Family Matters

I’m very close to my mom and my brother.  Growing up, when things got tough, mom would call us “the three musketeers” that could get through anything if we stuck together. Unfortunately, now each of us lives in a different state and our visits are few and far between.  I can’t even begin to tell you how badly this sucks!

So you can imagine how excited I was to get to spend Spring Break with both of them last week.  My mom is remarried and my brother brought my sweet sister-in-law, nephew and 4 nieces for a week of crazy fun.  Tyson wasn’t able to come on the trip.  For those that are counting… that’s a party of 12 under one roof.  My parents home was filled with lots of laughter, good natured teasing and tons of reminiscing.  Nothing (sometimes to my dismay) was off limits.

Our visit included feeding giraffes at the zoo… (they have crazy long tongues)

Giraffes |

…painting nails… (we always take this photo when we’re together)

Girlie Toes |

…and even a couple of stories.

During the trip, I learned that my step-dad keeps his wedding band that my mom got him for their 10th anniversary on his key ring because he refuses to take off his original wedding band.  Meanwhile, my brother still carries the key from our childhood home because mom made him promise as a child to NEVER lose it.  I don’t have my key anymore… and I’ve been told that makes him the “more responsible child”.  Whatev’s… we both know who is Mom’s favorite!

Glenn's Keys |

And these little lovelies BEGGED to come home with me when I did some shopping at one of my favorite stores.  (Seriously, how is there no Kirkland’s in the Portland area?!)

New Accessories |

All in all, it was a great week!

One of the things I knew I wanted to share with you when we planned the trip was my grandparents dresser.

Vintage Dresser |

My grandpa was one of seven kids and his father made this piece in the early 1900’s.  It has been handed down several generations and is slated to be passed along to my Uncle in Texas.

For some reason, I got it in my head that my grandpa’s youngest sister slept in the bottom drawer, but my mom said she wasn’t familiar with that story.  What she had heard was that my Great-Aunt Lillian was so small when she was born that her parents put her in a shoebox on the oven door to keep her warm.  Cool story.  Too bad that has nothing to do with the dresser.  But the piece is getting ready to celebrate it’s hundredth birthday, so let’s keep moving and pretend it has a colorful history.

It’s rough in places and has it’s original stain.

Vintage Knobs |

It’s a simple design with decorative details on the side.

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The top is scalloped and it has it’s original brass drawer pulls.

Vintage Dresser-2 |

The dresser also has a beautiful mirror that attaches to the top.  During one of the moves, the mirror was removed and no one can figure out how to reattach it.  It’s currently stored in the garage and guess who forgot to get photos of it?  Yay for blogging fails!

What can I say… it was a crazy week filled with lots of family fun.  Considering my grandpa lived within a one mile radius of all of his siblings for most of his life, I think he’d agree that time with family is what matters most!

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  1. Kelly says:

    I loved this entry, Danielle! I especially loved the photo of the keys and the stories with it! WAY cool.

    I’m sorry I couldn’t stop over and contribute to the insanity.

    Looking forward to the next installment!

  2. becky mercado says:

    I just got back from visiting my kids. It does really suck to live far…although we are only 3 or 4 hours away…we don’t see each other too much. They all have jobs and families and busy lives. We had such a great time together. At Thanksgiving we had 10 people and 6 dogs…and we had a great time just hanging out…playing games…drinking a bit of wine around the fire. I miss them so and I always die when they leave. I love the story about keeping the key from your old house. It really means a lot to him and I’m sure it touches your mom’s heart too. I will be back…

    • Storypiece says:

      Hi Becky,
      Thanks for dropping by. Sounds like you know EXACTLY what the wonderful craziness is like. It’s hard being so far away, but there is something extra sweet when we are all together… the time is filled with intentional moments. And I think you’re right about my mom and my brother. It was a fun and special story for him to share. ~Danielle

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