I had to call in all the troops for help to get the place ready for city inspection this week! A family business means everyone pitches in and does their part. You would be amazed how much work you can get out of a 6 year old with the right motivation! It also doesn't hurt that I am pretty good at delegating so if you are walking through the doors in the next 10 days expect to be given a job. There is no time for idle hands right now so when my friend came by yesterday I made her put in new lightbulbs while we talked.
The first thing I'm going to show you when you come in is the very impressive structure that my husband Steve built to make sure that my 50 year old mirrors were secure. You must Ohhh and Ahhhh when you see it! The guidelines were that I only wanted 2 legs instead of 3, they couldn't lean on anything, and I didn't want to mess up my beautiful new floors or ceiling with attaching them to it; which I assumed was impossible. It took him a couple days of thinking, some conversations with his advisor (my dad) and a few extra trips to Menards but he created an engineering masterpiece that is so secure you wouldn't believe it isn't attached to concrete! Reason number 5491 why I married him.
I'm really lucky to have such a loving and supportive family and friends that are constantly asking how they can help. Steve is a rockstar when it comes to picking up the slack at home and is always willing to do some heavy lifting. The boys are learning that we work hard and play hard but they are less than thrilled about spending their spring break at the shop instead of the beach this year. We told them that sacrifices now mean that we will have the freedom to do what we want later. I try to think about all the important life lessons I'm teaching instead of the mom guilt that comes with all that.
As I write this I have less than 10 days (9 days, 17 hours) to have this place ready to open. I have the same deadline for getting our house ready to sell! What is the world record for no sleep? Because I'm about to beat it!