sweden has taken over one more room
July 14, 2007
I finally put together the IKEA furniture that I bought for the bedroom that my 6 and 8 yr old share. And I let my younger children help put it all together, which was an exercise in patience. Also it allowed me to use my deep lamaze breathing, which was never one bit effective during childbirth, to keep myself from shouting things like, “Hurry up!” or “Let me do it!” or the ever effective, “We are going to be here all day!”
So it took about 5 times as long as it would have taken had I been able to do it myself. Ahhhhh, but we have the memory to hang on to. Which for me includes the metallic taste of blood from biting my own tongue.
But even though they were s-l-o-w they were able to use the little tools and read the directions. And it warmed my heart because at the very least the can work on an assembly line somewhere when they grow up and support themselves.
Rob and I have been working on finishing the butler’s pantry in our house, which sadly does not come with a butler. Shocking, right? I looked in every cabinet and NO butler.
This morning we were working on installing the new wood floor. It is such a small closet sized room that we fully anticipated it taking no time. But we were wrong. We have so many cuts and weird angles to fit around the cabinets that several hours later we were still less than half way done. And then we had to pack it up because my oldest son had baseball game.
If only the floor could be installed with those tiny little allen wrenches, I’d totally let the kids do on their own and not complain once about how long it was taking.
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