It’s pretty hard for me to admit this, but there was a time when I first met Tom that I took what he knew how to do for granted. I had known him a week, and we'd had one date. I was setting up my single girl apartment, me being recently separated from my kid's dad. … Continue reading Do it Together
Well, here we are. I had to mentally step back from any real social media presence and from writing for a while. I was exhausted and not myself-or rather-really figuring out a lot of things about myself. This blog and this amazing journey we are on together, Tom and I, will continue here on tinyempire.blog, … Continue reading Wow, thanks.
This is what we say to the kids when things are busy, or hectic, or wacky, or just a lot. Once in a while Olivia will ask me to say it, as it makes her feel calm and safe and reassured. We say this to Korra and Abby, too, when their little doggie brains are … Continue reading “Everything is fine, it’s just a normal day.”
It's been going fast to go slow around here. I know that is backwards from what I usually say, as a teacher. I'm firmly of the camp, "Go slow to go fast." And yet, here I am. I have worked harder this summer than I have ever worked in a summer in 12 years, the … Continue reading #27 Midway to Limitless
So, our house is under contract. That's an awesome thing. This represents a lot of hard work and sacrifice. We never intended to sell this house, and fixed it up with the kind of love and care as if it were our forever home, because we thought it was. It's hard, leaving a home you … Continue reading #26 Legacy
So, our sweet house in Halsey went live on the RMLS Wednesday night. We were running around like crazies trying to finish up myriad details, and then we just went "done." Whatever it is now, it is. Buyers can request/suggest/ask what they will and we'll negotiate. It's kinda sad, but only kinda at this point. … Continue reading #25 It’s Real and it’s Good and it’s Love.
I have painted and painted and painted. Tom has wired and wired and wired. We are oh so tired. It's not poetry, but it feels like it. You get into such a totally zen place, painting baseboard trim. I have had my ear buds in and the same 13 songs playing over and over on … Continue reading #24 All the painting in the world
We spent the weekend so busy it had to be a conscious choice to slow down. On Saturday I told Tom to slow down, and then today he told me to slow down. I know I'm done when I keep putting supplies and tools down and then forgetting where I put them and then start … Continue reading #23 Introducing Soggy Bottom Ranch
There's nothing quite like having new drywall, new mud/texture, new outlets, new can lights, new carpet, new paint and new trim to make a formerly ugly duckling bedroom look pretty spectacular! All we have left to do is touch up trim and paint, hang a curtain rod/clothing rods and add the door handle, and this … Continue reading #22 Fresh