"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, November 14, 2011

out with the old...









Just because the boy goes doesn't mean that the stuff does.  What's with that?  Cory moved out 2 months ago, but he forget something... a lot of somethings!  The only good thing about one of your kids leaving home is that they take a minor lifetime's accumulation with them.  Audrey is poised and waiting to leap on his room as soon as we can find it.  She has it decorated in her mind and can't wait to see how the purple curtains will look when she pulls up the older brother carpet.  You know what I mean about older brother carpet don't you?  It means years of multiple sweaty boys, dirty plates, spilled soda... Eewww!  






We dropped off 2 truckloads at his cute little pad.  He fed us some typical bachelor fare and we left dad there to watch a game.  If I was a good sports wife/mother I could tell you who was playing.  No, if I was a good sports wife/mother I would have stayed to watch with them.  Instead I'm a good bloggy mother who came home to immortalize this day for posterity.  Besides, that's what dads are for...

* a couple of side notes...  

Did you know that it's no-shave November?  Hence the hairy bushman look.  He still coaches High School basketball which means we're coming into clean-cut Christmas.  Yea!

He would want me to tell you that the sweet little bird house curtains came with the kitchen and as soon as his mama will prioritize him there will be something brown and manly hanging in their stead.

Blessings, Debbie

29 comments:

  1. Their first place is always exciting, best of luck to your son! Gotta chuckle at the curtains:@)

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  2. What! You're not grabbing his old room as your very own craft room. Hope he enjoys his new home, although I'm guessing he'll be popping over to see you all lots!

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  3. LOL! You mean he didn't pick those curtains after hours of agonizing over whether they would go with the rest of his decor. LOL! Sounds just like my son.... get them out quick! hee hee. Love that new pad!! Cute. Cute. Changes... they continue to happen. blessings ~ Tanna

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  4. Glad you're a bloggy mother, rather than a sports mother! Exciting times for your son. Love the hairy bushman reference. My oldest son has adopted that look too. I always tell him that he'll regret covering up his cute face when he's young, because when he's old he'll need it to cover up that sagging jawline. You should enjoy your youth. Ah! Youth is wasted on the young! Looks like you have some curtain sewing to do!

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  5. I am definitely in the bloggy Mom category rather than the sports Mom category.

    Love the little essay - especially with the shots of small town life. I grew up in Western Kansas so it looks all very familiar.

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  6. Just great...been her a couple of times now, even with pictures...now the moves have been so often I stopped. It has been four years and two moves of our own before all the stuff finally got out of the house...LOL

    You caught the moment well

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  7. Congratulations on your son's new place! Boy they do grow up fast!! So when are you going to start on the curtains??

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  8. Congratulations to you son on his new place!
    I so understand boy carpet...
    we pulled it up and put in hardwood floors!
    All my guy's who can grow facial hair are sporting the same look!At least they are saving the on the cost of razors!
    xx

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  9. What a nice little house!

    A very momentous ocassion! Can't wait to see what Audrey does with his old room!

    I used to score keep for my high school basketball team...brings back memories!

    Deanna

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  10. Happy Day! Think of how much more room you'll have now. Lucky sisters. Your son has a very nice bachelor pad!

    Jody

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  11. Just so you know, I smiled all the way through this post. There was just so much smile worthy stuff in there. I did know that it was a "no shave" month, but I thought it started last month for some reason.

    I loved the part about big brother carpet, and I love it that he wants us to know those are NOT his choice for kitchen curtains.

    You must have such a warm home.

    (And I'm STILL not over that video. It was wonderful and impactful. I actually took a rabbit trail with my SS class yesterday to King Josiah and taught about making the 180.)

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  12. Debbie,
    Meant to add that I know about the "young man stink." We had 4 sons at home and I'm still trying to get rid of the smell from their rooms. I think I'm going to have to rip out the carpets eventually. ~smile~

    Jody

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  13. I think I still have stuff at my mom's house, and I've been married 5 and a half years.

    I like that you had to clarify about the curtains, just to keep his manly-manhood intact. ;)

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  14. It is no joke, my shed is filled with all of their belongings that they didn't take to their new houses. I keep telling them to come get it but of no avail.
    I just let the babies come over and go to Grandma's shed and let them take home, their parents toys. :) I still have toy boxes filled with toys. The day is coming though when I reclaim my space.
    It is cute your daughter wants his room. When my two got married, the next two totally rearranged. It was fun.

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  15. What he does not want sweet birdhouse curtians? I am shocked!! Haa, if I had boys I would be a good blogging mama to. We never watch sports here but David is sporting his thick hunting beard!! CLarice

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  16. Oh Debbie, you are such a good mom. What a cute place your son moved in to I love the curtains :-) but I can definitely understand why he wants different ones! xo

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  17. Your post brings a mix of sadness and laughter. My two younger boys are already talking about snagging an older brother's room once he moves out...which probably won't be for quite awhile. We're in no rush, mind you.

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  18. I have three kids married and one with her own house. STILL there are things hanging in my youngest son's closet. STILL there are boxes of child treasures in the attic. Once, my oldest daughter, faced with the four huge boxes of her childhood stuff, said to me, "But don't you want something to remember me by?" I could have thrown her out the window. But she took them. Finally, I have places to store my off season clothes, my craft stuff, and food against hard times. Still - when I come across the stray stuff left behind, I get awful sentimental over it -

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  19. I never heard of no-shave November! But they're three cute kids. :)

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  20. Happy Days! When all their stuff is out and in there home!!

    Cute home by the way.
    He is such a guy! No shave November...lol

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  21. It's been five years since our youngest left for school and he still has stuff at the house. We were able to get him to take another load with him on his last visit but...lots of stuff left
    No shave November??

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  22. Every now and then, we fill up big plastic tubs and cart them out to their cars. We failed at the dance dresses, though. They are stuffed in a box in my only storage closet.
    Cute post!

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  23. Your kids are all just so handsomely beautiful...there, that won't offend anyone, right? I remember resisting taking any of the stuff out of my room at home for the very reason that I didn't want one of my brothers moving in there. It was MY room! That didn't last long and it got turned into the home office!

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  24. What a charming house! (And I can't imagine that Cory would not like those birdhouse curtains. ~wink~)
    I find it a bit difficult when children move out. It seems like the end of an era so to speak...which I suppose it is. I grieve and then gradually adjust to the new reality and it is fine. I'm just a little slow, I guess.
    The "up" side to the new reality is the rearranging of living spaces. That's always fun for those who get an update!
    Out with the "brother carpet"! :-D
    Hugs to you...

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  25. Haha, well, I didn't notice the curtains until I had to go back and check them out...I figure he makes up for the curtains with that 14 day no shave - pretty impressive!
    And I know all about brother carpet. Ew.

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  26. He needs to leave the curtains! They're cute! And ohmygoshehasawoodstove?!?

    Cory's house is so cute! Congrats to him!

    If my hubby sees how well Cory is doing with the no shaving, he'd be jealous. He's also not shaving this month, but it's taking time, LOL!

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  27. If I were him, I would keep the curtains ;o). What a sweet little house!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  28. Oh my, can I relate to this post.... about things left behind that they don't want to throw away yet don't want to bring to their own place. I think that it's a universal problem. JB

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  29. They grow up and move on....but sometimes their stuff doesn't! :-)

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