After 2.5 months, we finally slept in our own bed in our own room last night. Halloween we moved into Faye’s room (and Faye moved into the spare bed in Greta’s room) and we were told it would be a couple weeks to take out the tray ceiling. But then there was no use in putting the drywall back up until the new doors got here. And then we added floors to the mix and finally, this week, we finished painting and both looked at each other because we knew what it meant—we could move back in!
One minor detail–there’s no electricity in here until next week so we have an extension cord running from our bathroom to power our bed (the Sleep Number Mattress gets plugged in!) and to charge our phones. But even still, it was the best best feeling! Strangely, with all the changes we’ve made it was the first time since moving in that it felt like our room. Faye was also very excited to have her own room back. We were worried that she wouldn’t want to go back at all, but apparently she was so anxious to get back to her own room where she could have her nightlight and listen to soft music all night while she sleeps.
Ps. We still have to wear shoes or slippers in our house at all times because if you walk out of the bedrooms, you are walking on floor covering caked in renovation debris (drywall mud and dust galore!). So while we’re generally a no shoes in the house family, right now, we wear them for safety sake.
Other fun things this week–
• Sarah’s master bathroom ARE YOU KIDDING ME.
• It’s 20 degrees here with 3 feet of snow, but I’m swimsuit shopping because we’re taking the girls to MEXICO for Spring Break! I just snagged the most flattering one piece of all time.
• I got sucked into the comments in this post on Emily’s blog about how much it costs to work with an interior designer. It was so interesting to hear others argue why one profession should be making more than another. So many comments that were really educated with valid points. In the end, I believe you have to LOVE what you do, first. You have to be incredibly passionate about it. You have to be okay with doing it for nothing. And then work your butt off to make as much as you can doing it–because if you love it that much, you’re probably one of the greatest people doing that thing and you deserve to make all you can.
• Hair inspo! The shine! The color! The cut!
• I want to wear this cozy gray sweater this cozy gray sweater with hearts all over it for Valentine’s day…and every day before and after. (40% off!)
• The world of contronyms. Fascinating.
• These perform leggings are available NEXT week and I’ve already joined the waitlist.
• Speaking of perform, I started the 6 week SWEAT app challenge! Are you doing it? I’ve used the app before now, usually doing the PWR program, but I recently switched to BBG Stronger because I just don’t have as much time anymore and it’s 35 minutes and I’m sweating and feeling great. (I had an ovarian cyst rupture this week and had to take a few days off, but I am actually anxious to get back and I haven’t felt that way about working out since over a year ago.) The odd thing about my year sabbatical from the gym is I’m someone that generally likes to break a sweat every day. I’ve always consistently worked out. But with everything that has happened in the last year, I actually consciously took a year off from going to the gym or working out. I know many would argue that it’s BEST to workout and get moving if you’re feeling down, but I let myself rest, guilt free. I showed myself some grace. I didn’t push my body since I knew my mind was already being pushed. And guess what? The desire to move has returned! Sometimes you just need a new pair of workout leggings to get you motivated and sometimes you need to just allow yourself a break. (Happy to be back!)
• I have to use this wallpaper somewhere in our house! (or have I been watching too many period dramas?)
Hope you all have a great weekend! We’re going on a double date with the Fullmers tomorrow and I can’t wait! It’s been too long!
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