Sunday, May 31, 2009
When I return to blogland I will hopefully have tons of pics for your viewing pleasure. To whet your appetite, the fireplace IS even more fabulous in person...and don't even get me started on the chandelier in my powder room... ;)
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Around this time last year Matt made the decision (and I supported him, it wasn't tyranny) to move our family to LA at the beginning of this year. He was working more and more in the indie film industry and he wanted to do even more, but didn't want to be away from the family. He had talked about it a couple of times before, but I hated the idea. So while I never said I wouldn't, I didn't encourage the idea either. Up until last summer it had always fizzled out, but this time it was for sure.
I don't know if it was paranoia or women's intuition or inspiration or what, but I felt so strongly that living in LA would be the absolute worst thing for our family. I wanted Matt to have every opportunity to achieve all his goals and ambitions but I knew down in my core that it would come at a cost.
Fast forward to the day before Matt died--
It was a hot, sunny Saturday morning and I was in the pool with Brigham and Hunter. My friend Shandolynne called and we visited for awhile. She was telling me about this amazing Texas Sheet Cake recipe on the blog of a woman she went to church with, which lead to a conversation about the woman herself, new friend Becky, actually. She is not more than 2 years older than we are, has 7 kids, and her husband was dying from cancer.
After we got out of the pool, I went to her blog to check out the recipe. The song on her playlist at that very moment was Rascall Flatts' "Stand".
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This morning when I looked at them I decided that not only was it worth a fight, my ability to think of myself as a good mom hinged on clipping these toenails TODAY. I'm wishing I took a before picture, but for your sakes it's good that I didn't.
I took Brigham outside for the clipping so I wouldn't have to clean up the residue. He made it half way through the job before the agony of it all became too much for him. "Could I at least have a sleeping pill for this?!"
Thursday, May 14, 2009
When Hunter saw Seth squirming around the house in this outfit he said, "He wooks wike a ant." I guess because of the knots sticking up on either side of the hat?
Sorry the pictures are kinda dark. I hear there's software out there that can fix these things. Maybe one of these days I'll check it out. For now, you get dark pictures. At least the kid is cute.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Feeling sluggish? Fat? Dreading swimsuit season? Want to be healthier? Let’s work together, motivate each other, and have a little competition! I just finished a similar competition and loved it so much that I had to start this one so I could continue on a healthy path. It’s great motivation! Not only because you could win money, but you have to report your points weekly for everyone to see! You don’t want to look like a bum!
No Sugar – 1 point
No Unhealthy Snacks – 1 point
Healthy & Correctly Portioned Breakfast – 1 point
Healthy & Correctly Portioned Lunch – 1 point
Healthy & Correctly Portioned Dinner – 1 point
Take Multi-Vitamin – 1 point
No Food After 8:30 p.m. – 1 point
Exercise 45 minutes – 2 points
Drink 64 oz. Fluid (No Sugar!) – 1 point
Total = 10 points daily
You will also have 10 bonus points that can be used throughout the competition for those days where you are really struggling. You will need to report any bonus points used in your Sunday email. Any unused points will be added to your final score at the end!
The competition will start May 24th and will run for 10 weeks until August 1st. All money is due by May 20th. You can mail your payment to:
(if you want the info, leave a comment w/your email or some contact info and I'll give it to you.)
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
When Seth was just 5 days old, a dear friend of mine sent a photographer, Maggie Holmes, to our home for a photo shoot. When she asked if there was anything specific I was looking for, I asked her to take a picture of Seth on Matt's piano bench.
Still today the sweetness of that moment brings tears to my eyes. We have pictures of Brigham playing the piano with his dad, and Hunter playing the piano with his dad. But for Seth, the best I could do was this image of his exquisitely beautiful five-day-old self with the motionless keys of his dad's piano in the background.
Today, almost 7 months after that picture was taken, I put Seth back on a piano bench. The image is hugely different! It's kind of long, because I don't know how to edit, so don't feel bad if you skip some of it.
I don't know if Seth has been blessed with Matt's musical ability or if he's just a jolly baby in front of a really noisy toy. I do know he was really upset when I took him away from it. Here's hoping the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
But never fear! The Great Fireplace Debate of '09 has come to a resolution! I have ignored all of your counsel in favor of something fabulously dramatic, but I'm not going to tell you what because I'm afraid there may be an uprising of my readership. All you need to know, for now, is that it will look awesome. Don't think this doesn't mean that I don't appreciate your input (too many negatives in that phrase?), because of course I do. But I have a vision...and it is stunning...
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
This is my fireplace as it currently is. Not a great picture, but you get the idea. (This is not my furniture, BTW.)
Do you favor something conservative and pretty like this:
Or do I go full wall dramatic like this:
Gorgeous, huh?! This last one is actually my favorite, and I think I'd like it better without the light stone right under the mantle, and I wouldn't have the hearth part in front. Imagine the walls are a perfect shade of brown-gray taupe (Glidden Soft Suede) and the floors are a rich dark brown hard wood(so dark they're almost black-they're called Black Tulip, in fact).
Care to share your opinion? If you have a pic of another fabulous fireplace, post a link in the comments please.