Friday, September 2, 2011

Favorite Day.

It's rained for about six days straight now. Not all day, but if we're playing by "Majority Rules," then it's clearly a victory for Gray Skies, with Blue and Sunny bowing out respectfully. Until this morning. Finally.

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I love home days. I like sitting cross-legged on the carpet in Lainey's room and watching her mold Moon Dough into snakes and pancakes, or planning all day to make something fabulous in the kitchen even if I never do. I like knowing we have no business outside the walls of our house that calls us to get up and go, and yet today I needed out. I had to breathe air that hadn't been circulating in our house for six gray days--so much a trip to the bank even sounded adventurous. I had no idea where we were going, but I braided Lainey's hair, slipped ruffle socks and silver shoes over Nella's bare feet and buckled them (the girls, not the feet) into their car seats--ready for something. Brett called me on my way out. "Where are you off to?" ...and I laughed as I drove: "I have no idea where I'm going, but we're going somewhere."

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And I think that pretty much sums up everything. Parenting, living, moving forward, embracing change, making something good of what you've been given.

I have no idea where I'm going, but I'm going somewhere.

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We drove. Toward the beach, but then turned South on 41 and kept driving. Past big banks with mirrored windows and bus stops where trolleys picked up passengers on their way to somewhere too. I turned up the volume and Brett's Jimmy Buffet CD picked up where it left off. I told Lainey we were going on an adventure and I made a mental note of just how much my senses were on fire when I heard Nella laughing that can't-catch-her-breath giggle when Lainey made faces at her.

For some reason, today was one of my favorite adventures I've ever had with my girls. As my Holland friends would say...today was my favorite day.

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I wanted to be back by three because I had work to do, but we didn't roll in the driveway until almost 7 tonight, and I didn't care.

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Sometimes, when you don't know where you're going--and you embrace the freedom in that very fact--you enjoy the journey so much more. Like an unplanned road trip with lots of stops.

First stop: Cambier Park, the furthest park from our house but worth the little drive for its open sanctuary of sitting space that's covered with dried fallen leaves all year round and encircled by enchanted-looking trees, perfect for climbing.

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We found hearts everywhere. In fallen leaves.

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Floating in the sky.

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And thousands of them, suspended in a green canopy overhead.

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She gave me one to keep forever.

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You bet your sweet ass, I will.

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We climbed empty bleachers at the baseball field and smiled when we realized we were in the perfect spot when it started to rain, protected by a tin roof that echoed with every ping ping ping of raindrops.

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Sister can climb like a Mutha.

Post-rain, Lainey danced for an audience of two in the outdoor auditorium.

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Followed by snacks downtown.

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And then my favorite. The encore.

We turned out of the park and, driving nowhere once more, I turned right. I turned right instead of left and, as Frost would say...that has made all the difference.

Two stop signs and a dead end--a dead end into a quiet cul de sac hugged by nothing but blue skies, a sea of glass, and two rows of palm trees standing erect at the entrance to the beach, like a welcoming red carpet.

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Oh, we parked that car alright. We had nothing--no towels, no beach blanket, no stroller, no hats. We dug through the back seat and I, for once, was thankful I managed to maintain a state of shambles in my car. Lainey found a can of sunscreen, a t-shirt, a thin receiving blanket and a Dora sun visor.

We walked through the rows of palm trees, and I half expected them to clap--to call out our names as we busted moves down the soul train aisle and into the promised land and reason we live here.

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We smoothed the edges of our tiny thin receiving blanket on to the sand and walked the shore towards the pier. It was one of the most beautiful beach days I've ever experienced in my eight years here.

And then we did it. I've been wanting to do it ever since I saw the life-loving grandma wringing her shorts on the beach months ago.

"Hey Lainey, you wanna go swimming?" I asked with a cunning smile.

"But we don't have any bathing suits." She has to answer this way because Brett is her dad, and she follows in his responsible footsteps.

"Let's go in our clothes." I delivered my solution with the same excitement I'll use someday when I tell her "Let's play hooky from school today." She smiled back, and I secured Nella closely to my hip, took Lainey's hand and the three of us ran with wild smiles into the gulf.

Yes, I'm sentimental. I might describe my girls' births as if heaven done swallowed me up toward the glory of God and a sunset at Isle of Capri as a heart-stopping celebration. I'll own my sugar, and I'll eat it smiling. But let me tell you, that moment today? Sentimental or not--clinging a girl on each hip, the gulf skimming our shoulders, clothes drenched in sea water and looking out at the bluest freaking sky I've ever seen?

Today was my favorite f#$@ing day.

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We reemerged from the water, dripping, just long enough to walk up to a man, hand him my camera and say "I've lived here for eight years and it's about time we do this. Can you please take a picture?"

He took three.

We stayed another hour. Chasing seagulls, writing our names with beach pens, counting shells. I sat half-submerged in shallow water, nursing a baby, watching my big girl, and I knew at that moment I wouldn't forget the day we swam in the ocean, fully dressed.

