Friday, January 2, 2009

Trying to get out of our lazy slump...

We look forward to this time of year all year long. We're all fortunate to get really long breaks from work and school. It really is such a highlight of the year. It's such a good chance to relax and spend some time as a family without all the normal daily pressures. This year, we've been downright lazy. All of us.

I finally decided that a 2 week head cold probably isn't normal and got some more powerful drugs from the doctor. Turns out it was a sinus infection. That might explain my lack of energy and desire for a daily nap! :) It's amazing how quickly you can start to feel better when you take the correct drugs!

So, on New Year's Day, I decided we needed to break this lazy streak and start gearing up for the routine of normal life. So, here are a few things we've managed to work on the last 2 days.

I worked on the paperwork for Carson to attend Deerfoot Lodge this summer. Deerfoot is a Christian camp in the Adirondeck mountains of upstate New York. My brother spent every summer there as a kid and it was a life altering experince. My sister is sending her 3 boys (9, 12 and 16) this summer for the first time as well. I'm thrilled we've finally decided to send all 4 boys at the same time. I think they'll just love it. The selling point for my son was the fact that they bath right in the daily showers!

Perry continued working on the bathroom. He laid the tile.

Replaced the exhaust fan (he is standing on a step stool here...he's not THAT gigantic...he did ask why I was taking so many pictures of his butt, though!)

He also put up beadboard (I painted). We put the beadboard on the ceiling as well (which is a pain in the arse project!). Carson and I are admiring Dad's work. It's amazing how many little details go into a "small" project like this. I hope to have it completely done before we go back to school.
Elise entered the Young Authors contest in the school district and she has spent a good deal of time the last few days working on her book. It's a story about a Chinese tiger performing a cheerleading routine at a Chinese New Year celebration! She's quite the perfectionist and is driving herself (and us!) nuts over every little detail! I'll be so thankful once the deadline is here and we can turn it in!

Elise and I worked on creating a bed for her American Girl doll. Since our dining room is no longer a "catch-all crap room" I've had to set up a crafting area in the basement. It's coming but as you can see in this picture, it's still a mess. My husband did install some better lighting for me over the break.

And Carson and Tyler?!? Well, they were still lazy bums while the rest of us were working hard! It's mid-day and they are still in pj's watching tv.

And I had to include this picture. Elise has worn skirts every day this break. This skirt is one of her favorites...given to her by her Aunt Kristin for Christmas. Elise picked this outfit out by herself and asked me to take a picture of her.
Hope you are all enjoying the first days of the New Year!


PIPO said...

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Glad to hear you are feeling better :0)

Tammie said...

Sorry to hear about the sinus infection! Those are just killer. Daily naps do help though. It's part of that whole "you need rest" thing the docs tell us.

Perry is much quicker to complete a project than most men I know. Especially the one I live with. You are darn lucky!

Elise looks wonderful in her new skirt. I wish Erin would wear one. She's a jeans & shorts kind of girl. Chocolate is the only way to bribe her into a skirt or dress.

Super Mommy said...

And you say you've been lazy?? Huh? Looks like you've been quite active.

The Lodge sounds great for Carson - is he excited? And Miss. Elise - an author!! How fun!! I love her story - very imaginative.

Hope you start feeling the better with your new drugs - amazing what a proper diagnosis can do for you! ;0)

Vivian M said...

Get well soon! And I think Elise looks great in skirts, very girly!
Wish your hubby could teach my hubby a thing or two (if only so I could have an excuse to take pics of my hubby's tush!).