Monday, December 12, 2011

Feeling It

Well, hello there.

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I started writing this post at 4:39 this afternoon with plans to furiously tap my keyboard, cut and paste some codes and hit publish by dinner. It's 9:30 10:05 11:50 now. Between then and now, I got distracted--folded laundry, made a quick dinner, took the girls for a night light walk and finally laid in bed sandwiched between two sweet bodies until their chests steadily raised and settled with the peaceful rhythm of deep sleep.

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Really though, I went to write several times today but didn't feel it.

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I like the way it feels to write when I'm inspired. I like to clean my house when I'm in the mood--savoring the way hot water suds when it hits lemon oil in a bucket or forcefully scrubbing mad circles on the bathroom tile because, at that moment, the world will not go on unless my knuckles are bleach-burned and that tile is spotless. I love to cook when my kitchen's clean, dinner music is streaming, my favorite apron is tied around my waist and I'm two wine sips away from calling all my friends and telling them how much I love them. I like to dance when the roof is on fire.

You can't always wait to feel it though--at least that's the antithesis that must be stated to add validity. There are things we have to robotically do whether we feel it or not. Pay bills, work, wake up with crying babies, pack diaper bags, put gas in the car.

But to feel it? To act on a flame that ignites and propels us to think, smile, move, dance, sing, love, write, run, breathe deeply--it's so different. A short burst of inspiration, feeling, passion--it can accomplish more than hours of robotic output. And when you feel it--deeply--the product is undoubtedly more glorious.

My sister and I talked a lot about feeling it this weekend. She called three times the past two days reporting her house was nearing disaster zone but claimed she didn't feel it yet--the burning urge to clean. And I get it. We laughed, justifying our similar behaviors with the fact that we'd come around and when we did, it would be good. And then we went on--as we always do--analyzing our tendencies, backing up into childhood and what makes us tick. Which is about the point Brett interjects, "Oh God, sister therapy" before he walks away, laughing.

We arrive at the conclusion (justification) that being motivated by feeling it is powerful. It comes with its drawbacks (Sorry Boss, I know that report was due last Tuesday, but I'm not really feeling it yet), but the rewards are mighty.

I find myself feeling that Come Alive-ness more often now. I don't know if it's age or experience or perhaps conditioning--seeking out a hit of inspiration wherever and whenever I can find it because I know what it feels like to have it...and I want more of it. It's why I take walks at night with the girls, throw things in the car for a last-minute sunset, blister myself on a hot glue gun to create something special, wear red lipstick, hang half a million twinkly lights for my girl's magical night, or close my eyes and almost cry when the first ballerina hits the stage for the Overture on a Nutcracker date with my daughter. I feel inspired.

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It was special and we treated it as such. Fancy clothes, a high bun with ribbon, a spritz of shimmer perfume, and a purse to carry her chapstick, a plastic dalmation, two nickels and a penny.

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We chose a community production this year, performed at Big Arts, a small theater full of character and nestled between City Hall and the Historical Museum on Sanibel Island, an hour north of us. It was cozy and authentic and perfect for a little girl's first trip to the ballet.

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For all the times I've seen the Nutcracker, none was as lovely as this--because I have her now. And another her at home who will someday be big enough to come along.

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And if listening to Tchaikovsky and watching lithe ballerinas glide around a Christmas tree doesn't ignite the Christmas pilot light (ahem--flaming torch), then I don't know what will.

Maybe sparkly little angel girls holding candles. Be still my Christmas heart.

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There. And the rest of the weekend...

A Florida Santa:

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A Sunday waffle breakfast:

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A short rain that created enticing puddles:

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Cookie Stealer:

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She loves to use her Sweet Seat as a chair...perfect height to prompt walking. Order by Wed for Christmas delivery.

Night Light Walks:

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Big Smiles:

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Doesn't she look like Mama here?

The following call to my sister last night:

Me: "I've made too many decisions today. Tell me, please, what do I want to do? Climb in bed and call it a night, or make peanut butter cookies? Seriously, you have to decide for me."

Sister: "Make the cookies."

