Well folks, we are no longer overwhelmed with boxes, so I’d say it’s about high time for some comp’ny. Just in case your summer of 2008 is already completely booked, here’s a short tour of the place where you & yours are always welcome, any time of the year for a coastal getaway.
My sweet & artsy mama painted this and had it hanging outside our front door in TN. From there it moved to just inside the garage door in MI,
which was the mostly used door. It isn’t hanging in its new spot yet, over our front door, but the sentiment remains. Here’s what you see as you stand just inside the front door.
You have two choices…walk straight ahead or turn right. Let’s turn right.
To your immediate right as you enter the front door is the Livin Room. (You have to say it like that too…LIVINROOM). It is the same basic set up as the TV room in the Michigan house, without the TV.
This is the rest of the LivinRoom, complete with sofa back table computer desk wannabe. Oldest just looooooves having his picture taken.
If you walk through the LivinRoom, you will bump right smack into the pool table. A very good wise friend advised me to “Just Say No” to pool tables in the DininRoom, but that was a battle I had no strength to fight. Besides, we eat most of our meals outside. But I will not put a picture of the “pool table room” here. So there.
Beyond the DininRoom is the kitchen.
I spend a lot of time in this space. Ignore the full sink and empty wine glasses and look beyond to see the beachy items of joy! On the right window is a sweet plaque from my friend/neighbor/co-worker Debbi. It says “Dream BIG and grow into it” and I love it. It’s not particularly beachy, but I think that is a great spot for me to remember that thought and pray with/for her and myself and others to do so daily. Also, to the left side is some smelly sticks (I think normal people call them incense or something of that sort) given to me by another neighbor friend. They smell like Michigan apples and are a reminder of my beloved friends up north. My neighbor friends took me out to dinner & gave me these things before I left Michigan and told me they would miss me. Even though I hardly ever came to the bus stop like the other good moms. (Tune in next week to read what my Ypsi neighbor is STILL DOING for me! You will LOVE this story. I have been very blessed with neighbors). Needless to say, I have VERY high expectations for my new neighbor friends here in South Shore Estates. This kitchen nook is a fun spot since many items were previously in the bathrooms. They are so happy to be in this new sunny spot of perpetual attention.
This is another fun spot since most all of these fridge magnets are from 2 houses ago…York Court! The kids are 5+ years younger in the photos and therefore so am I. I also unearthed a favorite picture of 3 of my parents from my wedding day…my actual parents with Nana Shirley who continues to parent me even to this day. What a treasure. The joy in their faces (mom’s & dad’s) in this snapshot cannot begin to compare to the joy they are constantly feeling now in the presence of God. Shirley looks good too, but we still long for that day. Heavy sigh. Now on to….
The TV room. This shot was taken while there were still Webkinz tossed from the upper level hallway to the way high shelf over the mantle. Here’s the new & improved look:
The girls are having a moment of sisterly Bliss Now onto the bedrooms….
This is most likely where you will stay. BigSis is always willing to bunk up with LilSis and/or sleep on the Green Couch when we have a visitor or 6. This is the only bedroom on the ground floor and it has a bathroom just outside and a twin mattress on a trundle underneath. BigSis is Queen of Sheba these days with her very own little ‘partment.
Now lets go upstairs
Once we hung these pictures (and put a few more on the shelf…again…come see it yourself) it really felt like home.
The mom of one of my Kindergarten students gave me these 4 frames. She said it was mandatory to update them every single year. I love them and we all get a kick out of comparing the kids at the same ages. And the very obvious differences between same kid each year! This is at the top of the steps.
Upstairs we have BabyKid’s room of which I refuse to put a picture at the moment due to his inability to remember the difference between clean & dirty clothes and their subsequent intentional roosting spots. LilSis is much better about this.
She did the polka dots herself. Very festive, don’tcha think?
BigBro isn’t quite ready to publish his FROG (finished room over garage) but it is PS2 Central. A nice teen cave with a multitude of sports posters.
Now for the piece de resistance, the Master!
This was the only room I didn’t like on the first visit, and it is the only room I truly LOOOOOOVE right now. The paint is that rare baby-poo-green which I immediately thought was hideously nasty when the room was bare…and I soooo don’t even usually care about colors all that much. I said to Hubby at that time that we would “definitely need new bedding.” The curtains were left for us and the bedding we have now is exactly what brought with us from Michigan. Do you detect the perfect match here? I just find this another instance of this being the exact house God picked out for us, knowing so much better than me and loving me so much to patiently watch me figure out over time what a good thing looks like.
The bathroom is just as awesome:
I have used this tub more in the month that we’ve been here than I used my Michigan tub in the 3 years we lived there. This one has jets which makes it a very bubbly hot tub experience. I read in the tub today from about 3:00 – 4:00. Heaaaaven!
Even thought my dad taught college level French, I didn’t pick up too very much, but one thing I do remember is the W. C. which stands for “water closet.” That is what you see here…a fully walled off and closed off with an actual door “dooblay vay say” as the southern student of Francais would say it. This was the perfect place for the Civil War artwork Hubby is so very fond of. Very manly. Balances out the flowers strewn all over the rest of the bathroom. Still the baby-poo-green, but a surprisingly decent backdrop for all the brassy Civil War picture frames and all our various & sundry maroon flowery items.
So there you have the highlights. When you come, we will cook you barbeque and boat you up & down the canal. If the water’s low we can tow you walking. After that you can read in the tub for as long as you want. Then we’ll drive thru Sonic or Chick Fil A on the way to the beach and afterwards dine on fresh seafood. It’s great fun here whether you go or stay put. Hope to see you soon & very soon!