I’m afraid I might have misled a few of y’all. Based on some comments here and on FB, I got the impression that it might have appeared (based on my last post) that I am unhappy in my current painting-sanding-taping-refinishing-organizing craziness.
Okay, I did detest the insane amount of mental energy (and math skills that I do NOT possess) to complete the boys’ chevron wall. Oy. I never thought painting a wall could make me feel like a complete and total idiot.
But the truth is, I am kind of a closet DIY junkie who dreams about projects that she doesn’t have the time, dinero and/or creative mojo to complete.
When we move though, I morph into a DIY freak. It’s basically all I eat, drink and breathe until I get the new house to a point that I can exhale and call it home.
And when my back isn’t aching and my knees aren’t buckling, I love it.
I do my best to encourage my inner DIY superfreak. It’s one of the only times that I manage to get a lot done in a short amount of time. When you’re moving a household this size, you need all of that you can get.
Instead of cringing at all that needs to be done, I make another cup of coffee and press on.
Instead of being overly thoughtful about decorating decisions, I go with my gut and remind myself I can always change it later.
Instead of balking at a seemingly overwhelming project, I make a list and take it one step at a time.
Sometimes this natural response is thwarted, though. Our last place, we rented. Which meant no painting and/or permanent changes.
I traveled to China for Poppy within weeks of our move.
And for Tallula eight months later.
But this time, we’re staying. We’re owners. And there’s lots to do to make this house our home that I can accomplish without spending money we ain’t got.
And, possibly most importantly, we’re not currently in the beginning, middle or end of an adoption.
Which makes for a lot more free time. A lot more energy. A lot more brain cells.
This week has been another good week.
My sister and I finished up repainting the boys’ bathroom on Sunday.
I organized several closets, set up the office and finally found the bottom of the hamper.
I switched winter clothes for summer and have almost managed to get all the kids’ clothes organized.
And even found some time for flower picking. And sharing.
Seamus’ everyone elses’ delight.
That first shot is my favorite out of this bunch. Sisterly love captured.
How are your children doing with changing schools? It can be hard to switch at the end of the year.
And I love the shot with Ms. Lula and the flower that matches her top. Sounds like you have things under control (which totally amazes me with your clan). Enjoy that gorgeous new home! Looking forward to after pics and pony pics 🙂 Do you have 2 horses???
Great outdoor pics! Do we get to see before and after indoor pics? 🙂 I don’t have HGTV… 🙁
I am LOVING that red kitchen! Is that your choice, or was it already there? Either way, I love it. It’s such a happy place. 🙂
Great stuff Stef – and if I haven’t said it – “welcome home”!!
hugs – aus and co.
Good for you! Can’t wait to see some photos of your hard work!
Wow…. Ive never been organized or creative after a move… or any other time in my life. I do, however pour myself another cup of motivation and try and proceed forward. I guess i can blame it on the fact that we are in the end stages of our first chinese adoption. Article 5 sent to Beijing yesterday.
You have a lovely home and family and I have so enjoyed reading your blog and archives. Invaluable information!
Amazing that you find time for flower picking while you’re moving! Good luck to all you of you!
Yikes! Sounds like all is going well, busy, but well. Thanks for reminding me why I detest moving! The next time I get the itch I’ll head back over to this post! Best of luck and can’t wait to see how it all turns out! 🙂