Monday, August 12, 2013

Project Week

In our family, we plan our summer schedule around two things.  The first is summer school because we teach summer school to fund our travels.  The second is Sloane's week of church camp.  Church camp was the highlight of every single summer of my growing up.  It is for Sloane, too.  The week she's gone, Jeffrey and I turn away from the internet (mostly) and work together on our home.  It's difficult to get much done during the school year, so we try to cram as much as possible into one week.  We do big things like this.  We also do little things like reorganizing the linen closet.  It's such a fun week.  Maybe because it is productive, but mostly because we are together.  

Here's a peek at Project Week this year:

 ...and other chores to recover from last school year

Clothes that are ironed and ready to wear makes life easier.

 A quicker, cheaper alternative to completely repainting the house.  
And so satisfying!

 You do what you gotta do.

We needed to make our entryway more welcoming.

I have the best neighbors.  This was a little welcome home gift. 

I just love our fancied up mailbox.

We finally hung those new house numbers.

This fall we plan to attack our tidy, but boring yard.

I did this for every single cabinet and closet in the entire house. 

Yeah, our laundry room looks better now. 

When it's all finished, rest and enjoy a great book. 

What have you been up to, friends? 


S. Etole said...

Looks like you have been incredibly busy. I really like how you spiffed up the mailbox.

beth said...

sorry i need to sit just exhausted me :)

alexa said...

You did all that in a week? I am particularly impressed by the paint episode! I think the two of you have the makings of a business in there!

amelia said...

What a great idea--plan for a week to get things marked off your list! It looks great . . . I quite love the mailbox!

Mac n' Janet said...

Thank you for stopping by my Blog and your kind comments.
Always enjoy your Blog, but you wear me out!
I've been doing very little of anything, just trying to survive the heat.

Anonymous said...

I'm exhausted just reading about all that you did in a week! Good for you. Love the little chair painted black. Very striking.

Jeanie said...

Totally delightful and beautifully executed. I hope you are enjoying a big pot of tea -- or something stronger -- as you celebrate this huge accomplishment!

Marilyn said...

As I read through your list by the end I said "Whew", that was a lot of work; but oh what a relief. I love when I get bunches of things done like this. This week working in the kitchen, creating goodies.

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

I'll go for the 'Read a good book' part! Actually what I really need to do is organize my desk and office. Oh pooh.

A Cuban In London said...

That sounds like a real project week. Sorry, did you say a week? That would take me a month at least. :-)

Greetings from London.

GraceGal said...

I love what you did wth this post! And I've been trying to get new numbers on my house forever. Congratulations :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Every single cabinet and closet in the entire house!!!!

Please come visit me :-)


Tracy said...

Oh, it all looks good there, Relyn! I was just posting today at my place about home things. Like you, we've been using a lot of time this summer for home & garden projects. The past 2-3 summers being a wash out, we finally have this BLISS summer and we're making the most of it... even while painting the property fence. ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

Susanna Gordon said...

Hey there! I enjoyed peaking into your home, Relyn. Thanks for letting me in!

It does feel great being productive around the home, doesn't it? Cleaning the school microwave should earn you many gold stars (and free cups of fancy coffee drinks) from your coworkers. Lucky coworkers.

I grinned when I read your comment about the ironing. Oh Relyn, I had a major meltdown this past weekend. I ironed for THREE HOURS straight and still had half a load of crinkled laundry. Argh! Nooooo!

I hope you and your sweetie have a terrific weekend together and that Sloane enjoys her time at camp. That was a highlight of my childhood summers, too. She'll have happy memories of her time there.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I can feel the "ahhhh" in your house:) Hope you revel in the
sweetness of your fresh spaces
and enjoy the rest of this
short summer together.

Roban said...

Was that just for one week? Wowzer! I thought I was busy before school started back, but you put me to shame with your list. It all looks lovely, especially that view from your chair. The book shelves make my heart smile. And the shiny dark wood and light-colored sofa do, too!

Jaime said...

Can you jar that ambition and sell me some?
You are amazing!

And what a beautiful beautiful spot to sit and read. Oh my. Can I come over? Borrow a book or two?

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