It feels like I should have taken a "before" picture just to illustrate the impact. The impact is immense! I was worried that Mark was going to be a future star of one of those hoarding reality shows, but it turns out he has little to no emotional attachment to anything obtained prior to age seven. He was just too lazy to purge craft items, Kinder surprises, and strange Lego creations from said era. The number of dried out, unused miniature Play-Doh containers obtained from years of trick-or-treating at earnest households was enormous. I felt gloomy as I chipped out the Play-Doh to recycle the tiny containers like the earnest hausfrau I am.
I really should have taken a "before" photo because prior to this rearranging all of these were on the floor:
It was getting a little hard to sweep around all that Lego, and I was especially worried I would break something and have to fix it, and as we all know, building Lego is not my forte. I had to fix something off of Jake's Palpatine's Arrest and I nearly had a nervous breakdown over it. It seemed, at the time, like so much was on the line, besides putting on a movable door.
In the interest of sibling fairness, here is a photo of Jake's fairly neat shelves. Note that his room is painted orange and blue. Home decor note: orange is a bitch to paint.
Besides obsessively cleaning, I did some gardening and the boys played in the sprinkler. I've got some pretty blooms happening right now:
This is the daylily that, like love, will go on. About twelve years ago my husband accidentally sprayed it with weed killer, seven years ago we paved over the flower bed with stamped concrete, and somehow it has grown into a four foot long patch of daylilies with dozens of blooms. Lazarus in flower form, if you will. Isn't it pretty?
My much-loved and pampered clematis, which is blooming and filling up the entire trellis.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine. Most of the other flowers are done their blooming, with the exception of the annuals, of course, and the blue sage and yarrow which apparently NEVER stop blooming. The leaves on my front Mayday are starting to turn, already. I'm starting to feel a bit glum that summer is almost gone (cue Doors music) and that the kids are back to school in twelve - TWELVE - days. Once they're back I'm going to be thrilled to have a quiet house in which to get 'er dun, but I'm going to miss those crazy kids and their constant chatter about Animal Jam and Star Wars.
The winner of the giveaway was Kat! Congratulations Kat, and thanks everybody for playing along! The next giveaway will be...whenever I think of one!