Parenting In Front of the Plumber
Four years ago my husband and I reluctantly left San Francisco for the suburbs. We were planning on making the move at some point in our future. But when we came across our perfect home while casually surfing the internet one hot summer night, the move happened much sooner than we planned.
The moment I drove up the driveway of our 75 year old house I was charmed. The family that owned this house before we bought it lived here for 56 years. They raised three children here and hosted a wedding for one of the grandchildren in the backyard. It desperately needed some attention, but my husband and I knew it was a diamond in the rough and a house we could be happy in for the next 56 plus years. We made an offer the same day we walked through and thus embarked on plans to remodel.
Three years later we moved out for 10 months while the bathrooms were all redone, the attic was finished and turned into a guest room and the maid's quarters were converted into a family room attached to my dream kitchen. Since most of the maid duties are mine, I figured we'd never have need for maid's quarters attached to the laundry room.
Three weeks ago we moved out of the rental and back into our house. The contractor probably could have used another three to four weeks before I brought my three kids and all of our belongings back into the house. On moving day we only had one fully functional bathroom, about 75% of the light fixtures installed, no window latches, no hardware on any of the kitchen cabinets, no mirrors in any of the bathrooms and several other random projects still to be completed. However, the lease was up at the rental house and we decided to move back, finished or not, rather than pay for another months rent.
Every time someone asks me if it's nice to be back I smile and say we are enjoying all our brand new appliances the smell of fresh paint! I don't mention the three to four workmen I spend my days with from 8:30am to 5pm. I don't complain about the dust, the never ending dust that no Swiffer can conquer.Continued on the next page