Friday, January 28, 2011

it's all good!

so many lovely, fun, gut-laughing, and wonderful moments happen every single day and many minutes of the day are spent thinking of the things that make me happy or grateful.
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and yes, i have a million little happies...
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burnt cheez-its, ice cold orange pop with crushed ice and a straw, having coffee cream in my fridge, rainy afternoons spent laying on the couch with the whole fam with dinner bubbling away on the stove, a new book, candles, my new slippers, smiling at people who look like they need it, good music i haven't heard on the radio, losing a few pounds although that hasn't happened in a while, my babies, new cookbooks, daddy playing street hockey every spare moment with our future hockey star, flowers (TULIPS, my fave!), new friends, old friends...

soooo many. it's good to write them down. makes me feel gooooood!

health seems to make my grateful and happy list every single day! it's the one thing that i use to gauge perspective. my perspective on important topics does vary from time to time although i must admit that thanks to my upbringing with the crazy, yet loving and very loud italians it usually starts from bad to worse to finally...dude, i can totally handle this. it's not that bad. in fact, what was i worried about? totally cool, we can handle that. it could be sooo much worse that this is actually good news!
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the new vantage point that shifts my perspective almost always comes from looking at my kids and knowing that they are healthy. really really healthy, and that is the one most important piece of my puzzle. the puzzle of my life. of our lives.

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however, the moments of discomfort or distress are equally important. i mean, why should happiness get all the props, the love? i think not. there is much to learn from the unhappy and challenging times in our life as well. i totally believe that out of pain comes strength. tears...growth, understanding... perspective.

in an otherwise beautiful week spent with a ton of friends that i am fortunate to have and sharing time with people that i love and truly value, making new friends, or connecting with old ones it was an amazing couple of weeks.

i am filled up from all the lovelies in our lives. i've learned that sometimes you don't know what you have until you are sitting in room full of women hearing their story and sharing in it and leaving them feeling like you could conquer anything if you had to because we are all in this together.

and possibly life decides to slap you around a bit and it knocks the wind out of your sails and you need someone to answer your call for help and when they do, they help you get the words out because well, you can't breathe or find the words to finish. they cry with you, say it's all going to be alright, they validate you, and then they call back so you can vent a little more...just in case you didn't get it all the first time.

we all need this kind of friend or friends. and trust me, your troop is out there...go find them.

right now, tonight...everything is good. really, really good. well, the glass of wine i am nursing helps a bit too:) oh and crying it out...totally works. no shame. cry it up, people. it's okay. get it out. totally works!

damn. life is so good and so precious. we have been living it up, but i am behind on photos, so i will be posting soon after this post to fit all the good stuff in!

photos from our camping trip over the new year!
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beckham and i five minutes after the ball dropped!

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the cousins!

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moments that we will cherish forever. these camping trips will be what our children remember and talk about in front on their own children one day and i know that in that moment...my future self will be proud of the parents we were. helping our kids make memories they will hold with them forever!!!

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we did a lot of this!

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and this...of course!
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yeah, i love you too!

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and if that wasn't enough beauty in one post...
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nella bean's first birthday bash was beautiful and full of love. kelle, is an amazing party planning girl and not one detail is overlooked. not one!

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new, beautiful and inspiring friends: libby and sara!
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nads taking it all in!
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jeff, you look hot in this pic!

i have a few new recipes ready to go, but i need to go to bed, so i will post those on sunday! actually, i need to go clean out my closet. i am sure there is a village of people living under the items in my closet. it is unreal. i'll post pictures of that too. it'll shock ya!

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fyi: jenn planned this camping trip and she rocks at finding amazing places to go. you can go here to find more info on the camp grounds in you see camping in your future! dude, go. it's awesome.
until then...enjoy the beauty of today! xo

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18 comments:

JennyCB said...

The picture of Peyton way up high in the swing is INSANELY INCREDIBLE. Good stuff, my gorgeous, cerebral, incredible friend.
I love you.
xoxox

heather said...

