Friday, September 3, 2010

everybody.

All children have creative power.
~brenda uleand

they do. i believe that. if i see my little ones creating something...anything-it instantly has me smiling and happy. pride fills me up and i want more, more, more. i wouldn't say that i am naturally inclined in the arts, but i certainly appreciate and enjoy many kinds of one's creative workings.

so, when my kids looked so bored one day that their eyes might literally fall out of their heads, i knew i needed to intervene. stop what i was doing and help the little zombies out. so, fumbling around the kitchen with no inspiration or ideas...i spotted some ice cream cones and i'm not sure an ice cream cone planter will work, but i'll let you know as soon as anything sprouts...


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ice cream in the florida heat pretty much makes my little ones dance for joy...wish you could have seen the happiness. i gotta say, ice cream is pretty powerful stuff...edy's mint choco chip...dude, that stuff's been known to cure any kind of ailment i may have. it works, try it!!

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and after we needed to wash the glue, neon paints, and glittered hands, hair, and feet, so a carefully angled shoot of beckham's first shower all. by. himself. had him cracking up and me beaming with pride. my little guy is...heaven- even if he is starting some temper tantrums and sass talk. we're working on it.

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and being busy has become common ground for us since the kids began school this year, so when we are invited to chill with friends who have become family in this little town...we grab the opportunity and run crazy with it. i got the text...
"hey, how about lucarelli's tonight? 6:30!"

so, in record time i re-brushed hair, called hubby to let him know, and put socks and shoes back on the kids. of course, i've been having major what-to-wear-issues these days, so ten minutes into getting ready, i was all, "i've got nothing to wear, I need some new jeans, and shirts. nothing fits!" wah wah wah. likely story

with multiple eye-rolling from jeff and with a i-don't-want-to-hear-it look stuck on his face...i conceded and found what i now lovingly call my, biker babe look! i didn't have cute boots to wear, but it is florida after all and hotter than the dickens!

unbeknownst to me, my faded black, never-worn before jeans had BIG, HUGE bright silver lightening bolts on each pocket on each butt cheek of my jeans. in my haste to leave the house, i never looked behind me so this is what i got...

"mama, why do you have lightening on your butt?" while feeling little beckham trying to scratch the glitter off.


to beckham, "hmm, what do i have on my butt?"

"shiny lightening!"

"jeff, do i have lightening on my butt?"

"um, yes! (laughing)"

"is it big?"

"um, yup. it's pretty big!"

"mommy, i don't like lightening."

i was faced with a few choices...
1. hide in embarrassment,
2. go home and change, but miss out on some fun,
3. rock out those lightening bolts like no one's business & shake what my mama gave me!

i chose 3. what choice did i have?

and it was worth it...because the room was filled with fellow mama's and babies. mamas and babies that we love and we all happened to be there on the same night...if we had planned it that way...it wouldn't have happened.

it was sweeter this way as almost every single time the door opened to the deli and pizzeria...it was a familiar face and a little one. even if we didn't sit down and talk to every single person, i couldn't help but notice the comfort and safety we felt amongst each other and each other's kids...
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...and i felt lucky to live where we do...
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...i felt lucky that this pasta was so delicious,
and that our husbands found their way back to laughing at the wives in a loving, yet, 'what is up with those crazy girls' kinda way.'

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and the kids...so many babies and kids and although chaotic...it is wonderful to see them grow up together and even better watching them act like we own the public property between restaurants where the grass is still scratchy, but it meets the little pond that houses three fountains, and where the boys skipped rocks and the girls compared blinged out shoes.
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and we laughed at how much they reminded us of us at work!
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babies everywhere!
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green light.
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red light.
a bet was made...
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sides were drawn.
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and let's just say...we had fun, but i think i kicked her ass because i cheated. i didn't mean it though!
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hoping you find your lucarelli's with friends this weekend! we are off to plan our day and we are throwing words around like; beach, nap, borders book store to find a new chapter book for peyton, AND my sister surprised me with a visit so we are hangin' like monkey's the whole weekend. so happy she is here, i can't stand it.

