Nesting

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(This post was originally published on the Charleston Daily Mail’s Mommyhood blog.)

So, I had this post all written about how I was pregnant and just so happy to be able to announce it on the Mommyhood blog, etc.  Right?

You know- announce it on April 1?  Get it???

Turns out, that’s not the most original April Fool’s Day prank in the world, as evidenced by 51% of the Facebook statuses (stati?) that I had seen as of 7:00 this morning.

So, what’s a blogger to do when the entire premise of her weekly post turns out to be, according to one FB friend, “lazy comedy and an act of aggression”?  Hmmm…

I guess I could tell you all about my ambitious plans for the weekend. And ask about yours.  (Please tell me what you’re doing this weekend, readers.  I like to live vicariously through you.)

I’m on a bit of a home improvement kick. Last weekend saw the completion of a new fence in my backyard.  Yay!  Now, I only have to open the door and my little 75 pound puppy can go destroy- I mean, play in– the yard, at his leisure.  (A shout out to the general contractors, laborers, and awesome friends from Ireland, WV who built my fence!  There’s not enough Old Milwaukee in the world to repay you.)

Here’s the new fence, in all her glory:

This weekend, my goal is to strip floral wallpaper from my little girl’s room and paint the walls pink.  (“I see my bedroom and I want to paint it piiiink”.)  She’s already enlisted my artist boyfriend to paint a lime green electric guitar on the wall once it’s dry along with the truism: Girls Rock!  He’s going with the Fender Stratocaster, in case you’re wondering.

But, here’s the fun part of this little project: I am going to let the kids help; or make them help, depending upon their attitudes.  This is a big deal for me because- here’s news- I’m a bit of a perfectionist.  My children have more of a “get it done and make it fun” attitude, while I’m more inclined to obsess over “cutting in” and “taping off”.  For me, this undertaking will be less about remodeling and more about letting go.

In addition to the bedroom makeover, the kids and I are making “vision boards” this weekend.  If you don’t know what a vision board is, well, you can learn more about them on the internets by typing “vision board” and clicking the Google button.  (Just think: Oprah.)  I think they increased in popularity when the book The Secret came out.  But, since I don’t really know how I feel about all that “Secret” stuff, I’m just using this project as a way for the kids and I to explore the things we want out of life and what’s already important to us.

To that end, I’ve amassed a pile of old magazines, glue, scissors, markers, stickers, and glitter.  (Nothing says “aim high” quite like glitter!)  Genevieve has taken to calling these our “Dream Vision Boards”.   Hopefully, it will be a fun family project.  (If you have any experience with vision boards, please share!)

An added perk to this weekend of paint and glue? I will be spending it in a pair of sweats and a ratty old t-shirt, which is not usually my style.  I’m going low maintenance, and I’m happy about it… especially with a baby on the way!

I know, I just don’t know when to stop.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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