Monday, November 30, 2015

Family Time

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Hard Monday, right?
All the anticipation of last week, all the massive preparation, 
and now 
it's over.

We managed to squeeze in some family time 
at one of our favorite nearby resorts.

Let me just say, 

Oh, it looks Facebook worthy, but there was 
and whining
conflict over electronics.

Teenagers are crazy.
Or, they just drive old people crazy!

There were moments this weekend when I 
for my girls as little people, when  

an ice cream cone
made everything right with the world.

But they are growing up, which is actually
what they're supposed to do.

Y'all think I'm gonna end this post with one of my
cheerful, optimistic platitudes.
But I'm not!
Teenagers are hard.
I love them anyway.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Past

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There are many things to love about blogging—friends, houses, stories, 
but an unexpected bonus is that you have a record of decorations past. 
No more wondering how you did the mantle 
or where you put the Nativity, etc. 
Since I haven't even started decorating, 
I thought I'd do a post on 
Christmas past.

This was new last year. I wanted colors that worked better in our family room. Red just doesn't cut it here. This year my new thing (I hope!) is to add wreaths to a few of the front windows. I haven't purchased them yet, so if you have suggestions, please DO SHARE.
Are you decorating differently this year?

These Santa Claus figurines are from my childhood. I keep them here to avoid breakage.
While I love the look of a hutch that is color-coordinated, the baby dishes and heirloom pitcher and wedding platters are too special to hide. Sometimes decorating is about looking at what you love even if everyone else doesn't love looking at it.

Speaking of love, this "baby" will soon turn sixteen. I have a party to plan, too!

And all three "babies" will be home for the holidays! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and your weekend is filled with fun.
And leftovers so you don't have to cook!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It's Thanksgiving!

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Blessed to have a home. 

Blessed to have family and friends with whom to share it.

A fire to keep us warm.

A place for people to gather.

Food to eat.

Love all around.

Today and every day, 

I give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2015

No-mud Room

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I have this nice idea about the mudroom, you know, that it gets to be this messy space, one littered with dirty sneakers and lacrosse sticks and discarded backpacks and dog toys because I'm that breezy, cool sort of mom who doesn't mind clutter and junk. You know, like the lady in the paper towel commercial who laughs hysterically when the volcano science project erupts all over her kitchen. But, alas, I am not that volcano mom at all.

I like my mudroom neat.

This past year one of my projects was to repaint the mudroom. It had been what I will forever refer to as "crazy lady yellow," but after a while my enthusiasm for the glow-stick shade faded, and I wanted something softer.

Here's what we ended up with after my efforts. Okay, so I did listen to Janis Joplin while painting this, but it looks calm at least.

We've been in this house a little over six years. Time to redecorate! Just kidding, though I am thinking of tweaking a few things after the new year.

New clock from Home Goods and a sweet sign from middle daughter. She likes me!

I debated removing the bulletin board. It isn't all that pretty, but it helps our family function better, so it stays.

I did a post a while back about these baskets, and let me tell you, they work! My girls actually use them! And they no longer have to go on a wild shoe hunt in the mornings before school.

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sunny Kitchen

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So much easier to get pretty pictures on a sunny day!
Good morning!

Here's to a good weekend!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Some Thanksgiving Cheer in Here!

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Before I start breaking out those Christmas bins, 
I plan to relish Thanksgiving.

It's just food, people.

No gifts to buy!
No gifts to wrap!
No gifts to exchange.

 Just think where we'll be this time next week.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hooray for Pumpkins!

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This fall I have gotten a LOT of mileage out of 
these little guys.
So before I trade pumpkins for pinecones, 
I decided to pay silly tribute here.

Maybe a little too much mileage!

It's almost Friday!
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