Meet American mom Brooke living in Dallas
I’m Brooke Fish, a stay at home mommy of two. My husband and I live in Dallas, Texas with our amazing boys. Together we run a small advertising/editorial photography business. I do some styling here and there for the business, but mostly do the books. It’s my husband who gets to do all the creative stuff day in and day out, which is why I started my craft blog, Pure and Noble.
What kind of house do you live in, are you and the kids happy here or is there anything you all terribly miss …?
We live in a small traditional1950’s home about 15 minutes from downtown Dallas. A lot of our friends live within a mile of us and that is a ton of fun. But we also miss living in our old apartment where we could walk to local shops and restaurants and hop on the hike and bike trail that was basically in our back yard!
Do you like to spend time on decorating your home and the children’s room?
I absolutely love decorating our home. I’m changing things up all the time and making new stuff here and there. Because my husband is a photographer, I get a lot of really cool prints to put throughout the house and lots of great photos of the kids. It’s funny, my husband and I have a pretty different design aesthetic so decorating can be tough sometimes. He prefers clean and modern and I like more of a bohemian modern style. We try to find a happy medium. I love rearranging things too; it gives the room a completely different feel. The kids’ rooms are a bit of a challenge for me because I’m a bit of a neat freak. I have to live with the reality that I have two boys that are into super heroes and leave their toys everywhere. I try to make toys as accessible as possible and clean up a speedy process.
Where do you look for interior inspiration, favorite magazines, websites, blogs?
I’m kind of addicted to blogs. In fact, my best friend sent me your Bloesem blog a few years back and it’s what started my addiction. I’m consistently amazed by the amount of creativity out there. I also love magazines and books on interior decorating. I’m a bit heart broken that Domino is gone. I haven’t found anything to really replace it, accept maybe flickr. I can be on the computer for hours looking at photos of people’s homes and interiors. But, there is something so relaxing and serene about flipping through the pages of a magazine and being able to tear out pages that inspire. My husband’s work also inspires me. His use of color and his eye for composition blows me away.
What are your children’s favorite items in your house?
Their bathtub and our bed. They love to wrestle their daddy on our bed and jump around there too. It’s pretty much an indoor jungle-gym for the boys.
What's it like to raise a child in your town?
It can be really hard to raise children in Dallas. There is such a focus on materialism and status. We work very hard on keeping our children grounded and in the real world.
Who do you consider is a good example for your children?
Christ is the center of our home and really the only example we point our kids to.
What is your idea of a perfect day with your children?
A perfect day for me would be sleeping in late (my oldest wakes up WAY too early) and having pancakes, eggs and bacon for breakfast with a fresh cup of French press coffee. If it’s a hot summer day, we’d play outside in our kiddie pool or sprinkler with friends and then have a picnic. This of coarse is followed by naps for the boys while I go to estate sales and thrift stores. And then we’d end our day with a nice quiet date night with my husband. Mexican food (Tex-Mex) and a margarita for sure.
Can you mention some of your ‘how-to-raise-your-kid’ values?
We teach our boys first-time obedience; to love, honor and respect others and to treat others as they would want to be treated. We also ask that our boys treat one another as forever bothers and not temporary friends. We want them to cherish and respect one another, knowing that they will be brothers forever and hopefully forever friends. We reward good deeds with smiley faces on our chalkboard in the kitchen. If he gets 7 smiley faces, he gets to pick something special to do with his Daddy. We try not to reward with food.
Are you a crafter or DIY person?
I’m a bit of both, but I’m trying to get into kids crafts now that the boys are getting a bit older and I have less time for big projects. I love to sew, but haven’t quite figured out how to get my boys involved. They usually color or go into our long hallway for car races or golf (which my youngest calls hockey!)
What do you do with all the projects your children made at home or in school?
We have family that lives out of state, so I try and keep them connected by sending them projects and paintings from time to time. We recently started sending a small journal back and forth with my husband’s Grandma that include activities we have done that week. Then she keeps it for a week and journal’s what she’s done, including drawings of her activities. My oldest is learning to write, so this really helps him practice his letters. All of the school stuff gets stored in a box for the boys to have once they have children.
Any nice decoration ideas how to hang them, keep them or use them as presents?
We have two big metal memo boards from Ikea in our oldest’s bedroom along with a row of clipboards on one wall. This allows us to change artwork in and out without putting holes in the walls. We also use the clipboards for his homework like sight words and anything specific he’s learning about that month. Right now it’s space!
What are favorite games in your home?
Does fighting bad guys and wrestling count as games? We also love indoor golf, Connect Four, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Hop Scotch and anything on the wii.
What are all time favorite books for the children?
Anything by Mo Willems. He’s so simple and funny. And his use of color is inspirational.
How do you prepare for a trip, any useful tips?
I like going through a typical day in my mind and preparing a list while doing so. This helps me think through what we do on a daily basis and prevents me from leaving anything basic behind such as diapers, “bookies” (blankets), sound machines, nightlights and favorite books, toys and music. My kids sleep habits are pretty high maintenance (self created, I know) and highly energy dependant. Sigh.
What place do your children love to go to?
Because we have family out of state, we do a lot of road trips. Thirteen hours in a car with two children under 4 can be a challenge. Sometimes we break the trip up and stay in a hotel to let the boys play and swim. My all time favorite gift and family photo is from one of our stays at a hotel in Kansas City. We were having breakfast in the hotel room and my husband broke out the camera. I never knew a generic hotel room could be so beautiful! He gave me a framed print for Mother’s Day last year. It now hangs in our living room. I love it!
..Pure and Noble..
Image above :: the Fish family Christmas card … super I (irene) love it! Thanks Brooke for this fun interview.