Sunday, June 2, 2013
I am here to share a quick little chair update/makeover but I had every intention of blogging on a completely different topic for the past five days. Life got in the way (in a good way) and I ended up with about a dozen topics and half-written posts inside my brain but no time to stop and put them together. I sat down and laid out my calendar for the next two and a half weeks until school is finished and realized that I have "patches of time" here and there for the next few weeks, and it's gonna be wild. I have said "yes" and accidentally over-committed myself all over the place. I never mean to do that, but with these two very active kiddos and the knowledge that this time is so short, I don't want to miss out on anything. If I can be there, I want to be there even if it means a jam-packed month. I know that I'm meant to savor this moment in time because some day (all too soon) my house will be really quiet and I'll be wondering what to do with the rest of my life. I am desperate to make these ticking minutes count.
I was listening to a man talk about marriage and child rearing the other day. He said that often the years between about the 10 year anniversaries and the 25 year anniversaries are your memory making years. He was encouraging us in that "category" to say "yes," let yourself drop into bed exhausted at night, do, go, and be in those moments. He said you will take more vacations, take more pictures, and make more memories with kiddos in these years than any others. I absolutely loved that. And I do want to savor these moments, no matter how fast they pass!!
I kept waiting because I knew exactly the style of chair I wanted for my office/studio space. I kept looking and looking until one day all my waiting paid off and I found it! I dragged it's ugly-ish (okay it wasn't so bad) self home and treated it to a chic little makeover. Now I love it to pieces.
I used paint that I had on hand in a random color that I mixed from three half empty cans, and an old shower curtain that I got from Target several years ago when our house was always on the market. (I'm pretty sure they still carry it. Waste not, want not.) I may never part with it. (However, I may paint and recover it 482 more times throughout the years. And I reserve the right to move it 658 other places in my home.)
I thought you'd appreciate a "real life" photo too. This table gets used for many things, baby. (I mean.. now that I have my own chair to sit in again.)
Now I'm off to piece out the upcoming week. It's going to be busy but I think my perspective on savoring those fleeting moments with my kiddos is good. It took the stress of a "crazy week" right off my plate and helped me look at it as a very "full week." What stage of life are you in? And do you have any encouragement for those doing life in a stage you've already passed through? I love hearing your thoughts!