The Good Life

Pre-K Graduation, Kat’s NoBull Announcement Party, & Our Home

posted by Heather June 18, 2019 5 Comments
Curling Kat’s hair for her big party night.
It also happened to be Harley Love’s 5th birthday, so we told her the NoBull party was actually HER “birthday party”.
NoBull’s super cool office space.
Rock props from her Iceland photo shoot.
NO ONE throws better parties than NoBull.
Repeat. Senior year in high school. The best.
We’re not big gift people. We just want the kids to feel like they got to open a wrapped gift.
Fell asleep on her lap while she was babysitting πŸ™‚
Teacher end of the year thank you gifts.
So Ms. Araujo can use this in her class next year, which we just found out will be Harley Love’s classroom!
The bag we got her.
With her initials branded on it.
Jonah took off for a 5 day art trip to Chicago with his classmates and teachers. SO excited for him!
I was wondering where he went. Found him here.
A devastating end to a super fun hockey season πŸ™
Picking up flowers for my big Pre-K Graduate.
OMG. THE. CUTEST. LITTLE. SQUISH. BEAR.
All the NoBull. And, MATCHING.

Even when I was in college, I remember caring and putting a lot of thought into creating a space around me that would almost be an experience.

At different periods of time while I was living on campus at Stonehill College, I had a room all to myself. Because of this, I had total say over the decor, what music I was playing, what I wanted the room to smell like, and the best part: I had the entire space to spread my things out as I chose.

Being an RA in dorms for 3 of my 4 years, I remember wanting people to feel like they were at home away from home when they were in my dorm room. I wanted people to feel comfortable and at ease, like they could just be themselves when they entered my room. I also knew that I needed to strike a balance between being neat and organized, yet welcoming and cozy. And, there always needed to be some sort of music playing to break any potentially awkward silence.

All of that is the sort of thing that I think is still important in our own home. I’m also not sure if I had more traffic in my dorm room in college, or now in our stand alone home. Either way, it’s still as much of a priority to me to have our home be a space where everyone, from the 7 of us that live there to the seemingly 70 guests that pass through every week, be a space that sets the stage for a welcoming experience.

I want every person that enters the doors to feel like they can trust their surroundings, like they can let their guard down and just be who they are without being judged. I want them to feel like they can plop down in our chairs and couches, let go of anything their holding onto in their brain, and just find a sense of freedom that they don’t necessarily feel throughout the rest of their day.

I know that sounds a little extreme for what the inside of your home can offer a person, but I fully believe that the potential for that sort of thing to happen is there.

Naturally, it’s a tough balance to strike. I want people to relax, but I don’t want them leaving their shoes on the floor in front of the couches they take them off on while they’re trying to relax. I want people to help themselves to anything in our kitchen, but when they’re I don’t want them leaving a single thing on my neatly cleared off counters. And, I want our children to feel inspired to create art every second of every day, I just don’t want the remnants of those art creations left all over the tables or taped to the windows and walls.

I do want fresh flowers in unexpected places and groovy lounge music playing in the background without them really noticing that they’re head bobbing during dinner. I do want people to feel like they can come by any time with as many people as they want to bring without asking for permission…and, know that they always have a place to spend the night in our home. And, I never, ever want people to feel uncomfortably cold and like they need to keep their coat on during their stay.

And, most importantly above all else, you can never have too many labels.

5 Comments

Megan June 18, 2019 at 12:05 pm

You should totally share some pictures of some of your spaces in the house. Like a blog episode of MTV’s cribs!

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Heather June 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm

AHHH, MEGAN! THAT IS SUCH A GREAT IDEA! Totally stealing that one. I just looked up as I read your comment and saw 5 things that I’d love to write about RIGHT NOW. Thank you for that!

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Megan June 20, 2019 at 2:23 pm

No problem πŸ™‚

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Liz June 18, 2019 at 12:28 pm

I love this sentiment! Also, Harley Love is something seriously special. One can just tell from her personality that shines from every photo. I love her and I don’t even know her. Is that weird? I feel like my own 4-year-old has a similar personality and you inspire me to take more random photos so I get to see all sides of her too.

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Heather June 18, 2019 at 2:42 pm

Oh, Liz, it is HUGELY important. Ben and I also have a habit of flipping through all of our photos and videos on plane trips when the kids are home with grandparents. There are so many, but it’s critical as it’s so easy to forget the little things. I love that πŸ˜‰

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