Nine is just fine, Lukie (as long as i try not to think about ten). it’s that year where you can be a kid in all kid glory. you’re big enough to have adventures and do things you couldn’t do just last year, but still so much kid that you don’t have to waste any thoughts on all that being older business.
you can run, jump, play, and play and play the day away. yes, there is homework, but the real homework at this age, buddy, is to play. you’ll learn more from playing and imagining then from that monstrous math book hidden in your desk (don’t tell your teacher, i said this). read, draw, make and create. these are the days that you will draw upon in your tomorrows. you don’t know it now. and, it probably doesn’t even make sense when you read this, but it will be all kinds of crystal clear when you are fresh out of sense.
i also want you to be able to look back and remember that you are a tender hearted toughie, you might forget this from time to time as you grow and when you are grown. this is who you are. it’s who you are at 9, and who you will be at 90. you feel things deeply and love deeply. it’s not by accident. it’s by divine design. this is how you were weaved together in my womb. it has something and everything to do with who god created you to be and the beautiful unique plan and path that he has set out for you. don’t ever forget you are a tender hearted toughie.
so for now, get to drawing more robots (you are the best robot artist i’ve ever seen), going on backyard adventures, reading more books about predator animals, sports and maybe just a good old story or two (just for me, please), and keep on dreaming about your one day sports car and your some day career as a sports super star.
play the day away, boy.
+ you have to be on the bunk bed ladder to give goodnight hugs
+ high tops are still the only shoes for your feet
+ it’s all about the trading cards right now. football, especially.
+ you mastered a flip w/ a twist this summer on the trampoline
+ you like spicy food + sour candy
+ you ask us what kind of car we want because when you are a millionaire you are going to buy it
+ you are obsessed w/ cars. taking pictures of ones in parking lots + yelling out their names as we drive down the road
+ you shot a rabbit when i was out of town (wahhh), but you also rescued two baby bunnies from a hawk (yahhh).
+ you go to work every saturday morning with your dad and then stop at sonic’s for nerd slushies + tater tots
+ you’ve watched all episodes of wizards of waverly place with your sister
+ your favorite team is the Atlanta Falcons
+ you still like to sneak snacks and stash the wrappers in the weirdest places
+ you like to patrol your siblings
+ your smile is infectious and your eyes pure light
+ you are so strong and athletic
i’m so excited to share rocco’s new room with you. this is the one room in my house that i was always shutting the door to and trying to hide and ignore. the color was a worn dark beige sprinkled with a good dose of dirt (see what i mean in the before pics). i was itching to brighten this room up and transition it from the nursery that it has been, for my 3 boys over the last 9 years, into a big boy room for my youngest.
it just so happened that Valspar Paint reached out recently to see if i wanted to try their Valspar Reserve paint for a project in my home. my answer was, yes! yes! and, yes!
i was super excited to tackle this project but, if i’m honest, also a little nervous. i’m not the greatest painter and picking color always stresses me out. but, because Valspar has their Love Your Color Guarantee i decided there was no reason to stress, if i didn’t like my color i could get another one on them.
my two design goals for the room where simply to brighten up the room and to make it imaginative and playful.
i loved the idea of a mountain incline on the wall. i wanted the mountain wall to be colorful but to still be calming and for the colors to compliment each other. for the top part of the wall i chose ‘Valspar Seashell Gray,’ and for the bottom, ‘Valspar Crushed Cumin.’ for the rest of the room i went with ‘Valspar Ivory Dust,’ to really brighten and lighten up the room on a whole.
as you can see, the room has wood paneling, which has been painted many times over the years, so i thought it might be a little tricky for this novice painter, but Valspar Reserve was great to work and had really good coverage. not only does it have great coverage, but Valspar Reserve is also super durable (offering superior stain resistance and scrubbability) which made it the perfect choice for a child’s room.
what i was most nervous about was taping and painting a design because i’ve never done anything like that before. i’ve always hired a professional. i gave it my best and learned quickly that with good paint and the right kind of tape all things are possible. (just be sure to let the paint completely dry before removing the paint). and now, i’m no longer a novice!
and, there you have it! as you can see, rocco is pretty excited about his big boy room and, well . . . dinosaurs.
speaking of dinosaurs, the little guys climbing the mountain and flying about are my fave. they are magnets, designed by sian zeng. her work is amazing! the larger dinosaur print (inspired by yellow brick road) is just image, from on old book, that i found online and had printed on the architect printer at kinko’s.
fall is my fave. favorite for weather. favorite for wearing. favorite for sharing. the breeze, the colors and the crunch of the leaves make room in my soul. every switch of the season bids for a little shopping (or at least wish listing). and, depending upon what you need it can vary.
here are a few things on my list this fall/
1/ quilt coat- two things i love; quilts + coats. not sure how i wouldn’t love this white loungy yet modern wearable quilt. also loving every plaid variety i can find too – like this.
2/ the best yes- currently reading this and loving it. i have been looking for a decision making book for a long time (i’ve been trying to get better at decision making. yes, what to do but more so, how to have to courage to commit to the decision sooner and then own it). thank you lysa terkeurst for writing this. this is for anyone, who feels bad when they say no. say yes, when they want to say no. really want to say yes not to just good things but the best things for you personally. learning to say no so that you can say yes to what you are meant to spend your heart and time on.
3/ tizita stacking bracelets- the lastest from fashionable (you know i love their scarves – never travel w/o one + their blanket totally makes my bedroom). i really love fashionable because they continue to create sustainable business for women. their products have a story behind them and many happy futures ahead of them. the story of these bracelets comes from the entoto mountains in ethiopia. the beads are repurposed bullet casings and scrap metal by farmers in the area. they are hand made by a group of beautiful women at entota – a place of healing for those affected by HIV/AIDS, treating them with dignity + respect, and providing a fair opportunity to support their families.
5/ doc marten boots- well, i already took the birkenstock plunge this past summer (and have not regretted it one bit). so i figure i might as well make my 90’s revival complete with some docs. i never had a black pair and i think i should do something about that.
what about you? what is on your fall wish list this year?
happy friday, lovelies. what a week it has been. i ran the 1/2 marathon (i’ll share a bit on that on monday) which was scary and exhilarating, my home and a behind the blogger series was featured on style me pretty, and next week i’ll be revealing rocco’s newly updated room (not yet seen). however, away from the shiny screen, i’ve been dragging around in dodgy sweat pants with very soar feet and crabby children. i should find the dichotomy humorous, but it usually just feels a little frustrating like you are living in some sort of strange middle place. but, maybe that is just life? you’ve just finished this or left that and you are on your way to here and slowly there. what is here now is the weekend and i’m grateful for that. at least a short blur of space time to enjoy the here and now. a freeze frame to forget yesterday and to not think about tomorrow. the leaves are changing here and the sun is warm and the air smells like life. i’m hoping for a bike ride with my near and dear, a movie on the sofa, and just lingering over coffee in the morning.
what are you hoping for this weekend? has fall arrived where you live?
these are my most fave photos from the style me pretty feature….because while my house is pretty and has fun elements…it’s these people that truly decorate it. climbing indoor swings, racing down the halls, jumping on beds and eating frozen waffles frozen. they are the beauty, the fun, and yes, sometimes the mess. they are home. we are loud, we are wild, we are quiet, we are emotional, we are fun, we are serious, we are crazy. we need grace. we give grace. love lives among us and in us. perfect love within the imperfect.
there are two mantras on our walls that sum it up well. the first on the wall in our family room / kitchen area (which wasn’t photographed) is a print that says, ‘ IN THE MADNESS THERE IS LOVE.’
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