I was tagged and decided to adjust it a bit to make it fit. So, here are a few things I am looking forward to in 2008:
*Not being sick. I feel like at least one family member has been sick since Christmas and I am burned out. I've just started feeling better, and then M gets a high fever last night and wakes up repeatedly. He is pretty miserable and now my throat hurts again.
*Hanging out in the backyard with the kids. *A vacation. Is the remote possibility that one could involve just me & Trev in our future? Somewhere warm? Maybe in 2009? *Socks *Starting a yoga class. *Writing down thoughts here. I like this place. I like randomly saving all sorts of favorite finds, sticking them in a folder and then organizing a few here when I have a minute. No more forgetting that cool thing I saw back in '07 somewhere. *Having my memory return so that I can remember things I want to look forward to.
Things we hope we are hoping happen with the house in 2008:
*Tear out the front yard. Entirely. Give it some curb appeal. *Replace all the windows. Wood + humidity = rot. We don't want to deal with this. *Find light fixtures for the dining room and family room, maybe the entry. *Paint. *Gut the master bathroom. *Deal with main bathroom and pink sink.
This is what I am feeling a need for: letting go. By letting go I mean letting go of any preconceptions I may have of what life or a day will hold. Just let go and go with the flow, just go with the feelings of the moment. Just let things unravel as they unravel and see where things lead. Then follow that lead. Don't hold back.
Today we finger painted. We have never done it before, I just didn't want to deal with it. It felt good. It sort of set the mood for the day. Later that day I was reading Aesop's Fables with M and we came across the story of the bird that drops the pebbles in the narrow-necked container to raise the water to drink. I let go. I asked him if he wanted to try what the bird did. He was happy to be asked. We experimented and had the most fantastic time. It was so entertaining to see how interesting and exciting this was for my baby. To see a problem and discover a solution. To know that he can make things happen if he puts his mind to it. To know that he can take anything and make it his reality.
So, I'd like to continue letting go and see what happens. To see the possibilities. To make them my reality.
( I realize I am putting this online for almost anyone to read, but it feels kind of weird to be sharing all my personal thoughts. I know it is not the first time, but somehow this feels different. Maybe this is me letting go and following through. Maybe someone other than me needs these thoughts . . . Or maybe my head is still too sick and foggy to be writing.)
I had been looking for the perfect white dinnerware, and have had my heart set onthis set from Kohl'sfor quite awhile. I just need to remember to keep my eye out for one of their great sales because I want a set of 20-24. (I know you are wondering if we even have that many friends)
I am a little perplexed as to why they are calling it Food Network brand now. Last time I had checked they were a regular brand (can't remember the name), oh well.
I found the "flower art" from Sixx Design's owner's home on flickr! At initial glance I thought this was neat and moved on but it keeps coming back to me as a really unique and visually appealing idea for a teen or "tweenagers" room so I am so glad to have the image. I love Sixx Design's philosophy of putting art in kid's rooms to teach them to appreciate and enjoy it.
My friend has given up sugar and red meat for Lent, and while I am not converting to Catholicism I though it would be interesting to join her in the no sugar part after V-day. I've never given up sugar and am curious to see how it will go. I like savory more than sweet, so I have to think that it shouldn't be too bad, although we all know what deprivation will do to us! I am making an exception for A's b-day cake and our favorite Rice a'la monde that I will be making for M's class this week (I have to bring in something with cherries for a snack (?) and I sweeten this by taste so I'll have to have a bite or two!). We'll see how I feel about this whole thing come Easter!
Found one more great design blog with all sorts of fun pictures, Desire to Inspire. I love the clean colors in this house and how the sitting area is tied into the kitchen below. I am a huge book nut and found the set-back bookshelves so appealing.
Bookshelves in what looks like a hall? Brilliant. What a great way to take advantage of wasted space, especially by making a mini sitting area or having it next to a family room/library area.
I like this staircase but my favorite part is just that it isn't wasted space. A definite must.
We love big mirrors, but this just take it to an entirely different (an entirely amazing) level.
A me place: A place for me to write out my thoughts and save all sorts of eye candy that inspires me, a place for me to track my life and it's happenings, my "design journal" for figuring out my likes, and most importantly, a place for me to zone out and just enjoy.