A Modern Mom Managing Multiples

The Day is Here!

Jim and I are both up and puttering around before we start. There’s a few final things to do before we can use the crowbar–namely taking apart our dining table and putting it in the living room, moving our pie safe (essentially food storage) into the mudroom, and find homes for a few odds and ends that are still on the counter. Oh, and take pictures! I will definitely be posting more now that we’re here.

Just as a reminder, here are a few “Before” pics.


So last week my husband asks how would I feel about changing the date that we start the reno from May 21st to May 28th. How did I feel?? NOT HAPPY. But yeah, I love my husband and the ONLY reason we chose the date we did is because it worked around his work schedule (which is crazy this year because of an audit that he is, essentially, running). And that schedule changed and that week no longer worked. So yeah, I worked through the not happiness and it became fine. Really.

And then it became so much better than fine because this, THIS my friends, is my week:

Sunday: Jim and Neighbor uninstall sliding glass door, frame in extra wall space and install new “full glass” (which ISN’T FULL GLASS) door. In between, fiddle with PC that we have had to install new hard drive on and therefore reload every freaking thing including thousands of updates onto. And yes, I ended that with a preposition.

Monday: Fiddle with PC more. Make menu, grocery list, add coupon software, print coupons, get gas, grocery shop, unload, lunch, rant about kids’ cyber school software program giving error codes at the end of the progress check and then rejoice at the rescheduled progress check, realize a chipmunk is in our house and try FOR HOURS to try and catch it. Pick up neighbor child from bus stop. Neighbor mother try to catch chipmunk. Fail. Make dinner, take Bennett to robotics, go to bed.

Tuesday: Carpool run to CPFA (Laura) and USP (Catie). Finally get Quicken to work on PC. Gather three trash bags’ worth of laundry and go to laundromat for 1 hr 5 minutes ($17) and catch up rather quickly.:-) Lunch for Bennett and me. Go to CPFA, get Laura, drop Bennett and Laura off for Algebra Keystones. Go to paint store and get paint for kitchen. Go to Entemann’s outlet and get donuts as a special treat for kids this week. Pick up Laura and Bennett and go home.Get home only to realize that 1) chipmunk is still in house and 2) dogs are VERY aware of this fact and have torn apart various parts of our house trying to get at it. When Jim gets home we finally join forces, use a crabbing net that I didn’t know we owned and catch the darn thing. Out it goes.

Wednesday (plans only at this point): Home in morning (put away all that laundry, maybe?) Leave at 12 for USP (Catie drama rehearsal) and Biology Keystones. Go to Lowes and get flooring that is finally in. Drop off library book, but don’t get sucked into vortex of library. Pick up all children from those at 4 plus car pool kid, drive home. Get Ethan from neighbor’s house. Dinner. Collapse.

Thursday: ¬†USP and CPFA, home by 8:30 or so. Actually home a lot of the day! Leave at 3:15 to get to CPFA’s Spring Art Show (Nana pick up Laura so she doesn’t have to drive all the way home and then turn around to go back to school). Admire my daughter’s talent. Leave by 5, grab dinner and then head to Overbrook School for the Blind for Ethan’s Spring Concert. Meanwhile, Catie is performing in her drama, which we will miss tonight. Carpool family will drive her home. Spring Concert usually ends around 8:30, and it’s about 1 1/4 hours from home, so it’s a late night.

Friday: USP for Catie and carpool girl. Drive to headquarters of PALCS for Laura to finish Algebra. Home unknown time. Dinner of some sort, leave and meet Jim and Nana at USP for drama at 6:30.

Saturday: Thank goodness NOT starting kitchen reno!

T Minus 16 Days

Where things stand:

I just tried to order flooring, but Lowes.com would only allow me to order three boxes instead of the seven that I needed. So I have a call into them and am waiting to hear back about that.

We still haven’t picked a paint color, but the paint fan is open to the three gray hues (meaning, three sheets of the fan, darker to lighter) that would work. It’s just a matter of Jim saying which exactly he wants and me going and buying it. I originally expected to use a cool gray–more in the blue family–but with the floor, counters and cabinets it definitely needed to be in the greige (beige gray) family instead.

