Friday, May 30, 2008
So.....I did for the first purchase. We've been turning our attention lately to the sunporch and the outdoor landscaping/decor. This little red wagon was perfect for the bench area in our backyard. I'm going shopping today for flowers. I'll share pictures later when I get a chance to work on it and decorate more out there.
Here's my little red wagon:
Okay....for the second purchase, I didn't exactly stick to the decorating task at hand...or did I? I can't really decide where to put this or quite how to use it or what to display on it. I just know that I loved it! It was a little Americana stepladder that was outside on the porch of The Antique Gallery. Those items out there usually go fast, so I snatched it up.
So where would YOU put it...inside or out? I have a place on each side of my piano that needs a special prim touch or I could use it outside. Any ideas on what to put on it? Hmmmm.....
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Have a great day!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
So.....these are the lamps you'll find glowing on any given night (if I'm at home anyway) just because I love that cozy glow!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Richie is my only sibling. I'm four years older than him, but I love to ask kids, "Who do you think is older?" ....because for some reason, they all think he is older....he actually looks really young!
If you were around him for any length of time, he'd probably share with you some of the things he had to "endure" as my little brother....but don't believe EVERYTHING you hear! He'd probably tell you that I was a little on the bossy side as kids (well he might say alot on the bossy side), that I was and still am...stubborn (that might be true.) He'd probably also say that he wasn't fond of following along behind me in school as Tammy's little brother (with the expectations from teachers). He'd also tell you that I liked to scare him into thinking that I wasn't really his sister...that actually I was an "alien" that took his sister(actually I did do that...and it was kind of fun....mean I know!) And he might tell you that I sent him head first into our TV when we were playing our made up game of "Zip Zop". (That could explain some of his goofiness, I guess).
Here we are as kids:
He was actually a good sport when we were kids. He'd play barbies with me and I'd play army with him. Playing army with him wasn't really a sacrifice on my part though because I loved playing farm and westerns and stuff like that...so that was fine with me. However, he'd be quick to point out that when he did play barbies, he was always "Ken" though!
Richie is really the fun....spontaneous...goof-off....kind of guy. I'm more of a cautious...think-it-through (too much sometimes)...kind of girl. I'm not nearly as fun as he is! I really wish I was more like him in alot of ways! He's just an all around likeable guy! Come to think of it, my son is a whole lot like him. I sometimes slip up and call him Richie. He has that entertaining quality about him!
Richie & I a few years ago:
(This was taken during
our overall phase!)
Now he's all grown up and a husband and dad to three. He is serving our country in Iraq in the Air Force Reserves. I'm very proud of him and I wanted to honor him, as well as the other men and women, that sacrifice time with their families, their convenience and comfort to protect our freedom in a foreign land. So for Richie, Daniel, Brian & BJ, and in memory of Matthew (a close friend of Richie's son who gave his life for our country), I'd like to say thank you. I appreciate you and honor you today.
Richie now serving in Iraq:
Friday, May 23, 2008
These top compartments are just for storage. I've used these to store dangerous items such as sharp knives away from my kids when they were small. It was made to look like the old bread warmers on the real woodburning stoves. The built-on coffee grinder on top is actually a timer.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
So today's blog is dedicated to Joy and Dad's Ballet Recital. When she came to the doorway of the living room, she announced him as having attended Joy's Daddy Ballet School. I tried to capture photos of the different positions that he learned. And believe me, she EXPECTED him to remember every move! (I'm taking a stab at spelling these French words, by the way!)
Anybody know this one?
Sitting at our kitchen table, we also watched a family of rabbits chasing each other around our backyard. They were so cute with their little white tails. I wasn't fast enough with my camera to get a picture. It's ready for them next time though!
Try taking a nature walk with your husband, kids, or even alone and see what awaits you....but take your camera because I want to see too!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
If you're thinking....but my child is older now...he or she can read books for themselves....why should I be reading aloud to them....you're missing the point, and more importantly a real blessing. It's the sharing of a book together that is so special. Grab a snack, get comfortable, snuggle up with your kids and give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. You'll be making memories that will last a lifetime! To put it plain and simple, reading together as a family is a bonding experience.
Though I suspected it before, I am now convinced that if your children see that you value the written word, it will cultivate a love of reading in them. Reading aloud with your children grows lifetime readers, I believe.
We've always put a great deal of value on books in our home. Since our kids were babies, they've been exposed to books everywhere. We have built a library over the years. We have shelves and baskets all over the house. We've read to them from babies to teenager. When they were preschoolers, we would tell them how exciting it would be when they learned to read and could read anything and read to us! All they've ever known is that reading is fun and they both couldn't wait until they could do so themselves. Teaching them to read to me rated right along beside watching them walk for the first time or hearing their first words! And now, there's usually a book beside their bed and it goes along with them if they have to wait anywhere for any length of time....in the car...at an appointment, etc.
I believe if you can read, you can learn anything. Reading definitely feeds the imagination and opens up worlds of learning and opportunities. In fact, broad reading also equals broad vocabulary and most often, develops a good writer too.
Our 9 year old daughter, Joy, summed it (reading) all up in a poem she wrote one evening (on her own time). She brought it to share with her dad and me. She was 8 at the time. I couldn't have said it any better. I'd love to share it with you.
When I get a book down from our library upstairs,
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I've wanted a sideboard/buffet for my dining room bay window area for a long time. He kept promising to build me one every time I'd see something similiar to what I was wanting. So....finally this past March, he built my sideboard/buffet! We painted it navy and distressed it. I'm so proud of it. That's it in the first picture.
One thing called for another in the dining room. I had already purchased the shutters about a year ago to frame the pass through window between the kitchen and the dining area. Then Liz, of Brown & Hopkins, suggested a pegboard above the window. Why didn't I think of that? When I suggested it to Jason, he went to work and built this one for me. (In the second picture) I'd love to say I thought of the star cutouts, to repeat the pattern in the shutters, but the truth is....he surprised me with the stars added. The pegboard added even more character to that space.
Jason's newest creations were for my sunporch that we've been remodeling recently. Here's the potting bench/cabinet he made from an $18 door from Lowe's (3rd picture). I saw something similiar in an issue of Country Sampler from an old door. Since we couldn't locate an old one at the time (did I mention that I a bit impatient?) and within our budget, he suggested this. I knew it would work if we were careful to paint it in a manner to make it appear older. It's definitely the focal point of the sunporch (which is quickly becoming our family's favorite room to hang out)!
And then in the 4th picture (directly below), here's the shutters he made to frame my old window that's on the cedar wall next to the potting bench. And I didn't even have to ask this time......he came in with these "perfectly distressed" all on his own......grinning all the while! He's such a trooper!
Well.....he's "almost" a trooper. I'm still working on him about his latest creation. I brought another old window home from Alabama a couple of weeks ago and asked him to add some legs to it for a coffee table for the sunporch. He rolled his eyes when he saw yet another old window and grinned....but he agreed. Well, he worked on it last Saturday when I was gone all day. I came home to a "NOT distressed" coffee table......it was all framed around and all new paint. It really is beautiful.......but I would have been just as happy with legs nailed on and the old chipped white paint. I do love it...but it's just bugging me that it's so perfect. I really am glad he's such a great carpenter, but.......I asked for him to either distress it a little to his liking or I'd do it myself "some". I think he's hid the sandpaper from me! (That's it below).
I promise to post pictures of the sunporch when we're done......we're almost there, thanks to...........................My handy man.