Monthly Archives: March 2012

Grow Up

Since Monday morning at 4:45, my son has been out of my hands and on his own.  He joined many of his eighth grade class on a school trip to the Outer Banks.

Hubby and I have been struggling with the whole independent, self-sufficient thing with our son.  I’m sure it’s all my fault, being the mom and all, that he isn’t where we think he should be on the “grow up” chart, but he’s getting there.  I was thrilled that he was excited to go on this trip with his classmates.  Talk about do or starve!  No one is going to help him but himself on this trip.

But….  I miss him!  Cell phones or electronics of any kind were not allowed on the trip.  They even checked all suitcases and scanned the kids before they got on the bus.  I haven’t talked with him since Monday.  No communication whatsoever.  Just feels wrong.

While I want my son to learn to do for himself (and he NEEDS to learn to do for himself), I don’t like it one bit that I can’t at least talk to him.  I don’t want to sing him a lullaby, just ask how his day was.  Funny thing is, though, while we can’t check in with them, if they do one thing wrong, we have to drive 7 hours to pick them up and bring them home.  Wouldn’t it be better to have the kids check in with their parent’s once a day so we can warn them that if they mess up and have to be picked early, that seven hour ride back home will not be pretty?  I would think that would be quite helpful. 

After going to his High School orientation recently, the shock of only four more years until college was too much for me.  Not just because it seemed like yesterday I was in high school (although that certainly pushed me closer to the edge!), I sat there in that auditorium, half listening, because I had to tell myself, “don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry.  Four more years!  Then the real world will get a hold of my son. 

I have my work cut out for me.  He’s an awesome kid.  I’m really not that worried.  I’m just glad he will be home tonight.  I might baby him a wee bit when he gets home.  But tomorrow, yes siree, for sure he’s picking out clothes all by himself.  I’m even going to make him pour his own milk!  Ha!   ; )

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Accessorizing Bookcases

Having threes bookcases to fill for my new Library/Office was a little more overwhelming than I thought it would be.  I looked for some inspiration for accessorizing bookcases and came up with the resources/pictures below.

I literally pulled out all my knick knacks, went through all my books, including my children’s books, and grabbed anything and everything off all the shelves and on top of cabinets to use in the bookcases.  Of course I went shopping at HomeGoods and Kirklands too! : )  It took a couple of days of playing and reorganizing to come up with the look I wanted.  But it was fun!

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House of 34 bookcases.  The final product!  At least this week anyway. ; )

Dining Room turned Library/Office

Happy Monday! 

I’m almost finished redoing  my “dining room that’s not a dining room”.  Let’s call it my new Library/Office.  Over the weekend I finished the drapes and got them hung. 

I have to give a shout out to my favorite local fabric store, Tony’s Fabrics, for coming through and finding more fabric for me.   Panic set in when I finally decided on the fabric for my drapes and they didn’t have enough to make two.  That old saying “you snooze you lose” applied to me big time!  I don’t know if it was the tears in my eyes, the pouty lip or the kindness of their hearts, but they found more fabric and special ordered it for me.  I LOVE THAT STORE!  And the staff is generously helpful, offering tips and advice.  Always a great thing when you don’t know the quantity you need to buy, or even the type of fabric you need to use for a particular project.

The bookcases came from Ikea.  I love them!  The difference they alone make in the room is huge.  They are from Ikea HEMNES series.  The chairs came from HomeGoods (of course!).  I only bought two, but I’m thinking of picking up two more, or maybe coordinating chairs.  I’m not a matchy matchy kind of girl.  The paint color is a rich brown called Sierra Spruce from Benjamin Moore.

The room is almost complete.  I’m looking for a round table to add to the room.  I’m thinking of making one actually.  But I’m having a really hard time finding an unfinished wood round table top.  No luck at Lowes or Home Depot.  ; (  Any suggestions??

Still need some artwork on the walls.  I will post more pictures when the room is complete.

Parsons chairs from HomeGoods. $99.00 each.

Bookcases from Ikea. Color Grey/Brown

Drapes are finally made! Woohoo!!

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