Thursday, March 3, 2011

In Like a Lion!

Happy Anniversary, Mum and Dad!

Photo courtesy of my Uncle Dave.

It's March 3rd and I'm already behind!

First, a quick resolution check-in. For the first half of February, my New Year's Resolution to keep it simple went right off the rails. Unless you think sitting around whining about how much I need a tropical vacation counts as keeping it simple. Because that's all I did. That, and eat junk.

Mid-month I gave myself a mental slap in the face and decided to get my you-know-what together. That doesn't mean I've stopped telling anyone who will listen that I need a week in the southern U.S. to get me through the rest of this rotten winter. Frankly, I think the dogs are sick of hearing it. But I did save more money this month by not shopping at any mega-super-colossal-centres, and I got back to my plan to do just a little work every night on the dining room. As of last night, the ceiling is finished (though I'm thinking of adding a coat of textured paint to hide my terrible plastering job) and the walls are primed. Pretty soon, I may have before-and-after pictures to share. Stay tuned!

Rosemary's Baby's therapy wasn't going so well today. He was just having an off day, stimming more than usual and really unfocused. When this happens, I have a method. First, I worry incessantly about what could've happened to cause it. Is the paint smell in the dining room stronger for him than it is for the rest of us? Can he feel some sort of air pressure change that we don't know about yet? Did he eat a pretzel when I wasn't looking?

Then, when I've spent a respectable amount of time fretting over something I clearly can't control, I decide it's time to make the best of the situation and help the kid out. So at this point, his tutor and I let him have a little sensory integration fun. Since this dining room job started, there's been a big bucket of drywall compound sitting in the middle of the room and I've been chasing him away from it constantly. Today we let him have a little tub of it to play with on a piece of cardboard at the table. Here are the completely predictable results:

Playing with drywall mud is serious business.


It was at about this time that the hand-flapping started...


...resulting in this. But all over the house.


I'll spend this evening scraping up dry chunks of plaster off of every surface in the house. I think we can all agree, I have no one but myself to blame.


18 comments:

Linda said...

Well, I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time! :)
My mess today was wood putty- we finished the trim upstairs and had to fill in all those not-quite-meeting places. If I get my act together and sand tomorrow, we'll be moving on to priming.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Drywall mud! Every little boy's dream!

In Real Life said...

Awwww...but he looks so cute!

You must be getting excited as you are near the end of your dining room renovation!

I spent the day thinking that if winter doesn't end soon, I am going to go completely CRAZY!

Your parents wedding picture is gorgeous - Happy Anniversary to them!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Sometimes a little guy's gonna do what a guy has to do! Sorry you have all that to clean up but I think it might have been worth it! Did it seem to make any difference? He totally looks like he enjoyed every bit of it! Oh have I told you lately how cute I think he is?

Nezzy said...

Oh, I do feel sorry for you about the mess but look at that smile ya put on your baby's face! Now girl, that is just priceless!!!

Yep, next time that just might need to be an outside event!

Girl, I hosed my kids down before I'd let 'em in the house many a time. They had a thing for mud~ball fights.

God bless and have an amazin' day sweetie!!!

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Stephanie Faris said...

I had to do drywall last summer for the first time in my life. Messy stuff! What fun.

Starla said...

And in the end, you had a little boy smiling....

just keep muttering those words as you scrape!
chin up

Janine said...

Hey there!! He seems so happy!!!
Just get the hose out!!
Will be sending your stamp set this week!!!

WhisperingWriter said...

Cute pictures :)

Happy Anniversary to your parents.

fancythatfancythis.com said...

I do the same thing - questioning my every move until I realize that I need to be proactive in solving the problem! I feel your pain my friend!

Gorgeous photo of your parents!

Sandra said...

You are a good mommy! Because when it's all cleaned up, and said and done, this is going to be a lifetime memory!

Rebecca Flys said...

This is the stuff they remember when they're older. One day, he'll be a teenager, and all too awesome for you, and those pictures will turn up...and he'll be all "yeah, you let me smear that white stuff all over the house that time, man you were cool" and that mess you're cleaning up today will be priceless.

Brittany D'Lynne said...

My dad used to do drywall on houses for a living. I have distinct memories of going with him to houses before I was in school (and after school) and making "drywall houses" - drywall mud painted on miscellaneous boards and formed into...houses... The smell of that mud still makes me smile!
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Nezzy said...

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Growing Up A Country Girl said...

I blog jumped here thru Nezzy - quite a little mess you have there - happy cleaning! Yes the smile on that youngsters face is priceless! Happy Wednesday!

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