Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Surviving renovations

If you have been following me on Facebook or Twitter, you would know my house has gone through renovations. The reason why was to make the house bigger and more accessible for me. We put a deck on, turned our sunporch into a dining room, upgraded and changed the kitchen and redid our bathroom.

These renovations took about three months. Three months of having upheaval, hearing lies about deadlines, extra costs arise, countless trips to Home Depot and Lowes, disorganization and having workers at the house. At one point, only two people could fit in the living room because we were surrounded by boxes of hardwood, kitchen contents along with our living room furniture.

Today the last worker left. Two of the workers became like family. For the last few weeks one came at the house at seven in the morning and left around three. He knew our animals and had conversations with Laura. It will be strange not to see him again.

When he left, I felt like when I took Laura home from the hospital after she was born. Almost scared to touch or use anything. However, we have a beautiful kitchen, dining room, bathroom and nice deck.

Taking care of Laura was the hardest when the kitchen was ripped out. We were out of a kitchen sink for almost three weeks.

My attendants were great through it all. The environment certainly wasn't attractive or easy to work through. They cleaned around it and tried to make it feel as homely as possible. We tried to keep Laura on her routine as much as possible.

To make matters a little more complicated is that I came down with two sinus infections and laryngitis. Laura had colds, ear infection and was diagnosed with asthma.

Now that it's all over, I'm busy reorganizing the kitchen, decorticating the new dining room and getting the house back into shape.

Hello December

Today is December 1! November feels like a whirlwind with our renovations and sicknesses. I'm excited for the Christmas season though.

As a parent, the Christmas season is pressure because your child only gets one childhood. She only has one Christmas being five. You want to make it special. As I received Christmas catalogs, I gave them to Laura. She wants everything. Last year she was a little more precise.

I laughed because days later I gave Laura the same book and things she wanted before weren't important anymore. So this year I'm using my common sense. I have gotten 80 percent of her gifts. I'm doing a lot of art project kits, a wagon for her toys, blocks, Legos, movies, one doll, books, a yellow dragon (her request), power rangers, jingle all the way and a play kitchen with food.

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