Monday, May 10, 2010

mother's day at the isle of capri.

disclaimer alert:
too many pictures in this post but seriously, can you ever really have too many photos and, the second disclaimer, i'm often sentimental about things like this, so be prepared for the mush ball i am about to become. i'm sorry. okay, i said it.

i awoke to find him next to my bed with a handmade card that he had carefully traced letters on to spell, happy mother's day.
here mama...
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i forced my eyes open, quickly remembering that today was...my special day. i talked the exhaustion out of my
voice and squealed with delight as my baby boy handed me the treasure he created for me the night before.
i love his proud little face.

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and this is how the most perfect mother's day started.
with tickle tortures, singing, and dancing in the big bed...
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"i love you, mama." i heard over and over again.

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my sleepy head finally made it in as well. cuddles that i have been missing from my big girl, returned for the morning and i was sucking
the life out of them. not wanting to miss a drop. so we, my girl and i stayed in bed a little bit longer than the boys
and i thought this is what being a mama is about. these are the moments that make the sleepless nights, the worry,
the vulnerable love, the guilt, the doubt, the work- so worth it. every moment, happy and sad, seem clearer to me on mother's day
morning when i finally hear, i love you, mama!

they are saying thank you. thank you for loving me as you do. the way you do and as much as you do.

happy mother's day to all the mother's in my life, but especially to my mom, my grandma irvine, and my mother-in-law.
i love each of you very much. i am lucky to have such wonderful women in my life.

to my babies, thank you for making me a mama, a role i cherish each. and. every. day. of. my. life. from moment one,
peyton when you heard mesay, 'hi, baby girl' and you grabbed my index finger and turned your head in my direction.
i knew you were the miracle that had taken me from girl to woman. both you and your brother, are the most beautiful
people i have ever known inside and out. thank you for making me a mama. xoxo

and then off to isle of capri or a little part of heaven on earth. it may or not be the most beautiful place,
but to us, it's bright, salty skies, and mature beachside tiki huts welcome us warmly as we round the corner,
past the boat attic and into the familiar fish house parking lot.

usually it is pretty quiet, but today, it was bustling with people with whom i assume were celebrating with the mamas in their lives.
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kelle, thank you for making it your personal mission to get some photos of me and my little ones! xoxo
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the air was hot, but the breeze made it a perfectly beautiful afternoon and i knew it was going to be a really good day!
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we entertained our children...
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and our husbands too.
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took pictures...
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cuddled a sick little boy with sad eyes until he fell asleep under a colorful umbrella, listening the ocean,
and repeatedly saying, "i want to stay at the beach, mama."...
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dug our toes in the sand and shells.
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and me and my glamorous bestie...
we played and posed and did cartwheels (well, i just watched because a cartwheel i have never done.
i'm a bit afraid of them and it didn't help when kelle said innocently,
"i hope you don't crack your neck or break something."
ha. well, today was not the day to try but it was pretty funny watching
her do them while a pile of kayaks about knocked me out when i fell into
them while trying to get the perfect cartwheel shot. i'll stick to the irish jig thank you very much.
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our girls looked for sea hares and jellyfish and only god knows what else and then the magic light happened
...as it always does.

we wait for it, not talking about it, but knowing it is coming. it's golden and beautiful
and at a time in the day when we are happily loose and feelin' free and relaxed,
we watch as the light changes and repeat over and over how lucky we are to live where we do.
actually, we sound like broken records, but what can you do?! ha.

peyton and i chatted it up most of the evening and can i just say, i really, really like her.
i'm so glad we get to share each other's time.

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Photobucketthen, forced to go into the hut because of the skeeters, the girls danced it up while we drank coffee and played the IF game. laughing, crying...you know, a typical night at the ioc!

and the most important part of today was just being. just being me with my girl and my little
guy. loving on them and just being...a family trying to make memories and show our little ones
how to enjoy the little sandy things and appreciate this place we call home.
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twirling girl.
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happy mother's day to all the mama's out there being the best they can be for the little loves in their lives. with lots of love,
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goodnight. i will post some new recipes in a few days and quite possibly even have them organized
by then too!
xoxo
heidi

37 comments:

Kate said...

