Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dining Delight

Okay, I'm just going to come right out with it. I'm tired. Again. I think Grace is over her sleep regression, but now getting up in the middle of the night has become a habit. If a door closes or a toilet flushes or if someone coughs or ANYTHING, she wakes up. Boy is she lucky she's cute. :) And since I spent yesterday walking around in a fog, just trying to keep my girls alive and breathing, I didn't accomplish a whole lot. So today I'm featuring one of my favorite new blogs!

Most of you know by now that while my body is walking around in the physical world, my head is off in a fantasy land somewhere daydreaming of the perfect little suburban life. I long for the two-story colonial, picket-fence, pearl wearing existence of a Norman Rockwell painting. And while I know real life is nothing like that, "If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time." So I'll keep aiming for the dream life, because I can, and because that's what I want. :) I'm past caring about people thinking I'm a weirdo. I cannot deny who I am. Haha.

One of the many things Eric and I discuss on our walks every evening are all of the fun things I can't wait to do once the girls are older. You know, when they're in school all day and I can actually clean the house or go grocery shopping or do ANYTHING without having kids at my ankles. I can't wait to be a homemaker who elaborately decorates for the seasons and who has dessert prepared for every dinner. I cannot wait to welcome the kids home from school with a clean house, a healthy snack, and something yummy cooking away on the stove. It's sickening, I know. And the one thing I dream of the most is keeping our holiday traditions alive and well.

At every turn of the season, for every meaningful holiday or event, I cannot wait to put up special decorations and cook special meals to surprise my family with. I want my kids to walk through the door after school one day in the Fall and see their home completely transformed into an Autumn wonderland. I want them to come out of the cold in February and defrost in a sea of hearts and chocolate surprises. And I cannot WAIT to set elaborate tablescapes to enjoy during dinner on those nights. Which is what brings us to:

Oh. My. Goodness. I could spend hours on this blog looking at pictures of all of the awesome tablescapes. This woman is a total inspiration to me!  I don't think Eric "gets" exactly what I'm talking about when I try to describe my dreamworld to him each evening, haha. So Mr. Robert, take a look at these pictures and maybe you'll get a better idea! 

Imagine coming home on the first day of Fall and being welcomed by this:

Okay...I just...I need a moment. GAH! I love it. This is it! This is what the inside of my brain looks like. Haha. I want to fill those glasses with cider and pour pumpkin soup into those adorable little leaf bowls. I want to print out labels with my kids' names on them and let them drink out of the "real" glasses. 

I'm about to pass out over here. I think plate shopping is going to become a hobby of mine once we're debt free. :)

Imagine being a kid coming home from school on a crisp Halloween afternoon, stomach turning with trick-or-treat anticipation, and seeing this:

What the what?? Alright, so I might not personally do the skull thing, but I love the color scheme and the whimsy of this tablescape! How much fun would this be to put together? Ah, to have that much time on my hands....

And Thanksgiving dinner? 

Why, it's never been so lovely. :) 

I especially love her centerpiece here, because I own those same Sunesta Hurricanes. (They're from PartyLite!) I WILL be recreating this one day.

I could spend an entire afternoon perusing the pictures on this blog. It's eye candy for the homemaker to behold. I am totally blown away by this Winter tablescape. The cold days of December can get anyone down after a while, but this would definitely be a bright spot on a blustery snowy day:


I love the "snow" filled glasses as place holders. What a seriously fun hobby.

Who needs to go out for Valentine's Day when you can have an even more beautiful and private set up at home?

^^ Especially when you're snowed it like that! Wowza!! (I believe this blogger lives in Canada, haha.) I would definitely have a Valentine's meal catered in if we were staying home. I've thought it all out. :)

Yes, there are fun tablescapes to enjoy for every occasion, holiday, or just because over at 
Dining Delight. If you like what you've seen here, I really encourage you to go check it out. I can't even tell you how I stumbled across this blog, but boy am I glad I did! It's so much fun when you come to the realization that there are other people out there who have the same crazy ideas as you. Only they're not just dreaming of it...they're doing it! Gives me hope. :)

I'll leave you with one more fun setting for Easter:

Love the color combo - brown and green is one of my favorite earthy combinations. And check out those wooden eggs.


