And here is my favorite colonial shop, The Cobblestone Cottage. I discovered it a couple years ago, and the first time I walked in, I was amazed at what I saw. It was just how I wanted my home to be, I felt it was so ME! I was so excited to find a shop like this, I could have taken everything in the store home. :)
I meant to take more pictures of all the wonderfulness inside, but I was a little busy shopping!
Here are a few pictures I did take though.
LOVE all the pewter in the large black hutch!! Two of my favorite things, pewter and black!
And this is who came home with me that day, Mr. & Mrs. Pearce. I have wanted these portraits for a long time, but wanted them without glass. I was so excited to find them there! I also got the sconce to go with them, they are so large they made the other sconces I had look too small to go with them. I found this one in hiding in the corner of the shop, it was waiting for me. :)
The wall color, dry sink, and chair will all be new colors soon. I will post a before and after when it is all done. Can't wait for the new look!
This past week we celebrated my son Patriot's birthday. We had planned on celebrating it at Big Cedar Lodge, in Branson, MO. Due to all the rain, storms, and flooding we thought it best we stay home and reschedule to go another time. You can see another one of my posts about this wonderful place here http://thepatriothomeplace.blogspot.com/2009/11/autumn-at-big-cedar-lodge-halloween-and.html Patriot was a good sport, and took the change in plans well. I had to come up alternate plans quickly, we decided to try America's Incredible Pizza Company in St. Peters, MO. It turned out to be a very fun day! And since we went on a Monday, early when they opened, we practically had the place to ourselves!
We were the only ones in the theater dining room, my kids were in heaven, pizza, ice cream, and the Wizard of Oz.
Patriot was so excited to see he was tall enough to drive his own go cart!
Start your engines!
Samantha enjoying the carousel.
We finished his birthday at Grandma's house for cake and presents.
It is so hard to believe my little boy is now nine years old, time goes by soooo fast! I sometimes have people ask me if his name really is Patriot, and the answer to that is yes, it is.
The story behind his name is kind of a long one. I will try to condense it a bit. I always had the name William picked out if I ever had a boy one day. I looked in the phone book and saw there were 8 William Johnsons in our town alone. I knew he needed to have a different name after that, so William went to the middle spot. I had always loved the movie The Patriot, and it did cross my mind once it might be a neat name for someone. I never thought I would name my child that though. :) We have many veterans on both my husbands and my side of the family, both our fathers and grandfathers are retired Air Force. We thought it would be nice to find a name to remember them all, Patriot fit. On Sept. 11, 2001 I had just found out I was pregnant, and was suppose to go to the doctors the next day for my first appointment. It was a day like everyone else, I will never ever forget. Part of his name is in memory of 9/11, little did I know they would end up calling 9/11 Patriot Day. And it was very fitting that nine years later, the day before his birthday, while wrapping Patriot's birthday gifts, I heard the news we had finally found and taken care of Osama Bin Laden. Happy Birthday Patriot William!
OK, next post is my my spring clean out sale! Be looking for it some time next week, I have some very nice items that need new homes! :)