Yesterday was crazy hair day at school.

Just in case you hadn’t marked your calendar yet…..crazy hair day falls somewhere between crazy-sock day and crazy-dress-up-like-your-favorite-book-character day.

And let me tell you…..

….it can get a little crazy.

I spent all morning trying to create a hairdo for one of the twins that was a cross between a waterfall and a faux hawk…..with a mouth full of bobby pins…..

….wishing I had gone to beauty school.

Twenty minutes….a can of hairspray….a double twist on the hair ribbon and two extra helpings of patience later….

…..I watched at that faux-hawk-waterfall twirl its way to the bus stop along with her sister.


And then the house was quiet.

And in all that quiet….I poured myself a cup of coffee….cleaned up the bobby pins…..

……and started planning a little spring decorating in the kitchen.

I searched the blog for spring and decorating and table and kitchen….and as I read….

….I discovered this story from long ago lost in the pages of the blog.

I had forgotten all about it.

And I laughed out loud when I read it….and I hope you will too.

So with a few minor edits…’s the “Honey” story for an encore performance.


The other day as I was working on some projects around the house… of my tiny blue-eyed blonde-haired twins turned to me and pronounced in a voice as clear as a bell…..“Mom….when I get older I’m going to live in a mansion.”

I smiled to myself . “ Wow….a mansion…..that’s fancy.”

“Yep,” she continued. “And it’s going to have pink daisies……

……and a make-up room.”

“A make-up room? “  I laughed.  “You’re going to have that much make-up?”

Undeterred she added,  “And I’m going to wear high heels and call my husband, “Honey.”

I paused for a moment to give these future plans and dreams my complete and undivided attention.  “What? You are going to call your husband…Honey?”

“That is so sweet.”

She promptly rolled her eyes at me and made a face.


“Well….I don’t think I’m going to call him that all the time.….just sometimes… you and dad.  ”

Then with a big grin…..she laughed.

“I like when you call dad…..”Honey”

I smiled and turned back to the unfinished projects…..and started counting my blessings.

1.  The winter snow had almost melted.

2.  The sunshine was warm and I saw a few blades of grass and spring was just around the corner.

3.  My daughter was going to have colored flowers and a make-up room in her future.

4.  And she knew how much her parents loved each other.


All was right with the world.


And then…..through my dreamy haze of blessings…..I heard her sister chime in.

“She’s right.

You call him, “Honey” all the time.

You always say….”Honey….can you hang this for me?”

And  ”Honey….can you build this?

And “Honey….can you help me….I need to put this on the blog?”


You know those crazy hair wearers…..

……they’re a really tough crowd.  🙂

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  1. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    How absolutely precious with a side of sass : ) LOL!!! I see the twins personality threw this adorable little story!!! Thanks for the morning smile...just what I needed and by the way...the clip of Spring Decor is gorgeous and oh the fleur de lis...GORGEOUS!!!!!! Sending hugs and wishes to you and yours to have a wonderful day!

  2. Image for Marisa Franca Marisa Franca

    That is soooo funny!! I call my hubby Honey -- never by his first name . What is so hilarious is that my daughter --the first born -- called her daddy "Honey" cuz that's all she ever heard me call him. Forty four married years later he is still my Honey. Isn't love grand???!!!!!

  3. Image for Lisa at celebrate-creativity Lisa at celebrate-creativity

    Hi, Karianne. What a sweet story to kick off the morning. Your girls are so cute (and observant too). Funny what they pick up on, isn't it? Love all the pretty details and vignettes in your home. Just lovely and it's always a pleasure to pop over, see what you're up to and share a smile. Have a great day, Lisa

  4. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

    I love it! The story as well as your mantle. The "honey" comments remind me of the owners on Lady and the Tramp. The dogs call them "Dear" and "Darling". It is sad but I do not hear or say those sweet words like in the past. Thanks for the reminder and the challenge to do so as children are always picking up on something we say or do. But I think I am more of "darlin" type of gal! Thanks for smile and make today a great one!

  5. Image for Denise at Forest Manor Denise at Forest Manor

    This is such a cute story, Karianne! My husband and I have always called each other "Honey" and "Sweetheart." I guess it sounds kind of corny; I usually don't give it much thought because we've done it for so long. But you make a good point that it lets your children know their parents love each other. And as a parent, that makes me VERY happy. :) Have a wonderful day! Big Hugs To You, Denise

  6. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Cute story...even mixed with sass! Your girls are something else! I've always called my hubby "honey"...but, especially when I need something done...hehe! ;)

  7. Image for Stacey Stacey

    Guess they're just helping you to 'keep it real'. Kids are good at that. Love your stories and thanks for the reminder that its time to 'spring up' my house. ;-)

  8. Image for Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger

    Love this story. I used to teach preschool. I had 3-4 year olds and they told the greatest stories. It was always funny and HUMBLING to watch them play school and see them mimicing me. ~Cheryl

  9. Image for Shelley @ Calypso in the Country Shelley @ Calypso in the Country

    So cute! We had pajama day yesterday. I am sure crazy hair day is just around the corner. I love how kids pick up on little things. Sometimes I think my kids don't pay attention to those things but believe me - they hear everything! So sweet. -Shelley

  10. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    Love it! When writing I always refer to my husband as Big Daddy. We do have our nicknames, but in general it's 'BABE come help me'...... for either of us! So, if you call the Mr. 'Honey', inquiring minds want to know what his nickname for you is!

