Quite awhile ago, I blogged about not being fancy. I talked about how I don't wear much makeup, and what I do wear is Cover Girl. I'd prefer comfort over style if I really had to choose, and a ponytail is my hairstyle of choice.
Well. . .I'm not fancy in lots of other ways as well.
House/Decor: My house is a modest two story. We have enough rooms, square footage, furniture and family pictures to make it just right for me. We may not have an enormous en suite in the master bedroom, or a gourmet kitchen. I'm not an interior decorator, and my house doesn't look like a spread in Better Homes and Gardens. But it's comfortable, decorated well enough, and full of people I love. So what if I don't have Joanna Gaines' touch? It's just right for us.
Meals/Food: I can't say I don't mind a fancy meal now and then, but I would prefer to cook simply. Early on in our marriage, I remember having people over for get togethers and thinking I needed to cook some fabulous meal that was completely out of my repertoire (and comfort zone!), because the people we were inviting were foodies (well, that was before the word foodies was coined, but hey. . .). Nowadays, if you come over, we might order pizza, or I might cook or grill a well-loved meal. It might not have sixteen ingredients you've never heard of, but it will be cooked with TLC and love.
Cars/Phones/Possessions: Let me start with this one by saying one of our cars is a 2004 Chevy Astro Van. I could basically stop there, as that pretty much sums up this category, but I'll continue. A beautiful car in my book is one that holds all seven of us and is paid for. The Astro passed both questions from the get-go and therefore was a winner. We may not have the fanciest, flashiest cars on the block, but they get us from point A to Point B without breaking the bank, and that's what a vehicle is for, right? In the same vein, we have 3-year-old iPhones that are still limping along. We have to charge them a little more frequently now, but they're still working and they are freeee!
Vacations: Dear reader, if you know me at all, you know we camp for most of our vacations. The price is right, we make great family memories, and we see the country! No, we don't have pristine hotel suites or zero-entry pools, we don't buy top-notch travel packages and we don't eat at all the best restaurants. But we can still spend a lot of time together as a family without all that stuff, and that's what a vacation is for, right?
As I said in my original "I'm Not Fancy Post" (link above), the older I get, the more comfortable I am with who I am. If someone else always has the latest iPhone and takes award-winning vacations, awesome! But that isn't me, and that's okay too. I'm happy being me: a pop-up-camping, iPhone 5-using, comfort-food-cooking mamma.