Monday, January 31, 2011

Dazed and Confused.

Ever feel like somewhere along the way,

you lost track of life?

Like, appointments, schedules, and routines

caused you to forget to do all the things you enjoy?

Like you're missing out on the little things?

Like a good jam session in the morning in yer jammies?

The hilarity of a good fart joke?

Or a good nose pick while you're stuck in traffic?

So what am I saying?


Somewhere along the way, between Christmas and those pizza vomit cleanups,

I forgot to laugh.
I forgot to just enjoy the dark chocolate cookie deliciousness that was breakfast, instead of worrying about how not healthy it was for the whole fam.

Or appreciate the time we asked Jace what happened to his arm, and he told us he just "licked it".

'Mmm hmm. You know, times like those.

I'm thinking, 'round these parts,

we'll get back to basics. You know, try and enjoy in the little things.

'Cause I wanna be like my kidlets, when I come home from the store, and they're all,

"Holy crap mom went to the store! And there's. . .. CHOCOLATE MILK!"

You know. Like that. Because chocolate milk is thee clear path to happiness.

Maybe take a que from Garth, and Live in the now! Because, like the hokey pokey, maybe that is what it's all about.


Good Buy Consignment said...

Awesome post. I completely identify with you. Also, gorgeous family and fantastic pictures.

Good Buy Consignment said...

So... I have been surfing through your older posts (I saw the Pottery Barn mirror you made on another blog and came over from there) and I have to say, I am book-marking your blog. So many awesome posts. I totally agree about Santa (I framed up some vinyl that is all about the Christ part of Christmas and the word "Believe" in on this project because that's the correct context in relation to Christmas. Anyway, very cute shoes, love the idea of hanging your heels from gorgeous moulding. The street lamp in the house is too fantastic. So many fascinating entires. Thanks.

Mrs BC said...

I love your blog, & this post is beautiful. Chocolate milk rules in this house, too.
Mrs BC

slommler said...

It is what it is all about!!! And we do get all "grown-up" and forget! I mean, seriously...chocolate milk is total bliss!!! And if you make it into hot chocolate with marsh mellows on top!! OMG!! You have totally skipped bliss and rocketed to heaven!!!!
Wonderful pictures of the family...loved them all!!
Enjoy your milk and cookies and wear your milk mustache proudly!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

I felt that same way when I was getting ready for the Christmas Tea table thing. I am not doing it this year. I didn't like feeling overwhelmed and the feeling of just wanting to cry and have a fit. I have missed me some Treymane kid photos so thanks for posting them. I hope things get fun for you asap!

Anonymous said...

You speaketh the truth! Nice post.

WhettenWild said...

Thank you for explaining exactly how I have felt since we found out we are moving!

Those are some great pictures! Give all of your kids a big hug for me. They are the cutest ever!

Crafty Housewife said...

Very sweet! I have three boys myself and my grandmother's advice was to not take things so seriously (She had 4 boys and regretted only this). I love your pictures, such cute boys!

Jill @ Blessings of a Lifetime said...

This is exactly what my blog is all about! Slowing down and finding happiness and joy in the everyday blessings we have. Enjoy your precious family and be blessed!

-- Jill @ Blessings of a Lifetime

Shannon @ Why Not On A Tuesday said...

Your pictures are always so great! Love your blog!

Shannon said...

Well put. Often when I put my kiddos to bed I think that I should have taken more moments to just enjoy the cuddles, the wandering conversation, the joy in their musings. I become too concerned with teaching them - how to treat their bodies and health well, how to take advantage of learning in school, and being kind, respectful people with integrity. I forget. I forget how much I loved making mayo and lettuce sandwiches for my "campout" at a nearby tennis court - talking to the tiny people "living" in my mattress - building forts around myself out of books. In my excessive attempt to ensure my kiddos become good, productive, ambitious, intelligent people of the future, I'm forgetting about and missing the moments of now... those unexplainable moments of pure nirvana that only come with being a parent. Thanks for the post - some of us needed the reminder :)

Leca Unplugged said...

Thanks. I'm glad to know that someone else appreciates a good nose pick besides the mister. Your photos are really amazing.

Mrs. Lydon said...

This is the greatest post ive ever read. I am doing this today, taking a moment to stop and smell the ... chocolate milk.

Anonymous said...

Love this post! Thanks for sharing!

Emily said...

Thanks for this post. I sometimes forget to enjoy the small things. And it is all about bringing home some chocolate milk!

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

I love it when you do posts like this! THey are my absolute fave. mostly becuase I never take pictures of my kids cause I suck... I am going to try and be more Tremayneish. Thankyousomuch.

love YOUR guts

Audra said...

Ohhh, Mandi...I just love these posts, because they are usually echoing my feelings and because your kiddos are
The bra...the face...the lick...the box. These images make me smile and wax a little nostalgic for when my babies...were babies.

You are my favorite too, because you just rock!

Andrea@Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

Chocolate milk is where it's at!

And so are the little things. Glad you are taking the moments by storm and remembering to enjoy them!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

You are so right! By the looks of it, you've got the awesome mom thing down! Your kids always seem to be having a blast in your pictures! {I left you a present on my blog} :)

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

I always feel infinitely better when I put my bra on sideways and run around the house.

So fantastic.

And every one of those pictures is worth a good belly laugh.

They are brilliant.

dena4kids said...

I feel the same way! I feel like I rush and rush till life ain't no fun.(hey that sounds like a song.=)
We all need to just kick back and sip the chocolate milk!
I had to do a double take on the bra thing. I was like, "What is she wearing?" heehee.

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Mandi girl, go easy on yourself! You have 4 children!! Winter is HARD with sickness & cabin fever! Kenna is adorable, my girls and I want her for a day!! Your kids look really happy (maybe cookies & choc milk sugar high??) which says a lot about you as a momma! Your posts still crack me up!! (Note on hot decaff drinks try hot water with fresh squeezed lemon & a bit of honey~mmm! hot blueberry herbal tea~mmm!) Hang in there girl or drive yourself really crazy and start another project! hugs, Cathy

Libby said...

Chocolate milk still gets me joyful squeals of glee from my adult boys. Ok, no squeals but big thank yous! It also put me in my grandson's good book when I had a small carton waiting just for him (he's 3 /12yrs. so I'm plying him with goodies so he'll hang out with me).

Your photos as usual are stunning. Love the keyboard shot and the "pile on Daddy" one priceless (and less painful while they're still small)

Joanna said...

Thanks. Needed this today. :)

Teri said...

I shall "live in the now" with you. And also, if you're gonna spew pizza, spew into this.

Lisa said...

Love this post! I mean chocolate milk is totally the bomb - why not get excited about it????

Dawn said...

I love your post and your pictures. Really.