On the off chance that He was looking for something to do (ha!), I scratched out a list of a few smallish jobs that I needed his help on in the future... you know, in case he was bored. (As if watching and providing for four children for an entire weekend for the first time ever wasn't enough to do!)
He had never done anything like this before. I had never done anything like this before. I didn't know exactly what to expect and I must admit, I was a bit nervous. My only real hope was that everyone had not only survived but that everyone (Matt included!) actually ENJOYED themselves....that it would be a time more sweet than stressed.
I never once thought about the house being clean or the dishes being done. I figured after a luxurious weekend away, I would be ready to roll up my sleeves and get things back in order.
But as I walked into the house on Sunday night~ the dining room table was cleared off from dinner and wiped clean. The living room was tidy. The counters in the kitchen were bare and the kitchen sink was SCRUBBED pearly white. Scrubbed!
The next morning, the children gave me the 'tour' of all the changes while I was away...including some of that Honey-Do list I had jokingly scribbled out.
|He roto-tilled the old pumpkin patch and cut-flower garden.|
|Ahhh- fresh tilled soil. As healthy as no-till garden soil is, I sure do love the look of a freshly tilled spot of earth.|
|This is the closest thing to a picture that I could find of the spot before hand. The front part is the asparagus- the back half (you know, the spot that looks like overgrown grass) was the part he rototilled.|
|Before, the rhododendron was buried in burdock. He weedwacked the burdock for me so I could see that the rhodo was actually blooming!|
|Some friends gave us a large tent for free. It needs to be repaired in places but not so much that they couldn't set it up and enjoy it. Though this particular picture doesn't seem like they are! hehehe|
|He also put up the garden fence for the tomatoes. Instead of cages (which I loathe) and stakes (which never hold up for me for some reason) I intend to weave the tomatoes through the fencing. It's an experiment. (I'll let you know how it goes.)|
|He even had time to finish the roofing to the addition during the littles' rest time! I should note that he re-used the steel roofing from the old, fallen down middle barn which, from what we've been told, would make that steel almost 100 years old!|
|And if you look close- he is preparing for the next step:|
|walls and WINDOWS!|
I realized a few things after my return. One of which is that I don't give Matt enough credit.
He is fully capable. He is wonderfully considerate. He can really rise up to the occasion. He completely exceeded my wildest expectations. He fit work, play and even thoughtfulness into the weekend.
He is just the dearest man.