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Playing House!

I love to play house; when I was younger and even more so now! I guess that’s why I’m itching so bad. Itching to get into the house! We’re getting closer everyday. These last couple weeks we have been working on the tedious things (patching dry wall, repairing crown moulding, painting trim and window mullions, etc) that take a long time and have relatively little to show for it. But that’s ok, at least it’s getting done before we move in. Painting is not fun to do once you’re all moved in.

I was working with my friend Lindsay on our Christmas cards this year (she’s a WONDERFUL graphic designer in Dallas, TX– CLICK HERE FOR HER WEBSITE) when I realized that Justin and I have been married 5 years (6 in March) and every single Christmas we have sent our Christmas cards from a different house! This is nothing to be proud of, rather explains why I feel as though sometimes I’ve lost my mind. (Speaking of, I found my Smart Shade make up on Sunday… a really short (3 year old) robber must have stolen it and put it in a toy box!) If you’ve ever moved (even just once) you know the stress of it and if you’ve ever moved with children then you can take the amount of stress a move causes and multiply that times the number of children you have. Pretty soon you can institutionalize yourself! Can you tell that I’m almost there!?

Despite all the moving, I somehow have mustered up the energy to play “house” once all the boxes are unpacked at each house we’ve lived in. Here in the rental house that has not been the case. I have not played house since we’ve been here and I’m chomping at the bit to do so! I consider myself a “people person”. I love to have people over. We have been in the rental house for 7 months now and in 7 months I haven’t had anyone over. Did you know that it’s driving me nuts? We don’t have a table and chairs here. And since we eat our meals either on the floor or on the couch I’ve been a little hesitant to reach out to new friends to have them over to sit on the floor and enjoy a meal. Soon and very soon we’ll be able to sit at a table and invite others to do so with us!! I can’t wait!

Here’s what I can’t wait to do:

hang the blinds

hang the curtains

make our bed

decorate and arrange the girls bedrooms

lay out the rugs

turn on the lamps

arrange the furniture

wash dishes in a sink that doesn’t back up

eat meals at the table or bar

and have more counter top space in the kitchen besides 2.5 feet x 2.5 feet

and of course….. turn on Christmas carols and decorate for Christmas… if all my boxes are unpacked by then!

Wooo hooo!

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  • erika
    November 8, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    lindsay is my guest blogger for next week! we must be twins.
    also, when you get into the new house could you please use the terminology “sofa” and “draperies” instead of “couch” and “curtains”… you’ll sound so much more design savvy. I’m assuming “couch” and “curtains” is just part of the persona you put on for living in that nasty rental house. 🙂 HA! Am I right?
    love you,

  • Darby Stickler
    November 8, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    You’re right… well, no actually I didn’t know that there was a difference between a couch and a sofa nor did I know there was a difference between curtains and drapes…. like I said, all these moves have really done me in. But I do know there is a difference between a decorator and a designer… you’re a decorator right?! Ha ha!

  • erika
    November 8, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    that’s right. and also… you do not abbreviate “draperies” to “drapes” Dr. Potter (head of the interior design department) would have a heart attack at very thought of that terminology. but you’ve got a good excuse. your husband is an archaeologist, he digs up dinosaurs right? HA back at you!

  • Robin
    November 8, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    I can’t wait! I can smell the cinnamon and cloves simmering on the oven,the lights on the tree, the Christmas carols in the background..you get it! It will be great. Robin

  • The Martin Family
    November 9, 2007 at 7:58 am

    Your post got me really excited to move into my own new house! I know what you mean about being ready to have friends over – I think that’s one of the things I’m most excited about doing when we finally move! And 7 months is a long time – we’re going on 4 and I’m already a little batty!

  • Dona
    November 9, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    How fun! I can build a house all day long, but it will be without those details for a long time! The draperies and blinds- they might never get done! Your house will be all put together before you know it! You will look back on your rental house time and smile- knowing it was all worth it! We look forward to helping you on moving day!

  • L.A.
    November 11, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Well… I can’t wait to use your bathroom without having to wear flipflops!
    Love ya! 🙂

  • the brown's
    November 13, 2007 at 10:41 am

    we can relate. nathan and i have been married for almost 5 years, and have moved 7 times. the last being when Dylan was 5 days old…thankfully we hired movers (which we had not done before). but STILL moving is not a fun thing. BUT when all is said and done, making a house your home is the best!!