I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Monday, January 25, 2010


So - my college roommates were art majors (I was English Lit).  One is now a high school art teacher, and the other is a graphic designer. I have ZERO artistic ability.  When we planned this weekend of fun, one of them made the "mistake" of offering to help with a project while they were here.  Well, I held them to that promise.

The selected project was to create art for Alex's room.  Those of you on Facebook may remember my struggle to get him to accept updated bedding with his updated walls.  I think it's just about time he moves on from Thomas, but change is hard for him, and he's still madly in love with trains.  So, I returned the adorable monkey bedding, and Thomas will stick around a bit longer.

As a bribe for the ladies, I made them my friend Beth's French Hot Chocolate.  Check out the recipe from her blog HERE.  It was simply AMAZING!  The presentation was wonderful, and it was so yummy too!

After trying a couple different ideas, we decided to go with something simple and vibrant. Since I have NO IDEA what direction his room will take in the next year or two (since he recently vetoed my vision), it was difficult coming up with art that could easily blend with ANYTHING.  But the ladies came through!  My inspiration for them was apparently based on Rothko.

(my inspiration - for sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond)


So - back to the bribed artwork.......  Paint and an almost two-year-old really don't mix well.  So, after the boys went to bed on Saturday evening, the paints came out, the French Hot Chocolate was made, and creativity happened right in my very own dining room!  I don't think either of the ladies have ever painted pieces commissioned by an almost five-year-old before.  And we were all hesitant to see how "Mr. I Hate Change" would respond to them.

HE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN HAPPIER!!!  So - the ladies deserve a standing ovation!  He was even super excited to hang them up on his freshly-painted walls! (The evening before, as he went to bed, he quite loudly vocalized how much he didn't want anything hanging on his walls.)  But as soon as he saw the finished product he was thrilled!

(The pictures really ARE real squares and straight - I guess my angle was off taking the picture, 'cause they look kinda "unstraight" in this photo.)

Thank you, ladies for giving my son some personal art - and art that he likes to boot!


KGM said...

Do you think the fact that they were made with love for him helped him overcome his desire not to put anything on his walls?

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

The art looks fab and I'm glad you enjoyed the hot chocolate! It's my favorite :).