I’ve come to accept that the only “real” time I have to get stuff done around the house is on the weekends. It’s a bit unfortunately for my little ones, because instead of having a Mommy totally absorbed in them, I am having to split my time and focus between them and the house. Getting things done during the week just doesn’t work well because (a) I fall asleep with my youngest and end up NOT wanting to get back up to do anything, (2) the kids go to bed around 8:30 p.m. and I just don’t want to get something start that “late”, and (3) I just don’t feel like it.
That leaves the weekends.
But since hubby works on the weekends, it’s me handling the kids and trying to squeeze stuff in. This weekend I feel particularly productive. I was able to get the rest of the wallpaper removed from the master bedroom, while my oldest watched TV (he’s turning into such a couch potato, which is strange, because he’s got the most energy out of any child I know). My youngest played around in the bedroom while I steamed the walls. This set-up was actually effective in giving me the hour or so I needed to get the wallpaper removed.
My youngest, though……I feel a mixture of pride and sadness for him. First, I feel sadness for him because it’s really been different raising him– between selling our condo and buying this house and having to get it together, he probably gets 80% of my attention (read: he doesn’t get undivided attention from me, it seems). I have pride for him because he is able to do something that my oldest is not: ENTERTAIN HIMSELF!
Don’t get me wrong– my oldest can play on his own a bit, yes. But at such a young age, *I* was his playmate. I couldn’t let a moment go without interacting with him, (or, “interfering” would probably be a better word). I was a hovering mom, always talking to him, always playing with him. Yes, that is GOOD, and what a GOOD mother should do. But I also never gave him time to play on his own; I was always there leading and directing his play. It yielded a child who sometimes isn’t as imaginative or self-motivated to play. My youngest, however, simply HAS to entertain himself at times, because I am a busy mom. So much more is going on now than when my oldest was a baby. This means more time to play solo, with me around, of course, but coming up with things to keep him busy.
Today I watched him play for about 10 minutes by putting a small flashlight and a marker through the slats on our headboard, and then looking to see where they fall out. It was pretty cute watching him doing this while I was removing wallpaper 🙂 I would look over at him, and he would look up at me, and give me the cutest little smile! What a beautiful baby 🙂
Anyhow, I made progress with the wallpaper today; next, the walls are ready for skimming over the imperfections, and primer. And then paint!
I bought a turquoise color that is a little….too…..turquoise, but I’m going to mix it with white and tone it down a bit. I’m addicted to the idea of a turquoise bedroom 🙂
I also cleaned my car today!! It was a freakin’ mess. The boys played outside the whole time, and I was amazed to actually be able to get it DONE.
I realized today that you CAN get stuff done with kids; just means you might have to move a bit slower, but you can do it!
Oh, and I am happy to report that the foyer is DONE! Painted! Thanks for a needed “snow day”. I need an extra coat of paint in the hallway, but overall, it looks good! The “AFTER” pictures look darker because I took pics of them during the evening.
|BEFORE: This is what the previous owners’ foyer looked like. You can’t tell, but this was all wallpapered.|
|AFTER: With paint………Still need to paint the door, however, and remove those tacky little curtains and the dated light. But one step at a time…..Oh, and don’t forget furnishings. We haven’t hung any YET.|
|BEFORE: The steps leading upstairs, from the foyer, with vinyl wallpaper (thank God it was a neutral wallpaper).|
|DURING: Wow….Wallpaper removal! The yellow stuff is soaked-down wallpaper and glue.|
|AFTER: Wallpaper all gone! Still need to do some painting on the trim and doors, however. Ah….another day….|
So, as you can see, we’re making progress. It’s a lot of work to get done on just weekends, or some random snow day, like I had done for this foyer. But we’re getting there! I just need more “snow days” to get it down, preferably without the kids, since I can move much faster.
|Our snowy, tree-lined street.|