Me: "Good. Thank you."

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And that, my friends, is feeling it.

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Happy, happy week to you all. Popping in tomorrow for some more holiday lovin'.

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Simply Bridal said...

I just love you, your family and your blog Kelle!!

I have been following for quite a while but just recently found out I am pregnant with my first child and now I love your blog even more! Because you inspire me to be a great mother!!

Love, Maria

Laura Railing said...

Ahh I love the ambiance of the picture of the girls in bed. Something magical about Christmas lights!

Ashley @ The Hillside Home said...

Love those last pics of Lainey and Nella sleeping. Nothing sweeter or more peaceful. :)

Amba @ Team Mummy said...

Hope you all have a wonderful xmas! The girls are so precious sleeping there :)
Also, can you PLEASE! do a 'ask me anything post'?
:)
x

jolie said...

I hear ya on the feeling it! I'm so like that! I'm looking at my house right now...and it looks like a bomb went off...but by 6:30pm Friday night it will all be just as it should! I have 11 ladies arriving for bunco and somehow between everything...taking care of 4 littles, homeschooling one, changing diapers, feeding people...somehow between all of that this house will transform into beautiful and all my decorating will be done and dinner will be made and we will have a fun night! Hugs!

melissa said...

On the 12th day of Christmas my momma friend gave to me ~ a blog that enriches my life daily!!
12 days 'til Christmas, Kelle!!!

LeiShell said...

Love how you write even when you're not " feeling it". The pictures make me want to do.something Christmas-y:)

Lindsey said...

Ah, the conversations of sisters. I used to have my sister decide things for me all the time and I miss it. (She's been gone for 4 1/2 years now.) But I love the picture of you and Nella together!

Katy Walker said...

I must admit that I have never seen The Nutcracker live. I think I need to do that. Lovely post as usual. :)

Hazel said...

I thought it must've been a little late! Instagram gives me a sneak preview, but I do love the full length feature best! My sisters and I do sister therapy, I guess nobody else is going to get the unique way your own family works and how it shapes us. But can you imagine Lainey & Nella one day? That's gotta make you smile. Happy week to you too Kelle

April Vernon said...

Your night at the Nutcracker looked magical. Great photos!

sarah said...

i have so been going through the not feeling it stage...i needed something to "ignite" my fire and your post spoke to me. tomorrow i will mail the stack of christmas cards and finally clean our bathroom! Lol. thank you :)

Amy said...

I've been racing around so much I haven't had time to read my have blogs. Glad to pop in here to see your little ones nestled in bed...so sweet.

michelle said...

Seriously after I read your blog I am so inspired. I love you have your camera with you everywhere you go. The moments you capture are amazing!! Love love love your words, pictures, and your blog.

Jennifer S. said...

Be still my Christmas heart. Oh how I love you and your writing! Merry Christmas dear lady!

Small Town Wisconsin Girl said...

I am glad you are feeling it! I enjoy reading your blog so much!! Oh, and the pictures of the girls sleeping are adorable!! Thanks Kelle, once again!

Shel said...

Those Nutcracker photos are stunning! You make me want to try to take my daughter this year, not so sure she can sit quietly enough, we didn't even make it through the new Winnie the Pooh movie :)

Debbie D. said...

Might there be a Nutcracker performance in the future for your girls!?

Sarah said...

I live in an apartment on a college campus in Illinois. I miss my parent's house because that is home to me... and that is where Christmas is. It doesn't feel Christmas-y here... but thanks to your words and the pictures you share (and the sounds of Christmas music coming from my puter), it feels more and more like Christmas to me! so thanks :)

Anneliese said...

amen to sister therapy! and feelin it. i'm glad i'm not the only one who is ok with letting her house go a little to far...cause i know i will eventually WANT to clean it!

Jaclyn Hicks said...

The last picture of your girls makes me heart swell, and my pregnancy hormones propel into overdrive. So unbelievably sweet!

LouBoo said...

Oh those Nutcracker pictures - there is just nothing like taking your daughter to the ballet. Whether it's the first or the fifth time; I can tell you, it's still magic. I wish I was feeling it - I am heading back into work today after a six months sabbatical...I gotta say - I am not feeling it! Lou x

Powtera said...

