Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Pix Fest of My Home......Why?......

Because...say it all together now. "Company's coming." Yea!...company is always a blessing. Look at the rewards. But before we go on...CAUTION! I want you young gals to remember that I got married decades ago and if you could see some of our first humble abodes, you'd die laughing. My husband was in school for the first eight years of our marriage (earning three degrees) and we didn't finish paying off our student loans until our oldest was 16. So keep that in mind as we go along today. Maybe one day I'll post pix from our first apt. and our two student housing apartments. Great times!! : ) Okay, enough preaching.

I'm just going to take you in one big circle. We're going left, starting at the couch. Close ups of side table : Aren't these the coolest things? They're real pine cones dipped in colored wax.
Here's a close-up of my little jewels. We got the three little cousins together for this photo because Nana (that's me) bought this picture frame and THEN got the idea of how to fill it. Wish you could have been there that night. Like trying to corral a bunch of wild cattle. Could have been a 3-Stooges movie. But look what we got. : )
My last baby...Sara.

I've had this little sign up by my front door for years. Not only to remind all of us to live so that we can proudly return to our real home one day, but also I wanted all the teenagers to see this as they were leaving our home each day and in the evenings when going on their dates. I'm a mom...what can I say? Just tryin' to do my job. : )

Okay, so standing with my front door to my right, we're looking down the hall (which Mr. Chem-Dry came and cleaned today along with the rest of the downstairs carpet). I can't wait till the office behind those double doors is clean so I can take you on that tour. It's my pride and joy.
But something's not right...something's missing.

That's better. Now that the carpet is dry, I put my Nana things back in their place. : )

Standing in front of the office doors looking down the hall.

I added this little squirrel to the cage since I last posted about this table.

And I also added this little framed stitchery.

On the other side of the hall is my "Hall of Fame" with my four wonderful children.


Here is a close-up of what the sign says. How perfectly true.

Back in the Living room.



Here is the bookcase/cabinet to the right of the couch with the infamous dead tree.
Top shelf.

Middle shelf.


And my lovely architectural church I got on clearance a few years ago.

That's it for today. Oh yeah...no cackling from the peanut gallery (my family and friends) who know what a bad housekeeper I usually am. I would rather be creating than cleaning any day, but you know...real life is always beckoning. In a perfect world...you know the rest. : ) Thanks for stopping by today.

32 comments:

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

You have such a lovely home...I really enjoyed the tour!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Your home is just wonderful. So cozy and welcoming!
Someday I'm going to be a Nana too.

(love your sign by the door - great idea!)

Kristen said...
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Kristen said...

Thanks for the tour. Your home is very warm and inviting.
I love the "Return with Honor".

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I got Holy Spirit goosebumps when I saw the "Return with Honor" sign...Love that!
I loved every part of your tour! My office is behind white double doors too!
Your home is so warm and cozy-I love all the photos! My favorite is the one of the grandchildren!
Robin~♥

tardevil said...

I love all of your fall decor and your photos. That white curio is beautiful. I've never seen the waxy pine cones...cool...It's funny that you aren't crazy about cleaning either. I have to clean up to just take photos for blogland...or move stuff around, that is. I wonder how many other people do the same? I'd bet it's more than we think.

mollyandmarshal said...

I love your home! It's so cute and quaint and I feel like it's the perfect place to reminisce with friends and family! I love all your decorations, too!

And by the way, Marsh will LOVE that you said he should model! But I will squash his ego back down and tell him you were kidding! ;-)

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

You have a very beautiful home. I see you're even ready for Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims taking their place of honor.

I need to get a poster like yours for my kids too ~ Jesus and "Return with Honor~!" I love it. My parting words to my children when they leave has always been, "Have fun, don't do anything to embarrass yourself, your family name or Jesus Christ."

Blessings,

Sher

Debbie said...

Ya know how they say "your home tells a lot about who lives there"? Your home speaks volumes about you! I see Jesus, love, family, joy, talent, beauty, warmth, a wonderful "homey" feel and so much more.

Thank you for such a lovely tour, just wish I were the company.

Blessings - Debbie

Barbara said...

Your home is lovely......love the grands photo. We tried to get all of ours to stay for a second for a group shot but, with two 1 year olds, a four year old and an infant......it was a photo session that produced more laughs than great photos!!!! Your company will feel very much at home.
Hugs, B.

GRAMS said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour. I just love your home and your Nana things. We have allot in common. I'm having company too. My husband is coming home from Iraq for 10 days and gets here Friday so I too am cleaning furiously.
Have a lovely day. Janis

Tami said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Erin said...

I love your home. How beautiful. Your children and grandkids are so cute, and I love the way you have arranged your pictures on the walls and the way you accessorized your home! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

PatQ said...

I love your home! That sofa is to die for. Did you cover that yourself? I just love it. Everything is so welcoming. Great job.

Carrie said...

Love the tour your home is beautiful! I love the white cabinet.

The Berry's Patch said...

Your house is beautiful. Love all of your decorations. That sign on the door is perfect! :-)

Johnston Gang said...

im the one from miami that loves to read your blog! i too have a husband in school still (med) and has been our whole 8 years thus far. love your gorgeous home, it's so fulfulling to decorate......if i could just show you some of OUR first apartments!....
kathryn

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful home you have. I love your tree in the corner w/the birds. So creative.

Ditto the previous posters comments about the Return with Honor sign. I need to find one of those.

9405018--Pat said...

You have a beautiful home, so cozy, and warm thanks for sharing...Pat H

Aleta said...

You have a lovely home. What a beautiful picture of your grandchildren ~ much more creative and telling of their character than the typical "stand up together" shots that are so often seen.

Oh and I loved the waxed pine cones. Did you make those? Cool decoration!

Nicole said...

Wow, yoou have a beautiful home. Right know I am drooling over your srapbook room. It's all nice and orgainized, I love all the little cubbies and magazie holders.

nikkicrumpet said...

You have a beautiful home!! my favorite is that white cabinet...and the "return with honor" sign. We had one of those above our front door for years!

AndreaLeigh said...

SO beautiful. I love that rug!

ROXY said...

Oh I love that pine cone idea!! Did you come up with that??

Girly Stuff said...

Company is true motivation for cleanliness! Gotta love it! Pretty home!

Glitter and Bliss said...

What a wonderful place to call home. I just loved your tour. How lucky are we.... I am with you on the rather craft than clean comment. I feel exactly the same way...

Leslie

Wendy said...

Simply lovely. Thanks for sharing!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I definitely need to have company! Your house looks great. Beautiful children, and all of your fall items are great. Love that little squirrel in the cage. Have a wonderful time with your company. Jackie

Ms. Tee said...

I just love your home! The sign that says "Children are the anchor that holds a mother to life" gave me a lump in my throat. :) I love all the reminders of family everywhere!

Mimi Sue said...

Thanks for showing us your home. I need to clean my kitchen and do a post on it. Can't seem to find the energy. You have some good looking kids. And of course the grandkids are adorable. Mimi

The Burners said...

I love the caution statement you put in your post! I am constantly reminding myself that while my husband and I are just starting out, I don't need to have a perfectly decorated home. I sometimes forget how long it takes to accumulate things to make your home perfect :)

marmielu said...

Better late than never! As I was browsing your posts from last week that I missed, I clicked on one of the "You might also likes", because I couldn't miss out on seeing your home. You have a beautiful home and family! I love that disclaimer, too. So true to remember.
Thanks for your compliment on my slipcover. I am really enjoying it. This week I clean, next week I go for the chairs. My husband gave me that idea.
Mary Lou