Heidi
What a beautiful post and hey I think there weren't enough pictures:) You looked beautiful and the kids just precious. I love the one you took of Kelle she looks like a pin up girl so glam. Have a wonderful week!!!

Love Kate

Jewllori by Lori said...

Rockin photos!! What a fantastic day to spend Mother's Day! TOTALLY jealous, I don't even want to mention our CRAPPY weather :(

I saw this quote and thought it fit with some of your pics, and it being Mother's Day and all! Enjoy :)
“A girl is Innocence playing in the mud, Beauty standing on its head, and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot” Allan Beck

SDM said...

beautiful pics!!! and what a great gift to you on mother's day because you were in so many of them! glad it was a good day!!
xo
-s

PS I asked Kelle too, but how do you two take care of your camera when you're at the beach -- i'm always afraid to take my good camera with me b/c of getting sand in it that won't come out!! help!

dig this chick said...

Happy Mother's Day BEAUTIFUL mama. What a great day you had. Can't wait until I am THERE with my family. Except do they have, thick, hoppy beer? I suppose I could get used to light beer...especially if I could lock eyes with you and yours all day. And the beach. Oh the beach! xo

Domestic Diva said...

okay, seriously, got goosebumps from this post! you said it so perfectly, the amazingly, beautiful role called motherhood!! these are the things i think all the time. however, when i go to write them, who knows what happens :)

and the pictures, oh, the pictures!! the b&w one of you girls (entertaining the hubbies), beyond gorgeous! and the one of kelle looking all retro ... come on now!

glad you had such a fabulous day! seriously, can't wait to meet up with you girls again someday ...

iColossus / Monster said...

OMG, wow. WOW.
Tears from the first part, OK. I LOVE that first pic...kudos to your hubbies for snapping that one. So adorb.

And.

Laughing at the later shots, Irish gigs 'n' all.

You look so beautiful and glamoroso, girl. Glad that we got to see so many pics of you.

GODDESS.

Love ya,

iColossus

GraceesMommy said...

seriously....too many pictures...no such thing when it is pictures that make your heart smile a wee bit more with each one that that i viewed..your pictures are just breathtaking. hey and thanks for your beautiful words..just love them..wasn't the cow picture funny! when i was doing my post i looked out my window and saw them standing there and when i opened my front door they took their pose..funny!

the picture of you and kelle doing the jig on the dock cracks me up as much as the video of you dancing in the background of kelle's cnn video doing your little dance...when i watched that video i knew right then that you are one funny, spirit girl!

and can i just say that your love for your children shows in each picture...and you can see that you are one adored momma and wife. really..is there anything better!

your boy is one beautiful little man and your girl twirling. oh. my. is there anything that makes you happier than a little girl twirling...my girl twirled before she walked. i still remember her chubby little fingers clamped onto my hand to steady her and she would twirl till she was dizzy. oh i just love this thing that God created between mother and child!!!

thank you for such a beautiful post about such a beautiful subject...motherhood and the little hearts that we love and doing it in your "heidi" style...quoting my favorite auntie.."girl you are one classy broad." ♥

Kelle said...

Finally! I was waiting for your post all day! And reading it was reliving it yet again (so worth reliving). Thank you for repeating our new tradition...Mother's Day at the Isle. It was beautiful in every way, but mostly when the kayaks fell. Love you so much and being a mom with you makes the job seem even more fun. xoxo

Lisa Hewlett said...

That picture of Kelle is top notch. Really. Your family is beautiful, as is the Isle. You and Kelle are the only people who have ever made me actually wish I lived in Florida. I don't like heat all year round, but if I lived near a place like IOC, I'd manage it :-)

Tisha said...

happy mothers day week! why can't it be a full week?

love the last bw of you and peyton!

P-nut said...

Never too many pics! love seeing them all.. everyone looks so fresh, sun kissed and happy! i want to go to isle of capri!!! maybe one day i will get to experience this beautiful place :) until then, i am glad to hear about your amazing times there!
glad you had a great day and glad the kayaks didn't kill ya! ha!

Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

there is no such thing as too many pictures. i loved them all. y'all make me wanna go to this isle of capri so badly! it seems like heaven. i'm so glad you had a great mother's day!

Krystle said...

Thank you for your kind comment Heidi. You have a beautiful blog and your photography is amazing! Love it! Once again I am blessed to find such sweet people that I don't even know. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's day!

Rhonda said...

I found your blog thru Kelle's, and you are just as beautiful and talented as she is.....
What a beautiful post Heidi-
Love your Momma and Babe photos...they are timeless!!

You and Kelle are really two peas in a pod!!! Love seeing such a real friendship!!!

Happy Mothers Day to you!!!

trishakent23 said...

that was an awesome blog!!! love your words, photos and wow....you captured it all girlfriend! I had a blast. Wish my little guy Noah was feeling better in order to stay longer but he is doing fine now.
you rock girl!!!
TK

katie said...

So much fun!! And I completely agree that you can never have too many photos! I love them all!

Suzi said...

Hi Heidi!
I just found your blog- and what a perfect blog it is! You take amazing photos, and your words are inspiring! While my baby naps, I have just spent the last two hours reading and looking at your pictures. Those beautiful babies of yours are very lucky to have you :)
Keep up the good work!

Nadine said...

Beautiful post as always! I thought I live in Paradise, but reading your post makes me miss the beach!
Love your pictures, there can never be too many of them!
Hope Beckham feels better!

Nadine

GraceesMommy said...

dear heidi
i have been sharing your blog and kelle's blog with my friends on my facebook..when you post something i let them know. well let me tell you..we all got together yesterday and it was almost like a book club! it was so much fun, the next time that we meet they want me to bring my "inspiration."..i kinda felt like i was the like your bff..i felt like paris hilton's bff must feel! HA! it cracked me up! anyway you have a whole lotta fans in clfd pa and now they want to get new cameras and they asked me a zillion questions about cameras (like i know)...so i guess that makes me the supreme leader of your first fan club..HA!♥

Jeff said...

I would like to go on record and say I would like to see more pictures! There are never enough. These are some really great pictures and usually I am talking about the babies but this time I am talking about you. You look beautiful! I know I have only said this for 18 years but I don't think there is a more beautiful face on our earth. Thanks for capturing everthing about our family. Gotta go now, Becks wants pizza.

Heidi said...

i hate to say it girls, but the ioc is as perfect as described here. yes, please find your own little ioc, your life will thank you for it;) ha.

lori, I LOVE that quote. so perfect.

sharone, i keep my camera in my bag unless i am using it (which is 99.9999% of the time while at the beach, so i leave it on the table under an umbrella and i try to use sand free hands while clicking. kelle used to have a 'thing' that blows sand and dust out of crevices...a rocket blower...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/259157-REG/Giottos_AA1900_Rocket_Air_Blower_.html

also, a lens hood is a good idea to protect your image from harsh light and physical damage to your camera. with this said...i use nada. i clean it at night with a damp cloth.

nads, diva & dig, can't wait. love you both.

suzie and rhonda, glad you stopped by along with the other AMAZING women here!

joy! what? me? ha. that is so funny! well, you are the most lovely woman i know in pa! one day, we will meet, i know it!

babies and real friendships. mama's, irish jigs and killer cartwheels. yes, life is sweet!

Annette said...

What a great post!! You look beautiful!! And as always, wonderful pics!
XOXO
Annette

Anna Ruth said...

There are never too many pictures. The one with the kids melts my heart. You are a wonderful mother.

Nicole S said...

I tried to comment earlier today, but something funky was going on . . . what I wanted to tell you was that this post was just absolutely beautiful! I love your style of writing and think your photos are really touching. Looks like you had a great day!

H said...

Wow, really great photos. Especially the ones of you cuddling up to your children, and love the one of your son napping on the beach. You pictures really show real emotion. It's so nice for mom's to share things like this and I'll enjoy reading yours. Thanks.

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