What We Do For Love, and The Binki Fairy

Three years.

Three years can be such an eternity!

It can also be a blink of an eye

depending on your perspective.

Three years tomorrow is how long we have been married

and it feels like both an eternity and a breath. I feel like I have always been married to Jeffrey, and like we should always and forever be together, and how odd it is that I spent 25 years without him because the last three really feel like we have always been together.

And really? Three years already? I have been married that long? It seems like I just got off my mission and you are telling me I already have two kids and a husband? Unreal!

So to celebrate, I have a surprise in store for Jeffrey. It is going to be a difficult surprise to give him, but one that we will both appreciate infinitely (me more so than him... why are all my gifts to him so one sided?).

I started yesterday by sending him to his mother's house with the kids. While they were gone I tackled the kitchen and living room. They haven't really been clean since Christmas because all of our Christmas decor has been sitting in the corner waiting to go out to the shed. But, I got all that done last night, along with some laundry.

Today, I am finishing a project we started on Saturday. I am getting the rest of the wallpaper off the bathroom wall, and am going to start painting it tomorrow so when he gets home from work on our anniversary, he will have a nearly completed bathroom! He is going to have to help me paint the ceiling and patch up a spot of drywall, but other than that, my goal is to have all that done for him. What a great anniversary gift, don't you think?

Like I said, it is going to be difficult to do, especially since I have a very clingy baby. But really, what 2 month old baby isn't clingy? And I wouldn't have it any other way, I only wish I had more time to do things. *Sigh* But I think this is going to be a monster gift for him, and he is going to love having the project done, so it will be well worth it.

In other news, the binki fairy paid us a visit last night. Keith is now binki free. I got the idea from my friend Shannon who did the same thing to her daughter last year. We gathered up all the binkis and put them in a basket. I then told Keith the binki fairy would be coming by that night and would take away all the binkis but would leave a surprise for him in its place. He loves surprises and is always asking me for one, so I knew he would eat this up. I made cookies after he had gone to bed, and Jeffrey made another sword out of cardboard for Keith. This one was covered in tinfoil so it was by far cooler than the others we had left him. We left it by his door. He is a very light sleeper and if we had tried to put it in his room he would have awakened and known it was us (I tell you, the tooth fairy job is going to be rough to fill with this kid). He was pretty excited when he got his sword and cookies. He tried to eat them all for breakfast. I had to put them away and ration them a little, but he was very happy with it. We will see how well things go later today when it is naptime, or tonight when the real test of bedtime will come. But honestly, we don't want monster orthodontia bills, so he is quitting cold turkey.


Sounds like a great idea! Sometimes I wonder what people ever did without binkies. I feel bad for using one sometimes, but sometimes that is the only way I can get any sleep at night. Parker sure likes to suck...a lot.
Emmy said…
We had the Mami fairy come to our house (mami's we were Alex called her binki) and it worked great.. except for the ones she had hid in her window that we discovered a few days later. :)
mub said…
I was having the whole "Wait, it hasn't really been three years... HAS IT?!" thought process a couple of weeks ago *L* I think that your doing the bathroom will be majorly appreciated. We need to finish ours but it really is a two man job (or at least a one man who has any idea of how the electrics are wired in there and how to take the cabinets down). I applaud your ambition =)

I hope Keith will do okay without his binky, cookies and a new sword sound like a pretty awesome replacement though!
Sue said…
Great idea! At least it takes the sting away of letting the binky go, right?

Kori said…
I think it sounds like a great gift, to finish the bathroom. And I think you are rather brave for doing it.

As for the binky, I am just lucky, I guess, because none of my four ever used one. Let us know how the Binky Fairy works out tonight!
Noodle said…
I'm glad now that Sammy never took a binki but then she has other comfort items like her hair (how to you get her to stop pulling and playing with that) and mommy and daddy... She has to be snuggled every night to fall asleep... yeah thats not doing to be a fun one to slove but weather she likes it or not its coming now mommy just needs to pick a day and stick to it... I might be a zombie for a week or so when I decied to do it but in the long run it will be great!!!
Vic said…
By golly...I never really gave my kids one but I say just throw them away and have him tough it out...He'll forget sooner than later:) Good Luck Mama....let me know how it goes!
Lee said…
Great idea about the painting! We had the binki fairy come too. Worked like a charm.
Familia Morales said…
Awesome idea for the bathroom! What color are you painting it? I'm sure he'll love his surprise.

Thanks for the idea on the binky. Bri is my only one to take a binky so I was wondering what to do when it comes time to pull the plug. Good luck!
Stephanie Faris said…
Congrats to three years! Wait until you're facing your ten year anniversary. It arrives in the blink of an eye.
tinahead81 said…
happy anniversary! i think the bathroom is a great idea!! i'm sure he'll appriciate it.

love the binki fairy idea! lol i'll have to hold onto that one!!(my son doesn't have a binki, but he's just about done with bottles!)
Gail said…
Hey! Congratulations on your Anniversary! What a cool gift idea too. You are a brave woman to tackle all that!

I love the binki idea. I cut the tip off my boy's one at about 2yrs. He didn't want it anymore. So that was that! Took him a while to get used to not having it, but it was all pretty easy going. Thank goodness!
Lara said…
Very exciting to have the binkie fairy come. I hated trying to get rid of the dang thing with my oldest. But she let go eventually.

Happy Anniversary!
Chantel said…
Happy Anniversary!! Hope you had a great day!!
Lisa Anne said…
Happy Anniversary. I one day hope to be where you two are. =)
Bec said…
Happy anniversary! You picked a good day to get married... good things happen on Jan 12. (It's my birthday!!)
And what a good surprise the almost-finished bathroom will be for your husband!
You might have to get creative with the tooth fairy if your little guy doesn't become a more sound sleeper... maybe, you put your tooth under your pillow, but put your pillow in the bathroom.
Knock, knock...just dropping by to visit your blog. I enjoyed reading a few of your posts! Have a marvelous Monday in Motherhood!

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