Monday, April 08, 2013

Garden, Kids, Renovations. You know.

Sometimes you just need a little break.  Not from the kids, but from everything else besides them. It's a tiring, frustrated thing when you start feeling disconnected from the very reason you do all the things you do around the house.  There you are doing the things and feeling irritated with the little people that keep getting in your way, when the little people are the whole point.  All the rest is details. Necessary, sure, but details. The people, the little ones and that big one you're married to, they're where it's at.

So this weekend we just took some time.




And it really was okay that someone threw a handful of peas in the middle of the bed and then kicked over the bag of seeds on his way to pick them up.  It was really totally fine.


And it was really okay that the three big ones made themselves a soccer game instead of cleaning their rooms.  I really, truly didn't mind.

Oh, do you know what this is?  Our horrible living room.  Probably you've never seen it all at once like this because it is such a cave of darkness.


It turns out that my kids, like me, enjoy themselves some room transformations.  So instead of checking facebook or blogging or wishing we could DO something....we did something.

Now, it's not finished yet because I'm trying to keep it at a happy kid helper pace, but wanna see a teeny itty bitty sneak peek?  You know it, honey.


Wall, courtesy of family awesomeness.  Beer signifying that the boy and the husband brewed a batch of beer together on Saturday morning.  In addition to all the other things.  All of them.  In one weekend.  It was great.  My family is great.

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23 comments :

  1. Hooray! I can't wait for the big reveal!

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  2. We had a similar weekend, although ours involved doing the taxes! But it was nice and simple all the same!

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  3. Yep, your family is great—and so are you!

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  4. That beer looks delish and I can't wait to see the new room!

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  5. Your family is great! I can't decide between the beer and the wall, they are both beautiful!

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    1. I think the beer colored furniture won't look quite so bad anymore!

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  6. Your family IS great. Enjoy the painting and beer drinking and gardening and other completely wonderful things!!!

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  7. Can't wait to see the whole finished product!! I love family time - can't get enough :) I go to bed happy every night when we've had days like you've described.

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  8. sounds like a great weekend!

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  9. Awesome weekend of family awesomeness!

    Kids helped the hubs do major yard work this weekend while my 7 month pregnant self sloth-like slept on the couch... Husband + kids = productive. Mommy = just grew a baby. ;D

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  10. Ah, so true. I need a kick in the pants to remember yet again that when I think I'm going crazy spending too much time with the kids is exactly when I need to stop and spend some time WITH the kids. Yay for redoing the living room! I saw you pinning those lovely colors and now I must know which one you picked!!

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    1. I went to our local hardware store which is a True Value- chose True Value color # 32C3 "Southern Plantation". You can look it up here: http://www.truevaluepaint.com/Color_Selection_Tool.aspx

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  11. I've had that same feeling with my kids--that they ARE the reason for all of this and "all of this" is the irrelevant part! I can't wait to see your living room!

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  12. Thank you so much for this timely reminder--too often I'm tempted to "work around" my two year old instead of giving him my best efforts first. I'm a relatively new reader, and I think you are a fabulous woman with a wonderful blog! - Laurel

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  13. I really enjoyed this... :) And I second Laurel @ breedinglilacs... fabulous woman with a wonderful blog, and an inspiration to lil' ole me. :D

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  14. YES!! Family is great and it is where it's at! I am trying to strike this exact balance this week. I'm not doing so well. But I am giving it my best effort :)

    I can't wait to see the room!

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  15. I need this tattooed to me... Can you put it in haiku form, please? ;-). Honestly, you break life's experiences down so beautifully, Dwija. Thank you!

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  16. Yes. They ARE the whole point. Thanks for reminding me- I needed it.

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  17. Ooh can't wait to see the makeover!

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  18. My father used to work at the factory that made the paneling. Our whole house was like that. Styles sure change!

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  19. YOU TEASE!!! Ugh, please don't make me wait too long.

    Signed,
    The incredibly impatient woman who loves a makeover!

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  20. I really like this post because it got me thinking. Thank you Dwija, you always do that to me :)

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  21. Your family IS great! Love gardening and playing and painting and home improvements, YAY! Can I tell you how many times I've walked through my gutted "old/new" home and thought of you and your "house unseen"?

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