Sunday, June 15, 2014

What's on the Outside Can Be Important Too

Three or so weeks ago we began our newest old home adventure...tackling the outside including the following projects:

  • Repaint the house
  • Add backyard patio
  • Add bench and railings to current backyard porch
  • Reseed backyard for grass and level out yard
  • Kill crazy weeds attacking backyard
  • Add raised beds
  • Add arbor on fence
  • Cut tree in front yard down :(
  • Not lose our minds
  • Not go broke
Smart husband came up with the brilliant idea of repurposing the cracked concrete in our garage into the backyard patio which saved us thousands. 

Here are some before/after pictures:

And here are the during/afters...

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Because sometimes the way it should happen in your head isn't always the way it happens...

Like when you end up in the ER on the sixth day of vacation.




Sleep deprived.


After taking your son to Urgent Care and a doctor wearing a thick gold chain says:

"He should not be on a plane. He should be on his way to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital."

And you have a brief moment of panic where you aren't really sure if you want to punch the doctor in the face for making you feel this way or curl up in a tiny ball on the floor and sob because you're stressed, terrified, worried, sleep deprived and sunburnt.

So you call your real pediatrician and they agree: "We recommend you take him to the ER."

And you cry some more...sobs really and mainly from sleep deprivation because you aren't thinking clearly. But then you go to the hospital and the doctors are great which gives you hope. And you spend the day getting X-rays which you are terrified may cause cancer and talking with really great doctors who will end up costing thousands. Secretly wishing you were across the street alone at Disney, you are now a nodding hungry zombie.

After a long defeating day and several medications later, your head hits the pillow and you realize...

Tomorrow will be better.

Tomorrow will be better.

And it is. It always is.