Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Every Little Thing

Pardon me while I just fade off into blogland and disappear for a couple weeks. This is what happens when you become 'of a certain age' and a 7 and 3 year old come to visit. EXHAUSTION SETS IN.

Allow me to take a moment and bow down to parents everywhere.

Particularly those who are plugged into the lives of their children. You know: taking them to dance classes, gymnastics, skating lessons, karate, singing lessons and all the other essons that kids partake in.  Because you know what happens before and after those things take place? THOSE KIDS STILL HAVE ENERGY. They still want to interact with you.  And you better be ready to color in coloring books (or they'll just color on your computer screen if you turn your back for a second...true story), make a game out of emptying the dishwasher, feed the cat 17x to make sure each kid gets a turn, use your listening ears so each kid gets heard, go to the beach and run in the birds, tiptoe into the water and 'accidentally' fall in, watch a movie, watch Phineas and Ferb, plant some plants, wash the cat bed, dry the cat bed, dry the cat bed again because one corner feels damp even though it's drier than a popcorn fart...I mean they mean business.

That being said, I AM SO GRATEFUL my niece and nephew came to visit. They made my failed summer come to life! We went to LegoLand and Disneyland and the beach and some pirate dinner theatre thing. We walked and walked and talked and talked and barely got any rest. It was awesome.  

I learned that I can survive on 5 hours of sleep and have 28 winds a day. I also learned that I shower way too much, a couple times a week really does suffice, and I won't get struck by lightning if I wear the same clothes 3 days in a row. Hair combing doesn't really make a difference either. A quick rake of the fingers through slept on wet hair actually produces nice waves.  Food? You don't need that much when you're trying to make sure they're eating more than 5lbs of the sour gummy candy you got puppy-dog eye'd into getting because you only see them a couple times a year (and truth be told ate 3/4's of the bag yourself anyway). I love my family. Even though I've never seen myself as a parent, they help me understand why people do become parents. Love Love Love.

Making friends with my neighbor turned new family member...more on that later.
Don't mess with pirate making. This is serious business.
Beach hopscotch, anyone?
5 second nap...no one even noticed.

26 comments:

ChrisRobinson said...

simply perfect. thanks for this window into your perfect time with them. through hearing about all the fun you had, I can't even imagine all the things they said about you on their way home.... you are probably their most epic of peoples.

also, the 'more on this later' is beyond intriguing.

and, popcorn fart.
x
C

Dancing Branflake said...

Well freak. You're even gorgeous when you're napping.

No advice on kids only to feed them often. They're like goldfish, you know.

Corey Thompson said...

THis one seriously made me tear up a little, damn being a parent has melted my cold little heart just a little!!

Katie said...

They are adorable. And I have no doubt that you are exhausted. Sleep until New Years.

Closet Fashionista said...

So so soooo cute!!! And wow, yes yo must be super tired! Even just babysitting kids for a night I am exhausted, haha
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Lori said...

Love love love ~ they are adorable and I knew you would have a blast ~ after all ~ they are littles and they are so much fun!!

Courtney Erin said...

That last picture is just gold! And now I think you need to rest up a little...seriously, I don't think I would have lasted.

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

jen said...

Great post! I have a theory, which is that people who never envisioned themselves as a parent make the BEST parents, because they just just go with the flow, instead of trying to make the actual parent experience match all those expectations they created in their cray cray little heads beforehand while they were dreaming of the day they become a mommy. It's like the ladies who spend their life planning their wedding day...it creates disappointment, and truly, nothing is worse and more wrong than when a kid feels like they've somehow let down their folks simply by not being what they had envisioned.

Glad you had a great time. Kids and family are the most fun!!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

WELL said!!!! - during Sandy my Niece stayed with me for 2 weeks (long story - but i was always able to use extension cords from different neighbors so i had power) - ANYWAY back to the topic - my SIL is one of those DO IT ALL MOM's (my bro and SIL are totally checked in) - i sometimes really don't know how she does it - well she also retired to be a Mom - so i guess that helps a bit - but she's ALWAYS on the move .. i wonder how the 'Mommy bloggers' do it - i couldn't imagine having 'free time' - PROPS tho! xoxox

Josie said...

Carrie, they're gorgeous! Kids that age are a handful but SO MUCH FUN. Oh, and PS, those five-second naps on sunny benches while wearing sunglasses are how I spent my lunch breaks all summer... Got me through.
xo Josie
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Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

they are precious!!! no sleep will kill you but it's worth it, right? PS - I spy Aviator Nation!!

Polly said...

They are the cutest things. Yep kids are challenging that's for sure, but such joy.

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Kids sure have a way of putting things in perspective don't they? I type this as the lady bean tries to get some typing in of her own. Haha!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

What a perfect visit! And now it's time for a big glass of booze and a nap!

Alyssa said...

Sounds like such a blast! I want you to be my auntie!

Marie a la Mode said...

That last photo is precious and hilarious at the same time! And oh my God "Drier than a popcorn fart" made me laugh ; )Glad you had such a great time with your niece and nephew!!

Johanna said...

Yes! to the beach hopscotch!

And 5 second naps...I feel like I take 20 of those a day!

Ana said...

Lovely photos!

Tracy D said...

Could they be any cuter? I've learned that parent's 'parent' and Aunties entertain. HUGE & exhausting difference..but so worth it.

MerciBlahBlah said...

Carrie - it was not until I had kids that I realized the most important thing in life - I could get by with washing my hair only 2 times a week. True story. Oh, and the nap on the sly? I do it All. The. Time. Typically when we're watching Nick Jr. on TV. There is only so much Dora one woman can stand.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

oh the life lessons from kids! there is nothing better. love the labels for this post- hahaha.

and I shower way too much too. at least twice a day, sometimes 3 times. I just love the way it feels!

She Wore It Well said...

so so cute

best aunty ever

Krystal said...

these pics rock, so awesome that you had such a fun time with them! the last pic is my fave. and from someone who didn't see herself as a parent either...it's crazycakes how much i love my boy!

MzElena23 said...

True heart. Sometimes I question our want to start a family, but am quickly reminded over and over again that it is something we truly want. Here's to hoping that baby makin magic happens sooner than later! I'm not gettin any younger!! ;)

MzElena23 said...

True heart. Sometimes I question our want to start a family, but am reminded over and over again it is truly something we really want. Here's to that baby makin magic happening sooner than later! I'm not gettin any younger! ;)

Lata Sharma said...

Very Lovely pics.you all are looking stunning.

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