My daughter is one of the busiest people I know. She is a mother of two under the age of two. She works six days a week in the ministry and yet still finds time to run and hang out with family and friends.
She turned 30 this weekend and I wanted to do something really special for her. We talked about sending her away on a mini vacation with her husband, but she really didn’t want to leave her babies. I understood, but it left me wondering what we could do for her.
A year ago her and her husband bought a really cute older home. The house had pretty much had a makeover done on it before they bought it except the laundry room and the master bathroom.
They have been slowly working on the bathroom but I knew that it would probably be years before they would be able to find the time for the laundry room.
It was bad!
It had lots of space it’s just that the space was poorly laid out.
We asked permission from her husband….on which we got an excited YES!
They had planned to head out for the day to the zoo with friends to celebrate. The minute they left we drove in and got to work. I should have probably aborted the plan when Mr. Amazing was scratching his head in the first 5 minutes…but I wasn’t going to be discouraged. I had a dream. Besides I watch HGTV, I know that amazing things can happen when people are away.
First thing that needed to happen…move the hot water heater to the garage…no problem..until Mr. Amazing pushed the pressure release switch and it broke off. OOPS. So there is one unexpected expense….a new hot water heater. We realized that her hot water heater was also celebrating it’s 30th birthday. We decided to provide it a trip to the dump for it’s birthday.
As Mr. Amazing took care of that, my other daughter and her boyfriend helped me take out cabinets and get the walls ready to paint. In walks Mr. Amazing with another problem. The layout our daughter wants for this room requires a lot of new plumbing and the way to do it right is the open up the wall going to the garage and put the pipes in there. $$$ and more time.
Meanwhile back in the laundry room we discovered that the carpet in the room needed to go. More time. All the while my son in law is trying the best he can to stretch out the day. When he text to say they were on their way home my husband told him to drive by way of Kansas. At this time the yard was piled sky high with everything we had torn out and the water still wasn’t hooked up in the house.
We ran the best we could to get ready for the big reveal. Let me tell you it was nothing like the tv shows. lol
My poor daughter tried really hard to act excited .
We have lots more to do but I know that when we get done we will have added value to their house….and maybe make life a little easier for a very busy family of four.
Have you ever tried to surprise someone with a home makeover?