Friday, August 26, 2011

An end in sight?

I am sitting in my car, scamming an internet connection from my own house.  B is at school and Ky is sleeping in his car seat.  The workers are STILL plugging away on our floors.  The dust chokes you as you walk in the front door, but there is progress and the light is becoming brighter at the end of that proverbial tunnel.

Not one room is livable right now.  They all look like this:

And as if we didn't seem like the new hillbilly neighbors enough with all the boxes in the garage...we decided to put the old toilet on the back deck.  It saves us a trip inside.

Everything seems half finished.  I love my new wainscoting up the stairs, but carpet would really pull the whole thing together, don't you think? ;)  The carpet was scheduled to be installed today...but due to how difficult it was for the workers to pull out the ceramic tile this week, they needed an extra day.  I'll admit it.  When I heard the carpet would not be here until Monday, I cried.  Then I cried because I missed Berkeley.  Then I cried some more because I was tired.  And just a little more because I was stressed out.  Luckily I was in the car by myself.  If these babies turn out normal, it will be only by the grace of God.  These last six months have been darn hard!

This is how we had dinner last night...a little picnic in the upstairs hallway while everyone was painting.  At least I don't have to worry if they spill.

(By the way, all of the pics in this post were taken with my iPhone, so bear with me).

And to add to the excitement/stress/emotions of this week, Brynn started Kindergarten!


Surprisingly, there were no tears from anyone...well, except one person....

The little brother!  Kyler wanted to get on the bus with "BB" so badly. He ran after the bus down the sidewalk.

He was so excited to see her when she got home.

So, as we try to pull together our house and make it a home, I am still busy shooting sessions and weddings frantically before these babies come.  Turns out they are going to be here sooner rather than later.  I am 26 weeks tomorrow and we have another ultrasound at 27 weeks to learn more, but apparently there is a "problem" with one of the placentas.  There is some kind of "leak" of sorts which is causing cells from the fetus to get in to my bloodstream as well as diminishing the amount of nutrients getting to the baby.  Baby "B" is 20% smaller than Baby "A" and this is something the doctors are not comfortable with.  As of right now I am continuing with my schedule as planned until I am told otherwise.  If you have not scheduled your session for September yet, I can make no promises.

But here is the good news...I have decided to run a September Special to make things more fun around here!  Starting now through the month of September, I will be offering the digital files from any session or wedding (I have already shot or will shoot before the end of September) at 50% off.  It can be from five years ago or five days ago or 5 weeks from long as I shot it before the end of September of this year.  

When I was in Jamaica a few weeks ago I had an epiphany while floating in the pool.  My world is about to be rocked.  (Well, that's not the epiphany, I knew that from the moment the ultrasound tech replied cheerfully "Twins!!")  The epiphany is that my priorities this winter are going to have to change. I am going to have to be comfortable staying home, making meals, doing laundry, and loving on my family with no distractions.  My world will revolve around them at all costs.  

In order for that to happen, all orders of any kind must be placed before October 1st in order to guarantee their delivery to you in a timely manner.  Speak now or forever hold your peace until next Spring! ;)


  1. Hanging in there Kelly. I cannot imagine the weight of the stress you are bearing, but have faith that everything is going to keep moving forward and onto the better. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

    P.S. I am totally going to take you up on that September Special:)

  2. Hope everything turns out ok with the ultrasound. Sending prayers your way. I guess we need to see some more preggie pictures of you. LOL Don't overdo. It sounds like you are and I know it is difficult with the little time you have left.

    Love you
    Donna Vanderploeg Stadter

    PS, I have no clue how to post under my own name.

  3. Kelly! If it's any consolation, I think the kids LOVE that deck toilet, and it's private enough out back that nobody else can see it- except maybe Beth, but they have a fire hydrant next to their deck...
    I feel like I've been a deadbeat neighbor- I need to make you guys dinner!