Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Whole Buncha Stuff

WARNING: very, very long blog with many subjects. If you have a hard time focusing…you may want to read in segments. I am trying to finally catch up now that I have some time waiting on fabrics to come in before I can do anything more brownie-goose.

Okay, so this part is rando and out of the blue….but I wanted to write it down because it was so cute and I was afraid I would forget one day. You see, this blog is also my “journal” (please use that term lightly) since I don’t scrap-book or write in baby books, etc. I share it with the world, ha! Well, we were at Red Arrow getting Remy’s (my SUV) oil changed and it is one of those places that does a free car wash as well. So, when I saw Remy coming up, I grabbed some cash out of my wallet and asked Lou if she wanted to hand it to the guy when we got our car. She cocked her head to the side and said, “Whys wood I do dat?” So, I told her it is how we say thank you for doing such a good job washing out car, and she looked and me and handed me back the money and said, “Oh, well den I will jes gib him a hug, and dat will be our fank you.” Adorable. But, for those wondering…we paid the guy; don’t think he would have appreciated the “hug” form of payment. :)

So, yesterday the maid came. And she showed up looking like this.

It has been a while since she has actually done her job, considering she lives here 24/7 and doesn’t have an “official” job (defined as one she has to dress up for and leave the house…trust me, BG totally counts as a job to me). I mean, what is her deal? Besides being totally fashionable in the tight-rolled scrub pants, she just doesn’t clean anymore. Let’s face it. This bad maid is me. I confess….I have fallen behind on my house-hold duties. brownie-goose keeps me crazy-busy and somehow the dusting, toilets, bathtubs, etc fall by the way-side. But, not anymore. I am taking this maid by the horns (yes, she has them…especially when she hasn’t eaten) and making a schedule that I am going to tell all of you about not because I think you care, but because it will help me stick to it more. I am awful, I mean awful when it comes to self-discipline about some things. I wish I was better, but we can’t all be awesome, right? Well, Wednesdays are the day that the maid comes. BG is put on the backburner while this is the main attraction.

And then how about getting all organized-like and super cool?

Well, I cleaned and I cleaned and I cleaned. And I did laundry…and do you know that all 5 of the loads I did yesterday got folded AND put away. This is HUGE for me as our dining room table is our laundry station. That is where you go when you need your clean laundry. Not anymore, the whip has been cracked on this maid and she has GOT to pull her weight on Wednesdays. Or else, I will steal her super-cool tight-rolled scrub pants.

Let’s finally get around to talking about the AMAZING transformation that went on in our master bathroom. And, for starters…let me say that Byron finished this a WHILE ago. It did not take him this long to get it done; it has however taken ME forever to blog about it. Remember our nasty green bathroom that I blogged about here? Gross, just looking at the pics makes me want to hurl the bag of chips I just finished off. Well, it now looks like this.

No, you are not looking at a picture of a hotel bathroom….ha, just had to say that because why is it you always hear about the wonders of hotel baths? I have never been impressed, but maybe you have to spend more than $150 a night to get an impressive bathroom. But, back to OUR bathroom, I LOVE it. It is so amazing and bright and CLEAN and NOT green that it just makes me smile. Byron did it all….save the plumbing, and I am gonna brag on him for just a bit. I know I have told you before how great I think he is. Well, he really, really is. By day…he works WAY too many hours to speak of training in his ENT residency to become one of the best ENT surgeons there is (I know this because he never half-does anything….perfectionism doesn’t even begin to cover how diligent he is, I mean sometimes I wonder how I made the cut!) and then he comes home and becomes a landscaper and most importantly, carpenter. And bless him; this house doesn’t know the definition of square or level. Thankfully it is structurally sound, which is a lot to be said here in Jackson, MS, but it is just a house that when you begin something….you always uncover issues and surprises and such. But then again, I guess all renos are like that. Builds character, right? Anyways, Byron did this entire reno all by himself. I didn’t lift a finger to help mostly because this was right around the time of our miscarriage and let’s just be safe and say I was a bit “out of it” during that time. He laid the marble, he leveled the floors, he laid the tile in the bath surround, he put up the bead board and all the trim, he put up the lights and ran the electrical, etc, etc, etc. He is awesome, and he is mine ladies…so don’t go getting any ideas. :) So, it was a long haul and I blogged/complained about living through a reno here. But, it is done and it is the most wonderful room ever. I can finally soak in a tub that has a slanted back and be comfy and drink wine and read books. This makes me happy.

