I can hardly believe I went a Friday night without going to Wal-Mart, I'm a little shocked and thrown off by the change of routine, but I also feel like a daredevil, a rebel.
Brian and I did go on our date Friday night, we had a wonderful time, we were away from home and children for almost 5 hours. We went to dinner, where I am pretty sure the waitress was very upset with my cheapness. Here's an example of the cheap conversation we had:
"I'd like the Signature Margarita, please."
"Would you like the Premium Signature Margarita?"
I replied with "how much does it cost?"
"huh?? How much is the non-premium margarita?"
"four something," she replied dryly.
"I'll take it!"
Then I ordered the blackened chicken alfredo and she asked if I wanted garlic bread for forty nine cents. "You charge for garlic bread when someone orders a pasta dish?" She replies "yes we do." Classy.
And although we did stay out of Wal-Mart, we did go to Home Depot because I had this crazy idea to paint Ariel's room on Saturday while my sister was in town and she could help me do it. Because you know, nothing says a nice visit from your sister on a sunny Saturday like painting. It wasn't the easiest decision, I have to tell you, we could have gone to breakfast, gotten manicures, gone shopping, gone to lunch, the possibilities were endless (and fattening!). Instead, we opted to surprise Ariel with the pink room she has wanted for a very long time. Plus, Ariel continues to peel the butterfly border of her walls and things are looking a little rough in there. So, pink paint we purchased. Lots of it. Making our date even more expensive. (oh and we totally did not take a picture of us.)
After Home Depot we went to see "Reign Over Me." Let me know tell you that I am EMBARRASSED by my comment about Adam Sandler taking the serious roles, and how that actually made me NOT want to see the movie. It's even worse that I made the opinion so very public by posting it on the internet. It was an awesome movie. Mr. Sandler knocked our socks off. I laughed and cried and it is still sticking with me two days later. My man Don Cheadle did not disappoint. I.LOVED.IT. Go see it, k?
So, as planned, we spent Saturday peeling wallpaper and painting, without Ariel knowing. She spent the day at her Grandmother's. I'm so lucky to have had my sister help because she is a CRAZY PAINTING MANIAC. Then, after we got all the furniture moved back into Ariel's room, rather than sitting and waiting for Ariel to come home...SHE CONTINUED TO CLEAN! AND DUST! AND ORGANIZE DVD's! I could have kissed and hugged her all night long, but she wouldn't have liked it, I just know it. Especially since, well, let's just say I wasn't smelling too pretty.
Before (I had already began peeling the wallpaper before taking the picture)
So, there you have it. Lots of pink paint. And a very happy girl. And because I can't leave anything alone, I began stenciling this flowery, hearty, starry, ribbony thing on the top of one of the light pink walls using the darker pink paint used on one of the walls, the only problem is that is looks like I taped a stencil on the wall and then painted with a blindfold on, I'm not a good "stippler" apparently, which I can accept. I had just decided to paint over it when Ariel walked in and almost passed out by it's "loveliness" and where I think it's an eyesore, with each new section I do, she passes out a little bit more because she loves it SO! MUCH! So, it's her room and she loves it and isn't that the point?
Oh and it was heartbreaking to take down her baby border and to paint over the paint we picked for her when she was just a baby. Heartbreaking. I wasn't expecting it until I took a cross off of her wall that read "God Bless Baby" and it made my heart ache just a little bit. But He sure has blessed her, and all of us.