Happy Friday! I thought I’d better get this week’s wrap-up posted early because there’s a chance that I’ll be knee-deep in another cleaning project this afternoon and will forget.
Monday I tackled the living room. I thought that was a job until Tuesday when I worked on the kitchen. Oh. My. Word. I thought I was going to clean the kitchen and dining room since the dining room is really just an extension of the kitchen.
No, I spent about 3 hours just cleaning the tops of my cabinets! They’re the kind that don’t go all the way to the ceiling so that you can put collectibles or what-have-you up there. First of all, whoever invented those things should have to clean them. Second, apparently, in addition to cute, old canisters, I collect dust and grease.
Let’s just say that, having been overweight for so long, it had been awhile since I’d been able to climb around on the countertops to get all the way up there to clean. Yuck!
They look great now, though. I may just climb up there from time to time just to look at how clean they look. I have to thank one of my fantastic Facebook readers for giving me the idea to put wax paper down when I got finished. Next time all I’ll have to do is pull up the wax paper, throw it away and replace it. I’m loving that idea!
Wednesday, I took a break from cleaning – partially due to sheer exhaustion from the day before and partially because the girls and I got our hair cut that afternoon. After the long, busy day Tuesday, it was nice to just relax a bit. I did get some laundry done.
Thursday was another day off from cleaning because it was Brianna’s birthday! I can’t believe my firstborn turned sixteen. *sigh* Where does the time go?
It was a wonderful day. First of all, we surprised her, having Dad take the day off and going to lunch at Olive Garden. She’d been wanting to go, but we had her convinced that we weren’t going to be able to go. She was very pleasantly surprised.
She was even more surprised when when opened her card to discover Six Flags tickets inside! That’s where she and Brian are today. They try to go once a year and they both always look forward to a day of daredevil rides. They didn’t get to go last year, so this year should be extra fun.
After lunch, we picked up a friend of Brianna’s and headed to the mall – where else would a teenager want to hang out on her birthday? Later that evening, we had dinner at my sister’s house where we had birthday cake and Brianna was showered with gifts.
Today, I’ve got to get some laundry done and I’m going to try to finish the dining room and work on the master bedroom. Josh and Megan are supposed to be working on their rooms.
I may or may not have bribed them with the promise of a Chick-Fil-A milkshake if they get their rooms done by this afternoon. Hey, there’s got to be something in it for the kids who have to stay home and to clean their rooms instead of going to Six Flags. (For the record, Megan isn’t tall enough to ride most of the rides and Josh won’t ride most of the rides, so we always stay home.)
I’ve got my fourth 5K tomorrow, the run to raise money for tornado relief in our area. I’m excited about it, but also dreading it a little bit. The course is supposed to be very tough with challenging hills. I don’t expect to set any personal time records or anything, but I’m still looking forward to racing. It’s been more than a month since my last 5K. I’m going into withdrawal.
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.