: 1 :
When we moved into our house a year ago (well, actually, we moved stuff in here almost two years ago), nearly all wall surfaces were covered in wallpaper. The wallpaper was fine for when my grandparents lived here; it was a little claustrophobic for me, however. Last summer, my parents took pity on us and hired someone to strip the living room/dining room walls and paint them, but the rest of the rooms have remained wallpapered.
Now that we have determined we will probably wait at least two more years before starting construction on our house, it seemed like we should get the house decorated how we really want it. Therefore, this week, Jason has undertaken the huge task of stripping wallpaper off the walls in the bedrooms and bathrooms. It is seriously hard work, no matter what some DYI magazine might say (I just read yesterday that changing your mind about wallpaper is "as easy as stripping it off," implying that it is somehow not a hellish job).
Quite possibly, within the next two weeks, the whole interior of our house, minus one room, will be painted. SO happy.
: 2 :
My friend Megan called me up today and asked if Jules and I wanted to go to Sand in the City at Pioneer Square. We did. It was lots of fun watching the teams work on their sandy masterpieces.
Jules wasn't quite sure if she was impressed since she plays in the sand every day. She did think the sand airplane was pretty cool though.
: 3 :
Speaking of sand, last Friday I had the great idea of starting a "Fridays on the Family Farm" photo tradition. Around 11 am, Jules and I trekked down to the creek. There's always something going on--surely it would be interesting to capture it in photos.
On our way down to the creek, we checked on the new bridge Andrea and my dad built.
Then we continued down to play in the sand and cool off in the creek.
And then Jules played, I read my book, we ate and visited with cousins, and we didn't hike back up the hill for another 7 hours. That was my day and the end of my plan of taking pictures. That's pretty much what we do every day.
: 4 :
Our blueberry bushes have exploded with berries. Oh, the joys of 40 bushes heavy with blue goodness. I pick bowls full of blueberries with the intention of freezing them, and then we eat them all up instead. Jason has to covertly pick them, wash them, and put them in freezer bags before the rest of us swoop in like the birds and eat them all up.
: 5 :
Stunning news of the week? A phone call from a family member telling us they are expecting their first baby. It was so stunning that my response to "we're having a girl" was quite muted on account of me thinking that the comment was going to be followed up with a "we pick up the puppy tomorrow." I was determined not to be TRICKED by such SHENANIGANS. No shenanigans were at play. Actual baby arriving in December. Since the news is still not totally public, I won't reveal the parents-to-be, but we're super happy for them.
(Random stunning news of the week? Bristol Palin engaged to her ex-boyfriend. Totally weirded me out.)
: 6 :
For the last three weeks, Sydney's schedule has been a bit tied up with activities. Tonight marked the end of her "planned" camps, which feels quite wonderful. No more official plans--other than a trip to Reno in August--for the summer.
: 7 :
My house is a disaster right now. I stepped over a small pile of fruit loops to get to the office, it took us an hour to find a DVD that was hidden under a book jacket, and the girls have started to just pull their clean clothes out of the laundry basket. I've heard mumblings from Jason, who hates having any sort of chaos in his living space (and yet...he has put up with it for 13 years now), but I spend my days at the creek, and my nights too tired to clean the house. What's a girl to do?
More quick takes here.