How I am coping with living in our apartment is a post unto itself. I will say that repeating "This too shall pass" is wearing thin, although that doesn't stop me from saying it.
I will also say that I have found great refuge in Pottery Barn and IKEA magazines. Perusing the Restoration Hardware and Rejuvenation websites help keep the house building dream alive. Not that it's dead, of course. Only that breaking ground next spring seems a long, long, long way off.
The fun part is that we get to spend money on a few new furnishings, specifically a new dining room table and new furniture for the girls' room.
Well, folks, Sydney has found her dream room. And if you would please ask her about her dream room, then she'll be ever so happy to describe it to you.
A couple weeks ago, we were touring through a show-home in Vancouver (Washington, not BC), and as Jason and I were examining the countertops in the master bathroom, Sydney came racing back to us, out of breath, excited beyond excited.
"COME QUICK! Oh my goodness, you have to come quick, come quick! I found it!" She raced off again and we followed obediently behind her only to discover...
Hot pink, pale pink, lime green, flowers, monkeys, bunkbeds, black and white, and the very recognizable IKEA pendant lamp: this is the stuff of Sydney's dreams. Plus, what you don't see--a pop-up princess tent, a fabulous flower-shaped carpet, and a black dresser with pink knobs.
We agreed to replicate the room as best as we could, minus the pooling sheer curtains because she has a mommy who doesn't trust her girls not to pull those curtails down. Oh the thrills, the joys, the "this is what my room is going to look like" adoration. Sydney hasn't been able to stop talking about it ever since.
Jules needed a little convincing. Yes, dear. You'll love it. I promise.
She decided that she and the bedspread were a perfect match for each other. And then she ran off to break something.
Even waiting almost a year for her room to be finished isn't going to deter Syd's enthusiasm.
She and I both know some things are worth waiting for.