Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Busy and Productive Week

Man, this is Coach's last week of summer vacation and as usual we save all our stinkin' stuff to the last minute. Typical. But on the plus side it has been one of those weeks where you go to bed feeling very accomplished!

Sunday my father in law extraordinaire came over to help Coach move the shelves out of what is officially going to transform into the nursery soon. So down they went, holes were patched, an up into the new study/guest room.
Monday we spent all day (mostly) swimming at Aunt Debbie's house and holy Moley, the last few weeks Lloyd has gotten so brave in the water. We invested in a pair of puddle jumpers and that boy wanted to "kick" all over that pool. 4+ hours later and not only was he swimming he was blowing bubbles, jumping in off the sides, and jumping off the diving board (to a waiting daddy) and not minding getting his face totally submerged. HUGE improvement! He is such a fish!

Tuesday they were supposed to start texturing but they never called to start and I am completely done chasing down this contractor. So I put in a call to the gentleman who did our bathroom texture and he said he's so busy he can't get us in until the first week of SEPTEMBER!!! NOOOOO!!! So he penciled us in and I got my FIL looking for other options at his work (he's a master electrician for one of the big DFW cities and there's always painters working for the city who might want some extra money). We did finally haul our dining chairs over to the upholsterer too, she lives quite a ways into Fort Worth. It'll be about a month probably but with Coach starting football today, who know when he would have the chance to take them. Her shop had some pretty gorgeous pieces being worked on so I felt reassured taking them to her (despite a glowing recommendation from a trusted family friend I was still uneasy) in the strange old neighborhood they were located in. I cannot wait to see them all fixed up! The before, hurl, was bad thanks to my moms cat practically living her last days on one of the end chairs. Nasty!
A massive trip to Trader Joes, then I made a double batch of spaghetti sauce to can (about 8 jars) because we are totally out--groan. Also threw some thawed frozen blacked beans I made months ago into the Ninja to make some black bean dip/refried beans. They turned out so good Lloyd ended up eating a bowl before I could get dinner on the table! I've been loving refried beans lately--at a New Mexican restaurant we ordered fajitas and I got an extra side of beans an rice because I inhaled the first plate and it tasted so good. Coach just laughed because I'm only like that when pregnant: nothing tastes good and I have no appetite but when something tastes good I eat TONS of it until I'm over it again. Weighed myself, only 5 pounds left to get back to prepregnancy weight--it's working!

Wednesday our day was thrown off by Lloyd's very delayed (aka momma forgot to schedule it) 2 year old drs appointment. We waited a lot longer than normal but finally saw the doctor and he is doing great, was a champ through his final vaccination for a while.  But it tossed our errand running time down the drain and we just went home for lunch. He has slowed down on his height but weight has stayed right on curve (he now about 65-75% for both). We now have to carry an epi-pen for him, just in case his food allergies ever become worse than his normal rash/hives/digestive hell. Poor bubba.
 We ran a massive trip to Costco after nap time because somehow we ran out of everything we buy there all at the same time--I hate when that happens! 

Thursday I sent Coach off to the glass/mirror shop by himself (what, why wouldn't I want to haul a toddler there?? Haha) while we went to a play date with friends. He was able to order the new glass shelves for my Moms hutch for a very reasonable price, and we pick up TODAY! So I can finally put Moms china away and out of the armoire that will go into Lloyd's room when we move the crib's matching dresser into the nursery. Yay, progress!

Lloyd ran off some steam and did some major playing while I caugh up with some of my favorite Moms. I'm so ready for school to start and bible study to begin again so we can get back in our regular weekly meet-ups, I miss seeing all my friends regularly throughout the week. The summer is just crazy! I miss my friends. 

As I was cooking dinner that night a painter who works with my father-in-law stopped by to look at the kitchen walls. He left and after dinner called us with an almost identical quote to the other contractor and he wanted to start Friday morning!! DONE!

Friday after a horrific nights sleep the painters show up and start taping everything off. The wallpaper that I stopped removing because chunks of Sheetrock were coming off, came off easy for these dudes (UHG) and by 3pm they'd removed, patched, and mudded the whole kitchen. They textured the entire room, a section in the laundry room, and the wall in the nursery where the shelves were. 
Saturday they came back and finished up the paint. It looked incredible, I was so excited to see the space look how of always wanted it to. It only took us living here 3 1/2 years! I was dying to finish putting things back together but it took us the entire night just to clean up all the construction dust. Man that stuff gets everywhere. Once we get it finished and decorated I will post final photos, but here's the paint preview! 
Drool. One day we'll replace all these damaged and stained base boards. But this is a huge improvement. Huge!

Saturday/Sunday morning Lloyd spent the night barfing so we didn't make it to church. We made a much needed run to the Asian grocery and I spent the day cooking and peeling crawfish for the freezer, then making crawfish stock, and cooking shrimp Ettoufée for dinner. Exhausted. 

What a week!! Coach goes in for football today and so this week will constist mostly of keeping Lloyd occupied so I don't hear "want Dadda" 800 times a day. So off to the waterpark we go!! I'm already pooped. ;) 
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