Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dear Evans (5!)

Dear Evans,

WOW! You turned FIVE today. How five years have gone by I do not know. Some days it feels like 15 years, other days 5 minutes. All the while, time has gone by and you are a year older. No longer a toddler, but now a little girl. You keep saying you will just stay at five and don't need to get older or move out, or go to college. You want to stay here at home with Mama and Daddy. You say you won't get married, but that if you should one day, don't worry- it'll be to Daddy and we can all just share a room. You'll even help with dishes! Now of course I know that won't be the case. Each day your curiosity and awareness of the big world grows (just like your shoe size. How DO I keep up with your shoe size, girl. I should own stock in Keds at this point). I'm excited to see what this new year brings for you.

You'll be starting KINDERGARTEN this year! This year in your 4k class it's all about getting you "Kindergarten Ready".  Kindergarten Ready? For me, all I can think is kindergarten- already? I know there are five candles on your birthday cake, I know that, but weren't there just a minute ago only 1 or 2?

How are we here?

What happened?

Kindergarten Ready.

I have to give credit to the teachers at your school, because you are definitely ready. You've learned how to identify all of your letters, you can write most of them now, and you've even started reading and spotting words! Incredible. You love to draw. You've memorized your birthday of course, which you've been asking about since back in July - is it December 13th yet?? You know your address, your parents' names, your numbers, and you now count up to 30. Wow. You are definitely ready, my girl.

Yet, I can't help but wonder... who is preparing the mamas for this big change? Who is making sure mama is ready to share you with the world? That mama is ready to give up playing hooky just because we feel like having a day at the park, or a late breakfast? That mama is prepared for the bus riding, and the car pooling, and the school projecting, and the home working, and all the things?
(And God, forbid, the bullying. I hope and pray everyday that you would have a kind heart towards others and others towards you).

 Who makes sure Mama is Kindergarten Ready?

I don't have that answer. But, I'll tell you, I don't feel ready. In my mind I still see you as a baby in that swing, hollering your head off and not sleeping. Just wanting your mama. And isn't it funny to be longing for those days now? Those days I thought I'd never survive.

I asked you today if you wanted me to pick you up early so that we could have some one on one time and do something fun for your birthday. Your response- "no, I think I want to celebrate with my friends". I laughed, but at the same time I thought "and so it begins".

You really are growing up. Whether I'm ready, or not.  

Love you always,


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Design Work Lately

What a year it has been. I am, like always, so far behind on this blog. I thought about letting it go... but gosh I'm just not quite ready! I'll do better next year prioritizing documenting our little lives and this business of mine. Pinky swear so hold me to it :)

Here's look at some of the design work I've done over the past year. I am grateful, grateful, grateful for all of my wonderful clients that have trusted me with their homes. It has been the busiest year to date for my business, and for that I just say THANK YOU!!!!!

This one still in progress, but how beautiful is this Atlanta renovation?! 

And an exterior renovation.  Different paint choices and the addition of a metal awning at the front entrance totally transformed this home. The brick looks brand new! Amazing what a few color choices can do! 

I hope to get pictures of a few more projects I've been on lately. Christmas season is ramping up for me, and I'll be sure to share all of the tree designs this year! Some fun ones planned, including a baseball themed Christmas. 

Merry, merry! Everything! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Happy Anniversary!

Cheers to NINE years! (a month ago)

For our anniversary this year, we went to Cola's for dinner. We hadn't been there yet and had been wanting to try it out since so many people raved about the place. And they were right, it's so so good! The service was great, too. We got a table next to the windows overlooking Assembly St. We ate way too much, but I regret none of it. HA!

After dinner we went to the Lace House (where we got married) for a stroll (and to walk off some of that food). We hadn't been back through the gardens in years. It is still just as pretty as ever. It was fun to reminisce that day. Especially since this time it was not one-thousand degrees in full sun :)

I am thankful for a husband that works hard for his family and is always wanting what's best for us. I'm also thankful for his fried egg sandwiches, his cheeseburgers, his BBQ, his steaks... the list goes on and on. Ladies, marry a man that knows his way around the kitchen because then you'll never have to. HA!

He drives me crazy, but I'd be crazy without him :) I'd marry him all over again. Even if he does wear that tiger orange.