Behind Closed Doors

 

Little Girls

Echos of innocent whispers
trail down the stairs into the kitchen
She’s told her two little girls
“No dressing up that kitten”
As she opens the closed-door,
A tiny kitty is dressed in jammies
tucked into a doll bed
fast asleep..
“Girls..”, she says.. they flash back identical smiles
“But mommy.. Sara wanted us to put her to sleep.”

Little Boys
It’s a quiet afternoon
A cup of coffee in her hand
and her two little boys
silently sleep..or so she thinks
As she opens the closed-door,
no longer bare, but a colorful mural
with a “toddler’s touch” of new model car paint..
as far as their little fingers could reach
they froze..
“Boys..”, she says.. no words from the guilty party
Nap time is over, curiosity has killed the cat.

Growing Up
Behind the closed-door
two little girls
will soon be grown,
no longer tucking in kitties
As she opens the closed-door,
her girls snuggle
the now “undressed” cat
who is lazily stretched
across an overstuffed pillow
they cherish their childhood memories
closing the door behind them,
A new chapter of life has just begun.

Grown Up
Behind the closed-door,
two little boys
will soon be grown,
No longer decorating doors,
As she opens the closed-door,
her son tucks in his own toddler for “nap time”
she’s proud of the man he has become
he understands unconditional love, being a parent,
to keep an eye out behind that closed-door.

Color the Cat Blue Ear
“I’m sorry I colored on your cat,” she says.
in her sweet and innocent voice.
I try not to giggle, as my neighbor’s daughter apologizes.
My (once) white kitty happily walks toward me,
sporting a smurf colored ear ..
Still Growing Up
“When I opened the door .. well, she wanted to make him pretty,”
her mother sighed.. and my husband and I laugh.
“It’s okay”, we tell her .. still laughing at the cat.
For now, we can only imagine just what happens
Behind Closed Doors

-Heather Decker

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A Walk Down Memory Lane.. Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

I can’t believe it has already been one year since I started this blog. I know that I didn’t post every single day, but I’m a strong believer in “quality” over “quantity”  But, I have actually made a New Year Resolution to (hopefully) make at least 1 post each month in the “creative” category and 1 post in the “Book Review / Misc” category. As I looked through my pictures from this past year, I was reminded of all the great times I had in 2012. This is a very casual blog posting for me, but I wanted to share with you .. some of my highlights of 2012.  Some months .. have more pictures than others … but all in all, each month was filled with lots of fun and laughter!

January 2012

Nate and I enjoy a kiss in the falling snow.

Nate and I enjoy a kiss in the falling snow.

Destiny enjoys Zillah Lakes first snow day!

Destiny enjoys Zillah Lakes first Snow!

February 2012

Zillah Lakes Golf Cart Race

Zillah Lakes Golf Cart Race

The "Socials" of Zillah Lakes

The “Socials” of Zillah Lakes

Loved wearing his old Letterman's Jacket.

Loved wearing his old Letterman’s Jacket.

March 2012

She's my baby!

She’s my baby!

Best Ever .. Zillah Lakes Murder Mystery Dinner

Best Ever .. Zillah Lakes Murder Mystery Dinner

Fun Times!

Fun Times!

April 2012

Nate & I at the Yakima Greenway. March of Dimes Walk, great cause!

March of Dimes Walk, Yakima WA.

Getting ready for a small Dinner Party.. this is the dessert!

A small Dinner Party.. this is the dessert!

Spring Barrel 2012

Spring Barrel 2012

May 2012

He loves his fruits..

He loves his fruits..

Can I win it .. in a minute??

Can I win it .. in a minute??

June 2012

Our European Vacation!

Our European Vacation!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.. always is!

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.. always is!

Lovers Lane, Paris

Lovers Lane, Paris

The English Garden

The English Garden

Why do I feel so small?

Why do I feel so small?

July 2012

 

Some day, I'll go back!

Some day, I’ll go back!

Loved this little town!

Loved this little town!

..Not a good day.. :)

..Not a good day.. 🙂

Castle doors are big!

