My Mom came to visit a few weeks ago. I loved every minute of her being here and hated that she had to go. It is so not fair that I have to live 3000 miles away from her. No daughter should have to live that far away from their Mom and if you do... I understand your pain.
We didn't go out and paint the town or visit anywhere special, we just hung around the house, shopped a bit, and enjoyed time together. My boys loved having her around.
I love doing projects with my Mom. I love projects, but it takes so much time when I do them by myself - so I love having someone to do them with. If JC and I do a project together our boys think that they can do it too and never leave us alone... the project becomes a frustrated mess.
I have wanted to do a backsplash in our kitchen since before we moved in. I have dreamed about it, gone to Lowes multiple times, and always kept putting it off for the above reason. I told JC all I wanted for my Birthday and Christmas this year was to get it done. My Mom was planning on coming and was willing to help me, so it was perfect timing.
I had intended to go with a subway stone/brick look. I was set on Natural Stone... nothing else. I was NOT a fan of glass backsplashes. I've never really liked them. When I went to Lowes to pick everything out a few weeks before my Mom came I found this Natural Stone/Glass pattern that I loved. I was kind of shocked at how much I liked the mix of the two. I brought a sample home and tried it out and loved it.
Anyhow, long story short... I have great advice on doing backsplashes and next time it will go a lot more smoothly/quickly. You live and learn... right? BUT, I'm loving how it turned out. It really changed my kitchen a lot. It lightened it up and gave it a little bit more of a sophisticated feel. It is also so easy to keep clean.
*The before picture was taken a few months after we moved in, (January 2010). I was kind of addicted to decorating in Red. =)
Still loving it. Thank You Mom for all of your hard work and patience. =)