The microwave is in our mudroom still in its packaging. The kitchen is slowly being emptied of things that I won’t need between now and the 21st. Our living room corner is full of boxes of those things. I’m starting to meal plan for not having a stove/oven and using the least amount of dishes I can. Thankfully it will be warm enough to grill a lot.:-)

Our exterior door has come in. I haven’t picked it up yet, though. (oops!) Installation will be Saturday May 14. That will be so weird! As long as we’ve lived here, we’ve had a double-glass door (first a french door and now a sliding glass door). We’ve sold our sideboard (Thank you Facebook!) and moved the kitchen table over to its new home in anticipation of the new door’s placement.

We’re also talking about doing a “Bagster”, which seems to be an industrial tarp-like boxish shaped thing that you put construction debris in and then the company comes and gets it. WAYY cheaper than a dumpster, can actually go on our new driveway (which a dumpster can’t) and might work for our situation since we’re giving away our cabinets. We’ll see.

I look at the plan from Inspired Kitchen Design and wonder how in the world we’re going to get to that place. I know we will, it’s just the process. I want to have a structured, bullet-pointed list of the steps. And I’m thinking Jim will have to come up with it.

I’m glad we’re getting closer to the reality, but the getting closer is making me nervous!


Holding Pattern

This is the stinky part of buying the kitchen early because Ikea is having a sale. Plus, other than a paint color (to be decided upon VERY soon!), the main decisions are made. Which I am so, so, SO happy about because I hate decisions and having them behind me (and visible on my sideboard where I can admire them and remind myself that yes, it WILL happen) makes me happy. But here I am:


We are now in the busy season in our home–lots and lots of weddings (well, one anyway!), spring concerts, spring art shows, World Robotics competitions, homework and work mock-audits. There is nothing that can be done about it, it must be lived through.

So I continue waiting.

Jim has to contact our neighbor about helping with door installation and the electrician about electrical modification timing. We want the big stuff to start May 21st. But the door has to be taken out, framed in and new door installed before then. And southeastern PA has had Very Interesting Weather of late. As in, SNOW. And below freezing. And rain and wind and other craziness.

So I must wait.


Yes, Veruca Salt lives and breathes in my house.

It’s the New Kitchen!



Somehow all of these (and you can’t even see all of them–a lot are behind the long boxes on their sides AND behind the boxes on the far right) are going to transform into this.

Final Plan


Saving loads of money and doing it ourselves isn’t quite as attractive as it was before I could see the reality of that pile.

So I approached today with glee, excitement, anticipation and joy.

Almost 5 hours later, back home from dropping Catie off, going to Starbucks, driving to Ikea (arriving 45 mins early!) and driving home, I’m left with a fairly dissatisfied feeling.

Like I said, I got to the parking lot 45 minutes early. I talked to my mom on my cell and started to see people arriving. The doors unexpectedly (for me, at least!) opened at 9:30. You could go to the restaurant! I headed inside, all the more closer to the kitchen section. An Ikea employee, though, said I could look around upstairs (WooHoo!), so I took the short cut through the kids’ section to the kitchen section and grabbed a stool and computer.

I brought up my plan on their PC (25 minutes early–I was going to be FIRST!). A gal, H, said hello so I asked her how the process worked. She came over and started pulling up my info and decided to check my order out. I protested that it was 25 minutes early, but she said it was fine.

I was all excited about my Inspired Kitchen Design (IKD) design, although I had only brought in the “extra” paper that were things to be added to their list of things to buy. She–wow, I’m still surprised–was super critical and untrusting of the design.
“You should get your money back!” was one of her comments. She didn’t believe that we didn’t have enough room in the corner for a cabinet (although my designer and I tried and tried, there just wasn’t room) and I started getting really defensive. She wanted to add things to the list of things to buy, but I said I would rather be angry at IKD that I had to go back to Ikea to buy more than being angry at H because she didn’t believe the design and ordered too much stuff and I had to go back to return. She finally acquiesced and put it through as IKD wrote it. Now I’m nervous and wondering if and what they might have missed.

We arranged delivery for March 18th, two weeks from today. I’m not in any hurry–everything will just be stored for a couple of months anyway–but I was worried that if we chose a late delivery they would start to run out of stock because the sale is so popular.

While I understand that H wanted to protect me as a customer, I really REALLY didn’t like how she handled it and me. Being defensive about a professional design that we were previously happy with and feeling like she disagreed with my choices kind of ruined the shopping experience for me.

And yes, in my area in PA it’s snowing. I don’t care! I’m dropping my kid off at her school, getting coffee and heading up to their parking lot early. Hopefully the snow will keep people away. I’m doubtful since it’s not really a heavy snow, but hey, a girl can dream, no?

I’ll post about the experience when I get home!

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