There are socks on my kitchen table.
A hula hoop and jump rope on the rug in the entry.
There’s a hotel upstairs.
And monopoly in the hallway.
There are bathing suits drying outside.
And forts in the playroom.
And well, frankly, this is the only kind of ‘decorating’ happening in my house these days.
I had visions of things I was going to accomplish this summer and rooms that were going to be refreshed. There are paint cans which have been sitting in the garage for 2 months waiting to find their way to my daughter’s room and onto the walls. As of today, I have no idea when that will happen.
And while I have had some new lighting installed and have even set up a tablescape or two, the reality is that right now my time and energy is being poured into more important things…or rather, more important people.
Like these two who proudly waved the American flag at every car that drove by while waiting for their grandparents to arrive on the 4th of July.
And this guy. My love. The one who whisked me away on a dream vacation and who still makes my heart go pitter-patter and is my best friend in the whole world.
I’m creating special memories with this girl, making her dream come true by taking her to the place where stuffed animals come to life. We’re bonding over sparkly dresses and hair accessories and I’m cherishing every minute as I notice her long legs getting even longer and her beauty growing even deeper…both inside and out. I’m watching as she skips through these sunny days with a never fading smile on her face.
I’m going on bicycle rides with this tween boy who captured my heart the first time I held him 12 years ago. Soon he will be as tall as me (and then taller than me!) and our talks these days have moved from trains and dump trucks to music styles and the latest iPhone technology. I’m enjoying his quick wit and observations on the world around him while feeling so privileged to witness the incredible young man he is becoming.
I’m making a choice to spend less time on home decor projects and more time on heart building projects.
And I’m embracing it all knowing that there will come a day when I will look back and remember with fondness this very special kind of summer home decorating.
Even the socks on the table. 😉