The bathroom renovation is going great. Or at least as far as I can tell.
In the past Kirby and I have done our renovating together. The jobs have always allowed for two people to work simultaneously. Our children used to play nearby and we would have quick breaks for light meals. They napped in the afternoons and went to bed delightfully early in those days, meaning we had afternoons and evenings to work with undivided attention.
Things are different this time.
First off, the bathroom is small and except for rip-out, seems to be mostly a one man job at this time.
Secondly, the children, while they will still play contently nearby (if the park down the way is nearby) they eat so much more that cooking takes much more time. If I serve a light lunch at 1pm, they are back ransacking the pantry at 3pm.
Also my children do not nap. And a few of them stay up after I go to bed. And they like to talk and hang out with us, which I would gladly choose over renovating, because I realize that in a few short years they won’t be around as much and I will miss then and we can renovate things then.
In addition to parenting and holding the fort down while Kirby works away like a madman, we are also hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner for my family, and so I am trying to prepare for that.
And then to make the whole thing more chaotic (cause anyone who knows us knows how we somehow thrive on a certain level of chaos) we bought a puppy on Thursday (the first day of the renovation). We called her Gracie. It took us three hours to come to a unanimous family decision about her name.
Puppies require a fair amount of work and sleeplessness. I haven’t had to get up at 4 am for several years. It’s hard but I am enjoying her immensely.
As a bonus several times a day since we got her my children hug me hard and say, “Thank-you” and tell me I am the greatest mom in the world.
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