The other night as I was tucking my 11 year old son into bed, he asked if I would lie down with him for a few minutes.
He was listening to an ‘Adventures in Odyssey’ CD and wanted me to hear the latest story in the series.
Now, this was one of those moments that every mom of a tween boy dreams about. Normally at bed time any kind of overtures (a.k.a. kisses) from me are met with “Ew, mom, stop!” I, of course, ignore him and just keep kissing and hugging him. And I especially love going back into his room after he is sound asleep and kissing his cheek over and over since he can’t squirm away from me then! 😉
I was bold! I was theatrical! I was dramatic! And, the best part…I had him laughing. Ok, so he was laughing and rolling his eyes at me but still!
He said, “Oh mom, I’m totally hilarified right now!” Now I pride myself on being up on the latest slang words but this one was new to even me. “What’s ‘hilarified’?” I asked him.
“You know, like when I think what you are doing is partly hilarious but I’m also partly horrified.” 😉
And thus a new word was added to our family dictionary.
One which came in very handy soon thereafter when I got an idea…
Then I had an idea…but I realized quickly that it could either end up looking totally awesome or I could find myself completely ‘hilarified’ by it!
I removed the feet from the bottom of the wood column. I’m pretty sure that it’s not a pulpit but doesn’t it remind you of one? Maybe it will come in handy when I need to ‘preach’ a few sermons to my kiddos!
Then I attached the wood column to the planter box using wood glue.
The entire thing received a couple of coats of creamy white paint a little bit of distressing.
Turns out I wasn’t ‘hilarified’ after all!
I was thinking the other night about how being a mom of a tween boy is like a ‘dance’. I’ll elaborate on that more in another post.
But, for now, let me just say that being told that I ‘hilarified’ my boy felt like a ‘win’ to me. Because moms of boys know that behind that eye roll and that “Oh mom” they really do love it when you crack them up.
And let’s face it. It’s really just pay-back for all of those times when they ‘hilarify’ us, right? 😉
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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says
Well I’m not hilarified and it looks pretty darn good to me. Isn’t it amazing how ingenious we can be when we need something. It fits perfectly in that corner. Thank you for sharing — fives me ideas of what to do for future “too short” projects.
Thank you so much Marisa!!
Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way says
Love this project! It’s such a beautiful Plant Stand! Have a great week.
Thanks Leslie! 🙂
Donna Martin says
You just keep on giving your tween kisses and hugs and making hilarified pieces of furniture!!!
Oh I will for sure Donna! Thanks so much for coming by! 🙂
Nancy Sharp says
I didn’t raise boys but I’ve learned a lot from my three grandsons. Their tween and teen years are so mixed with feelings of sometimes wanting to be that little boy and wanting to be grown up. I saw a cute cartoon the other day of a big teenage boy on his mom”s lap, long legs and arms sprawling. The caption said sometimes you just need lap time.
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
Oh those are great moments of “mommyhood” I so remember those days…and they truthfully never end!…love it when my granddaughter “cracks me up” and she admits that “she cracks herself up”…and vice versa…The way you elevated that plant stand is genius…it is fantastic!…perfect addition to the space!..Great job Vanessa…Have a great day enjoying “hilarity”….
Pam @diy Design Fanatic says
Love the new word and your plant stand! They both are awesome!
Marie@The Interior Frugalista says
How creative and hard to tell that it wasn’t made this way. Definitely not hilarified! Gotta cherish moments like that with our kids, especially when they become tweens and before you know it, leaving the nest.
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
It looks great, Vanessa, I love it! Your fern looks perfect on it, too. Well, hilarified or not, enjoy these sweet moments with your boy. : )
The plant stand looks awesome! I love how you gave it more height.
Hilarified…love it!! Love that plant stand too…awesome job Vanessa!!
Janelle@The Peaceful Haven says
I am adding the word “hilarified” to my vocabulary! LOVE the plant stand!
At The Picket Fence says
LOL! Thanks Janelle! 🙂
Sweet memories, and a new word too! So sweet.
Love your plant stand!
Well isn’t that clever! I love it and the plant looks perfect on your diy stand. And thanks for the new word of the day:)