We just returned from a fabulous family vacation. Seriously, we had a blast visiting Disneyland and our dearest friends, the Dollahites. There will be more on that later. But for today, we arrived home this afternoon and already I've got some major work to do. While we were gone, our kitchen floor was gutted due to a leak....apparently this leak has been going on for years. At least they covered up the major hole. I'm not sure how I would've handled that if it was still there. I think my kids would've thought it was a great "hiding spot" for hide-and-go-seek. Yikes! Some other things were fixed in our house as well that caused upheaval in other rooms. I'm super thankful that most of the work was done while we were gone but things are pretty dirty from the construction (a slight film of dust is all over the entire house) and our kitchen is not really functional.
Ha!! Although it's tempting to hyperventilate, the truth of the matter is, hyperventilating doesn't help anyone and in the end, it only makes me look like an idiot. The best thing to do is laugh...and then get to work. We'll figure it out.
Tomorrow, we've got to pack a bunch of stuff up, including a complete emptying of our fridge, move furniture and get things ready for the floor to be redone on Friday. And on Friday, we've got to go somewhere for the day...Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa...are you home? Will you let us in?!! I've also got a ton of laundry to do after being on the road for the last five days and we need to unload the car.
Did I mention we're going camping on Sunday with the fam?
Well, the good news is that if I didn't have tons of work to do, I'd be pretty bored. I need stuff like this to keep me out of trouble...as long as I've got a Coke Zero and some Safeway Light Moose Tracks ice cream in my future, I can keep on keeping on! It's the important stuff in life you know.
I'm sure you all have tons of projects keeping you busy that involve pattering little feet, chubby cheeks, dirty bottoms and piles of laundry too. It's just the way life is. We can't see it as drudgery. Keeping busy serving others, keeps our hearts on the right track and our minds off of our ourselves. Believe me, I have NO problem thinking about myself and my own needs all.the.time.
It's good work. Faithful work. With great reward.
Speaking of rewards...see you all later...it's ice cream time.
I am Nikki Dauphin, wife to Steve since July 2002, and mom to four boys and one little girl. Currently my husband is pursuing his PhD in mathematics, so as you can imagine, with five kids in tow, there are many adventures to behold! I'm learning how to raise a brood of boys and one precious princess, be a homemaker, how to be a lovely wife to my handsome and dashing husband and how to love those around me. Stop and stay awhile. Family stories, recipes, musings on life and lessons I'm learning are all a part of this blog. I love the life I've been given and thank God for His many blessings.
Steve-My amazing, fix-it, brilliant, math-loving, puzzle-solving husband is a Math PhD student pursuing his graduate degree through Colorado State University. He is also a Year Round Graduate Intern for Sandia National Labs researching and working on projects related to national security and preparing for his dissertation. We met at Cal Poly, SLO and were married in 2002. Seriously, he's my best friend.
Isaac-Laughter. My precious firstborn. Blue-eyed, blondie, logical, lefty. Particular, orderly, courageous, funny, and intelligent. Sees the world in patterns, numbers, colors and shapes. My first son. My joy.
Caleb-Brave. My mischevious secondborn. Brown-haired, coal-eyed, soldier. Needs explanations about how the world works. "Mathy", inquisitive, architectural and mechanical. Silly, passionate, tough, long-suffering and smart. My second son. My love.
Joshua-Saved by the Lord. My irreplaceable thirdborn. Bubbly, gregarious, social and playful. Loves to be surrounded by his family. Cuddly, kissable, chubby and charming. Life of the party, full of joy, overflowing with humor and laughter. My third son. My light.
Elliana-The Lord Has Heard. My long-awaited daughter. Petite, dark-eyed, beauty. Strong, coordinated, cheeky and spunky. Sharp as a tack and a flitting socialite. Loved by every member of her family. My fourth born. My only daughter. My treasure.
Nathan-God Has Given. My fourth son. Yet, it never gets old. My youngest little gift. Gentle, strong, sweet, angelic. Blonde and light-eyed. Littlest of them all but full of life and love. My fifth born. My littlest man. God's given. My gift.
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