We were on fall break last week, and it was fun. I have so many mixed emotions, it’s hard to put everything into words.
I mentioned in my last post that my mom past away on August 14th. Her breast cancer came back, and she was gone within a month of going into the hospital with stomach pain. She died at home, in hospice. My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary two weeks before she passed.
Now, dad needs caretaking. It’s almost as if there’s no time to grieve. I cry at night alot, when the shades are drawn and kids are asleep. When I know the days are ending and my thoughts turn to my mother and how much I miss her. She was the one I always called, always hugged, always turned to when I needed advice. When I wanted to show off the kids, she knew it was her I would run to first, and not Facebook. I would always tell her, “Don’t post that!” when she would take funny videos of the kids.
And all those funny videos are on her IPad still, and my dad and I watch them together. In fact, she recorded lots of videos. The grandkids and their first steps, Halloween costume presentations, gymnastics routines, first words, and more. She LOVED her grandbabies. And she loved her husband. And dad just longs for her everyday.
My mom loved decorating for the seasons. She loved the fall. I love the fall. We took the kids to Conner Prairie this weekend, and we had a blast. The balloon rides weren’t running because of the wind. Which forced us to explore the grounds and actually learn stuff. And the kids learned alot! My mom would have loved being there with us that day. Her granddaughter found a perfect photo spot, in front of an apple on a wall. While I took the photo, they both slurped on their homemade apple cider icy. Then, my son spotted a bee. The whole thing was priceless. Something my mom would have loved.
Decorating for fall is one of my favorite things to do. My mother loved the fall so when I placed things, I really did think of her. Mom was simple with her decor. She didn’t like clutter. I figured I would go with less clutter this year when it came to decorating.
We had new gorgeous hardwood gray floors put in this year. Well, only the first floor. We’ll get to the stairs and upstairs later. For now, I’m working on the main floor. One thing I love is that I can finally decorate with my own white and gray style. Nothing matched before we began remodeling. And although we have a ways to go, things are really starting to come together.
I have pumpkins I put in the windows every Halloween. There are four, for four windows. They light up and I bought them from CVS years ago. Up on the second floor, they make the house really come together. This year, I had one extra that burnt out a light. Instead of replacing it and finding a spot to display this pumpkin, I decided to do away with the bulb. I knew that I wanted white decor with my gray floors. So naturally, I painted the plastic sucker white.
The easiest thing you can do when it comes to decorating in the fall, if you want white and neutral decor, is to pain items that have too much color. Now, don’t paint items that are heirlooms or of significance. But if they’re CVS pumpkins and you’re done? Don’t toss them. Just paint them to your liking.
We have a ton of those skeleton people from CVS that the kids have collected over the years. They’re hilarious, but I really didn’t know where to put them. With less clutter, I found the best place to display these guys would be the railing. The kids love it. They’re subtle, but once you see them, you can’t take your eyes off them.
And since I haven’t had time to do much yard work this fall (I am at my parents house most weekdays, working on their yard and house), I decided to just plant some funny Target decor in the front garden bed. People really seem to like it when they pass. I love seeing the crashed witches feet. Classic.
For Thanksgiving, I LOVE painting real pumpkins with an array of gorgeous colors. Specifically white and gold and silver. These pumpkins were part of our Thanksgiving table decor last year. I found the inspiration from Landyn Hutchinson, a lifestyle blogger who I love. I was searching for home decor online at the time, trying to find something that was neutral. I was tired of the browns and oranges and reds. This year, I’m even more tired of them. So, I cannot wait to paint my pumpkins with light colors!
These are some samples from last year. I added a few branches from a pine tree in the back, then spray painted gold. There was a glass pumpkin I bought years ago from home goods that was bright orange. Sometimes with gray, too much color can really clash. So painting this white was no problem. In the end, it looked beautiful. And I always get pumpkins on sale now, then simply paint them white. So easy, and so elegant.
This year, I would give anything to show mom my Thanksgiving table. I don’t know exactly how it will look, but I’m hoping it will look pretty!
- Eucalyptus leaves are beautiful to display with their stems during the holidays. But specifically silver dollar eucalyptus. These stems are sold in grocery stores when the holidays approach, and have a beautiful silver leaf. These plants grow very fast, so you can actually grown them on your own with no problem!
- Want a white, gorgeous rustic look? Last year, I bought a HUGE $10 burlap drop cloth. I cut it to the lengths I needed for table decor. And it was fabulous. It worked perfectly and looked amazing. I even used scrap pieces as napkin holders.
Overall the week went well. We ended it with our traditional trip to the pumpkin patch with the kids. I don’t think we’ll ever skip going, no matter how old they are.
One thing we noticed from the sky was a gorgeous light that afternoon. And beauty surrounding us. My husband was close to my mom, and I know that he misses her dearly everyday. Seeing him watch the kids and taking a glimpse of the view touched me. I always think, during those moments, it’s mom. Mom’s saying ‘hi’ ❤️.