Archive for July, 2008

(Part 1 here).  I wanted some red to spice up the living room and here’s what I envisioned:

I ended up with pretty much exactly that:

I wanted healthy plants atop the kitchen cabinets:

But I never did do that:

In the master bedroom I wanted balloon shades on the windows and to get the poster print nicely framed:

I got valances for the four windows, but no framing:

I knew some fabric in the form of a bath curtain would cozy up the master bath:

I love it:

And I love my bath buddy:

In the end it was nice to have goals for the look of the rooms here but I’m glad we didn’t spent a lot of time or money since now we’re going to move again.  I want to stay where we move for a long, long time so there will probably be much more nesting going on there!


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Here’s our current house:

Here’s the house Rodney is smitten with:

The goal is to downsize so we’ve been looking at townhouses but I came across this place and it is so “us.” It would be a downsize as it’s less square footage and considerably less cost than our current house, but it’s no townhome. Uh oh! I keep reminding Rodney about all that yardwork. We’ll see what happens.

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Here’s a close-up of the decorative plate and the print. Because Michele wanted to know what they were. :)

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Two years ago I came up with some things I’d like to buy to make our new house more homey. At that point we weren’t sure if we’d be staying here or not, so it was hard to know what purchases would be worth it in the long run.

Now that we know we’re going to move (hopefully we’ll be moving before we’ve even been here three full years), I thought I’d look back and see what changes I did make to match the photoshopped intentions I proposed.

In the entryway, I wanted a doormat to replace the leftover carpet scrap we were using:

I also wanted a little entry table and mirror:

I got the doormat!:

In the dining room I couldn’t figure out what to do with the huge blank wall across from the window:

And I wanted a pretty area rug under the table:

I didn’t get the rug, but I got this metal wall-hanging (that I’ve never been sure if I liked):

I got the four bowls in India and I know I like them. To me they look like earings for the wall. I also put up these curtains:

I never had the desire to paint the walls different colors because that would be too much work for somewhere we weren’t going to stay. But I did always wish the dining room could be a deep rose. That’s what I would’ve painted it.

In the living room I pictured valances:

And of course an area rug:

I got neither, but who could complain in this pretty room?

More to come…

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Here’s Andrea ready to get her senior pictures taken:

And here are the proofs we just got in the mail:

I love how the proofs are on a cheap sheet of copy paper with deep creases across her face in all three. But the funniest things are the add-on’s… for an extra $10 you can get Facial Retouching, for $20 there’s Stray Hair Removal, and $50 will get you Removal of Braces. It’s like eighty bucks for a whole ‘nother kid.

(She doesn’t look all that much different from her Kindergarten picture, does she? And I LOVE those stray hairs! *sniff)…

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Thumbs Up!

Okay, now they’ve started changing the sign once a day, sometimes twice! (First written about in this post). It was driving me crazy so Andrea and a friend did me a favor and stopped by the house and asked. You want the long, drawn out explanation? “He’s undecided.”

That’s it? Why is he going to so much effort to announce that? Did he do the paintings? I’m going to have to go talk to this guy myself. Please note Barack is facing his left and using his left hand, while John is facing and holding up his right. Genius! Or I’m just reading too much into this.

These two sites I’ve found are hilarious:

  1. It’s Lovely! I’ll Take It! A collection of poorly chosen photos from real estate listings.
  2. Cake Wrecks. When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong.

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Simple Life

My need to simplify has been mostly regarding our home and the stuff in it, but it’s also affected my blogging. I went from two blogs (plus domains) I was paying for to this one that is free. I’m getting rid of Flickr and I no longer have myspace or facebook or anything else. (I don’t think… things sometimes crop up that I’ve forgotten about but I want to now just post everything to this new little blog).

Remember how Andrea called me from her trip and announced she WAS GOING to live by the ocean when she got older? A couple days later I was reading an article that mentioned the children’s book Miss Rumphius, in which a little girl decides when she grows up she will do 3 things: travel to faraway places, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. It reminded me so much of Andrea that I bought it to give her when she got home.

After reading I realized it was just as much for me.

I looked up my old “life list” I’d written years ago (or “bucket list” as people call them now). I had 153 items on that list. How did Miss Rumphius have only three? And how did her three things seem more complete than my hundred fifty-three?

So I streamlined my list down to seven (being charmed by Miss Rumphius’ desire to make the world more beautiful, I had to add that):

  • travel as much as is possible
  • work at making and keeping true friends
  • remember God
  • be a good mother
  • stay in love with my husband
  • live in a quaint small town
  • and do something to make the world more beautiful

Sounds simple…

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