Friday, May 22, 2015

Anticipating summer

Summer is right around the corner and I, for one, can't wait.  In this house, we are counting down the days because with two people in middle school, its been a year of roller coaster emotions and I feel like we are limping toward the finish line around here!

As you know, I have the loveliest part-time job organizing and decorating and staging people's living spaces.  After work we are always joking around about how we can not shut it off once we have finished up for the day and headed home... we walk in our doors and have to find something to clean, organize, tidy, redecorate and such.  We all do it.

Yesterday, we had one of those scheduled meetings for a 504 planning session at school for one of my kiddos and I was a nervous wreck all day in anticipation of it.  I spent the whole day trying not to think about it and of course it's all I could think about, so I poured myself into nesting.  These are the tweaks that evolved from my afternoon of nerve-managing.

(The meeting went well- but there is no way to escape the raw emotional turmoil after those meetings and the way you tend to feel as a mom looking at/fearing the future and such.  I can't go into it much, as I don't know who reads this anymore that might be connected to my kids, but those kinds of meetings are always hard and painful on the heart, and that, I can tell you.  After the meeting, I was trying not to fall apart and cry all over the place, and thinking I might actually succeed, when a neighbor I'd never met, stopped in to tell me about a situation that had happened with this child a few weeks before. Though she was very kind, the timing could seriously not have been worse for my poor mama's heart. All of the raw edges I'd been barely hanging onto crashed in on me at once and I sobbed for a couple of hours and I couldn't make myself stop. I couldn't figure out why of all days, a few weeks after the incident, yesterday was the day that had been destined for me to be "enlightened" about my child's poor choice. But when Adrain came home and prayed with me, thanking God for the events of the day- even the hard ones, I was reminded that someday I will be able to be the ultimate empathizer to some young mama dealing with kids on the spectrum or special needs and all that entails, and maybe I can share yesterday with her and tell her that at the end of the day, with God's help, I survived. (And she will too.) Praise the Lord.  Motherhood is so hard sometimes isn't it?   Well that's all I'll say about that now.  Thank you so much for being there for me- so many of you on Instagram reached out with virtual hugs in that moment where I was sobbing and falling apart like a crazy woman, and loved on me.)


So moving onward and upward. People frequently ask me what I do with our decor as it's always changing.  For the most part, I keep rotating many of the same things around in various rooms and uses, and I've got a large tub that I store in the garage with decor items not in use such as picture frames, prints, seashells, votives, sand, moss, and other random decor items. I do tend to donate or consign anything I have not used in the space of two seasons so it can bless another person.  (If I am hanging onto it in a closet or something and not using it at all, it's not blessing me or anyone else.)  I also have a huge tub with white candles of every size, and I have a linen closet between my kiddos rooms where I store trays and baskets, extra bedding, cloth napkins, guest room essentials and random things with no home that I keep for decor tweaking.  If I know I want to do some nest fluffing, I tend to pull the tub inside and lay things out, walking from room to room, changing items here and there, often several times, until I've got things the way I want them.  No surface is off limits and I love spending an afternoon moving things like this.  It feels very homey to move this candle here, or that plant over there, etc.

As for photos that get changed often, I simply use a dab of spackle on the end of my finger, and push it into the tiny hole left behind and then I use an artist brush and touch up the paint as needed.  It keeps the walls looking nice and I don't feel guilty about moving things around on a whim!
 
 I have printed out nearly every Instagram photo I've ever taken into these tiny books using the printstagram site. The mini books hold 50 photos each and come as a two pack for $12.  It's a blast to keep them out where people can enjoy them.  I always think, why take lovely photographs if you aren't going to DO something with them? (Which reminds me that I've got to finish our Mexico photo book.  I love using Snapfish for that as you an usually find a pretty decent coupon and I choose the same sized book each time so they all look like part of a collection.)

 Not a lot has changed in the kitchen, in anticipation of summer... Still loving, LOVING, loving the doors off and the glass doors moved over here, so I had to slip another photo of it into this post... sorry for the house redundancy!  Ha!  So farmhouse casual and inviting to me. 

 I found these wire fairy lights (not their real name) at the grocery store in the outdoor area.  They are my favorite! I also moved a basket of magazines back out onto the bottom shelf because I love those lazy summer afternoons with iced tea on the front porch where I can actually pull them out and read all the articles I've saved over the past few months.  (Have we ever talked about my magazine reading system?  Here it is in a nutshell-  (and don't you dare laugh.) I first go through fairly quickly and dog-ear anything that I want to revisit like a product or site I'd like to try or a project or a decor arrangement I like.  Then later, when I have the time, I go through and slowly try to soak anything up that I missed.  I dog-ear a few more pages or un-dog-ear a few and then I whip back through and rip out every dog-earred page that remains, mark notes about what sparked my attention, and then I organize them into a binder with plastic sleeves.  It becomes my inspiration book and I'd been doing that long before Pinterest came around.)

 I put the much used dominoes in a jar.  I love putting games out and about for Summer.  We seem to play them more and I have no idea why.  Less busy maybe?






Tiny tweaks... nothing major...but I did move a large mirror back into the guest room behind the table. It bounces lovely light into this room.  And... I'm completely ready for overnight guests for the summer! 


