Well, my friends, I’ve been working on it for months and talking about it for over a year, but the collection of family photos and other pretties on the big empty wall in my dining room is finally complete.
I say complete, but I still think that I want to switch out the fake antiqued mirror in the large frame for a regular mirror. I’ve lived with it for a few months and I’m just not loving it.
As for what’s up there, clockwise from top right: Nick and I at my college graduation (he graduated a semester earlier, but didn’t attend the ceremony); Nick and I each as young children; Nick’s Grandpa Sam with his brothers and mother; a photo from our family session this summer, Nick, Jack, and I visiting family in Connecticut last year; Nick and I at my friend Cassie’s wedding in 2009; one of our engagement photos (2008); my parents with Jack last year; and in the center are a photo of me, my sister, and my parents taken in 2003 and a photo of Nick’s parents when they were much younger.
On the other side, clockwise from top right: a vintage reproduction I’ve had forever; Jack around 10 months; my Grandma and Pawpaw Hamrick (he’s the one who passed away this summer); my huge extended family on my mom’s side last Christmas–there are 30 of us in that photo and that’s not even everybody; Nick and his three younger brothers circa 2001ish; my parents at their wedding; my Pawpaw Gulley holding Jack; and Nick’s Abuela in Puerto Rico when she was a young woman.
The embroidery I made fits in perfectly. I love the pop of kelly green.
There’s definitely room to grow out and up onto the wall as the years go by. This room really is the heart of our home–it’s smack between the living room and kitchen and where we eat all of our meals. I’m considering even putting the Christmas tree in here this year, though it doesn’t offer as many options for toddlerproofing as a few other spots I’ve considered (wherever I put it will likely be surrounded by a fortress of fake gifts to prevent him getting too close and inevitably pulling it down on top of himself. These are the things that keep me up at night).
I hope y’all are having a wonderful week and thank you as always for reading. You’re the best!