A lot of the items you see on these tables can be found at dollar stores! When you put it all together it looks so much more expensive than it actually is, and I love that. So which tablescape is your favorite? Do you think this is cute or totally over the top? Head on over to Dining Delight to check out even more fun table settings!


Heather said...

Gosh this made me crave Fall something fierce!

Sarah said...


Alanna said... I LOVE all of them!! I'm going to follow that blog right now :-)

Adrien said...

Fun, huh?? :)

I just want to take this time now to remind everyone that anonymous comments will be deleted. Creating a user account just to attack someone without putting any of your information on that account still makes you anonymous. And since I am being refused the decency of even contacting a particular someone to figure out what your deal is, let me just clear up a couple of things.

1. I never once on this blog equated my belief in dinosaurs with my faith. Ever. You made that correlation, not me. In fact, it was only mentioned once in a light hearted confession friday post, and YOU chose to run with it and bring it up in entirely unrelated posts.

2. Taking care of my family and doing fun things with them and for them is exactly what Christ calls mothers to do. To call that "vain" is ignorance, and I'm sorry you feel that way.

3. I pray for you every single time you leave biting, cruel, and rude messages on this blog. I sincerely hope that one day Christ will reveal himself to you, and if you have any questions about that then get a hold of me in a respectful manner sometime.

4. I take my faith very seriously. Please do not try to preach the Gospel back to me when you don't know what you're talking about. It's entirely disrespectful to those of us actually trying to spread peace and truth. To anyone who has serious questions about that Gospel, I am happy to talk any time. :)

And that is the LAST time I will ever be addressing this again. As a Christian, it is my job first and foremost to love you, even if you persecute me. I don't hold any hard feelings towards you, nor do I wish you anything but goodness and happiness. I would love nothing more than to actually speak to you to work out the apparent problems you have with me, but so far I haven't been granted that respect. And if you have no desire whatsoever to pursue any kind of relationship with me, then it's probably best that you don't visit this blog anymore. This is a family-oriented blog, and every time you leave hateful comments you are attacking someone's daughter, wife, and mother. It's sad, really.

Kim Luke said...

My table settings have never looked like that! WOW! Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!

Ps. I always seem to miss the hateful comments! How cruel can some people be!!! Arreggghhhhhh

Anonymous said...

I missed the hateful comment too...
It is sad that someone would put ANYTHING hateful up on this blog. I personally don't know you Adrien....only know you through this blog and I just love you & your precious little girls! (hopefully one day I will meet you...and I am sure one day we will) You are one of the most caring people around. Don't let the haters get you down! I love your comments back though/to whoever it was and whatever they said! Go girl!

Also, I see a lot of things on these tablescapes that can be found at Old Time Pottery in Fairview heights......I hope you have been there before, and if you haven't you will be in LOVE when you do go there.....I love the place. But my reccomendation- go there alone- cause you will want to spend hours. I like it better than hobby Lobby- which I love a lot too!

Adrien said...

Good to know, Angie!! I'll have to check that place out! And thanks girls for your comments. :)

If you want to know a secret I'm surprised there aren't MORE haters out there, haha. I realize my worldview isn't popular with everyone and that sometimes the things I write about the girls are sickeningly sweet, because that's just the way I feel at the time. And it wouldn't bother me at all if any of you guys called me out as a doofus from time to time. :) But I really don't appreciate anonymous users attacking my FAITH. That just crosses the line with me. At least don't cower away from revealing who you are. Gee whiz. ;)

Antonina said...

I love this blog! It always inspires me and it always leaves me excited about having kids in the future. And I want to share a quote that I heard from a pastor recently:
"Our {true Christian family} lifestyle isn't popular, but divorce and broken homes are."
I want to congratulate you on making the decision to be a stay-at-home mommy and raise your babies. I think that is one of the best decisions a woman can make. Stay strong and may God bless your family :D.

Adrien said...

Aww, thanks so much!


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