A bit of a break

My word of the week this week is break. You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet on here this week and that is because life at home is currently very hectic, so I have taken a bit of a break from blogging. There is still tonnes I would like to write about but I just haven’t the time or energy for it at the moment with everything that is going on.

Our garage conversion and building work is going really well and when this is published, in theory the new room/old garage should be finished and ready for furniture to go in. As I write the plumbers are plumbing in the radiators and the carpets should go down in a few hours. This is a huge relief as the last couple of weeks have been hard work.

The first stage of the building work was all outdoors and so other than being noisy didn’t really interfere with our day to day life much. Since cutting the doorway between the new room and the lounge it has been a very different story. The dust has driven us mad. Not fun at the best of times it is definitely less than ideal with a 10 month old crawling everywhere and getting in to everything!

So we have been covering furniture with quilts and sheets (meaning lots more laundry to do, as if we don’t produce enough laundry already) and I have lost count of the amount of times I have swept the floor and steamed and been on my hands and knees trying to clean up the dust…


It has also still been noisy and smelly (paint) and there has been people in and out a lot. Our builders are a really good bunch and they love the kids but having strangers in your house all the time is just a bit weird and parenting with an audience really isn’t fun! Plus the conversations I have had to listen to/be involved in (generally moaning about their wives and women in general, fun, and occasionally sharing how little sex they have, way tmi for me!) is just a bit weird.

So the kids and I have been playing upstairs a lot to keep put of their way. Plus of course lots of trips out in between the rain (or even when raining).

Going for a walk in the pouring rain ay 9am on bank holiday Monday while the builders fitted the door tp the new room

Going for a walk in the pouring rain at 9am on bank holiday Monday while the builders fitted the door to the new room

LM has actually coped really well with it all so far, basking in the adoration of the builders and giving them the biggest smiles, but the strain is starting to show with Monkey. He still wants to be a builder and is ok with them but he doesn’t like them being in his domain I don’t think. If I have to pop out of the room to deal with LM he doesn’t like being on his own with the builders so wants to follow me everywhere or stands and cries. Honestly this morning I was settling LM to sleep while the builder was cutting bricks outside (SO noisy) and she was trying but obviously struggling through the noise. I got her to sleep and came back down to find Monkey (who I had convinced to stay downstairs for a few mins) hiding with tears in his eyes. Pfff. Poor thing but I am at a loss what to do sometimes, I can’t be with him every second of the day.

We also haven’t had a front door for a couple of weeks now so have been traipsing round the back all of the time. Meaning the buggy, shoes coats, etc have all been living in the lounge along with the dust and the builders… just not ideal, any of it really and I have to say that being able to actually use our new front door for the first time was very very exciting!!

front door

One of the purposes of the new room will be toy storage, which is also making us think about storage throughout the house. It is also going to be Hubs office so a lot of the office stuff and files will come down from upstairs and go in there. So my word of the week was nearly sorting as we have been using any spare time (?) to go through cupboards. We have been throwing away lots of old stuff and have sorted some things for charity shops too. I have started to ditch some toys (charity shop again) and have more boxes to go through yet. (I swear toys multiply of their own accord, they are taking over our house!!).

So yeah not a lot of time for blogging really (I wrote most of this on my phone while watching bake off and the rest in 5 min bursts as today has been chaos).

At one point today we had the builder, 2 plumbers, an electrician, and a carpet fitter here at the same time. t worked well and lots got done but it was chaos!

At one point today we had the builder, 2 plumbers, an electrician, and a carpet fitter here at the same time. it worked well and lots got done but it was chaos!

But a break probably is no bad thing. I have been feeling slightly disillusioned with blogging for a while, possibly because life is busy and I am exhausted, but all of the commenting and linkies and sharing, let alone writing, has been feeling like a chore.

But I do love writing and that is why I blog really, as well as to create a record for the kids to look back on. So it won’t be too long a break I am sure… just a break until we return to something resembling normality I think!! I was going to add I some shots of how it is all looking now but it has taken me so long to write this post that I can’t be bothered so will save them for another post.

How has your week been? Slightly less chaotic I hope?

The Reading Residence

12 thoughts on “A bit of a break

  1. So glad that the building work has nearly finished – I can imagine how stressful it must be even with lovely builders – the dust would drive me mad too! Poor Monkey, it is hard when things are turned upside down and everything is a bit chaotic – hopefully next week things will be back to normal for you all x

  2. glad the building work is almost complete, it can be such a stressful time and so messy, but it will be fantastic when it’s all done, cleaned up and you get to use the room. A break from blogging periodically is a good thing, I often find myself slowing down every so often, then getting excited to come back to it. I hope things calm down for you soon x

  3. Wow you have been busy! Glad to hear it’s coming to an end for you, I can only imagine how life is surrounded by builders.. my LB wants to be a builder when he grows up like yours – bet it makes for a lot of curiosity!

  4. It’s going great Hun but I do admire your patience! I would be struggling with the mess too and those builder conversations sound hilarious!! I had a bit of a break this week but I do miss my writing. You are right though it can be a bit of chore. Sure uou will be back soon xx #wotw

  5. It’s all taking shape! Eek, you must be looking forward to it finally being done, I would be so stressy with all the dust and mess! I noticed you hadn’t linked up this week, glad to read it’s just because you are having a break. I’ve been much less stressed by just chilling out about blogging in the last week or so! Have a great weekend Caroline! #WotW

  6. Oh, definitely best to take a break amid all of that chaos! It’s all coming along, though, isn’t it? I hated having building work done on our house, and that was when I was working full time without the kids, so I know it’d drive me mad being in there with it. Take a break, and I look forward to seeing how it all turns out xx Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  7. You have done amazing to put with that, I think I might have had to move out. I worked in an office full of men and they are worse than women! I have found blogging hard lately, and I have so many posts I want to write and just not enough time. We are also drowning in toys which I’m slowly trying to sort!

  8. Hope the building work ends soon. That can’t be fun. We have tree weeks of it starting in October. Was last week less hectic? Not really. The eldest went back to school and this has made things very bust indeed! #thetruthabout

  9. I know from when we had our bathroom renovated that it is a huge upheaval and very disruptive to family life with little ones. As you are having a much more full on renovation I can only imagine the chaos! Those builders – what are they like?!! Honestly. Oh and the dust.. it really does get everywhere! Hope things get a bit less hectic and exhausting for you very soon – I do like reading everything you’re getting up to! #thetruthabout

  10. Goodness it does sound busy! I hope you get settled back into a normal routine (with no builders) soon. A blogging break will do you good and you’ll probably come back refreshed and ready to get stuck back in! 🙂

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