Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Au Revoir

I need to get cracking & packing for a short little getaway with my beau.
Pray for my Mum & Dad as two energetic boys desend on their peacful lives.
I'll be back next week with a little recap.
(don't let the title fool you, we aren't heading to France)

And if the absence of my blog posts leaves you wondering what to do with yourself,
(kidding)
you might want to check out the puppy cam.
If watching this doesn't warm your heart,
I don't know what will.
(we popped in to check on the pups quite a bit today)
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter

I hope your Easter was lovely!
Here are a few (ok, maybe more than a few) pictures of ours.
It was a small Easter this year, with the cousins away.
The day began early in our home...
(please excuse the harsh flash, I didn't have time to grab the right one)
Hunting high and low for hidden eggs in their PJs.
No there weren't any in the hall closet.
I hid the eggs so late the night before, I couldn't remember where I put half of them.
I think a few are still waiting to be found.  Whoops.

Playing with and eating the little treasures inside.
It was dark and rainy outside, so all the action stayed in.
I had no idea bubbles would leave spots all over my rug, but they did!

Gorilla shaped lollipop and a shiny new whistle - life is good!
(I was a big fan of these pretty all natural lollipops ordered from here)

Later in the day we packed up and headed to my parents for a late brunch.
(I know, I know, time to remove the paci.  Soon.  Maybe.)

The weather was grim.

But just look at the loveliness inside that my Mum created.



Spinach strata - my favorite, roasted tomatoes with basil, hashbrown potatoes, ham, pumpkin bread, chocolate muffins,  black & white angel food cake, and fresh fruit.
Yum, right?

There was lots of hugging.


Maybe a little food induced coma for the hubs too...
I actually snuck up to the guest room (my old room) and caught a 30 minute cat nap myself -
I think my giant mimosa knocked me out.
Now, any mother of little peeps knows what a luxury that is! (the nap AND the mimosa, that is)

For a brief hour or so the rain stopped and the boys could play outside.
Charlie wasted no time discovering new lawn equipment.
Any hopes I had of a family picture in Easter attire were dashed after I saw Charlie in his post nap get-up: Lego T from his Easter basket, jammie pants, and boots. 
No way was he taking off his new Lego shirt b/c it was just like brother's.
And if there is one person in the world this little guy idolizes it is his big brother!
(and maybe the lawn care workers too)

 Finally I have to show you this tree...

22 years ago, when Jimmy and I were in high school, he gave my parents a tiny little
seedling, no bigger that 12 inches.  My parents planted it in the corner of their front yard.
I doubt anyone expected it to survive.
I doubt anyone expected I'd marry the boy I was dating when I was 16 either.
I love seeing this tree grow from year to year.
A little like the story of our relationship.

Tonight I nestled C in bed and as I was stroking his hair and cheek, I quietly whispered
what a fun day it has been, and all the things we saw and did. 
When I was finished he said,
"Mama, I saw bunny.  I saw bunny. I saw BUNNY"
By George, I think he finally figured out it wasn't an Easter "Mouse"

So, however you celebrate Easter..
whether it is praising the wonder, sacrifice,
and promise of an everloving God,
or the birth of Spring,
the renewal of beauty and life after the dead of winter,
I pray it leaves you with peace & contentment in
the corners of your heart!

xo,
Tessa

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In Honor of Earth Day

Do you know that tomorrow is Earth Day? 
 I bet if you have a school age child in your house you do. 
I've heard about it every day for the last two weeks. 
So while some mothers will use the day to teach
 their children about caring for our planet, recycling ,
 using sustainable products, eating organic. 
Others might encourage wild animal play in mounds of STYROFOAM peanuts. 
A million and one things seemed so wrong with this
on the day before Earth Day! 
Though technically, I could argue I was "recycling" packaging materials into toys. 
No? 








Alexandra, I blame this all on you...
Curious what required so many peanuts?
I'll show you next week.
this took 10x longer to clean up than it did to play in,
with far less enthusiasm from the savages.
Happy Earth Day to you tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Master Bedroom Musings...