Castle doors are big!

Germany Castles

Germany Castles

August 2012

A Beautiful walk around the Zillah Lakes Nature Trail

A Beautiful walk around the Zillah Lakes Nature Trail

Happy #3 Anniversary to us!

Happy #3 Anniversary to us!

My Birthday with friends in Boise, Idaho

My Birthday with friends in Boise, Idaho

September 2012

Our new little kitty we rescued.

Our new little kitty we rescued.

Beautiful flowers from my backyard.

Beautiful flowers from my backyard.

Enjoying the Zillah Lakes Swimming Pool!

Enjoying the Zillah Lakes Swimming Pool!

Finished my Scrapbook

Finished my Scrapbook

Lovely summer day at Dineen Winery

Lovely summer day at Dineen Winery

Some of my favorite neighbors, Zillah Lakes Pool Party.

My favorite neighbors, Zillah Lakes Pool Party.

Zillah Lakes Golf Scramble

Zillah Lakes Golf Scramble

October 2012

Hosted a Baby Shower for my Best Friend Alexis!

Hosted a Baby Shower for my Best Friend Alexis!

Alexis's Baby Shower

Alexis’s Baby Shower

Anti-Hello Kitty.. Noooo!!

Anti-Hello Kitty.. Noooo!!

Hello Kitty & Goodbye Kitty

Hello Kitty & Goodbye Kitty

Love these pink pumps!

Love these pink pumps!

November 2012

Macy's Parade, Seattle WA.

Macy’s Parade, Seattle WA.

I love Fall.

I love Fall.

Getting ready to light up Zillah Lakes for Christmas

Getting ready to light up Zillah Lakes for Christmas

Sugar Cookies!

Sugar Cookies!

Thanksgiving at Aunt Dina's House

Thanksgiving at Aunt Dina’s House

Beautiful Table Setting!

Beautiful Table Setting!

December 2012

New Barbie Ornament

New Barbie Ornament

Snow on Christmas Day!

Snow on Christmas Day!

Tiffany's Ornament, such a tradition, love my husband.

Tiffany’s Ornament, such a tradition, love my husband.

New Coffee Cup for the new year

New Coffee Cup for the new year

Steve & I at the Zillah Lakes Christmas party.

Steve & I at the Zillah Lakes Christmas party.

Yes, our team won!!!

Yes, our team won!!!

I love these ladies!

I love these ladies!

My Pink Tree

My Pink Tree

Christmas Decor

Christmas Decor

Tigger - our rescue kitty, he loves his new bed!

Tigger – our rescue kitty, he loves his new bed!

Love this time of year!

Love this time of year!

Mittens.. to add to my tree

Mittens.. to add to my tree

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

"What are you doing.. New Years Eve??"

“What are you doing.. New Years Eve??”

Zillah Lakes Food Drive, raised over $140 in cash donations, and our food bin was overflowing!!!  Success!!!

Zillah Lakes Food Drive, raised over $140 in cash donations, and our food bin was overflowing!!! Success!!! I can’t wait for next year!!!

I look forward to this new year … 2013 and all of the great memories I have yet to make.

 

A Christmas To Keep

Image

Underneath the silver moon
On a star filled night
Snowflakes silently swirl
Landing in the soft moonlight

I stare outside my window
In awe of this glorious sight
My Saint continues snoring
While her yard is turning white

Our kitty’s slumber soothers her
Snuggling against one BIG dog paw
They sweetly sleep together
Purring in dreams of sleigh rides and maybe some “Fa-La-La!”

I close my eyes for a moment
Reminiscing of Christmas Past
Snowmen, Stockings, and Santa
Oh, how we grow up so fast

And then there’s Christmas Future
A chance of new beginnings
And forgiveness of the heart
A chance to make things right
A chance for a brand new start

I’ve suddenly slipped back to Christmas Present,
With a kiss upon my cheek
He softly whispers, “I love you”
These are the Christmas memories
I will forever keep!

~Heather Decker
Christmas Card Poem 2012