Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Glutton for Punishment

I'm hosting a Book in a Month challenge right now over on Tristi's Challenges, but I haven't written a thing all week. And this after challenging the participants to pour it on! But I haven't been slacking . . . oh, far from it.

Here are some pictures of what I've been doing.

First of all, when we moved into our trailer, my sons really wanted a room that looked like the sky. I painted the walls light blue and sponged on some clouds. This is what it looked like:

Pretty cute, huh? I'm not good at painting so I was pretty proud of this.

But then when my three-year-old moved into the room and discovered how cool it is to draw on the walls, this is what happened (this shot is taken along the wall above his bunk):

I've decided to move all three boys into the larger bedroom and give my daughter the smaller room for privacy. But with walls that nasty, I couldn't just move her in there--something had to be done. So I also decided to paint.

Now, I know I've looked cuter in my life . . .

This was all on Monday night. After getting half of the project done, this is what the room looked like:

That's a pretty drastic difference from done to not done, huh?

Well, Tuesday night Benjamin would not go to sleep, so I didn't get any work done on the room. Tonight, though, I accomplished the other half of the room:

This is, of course, after we moved the bunkbeds to the other wall. Hard to believe, this was the wall with all those scribbles on it. It looks better in real life -- this picture looks kind of yellowy.

After I get the beds put back, the edges touched up, and my daughter's things in, I'll post a final picture showing the end result. I don't know yet what that will be, but I do know it looks a lot nicer without all those marks on the walls. Although I have to say, the kid does have quite an artistic flair. His color choices were quite sophisticated.

But wait . . . where does the title of this blog come in?

Well, first off, click here and read this blog. This week I'm working on dinners to go in that freezer. Yes, and painting at the same time. It all starts to make sense now, doesn't it?

Look at my beautiful freezer! I have hamburger stroganoff (4) vegetarian lasagna
(3) chicken alfredo (4) and chili (4). Tomorrow I will have beef and barley soup and chicken and mushroom mix for quesadillas in there, too. And here's what my kitchen looks like right now:

So, that is why I haven't been writing. I will get back to it, though!

After I sleep for a week . . .


Lynne said...

I've done the "cooking for a month" thing before - it is exhausting but it's so nice to have a freezer full of stuff that you can just pull out and reheat.

Don't work too hard!

Karen said...

I love how you 'keep it real' around here. For a minute, I thought you snuck into my kitchen and took a picture.

Wow, that's a beautiful freezer. I mean, the meals and all!

Karlene said...

You go, girl! I love it when I have a project. (Love your new blog image too.)

Keeley said...

You know, one of my favourite books of all time is Bleak House by Charles Dickens. This is because I've always loved and admired Esther Summerson - I wanted to be her. =D

But Tristi, I've read your blog and feel like I'm getting to know you a little, and I have to say you are an INCREDIBLE example. You show me just what a lazy bum I am. =) Reading your blog makes me want to get off my duff and tidy the house - which is exactly what reading about Esther Summerson used to make me feel. =)

Your daughter's room and your freezer look AWESOME. Congratulations on all your amazing hard work.

Enjoy your sleep.... =)

Oh yeah, and your son has great artistic tendencies. My son used to decorate the walls as well. =)

Jen said...

Wow, you've been busy!

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