Their Mom brainwashed them into thinking Dad was never around when they were kids. He did work a lot and eventually divorced her but he coached their soccer teams, did karate with them, etc. They are finally remembering that he WAS there and she lied. They partly blamed him for their mother's behavior. Their mother supposedly had chronic fatigue syndrome and would sleep all day while Dad was at work. I am not saying that it is not a legitimate condition but once he was home she would take off and go clubbing. He even helped out once he was no longer there. He rented an apartment and kept it stocked for the boys when he was out of town. It was right on their school bus route. He tried to get custody of them but its pretty recent that father's are getting custody even when Mom is not the best. She would keep the fridge padlocked and only unlock it when she got her child support in cash. She's not a nice woman, there is more I could tell you about her but it would take all night to tell everything about her!
Anyway, the younger son Chad has been pretty good about staying in Dad's life but Tony has been pretty scarce. I've been really happy for him that Tony really seems to be trying this time. I hope he doesn't go back to practically ignoring him, it will just crush him. I figured out their Dad was a great guy a long time ago, its about time they re-discover that!
Speaking of Dad, he's sulking. He tried again today to put the floor down and he just can't get the hang of it. I told him he can't be perfect at everything but he feels like he's failed. Its so silly, we found someone that will put all that floor down for $600 and Dad can get some of the other stuff done, like fixing the sprinklers! We have to be out of here the first of July and we are still working on the house!
I took T's laptop back to the school this morning since its the official last day. I can tell he's really missing it. His desktop is sitting at Wally World but we don't have a place to put it in the mobile and I would rather not put it in an empty house either. They will keep it till July 3rd so its really safer there. Our formal living room looks interesting, all of the furniture we bought is filling most of it. I am proud of myself, I put up most of the vents today, even the ones in the family room that are near the vaulted ceiling. My arms are sore because the vents are in the ceiling and I found out that even a light vent gets really heavy if you are holding it up to screw it back in. I also taped off their vanity area and primed that today. I probably won't go back until the floor guy is done by Monday, I don't really want to be there with a strange guy.
We still have no hot water heater over at the mobile so everyone is going over to the house to shower. Well, I'm not, by the time I get done working the cold shower feels good. The other thing I am proud of is that my friend took Mom and Dad's ceiling fan apart so we could paint the ceiling. The other fans we just removed the blades but theirs was taken down and unplugged. Well, I decided to see if I could put it back together and I did it! I have been learning all kinds of new skills from this house.
I have a funny for you. I hate the feeling of raw hamburger so I rarely make hamburgers or meatloaf. And usually my hamburgers are more like meatballs. Well, Dad was over at the house so I decided to brave it. The first four took 45 minutes because I forgot the putting a lid on the skillet would make them cook faster. Its okay to laugh, my Mom did. Here are the pics and I'll throw in a couple of the new paint from Frazees. The next pics I post of the house will be the furniture in place.
Here is a pic of me in size 12. Not fitting quite yet but you can see how close I am!
Here is the formal living room and hallway
My aunt's room and the school room
This might be TMI but another reason I am proud of my work this week is that its TTOTM and I usually don't do anything for the first few days but take a lot of Ibuprofen. So for me to paint, put up vents, etc., that's a lot!