Well. Hello there.
No. I don’t mean that I want you to get lost. Please. Don’t do that. What I’m meaning to say here is that I got a bit lost. I think I have figured out how to get back. . . but I’m not sure I’m quite there yet.
Can you hear me, now?
Good. I guess I’m almost there.
The past few weeks have been a challenge for me. I’ve been lost in a number of different ways. First of all, I am having a very hard time accepting the fact that summer is over – though it clearly IS over. Even I can see that. And yet I seem to be lost between the two seasons. I’m not feeling the usual anticipation and excitement for cooler weather and beautiful scenery. In addition to that – or perhaps the two are actually related, my kids started a new school this year. I think the kids and I are missing old friends and familiar traditions. . . I am floundering a little. I think the kids are doing okay but it’s never been easy for me to make friends. . . it never occurred to me when we made the decision to change schools that I would have to find my place in a whole new community. . .
You’ve noticed that things have been a bit quiet here on the blog? That is another place that I’ve been lost. This was my first summer as a blogger. Having my kids with me during the summer is one of my favorite things about being a stay-at-home-mother. But I’ll tell you this – every blog post that I was able to produce during the months of June, July, and August was written between midnight and 4am. I knew that I could not keep up that schedule and stay awake while I drove the carpool and I started putting myself to bed at midnight . . . Blogging MUST happen during the day! So as soon as the kids were back in school I started cranking out the blog posts, right?? Wrong. Just before school began, we started the renovation of two of our bathrooms. I am SO excited to be doing over these two rooms. . . I can’t even tell you. As it turns out, having a construction crew in my house daily for weeks on end is even more disruptive than taking care of two rambunctious children!! I thought hiring this work out was going to leave me free to do my own thing. . . I was mistaken. Tomorrow I return 160 square feet of the wrong color tile to Lowes. . .
Do these all sound like excuses? I’m honestly not trying to make excuses. I just thought I’d share a little of what’s been keeping me from getting to you. I wonder if anyone is still listening!
are you still listening???
Here is some good news. As of yesterday, the bathroom on the first floor is FINISHED. Well, at least all of the work to be done by the contractor is finished. (Which reminds me: Do shower curtains come in different sizes?) I have a few finishing touches to take care of on my own – and then I’ll be able to show you the beautiful results. It’s nice to have two fully working bathrooms in the house again. There were a few days when the four of us were down to one. . . we managed fine . . . but two is SO much nicer. And, in another week or so, we will be back to three!! (and all of the construction chaos will be over!!)
So, what can I do to get myself into the swing of things again? Well, we live in apple country and each Fall, at our old school, I’ve looked forward to an apple picking field trip. I don’t think we will be doing a school trip this year but I can certainly take the kids myself! I love apple picking! (Really I love apple cider doughnuts. . .) And then there is a school potluck coming up soon. I’ll bet I’ll meet some other new parents (and established ones, too) and start to feel more involved with this new community. Even just since yesterday (when the 1st bathroom was declared finished) I’ve made some real progress in getting the house put back together. What a mess!!
Okay, I’ll stop talking now. I know that you mostly tune in for the pretty pictures and I hate to disappoint you, but. . . in an effort to get over the blogger’s block I’m suffering, I’m going to post this post without any artsy, edited photos. I did get a new iPhone last night though – so I’ll wow you with my improved mobile capabilities! Don’t get too excited - I got the 4s. I’m just not tech-y enough to go for the 5. (Guess what Mr. Social Media pre-ordered on our trip to the AT&T store last night, though).
I’d say these pictures are not bad for a phone! No editing – just resized them to fit the blog format.
I’d love to know if you’re still here! Please – leave a comment and just say hello! I promise to bring you some fun project and giveaways VERY SOON!! Leaving a comment is easy and I read, enjoy and respond to every one of them.