We survived! Not only did we survive, but we had a pretty wonderful time as well. Let me begin by saying that I have an awesome husband. We all knew that we would never finish everything on the list, let’s be clear about that. But we made a valiant effort, and we have a pretty wonderful looking house as an end product. Still things to do, but we must be honest, we will always have things to do.
First, the fireplace – we settled on painting it Sherwin Williams Roycroft Adobe. This color worked beautifully with the collectables and artifacts I have accumulated over the years. We realized the right side still needs a little more work but we are very happy with the end result. Ok, Hubby thinks the TV is too small; we have to get a bigger one. Is this a surprise? Not! But he did a beautiful job with the woodwork, and I love it.
Finding wall space for everything has been an issue. With my love of photography, genealogy, and all things old, it means I have many old pictures. I love to display old things, especially things that belonged to our ancestors. I wish all our rooms had 10 foot ceilings, not just my office.
Then we have the deck. This was a combined effort finished off by my brother who was the first to arrive for the wedding. He attacked it with the power washer and gave it a good bath. Meanwhile the youngest spent the whole day working on the yard. That little girl worked her butt off! But by the end of the day both the house and the yard looked fantastic.
Now the bathroom I won’t post pictures of yet. It didn’t quite make the ‘finished’ phase. It was usable as far as the toilet and sink. But the shower just didn’t quite make it. The
plumbing in this house and the water softener, well we won’t go into that. But between hubby, wild child, and my most awesome father-in-law, we will have a very, very nice bathroom in the end.
The next day all the rest of the family arrived and we had a houseful of fun. Cousins from New Jersey and Canada, the best man from Colorado pulled up on his motorcycle just as we were leaving for the airport to pick up one of my oldest friends (and she’s the youngest godmother). The next day was the rehearsal and dinner, and Saturday the wedding. Sunday we celebrated the oldest turning 30 with an Open House! Yes, I am nuts! But it was wonderful to have so many people we love around us. Slowly they all left, and by the next Saturday everything was quiet. Even the wild child took off with a friend to follow one of the cousins to Canada for a week.
So here I sit. All the anticipation, everything that we had been planning for is now done. And yet . . . We begin again. Next year – October 2014 – the oldest is getting married – We have 15 months – It is starting all over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!