Mar 24, 2011

Candy Store, Spring Wreath, Lessons

There was this couple at today's estate sale that was buying ALL AWESOME mid-century stuff for their 16-year old daughter's soon-to-be-opened antiques booth {of course I had to chat them up because they kept looking at stuff that is my taste}. Lucky daughter.

They kept grabbing stuff up out of boxes and it made me so mad that I hadn't gotten to it first. I thought, if I didn't have the kids with me I could be doing what they're doing--finding all the cool stuff, cleaning it up, then selling it...

And that's when it sunk in that I am hoping for a season in my life that hasn't yet debuted. And I need to be really living in today (we always say that--it sounds cliche)...because the kids will be off to school in about 5 seconds and I will miss them terribly. Some days, it is difficult to set aside selfish pursuits. I think that's why the blog is so important to me. It has meant so much to feel valued in other ways.

Someday I will be the crazy lady getting on her hands and knees, digging in cupboards and crevices for mid-century treasures. But today, it's slipper slides at the park, play-dough monkeys, and Dr. Seuss. And the occasional kid-friendly estate sale. I love my babies and want every day to be fun and meaningful for them!

Pictures of some homes close to today's estate sale (the home did not look like these):
And some pictures from our Nifty Nuthouse (a permanent fixture/tourist location/destination place in our town) candy store excursion:
Peach rings, my fave!
And the spring wreath I made Grandma, for her to hang at the nursing home:


april@gingerbread girl said...

I love the lesson... live for today...the kids grow up too fast right?
did you buy anything? The candy looks yummo!!!

Julie said...

Thanks for the reminder to live in today. Beautiful pictures. I have never been to the Nifty Nuthouse. Sad, but probably good, from the looks of that place.

Mary said...

This post speaks to me too. I would have been thinking the same thing about wanting to find the treasures first. The find is part of the fun! I agree with you in focusing on the kids. I used to love thrifting, garage saleing, and estate saleing as well, but it was becoming consuming. I made a choice to focus on Aly and what I could be doing with HER and for HER instead of dragging her to store to store and sale to sale. Now, I limit my hunting to when I am alone and it's my time. It's fun to find stuff to sell or for the home, but stuff can be consuming too. In fact, I've probably given away 1/3 of our stuff BACK to the thrift shop to simplify and focus on what matters.

life chasers said...

peach rings are my fave too!!!!
i am positive that you will get your time to fulfill those dreams of yours. but i completely understand that, "but they will get to it first" feeling. not fun but makes us totally trust the Lord!

Shauna at The Reed Life said...

love that candy shop!
and yes yes yes. i have your same feelings that i have to catch myself in too.
why is it easy to think the grass is greener?
i want my life. how could i forget that?

Emily said...

so true Mindy. soo soo true..we will be missing them soon enough!!


Bethany said...

Hmmm... love the paint job on the 2nd house. Wonder if I could talk Jesse into purple accents. Thank you for reminding me to cherish these times when it's difficult to peruse the sales and shops I'd like to... because one of these days I won't have baby necks to nuzzle my nose into. Love you!


So true Mindy, I have the same feelings.

Gina said...

Such a great reminder! I remind myself of that a lot, life is lived in seasons and I know that I will miss this season I'm in once it's done. Given the span of life, our kids years at home with us are very short indeed and so worth treasuring.

And those homes....so wonderful!

Jenna said...

yummy, Nifty Nut House! Reminds me of the time we went together "way back when" and I bought dried fruit and you didn't want any! :)

Katie said...

Hi Mindy! Thank you for your sweet comment--and to answer your question, YES I've seen the acorn wreaths before bc I made one :) check it out here:http://littlethingsbringsmiles.blogspot.com/2010/11/acorn-wreath.html

Also, I needed to tell you I love your Spring wreath--it's so bright and cheery!! Just love it :) Thanks again for stopping by, I look forward to checking out more of your blog!

Have a wonderful day!