No One Puts a Thrift Store Shopper In the Corner

No One Puts a Thrift Store Shopper In the Corner

 
Blue Chairs in Meadow

Did anyone watch the new Dirty Dancing movie?

It was on last night and I was going to turn it on and put on my stirrup pants and bright blue eye shadow and rat my perm and go all 1987 and remind myself why no one puts baby in the corner.

Except.

Except I literally was driving kids around and celebrating the end of a school year and wondering if I should cut bangs in my hair…

…and I forgot.

Kind of like I forgot that stirrup pants don’t really work for me.

So to celebrate all things Dirty Dancing and amazing thrift store finds and chair makeovers, I found this post in the archives.

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When Did Love Go All 2017?

When Did Love Go All 2017?

 

I guess spring cleaning is a thing because I just spent hours cleaning out the attic.

It wasn’t planned.

It wasn’t on the schedule.

I actually didn’t even realize I was doing it until about half way through when I recruited the rest of the family to form an assembly line.  It started with a box of bandanas and cowboy hats from a long ago birthday party and 47 boxes later…

…you could actually see the attic floor.

In the middle of the clean-up, I heard the twins in the corner of the room giggling.  Giggle after giggle after giggle started and stopped and then started all over again.  I heard one of them read something to the other and then they’d burst into fits of laughter.  Curious, I put down the vacuum cleaner parts I’d been collecting and started walking over to comedy central to see what they’d found.

Suddenly, I heard something that made my heart stop mid-beat.

Wait until you hear this, I heard my daughter say.

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Every Table Needs a Superman

Every Table Needs a Superman

 

Today is all about keeping it real.

The realest of the real.

The kind of real where you don’t want to talk about real and you want to act like real doesn’t exist and you want to hide your head under the covers and talk about anything else besides real.

See this table?

This incredible, amazing, wonderful first-time table that my husband built.

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The Day We Put Screens In Their Place

The Day We Put Screens In Their Place

 

This is the year of social media cut backs for our family.

I’m not really sure where the idea came from.

Maybe it was when I realized no one really talked in the car any more.

Maybe it was when I looked around at all those blinking phones.

Maybe it was when my daughter texted me from the next room.

Whatever.  Whyever.  However.

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The Icing on the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

The Icing on the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

 
Christmas card projects jolly house

I cannot tell you how full my heart is right now.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks here with surgeries and long recovery times and let’s wait and see doctor’s appointments and I haven’t wanted to worry all of you because I know everyone else has so much going on in their own lives.

But I’ve been scared.

And nervous.

And trying to decorate for Christmas and drink hot chocolate and sing carols at the top of my lungs and act like everything is fine.  I’m good at that actually.  Acting like everything is fine.

But it wasn’t.

Until yesterday.  Until we went to the doctor’s expecting not-so-great-news-and-we’ll-have-to-wait-some-more news.

But instead?  It was the BEST OF THE BEST NEWS.  The kind of news that makes you want to celebrate and dance and laugh and guffaw out loud.

So in honor of today.

In honor of the news that we are officially on the road to an amazing recovery.

I’m sharing one of my favorite stories EVER.  I hope it makes you laugh as much reading it….

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Sign on the Dotted Line

Sign on the Dotted Line

 
How to Thanksgiving Table Ideas

No one warns you.

You’re just curling your hair and drinking coffee and trying to figure out if spaghetti squash is a thing when suddenly life lifts you up and spins you around and makes your heart flip because you discover that your kids are teenagers…

…and you haven’t buckled your seat belt.

Who knew?

You’re still filling sippy cups and replacing binkies and washing spit up out of your shirt.

And then one day you blink….

…and someone asks you for mascara.

I found this story in the archives when I was working on a project and I literally laughed out loud.

This one’s for the teenager in all of us. 🙂Continue reading

The Day Superman Came to Town

The Day Superman Came to Town

 

stackable-platforms

Tomorrow I’ll be at Chapel Market.

If you are coming, I can’t wait to meet you.

If you live in a land far far away, please know that you will be missed.

 

I know this year will even better than last year.

And so much easier.

Because this year I’m bringing an assistant who is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive and who can leap tall buildings with a single bound….

….my oldest son Denton.

To celebrate him, here’s one of my favorite stories ever about the day that Superman came to Chapel Market.

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What Would Emily Post Do?

What Would Emily Post Do?

 
Back Porch Pumpkin

We spent this weekend shopping for pumpkins.

You wouldn’t believe the pumpkins we found.

Seriously.

Warty ones and rainbow ones and textured ones and shiny ones and pumpkins that looked like they might have been Cinderella’s carriage once upon a time.

Had I been asleep?  Have I been under a rock?  When did pumpkins go all 2016?

And as I stood in the middle of the pumpkin aisle in the middle of pumpkin heaven pondering the mysteries of the universe, suddenly, out of the corner of my ear…

…I heard something that made my head twist around almost 180 degrees.Continue reading