One Day I’m Going to Live In a Mansion

One Day I’m Going to Live In a Mansion

 

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Yesterday was crazy hair day at school.

Just in case you hadn’t marked your calendar yet…..crazy hair day falls somewhere between crazy-sock day and crazy-dress-up-like-your-favorite-book-character day.

And let me tell you…..

….it can get a little crazy.

I spent all morning trying to create a hairdo for one of the twins that was a cross between a waterfall and a faux hawk…..with a mouth full of bobby pins…..

….wishing I had gone to beauty school.

Twenty minutes….a can of hairspray….a double twist on the hair ribbon and two extra helpings of patience later….

…..I watched at that faux-hawk-waterfall twirl its way to the bus stop along with her sister.Continue reading


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Bless My Heart

Bless My Heart

 
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At the risk of stating the obvious….it’s been snowing here….

….again.

Ice and snow and sleet and gray skies everywhere.

But last week….before the snow and ice descended upon the beautiful rural Kentucky countryside….

….we had a few days of warm weather.

Warm….as in a day with temperatures that started with the number 4.

Warm enough to pretend you could wear short sleeves.

Warm enough to cut lemons for sweet tea.

Warm enough for batting practice and catching fly balls and running the bases….

….because baseball season has begun.Continue reading


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Tales of a Fifth Grade Salsa Dance

Tales of a Fifth Grade Salsa Dance

 

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Afternoons at our house are full of conversations about the bold and daring feats of the fifth grade boys.

What they did and what they said and how they wrote on the bathroom walls and talked in class and stood on a chair and took a pencil from a desk and covered a piece of pizza with peanut butter…..

…and ate it.

Yuck.

And double yuck. :) Continue reading


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It Is Tough To Be an American Historical Figure

It Is Tough To Be an American Historical Figure

 
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I spend the evening consoling a fifth grade Jackie Kennedy look-alike.

Tomorrow the entire class would be full of famous characters in history….

….and my Jackie wasn’t even ready.

Her gloves were too big.

Her wig was a left-over clearance item that looked like it should be in its own music video.

Her pearls were “mom pearls.”

And she couldn’t understand why Jackie didn’t wear feather earrings.

And her twin sister…..Betsy Ross…..

…..was skipping around waving the flag.

It was enough to make a president’s wife cry.Continue reading


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Fall Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen (and a Funny Story)

Fall Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen (and a Funny Story)

 

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fall decorating ideas for the kitchen

Umm…just in case you were wondering….I’m a little impulsive.

Are you surprised?

I’m always leaping before I look.

And begging forgiveness instead of asking permission.

And prying my foot out of my mouth.

Always.Continue reading


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When Phones Had Cords

When Phones Had Cords

 

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Remember when phones had cords?

Remember?

When phones had cords and no one had heard of call waiting and televisions had three channels and text was something you read in a book and people talked face-to-face and cell phones were for billionaires who carried them around in giant cell phone suitcases.

And sometimes your television even had rabbit ears that your dad would put a piece of foil on to get better reception.

*sigh*

I’m raising four little people at the house who have only read about those pre-technology days in books or heard about it occasionally whenever I decide to climb up on my soapbox to remind them how lucky they are.

And I thought technology had triumphed.

Until the other day.Continue reading


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It’s a Sticky Situation

It’s a Sticky Situation

 
farmhouse-bedroom This was supposed to be an amazing post.

Truly.

I’d already written it in my head on the way to Wal-Mart.

I was going to tell you all about my new duvet cover that I bought from IKEA for only $19.99 and how much I love crisp white cotton and then you were going to tell me that you loved crisp white cotton duvet covers too…..and then we’d drink our coffee together and discuss how amazing it is when the cotton is new and fresh and white and kind of pops in the air when you make the bed for the first time.

*sigh*

Did I mention that it was only $19.99?Continue reading


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The Best Advice I Never Gave

The Best Advice I Never Gave

 

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Last week we drove into town to get supplies for our outdoor Father’s Day party.

And somewhere between the horse barn and the red building next to the satellite dish used as a garden ornament…..

…..I climbed up onto my soap box.

I have a few soap boxes.

But this one is my favorite.

This is my soapbox where I wax eloquently about the importance of choosing a really good boyfriend.Continue reading


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