Sometimes, it takes not knowing where you're going to arrive someplace fabulous. And whenever I am sure I'm lost, I will keep driving. I will look to the left and to the right as I drive, taking in the sights as I go. And I will know that somewhere not far ahead, there's a beach. There's a beach where I can run so fast, I don't even have to stop to change my clothes.

Today is my favorite day.


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Until then, there's a holiday weekend. Three favorite days. I don't know where we're going, but I know we'll end up somewhere good.

Happy Weekend. Happy Labor Day. Happy Favorite Day.

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Stacey said...

This post made my heart smile :)

claire said...

I'm digging the sister pictures. Lainey is so sweet with Nella. It sounds like you had a wonderful day.

Gwennie said...

I'm so jealous of your swimming-in-your-clothes day! Looks like it was a totally favorite day. How right you are, we so rarely just let our hearts take us away and throw (some) caution to the wind! Thanks for letting me share this wonderful day and making me think about having a favorite day of my own! You rock.

Julie said...

I'm all choked up...you live life in the moment and I appreciate you sharing that today!

Simply B said...

Beautiful, as always! Thanks for sharing, for embracing, and for inspiring :)

janica said...

i need to do this more often with my little guy. your posts are always so inspiring. LOVE

Jaimee said...

I love days that start out with no idea! I love the way you write with such positivity and style. Your go with the flow attitude is inspiring!

m.d.l. said...

This post made me smile so hard ... today way my favourite day, too. And tomorrow will be another favorite day!

Mallory said...

We live in the "sugar". The power is realizing that.

FEAS613 said...

Oh - rainy season, how i :::cough, cough::: love thee! Our days inside and slightly cooler days are appreciated, but there have been too many of them in a row!
Of course today was the day Lyla decided to power nap - as though we've refused her sleep for days! We made it out just in time for the skies to open on us.
Looks like you had an absolutely amazing day though! The picture of Nella sticking her tongue out at Lainey hits top 5 favorites =)
I'm thinking swimming in the gulf fully clothed is going to need to make its way onto my bucket list! Your day sounds like absolute perfection!! Happy long weekend! Enjoy!
~Beth

colby said...

I'm so envious of your adventures. I hope to be as fun and adventurous as you are when my little one is here. 

Sarah Pomranka said...

Yes and yes...

I love how much I laughed today. Laughter is unexpected, and that makes it stomach-clenchingly, face-hurtingly good. Congratulations on finding your favorite day! Favorite days are good, slow-burning fuel.

redheadreverie said...

Here's to a Hearty and f#$@ing Favorite Day. Way to Rock it mama!

Hannah said...

I don't comment much, but I just love your blog! Lainey and Nella are so precious together :)

Love, Chelsea said...

I am definitely swimming in my clothes with my girl then next change I get!

Katy said...

I love going on adventures!
and I love that necklace!

Lauren said...

what a beautiful post. you inspire me to stop (or pause) and just take it all in. thank you.

Kate said...

You make me want to go get lost with all of my kids tomorrow...maybe I will!

cathy said...

good for you!!!

enjoy YOUR life & your babies!

xoxo
cathy

Kathy G said...

Thank you for your beautiful post today- we spent today dancing in the rain, you were able to capture my thoughts of the day in your blog. As always, beautiful pictures.

Jamie and Missy said...

a perfect day.

Michelle said...

As always, THANK YOU for sharing a sliver of your life with us! :o)

(And thanks for the photo of your chicory coffee... now I know what to try!!)

Tracey Fagan said...

Sounds like a fabulous day =) Love the swimming in your clothes pictures and that pic of Nella sticking her tongue out at Lainey is just precious!!

brooke said...

someday, i will also bring my children swimming fully clothed. someday i will. the memories that it will make...!

JessicaDaughtrey said...

im scared of the ocean and sharks well i watch to much discovery channel. it fun to play find a road you start out and you pick random roads to turn down till you end up somewhere far from where you started sometimes it involves running out of gas but some of my best memorys are based around that. Have a great weekend!

lauren said...

that necklace is stunning! there is just something about the bigness and beauty of the ocean... it humbles me. clothes or none. ;)

Kelly said...

I get lost in your words. It's incredible that you can write the way you do, and make a "regular" moment something special. And what truly amazes me is that you really do make it special. Thank you for that!

Kelly said...

You, my friend, are amazing. The way you embrace life is so absolutely beautiful! Good for you for grabbing life by the horns and letting special moments guide you :)

JLAJBueno said...

Thank you for making me smile this post was written just so beautiful

Ann Dempsey said...

Way to dive in to life. I'm sure there were plenty of good reasons not to go swimming but I'm sure you don't regret it at all!

stephdiaz said...

I absolutely love this post!! I wish I could experience a beautiful beachy day with my son but not soon! We leave in Laredo, Texas and there is nothing that beautiful here!!!

MandaPanda said...

My favorite f#$&@%g day happened about 2 weeks ago. My husband and I decided to order a record player. We're musicians and both of us grew up with parents who made sure we had well rounded music educations. Anyway, some friends had a record player and we thought it would be fun for us to join the club.

We ordered it on a lazy Saturday afternoon and my husband asked, "So when are we going to find some records?" I said, "Let's go now!" So we jumped in the car and drove to a antique/thrift mall 40 miles away.
We spent the entire afternoon pouring through dusty bins of records, hunting each other down when we found a grand prize (like James Taylor "Sweet Baby James" and Simon and Garfunkel "Bookends") and reminisced about albums our families owned growing up.
It was a GREAT effing day!

p.s. that pouty faced picture of Nella had me in tears with all that cuteness!

Thanks for your thought provoking and honest posts.

Artesia said...

Love it!!!

Stephers said...

Love your post! You have me all jazzed for tomorrow...my hubby is out of town and it's just me and the girls with nothing planned. I think we'll take the road less travelled!

Lia said...

The whole world needs more days like yours.

jennibell said...

Wow. You are right. So incredibly right. More people (myself included) need to live in the moment like this!!! Yea for you :)

stephanie said...

love it!

Hailey @ "Me & My Boys" said...

This might be one of my Top 10 favorite Kelle Hampton posts. I tried to do this today, only to find out the library closed early, it was too close to nap time for Monkey Joes, and then we hit traffic on the way home. But that won't stop me from eventually ending up on a beach somewhere having my own favorite day. :)

Crystal said...

I love days and adventures like that with my little ones too. Days where we all exclaim 'this is the best day EVER'.

Kylie and crew. said...

What an awesome post! You stir up a passion to be a great Mama. I truly believe that their are Mama's who read this blog....who don't appreciate the small things and who don't run away with their kids for a day and you are inspiring them! Laney and Nella are so very adorable!

Life with Kaishon said...

And that has made all the difference.
Love your day.

Lollipops & Pig Tails said...

What a wonderful day with your girls!

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Diana Doyle said...

Kelle Carpe Diem!

I like you last week seized a moment and grabbed my daughter Dempsey's hand and ran through sprinklers under a blanket of stars....fully clothed.

My gf stood by smiling and said "Dee you are crazy..Dempsey will remember that moment forever!"

Although I must admit, I'd had a couple off beers...don't know what your excuse was!!! :)

Your girls will also remember the day Mummy broke the rules and did something fun.... LOVE IT!

sending sunshine your way from socal!

Diana x

Emily said...

I la-la-love that photo of Lainey with the gulls on the beach. Your two girls will be so lucky to have so many precious photos of them lovin' on each other when they get older. And you are so lucky to have such beauty in your backyard (well, closer than it is here in Ohio anyway..). Hope you get a chance to go swimming in your clothes again sometime! Being spontaneous is the best!

Have a happy holiday weekend! :)

{elena} said...

Inspired! As usual.

simplysarah said...

Your girls are just beautiful :) love this post, it made my heart happy

Sherry F said...

Love the spontaneous day - those often become our favorites! Glad you could have the special time with your girls! Happy Weekend!

Mrs. Buckingham said...

I loved this! Thank you! It inspired me to pack up, get up, and GO even though the destination is unknown! Those make the best memories too for the kids I'm sure! LOVE that necklace too! :) That picture that the stranger took for you turned out SWEET! Question: When you have a camera like yours and you hand it to a stranger who doesn't know how to operate it... what setting do you put it on?! I never know what to do, or what settings to put it on when I hand my camera to someone else? Auto or AV? Anyways... I know you get a gazillion questions on here, but just thought I'd ask... Have a fabulous favorite weekend too!

Hazel said...

Fantastic! I'm sure Lainey will remember it always. One more tick for the bucket list!

Susan Gilchrist said...

LOVE this post! Had to read it out loud to my hubby. He loved it as well. Hope to be as spontaneous as you are with your girls one day. I have 2 girls - a 2 year old and a 3 month old and we don't leave the house much these days!

trish said...

oh my god..i love the pic with nella sticking her tongue out at lainey..such a little sister thing to do! love that necklace too..just beautiful

Melissa said...

How Fun! You always make me smile! Well that is you and your sweet little ones. I love getting up and going on a moments notice, hubs too.
We are always ready for a quick adventure!

Lovely Love said...

awesomeness! im so happy that you guys had such a wonderful day! today was a pretty good day for me and my little fam as well :) hooray for life!

Megan W. said...

Your day sounds wonderful :)

Tales of Cheerios and Sleepless Nights said...

This made me cry (happy tears!). Your posts give me much inspiration as a mom. Especially on the days I really need it!

Bec said...

This is my favourite post of yours. Beautifully written.

Summit of Glory said...

Hey - anytime you reference Soul Train - I know it's gonna be good! You're the coolest mom EVAH!! xo

missyhankins said...

I was born and raised in East Tennessee and have always appreciated each unique season here but the older I get the more I want sunshine. After reading this post I am convinved I should live in Florida someday in the near future. Along about January I am going to be totally jealous of your city,

Amanda said...

I love reading about your spontaneous adventures! I look forward to doing things like that with my girls and my boys too!

Stacey said...

What a truly fabulous day! I grew up 1 mile from the beach in California, and have lived in Pennsylvania and Arizona for the past 3 years, so I am missing the beach! It is incredible to see how much you enjoy it with your girls! Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Rojas Family said...

I could read your smile in this post. Sounds like a truly awesome day, one we all need more of.

Jenna84 said...

It always seem like your posts coincide so wonderfully with my life. We've had a similar week ... stagnant and frustrating. Just got done planning an awesome adventure for Sunday when I saw you had a new post up. Glad you had a good day, and keep those pictures coming! Even my 3 year old thinks Nella is freakin' adorable!

Lesli Temple said...

LOVE your way of going with the flow, I really need to do that more often!

Selene said...

What a beautiful day, I love adventures like this with my girl, and you've summed it up perfectly, thanks!

The Bosmas said...

I love this post!!! And the crazy, fun day you had at the beach. Someday, I want to take my 1 year old daughter with me and do the same!

jolie said...

I teared up reading this! Those are the best days...those that are unplanned! LOVE IT!!!
Hugs!

Jessi said...

I think this is my most favorite post of yours.

dawnchagan said...

lucky lucky girls. lucky lucky momma. primarily because you practice celebrating your love and your luck -- even out of a seemingly "nothing" day. and by doing so, you make it more so, every single time. what beautiful lessons to continue to practice and teach - to yourselves and to your girls!

Jeanie said...

You've inspired me to get lost this weekend. To take my husband in the car and just drive. After a rough day at work today, I need that freedom in my heart. Thank you for the beautiful blog post to start off a nice weekend. Hope you and the family have a great labor day weekend!!!

Meredith and Jason said...

This day sounds magical. I want to swim in the ocean with my clothes on!! Too bad I live in a land locked state. I'll have to come up with my own version...

Katillia Marie said...

This is just wonderful! I can't keep smiling! These types of days...are too my favorite days!

HMae said...

We live in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, and I have yet to take my son swimming in our clothes..adding that to the TO DO list for sure! I love those 'favorite' days when you have no where to be and can just enjoy what may come of the day... :)
Happy Weekend

Sheila said...

It may have taken 8 years, but at least you did it! Life is a gift....so unwrap it!

Michelle@gigglegumgirls said...

Oh, this post. This post is why I come here week after week. Craving your words like it's my church fill on Sunday. It might of opened up my flood gates a little, but I'm a mama that drinks the "makin' memory kool-aid", and I relate. I know that feeling you get before you do something extra special...when that lightbulb goes off, and you feel that tugging in your heart to make "this moment" a memory. You are a special mama indeed. Thank you for inspiring me...everyday!

LEF said...

Thanks for the smiles a lovely way to start the weekend.

Sleeknudson said...

This is my first time posting, but I have been reading your blog since Nella was born. I just had to leave a note to tell you how much I look forward to reading your blog Monday, Wednesday and Fridays every week, it truly is a highlight of my day! Seriously, I use reading it as a reward for completing dreaded tasks or for a pick me up when I'm in a bad mood. I text my best friend (we are both in our early twenties) and say "the baby blog was really good today!" etc, because we both love reading your posts and hope our lives are like yours some day! Thanks for sharing your life with us :)

The Hale's said...

Wow! You blow me away! I am in tears... So funny how much this touches my heart today. Those are the days that make our life so rich and full! You never know what it around the corner and then it surprises you with such beauty!!

Jenna said...

My favorite post! And my new favorite quote...
"sometimes when you don't know where you're going--and you embrace the freedom in that very fact--you enjoy the journey so much more"
Love.

Jessica Thiessen said...

That is so fabulous that you went swimming with your clothes on! I know you'll inspire people to live in the moment - cause all we have is today :)

Just Trying Not to Blink .... said...

happy favourite day to you! I love days like that. We call them our "meandering days" around here, but I don't make the time often enough. Thank you for the reminder.

Debbie D. said...

Randomness is the spice of life....I'm glad you've discovered that while your children are still young!!

Cynthia said...

I love the story you paint with your words. What a beautiful spirit you have! Your girls are certainly blessed :)

Stephanie said...

I loved this post. I want to be a mom more like that. Thank you for your words and pictures!

Susanna Joy Rairdon said...

This sooo made me watch to jump in the lake!

Becca said...

geesh you are one amazing writer. I felt your sweet soul in this post, and those girls of yours sure are the sweetest things.

Katie said...

That is truly precious! Spending time with your daughters like that. Beautiful.

I remember a couple of years ago, my family and I went on holiday. We went to the beach with some friends and I got really cold so I went inside to have a bath. I came out again fully dressed in my normal clothes and I sat on the beach for about ten minutes watching the other kids splash and play in the water. My Mum must have noticed my sad face and she said to me, "Go on honey, go jump in. I wish I could too." Then I said, "But I am not wearing my swimmers." But she said that that did not matter cause swimming in clothes is fun! So I did it. I swam in my clothes for an hour and I have never enjoyed anything as much as that!

-Katie

Lia said...

This is what it's all about...creating memories. Sending love from Michigan!

Kelli said...

I'm learning. Living in the moment is not in my nature but I want to teach my boys how to love life and embrace the unexpected, unplanned moments that make life: LIFE! So we're learning together. Thanks for your inspiration kelle.

Alzbeta said...

And happy anniversary to me :).

What a sweet, happy, perfect post.

racheal said...

I love how your blog gives me the courage to do things that I would NEVER have done otherwise!! Tomorrow, my babe and I are heading out for an adventure, I don't know where we're going, but she's only 1, so she won't mind ;o) I can't wait to see what we end up discovering!! Thanks Kelle for adding a little spontaneity to our world!!

Sierra said...

I rarely comment...although I read faithfully...but couldn't resist today. One oft favorite posts ever....cheers to making an average Friday in to your Favorite Day. I call the days Forever Days....because I know I ll remember them forever.
Happy weekend to you and yours....thanks for inspiring me to make this weekend wonderful!

Amanda and Alex said...

I am green with envy over your swimming fully-clothed ocean moment. I am stuck in the desert but someday I dream of a similar scene with me and my daughter. Thank you for a beautiful/inspiring post.

Jessie said...

Love your day :) Today was my favorite day, too - went out to lunch with my husband which is something we don't do too often; we're kinda homebodies!

meiejutud said...

It looks like a favorite day for sure !

Alisha said...

i love your pictures...love them very much. And how quickly your girls are growing up....glad you had that man take that photo...perfect!

Kimberly said...

This post made me tear up. Not sure why. Probably just for the simple fact that every word you wrote radiated your love for your family, for your hometown, and for your life. You have such a gift for writing and photography, and the fact that you are so appreciative of all your blessings is a rare treat. Thank you for allowing us to share with you.

Amanda said...

Oh, I miss the beach and impromptu swims! Looks like it was a super-awesome day!

Cajun Cutie said...

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Shannon said...

The adventure is always worth it...even if it's not that grand. Our mantra is never say you can't do something or put off something doable today until tomorrow. There's always room for "can," and today is just as splendid as tomorrow.

Little Luna said...

You finally took the plunge! Awesome. There is something so captivating about Nella's eyes...

hopeforcambodia said...

That necklace is beautiful!


And...great post. As always.

Trish said...

Good for you! I wanted to swoop in from New Jersey and give you and your girls a big hug there at the beach! I am so glad that you know to embrace these moments, and hope that others are inspired to do the same!

Melina said...

I love it, Kelle. This post was a song.

xox
Melina

Shoni said...

That necklace is beautiful.

So are your girls.

So are you.

The End.

Dee said...

My favorite day involves coming home from work and spontaneously surprising my 5-year-old daughter by announcing, "Let's jump in the pool, and let's not even put on swimsuits!" The wide-eyed, giddy excitement that greets me when I spring moments like that on her, and the resulting absolute ball we have doing cannonballs and playing mermaid au naturel in the privacy of our pool while the sun dips lower, always makes me feel like it's been the best day ever. I love my life. And I love the way you love yours too!

Rach said...

Nella looks so grown up all of a sudden. So cute she is.

RP said...

I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. You are a beautiful person, Kelle - and your day? Simply beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

Confessions of a Closet Hoarder but you can call me Judy said...

Isn't it funny how wrong turns can be exactly what our hearts are yearning for?

I'm happy for all of you that you made the wrong turn together and just had fun! Here's hoping your weekend is full of wonderful wrong turns!

Confessions of a Closet Hoarder but you can call me Judy said...

Isn't it funny how wrong turns can be exactly what our hearts are yearning for?

I'm happy for all of you that you made the wrong turn together and just had fun! Here's hoping your weekend is full of wonderful wrong turns!

Kim said...

As one of your Holland friends, today was also my favorite day! My baby boy met two of his milestones today and we received an update on the little 3 yr. old Chinese princess we are adopting! But I wish I'd gotten out and drove somewhere.... anywhere the road could have taken me! That would have been the cherry on top!

Jackie said...

Beautiful pictures as always....wish I was more adventuresome like you. :)

Emily Jacobsma said...

Today was my favorite day because I sat in a bar until it closed talking to my best friend about life, marriage, grad school, traveling and family.

Happy weekend to you and yours!

samantha said...

gonna take a leaf out of your book we have school holidays here soon think i will do a day or 2 like this put the 3 kids in the car and go

love your blog ;-) x

Shauna said...

LOVE IT! "nursing a baby while half submerged" that's it, I'm throwing my kids in the car tomorrow and seeing where we end up! LOVE this post!

Baby By The Sea said...

The adventures we take without a destination in mind are often the best. Far and few between, I'm afraid, with a house full of babes.
Wow. The heart cloud is great.

