September 10, 2012

Dumpster Diving and Tears

Monday...here you are again. It was an interesting week at my house last week. I discovered a few things about myself. I made great strides in my dining room. Not a bad week at all, but I feel unsettled. Scattered, really. Overwhelmed. Not sure why. Just do.

My kids are back to school and the house seems extra empty this fall. My son has been the super busy one the past couple of years, as he was the high school student in umpteen million activities. But this fall, my daughter started high school. I knew she would be busier than usual. I knew it was coming, but I still managed to be unprepared. And since my son is driving, I don't need to take her to school anymore, or pick her up. One day last week, they had a schedule conflict and she needed me to pick her up. Watching her walk out of that school, looking so pretty and grown up, with her ID tag swinging around her neck, my heart sank...I wanted to cry a little. Where did my baby go? That couldn't be her, could it? I was totally unprepared for that feeling. Extra-curricular activities have lured her from home as well. She and I used to have dinner together all the time, Nick was usually at some practice. But now, they both are at practice. This must be preparation for the old empty-nest that's coming. Dang, I better GET prepared.

While this does tug at my heart strings, it does give me the opportunity to complete some projects around the house. And I have been doing just that. The dining room is so close to done. Man will I be happy when I finish that post! Ha!

On Saturday, I did some "dumpster diving" (there was a dumpster involved, kind of, but no real diving). I found some great items I can't wait to put to use...

scraps, free finds

But which do I work on first? I also found these outside of a store in the process of being built...

spindles, free finds

I already know what I will be using these bad boys for!

I've learned I truly love blogging. This is so darn much fun! And, when someone underestimates me, it motivates me. I just think to myself, BRING. IT. ON. I ask my fellow bloggers, do you ever get a look from people that says "is that really going to work"? Duh! There is only one way to find out!

I think I feel scattered and overwhelmed, because among all the emotions, I have so many projects I want to accomplish, and have no idea which to start on. {Focus, Laurie, Focus.} And yet, I feel thankful. I'm thankful my kids are so darn busy they don't have time to get in trouble. And they have amazing work ethic and time management skills. I love watching them grow up and become the amazing adults I know they will be, but couldn't they slow down just a little? Please? And I am thankful for each and every one of you that takes the time to read my blog. I really do appreciate you.

It was an enlightening week. Do you ever feel overwhelmed with life in general? Wish the clock would slow down a little? I wish had a remote like from that movie...sometimes.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. I feel better now. Blogging really can be therapeutic. Watch for posts involving my dumpster dive and freebie finds! Have a great Monday!

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  1. I know I can relate to your overwhelmed feelings! Moms have to go through constant adjustments as our children grow up and become more independent and then leave the nest. I'm told you've done a good job when your children become responsible adults. Sounds like you've done a great job with your children!
    Mary Alice

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