Thursday, October 4, 2012

Goodbye, Sweet Youth

Today, I have quite mixed emotions.  You see, today, I turn thir...thirr....ahem.  Let me try this again.  Tomorrow, I turn thirrr....

Damnit.  See?  I can hardly even type it.  30.  Tomorrow, I turn 30.

On the one hand, I have had 30 amazing years in my life that I cannot complain about.  I can't even complain about the bad years, because bad as they were, some of the best things in life came from them.

On the other hand, I'm 30.

On the other hand, I still feel like I am 18.  I have tons of energy, am in wonderful shape, and am healthy.

On the other hand, I'm 30.

On the other hand, I could be 40.  Or 50.  Or 60.

On the other hand, I'm 30.

On the other hand, I'm alive.

But....on the other hand, I'm 30.

On the other hand.....wait!  There is no other hand!  I'm frikken 30!!!!  And even though I'm alive, healthy, and have a great life, it really sucks that I have moved into a whole other phase of life.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Can Someone Tell Me...

Can someone tell my why my kids need drinks and Barb Wire Man needs ice cream after I have the kitchen cleaned and dishwasher running for the night?

I'm serious.  Last night, I was sitting on the couch, finally relaxing after the kids had gone to bed, and looking into my "new" kitchen.  I thought, "The house is clean, the kids are clean and in bed, Barb Wire Man and I are sitting here in nice!"

Then, Little Man comes running in from his bedroom.  "I'm thirsty mom.  I need milk."

I get him water, he goes back to bed, and the cup goes into the sink for tomorrows dishwasher load, since today's is already clean.

Then, Flower comes in.  "I forgot to get a drink, mom.  Where is my cup?"  "It is in the dishwasher, because it was dirty."  "Oh, OK.  I will get another."

She goes to bed, cup goes in the sink.

Barb Wire Man decides ice cream is on the menu.  "Want some?"  "Sure, why not...sounds good."

Two bowls, two spoons and an ice cream scooper, right into the sink.

I have just come to the conclusion that as long as we are living in this house, or any house for that matter, the kitchen will never be spotless.  There will always be a cup or two in the sink.  But, it is a good thing, too.  We have a home.  My kids can walk to the sink at any given moment to get a drink of fresh, clean water.  We have money to buy not just food to sustain us, but also food that just tastes good.

Be blessed today!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Close, But No Cigar...

The good news off the day is I am finished with my dining room!  YAY!  I am so beyond thrilled, and I can say that after living it this house for going on 7 years, it finally feels like, well, home.  The   dining room is finally the way I want it to look, a reflection of our family, and almost completely pulled together.  There are still a couple things I am going to add to the walls, but it isn't urgent, and are simply decorations that I will get as I find them.  I know what I want, and I'm not doing anything else unless it is exactly like I want!  Here are a few of my finished photos!

I know the curtains seem slightly out of place...but, the match the main theme, once all decorations are up! (The curtains by the way, are actually two shower curtains!)

Dining area...see?  blue!  

I have 5 of these hanging...2 by the door, and two by the laundry room door to hang jackets, backpacks, and baseball caps on.

My Mama made this for me, and what I chose to be the main focus of the room.

Like I said, there are still a few things I would like to do to top it off, but those can always come later.  I love it, love it love it!

The kitchen?  Yeah.  Not finished.  Once I got the glaze on the wall, I decided the white cabinets just were not working with the theme.  So, I tried using the glaze on the cabinets as well.  That did NOT work.  It seriously looks like all my kids went outside, played in the dirt, then rubbed their muddy hands all over the cabinets.  Looks like we will be taking them down and repainting them another color.  Any suggestions?  Because I really have no idea...

Barb Wire Man spent the day at his favorite cigar shop, so he came home to a whole new house.  He had a great time, met a famous cigar dude named Matt Booth, smoked several good cigars, and got some awesome loot.  But, he didn't bring me a cigar.  Oh well.

The kids played.  They have been such good sports throughout this little remodel.  I'm proud of them!  I will be finished totally, soon, and I can go back to playful mommy!

And now, Barb Wire Man has just brought me a nice bowl of ice cream!  I don't eat it very often, but I think he sensed I needed a little treat after this long weekend.  Be blessed!