I've been remiss in my posting but I have a good excuse. Really! Honestly! We've been busy and THIS weekend is only going to get a whole lot busier. I'm sure I posted about my 'worries' re: the whole daycare situation.... well it's worked itself out for now and I'm looking after a good friend's little boys for the mornings. They're close in age to my monkeys and the school schedule is the same so it works well all around. This week was our first with this switch up in the schedule and while it's going well, change always takes it toll on us.
Speaking of change, thanks to my magnificent, wonderful, generous mother, Kev & I put a huge dent into our main floor rejuvenation project. Mom (and Dad, I suppose), took the boys last weekend (while tending to my youngest brother recovering from knee surgery - brave souls!) The absence of my precious babies means that we were able to tackle the next step, also known as Phase 2: Painful Painting.
I *HATE* painting... but we limited our arguments and got it done. The 2 family/living rooms are finished minus the trim work and a couple spots I have to touch up on the ceiling because I find the paintbrush/roller unwieldy. Seriously, a roller or paintbrush has a mind of it's own and my inherent clumsiness has no bearing whatsoever on any of the flaws speckling my main floor.
After all my agonizing over the paint colours (and thinking I was thrilled with them), I have to say they look a lot different on such a broad space and different between rooms due to the lighting. I wasn't thrilled first off (but seriously, ANYTHING is gonna look better than it was!) and now that we've lived with it for a week, I've grown accustomed. Perhaps I don't love them but they work. (Although I did a test patch of "A Quiet Moment" and it makes me smile.... really, I love it that much. I can't wait to do the kitchen!)
Saturday, we didn't get down to work til about noon... and worked our butts off sanding and priming until about 6. Stopped for dinner and started on the first coat of "Cup of Cocoa" in the family room (fireplace). Saturday morning, we got a slightly earlier start and finished the 2nd coat in that room and got both coats on in the living room (front room). Then we slapped on two quick coats of "Traditional" and after cleaning up and seeing midnight, we called it a weekend. "Traditional" looked like chcolate pudding being spread on the walls. Kaleb said he wanted to lick it!
What with Mother's Day and the youngest monkey's birthday tomorrow, this is what we're living with in reno world. Not so bad and I'm excited to pick out my accents and know what I'm on the lookout for scheme-wise.
On a completely unrelated topic, J has requested popsicles (not cupcakes) to celebrate his birthday tomorrow with the kids. He wants chocolate popsicles. I'm fine with that - it's his special day! For the life of me though, I could not remember what were in pudding pops (duh, just pudding!). I googled it and came across this blog which I will definitely be bookmarking: Culinarily Obsessed. It hasn't been updated in a while but she has some quick and easy recipe ideas and I want to explore some of her links. Yum!