Mel said...

AWESOME!

Nataliya Khan said...

Beautiful as usual!! I've been stalking your blog for the past 4 months or so and I'm so so glad I found you! Your words are beautiful, I just became a mom this February and you inspire me to be a better mom and to enjoy my little doll daily! I had a question, I just noticed the little hair clips Nella's wearing in these pictures, my daughter's hair is always in her eyes and I was looking for something safe to put on her. I was wondering where you got these from. Thanks in advance:)

Perks and Beans said...

I've lived on an island for 23+ years and have never done that! But my boy would love it, so maybe this is the little nudge I need to try.

Luke & Amanda said...

thank you.

Jen said...

This post brought tears to my eyes! I think this would be my favorite day too, and I'm feeling the need to run into the ocean with all of my clothes on, sounds lovely and liberating!

C x said...

Could it be that the lack of caffeine is making you crazy! Hah - just jokes....you're craziness makes me feel normal :-) Keep sharing the sugar sweet girl x

Jen from Meet the Camerons said...

Living with reckless abandon... and teaching your girls how to as well... I love it.

Katrina said...

Seems like the perfect day! I love that you went swimming in your cloths :)

Keri said...

*gasp* that necklace is GORGEOUS!!!

My Secret Rooms said...

I smile here! Yesterday I posted in My blog that it's my favorite day and today you do.
Sounds like the world is in à wonderful phase! ;-)

Of course, I wrote of a "Favorite day" because I caught that notion from the most inspiring person in the world: you!
I've started that as a life mantra: living every day as a favorite day. Cred to Kelle.

So, having enjoyed what looks like an amazing Favorite dat here, I'm off to a favorite day over here.
It's sunny, it's off duty, it's with loved ones - it'll be grand!!

Have a wonderful weekend, Kelle!

Kellen said...

I love your enthusiasm for life, it is so inspiring to me! I can't wait to have children and a little family and enjoy it as much as you do! Have a great long weekend with your lovely family!

Jess said...

*That* was a great post Kelle :-) I love days like that and capturing memories is one thing I love to do.I think life as a parent is savouring those moments forever.Over the summer holidays that's what I have been doing and now I have a stash of fab memories to sustain me when life goes a bit pear shaped.Let the good times outweigh the not so good times!Have a great weekend love Jess

DIANE said...

=)

Thats all. Just =)

Kimmy said...

Thank you for your beautiful blog. Reading your words and looking at your gorgeous pictures always makes me smile.

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Sisters hold a v special place since I lost mine three years ago to an enormous clot. Watching your girls brings home so many memories; thanks for sharing.

Andrea said...

I'm loving the Friday Phone Dump photo of you and the girls cuddling....pure contentment on yours and Lainey's faces....and a rather squished but "I'm having fun" look on Nella's little face.

I feel an adventure coming on today....come on kids!!!!! (thanks for the inspiration Kelle!)

Andrea x

Simply Bridal said...

Sounds like you had a beautiful memorable day...one of those days when you really feel alive!! I want more of those! :)

jessica.cagle311 said...

I love your free-spirit attitude! Sometimes its the "unplanned" fun we cherish the most =]

Deb and Mike said...

It was your favorite day. And it was my favorite post...what a wonderful world!

Team Lando said...

We have one more week of post-surical lockdown. When it's over, I think Matt, Ellie and I need an adventure!

Sian said...

Good God Kelle, How do you do it? your post had me welling up reading this! Your girls are getting bigger and if possible more adorable by the day. Here's to moving forward regardless of whether we now where we are going x

Claire said...

I *love* how you parent, Kelle. I'm totally taking notes for if and when I have children of my own.

Cxx

Diana said...

I like how you referenced Frost...taking the road less travelled. :)

MonaBL said...

What a beautiful day! Today is Saturday, as in no work or school. The sun is shining, but fall is here, so the temperature does not inspire to any bathing, even with clothes on.... :-) But it's a perfect day for making memories! Have a great weekend!

Chifuru said...

Absolutely loved your post today! Doing something spontaneous and crazy is the best and gives you the most wonderful feeling in the world!! Oh how I envy you for living in Florida with the gulf so close!!

French Lily said...

Your post is so inspiring! I love to get lost with my girls and discover, and you're right : those are my favorite days too. And I'm sure this will be their favorite memories. Wish you many more favorite days!

Momma Bear said...

Before I became a mother, I used to go on all sorts of impromptu excursions. I knew I missed it, but this post has reminded me of how much I love it. I have ignored my inner adventurous voice for far too long & need to make sure to take my daughter on grand, unplanned adventures (or even just tiny ones). Thank you.

tinkster said...

Love your posts, just always make me smile

Lozzy said...

Love it....love it love it love it. What a great reminder that thing don't need to be meticulously planned, bags dont need to be packed and double checked, the car doesn't need to be loaded nor the GPS programmed in order to have the best day. xx Lauren

Amanda said...

