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Friday, August 19, 2011

Slow down, you're going too fast!

Why does painting a room always end up taking way longer than I anticipate?  I spent the majority of my day, until 11:00 last night, painting Dracen's room...three walls "cosmic blue" and one wall "midnight hour", which is basically black.  He picked the colors and while I think we may be slightly off from the Duke blue he was aiming for, what's done is done and he seems pleased with it anyway.   

I should have learned my lesson after painting that bathroom red last year but somehow a full gallon of blue paint seemed like more than enough to paint three walls.  Nope.  No matter how hard I tried to squeeze every last drop out, I had to stop after one coat, throw some presentable clothes and a ball cap on and make a run for Lowe's.  Those dark colors get me every time.  

Next up is Devin's room but I think it will have to wait until tomorrow because the house is upside down, there's laundry to be done and the floors need cleaning in a bad way.  And it's looking like that no good stinking housecleaning fairy skipped my house again today.  The witch.  

And plus, Dracen is getting antsy about his school supplies.  We bought a new book bag the other day and now he wants his supplies to go in it which means I must endure the joys of the wonderful world of Wal-mart today too.  

School starts back here next Thursday and I know at least three of us who are gonna be out of sorts for a week or two.  We've gotten into the bad habit of sleeping in every morning (boys aren't up as I type this at 10:30 a.m.) and then the elementary school went and pulled that evil stunt of starting us at 7:35 this year.  Morning people really grate on my nerves.  

Devin is starting middle school which makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry if I spend too much time thinking about.  It seems like yesterday that I came home after dropping him off for his first day of second grade, feeling compelled to write a poem because he didn't want me to walk him in and as he got out of the car he told his little brother he'd miss him.  

Now his little brother is starting third grade and he's going to middle school, never to be in the same school together again since they are four years/grades apart. Where's the pause button?  This ride is going a little too fast for my taste.  

But oh what a good ride it is...

"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."  ~Danny Kaye


  1. We have been in school one full week as of yesterday. Last night was a disaster! One boy was disobedient, one was bouncing off the walls, and another one was crying. I'm not even going to mention the girls.

    Not to mention, everybody had tests, today. I helped memorize 3 different Bible verses. And, I would probably mix all 3 together if I were to try to repeat one! Brace yourself:)

    But, think about how quiet it will be. Think about hitting the gym, again. And, maybe sneaking in a nap. The first week of school I have a nap or go to bed at 8:30!

    Yikes! Middle School?

  2. Middle school? Are you kidding me? Slow down is right! You're gonna have to take pics of these rooms you've been painting. They sound so cool!

  3. As always, I loved the way you worded things in this post. Brings back memories of the school year starting. And...I'm so glad I don't have to deal with that any longer!!
    Good luck next week! With school and with your painting too.

  4. You tell them to start slowing down right this minute and then they can tell my son to follow suit. He turned three on Sunday and I thought that I was going to have a stroke!

  5. The older I get the faster it goes.

    This has been the fastest year of my life.

    And I hear ya on the painting thing. The boys room needs paint, but since it's raw drywall (we're building out the basement) it will be at least four coats. UGH!

  6. We went to Walmart to get JDaniel's school supplies for preschool. It was chaos!

    I love the last picture.

  7. Such a sweet picture. And just so you know we are on week two of middle school and things are going much better. It took me going to school with him and walking him through the whole locker issue. Things are much better now.
    If you do find a way to pause life, let me know. I would buy it from matter the cost.