I see the resemblance for sure! Who knew one picture could capture so much joy? A pleasure as always.

Ellen said...

Your description of Lainey's purse for the Nutcracker made me tear up a little...I don't know why! Just too precious. As always, love your beautiful pictures of your beautiful girls!

Erin said...

Awww those Nutcracker pictures made me cry! I love your passion for life and the Holidays :)

Enjoy your little ones this week!

XO
erin

sweetnessitself.blogspot.com

Marie Tere said...

thanks so much for sharing yourself and your family, I love you all and long to visit the Florida sun.

RaquelDoesLife said...

Sometimes I try to force the creativity instead of just waiting for the right moment or opening myself up to "feeling it", so I thank you for this reminder. Great post Kelle (per usual)!

Love is all you need said...

Christmas time and the nutcracker? You have some mad holiday lovin skills. Giving away free accessories over here.. nickandkort.blogspot.com

Afton said...

CAN I PLEASE BE YOU WHEN I GROW UP? I LOVE HOW YOU CAN TELL A STORY WITH SUCH A HONEST TONE. GORGEOUS!

Sarah said...

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Averyl Minori said...

Sleeping kids....beautiful!

Lisa said...

Tucking away The Nutcracker for my to do list next year. She'll be four, and I think she'd love it.
I love reading your blog for many reasons, once of which is that I also have two girls, around the same ages as Lainey and Nella. It warms my heart to read your stories and to see pictures of them together (and apart). The ones of them snoozin' in the bed are priceless...

Lisa said...

Oh, and you should know that it's almost midnight, I have to get up at 5:00 for work, but I just finished covering our downstairs with colorful lights. I used to LOVE putting up the lights in my bedroom every year when I was young...such a magical feeling to just lay there with every light off and basking in the glow of Christmas lights. I haven't done indoor lights for years...thank you for the inspiration! ;-)

Antique Paperie said...

Oh the Nutcracker...one of my favorites. Although I love all of your photos, the one that has JUST melted my heart is precious girl in her rain puddle! What delight...she is content. I feel ya - I feel it. I know exactly what you mean. I get it. I really do.
Merry Christmas to you and yours! xo

Sharmaine said...

you are such a christmas lover. your kids are very lucky!

Breanna said...

Your girls look so precious sound asleep together :)

Those cookies looked amazing by the way!!

Monique said...
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Monique said...

This year was our second year that we missed our small yet GRAND production of the Nutcracker. A community ballet company performs in our small theatre at the University. It started out 8 years ago when my little man was only 2 and he called it " I go see Cracker Man". Nana (my Mama) started the Nutcracker tradition that year and my sister and her little girl joined. Every year our little group grew bigger as little & big friends joined, new little brothers and sisters joined. And each year it become more magical, experiencing it with our littles. I miss the "Cracker Man". My Mom hasn't been well...so we brought the Nutcracker to her last year. With Tchaikovsky playing the grandsons wore Nutcracker PJs during our family Christmas and marched into the family room all soldier like with the girls twirling in their white nighties...a magical Christmas gift for a proud Grandma. We were all "feeling it"...yes be still my Christmas heart!
Thanks for sharing your magic...it always brings back amazing memories for me.
Happy week to you!!
Monique

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*mae* said...

ohh don't sleeping babies bring a warm feel of peacefulness to our hearts? It makes me wanna wish that babies will remain babies forever

PaisleyJade said...

Beautiful post - beautiful girls!!

sheri said...

I love love love the sleeping photos. I'm not sure whether it's because my children are such light sleepers that I'll probably never have a photo like that of my own or because I'm currently rocking a restless (teething?) baby and I long for sleep myself. Probably the latter, but I adore their snuggly little bodies.

Chanalesings said...

Ballet with Lainey! I know how incredible it is to relive special experiences with your daughter. My daughter would love a ballet! We'd have to find a nice Chanukah story though.. totally feelin' your post and laughing bout it taking you all night!

