In case I have been giving the impression that owning this house is nothing but warm fuzzies…
I couldn’t sleep last night.
This house is stressing me out. I even had to get up and take Tums.
So many projects are undone… or waiting to be begun. How in the world are we supposed to do this in a timely fashion on our DIY budget? And how are we supposed to work and raise three kids while we do it????
In my mind, we had until the end of March… maybe even mid-April to finish up our winter projects- the bathroom and some main-level rooms that we put a new coat of paint on the walls and had planned to put up picture rail.
The early Spring made our inside projects come to a sudden halt. We had to abandon all of those projects and focus on what was happening on the exterior.
Last weekend, I looked at my Facebook feed and saw pictures of families outside hiking, playing outside, at grill-outs. I wanted that to be us. I wanted to be done with even just ONE project!
Sometimes the kids were farmed out on play-dates, sometimes they were crying and driving us crazy because they were so bored and we never do ANYTHING. We reminded them that just last week we flew them across the country for a beach vacation. This did not make them feel any better for themselves.
As I reflected on my stress/guilt/anxiety last night. I started to understand that the only way we will come through this with out either debt, neglected kids or half-assed work is to take it s.l.o.w. One day at a time. Learn to live with and leave some mess. Take a break. It’s just a house. This will be my new mantra.
With that… I leave you with a few “behind the scenes” pictures. I hope they don’t stress you out too much…