.

Ryan won his JV league championship in the mile.

Drew finished second in the 3200 district championship with a PR of 9:29, and 7th in the regional championship.  We are very proud of his efforts!

Drew finished second in the 3200 district championship with a PR of 9:29, and 7th in the regional championship. We are very proud of his efforts!

 

Third Smile…Kitchen Redo

I’ll write a little more about this in an upcoming post for 101.5 The River, but here’s the end results of three weeks of back breaking labor.  Enjoy!

Ended up having to re-wall paper kitchen with paintable wall paper.   Too expensive to re-skim coat the wall professionally!

Ended up having to re-wallpaper kitchen with paintable wall paper. Too expensive to re-skim coat the wall professionally!

 

Painted the walls sable brown from Sherwin Williams.

Painted the walls sable brown from Sherwin Williams.

 

All of this was started because of installation of new backsplash!  One thing always leads to another...or so I've learned.

All of this was started because of the installation of a new backsplash! One thing always leads to another…or so I’ve learned.

 

Used white matted photo frame to lighten the hallway that leads to the garage and laundry room.

Used white matted photo frames to lighten the hallway that leads to the garage and laundry room.

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Once I painted the walls dark brown I had a problem with all of the dark brown pottery and iron works that used to adorn the top of our cabinets.  So....

Once I painted the walls dark brown I had a problem with all of the dark brown pottery and iron work that used to adorn the top of our cabinets. So….

 

...I spray painted all of it off white to save some $$.  Turned out nicely!

…I spray painted all of it off-white to save some $$. Turned out nicely!

I think, however, I might have been high from the spray painting fumes for most of the week of the 26th.  If you ran into me during that time...that's my excuse!

I think, however, I might have been high from the spray fumes for most of the week of the 26th. If you ran into me during that time…that’s my excuse!

I have never loved my kitchen cabinets.  They are very well made but not something I would choose.  That being said, I do love the look of our newly painted and tiled kitchen walls and they make me kind of actually like the cabinets.  It was one hell of a job, and honestly it’s not done.  Some places need a second coat and as evidenced in this picture  I forgot to paint the wall below the desk.  I’m sure I’ll get to it before Ryan graduates!

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I’m back on schedule with my little blog corner of the web.  Expect two to three posts per week (More likely two!  Let’s face it…it’s summer.  I’ve got rays to catch, little ones to play outside with, and memories to make! They are growing so fast.  I just can’t seem to freeze time, dammit!)

Oh…

And a special shout out to my Mom and Dad.  They spent the week before graduation with me and I was quite overwhelmed (code for bitchy) at the time.  They pitched in and helped save the day, and for that…I am very, very grateful!

Now…

Onward!

6 Comments on “ I’m Back….with A Story and Some Pictures to Prove It! ”

  • Sara Ehmann | June 3rd, 2013 11:34 am

    Love the pictures! Our desk looks the same way and we painted 3 years ago! Every time I sit there I think about painting the bottom section but that thought quickly goes away :)

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  • Rebecca | June 3rd, 2013 12:39 pm

    I love the reno work. I am preparing a major reno on my house. Albeit I do not have children (unless you count my younger brother who lives with me!), but I do work full-time (plus some) as a nurse – shift work, no sleep in between shifts, and a house that looks like a rocket grenade hit it – lets just say nerves are frazzled!
    Congrats as well to your very handsome son, Drew on his graduation – a HUGE milestone. I prepare for my 20 year high school reunion this summer and wonder where did the time go!!!
    Enjoy your summer, and all your beautiful family.
    Rebecca

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  • Mary V | June 3rd, 2013 9:05 pm

    Love the color of paint and the cabinets look great in the room. I hate how reno projects snowball. I have a few here to do and I keep putting them off until I can afford to hire someone!!

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  • Mary V | June 3rd, 2013 9:05 pm

    Love the color of paint and the cabinets look great in the room. I hate how reno projects snowball. I have a few here to do and I keep putting them off until I can afford to hire someone!!

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  • AliciaDug | June 4th, 2013 6:23 am

    Looks great, Carolyn! Congrats to Drew!

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  • Teri | June 4th, 2013 10:17 am

    Welcome back online! The kitchen looks amazing! When are you coming to help with mine?

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