Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New House: The Afterish Dining Room

     When I last I left you, you were staring at our boring brown box of a dining room.  Since then, I’ve managed to steal away time for a few pictures and a mostly completed look.  Just to remind you, this is where we started…

Dining Room

This is taken from the opposite angle, but I think it gives the best view of what we’re working with.  Also it’s the least blurry and yellow.  I am hopeless with a camera.  Flash, no flash, lights on, lights off, windows open, windows shut…doesn’t matter.  My pictures are always yellow and slightly crooked.

     I realized when taking these pictures how empty it still looks in here, but there are plans in place.  Those plans just don’t include me spending all the dollars to get some more furniture.  I’m kind of looking for chairs…but kind of not in a hurry.

The church pew was the first piece of furniture we bought for this room, and it may be my favorite piece in the house.

     We stumbled upon the pew at a local antique store and snapped it up.  I have been wanting one for such a long time, and they can be really hard to find and really expensive.  The table came from another local antique/junk store and I love that it’s dinged up without being “distressed.”  The light fixture came from my grandmother’s shed, where it had been my whole life…waiting on me.

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The valance matches one we put in the kitchen and is made of foam board!  The armoire had a former life as an ugly television cabinet until it was painted and antiqued by a family friend.  Now it houses our files, printer, and computers.


     The platter is lettered with one of my favorite hymns – Come Thou Fount.  This room is by no means finished.  We’re still planning on redoing floors at some point, and I would love to get matching upholstered chairs for either end of the table and a bench for the front.  I say it every time, but I really like how this room turned out.  I use it more than I thought I would when we first moved, and once we have a little more seating, I think we’ll get even more use out of it.  It’s a nice light balance to the living room, but the accents really complement each other.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Dear Davis–Ten Months

     Davis Malcolm…I look at you every day and think, “There is no way he is ten months old!”  It has been the fastest ten months of my life, and I still feel like we’ve had you forever.  You’ve always been our baby.  This month has been a big one!  You had your first Easter, you learned to walk, and you kept us so, so busy.


     At the beginning of this month,  you were still cruising, but it was fast and furious.  About a week in, you threw caution to the wind and set yourself free!  You are all over the house (and yard…and furniture).  Every time you’ve learned a new skill, it has only taken you about 1.2 days to totally master it.  As soon as you learned to walk, you also figured out how to turn around, squat, stop, and dance.  Busy.

     You have been all about Daddy this month (and every  month).  Now that you’re truly mobile, you follow him everywhere.  These past few sick days (HFMD…boo) at home have been all Daddy all the time, and you are getting so spoiled!  When he leaves the room, you follow him.  If he shuts the door, you bang on it.  If he leaves the house, you sit at the door and cry and wait.  I love how much you love him! 

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This month was your first Easter!  We celebrated at the Ballpark, and you had such a big time!  When we picked you up from nursery, they told us that you are very active…all the other babies took a nap…you did not. Busy.

Also, you will be wearing that suit until you are 12.

Looking outside

We have the same feelings about pasta.

Length: You still feel so long to me.  You’ll probably be taller than me by next week.

Weight: As of Monday, 21.5 lb.

Head: So big and heavy and hot and sweaty

Eating: 8 oz. at 6 a.m., 10 a.m., and 6 p.m. with a small cup of formula or water at 2 p.m.  We haven’t had any baby food this month!  You love pasta, grits, all vegetables (GREEN BEANS), strawberries, pears, puffs, yogurt melts, applesauce, chicken (SO. MUCH. CHICKEN.)

Sleeping: Same as always – 7ish to 6ish with one or two naps

This will be at the beach…although I can’t imagine you’ll stay in it.  But that hat!

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Pictures are not your favorite…but I’m the boss…so…

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You are just the best.  You are so special to us, and we love you so, so, SO much!