Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Cavalry Has Departed

The last of our help left this morning. But boy, did they leave things in great shape here! I don't know that we can ever really be ready to bring three babies home, but some cleaning and reorganization sure helps give us the illusion of being ready. And it lowers my stress level considerably, too. It has been frustrating to know there are so many things to be done, and to be limited in my capacity to even help do them.

Check out the A+ projects that got done last week. Sorry there aren't any "before" pictures -- if I were organized enough for that, we wouldn't have needed more than 200+ man hours of help over the last week.
  • Big thanks (again) to Brian and Jeanne for cleaning the basement steps that were still suffering the effects of the flood, and for painting a tired, old dresser so it could become this cute dresser for the nursery. Using the wallpaper border on the drawers was my idea. Martha Stewart's got nothing on me!

  • Kudos to my brother-in-law, Virgil, for all his hard work in replacing our worn out kitchen sink with this spiffy new stainless steel one. He also fixed the leaky bathroom sinks that we've been ignoring (ok, neglecting) for far too long.

  • And check out some of the organizing my Mom and sister, Judy, did. Believe me, this is NOT how my kitchen cabinets looked before they arrived. We have entire shelves that are empty now! I always thought I was pretty organized, but I bow to the Queens of Organization. Turn those two loose in WalMart for an hour and suddenly everything has a neat plastic basket or tote to go in.

  • This project is my Dad's handiwork. It's not quite complete, yet, but these are two new storage closets, and they are huge! And, as a bonus, I'll have a whole new sewing space. I don't know how much I'll get to use it, but having it in the playroom sure ups the odds. (Don't worry, Jeff walked downstairs to take this picture, not me!)

All I can say is thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! It's good to have family and friends who are so willing to help. We appreciate everything you've done for us more than we can ever express.


Kathryn said...

LOVE the dresser and LOVE the "carpet" in the basement. Hope you're breathing a bit easier now that they've fixed some things up.

Pam said...

It all looks great! Organization can do wonders for your stress level.

Houghton Crew said...

We are about 28 weeks with BBB triplets and just did a major reorganization of our house. A necessary task when you have a small house. It at least feels good to organize and repair things you know you won't have time for in the next few years. Looks like you had your team take care of a lot of things! Hopefully they'll be equally as diligent with dirty diapers when the time comes. :) Best wishes,
-Steve & Erin-

Suzy said...

Ohh, what a cute idea for the dresser! Might have to steal that some day ... if I ever get around to refurbishing a dresser, that is. :)

Grandma D said...

Wow! I'm not surprised, but very impressed! It took me a minute to figure out the location of the sewing area; the window in the middle gave it away.
I'm just kidding now, Virgil, but what will I scrub on now that the old kitchen sink is gone...looks really great.