I've had a pleasant little distraction this week as Holly and I began talking
fabrics and wallpaper options for our master bedroom.

I'll give you a peak soon. 
They are GOR-GE-OUS! 
I've dipped my toe in the designer fabric water
and while I've always been one to try find a similar look with a less expensive fabric,
I'm not so sure I can go back now.
Spending hours (well, at least the two hours I have to myself at the end of the day,
when my babes are tucked in and asleep,
when "mama" isn't being said screamed every 5 minutes seconds,
and I have a teeny bit of energy left before I officially conk out for the night)
looking at the gorgeousness that is Schumacher, Thibaut, Sister Parish, Kravet, and Peter Duhman. 

I've got a few favorites, but we've got a way to go before narrowing it down. 
I fell pretty hard for this one...

till we decided the scale was too big (boo!) for my little space, so we moved on.

I'm also loving all the green & white Sister Parish fabrics & papers. 

 I was reminded of this house
 I saw in Coastal Living a couple months ago
I saved the living room image for the ivory drapes (family room project)
There is something so fresh, yet traditional & timeless about her patterns.


and the Sister Parish wallpaper in this beautiful bathroom from Elizabeth Dinkle
(when you've got time, go check out her gorgeous portfolio!)
Brentwood Regency Estate eclectic powder room
But my favorite wallpaper (yes, Holly, I do think (think) I have a favorite now)
Well, I'm saving that for a bit later.

Nite!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Love this...

You were a wise man, Mr. Channing! 
Let me remember your "symphony"
and aspire to have it be my own.
Happy Monday!

(image from here, quote from here)

Friday, April 15, 2011

My Honey Pies

Oh heavens, my boys are yummy. 

 Weeks like this one filled with sun, 
trips to the zoo, long walks, playtime outside,
watching Charlie smell every flower he sees,
seeing Andrew skip for no reason, dinners on the patio, 
watching Jimmy playing with his boys. 
Well, they just make me happy. 
 Because we all know this isn't the way life always is,
but, boy oh boy, when it's good I soak it all up. 


Including sights like this one, that I caught while driving to lunch today with some girlies...
Let me help you decipher what's in my little Biscuit's tractor....
Thursday was hands down the highlight of his week. 
Thanks to an entire day of this...
.He can't decide - baseball bat or blower, baseball bat or blower?
Sometimes he has one of each.
 All boy, this one. ALL BOY!


He doesn't say much, in fact I probably need to get on top of that,
but a couple phrases he's got down are

"Mama, hit ball?"
"I see bower" (blower), 
"I see edger"

And because I use this blog to capture little snapshots of my children,
I would be remiss not to mention that
Charlie refuses to call the Easter Bunny a "Bunny". 
He keeps saying "Mouse". 

We've seen bunnies in shops and in the mall and 
our conversation typically goes a little something like this...

Me:  "Charlie do you want to see the Easter Bunny."
Charlie: "Sure, peas" (meaning please.  we've gone from "ok" to "sure" to "sure, peas")
Charlie (very loudly): "I see mouse"
Me: "Do you see the bunny?"
Charlie: " Hiiii Mouse"
Me: "Bunny"
Charlie: "No, mouse"
I give up!

Enjoy your weekends and your honey pies!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

You Gotta Check It Out

Here I am, AGAIN!!
Just when I thought I was in a blogging rut, I'm inspired all over again.
So, the new Trad Home, the online magazine collaboration
between Traditional Home and Lonny, debuted today. 
It's good.
Really good.
I used to be a very loyal Traditional Home reader, but felt they'd gone a bit too high end in 
recent years and everything looked a little too perfect, a little too staged,
which is why I was excited to see a partnership with Lonny.
It did not disappoint. (even if everything is still high end!)
For starters, look whose featured...
Everyone's favorite blogger and designer.
Erika's blog was the very first blog I ever read.
Here's a peek at the home she designed...


Does she not just find the most amazing lighting??
I have yet to see work of hers that doesn't amaze me!

I also loved this house from Lisa Sternfeld (a designer I don't know)

Now all my fellow home decorating loving friends,
go check it out for yourselves...
click HERE