Sup, everyone. NF Lite is over, which means I’m back in the swing of things. August was a cool month – I accomplished some goals, some are collecting dust, and I had a fair amount of leisure time.
- I cleaned out a large section of the basement, which was no small feat after the Great Hot Water Heater Flood of 2013. I would love to put up some drywall and make it a proper room (it’s a sort-of finished basement), and put another air purifier in it, but for now, it’s fantastic. It’s not pretty, but the girls are having a blast in a room designated for running and jumping and playing dress-up. Not sure what we’ll do in the winter, because it gets super cold in the basement, and the basement is too big to heat it without costing us an arm and a leg. In my wildest dreams, we’d have the room built before it gets cold, buuut we’ll see.
- We threw a birthday party for Remmy. I am the queen of low-key parties. While I think all of the birthday party ideas on Pinterest are beautiful, I know attempting something like that would cause me an undue amount of stress. For Remmy, our August baby, I like to throw a breakfast birthday party. We had friends meet as at a lovely park early on a Saturday morning.
Jack and I picked up bagels + cream cheese, coffee, juice boxes, water bottles and fruit, and along with some homemade cupcakes, we put out a spread on a picnic table. We ate breakfast, we played on the playground, we sang happy birthday, and devoured yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting (Remmy’s request, which also happens to be my favorite kind of cupcake, bless her). I think it’s nice for parents, because we schedule it early enough where we’re not monopolizing anyone’s day, and no one’s sweltering from the afternoon heat.
- I updated my kitchen a little, although, admittedly, this started in July. We originally bought this house from flippers – they purchased it, quickly renovated it, and we put an offer on it two weeks later. We were even featured in one of those home improvement reality TV shows, which was embarrassingly scripted and unreasonably dorky. As we moved in, we found out just how many corners they cut. These cabinets are original to the house – they sprayed them white, and we discovered they didn’t clean out the cabinets carefully. We pulled out a knife and a cup covered in paint. COOL, GUYS.
I wanted to paint the lower cabinets a different color, so I started throwing paint samples on Instagram and asked for advice. The cabinets are white, the appliances are black, the granite is gray, and the floor is beige, so it’s like they said “Let’s put every neutral tone possible in this teeny kitchen.” Nothing looked right, so I frantically started texting craftier and DIYier friends for advice.
Sherry @ YHL suggested Benjamin Moore’s Silhouette. I painted one cabinet, fell in love, and did the rest. It’s not quite brown and not quite gray, and somehow it just “goes.” Thank you, Sherry, I owe you tacos.
I swapped out the hardware, painted a large mirror the same color as the cabinets and put it up on the opposite wall. (Actually, my DIY-dad came to visit and hung my mirror, a double curtain rod, and a shelving unit in my kitchen for me. Thanks, Dad!) Next on the list is installing a backsplash, updating out those reeeaaally old light switches, and maybe changing out the pendant light.
- We leisured. My dad and his wife + daughter came to visit, we all hit up a carnival, Remmy + Sophie rode their first rollercoaster, Jack had his fill of caramel apples, and I had the best hot fudge sundae I’ve had in my life. Whipped cream, giveittome. A couple friends with pools invited us over. This reaffirmed that 1) Remmy is a fish and will swim even if it’s so cold her entire body has turned blue, 2) Sophie likes swimming as long as you’re holding her the entire time and her face never touches the water, and 3) Minnie will happily sit in a floaty and kick around like a tiny duck if and only if the water is not cold.
For those of you with little babies, let me tell you, I remember holding Remmy as a baby, wondering when she’d be old enough to enjoy fun things with her semi-adventurous parents. It is now and it is so FUN. We cannonballed into the deep end together approximately 100 times over the course of 3 pool sessions this summer, and I swear we’ve bonded over getting water up our noses.
- We lost (a little) weight. We’ve been extra motivated since starting our DietBet, and I’ve consumed fewer fajitas, fewer slices of pizza, and fewer Diet Cokes than ever before. The last ten pounds are treacherous, but I’m trying to be patient, and I’m counting every half pound as a win.
At the end of each summer, I always feel a little guilt that we worked too much, that we didn’t do enough with the girls, that we wasted perfectly good summer nights indoors, but in the end, I know I’m really lucky to be able to flex my hours.
I went to Starbucks last night, and the barista was all, “Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back.” In New England, this is the barometer of whether or not Fall has come. Back to the grind.
And PS I started homeschooling today, so my emotions are like (: D: O: