Monday, July 11, 2011

When I Grow Up

In yet another moment of deep self-analysis this weekend, I realized I am addicted to the euphoria associated with potential. Actually, it was more a moment of justifying that my house is never fully clean, a fact I excused with the idea that if it was perfectly clean, I wouldn't feel that rush that comes with a good project. And this is true. There's something creatively motivating about walking through piles of clutter, kicking random misplaced toys, passing by the fifteenth barette that Nella pulled out of her hair and tossed aside. Because simultaneously, I'm excitedly planning future attempts at managing clutter, how I'll paint some great bookshelf for the misplaced toys or scour a thrift shop for an old green glass jar that screams "barette holder." I know that not far off, there is a marvelous day awaiting where I will feel motivatived to attack the cupboards under my bathroom sink or touch up the base boards, and what will follow will be pure satisfaction. Flickering candles. Classical music. An invitation to friends for dinner--lemon caper chicken savored with wine around our dining room table...in an impressively immaculate house. My heart beats a little faster just thinking about it, even if presently I'm hopscotching across the few tile squares that aren't littered with a lone sock, a broken crayon, and a hairbrush that never made it back to the bathroom drawer (and never will).

I thrive on possibility, I feed on potential. My hands actually shook when I received a new syllabus on the first day of classes every semester. The paper was so crisp, its clean font and detailed outline promising possibility. That maybe I'd actually get lost in the sensational history that is Old Testament Studies (yes, I took it; no, I didn't find it sensational).

It's why we plan out future vacations, our itty bitty dreams just barely sprouting and unsupported by current funds but rousing excitement for the potential of what could be. We could be skiing in Colorado, watching lobster boats dock in Maine, or hiking glaciers with babies on our back somewhere deep in Alaska. And we will someday.

It's why I'll never drop the phrase "when I grow up" from my vocabulary because, no matter how old you are, the fueling potential of what you want to be someday should make your heart race and your insides tingle. When I grow up, I'm going to take a ballet class, make pottery, have a successful garden, cook for a great big family, and take my girls to Italy. I'm going to be a more consistent housekeeper, a more skilled photographer, a more thoughtful writer, a more passionate mother, a more patient wife, and a more selfless friend...when I grow up.

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Mama's big rainbow to the left, Big Sister's itty bitty rainbow to the right.

It's why I start planning holidays in June, contemplating Halloween costumes in August, and dreaming of pumpkin bread and Christmas shopping and just how many light strands we'll dangle on our palm trees this year, months before it's time...because the thought of what we can do to make this year better than last thrills me. And potential drives me like no other force can.

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We make wishes on rusty pennies and throw them in fountains. They hold potential.

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I am excited for the future.
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This weekend, I spent hours in my closet in an amazing purge that was, believe it or not, actually enjoyable. Lainey tried on discarded old clothes (that happened to inlcude a gold sequin shrug from Las Vegas 2005; a pilly, faded brown turtleneck that adds five pounds of face weight and a pair of...wait for it...pleather pants), Nella climbed over the obstacle of shoe boxes blocking the entryway, and together we surrendered to the beautiful potential of...more organized.

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And then it just crescendoed to heart-racing levels of potential. Cleaning overlapped to other areas of the house while I dreamed of room makeovers, DIY projects and thought about the potential that dwells in the coming months: late summer entertaining, pre fall rituals, visiting my mom in New York, trying new recipes, putting up the Christmas tree, setting new goals, creating new dreams. I love that this form of happiness is free, available to anyone and customizable to all talents, all incomes, all ways of life. Everyone has potential.

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Our weekend treat of choice: Sweet Treats ice cream.

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The rest of our weekend in photos and musings:


Jack
Lainey jumps every time this jack-in-the-box pops up. Even though she knows it's coming with another whirl of the crank and right after "the monkey thought 'twas all in fun." Still, POP! goes the weasel, and her little body jolts like she just saw...well, a gorilla mask. Unlike the mask, she thinks it's funny. What's funny is that Nella is completely unphased by both the gorilla and the jack-in-the-box.

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Nella does however love playing the piano. She will sit and peck at the keys for a good fifteen minutes, sometimes adding vocals as well. Her songs have a bit of Indie Rock vibe. She will be touring college campuses in about twenty years, I am sure.

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Bake
Lainey and I threw down in the kitchen this weekend. Vanilla cupcakes with pink buttercream frosting. The balance is slowly shifting--less guidance on my part, more independence and following directions on hers.

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Polka dot cupcake wrappers, Darlybird.

A few eggshells make their way into the batter, but if she did it perfectly, there of course would be no potential to be better next time. Ah, that damn glass-is-half-full.

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Party
We were invited to a birthday party last night. I purposefully left Nella with Brett and took Lainey alone because those short, impromptu outings with just the two of us leave remarkable impressions on her. We played Eye Spy and "the favorite game" in the car on the twenty-minute drive, and I marveled at her budding socializing skills while I watched her with friends at the party.

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Felted Necklace, Darlybird.


Spy Camera
I like taking pictures of them when they have no idea.

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Lainey, the Author
She wrote a book this week. Scripted the entire story while I furiously scribbled to keep up with her imagination. We used the 5x5 blank board book from Darlybird (only $3!), and she colored pictures to go along with her story when it was finished. She is proud, and it is the first thing she brings to whomever is visiting our home, including therapists.

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Her story (verbatim as she told it except for the addition of the words "the princess said" I added to suggest a quote):

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The Princess Goes to the Castle
Once the king went to the castle and saw the princess and said "Hi." The princess loved the king and she recognized she wanted to marry the king. "I love it when the king gives me a kiss on my cheek and says it's an I love you kiss," the princess said. And then the princess wanted to make him happy and that's why she wanted to make him cereal. The princess said, "the king is going to come to my birthday and give me another kiss." The princess sent the king a letter and he said, "thank you for the letter." The princess said, "I love the king because he's so nice." And the princess is so nice too. The End.

And I realize princesses don't marry kings because that's just wrong.
But I still cried when she smiled with pride after I read her story back to her.

Darlybird
So, I've dropped Darlybird three places in this post. They inquired about sponsorship a while back and, having never heard of Darlybird, I went to check out their site and got completely lost. It was like one of those dreams where you walk into a store with all your favorite things, everything's on sale, and your favorite song is blasting while you throw things in your cart in a mad shopping spree. And then Matthew McConaughey is the check-out boy. And maybe he forgot to wear a shirt.

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Darlybird Rosy Ranunulous Hair Clip

I've been so excited about Darlybird's sponsorship because I think you all are going to love their incredible range of fun, whimiscal, colorful products from home goods to accessories...and I love making readers happy! The site is dripping with style and character, and every product has a personalized, fun description to go with it (worth visiting the site just for the colorful product descriptions).

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Bla Bla doll, Giselle the ballerina, Darlybird

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left: set of 12 wooden pencils only $5; right, cupcake papers and ballerina toppers, all Darlybird

I've already bookmarked the site as a favorite place for gifts. Use code ENJOYDARLY for 15% off your order (good until July 25).

Two comments will be randomly selected to each win a $50 gift certificate to
Darlybird. Tell me what you want to do when you grow up. Happy Shopping!

You know what makes me insanely happy right now?
The fact that I have so much on my to-do list, I don't know what to do next. That's potential at its finest.

And I am loving this song. (The acapella part at the end? Turn it up. And twirl. I close my eyes to listen. It's crazy good.)

"Oh you can judge all the world on the sparkle that you think it lacks.
Yes you can stare into the abyss, but it's staring right back.

When my turn comes.
Ohhhh. Oh oh." ~
Dawes, "When My Time Comes"

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Trini said...

Love it!!! Nella is growing up...

Trixie said...

I love reading your blog - it's my "go-to" blog when I want some good reading and great pictures!

Momfish said...

Their stuff is adorable! :) I love how you incorporated it into several different pictures.

Robin @ our semi organic life said...

cute stuff!

Team Lando said...

So sweet - When I grow up, I want to take photos good enough to hang on my walls, and in the meantime, I want to hang photos up in the house we've lived in for over a year. (Starting with the project from your blog a few weeks ago.) I want to buy a toy box to keep Ellie's toys from taking over the living room. When I grow up, I'm going to run a fast marathon, be an amazing cook, be an amazing wife, and mommy, and maybe run a fast marathon alongside my husband while pushing a stroller and planning dinner? Because ya know, dream big.

Lia said...

Thanks for the sweet reminder that we never really have to grow up. With my 30th birthday getting closer all the time, I needed that little whisper in my ear. You inspire the potential in me, Kelle! Shine on.

cakebake said...

When I grown up I want to take ballet and piano lessons. but I'll watch my girls do that for now!

Jamie Lynn said...

Wonderful post! love your pictures and the music...you have a beautiful family! Happy Day!
Jamie
lovelongtime.blogspot.com

miriamp said...

wow awesome stuff!!

Powtera said...

beautiful words and pics. love.

Ashley said...

Loved Lainey's book... so cute! :) Nella sure is getting big! They are both adorable!

Karen said...

ooohhh.... That dream sounds wonderful :) I think we all feel that way about the cleanliness of our house. Someday I will find the perfect container for this or that and it will be most enjoyable. (although I did catch an episode of the show Hoarders and felt the need to throw out half my house).

Lisa Hewlett said...

I love Nella's vest! And you always make me want to bake cupcakes :-)

Joanna said...

When I grow up, I just want to be happy and satisfied with the way life turned out. So far, so good!

Kate said...

Amen! I feel exactly the same way about potential and planning and future projects. Life is so much sweeter when you keep a running list of all the many things there are to look forward to - that is probably why I could get lost in Pinterest for hours! Thanks for making me feel less guilty for scouring Craigslist for castoff furniture with potential for a great makeover when I should probably be packing for our fast-approaching move!

Life as the Mrs. said...

Life IS so much sweeter with the potential for something new! We cleaned out closets, this weekend, too. I love purging. I took a religion class, as well. Well, two (that were mandatory): Christian Heritage and Christian Scriptures. Gotta love it!

acmeorange said...

When I grow up, I want to be craftier, braver, fitter and a better listener to my whimsy. Thanks for the inspiration!

CB said...

Those girls are the cutest little ones ever :)

Janine said...

When I grow up, I want to be a mommy, just like now. It really is the only thing I have ever wanted. I love the pink cupcakes!

Pinks My Ink

N said...

When I grow up, I want to be a photographer who's as good as you are now! Because of your june challenge, I decided to start trying! I'm actually not too bad, but I have a ways to go!!

Belladonna1975 said...

When I am having a bad day, there is nothing I love more than going to my RSS feed of the blogs I follow and seeing that there is a new one from you.

I have loved watching your family (and you) grow. I can't wait to see what happens next. Oh the potential! :)

Erica @ All About Aleigha said...

I love how care free you are. The girls are adorable too!

Cynthia said...

I love how you put life into words! This post spoke to me so much...mainly because I find myself in the same boat so many times in my life..esp after becoming a wife and mother.

The Darlybird site is amazing. What a great giveaway!

IRWSMom said...

I should probably read your blog first but heard the music and had to say Yeahh! You have your Playlist back! :))) I am once again surrounded by cool music in my cube ;-)

Fresh Mommy said...

Ahhhh the glorious gift of potential that every day, every minute, every moment gives us!! It's one of my favorite gifts indeed, and I try to never take it for granted, although it seems to happen from time to time. I'm falling in LOVE with all of your sponsors! This one looks incredible just like all of the rest. And you, your family, your penchant for writing, your blog success and the sponsors... all wonderful, drool worthy and maybe even have me the taddest bit jealous. :) xoxo

~Tabitha

Debbie S. said...

This post described me perfectly. I am currently on the computer searching for creative ways to decorate our bookshelves, but know that I'm just procrastinating and may never find the motivation. So, the shelves will remain empty and the books in a crate for a while longer...but there is potential!!!

kris said...

When I grow up, I want my kids to still need me!

casey said...

When I grow up, I want to be a mommy. :)

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Andrea said...

loving that store, thanks for the introduction! i love those blank books! what a great idea to inspire kids to be creative!

Laura said...

When I grow up, I want to always throw caution to the wind no matter what comes flying back.
P.S. I too love Sweet Treats- but I love Sushi Thai with a Sweet Treats chaser even more :)

Ashley @ Seeking Steward said...

Ah, the potential! So glad to read these words today. Thanks, Kelle!

Joy: said...

When I grow up I want to have a house full of children, and a forever clean house and a vacation spot on a private island, where I will take orphans on vacation. Amen.

Dawn @ Musings from the Pigg Pen said...

Love Lainey's rainbow picture...and I have to check out those books!

The Adams said...

Great post today!!! I hope I never grow up! :)

Carrie said...

I love the cupcake wrappers! I've recently become engrossed in recipe books in hopes of perfecting my red velvet cupcakes!

I also love how my nephew is increasingly becoming more independent-- I love that you let Lainey be the boss in the kitchen-- cooking has taught me so many life skills and even, life lessons.

dmsegel said...

Love your post, as always!!

Laura said...

When I grow up I want to have a house that has an amazing kitchen with an island where my family sits around and laughs and shares delicious meals. someday :)

Katy said...

Love DarlyBird. They have some super cute stuff!!! :)

Katie said...

I already see things on the Darlybird website that I am going to have to buy! Great site! When I grow up...I want to learn to sew gorgeous quilts and blankets, be an expert card-maker, read and read and read and read, cook fancy meals, bake cookies and cakes from scratch (not from the box), step foot in all 50 states, and so so so much more :)

racheld said...

I call it "Workin' Toward," and it's energizing in tee-ninecy spurts.

My personal want-to for the past three years has been a Lawn Tea---I can just see the white tablecloths under the shade RIGHT NOW.

Angie said...

I want to be happy and content with life!!

Alicia said...

ok...first, i just have to say...pleather pants? that's awesome :)

and when i grow up i want to take some crazy risks that may or may not end up in disaster but at least i can say we did it :)

Hope said...

Nella is getting so big! When I grow up I want to complete everything on my bucket list and never lose my passion for photography. Darlybird looks great! :)

Momto5 said...

Thanks for making me smile and think with your wonderful wise words. Just got home from the hospital with my 4 year old daughter and my spirits needed a pick-me-up!

Kelly said...

When I grow up I'm going to have my own craft store that I can take my children too everyday while I "work." It will be something that I enjoy doing so it won't feel like work - I hope! When I grow up I will also be a photographer, a decorator, a fashonista (lord knows I'm not right now!) many other wonderful things I can't even think of right now...ohhh the potential! "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. " - Dr. Seuss.

Sheri said...

Just when I think your post can't get any better.....they do. I love your fun life and sweet heart. Enjoy the day.

Nicole said...

I love Laney's story! Too cute!

When I grow up I so want to be a hippie -- loving life, not a care in the world, dance around like no one is watching, not a care in the world, minus the pot smoking, add in a stellar vw convertible :) For now I consider myself in training....

Kristen said...

When I grow up, I wanna sing in a rock band!

Kelly said...

I want to be a momma when I grow up. I want to do the best for my kiddos, and love them so they ALWAYS remember that I did my best by them. No matter what.

Rosa said...

Would love to relax more when I grow up! Oh and grow a rose garden.

leemeandthegirls said...

Oh my stars! Those products are so cute...but not nearly as cute as Nella with the ice cream cone!

Kayla said...

When I grow up, I will set to have my own photography studio, to capture moments through my camera in hopes of inspiring people, just like your beautiful blog does! It is my passion, and I will never stop trying to fulfill that! Life is so inspiring in itself, thank you for the constant reminder!! =)

-Kayla

mamaoftwo said...

Learn to sew, be more "crafty", have more patience, & learn how to not sweat the small things.

Cathy said...

When I grow up...I want to be a rock star! If not in real life at least in my boys eyes! I just love it when my 3 year old tells me I'm pretty. :)

Alisha said...

When I grow up I want to be a runner. The kind of runner that posts facebook messages that say things like "Runnin' the half today." or "got out and knocked off 12 miles this morning before breakfast." Yep. When I grow up...that'll be me.

Melissa said...

Love this! I am almost afraid to go look at the darlybird site ... but I'm going. I love reading your blog - it always makes me wish I would start my own. I think just maybe I will make it my goal to get it started before my birthday this September ... looks like I just committed.

Vicki said...

Love the picture of Nella playing the piano.

When I was little, strangely, I always wanted to work in a cubicle.

Now, my goals mostly center around giving my daughter a childhood rich in experiences, love and laughter.

Kathi said...

Your blog never fails to make me smile and stop to enjoy the life that surrounds me every single day!

jessica.cagle311 said...

When I grow up I hope I still see life like a child... magical, special, care-free, relaxed.

Hailey said...

Love Lainey's book. I would've cried too. :)

When I grow up, I will own horses and go riding every morning. Love the excitement of potential.

Chelsea Earnhardt Plax said...

oh that tiny crocheted bolero on nella - so cute!

A Cappelli said...

I love the picture of Nella giving you an ice cream kiss at the end of the post. I miss the days when the older kids were interested in making cupcakes or cookies with me.(They are only interested in eating them now) I will not let those opportunities slip through my fingers with this last little kiddo at home. And re: a clean house: time with little ones goes by so so quickly (as you can already see with your step-sons). Piles of clothes, hair clips, shoes, whatever will wait- but the plethora of special bonding moments starts to dwindle as they reach middle school/ high school and begin to exercise their independence, flapping their wings and threatening to take flight. You are so right to thrive on possibility/potential and at the same time live so fully in the moment.

Kallie said...

When I grow up I will be skinny, which means I will take the time to take care of myself along with everyone around me!

Abs said...

When I grow up, I want to garden at least 4 hours of each day....with the people I love, of course. I am also toying with the idea of planning a camping trip at the Grand Canyon for Thanksgiving. No relatives there which would be a little odd but the idea keeps coming to mind. I think I could be thankful there as much as anywhere else.

TheHouseWifeRookie said...

When I grow up, I want to be just like you :) Amazingly creative, genuine and thoughtful! I love reading your blog! Thanks for letting us peek into your life and being an inspiration to many!

Heather said...

I am in love. Thank you for sharing!

When I grow up, I want to just live in the moment--whatever the moment is. Just be.

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Hall's said...

I want to be the best mommy, wife and friend anyone could ask for! Love Love those blank books!

Kate said...

Oh Kelly Hampton, you always seem to post exactly what I need to throw my world back into perspective. Much thanks. Your girls are fantastic!

When I grow up, I want to be the best version of myself. I feel like every day is an inch, a centimeter, a step closer to becoming the person I have the potential to be. That's all we can really wish for, isn't it?

Summit of Glory said...

I have always said that I have a book in me - so I guess when I grow up I'll write a book. Luv that you are planning Halloween costumes now - me too! I thought I was the only one who likes to get a jump on things! xo

BLT Edmundson said...

I want to be doing just what I am doing when I grow up and that is being a Stay At Home Mom to my two littles.. Love the pic of the ice cream...

Tia said...

Oh gosh. When I grow up, I want to be travelling! Anywhere, everywhere, all the time!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Leanne said...

I really want to be a private detective when I grow up...oh and have a simply gorgeous blog like yours!

pixbykc said...

When I grow up I want to be an artist...until then, I just pretend to be one.

Jessica said...

when i grow up, i want to travel the world with my hubby & kiddos!

Amy Parris said...

When I grow up I still want to be running in races. I've noticed that not that many people in their 60's and up run so if I can stick it out, I might actually win something one day.

I will no longer be afraid of what people think. I'm learning more and more everyday what I like and that's what's more important.

I won't waste my time worry about things and people I can't change. I will pray for them and trust God to take care of them better than I can.

shanjol23 said...

Hmmm, when I grow up I want to feel contentment when I lay down to snuggle my kids. I want to feel like even if there is a huge mess in the kitchen, living room, etc, nothing is going to bring me more joy then just being with them and learning how to let the messes go. Off to check out Darlybird! :)

Jamie said...

When I grow up, I want to become a phenomenal photographer, fantastic housekeeper,more patient mama and wife.

Love Lainey's book!!!

Emily said...

When I grow up, I want to eat Italian food in a little joint in Rome.

Meghan said...

When I grow up I want to open a small pasta bar in my neighborhood.


I love this new sponser!

Rachel said...

"And potential drives me like no other force can." I must have read that line 15 times and smiled. I read your blogs and see your pictures and see your kiddos and always think: When I grow up, I want to be a mom.

Valerie said...

Love, love your blog... Your thoughts in this post is so, so true. That anticipation you feel is the best. :)

JoeNatSamsMom said...

I want to be perfectly organized when I grow up. :)

colleenhumphris said...

I need about 100 of those blank books. My kids both love to tell stories. Need to start writing them down!! Their site is awesome and I want everything on there.

Also, when I grow up I want to learn to play the fiddle. And maybe start a band that is heavy on the fiddle. Ha!

callmecupcake said...

When I grow up, I want to work for myself, selling geek themed baked goods out of my house, and leave my corporate job behind.

Jenn said...

When I grow up I want to live at the Isle of Capri!

The Stevensons said...

I am giddy with unrealized dreams today as well - I just wrote out my list of 101 goals in 1001 days, and it was a glorious way to spend the morning. One of the most beautiful things about children - they hold so, so much potential. And a little eggshell in cupcakes never hurt anyone :)

Melissa said...

When I grow up I would like to be an actress on stage. Eight shows a week, two on Sunday.

Amanda said...

I love Lainey's book - too cute!

When I grow-up, I want to be more serious about taking pictures, I want to learn to be more patient with all the small stuff. When I grow-up I want to go on trips with my family :D

Sarah McK said...

When I grow up I want to learn Chinese. And run with my husband. And open a bakery. Or wander around the world with my husband and the baby we're trying to have. I want to be "Mom" to all my kids' friends, and have a house that always smells like baking bread.

Julie Walas said...

I love the idea of potential- there's so much more out there everyday, and it's so inspiring. When I grow up I want to climb trees, get dirty, run through the sprinkler, splash in puddles,taste new foods, travel new places, and love immensely. Thanks Kelle, going to check out the Darlybird site now.

stephanie said...

Love it!

When I grow up, I wanted to teach my kiddos how to swing as high as the clouds, make "loving my husband good" my default, and have a house that doesn't smell like our dogs as soon as you walk in the front door!

Kerri said...

When I grow up I want to know that my boys have great memories to share of their childhood, like I have with mine. Whether it be a special trip to a hole in the wall toy store down the street, or the trip of a lifetime to Disney World that I'm already dreaming of for my D's 10th birthday (he's 4), I want them to look back and say that they had an awesome childhood. And planning ahead, months (or years) in advance is my motto, so I am right there with you in the holiday planning :)

638adf58-abf1-11e0-99af-000bcdcb2996 said...

When I grow up, I am going to graduate from college and get my dream job. :)

rachelopoly said...

Princesses can totally marry kings. Princess Margaret Tudor (Henry VIII's older sister) married King James IV of Scotland, for example. Princess Mary Tudor also married a king: Louis XII of France. Okay, nerd alert over!

Love that picture of you and Lainey (the one with the felted balls necklace).

Niki said...

That blank book is too awesome! What a lovely story :)

When I grow up I want to be my girls hero:-D

Jennie said...

my family makes me insanely happy, my family, and new posts on this blog. :) I have never been a blog reader but I am hooked. I have the anxiety as I trip through a room filled with toys to reach the door and open it to an unexpected visitor. Why do I feel it in the bottom of my stomach, that feeling of failure? Why do I try and justify it? I have a 2 and 1 yr. old so why does my heart rate increase as I stumble through toys? They are happy and loved. It is okay. Thanks for saying it is okay. :)

A said...

When I grow up, I am not going to compare my life with others', and I am not going to care one bit what other people think. The end!

Sprout + Bean's Mom said...

When I grow up, I want to own a little corner bakery. The kind that opens early and makes customers feel as if they are in France...the main challenge is though, that means that when I grow up I am going to have to get up pretty darn early....and mornings and I aren't the best of friends. *sigh*

In a side note, your beautiful photographs have inspired me to start my own blog for our wide-spread family. Each day I take pictures of my kids, because while the days are long, the years are short. So thank you!

Heather

Amanda Buck said...

When I grow up I want to be more patient. I suppose I should also learn how to swim somewhere along the way(borderline embarrassing when you're 30:)

Janelle said...

We all do have so much potential... thank you so much for reminding me of that today. I can just think of the potential that lies in my children and I am in awe but to think of the potential that still lies in me and I'm speechless... I want to do better and to remember that there's always room for improvement!
When I grow up I want to savor early mornings, relax on busy days and soak in sunsets in the evening. I want to remind others of the beauty that lies inside and be the one that someone knows they can call on whenever the need anything.

Delhibound said...

love your taste in music! off to buy the whole Dawes album now ...

amber said...

when i grow up i want to be one of those laid back, cool moms that has the house all the kids in the neighborhood want to hang out at~ the place where the door's always open. games sitting on the table waiting to be played. and popsicles in the fridge. a place, most of all, my own kids love just hanging out ~

oh. and being all toned and fit when i grow up would be nice too. :)

glad for all the possibilities within our grasp if we only TRY!

love your blog, kelle.

I'm My Favorite said...

You had me at "Matthew McConaughey" and "forgot to wear a shirt."

KalynErnest said...

When I grow up...I want to be my daughter's best friend. She is 6 months old right now and I can honestly say she is my best friend. I know I can tell her anything and it won't get to anyone, she never judges me, always smiles when she sees me, and loves me unconditionally. I pray that is what I will be when I grow up

Ruthie said...

love, love, love the Darlybird stuff...so trendy & colorful :)

christyleeknutson said...

When I grow up I want to learn how to make the most perfectly imperfect handquilted scrap quilt - just like the ones I cherish from my grandmother. I want my stitches to be uneven and I want my grandchildren to trace the lines of thread with their fingers, thinking about the fun they share(d) with their grandmother, as I do.

Stacy said...

I want to be the involved with everything Mom. Helping out at my daughters school, volunteer coaching and car pool driver. Hopefully some day I can stay home so I can get involved when she goes to school. That, and I want to be a professional volleyball player. At 5'2", the chances of that happening are slim to none, but until then, my rec league will do! LOL!

LauraH said...

When I grow up I want to bake cakes that look like art and taste like heaven!

Shauna said...

When I grow up I want to open my bakery. But I'm never going to grow up, I'll do it anyway :)

The Hill House said...

I am the same way!! When I see messes around the house, I try to not see a mess but rather a chance to find a better solution. When I grow up, I want to be able to look back and say "Yep, that was worth it and I wouldn't change a thing". Not sure what I want to "be" just yet, but I've got plenty of time to figure that out.

The Mann Family said...

When I grow up I want to be secure...love myself, accept myself and love my life.

Mommmmmm! said...

I feel the same way when cleaning, or tripping over what I should be cleaning. :)

When I grow up I want to own a U-cut Christmas Tree farm. Can you imagine encouraging little trees to grow nice and tall, that their potential will be to delight families, be a part of someones precious traditions. And then when the season comes for people to come cut trees, to build their memories, I will get to be in a little gingerbread shop with hot chocolate and cider at the ready, stripey candy canes in bowls for the taking. Bliss.

Jeska said...

I love this post because I was just thinking today about the fall, then backtracked myself to a *wait, enjoy the summer* thought. But, you're right it's better to think/plan ahead because it's exciting and we can make each year even better that way.

When I grow up I want to be a better photographer, a mother (2 months away!), and a better loving wife.

Krista S. said...

When I grow up I want to be exactly what I am now!!! A stay at home mommie, but I'd like a few more babies to raise :):)

Vanessa said...

You are so inspiring! I love the board book and every necklace on the Darlybird site! When I grow up, I want to be free to live, love and laugh with all my BEing!

Benay said...

I'm the exact same way. I always use the phrase, "when I grow up." Though I just received my Master's in May, I'm already dreaming of being an interior designer, a real estate agent, or even a detective! Gotta love potential! On a different note, the feather necklace you're wearing in a couple of photos is darling!

Jen said...

I use to constantly wonder what I would be when I grew up. Now, I have simply decided that whatever it is I am doing at the moment is what I am. While I use to thrive on potential, I now spend everyday taking in the present and living for what I am, have and know.

Megan said...

It's crazy how big your girls are getting.

Jessica said...

I love the book Lainey's book, my little girl loves drawing her own stories and I can't wait to read them to her when she is grown up and to my grand children.

When I grow up, I want to tour the entire USA and do all the amazing and crazy and totally pointless things there are to do in our country and I want to do them with my husband and daughter.

I also wouldn't mind having a professional house cleaner & organizer when I grow up :)

decorater4life said...

Awhhhh, your girls are so sweet and Beautiful!!!!! I always enjoy reading your blog, and I LOVE LOVE your pictures!!!!! You Make me smile!!!!!


Michelle Torres
decorater4life@aol.com

Bridget said...

Would love to win that gc! A longtime reader who loves you!! Those cupcakes look DELIC!

MyCastleIsFull said...

When I grow up....
I want to be a more patient mother and enjoy even the most chaotic moments and relish the time that they are young
I will get out more by myself and do things just for me
I will go to Italy with my husband
I will take my kids to Texas (where I was born and raised)and bask in the family love and thunderstorms
I will paint every room in my house so that my crazy style is everywhere

Laura

laurenperlin said...

Hi! Thanks for another awesome post! I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up - maybe a ballerina, maybe a photographer, maybe a food critic...whatever I am, I want to be true to myself! Love you Kelle. Millie sends kisses to Nella :) And Ava is sending ballerina kisses to Lainey!!!

Kathleen said...

When I grow up I want to be a professional vacationer. I'm not sure there is such thing, but coming off an amazing week-long vacation, it seems like the right career path for me. I love scouring the local scene finding the hidden gems that make the destination unique and special. Those spur-of-the-moment ideas of, hey let's check this out, that turn out to be perfectly wonderful... that's my specialty.

J Scheppl said...

Lainey's story is just too precious!!!! Gotta get some board books myself for my little ones! Checked out Darlybird and can't wait to have more time to check it out some more!!

Jaclyn Hicks said...

Love everything about this post....thank you.

Lauren said...

i want to become a runner, a first grade teacher, and a patient wife/mother. not necessarily in that order! ;)

Kristen said...

I want to travel the world when I grow up! Everywhere! With all my favorite people in tow!

The Book Sylph said...

When I grow up I want to be able to parallel park properly, to cook meat without burning it out of paranoia (I'm a microbiologist...I think I know to much :), to embrace frizzy hair, and learn another language.

Till We Meet Again...Mindy said...

When I grow up I will have Christmases at a big mountain lodge with family around a fire and a huge tree and in the summer we will all go camping for weeks at some really cool place or a few places and we will still look and smell amazing when we are done :)

catherine.elizabeth said...

When I grow up, I want my house to be so clean and organized that I can have lunch dates with my friends with zero guilt!

greys779 said...

When I grow up I want to travel with my kids, keep a cleaner nicer house, and to be better at having fun ALL the time!

Ani said...

Lainey's book is so awesome! When I grow up, I want to be an amazing cook. The "fanciest" thing I cook now is a yummy omelet, but I think I can do better.

Emily Brown said...

Love this post! When I grow up I want to be a wife and a mom. I want to travel the world. I want to be someone who is known as a true and good friend and sister and daughter.

Life in the Bubbie Zone said...

You're doing great, Kelle! don't ever grow up! I haven't and at 59, I don't ever intend to.

Elisha Pape said...

When I grow up I think I would like to own a cute little bed and breakfast and decorate each room in cute themes and meet all sorts of people that would come for a stay there.

Jessica said...

I'd like to be a stay-at-home mom when I grow up (right now I work).

jen said...

dude. if a shirtless matt is going to be my checkout boy ... i will gladly spend $50 there.
(plus also cute stuff)
have i ever mentioned (though never in front of my husband how lovely i think matthew mcconaughey is?)
tell little ms lainey i think her book is beautiful.
and nella and her piano? adorable.

LMCaudill said...

When I grow up, I wanna be the best mom to my little guy that I can be.

Love love love all the pictures of the girls. They are growing up so much right before our eyes.

steveandjonelle said...

I love the glass if half full-there is always room for improvement perspective. Your girls are darling. I especially love Lainey's book.

HDurrant said...

You inspire me every time I read your blog. Thank you! Today my five year old went to Kindergarden for the first time. Talk about an emotional ride. I know we have children to raise them up to be good but no one ever tells you the details on how to do it. I have three daughters and they are so fun. They make me want to be better. When I grow up I want to finally be done with school, be able to help my children learn their potential, be able to inspire others like you do, and maybe one day have all the laundry put away.
Thanks again!

Julie said...

When I grow up, I want to write a book, grow a real garden, do more crafts with my kids and learn to take really, really good pictures. Love the idea of looking at it as potential, not a to-do list...so much more engaging!

Meredith said...

When I grow up... I want to dance on the streets of Paris, eat pizza in Florence, cross country ski in Alaska, laugh harder, worry less....

Susan said...

(I commented on the wrong post! Sorry!)

When I grow up I want to be organized and crafty. I love being organized but I don't know how to do it well, and I end up making a bigger mess. And you don't know know how many different craft projects I've started and never finished... oy.

bring on the darlybird!

ASoric said...

When I grow up I want to be more of a free bird and stop worrying about things I can't control! I want to plan trips with my family and just enjoy each others company without any worries in the back of my mind =)

Elke said...

From one potential lover to another (I almost said "potential-junkie" but that sounded like a totally different kind of passion and story!)

When I grow up I want to be so many, many things, but I am pretty sure some of those future adventures include YOU, my friend.

Love the new sponsor... and you
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ginny said...

When I grow up I want to take dance lessons with my husband, relearn how to play the piano, and take fabulous vacations with my family.

mamipdx said...

when i grow up i want to join the peace corps, walk everywhere, dye my hair red, and read all the books i've been meaning to read for years now.
shen

Mama said...

When I grow up, I want to laugh more, vacation more, paint the house, hang pictures of the kiddos, live an dlove life to the fullest!

Ojibirish10 said...

When I grow up I want to marry the KING!!! Oh wait I already did that, lol, ok well in that case I NEVER want to grow up.

(But when I do, I hope I have as few regrets as possible.)

Rachel said...

What a weekend! And what a fantastic store - I have a feeling I'll be spending the kids' naptime perusing the site today ;)

When I grow up, I want to be a professional organizer...wanna be my first client?

Love your blog,
Rachel

summer said...

Darlybird = oh so darling! I love many great projects as well. It seems the more there is to do, the more I can get done. And then there is a time for vacation, like now. Which has given more time for thought, so to answer what I want to be when I grow up....I want to love Motherhood more, embrace the little moments more often, love more deeply, listen to my instincts more...which usually tells me to hug more, spend more time, and care more deeply about those around me. In other words - when I grow up...I want to be more :)

Taylor said...

Love the pic of you kissing Nella! I like that just you and Lainey went to the bday party- I try to make time for just my "big girl" sometimes also I think it makes them feel special :) When I grow up I want to be better about calling my friends regularly, be nicer to my husband and more patient with my girls, I'd also like to entertain at the house more often :)

Jen said...

When I grow up, I want to be an cellist in orchestra, travel the world.... oh who am I kidding, LOVE my life being a wife and mom!
(I love your earrings in the last picture of you and Nella!)

Our Family said...

When I grow up I want to be able to sew, anything, everything!! My Grandma B was amazing at the sewing machine and I have such fond memories of the handmade gifts. I inherited her machine, I just wish I had inherited her talent. But I will, one day, when I grow up.

Nella is so gorgeous and Lainey, gonna be a heartbreaker.

Thanks for making my day a little bit brighter.

Deedee said...

hmm...when I grow up I wanna be a midwife and catch babies all day long!!

Kamma{}Nala said...

when I grow up... I can fill a book - just like lainey - with all the wonderful things I will do. and of course, I will do them.

I am super happy you blog so regularly and that the music is back!
woot!

...no matter how old you are, the fueling potential of what you want to be someday should make your heart race and your insides tingle.

fabulous, as always

Carly said...

Love Nella at the piano! So cute!
When I grow up I want to quit work and stay home with my boys. I will garden and clean and make home lunches to take to school everyday!

The Halbert Home said...

I think "when I grow up" is an ever progressing journey. Just when you think you've "grown up," something changes. So as I grow up I want to take better pictures, love others more, and be more organized. On another note, I was perusing Pinterest the other day and I saw this awesome picture of Jack in sidewalk chald so I pinned when I noticed it was yours.

Rivers said...

I liked your rose hair clip so much that I went and bought one as well! I love reading your blog. It's fun to hear yall's day-to-day adventures. When I grow up I want to take my own kids on adventures and learn from their imaginations all while experimenting with new recipes and DYI projects. I want the confidence to try new things.

Jessica Miller said...

When I grow up, I want to quit procrastinating, stop overcooking my fish, and run fast.

Johnna said...

That story is so precious, what an amazing keepsake!

Johnna said...

That story is so precious, what an amazing keepsake!

Janet said...

I don't want to ever go up! and I'm going to be 45 at the end of the month. Oh, to be care free and have no worries like children.

Cheryl said...

When I grow up I want to take my kids to Europe and travel around and show them my favorite places but also find some new places too.

Rachael said...

I have so many things I want to do when I grow up, but this post made me realize what I need to be working on right now! I WANT so badly to see my long to do list as "potential" and love it, rather than see how daunting it is and feel overwhelmed by it. Thanks for your perspective!

genderist said...

When I grow up I want to paint! With my daughter, but at least by myself.

Lib at Truly His said...

When I grow up, I want to travel the world with my husband and kids....To see the world with the ones i love! :)

Jenny said...

Love your mentality!

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Stephers said...

When I grow up?! I'm not sure when that will be ;)I have two little girls, a husband and a career...but there is so much left to explore, so much potential. I don't feel like a grown up and I hope I never do!

Sadee Schilling said...

I always used to say, "When I grow up I want to have two beautiful little girls, to make art, and to write/illustrate a book." I'm already working on the first two as we speak, hoping maybe the third will come in time. Dreams do come true! Your photos of YOUR two beautiful girls always resonate with my soul...they remind me so much of my two princesses. So sweet!

Lauren said...

We are kindred spirits! I feel the exact same way when it comes to potential. I couldn't have said it so eloquently though!

Megan said...

I love the last picture of you and Nella.

When I grow up, I want to be more care-free and laid back.

And I'm going to check out Darlybird right now, because if it's anyway that you described it (with Matthew McConaughey with no shirt) I have to go see what it's all about.

Our Focus said...

