A Life Update

Alright, where to begin?  Let’s back it up a month, shall we?  Right around the time when I went from Kicking Ass* at blogging to falling off the wagon internet.

For starters, I really did fall off the internet!

Or at least my house did.

While getting ready to move Kate to her Big Girl Room, we had to move the computer out of her new room and into her old one, and somewhere in that switch our internet decided to throw a temper tantrum.  I was already juggling more balls than Ryan Seacrest at this time, so frankly, I couldn’t be bothered with it.  I walked away, letting our pesky little wireless router have its hissy fit on the floor, and took it as a sign that I need to unplug for a bit and get things done.

The first thing demanding my attention in mid-May was work-related. I was responsible for writing a proposal that would secure funding for our largest program, and the jobs of everyone in our organization, for the next 5 years.  To say that I felt like the weight of my entire agency, all of our employees, their families and livelihoods – not to mention all of the children and families we serve! – was in my hands is not even the slightest overstatement.  If this proposal isn’t approved by our funders we’ll all be out of jobs.  So, during this time I worked jam-packed days at the office, came home at my regular time so I could have quality time with Kate, and once she went to bed I worked all night long on the proposal, making it the best it could be.  It was submitted on Friday, May 25th and I allowed myself that one night of celebration before moving on to the next order of business…

Oh wait – rewind to a week before that damn proposal was due…that’s when I decided to roll out my new blog design!

Who needs sleep? Let’s redesign the blog! 

It was probably not the smartest idea to give myself a deadline of rolling-out the new design the same week my work proposal was due, but I was so excited to get it checked off my list and share it with you all that I could not wait!  My friend Allison did the lion’s share of the work by far, and I am forever grateful for her (for this and 2,597 other reasons).  On my end it was a lot of figuring out coding and organizing posts, and I saw a lot of midnight or later bedtimes.

I should mention that I strive to be a 9pm bedtime girl – 10pm at the latest.  I need my 8 hours!

So after the blog design, and the work proposal, the next order of business was moving Kate to her Big Girl Room.  G and I set a goal that Kate would transition to her Big Girl Bed by the end of May.  It was now Saturday, May 26th and I had a hangover (see above) and six days to make this happen.  My original aspirations were to have her entire room completely finished before she moved into it, but by now I knew that wasn’t going to happen.  My 5 page list of Everything I Want To Do In Kate’s Room was shorted to my 5 item list of Things I Absolutely Must Do In The Next 6 Days:

  1. Pick out a paint color
  2. Paint
  3. Vaccuum
  4. Buy a mattress
  5. Buy sheets

Oh yeah, we take it right down to the bare minimum when Mama’s got a hangover and only 6 days to implement a major transition in her child’s life.

I’ve got fun stories to share about picking out the paint color and buying Kate’s bed, but that’s another post (or two) for another day.  I will say that we hit our May 31st deadline right on the day and Kate absolutely adores her Big Girl Bed – so much so that she she proudly shows it off to every family member, friend, and solicitor that walks through the door – and she’s sleeping it in it like a champ!

(Except for five minutes ago when she just fell out of it for the first time.)

So now we’re into June.

The first week of June was more work craziness that I don’t want to talk about, ending with a much needed day off on Friday for a trip to IKEA!  Our closest IKEA is over 2 hours away so it definitely calls for an all-day event – which my friends Katie (center), Tiffany (right) and I made it!

There’s always time for IKEA. 

Two days later (early last week) G, Kate, and I left for our very first family vacation!  This was A Very Big Deal in my little world.  I had to go to Door County for a work conference – an incredible opportunity my boss asked me to attend on his behalf – and it just so happened that it was a family-friendly event that G and Kate were encouraged to attend!  It was the first time our entire family had gone anywhere longer than one overnight or further than a one hour drive (this was 3.5 hours) so you can imagine all the (over)planning I put into this.  This trip was also the reason for our May 31st Big Girl Bed deadline since we planned for Kate to sleep in a regular bed at the resort. The trip was fabulous and amazingly rejuvenating (both personally and professionally) and overall Kate did a great job with the long car ride and being away from home.

(Except for the last day when she pooped on her bedroom floor.)

The only (cellphone) picture I took on our first family vacation.  Winning! 

Next up – the kitchen.  Have you ever tried going two weeks without kitchen countertops?  Or any running water in your kitchen? Which means no kitchen sink and no dishwasher?!

Try it sometime.

I dare you.

That’s been us for the past week weeks, and it has seriously sucked, BUT, the payoff is here and I’m thrilled to say I have some gorgeous new kitchen countertops to drool over!

Oh yes.  That’s how we do things in the G&D household.  Why not throw a mini kitchen remodel in with a huge work crisis, first family vacation, blog redesign, and major toddler transition?  You know – just to mix things up.  Add in the fact that G was then out of town for work the rest of last week, an awful stomach bug striking the family, me leaving for Atlanta this Wednesday for the rest of the week (Haven Conference – woot!), followed by G again being out of town for work next week….and yeah, I’d say I’ve earned the right to fall from Kicking Ass at blogging to All Things Who?

