Sunday, July 22, 2012

Biting off more than you can chew.

You know you're either hormonal or completely overwhelmed by life when you find yourself in the full-blown ugly cry when you're watching the newest American Girl movie and NiaVardalos (playing Mama to sweet McKenna) tells her daughter that "sometimes it's okay to be overwhelmed and that it's okay to ask for help."
 It's not often that the sight of a paint brush (or three paint brushes) can make me cry.  But this week... basically it was the perfect storm of chaos.  My kids went off to day camp, forcing us back into morning routines, which, let me just say, is the stupidest idea I ever had, being that we had slid into major summer relaxation mode and I doubt we'll be recovered by the time school begins again.  Ha!  Also, our contractor finally fit us in and showed up (surprise!) this week of all weeks, shortly after I'd decided to finish painting trim since the hoodlums would be gone all day, and taped everything off.  I nearly died, though I was also very happy to finally get this thing going.  We are 80% finished at this point, and I might only have to mop my floors once more to rid our house of all the dust. (grin) How quickly you forget what even the tiniest remodeling project does to your home.  We are loving the new wall and doors, however!

And side note on that... will someone please slap me right now because in order to shave costs on the bid, we (I) agreed to paint the french doors, drywall, bead board, touch-ups and trim myself.  Yes.  I am an idiot.  And I'm done whining now.  I promise.

Last week, (pre-construction and when I was still of semi-sane mind) I bought my kids $10.00 desks at the Goodwill (they are so cute- just wait) and told them that I'd help them paint them along with a tiny narrow dresser that we planned to use in our Office/Den/Spare room reno.  I haven't touched their desks, but they have sanded and primed them all by themselves, which was actually pretty hysterical to behold.  While they did that, I worked my butt off.  (Sadly, not literally.) I fell in love with this little dresser.  I know you're all wondering why I didn't keep the darling brass handles.  I admit, it was a tough decision. Who doesn't love brass these days? (Bwahahahahaaha!)

I knew right away that it wanted to be turquoise and have little vintage pulls. So that's one project (out of 300) that is finally finished. Whew.  The only other item we purchased for this room was a bed.  It arrives this week and I can't wait to put everything back together in here again!

  I must say too... that after reflecting a bit, I do believe the kicker to my tears were the fact that my son kind of found a little "girlfriend" at camp.  He was very sweet and respectful about it telling me that they weren't really girlfriend and boyfriend but she was very pretty and nice and he could tell that she liked him a lot.  However... and this is new...He kept talking about her every night, telling me stories and relaying conversations, and I wanted to stick my fingers in my ears and go "Nahnahnahnah Mommy can't hear you."   

And my daughter baked an entire batch of brownies with zero help from her mother.  

 My babies... they are not babies anymore.... and I am not ready.  


So though I should probably be putting the second coat of paint on the new trim and doors, I'm going to sit on the couch at the encouragement of my man, and do nothing for the rest of the night.



28 comments:

  1. Oh my word! What a week. Can't wait to see the big reveal on all of the work you had done!!! LOVE that your daughter did baking all by herself. My girl (14) LOVES to bake. At first, it was hard for me to "give up" some baking for her to do, because I love it as well. But, I have learned to let her do some things that I planned to do, freeing me up to do something else. It all works out in the end! The other thing... boohoo that your boy has a "girlfriend"... I'd be feeling the same way, but here's the positive spin: he TOLD you about it! That's a good thing!!! Gotta love good communication! Hugs Girl! It's almost Monday again. Praying you have a great week. ~Sally

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  2. Just finished my "ugly cry" moment, myself, and I'm not even painting everything in my house like you. :) Enjoy your time of doing nothing with your main man!

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  3. I lol'ed (is that even a word?) when you wrote "Nahnahnahnah Mommy can't hear you." I can feel your pain. My kids are very close to the same age as your kids, except my girl is older. I can't even comprehend the day when my sweet son loves another girl more than me. I will be doing the fingers in ears routine. :)

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  4. I did the ugly cry this weekend. I think sometimes we need it, right? Enjoy your little ones growing up- that must be so hard. I'm not there yet but know soon enough my time will come that my daughters will bake without me and love will be in the air.

    So ummm... if you don't mind me asking your expert advice on ummm painting? I have a dresser to paint, too. Should I use spray paint or a brush? What did you do?

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    1. You know... for this little project I didn't even prime it. I sanded it very lightly to scuff it a bit, and then I mixed a bunch of paint that I had on hand- different kinds of paint even... but in colors I liked until I had mixed the perfect aqua-turquoise. Then I just gave it two coats with a brush and called it good. I don't stress painting projects too much unless they are something that calls for serious steps like kitchen cabs. If they are just a piece of furniture or a small table I just do whatever. I prefer to brush or roll actual paint vs. spray painting because I think it holds up better and you have to use so many cans of spray paint to make it look good. just my thoughts on that. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks so much for letting me know what you did. Your dresser turned out awesome and the color is perfect. I never would have known you mixed colors! Can't wait to see the rest of the finished room!

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  5. Totallly get your tears! What a week you had. I really like the work and plans you have coming together for your guest room. It's goung to be soooo nice!

