Shantel’s Apartment

As promised, here are some pictures of our daughter, Shantel’s, new apartment.

We left our house at 5:30 A.M. Friday morning with our car loaded to the top with Shantel’s personal belongings. The back seat was so full, Shantel had to hold some of her belongings in her lap.


Shantel was very excited to finally be able to start getting orientated to her new home.


I had already seen the apartment but my husband, Bill, had not, so Shantel was happy to show him all around starting in the kitchen, equipped with all new appliances.


The bathroom countertop had just been resurfaced.


Her bedroom,


and, walk-in closet.


After Bill got the tour, he stayed at the apartment to wait for Shantel’s new furniture to be delivered, and for Cox to come and install her service, while I took Shantel to Wal-Mart to buy supplies for her new home.

Another full carload as we headed back to the apartment with the necessary items.


While we were shopping, her new sofa and coffee table were delivered.


as well as her new queen size bed


and chest of drawers


We stopped by Ross, on our way home from Wal-Mart, and Shantel bought this cute table for her TV.


After everything was all set up, Bill and I took Shantel out to lunch, then took her back to her apartment and said our good-bye. Shantel’s best friend, Jaz, was coming over later that afternoon to spend the first night with Shantel and help her set up her kitchen…

Yes, I cried, but over all I think I handled it very well. And of course, I had a plan to help me cope once I arrived back at my little ranch… I poured a glass of wine, gave Bill a beer, we toasted “to us” and started reclaiming our home…

In the family room we got rid of the corner computer cabinet and moved the desk into what is now the guest room. We laid down the new area rug I bought and rearranged the furniture to suit us…


We rearranged Shantel’s room and set it up as the guest room which now comes complete with a desk, printer and free Wi-Fi… When company comes, of course I will just move our laptop out to the family room, but for now it is nice to have a place to sit quietly and work on my blog…


I bought new bedding for the quest room bed and now have a place to showcase the beautiful, hand-made, bed topper my sister-in-law Bea, made. I have three of them in all different colors so the guest room can look different for each guest. Our granddaughter, Alex, who lives in Colorado, will be our first guest, and will spend a week with us in July. Then in August, my cousin, Kathy, from Pennsylvania, will spend 10 days with us… Oh what fun we will have. 🙂


I also reclaimed the hall bathroom. I hung my favorite lace shower curtain (don’t know why but Shantel never liked it and asked me to please not have it in the bathroom while she lived with us).  I also put out the handmade soaps, my cousin, Tracie, made. I think our guests will enjoy these. I love the way the bathroom looks!


By the time Bill and I finished putting our house together the way we want it Friday evening… we were exhausted and just wanted to go to bed.

Saturday morning I was pleasantly surprised when Shantel called me just to say hello and tell me she misses us but loves her new place. I really didn’t expect to hear from her that soon but I’m so glad she called.

This morning, when I woke up, I had two Mother’s Day cards waiting for me on the kitchen table from Shantel and Bill. Then, Bill and I went to Mass, came home and cooked our breakfast together just like every other Sunday, and around 11:00 Shantel called to say Happy Mother’s Day again…

All is well that ends well…

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers..

Stay Tuned!






10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    May 11, 2014 @ 22:18:07

    What a few days we had as you said very exhausting, and as usual we together got a lot accomplished in a short time. Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there following the blog.



  2. John and Myrna
    May 11, 2014 @ 23:24:58

    Looks like she got the top of the line on the furniture! Nice stuff! I’m glad Jaz was with her the first night. That no doubt was a fun time too! Tell her for me that we are very proud of her and wish her the best. You can now find out about the empty nest syndrome. Wish you both well and happy mothers day to you. Love ya, JB


    • beyondcinderella
      May 11, 2014 @ 23:46:07

      Yes, she did get really nice furniture ,and she paid cash for all of it from money she saved over the years from birthday’s, graduation, etc. Both Bill and I are feeling the empty nest AGAIN… Remember, this is not the first time. Together, Bill and I have helped raise 5 children in one way or another, financially, physically, or both, all who left “the nest”… Thanks for your continued comments and support.. XoXo


  3. Ellen Kaufman
    May 12, 2014 @ 00:10:28

    So happy the move went smoothly and Shantel likes her apartment. Sounds like you and Bill are like newlyweds getting settled in also. You will always remember this Mother’s Day as a new beginning for the three of you. God Bless and a job well done💜Love you
    Aunt Ellen


    • beyondcinderella
      May 12, 2014 @ 00:36:04

      Thank you Aunt Ellen. Yes, I thank God that all went well with Shantel moving to her own apartment. And, yes, Bill and I do feel like newlyweds again, and are settling into our “newly reclaimed space…” Thank you for your continued comments and support. Love you. Virginia


  4. gotham girl
    May 12, 2014 @ 01:00:19

    Congrats you two! It’s been a long time coming…enjoy every minute! xoxo MORE!


  5. katsbynp
    May 13, 2014 @ 03:23:39

    Shantel’s apartment and furniture look beautiful. Welcome to the “empty nest world” and hope you and Bill enjoy your time ( at least until all of us vistors come flocking in). I am counting down the days until August.
    Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!


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