Monday Love

Another edition of Monday Love…..

A quote:

To the outside world we all grow old.
But not to brothers and sisters.
We know each other as we always were.
We know each other’s hearts.
We share private family jokes.
We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.

Clara Ortega

Something personal:  This is about my Kylie-Bear.  My first born.  My willful, creative, intelligent, beautiful, pain-in-the-booty daughter!  On Saturday she was bouncing off the walls – I mean REALLY bouncing off the walls.  Every two seconds I was snapping at her to “stop this” or “don’t do that” or “go to TIME-OUT!”  It’s a horrible feeling, and I always find myself trying to figure out why she’s acting so crazy and wondering….. will she ever be my sweet Kylie again???  I will admit,  I usually feel like I’m the cause of any ill-behavior of my children (maybe I’m parenting wrong, etc, etc.), so wouldn’t it seem normal to feel like I’m also the cause of their GOOD behavior as well?  Not usually the case for me.  Why is it that we (as parents) find it very easy to see what we are doing wrong, but have a much harder time seeing all the things we are doing right?  Am I alone with this thought?

Well, as I sift through recent pictures of the kiddos I see a trend with Kylie.  LOVE.  She exudes love – especially for her brother (and baby Ally).  She loves her dolls, her friends, her family, and even herself (only baby Ally is more pretty than Kylie (as per Kylie).  She asks to write thank you notes to everyone, for everything, and she keeps a picture of her bestest friend Ainslee by her bed so she won’t miss her.  I am hoping that Jeff and I can take a little credit for her loving spirit — but I think she was born with a great big heart. ;)

Here’s kylie protecting Jake while watching a show.  It gives me peace to know they have each other.  I imagine them having lots of conversations about their “crazy” parents someday!

And this is the sweet face that greets me every morning at 7am — and the same sweet face I kiss each night.  Her eyes are full of love, hope, and happiness.  She teaches me something new about myself every single day – and I am grateful.

Some favorites:  Since I basically did “something I love” above, here are a couple sites I love to visit.

Macaroni Kids (Smyrna/Vinings/Marietta) – you should sign up for the newsletter and like her facebook page.  Michelle is AWESOME and her Thursday newsletter is such a handy resource filled with all of the fun family-oriented things coming up for the weekend.  PLUS – she has a dining guide with all of the kids-eat-free and family-deals at area local restaurants.  If that isn’t enough – she does FABULOUS giveaways on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis.  I won a free season of treatment from the Mosquito Squad (worth more than $600) and have been enjoying it all summer!

Renee & Jeremy – love, love, love their music!  You can visit their site and download a free song (and buy their albums).  If you have browsed my galleries then you’ve already heard some of their fantastic songs!

Mila’s Daydreams – oh my gosh – amazing – you have to just go see it for yourself!

A Peek:  One of the most important things I wanted to do for my customers when I relaunched my business is deliver beautiful artwork that is READY to be displayed.  When my customers order gift prints, each one will be carefully matted and wrapped individually.  If you haven’t found a frame yet, you can still display your new artwork on a simple easel for everyone to enjoy!

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!   (Mine will be much happier when our AC gets fixed!)
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Liz - You are DEFINITELY NOT alone in taking credit for the bad but not for the good! A wise, experienced mother once said that you really can’t take credit for your children’s successes or failures…but I still think we’re on the hook for their values and priorities, at least to an extent. However, I’m pretty sure those aren’t supposed to be fully developed at the age of 4 :-)

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