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  6. hope your night of doing nothing is going really really well!! you better obey your honey! ; )

    that dresser is an amazing transformation. wow. love the pulls so much.

    speaking of boys liking girls... i teach Hunter's sunday school class and he has a girlfriend. seriously! they hold hands during bible story (even after being told not to) and then she puts her arm around him. AND they HAVE to sit by each other or there are tears. i am NOT ready! ha!

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  7. I've cried more in the last few days than I have in years. Must be some sort of bad energy going 'round. Hope you feel better soon. The dresser looks faboo!

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  8. darn those american girl shows!! but i know your feeling right now. we do stuff to save money and we get overwhelmed...its just not good. i hope this week is better and you get your stuff done so you can chillax.

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  9. I didn't cry, but probably should have - it may have helped! I had my baby's 8th birthday party with the fam. this weekend - I was super excited about it because I was totally inspired by the color scheme in your girls dolphin party. But hormones got the best of me and by the time the family came (late) I had on my ugly face....I was not very gracious :/ oh the shame! I'm not a fan of these hormones!!!! I do love that dresser though <3 what a dream!!!! Can't wait to see your new room!!!

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  10. It must have been a good weekend to cry. Looking forward to your "after" photos!

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  11. oh my word

    are we ever ready?

    my newly minted teenage boy
    has girls flirting

    flirting!

    with him at the local pool

    which makes me giggle
    then sniffle

    thankfully
    he's not flirting back

    yet.

    alison

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  12. Wow Sasha! You had yourself a week. By the end of the post I could totally relate tithe cry during the Amercan Girl movie.
    All of the houses we lived in have always had white trim, except one. When we iced in it I liked it at first but then longed for white trim again. LOL , luckily we moved again cause I can't stand painting.
    Morning routines in the summer? That's just wrong.....haha. I kid with you. I think it is sweet that JJ shared with you about this girl every night. Here's hoping that you both still have open communication like that as he gets older. Yay for Ava! That is awesome that she baked something all by herself. Do you have any pics of her edible creation? : )
    Have a blessed day girlie!

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    1. Meant to type when we lived in our home, not iced it. LOL , that's what happens when I type posts on my phone without my glasses on. : )

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  13. Several things...LOVE the turquoise and the pulls..seriously perfect! Thank you for mentioning to save money you decided to paint the detail stuff yourself...sounds like something I would do and then regret. And lastly, you will never be ready for your babies to grow up. It is wonderful that JJ is telling you these things and that Ava baked on her own. That shows what a great job you and your hubby are doing in raising them...truly. Have a good week!

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  14. isn't it awesome that while you are busy painting away they can make BROWNIES?!!!!!! love that! it is all coming together so nicely. i can't wait to see it done and IN PERSON:))))

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  15. You're never, ever ready for them to grow up! Now my grands are doing this and it's killing me. :) The precious time we have with them just speeds by. Now, their friends are the high point of their lives and, even though it's natural, it's still kinda hard to experience.

    The dresser is beautiful! Love the color and the pulls. I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job with the rest of your reno but I certainly can understand NOT wanting to take on this project now. Just don't rush too much...it will all come together.

    xo
    Pat

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  16. I'm feeling the same way over here about my babies growing up!
    The girls in the neighborhood are stalking my boys! They're only 12 & 10 for goodness sake!!!

    I think my next homemade sign might read, "We're not interested tramps!"

    muuuuuwwwaaahhhhh!

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  17. Biting off more than I can chew...chronic problem here. :) We have a house rule...girls don't call boys. My son is now 17 and I have been fighting off packs of wolves for years....it wears me out! :)

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  18. I totally know what you mean about biting off more than you can chew ...eek I love the aqua dresser super cute

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  19. My babies aren't babies anymore either, and it hurts so much!

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  20. absolutely love the colour of the drawers!

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  21. Ugly crying just means you mean business about getting it ALLLLLL out. It happens to the very best of us. Chin up sweet girl.

    And as far as biting off more than you can chew...been there, done that...near DAILY! ;) What's that old saying, "Recognition is the first step to recovery..."

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  22. that dresser is amazing, I have a piece of furniture i want to paint a bold color too! I love a good ugly dry every once in a while, its good for the soul!

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  23. Did you write this for me? Are you staying in my house? Of course not, b/c you would run screaming out of my dirty, project filled house! Hee hee. Loved the post. Had a rough day myself and as usual, you made me smile.

    P.s.: You are welcome to come stay in my house anytime... just saying. And bring your paint brushes if you do so happen to ever come...

    Molly

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  24. Today I appreciate your chaos and allowing yourself a good ugly cry. Gosh, don't we all need that sometimes? Ha ha! I don't know why you would get rid of those darling brass handles {wink} but the end result is magnificent. Thanks for a lovely post that reminds me so much of me - hip deep in projects, loving my little people and the craziness of summer and wishing I'd say no more often but somehow making it all happen. I can't wait to see how your desks and renovations turn out.

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  25. forgive me if you already stated....but what was the name of the color you used for the dresser? LOVED IT

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