Thursday, June 12, 2008

It's been a good week

Almost three weeks post-move, we are pretty much sick of unpacking. Mostly because the remodeling work continues, and things are just dirty around here. Who wants to clean, unpack, then have to clean what you just unpacked again? Boxes are my friends.

Libby-10 helped Dennis and me get the shutters up:

Wasn't sure if I'd need a shutter for that itty-bitty bathroom window in the middle, but I think I will put a little one up there. The blinds came today, so that's our next "fun" project. Then on to landscaping. Woo hoo!

Don't forget the "before:"One bathroom floor got tiled, and the other one is getting grouted today. No more falling through the rotted floorboards!

And the kids have been making their own fun.

This desk may look like a case of we-didn't-know-where-to-put-it-so-let's-just-
leave-it-here-in-the- middle-of-the-room, but on closer inspection, you will see that it is the check in desk for the Raising Five Babysitting Service. Note the check-in stickers courtesy of our Organizer Child (Libby).
As you see, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Even Ruthie-4 gets to wear a nametag. And no, B.S. does not mean what you think it does, even though it's behind my name. Get it right, folks. Everyone knows it stands for Baby Sitter.
I suppressed a lump in my throat as I pushed a crying Annie-6 out the door to go to her very first softball camp. The older kids are also signed up for sports camps here in our new town, and despite their fears, they are making some friends and are having a good time.
And here's my Impulse Purchase for the summer. The kids have already been in it for hours, even though it's not even hip-deep for the big kids. This kind of fun together makes it worth it all.


Jen said...

Been there and done what you are summer you will be sitting outside sipping iced tea and enjoying your new home...the shutters are awesome by the the idea.

Susanne said...

Love the shutters. How much brighter even the outside of your home looks even with just that small amount white paint around the bigger windows.

That pool looks wonderful. I'd have a hard time staying out of it myself.

Laura said...

We bought the same pool and it has been glorious!! They don't even care that it isn't very deep!

The house is looking great!

Anonymous said...

You and the mr should quit your day jobs and go into full-time remodeling! You guys have such a great eye for that type of thing. Looks great!

Now, when are you guys going to meet us for church?!?

Beck said...

We have the same pool! Believe it or not, it's not nearly warm enough to set it up yet.
I can't get over how wonderful your house looks - amazing job.

kittyhox said...

Wow, what a big difference those shutters and windows have made! Amazing!!

Wendy said...

WOW - the shutters and new windows make such a difference. Great Job!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

WOW! Great job girl!

We are right there with you. POD #2 still sitting full in the driveway...waiting for me to feel motivated...will it happen?

Brenda said...

Wow! What a difference the windows and shutters make!

And we have the same pool. ANY pool is better than no pool in Texas, wouldn't you agree? I can sit in it while the kids splash around. Way better than sweating by the side of a kiddie pool! It's nice to see your big kids playing and having fun.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

I love seeing the before and afters -- everything is looking wonderful! The pool looks like lots of fun too!

Unknown said...

The new windows make it look like a brand new home! Good job.

Dimple Queen said...

the house looks great and the kids seem to be having a good time as well! Keep it up!

Julie said...

The house looks great. Can't wait to see what you do with the yard.


Michelle @ Sew-Krafty said...

The shutters are great! You have accomplished so much. We are in the throes of house hunting (I've aready found the house I want, but hubby isn't convinced...yet), so I am reading with anticipation.
Ah, the pool!