Saturday, February 22, 2014

There's no place like home.

My gown arrived back from Heritage Garment Preservation a couple weeks ago. David and I currently live in a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse, so space is at a premium. Since I chose the Museum Method of preservation, the gown needs to be hung, so I knew I would need to make a trip back to my parents' house in Maryland where they have room to store it. 

I left right after work on Thursday night, bringing the two little dogs with me. I didn't even bother to pack, but instead brought heaps and heaps of laundry with me to wash and fold over the weekend. (In the process of transporting tons of clothes to my car, I cleared the floor of my closet and filled 2 large garbage bags full of clothes to donate. It is ridiculous how many pairs of jeans I own. When I get back to North Carolina, I swear I will continue the purging some point.

Today was pretty low-key. My mom was working, so I spent the day by the fire with the dogs, catching up on People, and washing/folding 3 loads of laundry. I also finally was able to open the huge box that contained my dress, and was incredibly pleased and impressed with what I received back from Heritage. (More about that in a future post.) I met my mom at Costco after she got off work and we bought lots of things that we both needed including paper products, snacks, and drinks. It is amazing what they sell in bulk! I haven't had the need to purchase a club membership but I imagine we will be doing so some time in the future when we have kids. 

It is really nice to be home and see my mom. I talk to both of my parents a few times a week, but I don't get to see them nearly as often as I'd like. It was also nice for me to bring Lamb back to see her. The past year, we have been dealing with a few health issues with Lamb. (More about that later.)

Today while making room in the closet, I found a few boxes containing some of my old dolls and toys. This inspired me to go on a hunt in search of two baby dolls I had growing up. I ended up finding a large bag full of old dolls and stuffed animals which prompted me to pull out my baby album. It is so neat seeing some of my old toys in pictures from when I was a baby, and then seeing them in person. Some of them are in such pristine condition, while others (like my doll Connie) endured a few unfortunate haircuts.

These are the dolls I was looking for: Timmy and Tommy, the twins. 

Top: My brother and I with our stuffed animal collection. My mom told me today that the green turtle on the right was purchased at a supermarket. Bottom: Noah poses with my childhood toys.

I am excited to spend more time with my mom tomorrow night when she gets home from work. I plan on asking her to tell me more stories about my childhood over homemade crab cakes. I leave you with one more photo of baby Dorothy. This one's a winner.

the Bride

When I texted this picture to David, his response was "Ha. Is that Diet Coke?" I think every baby should aspire to be like this. :)


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