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Team Lando said...

nutcracker = love. and ellie was staring at the pics of the girls!

Claire @ Scissors Paper Rock said...

Oh my....Nella looks so big in those last sleepy shots!! Where has the time gone?? She's not the little newborn that I picture her as....even though I read every one of your blog posts LOL!! Your girls are GORGEOUS Kelle! And I love love love the ballet date with your biggest girl! PRECIOUS!!!
xx

Gina said...

Nella is really starting to look like a big girl! Such sweet girls you have.

Jill said...

Your writing is beautiful, your girls even more so. Thank you for sharing! Lainey is looking a little more grown up and Nella definitely has her mama's smile.

Maria said...

Oh Kelle~those Nutcracker photos are beautiful! Be still my heart. I love ballet & the seven year old ballerina in my life has just informed me that (after a brief respite) she will be returning to her weekly classes.
Merry Christmas to me!! I get to watch her very talented teacher instruct these little girls how to grow up to be real dancers. I'm so excited!
Moving on...yes, she does look like her Mama & she's absolutely beautiful! Happy Tuesday to you!!

Laura said...

I adore the Fl Santa. Haha, the cookie stealer is darn cute!

mistene said...

I teared up big time with all the ballet ideas with little ones. I love the stage my toddler is at, but can't wait to bring her on big girl dates to the ballet.

Sarah said...

I know you get lots of lovely comments like this, but I really love your blog! I've been following you since early this year, and I haven't looked back! There have been many times when I've linked to you on my blog; I truly love your outlook on life!

It's been a hard year, I'm profoundly deaf and over the last 2 years I've lost even more of my hearing, yet I'm only 22; at various points, reading through and gorging on the beautiful pictures on here has really helped. It reminds me that there is so much to be thankful for, and so much to look forward to. I may be deaf, but it won't hold me back, and I know that Nella will be just as successful and happy as Lainey is going to be.

Being "disabled" is no longer a barrier, it can be something to embrace, because you end up connecting with so many more people and living life in a different way because of it. Sure, there are lots of bumps along the way, but they only make you stronger!

Keep loving those unicorns, and enjoying the small things :) I'll be back x

Southern Gal said...

There's nothing like the Nutcracker ballet to ignite the fire! So sweet.

Wendy said...

Today I am feeling a long walk with the kiddo's in a wagon, peppermint flavored hot chocolate with sprinkles, Bing Crosby in the background, dancing in circles until we get dizzy and fall down in a laughing heap, and most of all sticky kisses and hugs from 2 toddlers who are my love and my world. I am content.

Marianne said...

That was so nice, I got to enjoy this post with my cup of peppermint coffee...sip and read, perfect! Great way to start the day!

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

took my son to the nutcracker last year when he was 5... and he loved it... next year it's the rockettes....for us... How much fun to read your writing.... Love the 2 new sponsors..especially the fun earrings....

Laura said...

Your blog always warms my heart!! Love the sleeping picture of the girls!

Claire said...

Your blog truly inspires me! And makes me want to get my camera out!

Cxx

Britt Emmons Ricardo said...

Oh the magic of the nutcracker! I remember going with my Mama as a little one to see the magic of it as well! Loved the precious outfit Lainey wore - she is such a cutie pie! I hear you about not always feeling in. I forced myself to make some holiday goodies yesterday and "faking it til you make it" definitely helped this morning when I woke up and my house still smelled of gingerbread deliciousness! Thanks for posting!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Glad your words finally came together. You do a great job at writing how I feel;) How do you do that? Wish I had a sister to make decisions for me. That's why I was on one cloud nine that my girls would have each other.

Summit of Glory said...

Your comments regarding the "feeling it" feeling reminds me of one my fav sayings:
"Motivation FOLLOWS action". Most people think it's the other way around......but really if you get going on something, the motivation to "dance when the roof is on fire" naturally follows. That being said - I just took on a Decorate Cookies for Santa party project - for NEXT WEEK. Yikes! What was I thinking. I guess if you want something done you give it to a busy person, right?! You should write more about your sister. She sounds awesome! xoxo

Katie said...

