gone shoppin'

After some furniture store trips with Matt and a few solid hours clocked with my next door neighbor at Pottery Barn, I'd say we finally got enough stuff to compose a living room.

I still want curtains, pictures on walls and maybe an ottoman and plants, but the framework for this room is done. I love it.

Ever have those weeks when you can't really think straight? When just knowing you have to do everything overwhelms you, so instead you do nothing? That's kinda where I was with my blog. ish. I've hardly opened my laptop.

And then this happened.

Last week at our Kindermusik class, a little boy named Owen (who happens to be Carter's age and is the only being on the planet I've deemed to be equally as cute as my own bug) stood up and sang a song ON HIS OWN and WITH WORDS. and NOTES. All seven mommies literally had our mouths hanging open and tears streaking our cheeks. I've never seen anything that adorable happen in person. You had to be there.

No, I should not compare Carter to his little classmate. But when it comes to stuff like this, you really can't help it. I doubt Carter even noticed we'd ever sung that song every week, and in the meantime, his friend had it memorized. When I drove home that day, I made a small mental vow to work harder with Carter. With his language, his songs, his conversations, everything. I don't have a plan for this, exactly, but I'm trying. So far my strategy has been to just drop everything and talk to him nonstop.

Owen's mommy doesn't wear a stitch of makeup and comes to music class in her pajamas. But you know what? She's one of the nicest women I've ever met. Everyone likes her because she wears her beauty in her friendly, happy eyes. She's obviously used every ounce of her time up on her son. When he stood up and sang for us without being prompted, the makeupless, pj look she'd been sporting suddenly made perfect sense.

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It's late. I want to hopefully go to the state fair tomorrow night ... Carter's not easily impressed, but maybe we'll run into a cool petting zoo there or something. I'll leave you with a Lately List for now. Yeah, I just made up the term Lately List 3.2 seconds ago.

Lately I'm loving
♥ burlap. anything burlap.
♥ having cul-de-sac yard sales with our neighbors
♥ hearing Carter say No, thix (no thanks) instead of No way
♥ taking a bath every night
♥ selling our old stuff on Craigslist
♥ watching Carter color
♥ salted caramel mochas at Starbucks
♥ navy nail polish
maddi jane's singing voice
♥ finally being able to fit one of our cars into the garage

Not loving
*trying to locate the matches for tiny toddler socks
*the length of my hair. most days I just leave it as a giant tangle tied on my head.
*blue's clues
*deciding on a Halloween costume for Carter
*not being able to drive since someone stole my license. But I do steal secret Starbucks drives down the street now and then. shh.

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  1. I'm loving your living room, the rug in particular is super duper gorgeous.

    My daughter's vocabulary increased dramatically when I started using flash cards. I only do 5/10 minutes a day and she has so much fun she doesn't even know she's learning at the same time.


  2. Loving your living room, especially those big brown chairs:-)
    My little boy`s speech came on in leaps and bounds as soon as he started nursery. He`s been going for a month or so now, just one day a week so he can be around other little ones, and do things without mummy intefering! He`s just turned 3 and the fibs are coming thick and fast (he blames our dog for everything)..I say he must have picked it up from the other kids ha ha.


  3. WOW! I love everthing you picked for that room. You have very good taste!

  4. YOu have amazing taste. YOu have the furniture i want when i "grow up" lol

  5. First off, I love your living room...straight out of a magazine. :)
    Second, I know what it feels like when another child your child's age does something that he/she may not do so well. It's so hard not to compare and then you feel like you're doing something wrong. My daughter is almost 2 and I feel like she should be saying more words then she does. I see other kids around the same age and they seem like they can say a ton. Then I have to realize that all kids develop at their own pace and that day will come when she won't stop talking (in words that I understand). :)

  6. I'm right there with you Meghann.... My little man is just a few months younger than yours and is very behind on his speech. There is nothing wrong with him, he is just a slow developer. I hear your little man say things like 'happy' and feel the same way, even though all I do is work with Ryder on talking. We're even in a special playgroup to help him develop with his speech and signing. Being aware that he will get there eventually is the only thing that keeps me going because I really just want to hear him talk to me! But don't feel bad, you're a wonderful mother and an inspiration to me!

    I love your house, you are so blessed to have such a beautiful house to fill with so many wonderful things! Enjoy!

  7. You're living room is amazing! The cream couch against the hardwood looks GORGEOUS!

  8. Awesome is the word!!!!

  9. Okay girl you can decorate my home any day. Seriously your style is gorgeous and that room looks absolutely fantastic. I can't wait to see more pics as you continue to nest your new home. SO PURDEE!! And the kid that could sing the whole song, I bet that was the sweetest thing ever to hear. Kids are all so different aren't they. My gal hums the first several letters of the ABC's but, when she can sing them all I am going to melt!! Too cute!

  10. I LOVE the living room! The throw pillows are so cute! And everything looks so coordinated.

    You are doing the best thing you can to improve Carter's language development. Just talking to him! (And reading to him, etc.) But remember too, that each child is going to develop differently at different rates. And some all at once! My niece barely spoke 3 words (though she was very smart) until she turned 3- and since then WOW she never shuts up! lol!

    Can't wait to see what else you do with your house! I love it! (and possibly I'm slightly jealous that you can put together such a beautiful room! We're working on putting our new house together but unfortunately I'm still stuck with hand-me-down furniture...)

  11. My son is 20 months. We met a couple whose son was born on the exact same day in the same hospital. He says many words not only in English, but also in German. My son can only say "hey." My brother in law likes to tell me "Einstein didn't speak until he was four." Ridiculously, this makes me feel better.

  12. Can you pretty please tell me where you got that fantastic rug? Thanks!

  13. Gorgeous furniture. Looks like you spent more on that than I make in six months...and I'm sure you did.

  14. Sydney (Julianasmommy08)October 21, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    BEAUTIFUL! Like someone said already...straight out of a magazine. You have great taste!

  15. I am so obsessed with your living room, I love pottery barn :)

  16. That is a cute post! Love your pillows and floor rug.

  17. LOVE that room! The throw pillows on the couch are pretty fantastic!