While my husband and oldest daughter are at camp this week, I’ve enjoyed spending some “quality time” with my son, Andrew.
Andrew and I are a lot alike. We get frustrated easily because we have high expectations and like things “just so” – except Andrew is already learning from his dad to let things go and to not have outbursts when things don’t go as expected. I’m still working on those traits! 🙂 Andrew also likes things to be neat and organized; like me as a kid, he cleans and re-arranges his room often. He is also a GREAT big brother and has helped me SO MUCH with Miriam this week. Andrew likes to help his mom out and senses when I need a few moments alone or am starting to stress out. He is a very kind young man, and I attribute a lot of that to his dad’s influence … While I can’t quite fathom having a TEENAGER soon (Andrew turns 13 in 2 months!), I am looking forward to seeing what the Lord as in store for our boy. 🙂
On Monday Andrew and I determined to clean our house thoroughly! I putter around and try to organize and clean – but with Miriam being SO BUSY these days, I really needed the help.
We started in the living room, and Andrew helped me move all the furniture aside, take apart the couches for a good cleaning, and take down window treatments for washing. Andrew even dusted his dad’s bookcases, which is a huge job in and of itself!
We had some fun along the way, building a fort out of couch cushions:
And burying Andrew inside of it!
With all of Dan’s bookcases in our living room, we really don’t have a lot of options for furniture placement, but we did move things around slightly. We made a little “reading nook” with the rocking chair I got when I was pregnant with Andrew (12+ years ago!).
Miriam approves, I think!
The next day, we tackled the dining room.
(ASIDE: I’m not liking that leafy-ivy thing coming down the side of my china hutch, are you?! I’m thinking it’s gotta go!)
Next was the kitchen – complete with wiping down appliances and taking the stove apart to scrub it:
And then we cleaned the refridgerator and freezer:
It hasn’t been all work and no play though … We have managed to go out for dinner one night, and today after Andrew’s school physical we plan to head to Springfield for some fun in the BIG CITY. 🙂
Tomorrow Dan & Anna return!! I’ve missed them SO MUCH this week but am SO thankful for this week with Andrew … and Miriam.