I hear you on the 'feeling it'. My house is a disaster, but I was quite content last night to sit and admire my beautiful tree. Maybe the cup of coffee this morning will inspire. Thanks for your writing Kelle. What a great start to my day!

Jenn said...

I love your new tradition of night light walks...what a great idea and the memories that you are creating are pricelss!

Jorie said...

Your girls sleeping together is so beautiful!

lillies & lattes said...

once again, you capture my feelings perfectly into words. i, too, like to clean and write and run and work when i feel it... even though i do sometimes have to drag myself through the motions... the best are those times when every ounce of me is ready to run/write/etc.

merry merry Christmas to you, your girls, and your family!

Inspiração Inesperada said...

Beautiful photos of sweet babies sleeping in Christmas PJs will just about make anyone's day!

Dana Jack said...

Thank you for always making me "feel it"!

Heather @ Raising Memories Blog said...

You had me crying about the ballet & then laughing knowingly about the call to ask your sister to decide for you. :) haha
I don't know if you were "feeling it" by the time you finished this post, but I felt it while I was reading. Thank you. :)

Talia said...

The pictures of your babies sleeping together melt my heart. Truly too precious!

Hayley said...

Your girls in bed is so sweet! I love it. They look so cuddly!

Stacy said...

I can't wait unti my girls are big enough to go see The Nutcracker!

T. Nelson said...

Reading this is helping me feel it for today. Thank you!

Snippets said...

Florida santa looks suspiciously like Australian santa!

I bawled a little bit reading about your date with Lainey at the ballet. I love that you are nurturing an appreciation for dance in her. I am a little bit biased being a pre-primary ballet teacher, but wide eyed little girls in the audience get me every single time.

It is a wonderful thing to watch the realization in their face that one day that will be them!

Also, Nellas baby blues got my bottom lip going again too! I am a hot mess of sentimentalism today and this just tipped me over the edge. Gorgeous!

Lisa Bottolene said...

there's something about a candle that warms a room.... especially during Christmas.

... and something about pb cookies that taste so good.

Sunnie said...

Your girls sure are growing...every time i see a picture of Nella i feel like she has changed a tiny bit!!
Merry Christmas!!
Sunnie in NC

Hannah Joy said...

Love the girlies sleeping together. <3

Amanda said...

You have such beautiful words! And a beautiful family.

~Shari said...

Oh that chair for Nella is to die for. I remember them from a long time ago. I would give me eye teeth for one. Well, not really but ya know.

Merry Christmas from Indiana!!

Kelsey said...

This is exactly how I'v been feeling but was unable to put into words!! Last night instead of cleaning or doing laundry which I definitely wasn't feeling, I sat and made fabric covered thumbtacks for my mom for Christmas :) And it was a great night!

The Simplest of Pleasures said...

Your family and you are an inspiration. Seeing the love and joy in all the pictures and post make me excited to see what you write next.

Krista said...

Totally understand the feeling it! Well put, I will be using that in the near future when the dishes are not quite done. :)

KTG said...

Feeling this post.Enjoyed our first trip to the nutcracker this year with a 3 year old.Ahh magical.
Scents have been important to me this year been spending a bit more time inside so aromatherapy helps a lot!

cathy said...

You make such beautiful memories for you girl, they are truly blessed to have you as a mother.

dldhome said...

Love pictures of sleeping little onees! I am starting to get the "feeling" for wrapping lovely christmas gifts!

Deborah said...

I have never seen the Nutcracker, but now that I have a daughter, and even more so after reading this post I have to go! What a beautiful memory she'll have:)

Alyssa Margaret said...

Just bought 4 pairs of those earrings for Christmas gifts! SO lovely! You share such wonderful products, Kelle! Thank you!

Heather said...

Oh my goodness your girls are stunning inside and out--it just shines through. Merry Christmas to all!

Callie said...

Merry Christmas! That little ballet goer and cookie stealer are adorable and I love coming to read your posts---you put me in the christmas spirit!

Amanda Buck said...

