Cherish Yesterday

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This is the vinyl wall decor I made on my Cricut and have on our living room wall. I love this saying. I can’t take the credit for it – I saw this phrase somewhere a long time ago (though I may not have it exactly right) and it really stuck with me. It speaks to me. Every day I read this and remind myself of what is important.

Cherish Yesterday.

This doesn’t mean you should live in the past. Instead, remember the good times. Forget the bad times. Hold the memories close that all strung together create your history.

On second thought, don’t forget the bad times. The moments are like stepping stones, leading you to this moment. Right here, right now. Those moments, good and bad, all string together to create a path through life.

Case in point: Our daughter was born extremely prematurely and weighed only 2 lbs 7 oz at birth. She spent three months in the NICU and has had several surgeries. Although the three of us have been through a difficult time, we made it through together, and are stronger for those struggles. Probably the biggest takeaway from those health issues is this: we are lucky. Very, very lucky. And we learned that we can depend on each other, lean on each other, and support each other, no matter what. Those difficult times bring you together. You forge a bond that can never be broken.

Remember that no matter how difficult things are, there is someone else going through something more difficult (and you can use your experiences to help those who are worse off – and if you don’t know where to start, consider volunteering for or donating to the Children’s Miracle Network). (BTW – if you are feeling sorry for yourself, thinking how difficult your life is, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or a hospital, or a nursing home. This will nourish your soul. I promise.)

Remember those who are lost. Keep them alive in your memories.

Remember your youth, the fun, the excitement and the wonder of life.

Look back on yesterday, and cherish it.

Robinett Home Theater

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Since our daughter moved out of the house a few months ago (and cleaned it out), her old room has become my hubby’s new man cave. That means the old man cave is going to be reclaimed as our new home theater! I’m pretty dog gone excited about that, even though we will probably never afford to do all the things I want to do in there. But I thought I’d get started with a sign. What did Kevin Costner say? If you build it, they will come. Maybe the same holds true here – if you put up a sign, it’ll happen. It’s worth a shot, right?

This is my first try at the sign and I think I’ll have to redo it. But this works for now. I took a sheet of poster board and folded it in half, then cut black cardstock on my Expression in the shape of the sign. I then cut red paper in the shape of the sign to make the “outline”. The wording was also cut on my Expression, and is adhered with pop dots (by the way – I’m out of pop dots now. How does that happen? It seems like I had packs and packs of them at one time. Perhaps I have a pop dot addiction . . . ). I have to say, if you use a Cricut or an Expression, investing in a Gypsy is a smart move. I used 3 layers to cut this sign, and it saved me a heck of a lot of paper. I think I’ll have to choose a different font for “home”. My hubby pointed out that it looks like homo and now that’s all I see when I look at the sign.

I wanted to run real lights around the edge of the sign, but that didn’t work out well. I tried hot gluing .22 shell casings (bet you never heard of that being done before, huh?) between the black and red layers to use as guides for the rope lights, but the rope lights were too heavy. Then I decided that I really want to run the rope lights around the casing of the pocket doors, so I just glued the red paper directly to the black. The look isn’t as dimensional as I had wanted, but I’m going to have to give it a little more thought to figure out how to actually light the sign.

In the foreground you can see one of our popcorn buckets. We have an actual popcorn cart, which sits just outside of the new Robinett Home Theater. It features a flavor bar with seasonings of all sorts. I have to admit, movie night at our house is pretty fun. :o) But I think we need a candy bar next. I’ve been picking up some movie candy when I go to Wal-Mart each week. Any ideas for how to display candy? Perhaps something retro . . .