Sunday, May 30, 2010

Love Is The Thing...

Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor
after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots.
– ~Hoosier Farmer

Love is the thing that enables a woman to laugh while she pushes the
back of the lawn tractor after her husband gets it stuck in the mud.
- ~DW

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mama Needs a Break

And she's gonna get one. We are going to Vegas!!!! Doc has a conference there this weekend and I have an appointment with the spa and the sunshine. The last time I got a break from Mommy duty and got some one on one time with my man was last August and I am THRILLED to get away!!

Grammy and Papa are watching the kids and I'm doing laundry and cleaning house so that everything will be prepared!

I'm planning on bringing my laptop and camera, hopefully I'll be able to squeeze in a few blog posts between hanging with Doc, napping and tanning! Sometimes I LOVE my life!!!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

New House Decorating Thoughts

So, we've gotten all moved in. At least all of our stuff is here. I now realize that the accessories and stuff that sat around my house in the small town doesn't do much for this house. That house was far more traditional having been built in the 1920's. This one is new, neutral and a big blank canvas. So I'm left with a clean slate and am trying to figure out where to go from here.

This house feels like it should sit on a lake. It is on 5 acres with a big sweeping window in the living room. Doc and I feel like it lends itself to a more "cabinish" or "lodgey" look but how do you do that without going overboard on the cheese factor. I don't want fishing poles hanging on the wall when we don't have a lake to fish in. You know, I want it to be us and real but still jive with the property and bones of the house.

I told Doc that I want it to look like Ralph Lauren. Classic America. A little of this....

A little of this (can you say juxtaposition, boys and girls)...

Mostly this...
And a dash of that...
Now, what does that translate into for decor? Well, fortunately the man also designs home decor!

Here is our starting point..

Entryway. Love the light fixture. Not crazy about the door but it works and it stays for now.


Here's the view in from the entryway...

And the dining room...

Now, here's what I've found from Mr. Lauren that inspires me...
1. leather chairs with red and black plaid (I also dig the wicker dining chairs)

2. Native American type tapestries (again lots of red)!

3. Leopard prints thrown in here and there

4. Pheasant feathers (we had one run across the front yard the other day!)

Now, does that sound like an odd mix or what? But I think it works! Weird, quirky and strangely classic.

Here's what we have going for us...

I'm thinking that I could change out the heavy plaid and tapestry look for quilts in the spring and summer with lighter and brighter colors. And also, we must have denim. I think it would work!

Oh, how my wheels are a turnin'.

I'm linking up to Melissa's Inspired Room. Go get inspired!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The New Normal

You know when you have a major life change, like going to college, getting married or having a baby, there is a period of time when you miss the old life and are not quite comfortable in the new one. Then after a period of time you get settled in and reach what Birdie and I call "the new normal." It's that time when you realize that this is it. This is how things will be.

I think I've finally come to grips with the new normal.

We sold our old house. The timing could not have been any better. We closed 2 or 3 weeks after moving in here. So all that is behind us.

This house is starting to feel like home. My kids are playing frequently with the kids across the street. They are even getting bored (a sure sign that the newness is wearing off.) Doc mows the lawn and takes out the garbage. I have cleaned the bathrooms enough times that I'm starting to lose count. You know...we are doing normal things.

The best part of the new normal is when you realize, "Hey, this new life is going to be alright." I've been having more and more of those moments. I felt that way when we stopped by my sister-in-law's house on the way home from running errands, on a weeknight, and watched the kids play in the yard while sitting on the patio visiting. I feel that way every time I walk into a Target store...there are benefits to living in a bigger city (or at least in the country by the bigger city.) I felt that way when Doc laid his head on the pillow last night and said, "I love this place." And I'm sure I will feel that way when my in laws all come over for a Mother's Day celebration we will be hosting on Sunday.

I love those moments. They let me know I can breathe again.

Yesterday, I had a group of girls over (the bridesmaids from my sister's wedding) to make cupcakes for her shower. Grammy and Nana were also here and as I looked around in the chaos of the 10 children, (thanks PhoJo for being on kid duty) smelled the yummy aromas in the oven, saw beautiful pink cupcakes all lined up, and watched Lou Lou sprinkle sparkly sugar on the top, I felt thankful. Thankful that I now have a big open kitchen and living area to accommodate all these special people and a location close enough to be a meeting place and thought to myself, as Grammy often says,"This is good stuff."

I think I'm going to like it here.