Oh I LOVE the Nutcracker! I was in the performance at 15 as a solider and russian dancer. Looking forward to taking my own daughter next year perhaps as we are currently in the midst of being two:)

Ali's Mom said...

This brings back the memory of taking my son to the Nutcracker and about 10 minutes in he quite loudly asked "when are they going to start talking!!!??" OOPS! I guess I forgot to tell him that part. Got a few chuckles out of the audience. You can tell by the pictures how excited Lainey was - very good memories! Enjoy

OnCallMom said...

I love this post! Never were truer words spoke than the fact that more is done in a few hours of 'feeling it' than in robotic mode. The other day I unexpectedly 'felt' the desire to organize some random corners of my house, and I got more done then than I have in the past 4 months! Also, that conversation with your sister about deciding what to do, sounds exactly like my sister and I. Love the nutcracker--love all the pictures.

Jennifer said...

What a great morning treat for me - - loved the latest update. Your blog always makes my heart melt.

Candice said...

Florida Santa cracks me up!!

Ashley said...

Your recent posts have been making me really focus on appreciating the holiday spirit. It's amazing how some twinkle lights, music and some amazing smelling candles can change your mood. Also, I LOVE the photos of the girls all snuggled together. Definitely a "this is it" kind of moment.

kmrf said...

My daughter has been obsessed with ballet since she was old enough to know what it was. She has been in the nutcracker as a bunny soldier that fights with the nutcracker, a lamb that dances with marzipan, and this year an angel. The angel was by far the biggest leap for me. Gone is cute and arrived is beautiful and dazzling. It's one of those painful in it's beauty transitions. But I am a freak about ballet. The snow scene in our Nutcracker involves flurries of fake snow and always makes me tear up.

Rach said...

Oh the ballet looks amazing! Can't wait to take my daughter when she's older.

Stacey said...

I love seeing the magic you create with your girls. They are so precious. <3

christa said...

Love the Ballet pictures!

FlowerLady said...

Dear Kelle ~ I love you, your family and your blog. During the wee hours of the morning I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. While laying there, I got inspired to clean, straighten and maybe do some baking today. This delightful post of yours gave me more inspiration.

Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas season.

FlowerLady

Tia said...

I am feeling it today! Getting a lot done before going to get coffee with a friend!

As always, love your stories!

Crystal Renee said...

I absolutely save your blog for the last on my reader. I just know that I want to read every single word. I never exit without reading all the words, even small ones. I love the way you write. And honestly, I ency your mothering capabilities. I want to do these things with my children and you, YOU, inspire me! I hope you and your family have a Happy Holidays. You guys are awesome!

morrest1101 said...

I crashed last night. Wanted to watch "Water for Elephants"... but instead I crashed! No cookie making going on last night at our house =)

lynxymama said...

i am glad you posted. i had my baby girl in october (i have 2 boys too) and now i can add the nutcracker to the bucket list of things we will be doing together. Not that the boys wouldn't want to go too but i have a feeling babygirl will REALLY love it. warms my heart. the other thing i noticed, look at Nella work that fork!!!!

Paige said...

I SO get the "feeling". Our tree is up and it has some pretty white lights - but no ornaments yet. I was feeling sleep last night instead if trudging (is that a word?) through the bins and decorating the tree. Perhaps tonoght I'll feel it...??? We'll see. Um, yes, Nella does look like her Mommy!

Becky said...

I totally get the whole feeling it thing, I mean this weekend I was soooo tired, I went to bed with my little guy every night, by 8 pm. Needless to say I was up and ready for my day at 430, watching some old reruns of friends...

Christmas really is magical!!

Mergen's said...

Great pics! I think I want to order the Sweet Seats for my 2 year old Twins. Not sure I am ready to have them give up their High Chairs yet though :) Note to self. I need a Waffle Maker, my twins have only experienced Ego Toaster Waffles ! You are such a great mom, I love it.

Kellie said...

I can't wait to come in to work every morning and open your blog. Thank you so much for sharing about your family. Your daughters are beautiful and I always get a warm fuzzy feeling after reading about your day. My kids are grown and I miss the days you describe so much. :)

Tonya said...

