Speaking of fun, I'm going on a lunch date with my man for Valentine's day. And can I just say that we are in the weirdest stage of parenting when it comes to date nights? Our kids are old enough that they don't want a babysitter... which I get. Joe will be a teenager in just a few weeks. (I might have just fallen on the floor.) But they aren't big enough kids that they want to be left alone when it's dark, and they also fight like crazy so I'm never sure if running to the grocery store for a few minutes will end in tragic drama. So I suppose for right now, a lunch date is pretty much our only option. Is anyone else in this same stage?
Also, speaking of stages. My daughter is hooked on Downton Abbey with me, and I could not be more thrilled to have an in-house viewing partner now. More and more I'm getting these crazy glimpses of what it will be like as our relationship actually develops in mutual friendship under that parenting umbrella. I'm loving watching her grow up and want to go shopping with me and do those fun girly activities together.
Now. I've been house tweaking all week, and I'm pretty sure it's the spring-itch-fever. I just can't wait for warmer temps, sunshine and relaxed days. That said, I had one of those one-thing-leads-to-twenty-others moments this week. I painted our kitchen island, recovered the two guest room pillows, painted an old piece of art with ombre pink paint (seriously can't stop looking at it, Iloveitsomuch.), moved my bedroom furniture all around because our bed really needed to be on a different wall for traffic flow which in turn sent me hunting for a new space for my night stand and lamp since the new configuration didn't allow for it beside my bed anymore, rehung bedroom pictures on the new walls, spray painted a lantern gold just for fun, and finished five new spring prints for my shop (coming next week.) It was crazy around here. Like, crazy-fun-productive.
I needed a week like that.
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Now about the island repaint... I had been wanting to change our island color for months to a soft creamy gray color, but kept thinking, "People will make fun of me (I know you wouldn't of course but some of my real life people might) for "always changing things" which sometimes (I dare admit) hurts my feelings because it's so often said like it's a bad quality to possess, even though I do it because my mind and taste and ideas change. And so then I had this thought, "Does everyone eat the exact same thing every night for dinner? Of course not!! Change can be refreshing, dog-gone-it!" (So even though we are still undecided about the exterior house painting color (summer project) (but narrowing down our choices) and our ceiling/wall color repaint (spring project?) I knew just what I wanted to do with my island.) I showed my man a picture from Pinterest, and he nailed the color, as always. (We used Sherwin Williams, Light French Gray with 200% tint)
As soon as it was painted I loved it and kicked myself for holding back all those months. Why do I not live my life like this? Being bold and brave and just doing it... and eating my dessert first!
On that note, Happy Valentine's day to all of you. You sure make my life sweeter.
P.S. The winner of My Favorite Things giveaway was Erin Williams. (Erin give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.)