My day thus far in Facebook status updates:
6:45am Diaper up the back. Love starting the day like this… well, actually I do if it means Drew is bathed and in his outfit first thing in the a.m…
9:30am Kept telling Meredith we will leave for Kohl’s after I do this one last thing… but I was on a roll cleaning this house… and boy did it need it… Kitchen, bathroom and living room cleaned. Phew. Thank goodness for a son who miraculously didn’t mess it all up immediately after I did it. (Photos of my cleaned and decluttered console table.)
10:15am In Kohl’s dressing room to give Meredith my opinion on new pants. Looked in the mirror and saw the Grim Reaper. Whipped out my make-up and committed to run 25 miles today. Drew happily started at the older lady in the stall across from us as she went in and out.
11am At my Mom and Dad’s. Trimmed off the mullet that had grown out since Meredith’s last haircut. Boy do I love taking scissors to hair… For some reason AJ won’t let me touch his…
11:30am Jelly stick donut at Dunkin Donuts. Guilty pleasure.
12:15pm Reading an email from Kate Pruitt, Sr. Editor at Design Sponge. I submitted my Azores dresser makeover. We’ll see if she likes it enough to feature it, I’ll hear back if she does, but if not, I’ll just cry and move on with another dresser makeover. 🙂
And now I’m home, sitting in my winter coat typing. I don’t have any DIY projects finished because, well, I’ll be honest, I watched Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men with Meredith yesterday when Drew napped and after he went to bed at night and died laughing and didn’t do one ounce of painting or sanding.
One thing I did want to say today is to Renie, a friend from church. She mentioned to Danielle (my BF since 6th grade) that her house isn’t as organized as mine. Danielle set her straight pretty quickly (don’t you love a BF who can do that?). She said “Jen’s house doesn’t always look as perfect as it does on the blog” and she’s soooo right. Hence my cleaning spree this morning. Renie, I clean before shooting photos. I fluff the pillows in my couch. I wash the floor around the dressers I’ve just redone before taking pics. I’m no superwoman. And I hope the blog shows that… my house is at times chaotic. AJ and I are really trying to juggle a million things at once but things fall. We have half our kitchen ceiling ripped up.
Our master bedroom is half done. We don’t have insulation in 3/4 of our house. My closet looks like I just threw stuff in it (maybe because I did). Our basement has furniture that I’m in the middle of painting all over the floor. BUT that is the glory of this blog… we get some accountability to making our house work smarter and more beautifully. Because we have had to do so much construction we don’t have access to a lot of the storage we normally would have and because of that areas of our house look a little out. of. control. And we are mostly okay with that. All right, we are exhausted from construction and feeling like our toilet is falling through the floor, let’s be honest. But you know what, we’ll do it again. We’ll buy another fixer upper because there is something in us that loves this little bit of insanity. 🙂 So, Renie (and others who have asked me this), our house and life is not perfect. It’s crazy and fun. And disorganized at times. But we love doing the projects, and doing them together (so cliche but true).