Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Big Blue


I tried washing the floors again. I tried wood cleaner. Then I tried diluted white vinegar. The straight white vinegar. I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed. It did not do a thing.


As I was spinning my wheels, Paprika laid beside me drawing in her big drawing pad. I asked her what she was drawing and she said, "The beach and the ocean." Pages of pictures of the beach and the great big ocean.


Then she looked up at me with her impossibly big brown eyes and said, "Mama, can we go to the beach and the ocean? I want to go swimming at the beach and build sandcastles."


So, I put down my scrub brush and we got in the car and went. It was a great decision. As we were driving up to the beach, Paprika exclaimed, "Look! It's the ocean! Right there on the other side of the beach!"


After playing for a few hours on the sand, building sandcastles, chasing a soccer ball, and getting very wet...we all felt better. The problem with the sticky floor didn't seem so bad afterall. We even went the the aquarium and petted sea stars and spent the rest of the afternoon on the pier looking out into the big blue.


The floors can wait. But these girls can't.


Devon said...

so beautiful!! i didn't get to the beach once this summer (for obvious reasons) so i can't wait for this one!!

what fun we'll have!!!!!

ps...i vote just buy some rugs for the floor. lol!

With Out My Punkin said...

You are an awesome mommy! Looks like you had a great day at the beach!

Jara said...

I love it! "Right there on the other side of the beach!" Simply Love it!

mum2abby said...

Aww! You look fabulous! Glad you guys went to the beach and had a fabulous time. SOmetimes you just need to follow a three year olds lead...they know more then we think :)

Mama Reiberg said...

your post just made me cry

Michelle said...

I just looked on the internet and found this:

If you have carpet tape or residue on your wood floors, try to remove as much of the carpet tape as you can before hand. You may find scraping with a dull edge, such as a plastic scraper helpful. Once you have removed as much as you can, you have a few options at to how to remove the remaining tape and glue. Several things should work, such as vegetable oil, WD-40, Goo Gone, De-Solv-It, Avon Skin So Soft, or a pre-soak laundry spray. Saturate the tape, and let sit for at least an hour. The tape should then slide right off, with a few areas possibly needing a second attempt...

I also found where someone said to heat it up with a hair dryer and then try to get it off.

Wishing you success!
be blessed, Michelle

Christina said...


Erin said...

I am so glad that you went to the beach and the ocean! I wish we could go there but there is no ocean that close!!!

Glad you put the floors on hold! :)

FourJedis said...

You are such an amazing mama! I love that you let go of your biggest burden and focused all of that energy on your kids. You never cease to amaze me!

MicheleL said...

Is that your collarbone we're seeing?? You look amazing!! Congratulations!

Lost in Space said...

A truly beautiful post, Erika. What a wonderful mama you are!

dana said...

absolutely beautiful...glad you were able to enjoy the day together.

may you have wonderful days together.

and i'm hopeful you'll find the solution to the floors soon!

Lauren said...

CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOUR HOUSE!!! When can I come down?
Love your last three posts.