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