Thursday, June 30, 2011

Small Successes-June 30th


Celebrating the little things in life that add up.

1. After four years in this house, we FINALLY got new carpet for Madeline's room and the baby's room.  Thanks to a generous gift from my parents we were able to get their rooms carpeted.  The gift was something my brothers and I got because my parents recently sold the house I grew up in and they wanted to give us all a "little something" from the sale.  Madeline is quite happy with her new carpet and I'm thrilled that I no longer have to wonder when we'll get around to having the baby's room completed.

2. At long last, the new kitchen table I ordered from Wal-Mart came in.  The first one we ordered arrived at the store damaged and the store refused it and cancelled my order.  So I had to reorder the table and wait for what seemed like forever again.  This Monday the table made it here.  On Tuesday and Wednesday I spray painted the legs and apron of both the table and the matching bench (they were off white and my kitchen chairs are white).  Yesterday I put two coats of glossy polyurethane on the tops of the bench and table.  They look pretty good with the exception of each of them having a mark where two rather unintelligent mosquitos decided to commit suicide.  I'm contemplating whether or not I need to sand it down again and do a third coat.  I'd prefer to be done at this point to be perfectly honest.

3. The kids are likely the ones who'd call this a success.  Last night, I wanted funnel cake and cotton candy, so I mentioned to Bryan after dinner that I bet the carnival our church was hosting would have them.  So we managed to find a parking spot that was only a block away from the church (We can call this the adult success.) and we took the girls to the carnival.  Most of the rides look like the type where a priest should be standing by to offer last rites prior to you getting on, so I saw no point in buying the girls  the $20 ride all night passes.  Instead, we got a sheet of tickets and the girls each got to go on about 5-7 rides (depending on the kid).  I was going to ride the carousel and stand next to Ellie but apparently pregnant women aren't allowed on the carnival rides.  At first, I had no idea what the woman was talking about until she pointed at my belly.  Yep, at 25 1/2 weeks along I momentarily forgot that I was pregnant.  Talk about pregnancy brain!  Bryan stepped in and got on the carousel with Ellie while I stood on the side and took pictures with my phone.  I did get my cotton candy and the funnel cake.  The cotton candy was good, but the funnel cake left much to be desired.  To add to the carnival success, I also touched base with several of the VBS volunteers while I was there and found out how their planning was coming along.  Not too shabby for a spur of the moment decision.

Bonus:  I'm on top of the laundry.  Two more loads to go and everything will be washed. I also need to tackle all the clothes that need to be folded.  Perhaps with my parents taking the girls for lunch a a movie will give me enough time to get some of that completed.


  1. Yay ~ carnival food!
    Congrats on the kitchen table, careful of the fumes.

  2. That sounds like a great week! I love it when I accomplish goals that are several years old! mmm Carnival food! When I pregnant I craved vegetables and fruit. I missed out on all the fun stuff!

  3. I'm quite envious of #1. We've been in our house going on 10 years & four kids later, our upstairs carpeting is horrible! We did replace downstairs about six years ago, but it hasn't lasted like we hoped.

  4. I have to say that although you had to wait longer, I'm glad for you that the table was refused by Wal-Mart, my in-laws just moved into a new home and have had a heck of a time with a damaged piece of furniture that a store accepted getting it a)returned and b)replaced! And I for sure need some new carpet or laminate or SOMETHING...almost eight years, three kids, and two dogs (and a husband who perpetually forgets to wipe his feet) somethings gotta give! ~Kristen @ St Monica's Bridge

  5. MMM, cotton candy :) I'm glad you got the table sorted out and the laundry done. Sounds like you had a very good week!


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