Embracing the Sweaty Mess

Summer came two days ago.

We skipped spring completely up here in the subarctic and sprinted from winter as fast as the seasons can run; from snowing last week to 30 degrees today is quite the change. It is hot and I welcome with open arms the  complete opposite of our -40 cold snaps, plugging in cars, and fleece lined tights.

It was seriously snowing just last week...

It was seriously snowing just last week…

As soon as it is above zero, Edmontonians bust out the shorts. My first experience of people wearing shorts in April made me scratch my head until I realized they knew something I didn’t.

  • You’re about to need air conditioning.

For the past week, I have been telling my husband that I am hot and I find myself sweating…a lot. Apparently this is normal for a healthy person experiencing warm weather. I had forgotten with my health issues for the past several years. Last summer, I wore shorts two or three times and was usually found wearing a coat or wool socks, even in July.

I am not going to complain, just point out that sweating results in a lot of shirt sticking, water guzzling, and desire to find some shade and lay down.

It also makes your safety glasses slip off your nose while ripping up flooring.

This is the look of fierce determination...smashed up finger and all!

This is the look of fierce determination…smashed up finger and all!

I was not put off by the sweat, rather I guzzled a good 2 litres of water while we ripped up the tile in our kitchen. I think my shins even started to sweat at one point.

My kitchen floor is currently the bane of my existence.

"Oh crap. This is way harder than I thought it would be."

“Oh crap. This is way harder than I thought it would be.”

My plan was to spend the whole weekend functional arm training in the form of scraping the floor up, guzzling water, and moving appliances in so we could lay some laminate during the week.

A message from my sister-in-law put all of my plans on hold.

Baby H is coming!

After our heart breaking loss last year and 9 months of praying for a healthy baby we were able to meet our nephew – Parker Louis Hoffman.

He rather cute.

Yes, your auntie takes pixelated self portraits that make her cringe. BUT she will show you around the weight room and it will be awesome!

Yes, your auntie takes pixelated self portraits that make her cringe. BUT she will show you around the weight room and it will be awesome!

My floor still is covered in glue, my fridge and stove are in the middle of the kitchen, and shoes are required in my house at all times…and I couldn’t care less.

  • We have a new baby to love and family to celebrate with.

I’m embracing the sweaty mess of my house and letting it be a reminder of how thankful and blessed we are to have Parker here.

When amazing things happen, don’t forget to celebrate and soak in the moment because they only come once; things like flooring will be there when the moment is over. Just wear shoes in your house and overflow with joy!

Celebrate WELL.

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Comments

  1. Congratulations to your family on the beautiful new addition! What a wonderful gift!

  2. Times like these tend to illuminate what truly matters. It’s all small stuff compared to the largeness that is a new life.

  3. Ahhh…. congrats, Auntie! 😀 <3 x

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