Friday, March 13, 2015

Yesterday she didn't look back

first day of kindergarten, 2014

I take my baby girl to school every afternoon and she always smiles and waves, then a few steps later turns, waves and blows me a kiss.

Except yesterday she didn't look back.

I cried.

My eyes stung as I left the school.  It was the first day I've cried at dropoff since the first day of school.  I was proud of her for growing up but sad that the days since the first day to this day were a blur.

What had we done in that amount of time? Like a leaky faucet they just dripped and dripped into a gallon of days and weeks and months.

But today she DID.

Today I dropped her off and didn't expect the look or the second look or the kiss, but she did it.  And I figured out that nothing is the end, not really.  Even when a phase passes or a door is closed, something remains.  We need our parents even when we're grown.  Things change but rarely go away completely.

I also learned to cherish each day.  Each one, since I don't know when the last will be.

She might need smile-wave-kiss routine less now, but from time to time she will and that's great.  I'll be here for her as long or as infrequently as she wants it.  I love her.  I love being a mom.  I am so glad for the chance and for every day of the smile-wave-kiss.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Jedi wrestles

Jedi surprised me this winter by requesting to give wrestling a try.  Of course!

He learned a lot, and I think the individual nature of the sport was really good for him personally.  I'm not sure if he was just using it as an off-season conditioning for football/baseball or if he'll continue, but it was fun supporting him in something new.

My favorite pictures are of Coach Yeates teaching him.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Princess moves on

We're so proud of Princess whose photo was a qualifier in the Reflections contest at both the school level, and now district.  Moves on to Region next !

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Flowers for a special someone

Potter took some flowers to a special friend when she turned sweet 16.  It was so fun to drive down together and she loved the surprise!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Happy New Year!

We started this year as every other, with a big 'ol mess of lucky goodness on our plates.  A few siblings joined me, and we had a good day of football, wrestling, and food.

My mom always insisted we take just a bite to insure a prosperous new year.  I found this article online that explains a lot.

"As funky fumes of sauerkraut blanketed our house year after year, the younger me resented the letdown of New Year's Day. The excitement of Christmas was officially over, it was time to head back to school, and of course my family's good luck food wasn't something kid-friendly, like cookies or ice cream. My mother cooked up her annual big pork roast, mess of sauerkraut, and a pot of black-eyed peas. I wanted none of it, dining sulkily on a pallid pile of mashed potatoes.
Now I'm the one who's gladly stinking up the house with kraut, pork, and peas". 

This is me, minus the black-eyed pea part of the tradition.  I love it, and it has become so much a part of me.  I am very thankful to my parents, for I find that most of the rituals of my youth have been important enough for me to continue with my own family. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Updated Master Bedroom

 So, in our home tour (over there ------>>>)  you've seen the master bedroom when we moved in.    Well, over the last couple months I've been adding and changing a bit.  

We ditched the apple green/ teal for a coral/teal.  So bright and new!  Here's what we did. 

Last September I came across this color palette in Better Homes and Gardens:

...and I fell in love!  

I used it as the basis for a few of my choices in there, and I'm continuing to look for a few pieces as well.  

So, most of these updates were in Sept/Oct.  But the crowning jewel happened almost without warning just the other day. We scored this new (old) bed pictured above.  A Broyhill solid cherry queen bed for $30 in the local classifieds.  Oh, how I love the classifieds!

Our old bed was bought in our first year of marriage from one of those discount furniture places.  It's held together pretty well till we turned the bed and switched walls in the master bedroom.  It turned rickety and we've really needed to replace it, but could only dream of affording a new one.

Bam!  Perfect deal.  I snatched it up immediately. 

They had a dog who scratched it up pretty good in spots, and they added painted hunter green accents in some places.  We'll strip that off down the road because for now it's great.

Look at those chunky legs!  Mwah!

One other wish was for a new comforter.  I ultimately decided to keep with the white look, but I love the added texture we got in this duvet.  I used all my birthday money on it and 4 months later I still think it's perfect.  The comforter is fluffy and incredibly warm too. 

We have a queen bed but I buy king comforters, so we don't have to fight over covers!  So far so good.

The throw pillow is my fave! It looks much too orange in this pic; it's a pretty coral shade.  Here is the stock photo:

It was my full-price splurge in the room.

I didn't get a good photo of the print over the bed, but it says 'Love You So Much' in a perfect light coral.  
I like the modern feel of the frame mixed with the traditional lines of the furniture.

We ditched our little bedside lamps for these IKEA wall sconces.  Perfect use of space and they are awesome to read before bed.

I use my grammy's old coverlet for a throw blanket in here.

 One very exciting thing is that Strider found a way to create a reading corner in this little master bedroom.  We've wanted one for years!  We pulled in an IKEA chair from the family room and rearranged till it fit.  I added a tiny ottoman from elsewhere in the house so we can prop up our feet when reading. I have a thrift store lamp there and the corner is home to Strider's guitar.

The gallery wall I'm making is about half done.

Love my puckered bedding.

This space makes me so happy.  
It's fresh and new. 
It's a refuge and a sanctuary and definitely feels separate from the rest of the home - exactly as it should be.

Thanks for touring our updated and cozy master bedroom!

Source list:

Bed: Broyhill (local classifieds find)
Seersucker duvet set: Target
Down alternative comforter : Amazon
Pink throw: my Grammy 
Teal pillow: Target clearance
Coral pillow: Society 6
Arrow chair pillow: Society 6
Lamp: D.I thrift store
Gray/silver lamp shade: Walmart
Wall sconces: IKEA (local classifieds find)
White chair slipcover: IKEA
Clock: D.I. thrift store
Ceramic owl: Ross
Love frame over bed: Marshalls
Gallery wall frames: D.I. thrift store