One Last Day

Tomorrow is my last day with my special class… The one with MY kids. The ones who sang with me in Pre-K. The ones who I was thrilled to get in K and then bawled on the day we parted. The ones I was thrilled to have again in 1st and 2nd, too as I moved up in grades. Next year, we’ll be in very different places, but they’ll always be in my heart. 

We’ve laughed and cried and played and joked. I’ve prayed for them for years and have watched them grow. 

Praying all night for tomorrow to be our most joyful day yet. πŸ’• I hope, down the road, they’ll come find me if they need me. 

Mother’s Day 2015

We got to celebrate my sweet momma today. She’s original, hilarious, kind-hearted, accommodating, musically-talented, generous, and a million other things. To know her is to love her; just ask anyone!Brother decided we should take a hat picture and we all obliged (including Dad, the photographer). We made coffee in mom and dad’s fancy new coffee maker…And brother and I cooked a big Mother’s Day brunch.     So glad Momma didn’t fall taking this!  I found and tried on an old dress (50’s?) of my maternal grandmother’s and was amazed that  it fit like a glove. I’d love to wear it to a special event someday. I may be a goober for sharing this, but I thought it was beyond cool! πŸ™‚  

  Daddy and I made spaghetti noodles from scratch after a ride down to Williams Sonoma. It was so fun to have some time with him while mom rested at home.  

Those noodles were pretty wonderful! Love my family, and I am so thankful for my mother. She’s the glue that keeps us together and we adore her!   

Summer of…Β 

… Sun protection.  

  

Wearing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses from 10-2 each day or when I’m outside for extending periods are my new goals . Why? Because I turned 25 last year, I’ll be 26 this August, and I suddenly see fine lines around my eyes and mouth (I’m not afraid of aging, but why knowingly accelerate it? And because Mr. S loves me and the last thing I need to do is give myself a preventable cancer from a desire to be “tan.” And because I messed up and tanned in a tanning bed at 19/20 for a short period. Because I am a melting pot of ethnicities and Lord knows I tan even with sunscreen. πŸ™‚ 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Then & Now

Just for fun, here are a few photos of how the apartment has changed slowly over the last four years. It was filled with hand-me-downs (for which I was and am truly grateful) when I moved in as a first-year teacher, then slowly evolved over the years as sweet Mr. S and I were married and we found treasures together over time.  

I loved our newly-married bedroom. We found those little side tables for next to nothing at Home Goods, and they were sweet but wobbly. Soon, Mr. S said he really needed a place to store his junk! We’ve added functional things like that over the last few years. We added the bench that’s nice for laying pillows at night and for putting on shoes in the morning, and the bookshelves dad built for my childhood bedroom (retrieved from our attic and hung here by my brother).  

 Our living room wall was completely taken up by the huge brown sectional. Now, I admit, it was the comfiest sectional on Earth. But when we have groups over, it’s so nice that we now have a much smaller sofa on one side and two chairs on the other. Mr. S will disagree wholeheartedly since he misses his “napping couch.” πŸ™‚ Isn’t he sweet to compromise?  We went with an IKEA couch because I knew I wanted a slipcover (the freedom of pulling it off and just tossing it in the wash is awesome) but wanted the couch itself to be affordable and the replacement covers to be cheap, too.

 This was “my” apartment when I first moved in. I felt so at home right away. 

Then, we inherited the HUGE entertainment center from my parents. It was great storage and so “warm” in color that it made things feel cozy. However with the huge sectional, huge coffee table, and huge entertainment center, there was no room for anything else. πŸ™‚  

This was our photo recently. This layout is so much more functional. We still have storage, we have room for more seating, everyone who visits has a place to rest their glass or snacks, and the room is much more “open.”  

 Here it is now. The TV is (temporarily) gone because I just don’t watch it and it’s the perfect spot for a fern! Ha! I know no one else in the USA would agree with my logic.      The desk migrated to the opposite wall since we no longer have a 15-foot sectional taking up all the real estate.    It received a skirt to hide essentials (files, the printer, paper, office supplies). It was a way more affordable solution to cover items than to buy a brand new deal with built-in-storage.   Another space that changed was our dining room. I added the white dresser (now our “entertainment center”) after I refinished it from a family piece sitting in storage. The bar height table was an awesomely inexpensive garage sale find, but the leaf was damaged and we had people literally rock over in those tall chairs (they were stable, but the height made them treacherous). We also realized they were not very kid-friendly, and we wanted our friends with children to be able to eat with us, too.   Dad, Brother, and I built this table ourselves. I still love it! We saved so much thanks to to those handy guys!   When the dresser-turned-buffet became our entertainment center, we added this Joss & Main storage find which really helped up out in our small space. We use it for our every day dishes, linens, napkins, aprons, and all that jazz. 

Thanks for walking down memory lane with me! It’s fun to look back. I think this place is just about “done.” πŸ™‚