When I grow up...Is it sad that I am 30 and still don't know the answer to that question. Maybe I do...I want to be happy. Why does a job have to define us? When I grow up, I want to be free, live life fully, play hard, and if I need to work, then I hope it is doing something I love! For now, I am accomplishing my goals and feeling good. I hope I am never completely satisfied with where I am because what would I strive for?

The Murfitt's said...

Totally dig the fact that you Halloween plan in August and Christmas day dream in the summer. I thought I was the only one! Well, cheers to you my friend. (I can't wait till my husband reads this and learns I am quite normal after all).

Alicia said...

Inspiration

thats what just happened to me in the 20 minutes it tood me to read todays blog (inbetween answering the phone, the emails, and the boss). I refuse to let myself look at life half-empty. Even with the current miles of hurdles we are facing, I still have a great guy that loves me, an adoring family, and some pretty awesome friends. Even thought I dont get to see all of them as much as I'd like, Im still inspired to try. So what if the house is a mess, its 100+ degrees outside with 90% humidity...im going to find something to do and get back to the positive person I used to be. So thanks for the inspiration!


...and the realization that no one lives a picture perfect life. there are always messes, adnt hey will always be there tomorrow

Holly Rehmann said...

As a teacher I've shamelessly enjoyed this past summer month as a time of sheer celebration surrounded by loved ones.

When people ask, "Are you getting a job this summer?" My absolute answer is, "Not one I'm getting paid to do." My summer jobs include: breakfast with my husband (who goes to work later than I do during the school year), plant growing, friend visiting, library exploring, house redecorating, brain reorganizing, & lots of late morning coffee drinking.

But I had the thought the other week that summers might not always be like this...I'd like to try on a couple new hats in future summers. So maybe when I grow up I'll become a barista and learn how to make delicious drinks or work at a children's museum or paint houses or be a cashier at my favorite boutique.

The possibilities are endless...

Kate said...

When I grow up I will write a book, have an impressive shoe collection and make my own delicious wine (with a snazzy label on the bottle!).

Heather B said...

When I grow up, I want to be a dancer. By the way, I LOVE your blog. I find it very inspiring and reminds me to enjoy every moment with my girls (5 and 7).

Jamie said...

When I grow up, I want to stick to my schedule every day. I want to be organized, pay the bills on time, and have enough money.

I want to learn how to dance, I want to read War and Peace, and I want to take my kids to Holland to see where their dad's parents were born.

I'm afraid tho, if I grow up, does that mean I stop dreaming?

mrs.t talking said...

When I grow up I want a family & travel around the world with them. When I grow up I want to scrapbook all day long and create beautiful gifts and albums!

FYI- your post for today is SOOO me. I plan for everything- I want to make ever holiday, event, even random days extra special. I am already thinking about how my house will smell around the holidays!


Your an amazing blogger! Love it when you update!

Andrea said...

When I grow up, I want to be a writer, an interior designer, and be able to "follow through" on all the ideas that pop into my head!

Emily said...

Awww, tears sprung to my eyes when I read that story by Lainey, so incredibly sweet! I'm so going to get one of those books for my 3 year old Michelle to tell me her sweet story too! When I grow up, I want to live on the water, with everyone I love living nearby, and I just want to hug my babies, and read great books :) But maybe in the short term, when I grow up, I'd love to make a beautiful picture wall, you've inspired me!

The trials and tribulations of Christina's life said...

I want to finish college, visit Paris,and be the best mom I can be for my littles...when I grow up.

I adore your writing and love seeing the lovely pictures of your family. Thank you for sharing with us :)

Sara said...

IF I ever grow up, I want to be a lactation consultant!

Renee said...

I really wanted to be a prima ballerina but my teacher said I would be too tall. I am 5' 11" and on the days when I stand up straight I am 6'. LOL Then I wanted to be a Marine Biologist.

On the baking with the kids, when it comes to cracking eggs there will always be shells. LOL I have learned to let them crack them into a glass dish or cup first. That way they can get the shells out easier. :)

melody said...

mmm when i grow up i will be organized and go to bed on time, wake up early, run a fun little craft side business and drink way more water and maybe just a little less coffee. i am just LOVING this post. totally almost blogged about this exact topic today i swear! :) loving darlybird!!! ~melody
www.ramblingsofalovesickmommy.com

Jen said...

When I grow up I want say "yes" far more often than I say "no".

Bless by Tone said...

When I grow up, I still want to be a ballerina, an actress, a kindergarten teacher and a regular teacher - oh, and I want to be a missionary working with poor orphans somewhere in the world. That's what I would like. Tone

Meredith and Jason said...

When I grow up I want to take a belly-dancing class, and become a better cook!

Carrie said...

I have always wanted to be a veterinarian~there's still time right?!? Maybe when my kids are grown up ;)

our clan said...

I loved this post!! I am 29 and keep thinking of things I would love to do when "I grow up". I am like you already dreaming with sugar plums dancing in my head of the upcoming holidays.

Karie said...

I love your outlook, I look at my kitchen and see mess, you look and see the potential to be better. So when I grow up, I'm going to see potential in messes and have a huge tub to soak in for the basking days that my potential is not realized.

chelsadilla said...

When I grow up....I want have a cabin in the woods! A once-a-year place would do, but wouldn't it be magnificent to live in a log cabin?

I got to the acapella part of the song just as I read your note about it at the bottom of the post. I'd already turned the volume up! :)

gioia said...

create in my little studio, carefree.. witch i kinda do now but not whenever my little heart desires..

Jessie said...

Love the Blog and loved looking around Darlybird's site! When I grow up I want to buy a house and then adopt a dog with my new husband (got married a month ago). Right now we are looking out at so much potential with the rest of our marriage!

Cara said...

Whe I grow up I want to be a damn good house wife/ stay at home mommy. I am pretty good now, but I have just begun.

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