Oh this makes me wanna go camping. Right now! Looks like an incredible new year's celebration. Love the picture of you and your babe sleeping to bring in the New Year!

Of course I love the pictures from Nella's bash. Incredible party! It's so fun to see all of the pics from Kelle's blog, your blog, Nadya's blog. Now need to check out Sara and Libby's blog. I'm sure I'll find some good stuff there too.

Incredible pictures and post!

xo

P.S. Love the pics of Nadya rocking the camera and video camera at the same time! :)

P-nut said...

i love this post! i totally agree with everything you wrote! TOTALLY! right now, health is super on my mind since recently heard about some very unfortunate deaths to very young mamas!
and tears... yes a gift. pain - a gift. it's what cahgnes us, makes us better and stronger people.

oh and awesome song choice.. frou frou brought me right back to my time in italy! xo

the girl said...

We love to camp too, that place looked rad!!!! So much fun for kids to be free, run wild, snack all day :)
Amazing photos, just lovely. Capturing moments and making me wish I were there too!

xoox,
Lori

Rebecca said...

You look wonderful and camping! Oh the thought is such a far notion as I look out my kitchen window at a car covered in snow AGAIN. I love how hot you Mama's look while rocking a camp fire. Now that's the way to do it baby!
:)

libby ryder said...

love all the pics. thanks for including us. it was a great weekend.

sara said...

Enjoyed this post....great photos. Also, how does one "burn cheezits"? Or is this just a lucky find in the cheezits box?

Domestic Diva said...

totally random here ...
absolutely loved the 2nd pic of nella and the comment about your hot hubby. i love that your posts are long and crazy and filled with so much love. oh, and camping, so much work, but so much fun!!

loving today ... loving you ...

Anonymous said...

I have been waiting for a new post Heidi. And this one did not disappoint. It was filled with gorgeous photos of the fun you guys had! We love camping too and this year we are going to do alot more of it! Also, loved the pics you took at Nella's party .... just lovely. Now I better get back to getting on top of my blog posts, I am sooo behind and must finish those drafts Lol. Have a great weekend. Cassie x

LCR said...

Loved hearing your "million little happies" and seeing photos- your camping trip looked awesome.
ps. thanks for being a first commenter on my newbie blog the other day:)

Anna Ruth said...

The pictures are amazing as always. It makes me want to go camping next weekend.

Heidi said...

april...tears. love you too!
jenny girl!!!! xoxo

heather, i love seeing all the diff pics/accounts on the other blogs too!!! xo

sara...you got it! every once in a while i will find some burnt cheezits at the bottom of the box...JACKPOT!!!!

Sarah said...

These words struck me, too, as I have a friend in my hometown (beautiful photographer: www.creativeimagesbyjennifer) whose baby is in the ICU for RSV, and her sister-in-law was killed in a car accident leaving a 6 and 11 yr old, so her heart is breaking, those children have lost their mama, their daddy a life partner and I just can’t imagine not being around to raise my kids. I am watching the way people are loving that family and it just gives you perspective on life, love, friendship…the beautiful, important stuff as well as the pain. Your writing is such a treat, and I love the way you string it all together: the writing, the photographs, and the perspective on the goodness if life. (sorry to leave a depressing story, but just had to share how your blog struck at a chord.)

Kelly said...

Um, did you photoshop the hell out of that ginormous tree? omg, does that exist on our planet? was it like a trillion years old? OMG! I love your pictures and love your kids even more! xoxo

Kristine said...

you're making me long for summer! we are covered with a blanket of white right now (which normally, i love, but enough is enough lol )
love the camping picturs so much. reminds me of when i was a kid. they will surely remember those special moments for years to come!
xo
Kris

picturingtheordinary said...

Wow, these are great pictures! I especially love the one of all of the kids on the tree!

iColossus / Monster said...

Love your pictures, Heidi.

Especially the one with Isabella and me, hahaha.

Miss you, gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I liked this blog until I saw the ever so sickening Kelle Hampton on it. I won't be back after looking at that face plastered all over here too.