Next subject, please. Our last minute camping trip over Memorial Day weekend. We heart some camping. Byron and I used to go every summer before Lula Kate came around. But, this time we took her and she loved it, thankfully so now we know we can continue to go. We went to Jellystone Park which is a Yogi Bear themed campground just 30 minutes down the interstate from us. We were thinking we wanted something close since if she didn’t like it…we weren’t far from home. Well, this place was PERFECT. There was so much to do and they had a gi-normous splash park with waterslides which were right up the tot’s alley. Here is our campsite all set up. If you are wondering, our tent is waterproof…but the tarp overhang is the best thing to do. For a few reasons. Mostly it gives you a “porch” to hang out on when it rains so you are not confined to the tent. But most important, I don’t care how “waterproof” your tent is….you will still have wet stuff inside if it rains. And this makes camping NO BUENO. So, deal with the tarp and all the 4-letters that come along with it first off and you will be a happy camper.

Unless it super-duper summer storms like it did this night. We put Lou in the car to eat some food our sweet neighbors had made us before they jumped ship to avoid the nastiness that soon came.

But, all in all it was a way fun time and most importantly, Lou loved it. She wants to go again, and I say bring it!

Oh, and another trip. We went to Perdido Key a few weekends ago for an ENT conference that Byron had. Thankfully we beat the oil (I cannot even get started on this subject because it makes me so ill and chaps my rear-end and makes me think of all the animals and I want to cry…yet I drive an SUV that I am not sure how, but I think it requires oil, so I feel almost at blame for some of the disaster, do you ever feel this way?) and had a great time. Byron was in conference MOST of the time, but I was able to catch a few shots of the Lula Kate playing in the sand. Note to self….although it is the beach, when it is just you and your toddler, don’t bother bringing a book or a bevo, because NEITHER will be enjoyed. Instead, put your big-girl bathing suit on and get in the sand.

PS - if your little girl owns this ballerina suit for the Target...word to the wise, it doesn't play nice-nice at the beach. We are STILL finding sand in the tulle. Gross. It is like the beach trip that keeps on giving.

Okay, I know that there were tons of funny Louisa-isms that occurred on these trips and such, but since I was such a slacker I have just summed up the stories as quick as I could. Booooooring. I know. Maybe the maid can help fill in next Wednesday.

Until next time…


Sara said...

The bathroom is truly incredible and incredibly gorgeous. I can NOT believe y'all are putting so much work into a house you know you're not keeping. There's so much I would want to do to ours, but we always use the excuse that we're leaving in 3 years. We ARE going to have to landscape and that's a big enough fish for us to fry for now.

Keri Sullivan Ninness said...

can I please borrow Byron for a weekend? I promise I'll be good. We have peach tile with matching peach bathtub and peach sink and pink toilet, that, as you say, chaps a girl's rear end!

Russ, Anna, Pepper and Vesper said...

Ok, that picture of Louisa in the bucket is BEYOND!!!!!! LOVES! Thank goodness we didn't wear the tutu suit to the beach, sand grosses me out and bringing it home might cause me to toss that adorable $9.99 swimsuit. By the way, we got ours monogrammed in hot pink, CUTE

beki said...

Oh wow, your bathroom is gorgeous!! I feel like our house projects will never end. ever. We've been at it 6 years, and have only made a small dent.
P.S. my maid needs some serious butt kicking, but she'd rather be knitting or sewing...