Sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides

Yesterday the kids and I went on a short overnight trip north of the city to stay with some friends, and even though it was a great time, and the kids are much easier to travel with than they ever have been before, I still lamented the fact that I have never, not once, been left at home alone while the kids and L go somewhere overnight. I have daydreams about such a thing. Oh, what I would do! The projects I would accomplish!

Actually, everyone would probably return to find me asleep on the couch mired in Dorito crumbs and a puddle of my own drool.

But I digress. L has had several of these opportunities at semi-bachelorhoodom when I have taken the kids on trips before, mostly because he had to work, or was in school, or some such other cop-out legitimate reason. I know he wishes he could come with us most of the time, but I also know that in his heart of hearts he is totally diggin’ on some splayed-out-in-the-middle-of-the-bed-no-kids-to-get-up-with-at-the-butt-crack-of-dawn sleep action. But lemme just show you what he did while we were gone last night, not even for 24 whole hours:

Q. I don’t get it.

A. I am pointing your attention to the walls behind the frolicking children. They’re painted, dudes. Painted like whoa.

I wish that I had a before picture of the room, because we painted no fewer than 14 different squares of color on the walls in the last several months to try to pick a color. We thought about doing an accent wall (orange! yes!) and then decided against it (orange? no.). We thought about going with a sunny yellow, and then couldn’t find one that worked exactly how we wanted it to. Then we thought about painting the room blue, but we have already painted the study gray, our bedroom gray/blue and the dining room blue, and so it seemed like we needed to branch out a bit before we made our house into an faux aquarium. A fauxquarium. We finally decided to go with a more neutral color, since the things in the room are already so vivid. The name of the color we settled on is Cotswold, which makes me feel fancy. I think you can see from the picture that kids are feeling fancy about it as well.

And so major props to L, who gave up more than a couple of hours of quiet-house sleep (on the night end, but still) to give the kids a nice surprise when they returned from our trip. Now if we could just hang some things on the wall and finish the room, we could finally make it look like we intend to keep the kids around for a while. Because that is actually our plan. At least most days.


1 katelyn { 09.14.10 at 3:22 pm }

“fauxquarium” is my new favorite word.

2 Leeann { 09.14.10 at 5:39 pm }

Cotswold. Benjamin Moore, no? I think that might have been on the same color card as the many shades of beigey brown that we have throughout the house.
Dave once took all three kids to NY to see his parents and I stayed home. It was the best 31 hours and 6 minutes EVER.

3 Elizabeth { 09.14.10 at 6:32 pm }

i know it isn’t the point of your post, but i am hearing you with the away trips…i wonder if i will ever get a night in my home alone again….i relish the occasional 2-3 hour blocks that happen now and again, but man! a whole night-i can’t even think about it without getting a little teary eyed…

4 Gramps { 09.16.10 at 6:28 pm }

I note that in this picture Rosie is sitting like a Reiff.

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