Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dear Blog, I apologize for the neglect...

Dear Blog,
Sorry I haven't been around much. I've been neck deep in nailing down what the heck we're doing with the kitchen when we tear it apart in 17 days. SEVENTEEN. I'm starting to panic a tiny bit - ok, a lot - it just dawned on me that I've been so focused on finalizing a layout for the cabinets & other arrangements, I haven't even attempted to think about setting up a temporary kitchen. And that thought just sends me running to the hills - or a bottle of wine.

Another reason I haven't been around? The smallest people in my life, when they're home, don't stop talking. At all. All day long. It's impossible to think when they're chatting at me and asking for help with anything and everything under the sun.

Actually, there are lots of other reasons too - Evie and William don't go to bed until 8:30 or 9 anymore, and by the time things are wrapped up for the day - or deemed unimportant enough to be left for the next day - I just don't feel like trying to put together any kind of coherent thoughts. And blogger always gives me fits with pictures (how do other people manage picture editing/uploading/hosting? because I need to find a better way).

I'm completely in the weeds with everything around here - I tore apart the living room to paint it last week, but Matt needs to re-do the wall frames where we put the door, so that's on hold until this weekend (I sent him on a trip to Richmond to pick up the new kitchen chairs - ebay, SCORE! - last weekend); I need to do our taxes in the next two weeks because if I don't, I'm sure I'll forget in the upheaval of the kitchen. Oh, and I need to start packing up the entire main level of the house for the floor refinishing. (Why the hell did I think this was a good idea?)

Anyway - none of these things are devastating or permanently life-altering - just the state of the Jennisphere at this moment in time. I'm sure I have a ton of interesting things and photos to share, if I can just stay off the computer, get my act together, and get some stuff done around here. And here I thought a lap top would help me be MORE productive. HAH!

much love,
Jen


Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Daydreaming - or is it a nightmare? - Spring Break 2012


I need to get my act together. I'm using my kids as an excuse not to get things done around here, and really? it's not a very good one. I'm trying to distract myself from the fact that I've been bogged down in daydreaming about my kitchen - which we're remodeling - finally! - and trying to make plans for that, as well as figure out what I'm going to do with my four children for the week of spring break while we have our wood floors sanded/stained/finished. Because we have wood floors all over the main level, on the stairs, and in the upstairs hallway. And you have to essentially move out of your house for the week while they do all that. So! Here's my plan:


 We're headed to Williamsburg, VA! I'm leaving Matt behind at the house to manage as best he can for a few nights while I take the four kids away from it all by myself. Scary! No, it'll be fine. (Right? It will be fine?) Happily, these days there are hotels that have suites with kitchens in them that will fit the 5 (6 once Matt joins us on Friday) of us perfectly comfortably for a few nights. I LOVE THAT. We'll be at the Marriott Residence Inn....

2 bedroom suite! Matt and I get our own room, with a king! There's a fireplace, and a full kitchen!

 for 5 nights while we wait for our floors to dry, and I'll be keeping the kids busy doing things like:
Ripley's, Williamburg












Pirate's Cove Mini Golf


I'll take the kids bowling, and maybe to a movie, and we'll see what else is there that I can manage by myself - the four of them, at 10, 8, 5 and 4 are mostly manageable, but they can become a handful at times for just one parent; I'm kind of glad the hotel does NOT have an indoor pool, as that will eliminate a lot of hassle and angst on my part (is that wrong?). Once Matt arrives, I'm sure we'll do Colonial Williamsburg - can't wait to eat at Christiana Campbell's Tavern!!!!


And we're going to try to go to King's Dominion. Opening day is in early April!



I have really great memories of Williamsburg from when I was about 8 years old; Matt and I went back for my 30th birthday. I'm looking forward to sharing it with my kids now that they're old enough to remember it :)

Linking up with R We There Yet Mom - click on the pic for some more great ideas :)

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