More Vintage Goodies

Recently at a thrift store during a quest to find a good, cheap, two-drawer filing cabinet, I found an absolute treasure. I really try hard not to fawn over “things”, but I could not get over how much I was in love with this vintage chunky needlepoint/crewel embroidery “tea scene”, as I call it, piece. (I do not partake in these kinds of crafts, so I have no idea what this is technically called, if anybody knows, please tell me!) I already had a very similar one at home of a Boston Fern so it was an absolute no-brainer to add this to our family. The very sad part about this story is that there was an amazing popcorn one, exact same style, exceedingly gorgeous, but it was without a frame. I tore that thrift store apart looking for it and came up empty handed. I decided not to buy it. As soon as I was home, I was enraged with myself for not getting it, knowing I could easily come across one of these frames at a thrift store some time or another, but I could not justify the 25 minute drive back out there the next day just for a $1.99 piece. The next time I am out there, though, on a hope and a prayer, you better believe I will be digging for it. (If you were wondering, not only did we leave with this lovely decorating piece, but we did, indeed, find a great filing cabinet!)

So amazing.

Side shot.

From underneath.

Boston Fern

From the side.

Up Close.

For better lighting and angles, I photographed these against my piano. They are lovingly adorning our walls as their permanent home.


Small Business Saturday

On Saturday, we visited Caleab’s family. Carolyn, my mother-in-law, asked if I wanted  to join her shopping at some local shops in Fremont, Ohio in support of “Small Business Saturday”. Of course I said yes; we love to support local/small businesses and even display a lovely “BUY LOCAL” bumper sticker on our vehicle. There were some wonderful little shops and I had my camera ready to go, but I got so wrapped up in talking and chatting and browsing! and bonding and laughing, that I completely forgot to take any photographs, save for the two I took when we stopped at a local coffee shop for a quick refresher (hot chocolate for her, chai tea for me, and a cookie each). It was really quite a splendid time.

I’ll try to not cry

Last August, my oldest two children’s dad, his wife and their baby moved to Minnesota. Seeing as they cannot get the boys every other weekend anymore, we have an informal agreement that we will try to get the boys to them certain holidays and a good chunk of the summer. On Thursday, I drove the boys to Toledo to meet up with their grandparents so that they could complete the drive to Minnesota. It was very hard on me. Even the days before I dropped them off, every time I thought about having to do it, my eyes would fill up. I’m especially worried for Rudy Mae. She is with her big brothers every day and loves them so incredibly much, it just hurts my stomach when I think about her being so sad and confused without them. I digress. My point is that the days building up to Thursday, we were busy making sure that they had everything they needed for their two month trip. On our last full day together, Ziven, Calum, Rudy Mae and I headed out to Target to pick up a few last things. We made it incredibly fun, making sure to get the best out of our last moments before we would not see each other for quite some time.

You can just see how much she adores him.

Calum was feeding her some snacks and taking pictures of her. She was loving every minute of it! Any brother-time is a good time!

They love each other like mad.

Rudy was helping Ziven get his shoes off so he could try on some sandals.

There was an overwhelming amount of sandals/flip-flops, etc, to choose from. I think it gave the boys a headache.

Rudy Mae wanted to walk walk walk forever and I had to help the boys, so after walking a few sections of the store over to get it (somewhat) out of her system, I carried her back to the cart and gave her my purse to try to occupy her.

This was probably the 37th pair he looked at.

And the winner is…

What felt like hours later…

They also got new hoodies. They both looked incredibly handsome in their pick, but one of them seemed to know it ;)

So now they’re gone, and I feel it necessary to point that out, lest you think that I favor my daughter judging by the next two months posts being filled with only her.