And it goes a little something like this.
The Mum uses the fancy ladies room at the fancier hotel.
The daughter will utilise any opportunity available to read.
The Dad captures the moment in his signature artiste style.
The Mum exits the fancy ladies room, smiles and may have teared up at daughter reading under the glow of ladies room light in her boho frock and boots, the Dad gleefully shows Mum photo with anticipation of certain praise.
The Mum critically comments the daughter should be under pretty circle of flowers and better light but it’s a nice shot.
The Dad puts his phone in his pocket, rejected and defeated, his ambitions crushed and future artistic endeavours in serious doubt.
The Mum apologies, blames hunger, plants kisses of forgiveness on that spot on the neck, the Dad places his arm around her plump but still sexy waist, smiles and says whatever.
The daughter grumbles can we eat already.
Today, I lost my first pet. It may sound silly but I cried so much. She was my companion during the times I didn’t have any plans for my future. She was there when I was nothing. She helped me learn how to love animals. 😔 Sweet, I wish I was there to save your life again like what I did for you before. But it’s alright, I know you’re safe and sound now. I hope you enjoyed your 3 years with us. I’m letting you go. You can now run free. 🐶❤️😭💔
I haven't been able to journal nearly as much since it was just him, and part of that makes me sad that I may forget so many memories. But there is a fine line between recording your life and living your life. Even though I want to remember everything I don't want to miss a thing. So here's to balance and this boy turning five.
You truly never cease to amaze, entertain and astonish me:
When you were 1.5 you were sorting jelly containers by flavor/color at some diner in Austin.
You celebrated two by camping under the redwoods, chasing after ewoks and hugging the biggest trees around. If you're going to do something you might as well go for the gold. Especially when it's your first tree to pee on ;) At three you're skiing down the mountain apparently commando the whole time at ski school. Only to tell us afterward. Hey it's feels good.
At four, you were requesting us to read The Hobbit to you at bedtime (heavily edited) and actually listened to all 290 pages, taking it all in. And falling in love with the mountains and of course the red gondola.
At 5, boy, I can't wait to see what you will see, do and learn. You are a natural climber, you take everything in so deeply and intentionallly, your heart is truly kind; even on your difficult days I know who you really are, you want to write and illustrate books, you've written your first (hopefully of many) songs and are learning guitar with me. It's in your nature to take care of others. You love to help, solve problems and try to fix things (even when we don't want you to) you hold your brothers hand when you're in new situations to give him comfort and stability. I want to make sure I really see you everyday. I see your heart young man and I know you want to do it all. In time, babe, in time.
It ain’t all roses & sunshine
We’d just finished fighting and I was determined to get my “cute pic” from the Cherry Blossom festival
Do I remember what in the world we were fighting about? Of course not
What I do remember is putting aside our differences for 30 seconds to smile at each other
What’s crazy is that those 30 seconds of smiling changed the tone for the whole day
This picture now reminds me to step outside of my own stubborn patterns of thinking and truly look at those around me
Shopping at the grocery- am I being impatient with the folks around me because I’m only focused on what I need & how fast I need it?
