The Girl can Twirl {+ an update}

Sometimes I look at sweet Ellie and almost don't recognize her. She is becoming quite the lady with tons of ideas, creativity, and spirit so kind it baffles even me. She loves Jesus with all her heart, she exudes a patience that puts me into check, and is quite the beauty if I say so myself. She still rides horses, but has also taken up ballet. The other day she started showing me some of her new found moves so I grabbed the camera and shot away. This is Ellie...

 AN UPDATE: Some of you may remember this post about our struggles with Ellie and school. I thought a little update would be in order since so many of you were absolutely heart warming and encouraging while I was in a hard place. We decided to hold her back for one year. She is repeating 1st grade and it is the best decision we could have made for her. She has flourished to say the least. She has great friendships and her best friend from last year still remains that way even though they are in different grades now. She has done better academically in some areas yet still struggles in things like spelling. She finally came of age, you have to be seven, to have her tested for dyslexia. She does have a mild case so with some work we shall overcome. Her phonological Processing scored well below average, but her Cognitive/Problem solving scored in the 99th percentile. She is part genius! The Doctor expressed that my Ellie is one of the most brilliant children she has ever met. I may have cried, a lot. I kind of got used to people telling me she is sweet, but it's always followed up with concerns. Honestly it has been a hard process for myself emotionally. I had/have dyslexia and it is something you never want to pass down to your children. To this day I can't repeat a phone number back if spoken to me, my time frame is completely out of sync with reality, ect, yet I can read just fine and I can write. Not always without error of course, but well enough. The Doctor giving her the test showed me the exact test she gave Ellie. I failed in most areas still. I did not get even a fraction of what Ellie could see within the Cognitive Problem Solving. I was at a loss and slightly embarrased to say the least. My high now is knowing how we can help her and simply move forward. This will not define her.


Decorating for Christmas {a sneak peek and I am not that crazy}

Have you noticed the little badge on my sidebar yet? Well, I was asked to participate in Home Depot's Style Challenge: Holiday Edition. I really could not be any more excited! The UPS man may thought us to be a little nutty when the kiddos and I got a little (or very) giddy over every Home Depot delivery. Both Ellie and KJ have been head over heels with the decorating process and all our friends who happen to come by think of us as a little crazy until they get the full explanation. Ha. Our specific challenge was to decorate the mantel. I can't wait to share more, but for now here is a little sneak peek. I will be sure to let you know once the full reveal is up on The Apron, Home Depot's blog. You can also see a full list of other participants here. I am still baffled I was asked to play along after seeing all the others chosen for the task.


Ellie's Bedroom 

Ellie's room is finally done. Yesterday we spent some time adding more storage in her closet to unclutter her space even more. A spot for everything is so my motto. I must say I am so happy the bright green is gone, but I did add tons of color in other ways so Ellie would be happy. As she gets older it will be easy to change out bedding and accessories to fit her ever changing tastes. I used Lulu DK chant wallpaper in beige that bought from One Kings Lane awhile back. The walls were painted Sherwin Williams Dover White.  My big splurge was Ellie's bedding. The duvet is from Serena & Lily. She was head over heels when she saw it. The polka dot pillow cases are Kate Spade found at Home Goods.

I had some left over candle sconces from a job I did so I used them in here to ground the girlie space. Instead of candles I added air plants to keep it safe. The Ellie drawing was done by the fabulous Mandii of Laughter & Snow.

The rug came from Home Goods and it matched the space perfectly. Wish it were bigger, but it is what it is.

Of course I am still love with the Sophie & Lili art and custom mats created by Ellie.

The fabric I received from Shannon of the Designer's Attic. I then recovered the antique chair myself.

This light was bought from a local shop AT HOME while out shopping with Marianne. I love how unintentionally the pattern in the fixture matches the wallpaper.

The books were bought from Barnes & Noble. Every night we read a few chapters of a book. These should keep us busy for quite some time.

The bookshelf was from Home Goods, but was a bright blue. My sweet sister helped me paint it gold. The mirror was from there too and I hung it by a rope myself. The white baskets are Serena & Lily.

The baskets are from Home Goods too. Ha. It seems Home Goods has been having a few goods months.

Let me know if you want any other info. Most things though are things I have collected over the years., but I love tho share!


A Lake House {local home}

If I were a house I would be this one. This one I would say would surely be a perfect fit. The charm is undeniable. She's well loved and slightly worn and wild. I do wish they showed the interiors, but alas they did not. Although I must say I have always said I would buy a home for the garden. This would be a perfect example. Interiors can be quickly changed and made up, but a good garden takes years to look this radiant. This home is on a lake and the Mr. said if I came up with the money then I could buy it. Anyone want to hire me or donate a happy chunk of change?!?!? Ha.

The home is a 3/2 in Blount County. The garden somewhat reminds me of a tiny version of the movie It's Complicated which is a favorite of mine.

As always I am more than happy to get you in touch with the listing agent if you so happen to be looking for a lake house. Although this one I would rather just not share, I am still in search of that extra money.



Today I am finlly gettting the house painted!!!! We began in the foyer a few months ago, but with the Mr's work schedule we have yet to finish. So today Polo Painting is coming to my rescue. He did work in a friend's house and did a wonderful job. Prices are great too. If you are a local I highly recommend him and his team, tell them I sent you! Sherwin Williams Creamy will be making an apperance. I will share after photos soon. Can you tell I am so excited?!?!