Plus, am I all grown up? Jury's still out on that one.
Anyway, for Mother’s Day, I wanted to give my mom a shout out, as I think I have her to
Most often on the weekends, the first words we'd hear would be, "Hey kids, grab the other end of this couch, I'm rearranging" (again). At the time I probably rolled my eyes, but I knew I was lucky to live in a happy home. I just didn't put it together that a lot of my "sense of place" and comfort came from my mom's pride in her house (and my dad's willingness to help with all the projects).
As I’m writing, I am reminded once again that my parents are pretty much a package deal (best marriage example ever). My dad is a DIY expert in his own right. My first piece of furniture was a sofa table he made with a granite tile top. When we were kids he built us a play structure (we dubbed it 'the fort') with two stories and a slide. We loved playing on the fort; I can still remember how fun it was to send the hose down the slide on really hot days.
Once we were older, he relocated the slide to a new deck he designed and built (I like to say I helped but I think I held a piece of wood for about 15 minutes) and turned the fort into a place to grow hops (I think I can thank him for my affinity for beer). Without him I wouldn't have discover frog tape, carbite drill bits, or why all my clothes are covered in paint (his unable-to-stay-clean-while-working gene).
I often wondered why my mom was so restless in decorating our house. She never seemed satisfied. Now that I have my own house, I get it. First off, its really fun! I love coming home and repurposing a hand-me-down, remodeling a previously unloved room, or maintaining the yard (well, I like telling Matt what needs to be done in the yard). More importantly though, working on the house we own makes it feel so comfortable and like home.
Happy Mother’s Day!
And Dad, on Father’s Day I’ll email you this post again :)
All of the pictures in this post are of their old home (my childhood home). Someday soon I’ll show you their swanky new condo. Pin It