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Monday, March 17, 2008

Visiting Grandma & Grandpa's

One of our favorite things to do on a Sunday afternoon is steal away to my parents’ house. They live 7 miles from us and are a part of our children’s daily lives. Yet, for my husband and me, the worries of the world just stop at their doorstep!



My Mom and dad’s house is more formal than mine but it is all about comfort. My mother missed her calling as an interior designer. She can pull things together and just has what I call “the eye” for design (but so do many of you as I witness on your blogs!)

My Mom is also a true foodie. She’s the type of lady who serves everything on a paper doily. She is always making a new dish from her varied cookbook collection. The family joke is if you buy her a new casserole dish you’ll get a new meal!

She has made things my children would never try at home. Because of her, all three of our children are lovers of robust Locatelli cheese, close to Romano but made from goat’s milk. She wraps a wedge for each child every Christmas and puts in their stockings! My Dad serves the best coffee and usually summer salads are filled with his garden tomatoes.


My Aunt, a busy executive, lives down the block, and my grown cousins live around town or in the city. On any given Sunday you’ll find we all convene at my parents’ home for a pot of Italian gravy, lasagna, meatballs, TV watching

and general lounging!

Better than a vacation, it is a spot of heaven. I tell them lovingly we don’t know anyone in Alaska, Belgium, Argentina, New Zealand…where else in the world could we all go and feel as carefree as a 12 year old again?

34 comments:

Classic Charm said...

Awe...what a sweet post and you're right, your mom did miss her calling, what a lovely home! And they sound like wonderful grandparents too, how lucky!
Hugs,
Rose

KarenHarveyCox said...

Such a lovely home, filled with wonderful memories I am sure. I especially love this roses pink and green sitting room. You are blessed.
Blessings, karen

Abbie said...

Good Morning Tara!
What a lovely home! Mom's place always is so welcoming! :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
xoxo~
Abbie
(thank you for the mention on your last post!!)

amanda said...

Hi Tara!

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday! Those are some beautiful pics of your mother's house! It seems like the type of home where anyone would be welcome to stay for dinner on any given day! I hope I can have "that home" one day! You know - the one where all the kids congregate, where the neighbors all hang out, and random people show up for dinner.

Happy Monday!
Amanda:)

Amongst The Oaks said...

What a lovely post on your mother's home. You're right, it is beautifully decorated. I kinda covet her red sofa. I know it would look good in my living room because our walls are the same color.
Hugs, Laura

kelly said...

what a great feeling! i have that feeling about my dad's house-too bad it's 8 hours away! enjoy!

Mary said...

Oh Tara, what a lovely tribute to your parents! Their house is beautiful -- you are right that your mom missed her calling! Your Sunday dinners remind me of the ones at my grandfather's house when I was growing up -- lots of food and family. :)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
xoxo,
Mary

Jeanie said...

Just falling in for a few minutes of loveliness! I particularly liked this post. Gosh, I miss my mom!

Angela said...

Hi Tara:-).
What a beautiful thing, to have family so close and the feeling your parents home gives. Thanks for sharing!!
Have a wonderful day :-).

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh! I love your mom's home. I could move right in and be comfortable. Are those Lladro's sitting on the coffee table?! I love the conductor.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Tara, How lucky to live so close to your parents and they sure do have a beautiful home. Speaking of your Dad's home grown tomatoes. Do you know I spent $2.50 on one tomato last week. Nearly killed me but I wanted a BLT so bad. No more tomatoes for me until they come off my own vines this summer. Happy St. Paddy's Day.

Alison Gibbs said...

Tara it is a wonderful feeling when you can just go 'home' and feel so mellow.
Alison

CIELO said...

You are blessed to have your parents live so close to you and be part of your children's lives.... enjoy every minute life gives you with them, and tell them often how much you love them and how valuable they are to you...

Many blessings...

Cielo

Lori said...

Oh how wonderful you can go home! And the beautiful rooms and great meals! I miss my family home and my parents too! There truly is "no place like home"! Lori

Pat said...