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i read every single comment on the last post and was excited to hear new things that get us mamas out of bed. i think the top answer was...

*coffee. totally get that and there is nothing like an early morning dunkin donuts run!
and of course...
*babies in the morning! absolutely.
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some get-going-in-the-morning-inspiration...
*kate said her hubby makes her coffee every morning...oh, i love that.
*patti's ten year old brings her tea each morning.
*heather: another favorite of mine was the chocolate chip pancakes. yum.
*mummy, mummy, mumm...oh my goodness!
*oh, lynne said she starts her day with a grateful heart. oh, i loved that one so much.
*nursing a little one in the morning in a quiet house...i remember those days.
*good blogs with a cup of coffee.
*angie said, a bare bottomed baby!!!
*being pregnant.
*bacon!!!

*the one that made me laugh the loudest may have been this one:
What motivates me in the morning? A shot of bourbon and some Xanax, of course! Hee. Kidding. KIDDING!
Definitely seeing AJ and Lila's cute little monkey faces and hearing about their Buzz and Tink dreams. And a venti iced Cafe Americano never hurts...
xo

LOVED them all. every single one. i felt so inspired and that was the point!
to new readers with such sweet messages...thank you.

and i wish i could give everyone a pendant from tina steinberg designs. i really do, but random.org selected
Bree: little babies....the best motivation in the world!!

congrats. bree, please send me your contact info and i will forward it on to tina steinberg.

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xoxo

39 comments:

Patti said...

I've been looking forward all week to a new post...I'm addicted to your photos:) Beautiful as always!!

Patti said...

P.S. That last photo of you and the kids is so sweet- Peyton looks just like you. I was wondering where the photo of those awesome lightning bolts was?? LOL

GraceesMommy said...

hey soul sister....edy's mint choco chip is a food staple in our house!!!!

so much about this blog that i love..from the ice cream crafts to the heidi and kelle racing. hmmmm...i think the two of you would give lucy and ethel a good run for their money!!!

congrats to bree...i agree about the babies. and to the bourbon and xanax mom...there are some days i swear a lovely shot of vodka (i don't drink much but i have a complete collection of every flavord vodka ever created) over a little ice stimulates my creative juices..i so get what you are saying.

have a great holiday friend...we are having a lovely taste of fall in PA..cool and blustery with leaves falling like confetti from the heavens..I LOVE IT!!!♥

iColossus / Monster said...

OMG, you sure know how to pack a post! Great pics, how did you get the ones in the shower without the lens fogging up? Your kids are so beautiful and love the one of the 3 of you.

SO much fun, pizza and friends, wish I was there with y'all!

Enjoy the weekend.

Miss ya, love ya.

XOXOX XO X

Sarah said...

Great post! so funny and then sweet!! The kids are adorable in all the pics, but I especially liked the ones of Beckham....I laughed out loud with the lightening...you didn't want to post a picture of it!? ha! :)

J said...

Hi Heidi,

I've tried to leave a comment before but it never works for me! Anyways, I have been following your blog and love your pictures and your attitude. My fave pics this post are your kids on the swing from the side angle. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't going to try to replicate those with my own kids! Keep up the inspiration!

Jill said...

Great new pictures and post! Congrats to Bree. I've got Tina Steinberg designs bookmarked for the next time my husband asks what I would like as a gift! =)

Let's see the lightening bolt...I think you can pull it off!

Have fun with your sister!

Jill B (Overland Park, KS)

ayshamartin said...

Great post Heidi. Love all your photos ... amazing and so inspirational to an amateur photog like myself. You give me so many ideas of what I'd like to try and capture with my friends and family. The picture with you and your littles ones is adorable :)

Happy Labour Day Weekend!

