Tuesday, February 7, 2017

World's Longest Vacation

I guess I went on the "World's Longest Vacation", because it's been a year and I haven't posted.  Shame on me.  Well, maybe not shame, but I've been busy.  Good things and life, you know. I'm hoping to renew my love of blogging and starting today, hope to post once a week on this blog.

Here's to starting again.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Going on Vacay and NOT a thing planned

We're going on a vacation and I've never been less prepared.

Yes.  I'm a planner.  I love to plan.  I find it to be part of the fun.  Type A personality?  Yes.  Well, our Disney Cruise Vacation is TOMORROW and I've hardly done a thing to make it happen.  It's paid for and I have a couple of outfits planned, but other than that, I know nothing.  I really haven't started packing even.

I'm starting to feel that stress.  I need to know things, but I don't.  I need to get things done, but I can't.  I'm teaching and my wonderful husband is traveling for work this week.  I've been struggling with a cough for months, and I get to go to the doctor AGAIN tomorrow.  I'm hoping it's not pneumonia, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is.  I've been sick since the end of August.  Boo.

I have to tell you, I really looking forward to this vacation.  We've never done a cruise before and I've purposely NOT planned things because I need to unwind.  I've been tighter than a drum and I need to relax.  I'm hoping that by winging it, I'll be able to chill out and maybe stop freaking out all the time.  Maybe I'll find a way to get healthy.

On this cruise, I want to read.  I want to take a nap.  I want to give myself a do-it-yourself spa day.
I want to play with my kids.  I want to do something spontaneous.  I want to eat cookies and gain ten pounds so I can lose it when I get home.

We'll see how this cruise thing goes.  If it works, I'll be thrilled.  I'm really desperate for an escape.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

If I had unlimited time, there's so much I'd do...

If I had unlimited time, there's so much I'd do...

I'm starting to make friends and we go to different places together.  I can't say that I've ever had or done something like that before. I know that I am a bit guarded and I hesitate before I open up, but I'm finally, after a year and half, making real relationships where I talk about myself.  I've had friends, but I'd just pop over for a quick visit or they were neighbors and I felt that deep down, they wouldn't be my friends if we weren't neighbors.  Today, I'm meeting not one, but two friends at the same time at a little coffee shop in town and I think about how this coffee shop is so much fun.  If I had unlimited time in my life, maybe I'd have a little coffee shop and whip up cool (and hot) drinks for people.  I'm sure there are nasty-ass people who are rude, but I love the atmosphere, people meeting, helping people on their way.  I also love that it is in a small town.  So nice.  Coffee, or for me a mocha latte, is way more than a latte...it's friendship too.  I can see why people love it so much.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Apple Orchard 2015

Last year I shared apple orchard pictures, this year I thought I'd do the same.

New orchard.  Not sure if I like it better or not, but you don't "Pick-your-own", so it was relatively quiet in the orchard making it easy to get some nice shots.  It was a nice, hilly little place outside of Madison.

Here is what I ended up with.

The "ORCHARD WALK" signs dotted the orchard in such a cute way.  You could tell they painted what they needed too, but were very well taken care of.  

The colors were so rich. 

These were my favorite.  So beauitful.  

I love how they trained the apple trees to go in arches.  

Gwen took a shower under a sunflower.  

Ms. Gwen and all her attitude.

Mr. Barrett looking way too grown up for my liking.  Where'd my little boy go?

Oh yes....there was a ladder and I used it.  

I love my kiddos.  

Our Bedroom

I'm alive.  It's been forever and I've been so busy.  As promised, my bedroom.  It's nothing too fancy. A bed, some pillows, blankets, and my stockpile of Duffy, the Disney teddy bear.  Yes, I have and sleep with a teddy bear.  

I love my south-facing windows.  Let's in tons of natural light.  The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.  

My reading corner and where I love to do a ton of Pinterest pinning.  See?  Two of my "new" Duffy bears.  

Hung three plates from Boone's mom, LouAnn behind the door as a cool blue accent.  I'm hoping to find a bigger white and blue plate which I love to put in the center.

Next up?  Master bathroom...promise, I won't take as long to get this done. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

One Year at Home

It's been one year since we moved to our new home.  It's comforting knowing that with our year anniversary, we have officially set in our roots.

I started a photography class again and am starting to relax.  Hopefully nothing crazy starts to happen, because isn't it when you relax when something crazy happens?

I decided that I'd try to take photos of our home each year that we live here.  Starting with our kitchen, dining and living rooms.
I chose the light above the dining table because it reminded me of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and I thought my mother-in-law would have loved it.  After months of sitting without a design style to speak of, it gave me some direction.  So happy with where I'm headed now.  Amazing what a light fixture can do.  

Simple lights over the island are very easy to clean.  

Outer cabinetry is white with dark countertops.  Island is dark cabinetry with a light top.  
Each week, one member of the family gets to put a quote on the chalkboard.  Super love.  

I don't think I will ever regret raising our fireplace and having the matching granite top.  

 Foyer is simple and large.
Another angle of the foyer.  Found a bench at Target on sale!  

Up next, the owner's suite!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Horror Fest at the Ace Hardware

Barrett had his first 5th grade orchestra concert last night.  He prepared us by telling us that it is "a horror fest".  Admittedly, it was a rough concert, but I understand that the majority of the students do not take private lessons, parents are not involved with practice, and have limited practice when "on their own".  It was exactly what I expected for a first concert.

Today, I had to run to the hardware store to pick up some sand for the driveway.  There was an older gentleman talking to the clerk about how he "had to go to his grandson's concert last night" and how the kid's dad told him that he sounded like he was "skinning a cat" and he made some awful screeching and laughed.  It made me feel really sad.  Unfortunately, the grandpa was on the way out the door.  I would have loved to have a chat with him about the impact that moment could have on what his grandson is doing.

Barrett may be lightyears from what other kids are doing in his beginning orchestra class, but we're teaching him how to be a supporter, a teacher, a leader.    I hope that the boy who was told that he didn't sound good will persevere and continue and that he has confidence in himself to continue on.   To me, the horror fest was at the Ace Hardware.