Y'all know I love a good DIY (hello, look at my DIY tab!). Probably more than the next girl. I think my sudden gasp/squeal and subsequent "oh, heck yeah!" every time I see a great do-it-yourself project on one of your blogs might give that little fact away.
But I also love when bloggers keep it real. And you know I'm on that train- I mean, have you seen my vlogs? (If not, get excited to laugh out loud at my awkwardness in both vlog part one and vlog part two.)
our dining room
So today I want to talk about how, even though I love it, life around the Ten June household is not all DIY. I know, you're shocked, right? ; ) That just shatters all of those images you have of David and I slaving away around our little casa, my almost-ten-month belly crouched behind the sewing machine and David covered in splashes of paint.
But for realz. Lately, David and I have really started a mission to put value on our time. Between his long commute and my uber-pregnant status, our free time has become quite valuable these days! And from what I've been told, there's nothing more important at this stage in our life then ensuring that each of us rest, relax and enjoy our time together before the baby gets here. And when our pea pod actually gets here? We plan to spend 24-7 loving on that little boy, not worrying about anything else. Now that is a priority I'm looking forward to! : )
Um, but what about this OCD/nesting girl's before-I-give-birth-to-do list? Well, we decided it was time to drop the DIY and bring in the troops. It was time to ask for help.
A couple of weeks ago, David and I realized that there was just no way he would have time to finish the slate room paint makeover in a timely fashion (ie. before the baby came, without working 24-7). It's a big room and he had to paint every surface- ceiling, trim and walls. So we called in my sister (who is a teacher and was on summer vacation) and she hopped in her car and came on over to help paint. SO awesome.
And when she ran out of time, we called our handyman and his crew, who came over and finished the job for us. Sure, it was a few hundred dollars we hadn't anticipated spending. Boo. BUT, last weekend, David and I had time to piddle around the house, sleep in, finish the baby's room and basically enjoy life without stressing about the room. I think David even got in a few well-deserved hours at the driving range! Priceless.
Now we're completely moved into the room (pictures to come!) and enjoying every last cotton-picking minute of it. Totally worth every penny spent.
our master bathroom
This week, David and I did something we thought we'd never do- hire someone to help us clean the house. After spending six months regularly scrubbing down our house for showings (check out my tips for showing your house here!), you'd think we have our house cleaning routine on lock down. Not so much. Again, David's commute and my uber-pregnant status simply prevent us from keeping up with it... unless we stayed up until midnight or spent our entire Saturday cleaning toilets. And with the pea pod's arrival being imminent, that's not our priority.
So we asked a few of our neighbors and were so surprised to find out that almost all of them had some help in the cleaning department! Crazy. I thought housekeepers were primarily for mansions and real housewives. Definitely not for this girl. But I have quickly learned that simply for the price of sacrificing my Starbucks non-fat, decaf latte each day, we can have someone help us clean the house every other week. Amazeballs.
David and I- happy, in love and relaxed this summer
Anyways, I write this post to tell you that while you see a flurry of DIY projects coming at you from this end, it's not all DIY here at the Ten June household. In fact, we're proud that we've been getting some help lately- it's been really good for us! Now we feel relaxed, content and ready to welcome this baby into the world!
If you're debating whether or not to spend your Saturday finishing up a DIY project or spending that last long summer day at the pool with your kiddos, hubby or best friend... hopefully this post reminds you that there can be more important things in life than DIY. Sure, it's an amazing hobby (one that I, particularly, am obsessed with!) but sometimes it's time to put down the tools, ask for help and then prop your feet up and enjoy that beautiful life of yours!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
PS. Now who wants to come help us in the yard? ; )