Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dorm Decor Can Be A Challenge

Ok, so I am totally approaching this Mama Monday link up from a much different perspective than most of you new mommies.

My first born has just begun his freshman year in college while my daughter has moved up (or down depending which way you see it) to freshman status.

I love looking at the sweet pictures of a newborn and reading about the joys and experiences new moms are facing today.  I am a bit bummed thought as I've noticed a trend....not many moms of my age or with high school and college age kids blog as much or at all.

This summer I needed examples of how to decorate a guys dorm room.  I perused Google, Pinterest, Facebook, Instragram...you name it.  I literally found a gazillion ideas to decorate for a girls dorm but nothing for a guy unless it was from a Pottery Barn Dorm catalog.  Honestly, that is not reality.  While I love PB everything, I don't know anyone whose room or house is decorated like that.  Now, don't hate on me.  I would absolutely love for my house to look  like any one of their catalogs, but I do not have that kind of cash!

So with all that said, I wanted to show off how my boys dorm room turned out.  It still needs more decor for the walls -- we were worried we had over packed!   Maybe this will help a mom in the future when she is searching for decorating ideas.

Founders Dorm, University of Arkansas
So excited to be in a dorm that is only 2 years old!

The challenge begins!

Little sisters pitching in!

Still need to work on those bare walls!

Probably could use a rug in this area.

This wall could use a little decor as well.

This is the best configuration for a room long and narrow.
The guys have two comfortable chairs that can be unfolded
and placed in the middle of the room to watch TV or play XBox.

Not sure these faces show the excitement of now being in charge
of their own laundry and clean up!
Matching bedding automatically loses the man card.
Color coordination is ok though.

The Nuggets

A day late linking up with my friend Leslyn over at:

Leslyn's Lovely Life

Friday, September 26, 2014

Five Minute Friday -- BECAUSE

BECAUSE I have challenged myself to blog more, I am jumping on board with the encouragement of  Kate to blog every Friday on a key word with no shame, fear or worry of judgement because of my writing skills.

disclaimer:  It's been one of those weeks where I see the glass half empty..

So...here we go....

BECAUSE no matter how hard you try, there is always someone one who is unhappy or disappointed with you or the decisions you make.

BECAUSE I tend to worry and am consumed with insecurity, I cause myself unnecessary stress and anxiety over every little thing (said and unsaid).

BECAUSE. I married the sweetest Godliest man on the planet, I am told daily that I need to let things go....they are not important in the big picture.  He's not talking down to me.....just keeping me sane in a loving way.

BECAUSE, just like my blog name reads -- Today is a New Day.  I can let it define me or I can choose my path.

BECAUSE He lives, I can face tomorrow.....

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

High school art students enjoying the beauty of the morning while sketching.  

Mrs. Buchanan giving instruction.

Nature offers great inspiration.

Linking up today with Jenny for Wordless Wednesday.

The Jenny Evolution

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday -- HOLD

Linking up with Kate today for my first writing prompt!  Please join me in spending just five minutes reflecting on the word * HOLD*.

I love to read The Message Bible.  I understand its language.  It speaks to me in a way I can relate to in present day.

This is what came to me as I reflected on *HOLD*.

Watch your words and HOLD your tongue;
you'll save yourselves a lot of grief.
Proverbs 21:23

HOLD my tongue.  HOLD my words.  HOLD my thoughts.

It's something I ask for help with everyday during my quiet time.

Sharing news with others that I have no business sharing.

HOLD my tongue.

Interrupting a conversation to tell my story.

HOLD my tongue.

Complaining about a situation, when I should look for a solution.

HOLD my words.

Judging others for petty reasons.

HOLD my words.

Worrying about things I have no control over.

HOLD my thoughts.

Battling insecurities.

HOLD my thoughts.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Saying Goodbye Was Harder Than I Thought....


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My first born nugget is on the back row, far right.

The group pictured consists of his nuggets....

This was their last large group gathering before they started heading out one by one to their colleges.  A few went to Texas, one went to Tennessee, another to Mississippi, one chose Missouri, a couple went to Southern Arkansas and the rest headed up north to Fayetteville.

These friendship are deep.  No exaggeration.  People tell me all the time how unique this crew is and that the group dynamics will not be easy to replicate.  Some friendships go as far back as ten years while others just a few. Some will be rooming together and some may not see others for awhile. 

Last month a few moms and I hosted a "good luck" party to send them off properly.  We got in their faces and took pictures, we fed them, we hugged them and then we cried.

Not only were we going to miss our own kids, but also the group they traveled with.  When you have a group of kids at your home most weekends, summertime and other random days, your house becomes much quieter when the leave for college.

I have to admit, as I moved P into his dorm, I was too busy to be sad.  It was not until a few days later I had a big ugly sobbing cry.  Then I cried when I spotted his favorite Oreo cookies at Kroger.  I cried when I went to bed.  I cried when I got up.

Today I am feeling much better.   I still miss him, but I'm not so sad.  I am happy and excited for my boy.  He is going to be fine.

I'm going to be fine too.

Leslyn's Lovely Life