I just adore sleeping babies! And I love the Nutcracker! I love the ballet period! My 3 older girls were in the local First Baptist's annual Christmas production this weekend and they did an awesome job!!!!! Watching my girls dance does something to me.....

shelbyisrad said...

It stinks when the 'feeling it' desire doesn't happen when I should be studying for exams and writing papers. I just have to get past the not feeling it and make myself feel it.

Cary said...

I love your blog Kelly but I am absolutely exhausted when I finish it! Where in the world do you get all your energy? You are always busy, busy, busy! All of your pictures are beautiful - especially your little angels sleeping together! Merry Christmas to y'all!

Deborah said...

You're sister made the right choice. Yummy Peanut Butter cookies. Thanks for sharing your Florida Holiday.

Beans said...

Lainey looked LOVELY for the Nutcracker! What a magical evening you must have had. Love you babies sleeping.

Jes said...

My fiance is learning about my "feel it" cleaning approach. I have also embraced the "feel it" approach when it comes to writing my dissertation for school... when I am not feeling it, I usually end up re-writing everything later. I have learned to use the non "feel it" times to do something else. There is a magic in the "feel it" moments. I will wait for those.

I love your ballet date with your daughter. So cute!

Kristin said...

Those buttons earrings are the cutest. Makes me wish I was more of an earring kinda gal!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I am really needing to feel the motivation soon! I saw the Nutcracker with my mom on Friday night- it was spectacular and of course I wanted to speed up time so that I could finally take Ivy. Can not wait.

Steph

our clan said...

LOVED the post!! I thought I was the only mom who needed to "feel" it before setting into anything. I rock doing laundry when the mood is right. The dirt in the house doesn't stand when I rock it. Thank you for being "feeling" when you wrote this post!!

Rhonda said...

Having a hard time feeling Christmas this year. Working retail just sucks the Christmas spirit out of a person. Why do customers have to be so mean??

Meagan said...

Nothing in the world beats sleeping babes...except maybe sleeping babes in Christmas PJs!

Anne Marie said...

Making cookies in the day with kids..absolutely wonderful but sometimes cookies at night all by myself...delightful!!! Cookies always come before sleep.

Erin said...

I have been there for the "feeling it" moments. I believe they do come with age. Hope you have many many more "feeling it" moments.

carlyandjay said...

Good decision-making on the cookies vs. bed choice. I've had several of those lately, as well! Last weekend, we made the decision to travel back to Kentucky for Christmas, after we had already told our family we were staying in Florida. We haven't been back since our twin girls and special needs arrived in our lives. I am looking forward to having a magical Christmas again, and maybe even a white one! Although, the cold weather might be a shock to the system. Love your blog- even when you aren't feelin' it. :)

Dianagoddess said...

I didn't feel like baking this year and frankly thought nobody cared. Until my son asked me if I was going to bake. I stated I would probably buy the cookies from the bakery this year. He had a sad look on his face and announced "they won't taste as good as yours". Hence, I went out to buy the ingredients.

Lauren Ashlee said...

I am addicted to your sweet blog! You are exactly the type of Mama I want to be one day. Love the pictures of the Nutcracker too, what a treat!

Cheryl said...

Don't you just love having a sister you can call and have someone to justify all of your bad habits with? Bless sisters!

Anne said...

Oh, the sleeping-kidlet-with-arm-thrown-up-over-head pose kills me every time. I don't know what it is about that.

Tori said...

What a fun trip for you little to get to see the nutcracker!!

Kate and Geoff said...

There is nothing more precious in life than a sleeping child! I love, love, love your pics of the girls sleeping- I sneak into my boys rooms every night to see their sweet little lips and chests rising and falling- makes me melt every night:)

Nikki @ Saving For A Rainy Day said...

I have such wonderful memories of seeing The Nutcracker as a little girl. I have yet to gift my daughter with the same and you have inspired me to do so.

The onion Farmers Wife said...

ahhhhhhh........love glitter spray myself!

SarcasmInAction said...