Oh, and did I mention I started training for another half marathon?

That is all.

*In case you’re interested in my self-imposed blogging standards here they are:

  • 1 post/week = I’m Still Alive
  • 2 posts/week = Great Job
  • 3 posts/week = Kicking Ass
  • 4 posts/week = Now I’m Just Showing Off
  • 5 posts/week = Queen of Blogging.  Where’s My Tiara?
  • 6+ posts/week = I Lost My Job But I’m Still Sending Kate To Daycare


  1. 1

    Holy cow girl…………..talk about super busy! Can’t wait to see Kate’s new room and the changes in the kitchen.

    I have not yet gone to IKEA, but have ordered some stuff off their website.

  2. 2

    Your blogging standards are spot-on. I have a 15-month-old and a job and a blog (though not a house to fix up). I am having a banner week and posting almost every day. Which means I’m due for some catastrophe, I suppose. 😉 Theae productive weeks have been pretty rare for me.

  3. 3

    Holy moly! You are one busy lady (& family, for that matter)!!
    Can’t wait to hear more about the countertops, the big girl room and more!

  4. 4

    Oh my! I got tired just reading your post. I can’t wait to see Kate’s big girl room!

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    My husband and I took our first trip to IKEA last weekend and it was awesome! We snagged lots of great deals and I can’t wait to set everything up in our new apartment. Glad you’re back!

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    Dang D! I was worried about you! You are excellent at prioritizing! I’d be sitting on the couch, up all night, in complete disarray.

    I’m sure you rocked that proposal, it was in the best hands. When do you hear the results?

    Can’t wait to see all the new exciting house stuff — and hear about Haven!

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    Anonymous says:

    Wow! And I thought my life was sort of crazy busy over the last few weeks. Rethinking that now! Compared to your accomplishments, it’s as if I have been lounging on a poolside chaise eating grapes peeled by a cabana boy.

    It’s fun to be busy and productive. Good for you!


  8. 8

    Wow! What a stressful month, guess the internet going out was a blessing in disguise?! Maybe it’s time to take another day off from work and hit the spa, or a wine store…or an ice cream shop.

    Glad things are calming down. Have fun at Haven; I’m sure it will leave you feeling inspired.

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    I looooove the new design! So simple, yet personal. Your friend is mucho talented.

    Congrats on getting the big work project done! I’ve worked on similar projects and know what it relief it is when it’s turned in and out of your hands.

  10. 10

    Wow girl, that is one long list of accomplishments, no wonder we haven’t heard from you!

    I can’t wait to hear what you bought at Ikea, and see Kate’s new room and the kitchen counters!

  11. 11
    Carla B. says:

    Go big or go home, right?! Can’t wait to see & hear all about Kate’s big girl room, and the new countertops. Hope you have a great trip to the Haven Conference! :)

  12. 12

    I can’t wait to see all the changes you’ve made to the house but good for you for keeping your priorities straight!

  13. 13

    Eeeeee!! New countertops?! A big girl room?! I can’t wait to read more!!!

  14. 14

    Eeeeee!! New countertops?! A big girl room?! I can’t wait to read more!!!

  15. 15

    Wow I thought our lives were a little busy until I read your post-wow! Not sure where you even found time to post an update:)

  16. 16

    I have to say it: I have THE BEST readers ever! Thank you all so much for your understanding while I went MIA earlier this month. Being able to step away from the blog when I need to, and coming back to such kind words and support is such a blessing. Thank you all SO MUCH!

    @Allison: We don’t officially find out about the proposal until the end of July. ::fingers crossed::

  17. 17

    You know, we all get swamped from time to time, and it’s better to live it up than worry about it! I’ve tried in the year-ish I’ve been blogging not to excuse myself too much publicly for missing posts– because it is a hobby for me, not a livelihood. I know that gets a little messy when you have sponsors, but keep in mind the big picture: your family and your work are the most important. And we’ll read whenever/whatever you post!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

  18. 18

    Thank you Erin! I love that attitude and completely agree.

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    Anonymous says:

    Wow!! Way to go handling life’s curve balls. It’s nice to hear another Mom tries to go to bed at 9/10 (me too)! Was the original list for Kate’s room really 5 pages?!! It’s kind of cool to hear how you and your hubby discuss goals set deadlines! We have a ton of house projects, but sometimes the hardest part is getting me and hubby on the same page! CC in VA

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    Thank you, CC! I never actually wrote the list for Kate’s room out, but in my head it was 5 pages long (and still is). :) We set the goal for Kate to be in her “big girl room” prior to our weekend family getaway because we booked a two-bedroom suite and knew she’d need to sleep in a bed at that time. It was a good goal/timeline to have!

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