Anyway, we had a great time. This was the first time we had an extended length of time together. Often when I'm in St. Louis, it's just an hour here or there---usually with other family members. They are my mom's first cousins, so that makes them my first cousins once removed (yes, I looked it up again. It seems so easy to understand when you look it up, but then I forget it all right away). A first cousin once removed is the child of a first cousin and their relationship to the parents first cousins. Clear as mud!
So what makes them so special is that they are the last people I have to talk to about our ancestors. My siblings and I are the next generation, but we really don't know much. Aunt Marie would be my best source for information, but she says she doesn't remember much.
Moving on. When I got home, it didn't seem like much had happened in the bathroom. Finally, yesterday, the painter finished and cleaned up. I hadn't seen much since there was paper and drop cloths covering everything.
There's still so much to be done: shower door, plantation shutters, carpeting in the closets, countertops, faucets, window treatments, chandelier, mirrors, door knobs, final marble work, grouting and sealing. At least another 2-3 weeks in my opinion! If they would get the carpeting in, we could start moving stuff back in to the closets. In the meantime, it still looks like this in the bedroom:
Basically, nothing but work around here. Luckily the girls and I leave for New York on Wednesday. We are going to have a ball. I'll report on that later. But be sure to tune in to "Live with Kelly" on Thursday when we'll be in the audience. Mindy is hoping to be the dancer!