Friday, June 29, 2012

Taking a Breath

Today I was going to do another post on Beach Style, but after reading Paige's wonderful words on Simple Thoughts this morning, I changed my mind. I have felt so frazzled and behind this week. I cannot do it all and I have been trying, oh, have I been trying. I want my home spit, spot and polished - read perfectly tidy and decorated, as since we moved-in last February, it is still a work in progress - we live in our home and with three kids and two dogs, it looks like we do without much effort. Is that really worth fretting over? Will my friends still love me if they get dog hair on them when they come over or if I don't have curtains in the family room?

Sweet Pea is having her birthday party tomorrow. A "Lilly Pulitzer" themed party - I have been working so hard to make it perfect. Will anyone notice the centerpieces aren't perfection, if they are having a wonderful time?

I have been working so hard on my exercise routine, like an hour and a half a day working. Is it really necessary to do that every day? And to be honest, the results have not been that great, yes, I am over forty and it shows. I must say though, this is a hard one because I love to workout and I love my time when it is just me and my thoughts and my sweat, lots of sweat.

Sport has been nursing a mysterious injury this week. The pain has moved all over his legs. He says that in order to feel better, he needs to snuggle with me, in my bed and have me tell him stories. It finally dawned on me, there is no injury to his legs, it is his heart. Sport needs me! That one hurts. Do I really ignore him?

Fisherman does factor in to all this, too. He is my rock when Mr. Pearl isn't home. He is so calm and so NOT deamanding. I love that kid. He is one awesome fourteen year old. Fisherman and Mr. P are the calm in the storm around here.

I also have my little businesses. Things slow down in the summer, but they don't stand still. I really struggle with the fact that I should or is it could do more. I could have a higher profile job, make more money for our family, be gone from the minis more and dress like a real adult more, but is that necessary? I struggle with this, as I have friends that are so very successful outside their homes and that green-eyed monster rears it's ugly head. I want that success, too. Or do I? I am so blessed to have been able to stay home with my children and they are getting so big! The days have flown by and there will always be time for me to have that job.

This is not meant to be a pity party. More of a reminder to myself, to see it in writing, makes it real. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways but sometimes I need a reality check. Just when I feel like I am frazzled beyond repair, He sends a sweet blog post or a call from a friend that puts everything right once again. Amazing! I am actually posting this in the hopes that maybe it will reach someone else who needs some encouragement. We were not meant to live alone, we are here to love on and encourage one another; dog hair, lack of curtains, sweat and all.

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What's Your Beach Style - East Coast Edition

The temperature reached 111' on my car thermometer today; it is summertime in Texas people. Our annual trip to Florida is still a month away and the nearest beach is five hours away. So, if I can't make it to the beach, I am going to bring the beach to me or you all who read this (thank you precious ones, by the way!). I thought I would try and highlight the basic feel of the different coastal regions here in the good ol' U.S of A. and let you all decide what your own style is. Are you East Coast traditional: crisp, nautical decor, all white parties with the A-listers, weathered clapboard and old money? Are you Palm Beach glam: Hollywood Regency, Lilly Pulitzer, Mediterranean luxe with a little Latin thrown-in? Are you a Florida Panhandle, 30-A girl: Seaside pastels, sugar-white sand, family bike rides, laid-back, Southern style? Are you a California girl: modern lines, contemporary cool, surf culture and year-round beauty? Or, maybe you are the casual gal, that enjoys the family house that was purchased in the sixties and furnished with comfy, hand-me-downs, full of treasured memories and hasn't changed a bit.

So, without further ado, here is "What's Your Beach Style - East Coast Edition". I know that there are some that are cringing as they read this, because I am simply lumping all of the northern, East coast beaches into one post. Yes, I realize that there are distinct styles to each area, but the overall feeling of the East Coast is one of Ralph Lauren Americana. Ralph can be dressy and casual, but he is always classic, and that is the East coast. Be it Martha's vineyard, Nantucket, the Cape or the Hamptons, there is a beach to suit your every mood. Is this you?

The Hamptons


Nantucket Cottages

Classic- navy and white


Alexa Hampton in the Hamptons

Something's Gotta Give house -
 this has become the quintessential, East Coast home

I never tire of this interior!

I feel a clambake coming on. So, does this strike a chord with you? It is classic, preppy, old money Americana at it's best. Stay tunes for more beach styles!

Happy Wednesday!


All photos found on Pinterest.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Seeing Stripes

I have been trying to relax this summer and put all the house projects on hold, but I can't stand it any longer. I need a project! I have the urge to paint something and I have an unadorned hallway that is calling my name. I am thinking...stripes. This may not ever be executed, but it is fun to think about and would really look fabulous in the hall, outside my boys' rooms. 

Thoughts? Are you a "stripes on the wall" person or not?

Happy Thursday!


photos via: Pinterest

Monday, June 18, 2012

It's Summertime!

We just blew back into town last night, after a quick five day vacay/business meeting for Mr. P and I am beat. I had grandiose visions of a fabulous Father's Day post that would feature my wonderful Dad and Mr. P and the mini-pearls, but I just couldn't get it together. Have I ever mentioned how much I love my dad? He is a wonderful dad and fabulous Popie! And to my Mr. P, the minis are so blessed to have you for their dad. I hope your back is okay after one million races down the water slides this weekend - that is worth a "Dad of the Year" vote, for sure.

We have a busy week planned - it's summertime ya'll! I am now on a countdown to get to the beach.

Happy Monday!


photo via: Pinterest

Friday, June 15, 2012

Color Me Happy - Summer Friday Edition

Oh how happy this makes me! I found this colorful space in House and Home.
Happy Friday! Happy Weekend!


Photo via: House and Home

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Swingin' Summer

A good book, a big glass of iced tea, a cozy porch and a swing; the perfect ingredients for a lazy, summer afternoon. We don't have the room under the eaves for a traditional porch swing here at our house, but I have staked-out a spot in the courtyard for a hammock. What is it about the gentle, rocking motion of a swing or hammock that is so wonderful? It's all fun and games until the chain breaks. Yes, I have broken the chain on a hammock and taken the fall of shame. Go ahead, laugh, it's funny when it isn't you! WHen you stop laughing, enjoy these wonderful pictures and I hope you get to spend an afternoon swinging (not falling) very soon!



Photos via: Pinterest