What have we started? It all started over Christmas an off the cuff remark from a friend about their bathroom renovation and now we are renovating ours. Just wish we thought about doing it earlier than NOW.
If we had any consideration for our children we WOULD have started and completed it during the school holidays. That’s what our daughter Makeyla yelled at us the other day. The attitude comes and goes now that she has started at high school. It is accompanied with eating heaps of food one day and then eating like a sparrow the next. I guess the attitude needs fuel.
Why would we ever consider renovating BOTH bathrooms at the same time too. Doesn’t matter it would save us money having the trades tag teaming between the main bathroom and our ensuite. Teenagers just don’t get it.
Jason my husband couldn’t see what the fuss was all about. It’s summer and as far as he is concerned, we can use the neighbours shower (bless them) and we have a toilet in the laundry that is not being renovated. At worse the kids can use the sprinkler just as they did when they were toddlers. I thought it was a funny suggestion but Makeyla stormed off in disgust. Our other daughter Claire is spending a few weeks at her boyfriends, to get away from it all. Smart girl.
To keep costs down Jason took a day off work last week and with a friend pulled out the old bathrooms. The bathroom company assured us they would start work late last week. But due to a hint of rain they have delayed it to next week. I don’t understand why the delay, the bathroom is inside and it doesn’t rain inside. Sure it might have flooded up in Northern NSW (again) but that’s hundreds of kilometres away.
Colleagues at work tell me of horror stories about their bathroom renovations. Such as wrong tiles delivered and tiler started work before it was picked up by the project manager. Light fittings back to front, wrong taps, splash backs splintering when delivered, water leaks, delays, delays and delays. One poor lady was so disheartened with it all she just accepted the faults to get her bathroom back.
It’s a new year for the kids at high school . Jamie had his birthday recently is in year 9 and Makeyla is like a peacock with all her new friends in year 7. With so many primary schools filtering their kids into the same high school there are so many friends to choose from. Plus she met up with a lot of girls she used to dance with at ballet some years ago. So there has been a bit of juggling friends and forming new bonds.
It surprises me that my daughter who has been talking to her girlfriends all day at school will spend most of the evening on the phone or Facebook’ing with them again at night. I’ve allowed her to create a Facebook account like Jamie as long as I am her friend and can monitor. I’ve written about Facebook in a previous post.
So Makeyla has also discovered the mirror. She has to check herself out in every mirror around the house. She was quite adamant to having a large mirror in the new bathroom. Almost vanity unit to ceiling. The tradie from the bathroom company mustn’t have a daughter or wife. He scoffed at the size of our bathroom mirror. I don’t know what he’s talking about. I think a mirror can really make a room look lighter and airier.
Problem with a large mirror Jason now thinks is, we may never get her out of the bathroom. I guess I can see where he is coming from. Recently, she started to spend an hour or so in the bathroom with the hair straightener. Agh teenagers. Agh female teenagers. I also think Jason has forgotten this is our second daughter. He has forgotten all these issues we had with Claire at this age. The best is yet to come, not.
So here I was sitting outside for my own time out this afternoon. Enjoying the outside quietness. But inside our teenage kids were arguing again about whose stuff will be put where in the new bathroom. My son teasing Makeyla about setting up a bathroom roster system. She would get the bathroom from 6-7am, so that he and Claire had enough time for them prior to school and job hunting. I thought it was quite a good idea of Jamie not so Makeyla. Teenagers! Teenagers today and young adults the next. Some days are good and some are horrid. In the meantime, I hope our bathrooms is renovated quickly. I would like a shower in my own bathroom.
Do you have teenagers? If so, do you have a bathroom roster that works? I’d love to know.