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Friday, August 17, 2007

Barely Alive...Ready to sleep

Do you think 4 1/2 hours of sleep is enough to survive a day...with 4 kids? I guess we'll find out now, won't we? I need to find better times to think and design than bedtime. I was a very good girl and went to bed at 10:45, the earliest night I've had in weeks. And then I laid there for almost 4 HOURS thinking about this show home. I actually got up at 1:30 and went to have a hot bath to try and relax. I got back to bed at 2:00 and I think it took me another 1/2 hour to actually fall asleep. No wonder my head hurts. But so far, so good. The girls are all getting along and the Tylenol seems to have kicked in. Maybe once the 2 littlest ones go down for a nap, I'll put a movie on for the older 2 and go take a nap. Mmm...sleep...

Part of my problem is that I'm a little stressed. I now found out that I may not get ANY furniture whatsoever for this show home because the furniture store that was going to supply it is so busy they don't know if they can do it. Argh! An empty show home is no good. So again, please pray, I'm going there today to see what they can do for me and I'm hoping for a good report!

On a good note, the house is painted and casings are up, railings and mantel are stained and up. It looks great! I went yesterday to meet with the people at the Tile Boutique to design an idea for the entry and backsplash. On Wednesday I had curtains priced out at our local hardware store, but I think I can either buy fabric and sew the curtains or find premade curtains for a LOT cheaper. Hundreds of dollars cheaper. I just about choked on my muffin when she told me how much they would cost. I mean, the fabric is fabulous, but not THAT fabulous.

Another HUGE accomplishment is that I designed our house (from scratch) that we want to build and Jer did the detailing yesterday and he said it's a good plan. We are going to price it out this week and we meet with the bank on Wednesday to see if it will work. We have a back-up bungalow house plan if this one is too much for us to carry. It's a beautiful 2-storey Colonial style house. It's a simple rectangle foundation, but the details would be what make it the "colonial" style (shutters on all the windows in front and pillars on the porch). There is nothing like it around and it would be so cool to build it. Not to mention it's a lot bigger than the house we live in now. It would be nice, but it can always be the next house we build, not this one if need be. Always have a plan B.

Okay, I'm going to go take the kids outside to get some fresh air before lunch. Hopefully I'll have some pictures to share with you soon. If anyone who is within driving distance of me has a great camera that takes professional quality pictures or knows someone who does and doesn't charge terribly much, please let me know because I'd like some good pictures of this house for my portfolio. Greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day and a fabulous weekend.


Ruth said...

erin!!! we shoulda hung out!
i was up until after 4 AM last night

!!! actually the last 2 night were like that and company wouldhave been welcomed. :) love ya.

Louise said...

Hey sounds like lots of people had a rough night last too!! CRAZY!

Thinking of you girl I KNOW you will do a fabulous job!!
Praying for you chickA!
Love you tonnes!

ValleyGirl said...

And I slept like a baby -- even though Greg wasn't home. I can't even imagine how much stress it must be to plan and create something like a showhome. What's your deadline? You're definitely in my prayers. Hope you have fun with my nieces today!!

Erin said...

The deadline for this house is September 8. I have no idea how siding, stone, lighting, flooring, cabinetry, and decorating is all going to get done in 3 weeks, but I'm sure it will. It's just going to be crazy, that's all. Thanks for all your encouragement!

Jen said...

do you ever read in bed
I always do it helps me go to sleep

praying for you

Dedee said...

You are awesome and the house will be awesome. I hope the furniture comes through.

Good luck on all of this. I was up till after 1:00 last night. There must have been something in the air, even here in Utah!

Alexis Jacobs said...

A dr recently suggested I try melatonin to help falling asleep. I think it would be worth a try.

I hope everything falls into place with the house.

Andrea said...

I loved the title of this post today...very creative making it jive with your blog title.

Erin, you are so creative in many ways and with that gift of creativity you will make everything fall into place and it will be STUNNING!!

Anonymous said...

Erin, like Andrea has said above, everything is true. After our big adventure to Costco, I am sure you won't have a problem sleeping tonight! Thanks for a great evening.

Nadine said...

Erin I know you'll be able to get it all done. I'm very excited to see the finish product. I hope that you are able to get the rest you need.

lil ole' me..... said...

Erin, I hope you have been able to get some sleep since this post! I don't think 4 1/2 hours is enough for anyone, much less a mother! I don't know how you did it.....
I saw that Alexis mentioned melatonin, which I have taken (and it does work!), so does valerian root. They are both natural and helped me when I had some sleep issues.

In the meantime, will be praying for you...
Also, praying that the furniture thing works out with the show house!!!!!!

it's me, Val said...

Alexis suggested it, but I doubt she's actually tried it! ;)

Erin, I'm sorry you may not get the furniture! I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for you on that. Will you keep us updated?? When will you know for sure? ((BIG HUGS!!))

I never ever can sleep either when I have things to be anxious or stressed about. I usually then just get online and play and that usually makes me tired.

I'm excited about your house plans. Keep us updated on that, too. I'd LOVE to see pictures of it!

Oh, and I think I've mentioned this before, but every time I read about your house show, I think of HGTV and that college senior finals show where they design a house in like one weekend . . . I forget what it's called, but I LOVE watching it. I always think of you :)

Thinking of you . . .

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