I’ve been sitting here trying to think how to re-cap the last week and a half, but my mind has apparently melted into a useless glob of nothingness. There’s just been so much going on – most of it focused around moving in to the new house. And Christmas – which was seriously a lot easier when I didn’t have to mail ALL of our family presents, instead of half of them. The best I can do right now is to give an edited version, accompanied by a few photos:
- The wallpaper in this house is much more intimidating when you actually have to face the task of taking it down. But we had to start somewhere, and it seemed worth it to take the time to get our room, and Ella’s room, stripped and then painted, before we moved the furniture in. Tom did most of the work. I helped some, and while Ella did tear at least two strips off, she was much more interested in attempting to climb Tom.
- Because I still had to get Christmas stuff done – I forced my family to sit in freezing weather, for a family photo to accompany the holiday cards. Amazingly, we got a shot of everyone looking at the camera with minimal effort. Okay, maybe MEDIUM effort – but there are no shots of Tom strangling Porter – a Schroeder family first. But that didn’t mean he sat still:
- Work on the house was going pretty slow, due to a certain toddler and dog who seem to actually need supervision. Luckily, Tom’s dad came to our rescue and provided much needed, much appreciated, help for an entire week. Not only that, but he came bearing gifts. And although Tom and I both got items we’d been wishing for, for a long time, Ella came away with a treasure. And it just so happens that she’s wanted one of these since she saw something similar and was told she couldn’t touch it, because it was an antique. She was over-the-moon, and she still gets excited every time she sees it.
- We took full advantage of Ben being here, and I’m assuming he’s done enough hard labor to last him at least the next 6 months. There’s no way we could have gotten everything done without him. The two bedrooms are painted, the furniture is moved, and Ella got to spend time with her grandpa. We did let him have his birthday off, celebrating by visiting Amish country, Chocolate World, and a local pub. Not enough of a thank-you, but the hugs from Ella may have made up the difference.
- The weather this entire time, was – as Ella now repeats every day, no matter the circumstances – “cold and yucky.” Rain. Ice. Snow. More rain and ice. Luckily I managed to find the box with the gloves and hats in it, and then Ella discovered the basket I’d tossed them in…
- The work on the house will be never ending. Because when have you ever heard of a homeowner who didn’t have 10 projects waiting to be finished? We still have a LOT of basic work to do. More wallpaper to come down, boxes to unpack – we haven’t even completely emptied out our apartment – but we still had to get a Christmas tree. And we had to decorate it. And I had to force my dog to wear jingle-bell antlers. I had to, people. It’s tradition.