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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

No disclaimers

We have a tradition in the T&C household.  Homemade cards, for all occasions.IMG_3880 This orange envelope holds all the Mother’s Day cards, or most of them anyway.  I suspect a few have gotten away over the past 19 years of motherhood.IMG_3882 I treasure them all.  Equally.  Cards from all three, Big, Middle, and Little are wonderful.  I love each of them.  Equally.  Lavishly.  IMG_3884Preschool scribbles evolved into colorful, cheerful wishes.  And I love them all, each one.  Equally.  I could never choose a favorite!IMG_3886However, speaking strictly from a design standpoint, Middle seems to have a undeniable creative bent.  Or maybe twist is the more appropriate word.IMG_3889Regrettably, I did not date these cards.  When you are young, you think you will remember who made what when.  You won’t—at least not always.  Middle made this at about age 12, I believe.  He doesn’t remember why it says poop at the bottom.IMG_3890  Clearly, the sentiment was heartfelt. 

This year’s card has made me smile all morning.IMG_3887If you have ever mothered a high school boy, then you might know why he would choose this for his cover image.IMG_3887
And if you have ever been the son of a middle-aged mother, then I’m sure you know why he would add a disclaimer.
Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!


  1. What a sweet post!! Have a wonderful Mother's Day! Martina

  2. Hello:
    A lovely tradition to uphold particularly in these days of blatant commercialism.

    And such a fun selection of cards. You must, from now onwards, pencil a date on the reverse side.

  3. This was one of the cutest posts I have seen all morning and what a wonderful endearing tribute to a great family tradition in your family and to your son. I love it! Very special. Happy Mothers day! (hes a good artist too)!

  4. how funny are your kids?! what a wonderful tradition! I would treasure each and every one too! Happy Mother's Day!

  5. Such a fabulous way to keep all those memories. They grow up so fast! Happy Mother's day!

  6. Oh how I wish we had that traditions... I did get a little teary today with J's poem. I'm sharing it tomorrow.

    Happy Mothers Day!

  7. Love your post today! It made me look through all of our old cards and letters. Such wonderful memories.

  8. What a fabulous tradition to have! Those cards are lovely and precious! XOXO

  9. Delightful! I love the idea that you have a tradition of home made cards. Happy Mother's Day!

  10. How sweet! I save all the cards too - I have them in a stack in my office...I should get them organized and dated while I can still remember!

  11. I save cards and have them in a stack on my desk to look at while I am having a bad day at work.

  12. We have this tradition also. I've kept everything including all the little hand written notes that said 'pick me up from school today, I have baseball practice' because they all said 'I love you, Mom.' I knew with boys all the mush would one day end so I grabbed everything I could. Nice thing is I still get the 'I love you Mom.'

  13. What precious memories! They are so darling and remind me of my son's cards at different ages. I'll bet your children love the fact that you've saved their Mother's Day cards all these years. I hope your Mother's Day was the best ever.

  14. What a wonderful idea, and how great to keep them all together.


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