We survived jumping ahead an hour. I have to say, tomorrow will be the true test, though!
1. We had a milestone birthday this week. #1 turned 13! Can you believe it? We have a teenager in the house!
We don't go out to eat on my kids' birthdays. We make it special by eating in the dining room with our fancy china. And the birthday girl gets to pick the dinner menu. #1 picked breakfast for dinner. I thought that was so funny - she could have picked anything and she picked breakfast. Of course I obliged her with bacon, sausage, apples, pancakes, waffles, and OJ. The hubby was out of town but her sisters and I sang her happy birthday and let her open her gifts. We gave her pearl earrings and a gift certificate for a massage. (She was thrilled!) #2 gave her a painting for her room. It was so cute and #2 spent a LOT of time on it! #3 gave her a handmade card and #4 gave her a handmade picture. They were so adorable. As soon as we sat down to eat the three youngest girls zoomed out of the dining room to go get their presents for their big sister. I melted.
Right now I love #1 at this age! She is definitely not acting like a stereotypical teenager. That is not to say she doesn't have her moments but overall she is fabulous. She pitches in and helps out around the house if we ask her to do something particular. (Today it consisted of cleaning the wood floors.) She is a great big sister! Just yesterday she picked out all her sister's clothes and did their hair for them when we went to a friend's house for dinner. Today she did their nails! Nothing ruffles her feathers. She is so calm, cool, and collected. She just sort of sits and waits for the storm (that can be middle school girls) to pass but never gets caught up in it. She is a fantastic student - studies and does all her homework without me saying a word. I really can't say how fantastic she is - we adore her and are so glad she is our oldest!
2. We leave for Colorado on Saturday. We are all so excited! We were going to hit Weston (our little ski hill - more like a bump) today but opted out. There was too much to do around the house to get ready to leave that we didn't want to spend an entire day away. I have to yet to even begin to think about packing. And let me tell you, it is a LOT of stuff to have to remember - from ski socks and layers to boots and helmets! Packing for a summer vacation is a breeze by comparison. But I really don't care - I am just so excited!
3. I finished the building phase of the closet. Our next step is installing the floor, trimming it out and adding lighting. Lastly I'll have to paint. I think I am just going to paint it in phases so I don't have to take everything all out at one time again. Anyways, I don't care about all that stuff right now. I am just glad my clothes are not strewn across my room anymore. And I am LOVING the "L" shaped shelves I made. They are AWESOME!
As you already know, my closet is small so it's nearly impossible to take a decent picture. But these will give you an idea:
And my "L" shaped shelves:
Overall I am happy and relieved. I am so thankful the hardest part is over and I can leave for vacation without anything hanging over my head. WooHoo!
4. Yesterday my niece and nephew came over for the afternoon and then we headed to our friend's house for dinner. We have been friends with these guys since #3 was just two and #4 was a baby. It's so fun to watch their kids grow and change, too! Here is #3 and her friend:
Aren't they so cute? I love how Reese towers over #3 - and they were both born the same month. I think it's a combination of #3 is a little on the short side and Reese is a little on the tall side. Regardless, they are adorable and really get along SO WELL!
5. I owe you an updated picture of Karl. Here he is with the new ottoman:
I have to tell you, I am DYING to update this room now! But I am forcing myself to hold off until my closet is completely finished. And that is HARD, man. This room desperately needs some new pillows, a new throw, the table I mentioned last week, new lamps (which, admittedly, I already bought. Oops.), and artwork. I am seriously using major willpower not to spend any money in here. I suppose that is motivation to finish my closet, then, huh? I am so NOT looking forward to painting that bad boy, though.
6. So I'm still training for Rock the Parkway in April. My long runs have been really sporadic due to the rough winter. If I can't run long outside, I just don't do it. That said, I've missed quite a few. So this past Friday afternoon Christi and I headed out for 8 miles. We made it about four before she started having pain. Suffice it to say, she couldn't walk - at all - yesterday and we walked the last four miles of our run. I got my eight miles in but I feel awful for Christi. Having been injured a few times I know how heartbreaking it can feel. She was doing so well in her training and I was having a blast running with her. So I am crossing my fingers she has a quick recovery!
And there you have it! I hope you all have a fantastic week! I'm not sure if I'll be blogging or not next Sunday. I'm just going to go with the flow. Laters!