Saturday, February 20, 2010

sunshine and surprises

A sunshining Saturday is enough to make me smile considering we've not seen the sunshine around these here parts in weeks. It's been nothing but gray skies and lots of white snow. And despite gray and white being two of my absolute favorite colors, I've discovered that's not the case when it comes to the weather. However, the sun is out in full force today gracing us with blue skies and little wind so what is it that we plan to do to enjoy it? Go shopping, of course! Here in Columbus we have an "indoor/outdoor mall" Easton Town Center so we'll get to enjoy the beautiful day without freezing our tushes off.

Thanks to the always lovely and gracious Holly at one of my not-so-secret favorite blogs Life In The Fun Lane I learned that Hollister has ALL of their jeans on sale and despite no longer being a teenager, they were always my favorite jeans so I'm determined to shop there anyway. :) Shopping for jeans is sometimes one of the most depressing tasks I face but with my supportive hubby and little man tagging along I'm braving the mission today. I'll report back on how it goes and if these come home with me...

Another very pleasant surprise lately has been a new and absolutely fabulous blog I came across not too long ago. Maria only starting blogging a month ago and already has over 500, count 'em, 500 followers. One look at her blog Dreamy Whites and you too will be in love, I'm sure of it. She's not only another beautiful gal with a lovely family and a sweet nature about her writing, but she's humble. A real doll this one is. With a gorgeous home, and, lucky for us, she's hosting an adorable little give-away so be sure to take a look and let her know I sent you. :)

Wishing all of you lovelies lots of sunshine and smiles on this Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I've missed all of you lovelies. However, despite not posting much recently I have been keeping up on my favorite blogs and can't tell you how thankful I am for the smiles they bring to my face. You see, the phrase "when it rains, it pours" seems to be true to it's words in my life lately. There was the month of watching a loved one fight a battle with cancer that she tragically and very quickly, lost. That brought family from all over that I've not seen in years. Many, many, years. So dealing with the mixed emotions of grief from our loss along with the love and excitement we felt from seeing (and hugging) one another, made for a difficult time. Spending the weekend surrounded by family and friends I love the most, including my dad who lives in Florida for the winter (and now, this upcoming summer too *insert crying here*) had me on a high despite having only about 5 hours of sleep the entire weekend, but they say "all good things must come to an end", and that weekend did. Way too quickly. It took me a few days to adjust back to real life and the reality that I am two hours from my closest family member and again, over a thousand miles away from my dad. It was my little saving grace, Jack Trenton, who helped comfort me. Then came other stresses, emotions, and fears, enough snow to last me a lifetime, changes at work, and of course more work on the house. I want to get back to blogging more often. I miss it. I miss you sweethearts and your lovely comments/emails.

I'll try to share photos soon of what's been going on around here in the remodeling/redecorating department. But in the meantime, here is the list of what's to come...

-beadboard added to kitchen cabinetry
-crown moulding added to tops of cabinets
-guest bedroom painted and redecorated
-master bedroom update
-(thanks to my sweet gramma) my growing collection of milkglass

I have also been collecting frames to fill our big expansive BLANK living room wall with. Thanks to shopping through the house for frames shoved in closets, ready for a new use, or laying in the garage waiting to be painted, clearance at HomeGoods, and to my dear friend Ashley for generously giving me frames she no longer has a need for, I think we have enough to cover a good portion of that wall. The hold up? I'm fickle. No news flash there, right? Especially considering that above link is to a post in which I explained our plan to install a photo ledge. But, seeing as I don't see my family near as often as I'd like, and how completely in love I am with the memories old photos of my little man bring back, a photo ledge wouldn't accomodate nearly enough frames for my liking. So wall of frames it shall be. I just have to decide what color to paint them. Black? Or, white? Or, gray?

Initially I was leaning toward black because I am absolutely head-over-heels in love with this photo. But, we all know I have a strong desire for all things to be white around here so I can't seem to decide.

I sure hope you all haven't forgotten me and have some input on the color choices for the frames. Until next time, (which is hopefully in the very near future).... Xo