Saturday, August 8, 2009

Week in Review

Wow! It's been a busy week, but when I say "busy," I definitely mean productive.

We started off the week with Madison getting all four wisdom teeth extracted on Monday morning. Madison and myself, as well as Matthew and Brad's dad, left early Monday morning for Hiram where the oral surgeon's office is. It only took about 30 minutes for the surgery, and we arrived home around lunch time. Everything went well, but the recovery has been slow. She was finally feeling a little better yesterday and had less swelling, and she rode with Brad to Douglasville - her first time out of the house since Monday morning!

Since we were rather home bound this week and I was feeling the pinch of the deadline for my "summer to-do list," I was able to get a lot accomplished this week. I had prayed for motivation, and the Lord certainly answered that prayer. I am so thankful for the health and energy that He has been merciful to bless me with.

We had been planning to move Brad's office downstairs and make his former office Matthew's bedroom. Cari suddenly decided last week that she would like to make it her room. After giving it some thought, we decided that it should be okay for Matthew and Amelia to share a room for a few years. So I took Cari to Home Depot Sunday afternoon and let her pick out the paint color she wanted. We had originally thought we would get a bedspread first and then draw a paint color from it, but in the end she knew what paint color she wanted, so I told her she could just get a white bedspread and add colorful pillows. She liked that idea. She picked out a shade of green, and I think she did a great job with her choice. She helped me paint, and it turned out to be a great color for her room (although Brad was a little sad to see his burnt orange paint disappear). It matched her furniture perfectly - something we hadn't even taken into consideration when purchasing the paint. I still need to get curtains, but here's the almost-finished look:

We finished that on Tuesday, and then I began to clean out her and Amelia's old room. I had told Amelia that we could paint her room after Nee and Paw Paw went home. They decided to leave Thursday morning, and the minute we walked back in the door from telling them good-bye, she looked up at me and asked, "Can we go paint my room now?" So we headed to Wal-Mart to buy paint (I wish I had picked up some at Home Depot - it was cheaper!) and began painting that afternoon. Cari had not wanted Amelia to help paint her room, so Amelia made it very plain and clear that it was just going to be her and me painting her room. Actually, she did an amazing job for a 4-year-old. She painted with me the entire time and didn't make much of a mess at all! I expected her to paint a few minutes and then go play, but she hung in there for the whole project. Matthew wanted to help, too, and I should have taken some pictures, but I had to clean him up before he started licking the paint! I decided to use white paint since a boy and girl will be sharing this room. Amelia used some of her birthday money to buy a new black and white comforter with pink sheets. It looks nice on her little white antique twin bed. The chest of drawers that I purchased a few years ago at a yard sale for $1 and painted black fits in well, too. I'm going to try to find Matthew black and white baby bedding and use blue sheets. I haven't moved his bed in there yet, and we still need curtains and lots of pictures or something with color, but here's how it looks for now:

We moved Brad's huge desk downstairs (that he purchased for $0.99 on EBay a few years ago). Madison likes to use it for her school work and it is easy for me to work on, too. (Did I mention I started back doing medical transcription in the early morning hours? I'm not doing very much - just one to two hours a day and none at all on some days. They had asked me about a month ago if I'd be interested in helping out when needed, and we agreed on a trial run. I'm actually enjoying it, and it's nice to have our "fun money" again.) I painted a chalkboard and moved the school room to the other side of the basement where we'll have more room, cleaned out the toy room, and made a library/reading room where we used to have the school room. I hope to find a couple of cozy chairs and a table relatively cheap to put over there. Here's some pictures of all that -

The hole in the wall is the entrance to Brad's man cave that he is working on. This will be his future office as well as football game/sports viewing room.

Now I've got to get all my regular housework done today, and then we'll be able to start school on Monday! On that note, I think I'm going to try something different for a few weeks with the housework and see what works better. Instead of doing my "deep clean one room a day" routine that I've done for years, I'm (as well as my helpers) going to try doing everything in one or two days, so we don't have to worry with it during the week and can concentrate more on the school work.

As for our school, I went with Christian Light Education for every subject but math, and Madison and Cari are both going to be using Teaching Textbooks for that. I'm going to start Amelia with pre-K, and she's very excited and keeps wanting to know when it will be "Monday." It will be here soon, so I better run!


Anonymous said...

Good job Rhonda. I have a huge "to do" list around here. I haven't been able to get much of it knocked out this summer, because I have had to work so much on the house in Buncombe.

Jacey has the green room also...must be a second child thing. LOL

A lady I babysat for a few years ago, had a son and daughter who shared a room for a while. She painted his half bright blue and did an everything sports theme. Her half was bright pink with everything hello kitty. She had a white dainty bed, and he had an oak bed. When she was telling me about it, I thought....sure sounds cute (not). But when I saw it, I loved it. I was so sad to See Cameron get his own (Auburn) room, and Lily Grace got her own lavendar room. I always thought it would be easy to do that for 2 girls but she made it work for alot of years for a boy and girl.

Angela McRae said...

Wow! You really got a ton of stuff done!

Rhonda said...

Thanks for sharing, Cindy! I had thought about painting the room half and half different colors, but since I really don't like to paint, that thought didn't hang around very long! Your friend's room sounds nice. I'd like to see some pictures!

There is something about those second born. Cari seems to have so much in common with other number twos.