A couple Fridays ago, Aaron came home at 2:30 pm. Eleanor was still napping and I had just gotten Ford to sleep. I knew that Ford would sleep for an hour and I was itching to have some alone time. So I left the sleeping babies with Aaron and hopped in the car. I went to Chesterfields, one of my favorite antique stores to browse, and just wandered around taking pictures of everything I loved. It was so freeing to not have the huge stroller as I was wandering the aisles. Antique stores are not set up with strollers in mind!
^^If I could just find this rug in a longer version for my hall then I'd be pretty darn happy.
^^Sweet little seascape. It could fit in to so many places (a gallery wall, a bookshelf, paired with a larger piece of art underneath it, leaning on top of a dresser, etc...)
^^This chest is 250 years old and I love it SO much.
Then I still had a little time left so I went over to Barnes and Noble next door. At Barnes and Noble, I picked out a couple home decor books and plopped on the ground and starting thumbing through them. I snapped pictures of images I liked.
^^Love the gray/leather combo on the baskets
^^Those pillows would be so festive during Christmas time
^^I love the combination of styles here
^^Art and herringbone floors, so much to love.
^^I dream of dining room chairs like this. Would those straight backs be comfortable though?
And on another night, I stayed up finishing this little water color that I had started earlier that day with Eleanor (I based it on this cross stitch I came across. The cross stitch is amazing!). I had gotten about halfway done when Eleanor decided she wanted to play something else and insisted that I come along. I was wanting to finish the painting all day so it was nice to be able to sit down and have a moment by myself to finish it. I turned on music and just got to work.
I LOVE spending time with my kids and with Aaron and even with friends but if I haven't had a moment to myself to breathe and do something creative and/or productive then I just feel antsy and irritable.
In the future, I'm hoping to carve out more personal time to attend the temple, move my body, read a book or paint a picture. I'm just so much happier when I do.