(I only show this ugly-ish corner because I never do... )We moved our desk out of here but the printer stayed. Ugh it's so ugly but it's gotta go someplace and better here than in the kitchen!  I would love a sweet, comfy chair and side table someplace in this guest room but I'll have to keep my eyes open for the perfect one.  It can't be too large but it should be very comfortable.  It's always so fun to have a shopping goal in the back of your mind but no hurry so you can browse until you find just the right one at the right price! 
And finally...( sorry to show a restroom.  I think that's so weird but well... whatever.) I wanted to point out that I made over that old egg basket with yellow spray paint.  It is my very favorite thing in this bathroom because it is so fun and lighthearted!

Okay friends, that's it.  Just a few tweaks here and there!  Are you tweaking your decor much for Summer? 
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15 comments:

  1. I always love your tweaks to your home!! It inspires me to go tweak my home!! :) I always feel inspired when I visit your blog. I've added red, white and blues in my main living spaces and have a few mini flags out for the weekend. :) I'm cleaning house today preparing for our daughter and son-in-law's visit. :) Prayers for your mama heart too. It is hard but God IS faithful!! :)

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    1. oh man I was thinking about the flags.. I always put them out but I haven't yet. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  2. Note to everyone out there...when is the last time you told a parent something wonderful about their child. It is something I remind myself every day. My own youngest challenged authority every single day in school. He never had an opinion he didn't feel the need to share. I dreaded seeing the school phone number pop up on my phone. One during a high school open house, a stranger stopped us and said, "Are you Ben' s parents?" I braced myself for the worst, but she told me that her son was new to the school and that Ben was so nice to him in class that it made being new easier. Believe me we didn't get gold like that very often". My husband and I always tried to emphasize the positive. I made it a routine to write principals and teachers when I saw good things happen. You can't believe the thanks you get and how much it means to people. So let's all get out there and look for and see the great things in kids....every kid has them, I know.

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    1. I loved this comment... like, BIG PUFFY HEART loved it.

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  3. Girl we are kindred spirits for sure and my house is always being "tweaked" as well. Some times hubby notices that day and some times it takes days...LOL The need for simplicity is calling me once again, each time moving stuff around more for use then decor. Making them work together is a great added bonus.

    Ok well I am ready to head out your day so I am glad my room is ready.......LOL ~hugs~ Have a great weekend to you and yours.

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    1. Yes... always for use.. if I can't use it I toss it!! haha

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  4. Your house is adorable :) I have been through the 504 process so I understand how you feel. It is a continuous uphill battle. Unfortunately, because my daughter didn't get her 504 in place till mid-high school, it wasn't very helpful; she had basically checked out and given up by then. Had it been in place much earlier, it might have been more useful. Keep going with it; hopefully it will make a difference in the learning process. I understand how you feel; I have cried many times over this :)

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    1. Thanks girl. I appreciate this and I'm sorry it wasn't more helpful for you... that stinks. No perfect system I guess. Boo.

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  5. Yes, the Lord will definitely use you to minister to other Moms along the way. There are so, so many issues face with parents but we often think we are the only ones. My daughter in law is a special ed teacher and does 504's all the time. She looks at her job as her ministry and loves her kiddos as her own. She works in a middle school and loves that age. Blessings to you as you continue on this journey.

    Love your home, so warm and inviting!

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  6. I just left education at the end of Feb, after 11.5 working as a special ed tutor. I had the softest spot for the hardest kids, and because I was really good at my job, I was walked all over and often did the job of three people. (not trying to toot my own horn, because really, if they had let me just do one person's job, I might still be there). My favorite thing to do was to tell parents how awesome their kids were, because when you have a challenging child, it's not awesome that you get to hear how great they are. You know what's even better? Telling those kiddos how awesome they are as well. I worked with one little boy this year up until I left who spent 3 years hearing what a challenge he was, and how difficult he was to managed and how horrible his behaviors were. Everyone warned me about him when I got him. He was the sweetest boy and his life had been so hard. Every day, no matter what had gone wrong, at the end of the day we talked about what had gone right, and what things I was proud of him for. In the daily report that went home to his mother I made sure to tell her what had caused the issues, and made an extra big deal if he was able to turn it around. Focus on the good, even when it is hard. Make him feel like you are his biggest cheerleader, in spite of the mess, because he already feels like it's him against the world and everyone else. It will make a huge, huge difference. Good luck!! Love you blog, and your big, beautiful heart. <3 B

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  7. I have not chatted with you in such a long time. Life with middle school kids is just so busy. I am glad you are all doing well. Your sweet home is still my favorite. It is simply fabulous. I love the yellow egg basket. I pray that life finds you blessed. And I hope you open your shop again sometime if God points you in that direction(: Susan

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  8. Your blog and house tweaking is always so beautiful! I know about a mama's heart and how hard it is especially when a child choses to go the wrong path (mine). High school was so stressful for me but we both survived and he's now in college. I still worry and have my fears but just have to have faith that everything will work out in the end.

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  9. I always enjoy coming to your blog because that house tweaking thing?? I'm constantly doing it and I'm so glad to see someone else who does as well!

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  10. GIRL!! i love peeking into your home. i love everything about it!! you're a good mama sasha. so in tune with the hearts of your kiddos. thank you for always opening your heart...
    xoox

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  11. Where are the instagram photo books from?

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