I absolutely love the relationship between Nella and Lainey - pure unadulterated joy and love.
Also love the bit about swimming in your clothes. I hate the feeling of wet clothing but it seems worth it for this purpose.
Happy long weekend, Hampton family. We hope to be in Florida again soon enjoying your bluer-than-blue skies and warm weather.

Fab40 said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful day for you all.
And can I tell you how much I love the Friday photo dump?

Nikki said...

I love your adventures.
Your words are beauty.
Your spontaneousy is that of a delicious life.

YONKS said...

I love visiting to look at your wonderful view on family life. Inspirational. You spend as much time as you can with them. I have just packed mine off and the void is enormous!
Enjoy
Dianne :-)
X

Dina said...

Ha, I love your totally spontaneous 'swimming-with-clothes' episode! I've done it, it's great (although not with kids, so you still win..:-) )

Maria said...

I love beach shots! What a gift to live so close to the ocean. Up here, there's already a chill in the air & the leaves, they are a changing. There's beauty in that too but I'd choose the beach over falling leaves any day.
Lainey looks like the best little friend & is it wrong to say that I am totally in love with Nella? I just want to eat her up.
Happy Holiday Weekend!

FlowerLady said...

This was yet another beautiful post, and one of my favorites. Oh to be more spontaneous.

Thank you and love and hugs to you and your family.

The photos speak thousands of words, spreading love and joy.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Megan said...

That sounds like an amazing day. Sometimes I miss being a stay-at-home mom so much. I loved adventure days (as we called them when I had no idea what I wanted to do except GO!). :)

Jennie said...

loved your favorite day. today will be one of mine.

Gina said...

Love this post! I've found that the unplanned events in my life have been the best. Happy Weekend!

Hanna said...

I had never heard a better description of the good results that come from not knowing where you are going... Every time I have done that the outcome has been amazing!!! Hooray to spontaneity in a world full of well planned days!!!
You made me smile with the swimming with clothes story... that was awesome! have a great weekend yourself ;)

Stunningly Sweet said...

Inside I'm screaming with excitement and outside I'm trying to contain myself because as soon as our babies wake we are going to have our own adventure and make today our new favorite, with many more to come! We've made big plans all week for this nothing-planned-yet weekend! Those are the best; and you see..I am a teacher. Which means I just spent a whole week away from my babies during the day (after being with them everyday for the last five months of maternity leave and summer)! BET YOUR BOTTOMS IT WILL BE THE BEST WEEKEND! Your post today made me even more excited for our weekend :)

patricia said...

So happy the clouds parted for you and then you were able to get into your car, drive to someplace you had no idea where you were going till you found that row of palms.
Which then to you to your perfect day! Glorious is all I can say becasue everyone should have a day like that. Sometimes we just don't let ourselves. I love an adventure!! Happy weekend Kelle. Love your beautiful family and when those girls smile, my heart smiles too:D!!

Bree@ 700sqftDesign said...

I love those 'gotta get out of the house, don't care where I'm going days'!

Sarah said...

i am crying and I have goosebumps. I think all too often we don't let our inner child out and just do something BECAUSE WE CAN!! Kudos to you for showing your girls that having fun does not have to be expensive or planned.

formy2kids said...

I need to take more trips to places when I have no idea where I am going to go. They are best trips! I don't comment often but it has been fun watching your babies grow. :)

Kathleen said...

Amazing adventure. I can't believe I don't live near the ocean because my soul feels like it belongs there. But - bloom where you are planted right? I'll go sit in the freaking snow, making snowcastles in the cutest damn winter boots you ever did see.

Happiness is... said...

Day Seized. Awesome.

-Jennifer from Annapolis

Nicole said...

Love this post! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring.

Tina S said...

Jewelry with a purpose? I can barely stand it! :) And a beautiful post by the way. Makes me want to move to FL. If I didn't love MN so much.

Sarah said...

joy for the journey. Beautiful post.

Kelly said...

Some of the best things are unplanned! Sounds like a wonderful day. I'm due for a favorite day!

Kristy Foushee said...

You have inspired me...Today is a day that we will live in the moment!

Evelyn Louise said...

I really need to move to the gulf coast of Florida. I need a "lake" in my neighborhood regardless of large blue machines keeping the water clean. I need to be able to drive to the water and play any day that I want.
Beautiful post - it might be my favorite post ever.

LeShayne said...

I grew up with very little but learned that family and being together was the number one thing - I am more thankful for that lesson than any stuff they could have bought me. I have many "favorite days" from when I grew up and hope my kids can say the same!

The Sanchez Family said...

Oh Kelle!!! Wow! Tears are a flowin' here. What an amazing post. LOVE you and your perfect day!

Heatheroo said...

Wahoo for your Favorite Day...I get like that sometimes too, where it feels like the walls of my house are closing in and I just have to get out. You are amazing at taking an ordinary old day and turning it into something fabulous! I can picture your girls in 20 years reflecting on their childhood "Mom was so crazy"..."yeah but she was sooo much fun!"
Have a spectacular weekend!

