Mom Heiselt visited us for the past several days and even though it was kind of supposed to be a vacation, we put her to work doing lots of manual labor. She assures us that projects like the ones we did are her favorite thing, and we were glad to bring her lots of joy via several trips to Home Depot and IKEA, hands stained with wood stain, and the scent of polyurethane.
Not only that, but we were able to drive around Brooklyn (cars can be lovely sometimes) for a few days, go to the temple, get a new sewing machine (the one we were using was on long-term borrow and, sadly, was needed by its original owner), and wave to the Statue of Liberty from the shores of Battery Park. (Note to self: Simon loves to watch the boats. Why didn’t I think of that?)
And in the end, not only is our freezer and our cupboards stocked with more food than we know what to do with, the Baby-Due List (things to do before the baby is due) was significantly dented. The bookcases have new backs, the paint has been mostly touched up, Simon’s new toddler bed is taking shape and the bookcase we picked up on the side of the road is just about ready to be reassembled. This weekend we’ll sew some new curtains and finish up some other randomness. And then I can go into labor.
Thanks, Mom, for making it possible.