November 8, 2009

Only Perfect In The Pictures

This morning it seemed the kids were literally at each other's throats before they were out of bed.

CONSTANT bickering and agitating and downright hurtful, they were!

Even Ivy was throwing punches and pulling hair and biting.

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I had promised them a hike in the woods because it was supposed to be a nice day but then I wondered how I could possibly take them like this.

And then wondered how I couldn't? Because I didn't want to be stuck in the house with them.

And I wanted an excuse to get a raspberry truffle frappé.

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So off we went and I took a couple pictures but not many and most of the time all I heard was:

I'm cold.

I'm hot.

My legs are tired.


I'm hungry.


There's rocks in my shoe.

My arm is too itchy.

I want to go that way.

I want to go this way.

There's more rocks in my shoe.

And you should have heard what the kids were saying.

[Just kidding.]


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So anyway. There were a couple sweet moments and it was good for us all to get fresh air and run walk drag off some restless energy.

I just wish sometimes it could be perfect, just for a little bit, like in the pictures.


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46 comments:

  1. Looking back years from now you won't remember all the little complaints here and there. The memory will be perfect. Trust me.

    Beautiful photos!

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  2. Pigtails!
    And Addie has that sweater!
    And yes, Heather is totally right.

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  3. SUCK! That was me. I need to stop doing that.

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  4. Perfect or not, it really doesn't matter. It's the living that matters. The every day one foot in front of the other, living.

    And that little cloth diapered tush of Ivy's is simply too cute. ;)

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  5. At least u are perfect in pics....I cant even get that :)

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  6. Ivy's legs in that last photo are too cute.
    The great thing about pictures is that when enough time passes, you won't remember that it wasn't perfect.

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  7. But what gorgeous pictures!!!! :)

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  8. At the end of each day, I look at my kids when they are sleeping and wonder how they could behave the way they did and rile me up as much as they did during the day. And then I know we'll do it all over again the next day. It's frustating and I definitely can't stand the whining, but in the grand scheme of things, we all realize that the good always is better than the bad.
    PS - love the pigtails, they are so cute.

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  9. Amen! I totally understand and wish the same thing. :)

    So glad you were able to get out and enjoy the fresh air though.

    Oh, and I just LOVE the sweet pigtails.

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  10. I appreciate your honesty in your blogging. You write beautifully, but it's great to hear about your frustrations as well as your joys.

    And the pics are great, they definitely will be moments you'll look back on and never remember the off day.

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  11. Love the Piggy Tails. As A Mom of 2 boys .I long for the chance to have Piggy Tails. I LOVE my boys moe than anything , but I Understand Piggy tails. Love your blog.

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  12. Sounds like your morning started alot like mine! I wish I would have gotten the girls outside instead of holing ourselves up inside the whole day. I was toooo tired.

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  13. Yes! I've decided to embrace the moments of imperfection, but that's what life is. It's only perfect in the pictures! (But I still go for that perfect photo too)

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  14. Perfect, shmerfect I say!

    Though I would like to go walking in this park of yours -- so lovely!

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  15. Oh I hear ya. I love looking at pictures and trying not to remember the fighting and screaming and all the STUFF that goes with it.

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  16. Oh good grief ! Did I ever mention how cute your kids are!!! Isn't it funny how the awesome outdoors can spread the grumps to something a little bit more manageable!!!

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  17. The important thing is that you did take them...and that you got some cute shots.

    Love those pigtails!

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  18. Meh. Sometimes, it is. "perfect" that is. Mostly though? It's not. And that's life. Lovin her piggy tails...

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  19. Me too Steph, me too!

    Oh and I love those pigtails - so cute :)

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  20. Oh, I KNOW those mornings. I'd have to admit we have way more whiny, at-each-other mornings than the picture perfect ones. It's a good thing God made 'em cute, right?
    (Lovely photos, by the way.)

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  21. You are wonderful at capturing the perfect moments! But honestly they may all be perfect ... it is just a matter of seeing the perfection! Your pictures capture it!

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  22. I soooo get that!! sometimes I feel like a hypocrite when I say smile for the camera! when inside my head I'm adding (you miserable children).....but it helps to turn your day around and only remember the good stuff right??

    oh and I love Ivy's sweater...so cute.

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  23. perfect is just a sniff of perfume, or the wind in your hair...you can't quite catch and if you do its for brief moments but life being perfect isnt quite what we wish or we'd get bored :) and as Heather said of course in the end we only remember the good times

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  24. We're having one of those days right now, and we're leaving shortly to get some fresh air... and it always helps a little. Doesn't make it perfect, but it makes it tolerable enough to enjoy :)

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  25. Yap we have some of those days too! But did the walk help? It usually does for us, put the girls straight to bed after (I guess fresh air tires them)

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  26. I really love this post...My 2 girls were at it yesterday too...Must have been something with the air...

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  27. I'm glad y'all were at least able to get out of the house.

    And thanks for posting this and letting us know that it's not all perfect at your place either... ;-)

    Hugs!!

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  28. I could have written this. My life seems so much more different in pictures.

    Like you, I can have the kids at each others throats, and I'll be near tears, but in pictures everything looks so perfect.

    Nell

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  29. Perfect is just another word that only describes God! Your kids are beautiful and i know exactly how you feel!

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  30. Thanks for sharing this. Your pictures are perfect, as for the rest of it, it's hard not to have perfect expectations. I constantly fail, and so do my kids. Lately, I'm blaming Adam and Eve and the fall. ;-)
    hugs,
    Heidi

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  31. I love your honesty. We all feel it. The universal of motherhood.

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  32. I like Heather's take on it. I'm going to tell myself that from now on when the moment isn't perfect.

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  33. But it's still so good that you did get out! So often when we are having one of those days I fall into the "how can I possibly take them out?" mindset. And then, like you said, I completely regret it, because OHMYGOSH staying in ends up being so much worse!:)

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  34. I hear you! But...

    as my kids get older (they are 8 and 10 now), I realize more and more that it's the imperfect times that are the most meaningful, the most memorable, and the most character building (for me, that is!). :)

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  35. At least you got a few beautiful photos!

    (But I know what you mean about the fussing and fighting... ugh. It kills me when my girls are like that.)

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  36. It never is as perfect as it is in the pictures, eh? One of these days, I'll break out my camera to catch the not-so-perfect moments, there are plenty of those!

    DYING over those pigtails!!!

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  37. When you look back on these photos, you won't remember all the bickering and fighting- you'll just see Ivy and her big bros and you'll be so happy that they have each other, even if they do fight! : )

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  38. Often I find myself out walking with the littles because on those cranky days...I feel better outside even if they don't LOL.
    I just love the photos! Especially the last one!

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  39. Love the photos, even if taking them was a challenge. You must be loving the new camera.

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  40. When everyone's cranky a walk in the woods is the very best solution to the problem. At the very least you'll feel better and they'll work off energy. It looks like a lovely day and every one you get in Indiana has to be special.

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  41. Kaylee said it well above. I make sure to take some pics of full on tantrums sometimes too. My husband & I always laugh hardest when we look back at those! And I can't wait to show them to my then 3 teenage daughters!

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  42. Well they may have been little meanies, but they photographed beautifully! Of course, I notice you didn't post any pics of them from the front! :)

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  43. So beautifully written, as always.

    I often think the same thing. Things are never quite as idyllic as in pictures.

    For example, Ivy throwing punches? Not that cute pig-tailed, sweater-wearing angel! I can't even begin to imagine it. ;)

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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