My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jeff of all trades

You would think that after 13 years of marriage, I would be used to it.  But Jeff never ceases to amaze me.  He can do anything!

This weekend he began a major and long-term kitchen remodel.  Here’s what he did:  first, he removed cabinets, walls and ceiling.  He moved a gas line.  He re-did some electrical stuff, including adding recessed lighting.  He framed.  He re-insulated.   He dry walled (if that can be used as a verb).  And probably did a few other things that I’m not even aware of.

After all of that, somehow I was the one feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.  When I went to bed last night, there was plastic covering everything, insulation and dust all over the floor, the fridge and the microwave were in the family room… you get the picture. 

When I woke up this morning, everything was returned to its proper place.  The kitchen was sparkling clean, and there were fresh cut roses in a vase on the counter!  You see why I am amazed? What a man!

Here is an update on the kitchen.  Like I said, it will be a long project.


Off the subject:

Jonah has learned to dial my cell phone number.  Today I left him home for the 5 minutes that it takes me to pick up my kids at the corner after school.  He said as I left “I’ll just call you if I need to tell you something.”  I told him to only call if it was really important. 

While I was gone I got 2 calls from Jonah.  One was to tell me that Simon had three teeth.  The other was to tell me that Pluto was the furthest planet from the sun.  That’s why it is the coldest.  


  1. Way to go Jeff! :) Someday we'll get it all done. Don't forget that you helped to rip out that ceiling and the walls, hang drywall, etc. Doug and Albert too. You were just more exhausted than me because you had the kids all day :O

  2. WOW!!! He is amazing!! I'll have to tell you my ephany I had the other day. It's funny. Now all you need it Galdino to come paint those suckers and your kitchen will be able to be in BHG magazine!!! I love it!