Your parents have a beautiful home, Tara, and more importantly it sounds like it is full of love and happiness! That is priceless! Your kids are lucky to have extended family so living so close by.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
Hugs, Pat

Oliver Rain said...

I love the feeling of losing your worries at the door. Going to my inlaws is like that. My MIL is an amazing cook and they live right on the river. It's a little piece of heaven to sit on their deck with a glass of wine & some appetizers and watch the river go by during a summer afternoon.

Your right...your mother did miss her calling. Clearly, she could have been a caterer too.

Anonymous said...

Your Mum sure does have an "eye" such a cozy place. Lucky you to have such great parents, your kids will have wonderful memories !!

Happy Easter,
Kathy :)

JeannieTheDreamer said...

Oh what a beautiful post Tara! When you said that your problems go away when you get to your doorstep, it reminds me of being around my grandparents.

Your parents' house is home indeed, it's beautiful. It is nice to hear about family, traditions, and just everyday things.

We're just starting our own traditions... and my parents are in the Philippines. Someday, we'll see each other again.

God Bless!
Jeannie

Shannon J said...

Ahhhhh Tara! Wow, what a fabulous home and sounds like IT IS a place to call "home" when you need your mom and dad and time away... That is so wonderful to have them so close for your kids...
My mom passed away going on 5 years now... I miss her terribly, just as much as I miss going "home", having a place to call home. Though I must say, my MIL is JUST fabulous! I love her like my own mom... I grew up knowing her, as my husband and I are high school sweethearts. And she makes the best fried chicken and gravy ! And has an awesome garden in the summer... MMMMmmmm! If only we lived back in Colorado! ;) Tell your mother she has a lovely home...Thank you for sharing it with all of us on the world-wide web!
Shannon

Donna said...

What a lovely home! And a place where you can leave your worries behind, how wonderful!
Hugs,
Donna

Brenda said...

Wow what beauty. Such a warm place.

M.KATE said...

really...this is the coolest house, if it's my parents house too, I'd stay there forever, just very classic, sophisticated and pretty, love it :)

Tiffany said...

wow...your mum has lovely taste, her home looks fab!

Tiffany
scrapsadaisy.blogspot.com

Cottage Contessa said...

What a wonderfull close and loving family Tara! Care to adopt me too......please?! lol Gorgeous photo's sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

A Romantic Porch said...

Tara, Such a beautiful home, and a wonderful story about family and love. Such a blessing! xoRachel

Cleverclogs said...

Love it. I especially love the informal eating area..it's perfect! And Tara, I am glad to hear your son did was not near the crane accident...was very worrisome for a mom, I am sure...

Mary Isabella said...

I think it is all so very beautiful....Smiles

Adrienne said...

What a wonderful treat for you and your children to have them so close. And to enjoy their lovely home. Your mother has put it all together just right. Thanks for sharing it with us. ~Adrienne~

Kathleen Grace said...

I can see where you got your decorating skills! What a lovely home and how wonderful that you have such a great relationship:>)

Holly (Nickname) said...

Hi Tara~
What a sweet and lovely story...you are blessed to be so close to your Mom and Dad. Their home looks lovely and so welcoming.I especially love, what looks like the family room. The cheese story makes me laugh..in their stockings! Well at least it's not coal...
anyway, dear Tara, have a joyful and blessed Easter with your family!
xxxooo Ruth

pve design said...

Tara,
You and your children are all so fortunate to have a lovely spot just a few miles away. Since both sets of Grand-parents live far away, my neighbor across the street opens her home to my family and has a touch for decor in a similar way, colorful, cozy and always welcoming.
Yes, your Mother does have a great eye and love for color and decor!
Patricia

Connie said...

Tara, you are very lucky to have family get togethers every week. I hope that someday when my children leave that my home will be the gathering spot. And Locatelli is the best. That's what I grew up on.

Connie

Susie Q said...

Such a lovely home and such lovely parents too! What a blessing you all live so close together.
Happiness!!

Hugs,
Sue

Joy said...

What a beautiful home. I love her mirror.