LilianEveDesigns said...

I'm going to stop and think today what I have never done all the time I've lived here (which is 9 years)- and think about doing it. You daredevil, you:). Love your sentiments.

I had this notion (my husband went to FL for the weekend without me to visit his dad)- since it's the first week of school- didn't work for me:(- that I would set the spare room up as a bedroom even though I'm not expecting. Whatcha think about that? Then, I thought, he may not come home:).

LOVE THIS POST.
XO

Sara Jakobs said...

The unexpected days really are the best! Love, love the pic of you three in the water, we always have a spare bathing suit, a bucket and few spades in the car "just in case" ;)

Jen said...

love the hearts.

and i love that you did it! i had been wondering when you would... you seemed to take much inspiration from that clothes-on swimmer that day. what fun you must have had!! :)

laxsupermom said...

What a beautiful post! The unplanned stops can make for the most magical times. Love the fully clothed, in the water shot! What a perfect day. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

Yesterday was my favorite day too. :)

Rosalynn said...

I just discovered your blog via The Happiest Mom and will be back regularly: your photos, and your girls, are so beautiful! I'm a 'planner' by nature so this post was inspiring -- one day we'll get in the car with no destination in mind-- I'm planning on it :)

Alexis said...

This was a truly wonderful post. It made my heart smile and I loved the (unintended) inspiration for others to not "plan" so much but to embrace the now. Unexpected, unplanned moments like this are what Lainey and Nella will remember forever. Thanks for sharing!!

Benay said...

What a beautiful and unexpected day!

MDH said...

The girls will remember that day forever. What a perfect day!

lovemy3 said...

This post brightened my day. You are so right, parenting is all about knowing you are going somewhere but you won't know until you get there. I am such a planner...I could learn a valuable lesson from you!

Hopefully your gray skies will go away this weekend and you can soak up more of those beautiful blue skies!

Mikaela said...

When you said "and then we did it" i was sure you were about to say that you all stripped down and skinny dipped, and i was thinking dang, girlfriend IS adventurous, it is still light out! Maybe you can save that favorite day for another time :)

This post seriously makes my heart ache from excitement to plan more perfect, favorite days for my kids. Thanks for always sharing your inspiration and positivity.

sen1013 said...

Thank you for sharing this! I needed the reminder today that everything can be turned into an adventure.

BRH said...

Such a wonderful post! I could literally feel your joy when reading your words. Have a great weekend!

Beth

Lacy Hope said...

Beautiful story!!

[LJT] said...

Beautiful post, as always!

p.s. how's the not coffee 'coffee' treating you? I am thinking it's time for switch in this house...

~*~Diana~*~ said...

The journey is the destination! This is my favorite quote. It is the motto my mother and I always use on our vacations.......we never have a 'destination' in mind when we travel. It is for the very reason you discovered on your 'favorite day'......because if you are so busy trying to make it to your destination, you miss the wonderful journey!!!! Always take the time to "Stop, See Snakes, Live!" ha ha

Glad to see you experienced such an amazing day.....may your life be FULL of "favorite days"!

mismatch15 said...

this is exactly why I always keep my car and house and heart in shambles--they always make for days like this :) totally amazing. rock on, friends. love the adventure you share with your girls.

Christy Marshall said...

oh for heavens sake...you make me smile. i can't hardly take your writing. it was such a nice read this morning over my cup of coffee.

Knowitall said...

Swimming in clothes makes it feel totally rebellious and for sure worth wet seats in the car! Yaaaa for happy days!

Paige said...

That sharing-of-the-chocolate-milk picture is precious!

Michelle said...

Lovely Story, Beautiful sister's melt my heart! Have the best time ever!

Becky said...

Oh, to have a necklace like that! People might actually accuse me of being "stylish." WHAT???

I love your favorite day. Spontaneity is one of the most precious things we have.

Anke said...

What a great post! You are creating such beautiful memories for yourself and the girls. Have a wonderful weekend!

MegAtPatientlyCrazy said...

The sun is shining and we have no plans today - I think we'll take your lead and go on an unplanned adventure. The very, tiny first glimpses of summer fading into fall are showing and a coffee in hand will go a long way this beautiful morning.

heather said...

I so rarely suck the marrow out of life, being more Brett-responsible than Kelle impetuous. I hope to be a better balance while my babies are still small, because that's the stuff of memories!

KimL said...

As my kids get older, I forget to have jump-in-the-car-and-drive-days. Thanks for the reminder. It may be just what we need=)

The Hill House said...

I love that you try to live life with such wild abandon. I envy that, and need to make a point to strive for that each and every day. I imagine that the memories made are absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, worth it.

Holly said...

My favorite days are the unplanned, going just where the wind takes us, the mountains for a short hike, the park and the play ground, the store for an expected purchase. As I look back now, those are the days I remember and cherish. Thanks for sharing your unplanned day with us.

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