Friday, May 21, 2010


Tonight our twins are going to their first dance. It's the Eight Grade sendoff kind off thing. Talk about making you feel OLD! Actually, picking out Callie's first DRESS with her will probably be one of my forever favorite moments. There are times in our lives but especially our lives as parents that you want to hold onto, put into a little locket and never open again. Just have it there knowing it's with you always. I think it's important when one of these moments is happening to RECOGNIZE it and cherish it for what it is.

Recently, like almost every other night, I tip toe into each of the kids rooms to check on them before I go to bed. I crept into Cole's room and very carefully got down to brush a whisper of a goodnight kiss on the corner of his lips and realized he had a little bit of a 5'oclock shadow thing going on. Oh. MY.

Matt took Cole out to get his dress pants, shirt and tie since I can't go in a car yet. It was so exciting when he came home and I made him try on the pants and the shirt but separately because I want to be surprised this evening with the whole package. I'm so excited I can't wait! Callie's dress is CHARTREUSE and with her coloring she can really pull it off. I had hoped that they'd pick a tie that had chartreuse and khaki but alas, that was NOT meant to be. When I mentioned it this morning, of course they both looked at me like I had sprouted an extra head. I can be the corny photographer mom who forgets that her twins aren't 14 months anymore but 14 years OLD (Just this past weekend) and wants her babies to wear coordinating outfits. I was semi-weepy with Callie trying on the dresses (she didn't know and I am SO NOT A CRIER), so wish me luck tonight! ;-)

I've been coveting these pendant lights FOREVER from but they were  always sold out. ;-( THEN I found them at COTTAGE SIMPLE plus this SAAAWEEEET little matching votive holder. They have some FABULOUS AND FUNKY lighting you MUST check out! My DAD was kind enough to order BOTH the light and the votive holder for me yesterday for the built in reading nook/desk area. I ordered the hobnail one in the middle. LOVE IT! Can't wait to get it!

I have a sweet little story that involves my delightful sister Brandy.  I'll share it with you in a moment. My friend BOB (you remember BOB, of the fantastic store full of incredible goodness fame?), has known about my idea for the built in and has been scouring his antique/flea/auction haunts for the perfect things for me. I called the other day to get an update knowing full well it was going to KILL me if he had any goodies hidden for me because I don't even KNOW how many more weeks I'm not allowed in a car because of this doggone surgery recovery. AND YES, he tempted me with his talk of the goods he's found for me so much that I had a fleeting thought of taking my walker and trying to make the trip. (If you are my surgeon or physical therapist reading this, please know it was a FLEETING little thought) WHEN the time comes for the nook reveal, I'm going to have some FUN and FUNKY schtuffff to show off!  I CAN'T WAIT!  You may know if you read my blog that I've got a "thing" for dogs.  Most especially a "THING" for smooshy faced doggies with pouty lips.  This OCD riddled chick for some reason does NOT have one qualm about planting a kiss on any POUTY PUDGY PROTRUDING doggie lip.  I'm just sayin'.

By this point you are wondering where the delightful sister comes into play. WELL, this delightful sister LIVES in Delaware but works here in Maryland 2 days a week and happens to have to DRIVE RIGHT PAST the alluring goodness that is Bob's store. Knowing I'm on a tight budget (one income here people, plus doctors bills out the WAZOO), she had an antique bench that she brought along today and traded it with Bob for my DOUBLE WONDERFUL SMOOSHY FACED brass drawer pull that he had picked up for me. Apparently it's from a sewing cabinet. I'm in LOVE with it and I can't wait till the built in is done to be able to pull it all together! So here's to the love of sisters...and sweet doggie lips and the bittersweet feeling of your babies growing up!



Sarah said...

I enjoyed your blog...looks like you have a happy life! Have a great day!


It's me said...

Little girls grown bigger mom !!!

Great story !! i enjoy !! have a happy sunny weekend my dear !! hugs from Ria

Tina said...

I totally know how you feel about your twins growing up. Our Isabella is 14 yrs old next month and our Olivia turns 10 tomorrow (double digits for her from now on...)! I can't believe that the time has gone so fast. I hope that your lovely children have a wonderful time at their dance. I just love how you write and your love for your family is just beautiful, thank you for sharing:) Oh and that includes your love for your sister - awesome doggy head drawer pull!!! Hope you are doing OK and that everyday brings you closer to being back to 100% health. Enjoy the weekend sweet Robyn. Big (gentle) hugs from me ~ Tina xx

My Cottage Charm said...

Hey girlie! :-) I KNOW how you're feeling. Lincoln just went to his Sr prom and my heart ached at the thought of him graduating and it being his last big event before he graduates. It's so hard to watch them grow and eventually have to let them's got to be the hardest thing in the world, but also so fulfilling. To know we raised them right and to be able to share in their moments is so incredible and rewarding! :)
I am SO glad your darling sister went to see BOB...I know you've been dying to go! I'll be glad when you can get in your car again and zoom into the sunset to visit your little store again. Your smooshy faced doggy is so adorable, she did good! That will be one memory on your wall you will cherish forever. :)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!
Blessings and very gentle hugs!

Anonymous said...

what a sweet post! I love that sewing drawer...almost has a "boxer face" on it! :) Thanks for answering me about the "boxer paws"...I only have one...Miss Hailey Ann Mcstoots (aka Hailey) and she is 3.5 years...fawn and her to pieces! :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Hi Robyn!

What a wonderful story!

And you sound such a great mom, I know it's hard to watch them blooming into young men and women before your eyes. They'll always be your babies, though.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love the sewing drawer pull. So adorable!!! And I hope you are recovering nicely, other than not being able to ride in the car. I know it was bittersweet seeing your twins off to their first dance. You will have to post some pictures. Love & blessings from NC!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Loved reading your post... my kids are 4 and 2 and I know before I know it we'll be picking outfits for their first dance. Thanks for the reminder to enjoy the "moment". Hope they have a blast!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

What a lovely post!!! It's hard to watch them grow so fast, you just want to stop time for a bit! I'm glad to hear you are healing, keep resting! Thanks for stopping by this evening!

Stephanie Lynn said...

I can not even think of a first dance. Babies grow so quickly, ugh. Congratulations on the first dances..what a sweet time for them though. Enjoy the precious time. I simply adore the light fixtures and votive holders ~ gorgeous! What a sweet Dad you have! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

My Cottage Charm said...

Hey Robyn....I don't think I've ever been told something I did was genious...thanks. *blush* LOL
Are you going to put pics of Callie and Cole on here, I'd love to see them all decked out for the dance. :) By the way, my yummy looking cakes are my "faux" ones. Shhhh.....don't tell! :) I'm going to start selling them on Ebay soon! :)

Sweet Little Smoothie said...

Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that I'm passing the Trendy Blog award - I love your blog!

Patti said...

Thanks for visiting Pandora's Box!! Love those pendant lights, too...and your children are adorable ~ patti

Stephanie Lynn said...

Gorgeous drawer pull! So unique! {and I still really love the lights, sigh!} Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Flaviana said...

What a sweet post Robyn! I don't have kids myself YET but seeing my nieces growing up makes me feel quite old too ;-)
P.S.I hope you got my email?! I sent it twice but it got systematically rejected.. in case, this is mine:

FEDERICA said...

Just a quick note to wish you a lovely day and thank you for all your kind comments!