The little things in life…

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I have the joy of helping at my kids’ school once in a while; it is so nice to see what takes place during their day and how much they love it! And what a huge relief to see your children interacting with other children, happy and loving to learn. (On a light note, based on the “college fund” that we gave Primrose Schools in the early years of their lives, they better be the smartest, most social children at the school!)

Just last week there was a Mardi Gras wagon parade at the school (it was delayed due to the EXTREME winter weather Atlanta experienced that caused school cancellations the week before…yes “EXTREME” is sarcastic!). This parade was something that seemed so uneventful to the adults, but the children were so excited about this wagon parade all day, that the teachers had a hard time keeping them focused on school work. I look at these types of things and look at my kids every day and realize how much your perspective changes in adulthood. Why does it take so much to thrill us as adults? My children are always so excited about their next birthday, losing their next tooth…I am about to turn 40 and let me just say, I am not counting down the days because I am so excited…I am counting down the days I have left in my 30s wondering where the time has gone and wondering if we can slow things down.

I try my best every day to encourage their creative minds, pretend play, youthful thinking but sometimes it does require me to take a step back and correct myself. As grown-ups we often try to rush them along in our busy days and I remind myself, how unfair that is. Let them play school, color and make a mess on the kitchen table, paint, dress-up, make paper airplanes…let them be kids. And mostly importantly, learn something from them…slow down and enjoy life. The house doesn’t have to always be spotless. And who cares if dinner is not on the table at 6PM as planned?

It should be so easy….right?

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One would think the simple painting of your house would be so easy, right? I don’t mean the actual task of painting your house, but deciding on the colors for your home. Especially for a creative mind that loves to paint, design, decorate, and coordinate colors. Not so much! My husband and I are both pretty creative minded people and we have no problem looking at a paint card and saying, “wow, those two colors would look great together!” But oddly, the color on the sample card never looks the same as the color on the house or wall. Why is that?

It all started 13 years ago when we built our first home (before children). We selected the colors, the architect approved the colors. Easy enough. Well, actually, the guy was a little stubborn and we did have to try a couple different ideas before we were given the ok.   Anyways, five years later we added a member to our family and decided we needed a little more storage space, so we called up our builder and asked him to build us a house with a basement. During the building process we had to select paint colors for the new house. We drove around our neighborhood of over 1,000 houses, which offered plenty of choices and the best thing…you could see the colors on the houses! So much better than just a paint card! It took a while, but after several weeks, we determined the house we loved most and told the architect what we wanted for our new home. We were amazed when he told us we had picked out the same colors as our last house! Really? You must be kidding! How boring!

Alright, so now the time has come to paint the house again and it will NOT be the same. No matter what!!

We just have one other small problem…the trend in our section of the neighborhood is, “what can brown do for you?” The color of every house in our section is brown. Peanut butter, baby poop, chocolate, khaki, you name it; every possible shade of brown. So we are in search of a color combination that stands out from the norm, but does not look like a pink flamingo in the middle of elephants. Make sense? Therefore, off we went to Sherwin Williams this past weekend. While there we purchased four sample containers…trim, shutters, under the porch and the rest of the house…and painted an area on the rear side of the house to make sure it looked good on the house, not just a paint card. We were feeling so confident! But then, holy cow! The red that was meant to look rather brick red-like looked like bright cranberry. And the dark brown sample for the shutters looked more like a seal skin (hence the name “sealskin” I guess), but it really did look like a dark brown on the card…I swear! Well, as a result, my lunch hour was spent this afternoon going to search for another round of colors. Again, I’m feeling quite confident as of right now, but curious what I will think when the colors are added to the actual side of the house.

Whoever came up with that $5 sample idea was a genius! I wonder how many samples we will go through before we make a final decision? Your guess?

The Calm After The Storm

It had an eerie feel to it…it was just shy of 9:00PM last night and there was a vivid rainbow in one direction, a bright orange sky in another direction and a purple/pink sky in the other direction.  This was shortly following an odd round of thunderstorms that came through Atlanta last night.  Fortunately, the storms did not cause any damage in our area; the most amazing part was afterwards.  I was traveling home on US41 and all the cars were breaking as they saw this gorgeous sight. My four year old compared the orange glow to the sky we had seen once before when we were sent to the back of a store because a tornado had been sighted in the area (I am continually amazed at the things kids remember). This is a gorgeous scene that you don’t see very often.

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Colors of Happiness!

Back to the grind we go!  It is Monday again…oh I mean Tuesday.  I must admit, it was a lovely weekend.  And I could definitely get used to the four day work week.  The weather was excellent for the most part.  We got in some pool time.  And this crazy thing happened…due to the overcast morning yesterday, we were really productive around our house.  What in the world???  The kitchen drawer in our house that has never properly worked is now working; my son’s bed has needed a replacement bracket that is now fixed (I think some boys were jumping on the bed!), and my wonderful husband placed my bird feeders on the deck so I can see all the birds that come to visit.  The gold finches have been beautiful! Light bulbs were replaced in all those places like the basement and closets that have been ignored; and I have loaded up many of the paint buckets to take to the store so they can be shaken up again for the numerous touch-ups that are needed around our house.  I never knew walls could look so bad.  When pondering about why these walls look so bad compared to our last house I remembered there was one key factor missing at the last house…kids!  Of course, I’ll take those messy walls any day (but they are certainly at the point where touch-ups are required).

Speaking of paint, color amazes me.  Yes, I am one of those weird creative minds that believes color can be therapeutic.  Why is color so amazing?  Depending on the shade of red it can be a color of passion or aggression.  Yellow is a happy color in my opinion.  Blue skies make me calm.  What about gray?  Gray seems very gloomy to me; an overcast sky can really leave me feeling rather blah.  That is why I am often so curious why offices use it as a color for walls and cubes.  Can we make cube land any more dull and boring? Before my current job I worked at Home Depot’s corporate office which consisted of endless gray cubes and walls. Shouldn’t a place like Home Depot have bright, colorful walls…I mean, come on, they sell paint!  And honestly, I believe it is the color scheme in Walmart that makes my children behave so poorly. We walk into Walmart and within 30 seconds my children are in rare form.  Although their logo is blue, our Walmart has all gray walls.  Now I don’t want you think my kids are angels in Publix or Target (I still bribe them with something from the $1 section if they behave…something I swore I would never do).  But I will go 5 miles out of the way to avoid Walmart just because it is never a pleasant experience.  You can look all over the internet and find varying emotions of color, so who’s to say which one is right and wrong, but I certainly believe the color in a room can affect one’s mood.  What do you think?    

Here is a color chart I found on Pinterest…  

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