Thursday, June 05, 2008

Exponential exhaustion

I'm tired.

As folks would say here in the country, I'm hang-dog tired.

The last two weeks are a blur. Moving, cleaning the old house, cleaning the new house, managing remodeling, attending musicals, programs, kindergarten graduation, end-of-year parties, daily trips to Home Depot and Lowe's, taking Libby-10 to get braces off, and today, waiting in the lobby while Neal-13 gets braces on.

(A few semicolons really would have helped that run-on sentence. Whatever.)

Last week the school-age kids spent three nights with friends so I wouldn't have to drive them the thirty miles to school (that's $16 a round trip in our gas-guzzler), which was hard on them. But over the weekend, after each one of the entire crew had their individual turn melting down, we made everyone come home this week. Which was hard on all of us.

But...we are on the downhill climb now!

For one thing, we got a riding mower, so I'm one step closer to putting in some landscaping in our weedpatch. The kids still think mowing's fun, so let's not spoil their excitement at a full-throttle 5.5 mph! Here Neal attacks the knee-high dandelions.And my windows are in. Here's the front of the house before:


And now (shutters are sitting there in a box on the porch waiting to be put up... maybe after I get a nap sometime next month):So that means I can unpack the living and dining rooms now, and maybe even clean the brick dust from Neal's room and the little girls' room. Well, maybe I should wait until the floor is repaired in their bathroom...

The little girls are arguing over who gets to be Cinderella playing dressup, and the big girls are back to commandeering the camera, so life is good.

Everyone's home now. We've had one morning to sleep in, and this will be our first whole day together (school was just out yesterday). I refuse to go ANYWHERE!

I've had random, possibly even deep, thoughts about how this move has affected us. I really want to put everything into words, but, honestly, I have too much to do, and I'm just too tired and emotionally spent. Maybe next week.

Now, about that nap...

23 comments:

Etta said...

It doesn't even look like the same house!!

Congratulations on your move. I know you are exhausted but it will be worth it soon.

Dimple Queen said...

WOW, the front of the house looks TOTALLY different!!!

I know that the days have been long and hard, but it will all be over in no time! You and your family will continue to be in my prayers!

Angela

blessedwith5 said...

What a beautiful change!

Congratulations on your new home!

Susanne said...

I can't believe the difference. Those window are gorgeous! I love muntin bars in windows and have always regretted not insisting on them when we got new windows.

You guys deserve a huge rest. Hopefully now that school is out and you're at least in the house, that will come.

Shanna Berry said...

Take care of you sweet one....it will take time to readjust....and the house looks so bright now! We're in month 6 of our move to a new way of life...and it is starting to feel like this is "our" town and home now. (and our teens flipflopped regularly for a few weeks on who was thrilled/devestated about the move)

Beck said...

My jaw dropped when I saw the AFTER photo. AMAZING!

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

The windows are GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see it with the shutters up. Whenever. No rush.

I wondered what you guys were doing about the last couple weeks of school - that must have been oh, so stressful!

Praise God for summer vacation, huh?

Andrea said...

Katherine,
The house looks GREAT.

I can't imagine how tired you are. The end of the school year is such a busy time. Combined with moving, I know it was tough!! I am pooped as well. Good to know I'm not the only one.

And deep thoughts by Katherine? Yes, please!!! We've missed them!! :)

Wendy said...

Wow - those windows make such a difference!

Raquel said...

the house looks fabulous! i hear you on the needing a nap

Rachel said...

I totally know where you are with this, we moved house last week and it's exhausting. I only have 3, but they are 4, 3 and 1 so always underfoot. I keep thinking this should feel like home, but it doesn't yet, I can't relax in it because there is still so much to do. I am excited to get started on the garden someday.

Your house looks totally different with the windows, it's transformed. You had a great vision there.

Enjoy your Summer and the down-time from school runs.

Katrina said...

Hope you get a good nap in...or two, or three, or four. You deserve some rest!

The windows look awesome!

Looking forward to all your thoughts, but there's no hurry. Take of yourself and family first. We'll be here whenever you're ready.

Kelly said...

Looks great!!! I can't wait to see what else you do... after some well deserved rest:-)

secondofwett said...

It's so nice to hear from you again...I've missed hearing about the goings on in your life. Hope you're able to slow down your life for awhile now that summer's here!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Yep--just rest and process.

List Mama said...

This is my first visit to your blog, so I've looked down through your last few posts and Whew! I'm exhausted just reading about it!! Looks like you'll be very happy in your new place, though. Congratulations!

Jen
http://www.listplanit.com

Debbie said...

I know you are making light of the stress, but I'm sure these last few months (6?) have been very challenging. I really hope you can get some rest and feel settled in your beautiful new home soon.

We keep kicking around moving vs. an addition, so I'd love to read your deep thoughts when the dust settles (no pun intended there!). In the meantime, I'm sure you have a lot to process. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Sammi T. said...

Hi
I found your blog when I was at topmomma. One of todays topmommas has a link to you. Anyways, great blog! Raising 5, caught my eye. Congrats on the new home. You are doing an awesome job with it.(I envy you) My dream is to have a larger home with a little acreage. If its OK I am going to put a link to your blog on my site. I will be back to visit when I have some time. Sammi

MaryLu said...

Wow, what nice crub appeal those new windows have given you!! Such an improvement.
For now, sleep, we'll wait to hear all the stories.

MaryLu said...

Oh, my, I really need to proof read my comments!!
That should have been "curb" appeal!
LOL!

Jen said...

Hey I was at Target last night and thought of you when I saw the ACs that are on sale. There was a whole shelve full.

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Jen said...

It all looks so great girl. It will all be worth it.