Monday, March 30
Oh how you love the beach! Who doesn't, right? And so your dream home is either perched in your favorite beach town, or you've brought that favorite beach town into your house.
Your art and accessories speak directly to the activities that are found at the beach. Pieces of driftwood you found here, pictures or paintings of the amazing views there. Things that remind you of the coast - surf boards or fishing boats - are found throughout the house. The feeling of the seaside is both abstract and literal in the design of your space. The fabrics are natural, cottons and linens and are light in color and touch. Much of the furniture is wood or wood framed (the lighter the better, think driftwood!) and wicker, when done right, is a must.
And since your true inspiration is the sea, the colors and textures in your home are the same that you would find at your favorite beach: white, light beiges and grays of the sand and driftwood, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and vibrant blues of the sea glass� but the key is white! Your space should feel light and airy and give off the mood one has when at the beach: laid back!
Your furniture is comfortable and the layout is cozy. The more it reminds you of actually sitting on the warm sand, the better! And what do you do at the beach? Hang out with family and friends - and your home is just an extension of this play place. And though the space is filled with large white furniture, it somehow manages to feel both durable and casual
Although my rooms aren't focused on the beach... there's definitely alot of wicker, linen and natural colors! And i happen to think it's pretty darn cozy! :) (LOVE white furniture too!!) Here's pictures of my house (and NO it's never this clean!)... what do you think?! Were they right??
*new yellow linen drapes coming soon!!! i can't wait!! :)*
*please ignore the hall rug pushed all the way to the front door.... for some unknown reason a certain 1.5 yr old likes to run and slide on it as though it's home plate!!!*
Tuesday, March 24
We also celebrated Noni's birthday!! The kids pulled out their paint brushes and made her a special surprise! I must admit... it was hard for me to give them up... i wanted them for myself! :)
And this is what happens IMMEDIATELY after a 1.5 yr old plays with paint!!!
Thursday, March 12
Friday, March 6
haha! Lord, please just love him for who he is!
Looks like we may be headed back to the good ole LB sooner than we'd hope though.... Ethan is next for tubes! Something is telling me his surgery day wont go so smoothly though!! He's like his mommy... he'll be a cryer!
For those of you with little ones... i HIGHLY recommend Dr. Thompson at UT Medical Group. He's the head of the Peds ENT Dept and unbelievably nice! Also.. every nurse at LeBonheur East was so great to work with and great with the kids!
I am SOOO proud of my Lilly Kate!!
Monday, March 2
Lilly Kate just recently turned 5 years old and for those of you who know LK, you know that she's been going on 15 since birth. She entered this world making her own plans and forcing everyone she knew to follow along with her. She's strong-willed and vivacious! She was never a "child", just a miniature grown-up! It saddens me that all her tiny baby curls are no more. She's becoming more and more independent by the minute. I miss the days of just she and I. We were a perfect little pair. God blessed us. She will always hold my heart and be "mine"........... because she was for so long. (ok, in case you're wondering... yes, tears are falling as I type!)
Some of my favorite "Lilly Moments" (so hard to just pick a few!)
Ethan is my sweet one. (not that his sister isn't) I'll be honest, he's way too beautiful to be a boy.. but a boy he definitely is! He is the epitome of all things "boyish". He was our untimely little surprise. Life was not ready for Ethan, but he somehow eased his way into it. He's easy-going and carefree. There's not an ounce of fear in his little body. I say little, but he is far from it! He was going on 9 lbs when he was born and hasn't slowed down since. He is currently the size of a child a year older than him.... I sure hope he likes football! He's my bashful baby.. he has such quiet and innocent eyes. He will break your heart in a second!! (trust me!) He's a pleaser and a cuddler. I tell him that he's my soul. Lilly has my heart and he fills up my soul with all things good in the world! Lately, he's been looking more and more like a boy and not so much a baby anymore. He still has those sweet cheeks and mischievous eyes though.. i hope he never loses those! (girls will fall for him like crazy!) :) There's nothing better than seeing his toothy little grin to make a bad day better! I will miss cuddling with my little guy, as those quiet moments are few and far between these days!
My Sweet E..
I guess it was this last picture of Ethan that got that "empty nest" feeling within me. He just looked so grown up. Then i read an incredible blog (post below) about how another mom is feeling the same way as me. She wrote about how she still longs to hold her little boy and quoted from the book Love You Forever.
It's about a Momma who picks up her baby while he sleeps and rocks him
back and forth,
And she would sing,
I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
my baby you'll be.
Incredibly sweet, right?! Yes... more tears... oh geez!
Well, then i came across this poem... and i really started to feel the tug on the heart strings!!
Song for a Fifth Child
Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
So true.... babies don't keep.... enjoy them while they last!