Still Alive and Catching Up

Beautiful summer clouds.

Oh, I wish that was me.  A nap sounds good.

Boys fighting summer boredom.

We had a chance to escape the construction and get away with friends to Bethany Beach.  We shared a big house and had so much fun.  The week flew by.  The kids had a great time in the waves, and I ate way way too much ice cream and caramel corn.

Thanks to Abbey I have some photos, because I didn't touch my camera once...and it must have felt neglected because it promptly broke as soon as I unpacked the darn thing-I'm without a camera for a week or two until I find a replacement.

The big boys came also, but I have no photos of either Isaac or Matt. :(

We are almost there addition-wise.  ALMOST there.  (Two months late, and why oh why can't we (meaning they) just finish already???)  I'm frustrated and can't wait for it to be over so I can wash my hands of all the stress (I will never ever do this again, mark my word, I know I said that last time we renovated this kitchen but this time I mean it I really really do) and just enjoy the extra space.  Here's a few pics of the kitchen:
I chose a marble look-a-like quartz for the island, and that's a great big pantry to the right.  A cookie sheet drawer is going above the double oven, not in place yet (which was my idea to save a contractor from their measuring mistake that could have been very costly.)  The roll of cork is going on side of fridge panel, and I have about 20 back to school papers waiting to stick on it. 

For now, I am trying to balance back to school prep and planning with enjoying these last beautiful days of summer vacation.


  1. Sarah, your kitchen looks amazing!
    And I know just how much you are itching to wave goodbye to those workers!
    We did an addition a few years ago...and I could not wait to kick them out and start scrubbing and organizing and living in our home without strangers!!!
    And Bethany Beach...as in Maryland?!?! We go there as well as Ocean City...
    Did you eat at Bethany Blues Barbecue?
    Anyway, enjoy the rest of your summer!

  2. What beautiful photos, Sarah! Looks like such a fun beach trip and oh my, Janey is a cutie! :) Your kitchen looks amazing…love it! Enjoy the final days of summer. :)

  3. I just posted but I don't think it went through, so sorry if it's posting twice..... I'm so glad to see you posting again. Your pictures and children are beautiful. And I LOVE your kitchen! I can't wait to see the final results! Happy last days of summer. :)

  4. I'm so excited for you to have your space back to your self…we just redid our kitchen, did a lot our selves, but even then it seemed like forever to have life back to normal. And, thanks for continuing to post with all the busybodies out there telling you, a mother to 6 gorgeous children, how to mother! Unbelievable!