(P.S. I was so hoping to see a picture of your lightening bolt butt ... hee, hee :))

Domestic Diva said...

holy moly on the huge blog post! not that i'm complaining, but when you do it, you do it big!! what is the deal with lainey's glasses? are they the real deal? loved the lightening bolt on the butt of your jeans story! there is always something in your post that gets me rolling. what else? there is always so much to comment on i forget before i'm done!! okay. i guess i better make my way to bed ... or stop for a hot bath before i get there! goodnight ...

hope you're having a blast with your sister ... sisters are the best!!

Amie said...

Favorite photo? The three girls with their missing teeth! Can't get over how cute they are! Looks like a TON of fun down there! Have a great weekend.

Kiki said...

Time with friends is always magical and such great memories are made for you guys and for your sweet children!
I really love the last photo of you and your babies :) You are all gorgeous!

Have a fabulous time with your sister!

Rebecca MacIntosh said...

You're so cute, but where's the picture of the lightning bolts! haha! I laughed so hard at that! While you get to rock sandals we're bundling up in boots already! Enjoy xoxo :)

Jess S said...

oh my gosh the pictures of you and Kelle... hilarious!! I've followed both of your blogs for a while now... you have such a gorgeous family!!

Marli said...

Hi Heidi,
We got back from our beach weekend last night and I was so happy to see your colorful post. In our house, boredom is often cured with water balloons (outside of course). How is Peyton doing with school? My girl and little guy start tomorrow... there is excitement along with butterflies in our pre-fall air. Enjoy your butt-bolt jeans!!! Marli

Brooke said...

Are you even serious with all of this cuteness/stylishness/awesomeness/funness that is your blog/life?

Um and 91 comments. WOWZA. Big T to the ime.

I'm coming to Florida. Be ready to find me on your doorstep. (not really. please don't go private).

;) xoxo

→Daniele← said...

I also did a post the other day on "creating"...we were on the same wavelength ;)

oh and I literally lol @ your lighting butt story...I want to see them now haha

→Daniele← said...

*lightning butt, not lighting butt. hahaha

Anonymous said...

Heidi:

I love all the smiles and happiness. The pictures are wonderful and Peyton looks very smart in glasses. Beckham looks very muscular washing his hair. But most of all I love how happy you all are.

Love Sito

Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

another gorgeous post from you. i love the pictures...esp the ones of you and kelle racing. LOL. and lainey taking pictures is super cute too. we don't realize how much they pay attention to what we do until they mimic us. i love it.

P-nut said...

love this!! i know the feeling of changing fifty times before you go out because nothing fits right or feels good... BAH! good for you for not letting it stop you!! BUT i do wish you took a photo of those lightning bolts!!!!
looks like you guys had a great time at the pizza place! and the ice cream cones looked fun all sparkly like that! i can't wait to read more! i've been away too long!!

donna said...

oh how adore you!!! Love that my rest. is "the" place that all of our friends gather with their kiddos on the weekends! The pictures of you and Kelle--- CRACK me up!!!! Love it~~ Love you!!!!

Kristine said...

Aww,what a FUN post! Those pictures of you and Kelle racing had me cracking UP! lol
I thought for sure we would see a glimpse of the lightning bolt jeans. I'm so disappointed ;)
Have a great time with your sister!
xo
Kris

Heidi said...

oh my gosh, i think i should have included a lightening bolt shot...no worries...i didn't trash them. they make a reappearance!!!

joy you crack me up!

nads, the lens did fog up on the first two, and then it didn't. not sure why.

jess, rebeccah, kiki,J& jill, thank you so much:)

april, the glasses didn't have lenses in them so the girls took turns with them on.

amie, glad you caught on the missing teeth. i loved that one.

marli, peyton is doing AMAZINGLY well in kinder. i'm so proud of her. one complaint from her teacher...she talks a lot! lol, just like me. so proud;)

pnut, welcome back!

donna, love you too man. lucarelli's rocks!

kristine...that pic is off the chain...lol!

sito, we love you and miss you so much. xoxxo

Jessie said...

I want to see the lightning bolt pants!!!

(I've been following you for a while now, but decided to finally stop being a creeper and comment already...hello!)

Great photos - I love that baby's big, blue eyes!!

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