People. That’s what matters. So if you’re feeling frustrated, I encourage you to take 30 seconds. Step back from your own thoughts and share some joy with someone
You never know what difference it might make for their day
Are ya'll aren't tired of these pumpkin pictures yet? Can you really blame me though, I mean just look how pretty those pumpkins and apples are mixed with my sweet curly headed blondie 😍🧡🍁🍂
1 1630 minutes ago
👉🏻 No matter how ordinary you feel, someone’s out there looking for exactly what makes you different. ✨ ⠀
In a crowded marketplace, it can be easy to feel like you’re just another person doing exactly the same thing as everyone else. Like you don’t have a niche, or a spot, or anything that sets you apart. Maybe you’re a photographer and there are lots of those. Or a designer (hey!) and yep, lots of those, too. Chances are, thanks to the internet, you probably know of someone doing what you do better than you think you do it. ⠀
But here’s the truth: You are the ONLY one who does what you do EXACTLY the way that you do it. You’ve been uniquely equipped with a combination of talent, life experience, personality, and perspective that no one else has. Because there’s absolutely no way they could. 💁🏼♀️⠀
If you’re feeling awash in ordinary and stuck on how to stand out in the crowd, you’ve got to latch on to the things that make you different... that allow you to understand and serve your (unique) clients uniquely better than anyone else. ⠀
Don’t know what that “difference” is? ASK! Ask the clients you’ve loved why they loved working with you. ASK your friends what they think clients should know about you and your work. ASK your blog readers or Instagram followers why they follow YOU. Figure out what it is about your work you most enjoy — the part that makes you think, THISSS... oh yeah, THISSS is what I’m made to do. Lean into your strengths, and don’t be afraid to share your superpowers — the things that set you apart. 🦄⠀
You may not know it right now, but there IS something “different” about you. And all you need to do is find it... so that someone out there can finally find you. ✨⠀
LET’S 👏🏻 START 👏🏻 NOW: Post up what makes you different / your super power in the comments, or share one you’ve noticed in someone else (and tag ‘em!), or BOTH!⠀
3 9533 minutes ago
A year ago today when @heatheralice3 & I perused this incredible exhibit the day after it opened to the public ♥️ #tbt
We can choose to begin again in a single moment, and all it takes is a little switch of the mindset. If you’re feeling stuck or frustrated, instead of viewing the situation as something horrible happening to you, view it as an opportunity to take control and find a solution.
We’re walking with only one hand people! Even though we have Rosie and Ella in physical therapy for their gross motor skills, I’m still a huge proponent of letting kids develop in their own timing. I’m definitely anxious for them to walk for my sake, but I’m not worried for them... they’ll walk in their own time! When did your kiddos start walking? Kit was 19 months so it runs in the family! 😂
7 5944 minutes ago
No matter how old you are, you’re always going to be my baby cousin.
Happy 20th, dude. Love you ♡
2 2545 minutes ago
Snuck out a bit early to be with my sick girl. Crossing our fingers that tomorrow we feel better 🤞🏼
My head is stuck in front of a computer screen and I can’t see the words. Is this normal for a writer? Lol I’m nearly done with Wild Wood: Reloved. Nearly. Almost. So close. Those all should have hashtags!
Whelp! Not sure how we got here so fast, but here we are!!.... 8 months old today!! I can’t keep up! But she seems to be having no problem keeping up with us. She’s a little speed racer on those hands and knees and is lifting herself up on EVERYTHING. .
She’s still in the thickness of her sixth mental developmental leap so she’s not napping as perfectly as she was prior, but it’s in no way effecting how full of joy she is. She’s always smiling and laughs at pretty much anything and everything... Even when I’ve scolded her for biting me😳 Yep, that happened!🤱🏻😫🤦🏻♀️
This weekend I’m bringing her with me on a 3 night girls trip to Palm Springs🌴 Her little boyfriend is coming along too, but all the prayers for a smooth road trip and a perfectly good sleeper🙏🏼😴 #charli_reese#8monthsyoung#babybliss#stoptheclock
1 1547 minutes ago
So proud of her first pumpkin 🎃🧡
4 5148 minutes ago
One of those times when it’s too late for a nap but it’s needed... Meaning mama goes through the Rita’s drive through for a pumpkin water ice to ehmm eat as she waits for her takeout order... 1. I’ll make a salad so that makes this all okay. 2. Don’t know why I went third person there..
I spent the morning stalking strangers with umbrellas around the bucolic streets of Hampstead Village 😂🍂 I am at this Insta gig now for around seven years and it doesn’t matter how many times I visit this area I still fall hard for it every time ... each visit feels like a first 🤭.. I love discovering little corners I have never found before 🍂🍂✨ #lovelondon#prettycitylondon