  11. Image for Renae Renae

    Yesterday was crazy hair day at our house too! One of them had a faux hawk that was blue on one side and pink on the other, the oldest had his baseball number stenciled in hair paint on the back of his head. Crazy!! Loved this post, I use Honey all of the time too...what else would we call our Honey Do lists? Baby Do? Hubby Do? Doesn't have the same ring to it!!

  12. Image for Grammie to 5 Beauties Grammie to 5 Beauties

    "Honey" is the best name ever for ol' Mr. Sparkling Eyes! So delightful when you write little snippets of your family life. Just reading about it makes me feel happy and - well - I guess loved!

  13. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Don't you just love how little ones dream? Brings back such great memories and makes my heart happy! Thank you for sharing this precious story again, KariAnne. It's a great reminder of how quickly our little cherubs grow and to cherish those moments :)

  14. Image for Nicolette Nicolette

    Love that the kids pick up on these little things. My husband calls me Be (pronounced: Bay short form of French Bebe). Now our 4 year old has started calling me that when he really wants my attention.

  15. Image for SharK SharK

    Okay... I am so going to start using "Honey" now. It seems to work really well for you! On a side note, I have a corner in my kitchen exactly like yours and now I'm sooooo tempted to paint out my brick. I have been pondering it forever, but I'm not sure my "Honey" will approve - he loves the red and people often comment on how much they like it (even though that is the only corner in the house with any red right now, which is why it bugs me). So, in place of that fab board you have with the Cranberry bread recipe, I have a black distressed buffet, which I have also been thinking about either distressing in white or tempting to do it now but so much work and convincing. I'll let you know if that word helps me out! lol

  16. Image for Christine Christine

    Karianne, I like the dark wood in your photos. Looks very nice. Your twins are funny! My husband and I call each other Dear even when we're sort of disagreeing on something. 'Well, Dear I told you the car needed gas!' Christine the other car. :)

  17. Image for kathie kathie

    This is one of my favorites from you. I had to turn a 10 yr old boy in to a cocktatoo one time. Lots of crey paper ( spelling) a old sweater and yellow knee socks. Teacher said to my son "your mom really got into this"...... priceless

  18. Image for Angela Angela

    Very sweet story! I know I always pull "honey" out of my hat or "pumpkin", "sweetie", "pookie bear" just to name a few.....especially whenI need something done! LOL! Thank goodness they still work!~~Angela

  19. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Ahhh...yes I giggled---and remembered back in time when to my girls at kindergarten age, crazy hair day meant putting a zillion of those little bow barrettes in their hair---and then I was thinking I wish my recipe for my favorite cookies was at least painted on a cupboard door for I lost it and last week I had to resort to help from the above daughter who had it in an old email sending it to her ol college roomie--and then I let my mind wander on, yes your little girl was so very wise. She's going to live in a mansion someday!!! Prepared just for her. Jesus says!

  20. Image for lynn cockrell lynn cockrell

    Love your conversation with your little one about Honey! Little ones are influenced even when we don't realize it. My six year old granddaughter told me the other day that she doesn't go anywhere without her little purse full of her "make up." This, I am certain she has learned from her mother, who loves her makeup, too! Your spring shelf is so very pretty!

  21. Image for Jane Jane

    Your girls have your big dreams and big hearts full of love. They will carry that with them always and I'm their "Honeys", honey! You might get a laugh out of this...I still do many years later. My five year old son announced to me one day, "Mom, when I grow up I want to be able to fly." And I said, "Oh, like an airplane pilot or astronaut?" And he said, "No, just be able to fly through through the air by myself." And he is still a dreamer! XO, Jane

  22. Image for Angela Gabhart Angela Gabhart

    "Honey", don't forget to include pictures of your beautiful landscape as you dream of Spring!!! :) I always enjoy you bringing some Kentucky into my day!!! (Can you tell I'm homesick?)...

  23. Image for Traci Traci

    A good example of a happy and healthy marriage is one of the best things you can show your kids. My 25 year old daughter told me once that she is looking for "the kind of relationship that you and dad have". I hope you and your Honey have a great weekend. Traci

  24. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    Good Morning Kerryanne, Don't you love it when children express their feelings. They sound like they've lived in love, and recognize it. Good job, mom. And your house is lovely, always enjoy your decorating. Have a great weekend. Jeannie

  25. Image for Debbie @Dewdrop Gables Debbie @Dewdrop Gables

    That is sooo cute! It's amazing how our kids hang on to everything that we do and say...and this story confirms how impressionable they are when they're young. I loved reading it...makes me long for the days when mine were young and living at home. Debbie :)

  26. Image for Lynnie Lynnie

    Hi KariAnne, She is already living in her mansion with you and your family, she just doesn't have the makeup room and the husband! I have to tell you, the full picture of your white chimney with the plate rack and bench is pure inspiration for me. I am loving it so much I saved the picture to my computer for reference while working on our family room. Thank you for the lovely story and great inspiration. Hugs, Lynnie

  27. Image for Jo Jo

    I don't post much but I always read your posts... and this one.... I had to comment.... this story was so warm and sweet... so touching... and it reminded me of my daughter who is ten..... who has similar dreams of living in a mansion someday. I think that the things our children say to us when they are young and innocent is a true blessing amongst other things. Your twins sound so smart and so alert to their life and the two parents that obviously make sure there is lots of love in that house that they are growing up in. Kudos to you and hubby! Love the photos too.... and thank you for making me smile today. Hugs, Jo ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥ ♥ Shop 3 Twenty Crafts ♥

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