I love how in every photo of you with your girls, every. single. photo, you are looking at them with *that* face. A face full of such love.
Momma love.
I hope it's that apparent in photos I take with my girls.

Sigh....

Crystal said...

Bring on the woodland spirit! I'm game.

Jillian22 said...

We've been getting into the holiday season hard-core as well! It's amazing how certain scents: pine, warm cookies, peppermint... can make a holiday feel so right. Thanks for the great post!

Rachel said...

I think I would miss the snow if I ever moved farther south than the Midwest, but the idea of puddle-jumping in December is pretty appealing! Your pictures are brightening a tough day at work, so thank you.

Molly said...

I just adore the Nutcracker. Even though I don't have a darling little girl to watch in awe of the ballerinas. Perhaps it is because I had that dream once. To pounce across the stage, toes pointed. I took ballet from the time I was 3 until I was 18. I would love to watch a daughter learn the same techniques I practiced year after year. But I think I'll like dirty soccer cleats and Tonka trucks just as much. Graceful in their own way, I guess ;)

Your girls look gorgeous, as always.

scgrits said...

Thanks for heloping me "feel" Christmas a little more. I'm shooting for New Year's, which I am hoping brings great things after a rough patch :-)

Jessica said...

I've never seen the Nutcracker. I'd love to someday.

Dara said...

I'm taking my girl to see The Nutcracker this weekend. She won't be 3 for another month and everyone thinks it's a horrible idea to take her at this age. I hope they are all wrong!!! She's seen Disney on Ice and loved it, so here's hoping! If it doesn't work out, I'll just have to keep trying :)

Theresa said...

I love your relationship with your sister. I love how close you are despite the miles.

Also... Bless you for squeezing into bed next to your girls. I hadn't co-slept since mine were itty bitty until a week ago. Holy smokes. Little people can sure take up a LOT of space! Lol

Sarah said...

I LOVE the pictures of your little ones sleeping in bed together. What could be more precious. :)

Mallory said...

Loving the picture of Nella and you with that big ole smile :D

WhatDoesTheFutureHold said...

Lainey looks absolutely adorable in her nutcracker outfit! Hope you guys had fun!

missy

Genia & Shaylon said...

Lovely post. I like the term "sister therapy". The kids are so big, Nella is getting so tall.

Tammy said...

Thank you for helping me realize to slow down and enjoy the smaller things

Dylan'sMommy316 said...

Ah I <3 the Florida Santa!!

Denise said...

The ballet looked divine! What a great tradition.

nancy88 said...

What beautiful girls you have! Thank you for continuing to share them with us through your gorgeous photos! Merry Christmas to you!

Liesel said...

I love the feeling of "feeling it." If only I was feeling it right now and would whip my house into a clean Christmas-y haven... :)

Cheri said...

I never let my two little girls sleep with me... mostly because I know I don't sleep as well.

... but those pictures of your girls in that big bed made me realize it's something I must do.

Tonight, we will have a sleepover.

Thanks.

Amy said...

Sisters are the best aren't they?? Love the pics of the girls sleeping in their cute jammies!

Katrina said...

I wish very often--in fact almost every day--that I could do things always and only when I am "feeling it" because the sense of really living is so much more full and rich when you accomplish those things you were "feeling." I am so glad you wrote about this because now I am starting to "feel it" and as soon as I finish commenting my house will "feel it" too! :)

P.S. Your girls are beautiful.

KP said...

The pictures of the girls sleeping has got to be the sweetest thing ever! Melt my heart!

Sarah said...

The ballet looks wonderful! I bet it was an amazing first experience for a little girl! Love the button earrings as well!

Happiness is... said...

I "get" that need for the feeling. It's like your little flicker of life light becomes a blow torch. Yes, it's the one that made me stay up for 5 nights crafting the most amazing 1980's cake for my dearest friend. It's the one that made me sew last night until 1am.

So glad that you got to take the girl to the local Nutcracker production. Alex and I are going this weekend - and meeting the dancers before hand. My tail is already wagging in anticipation.

"This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine…"

-Jennifer

Jennifer said...

love those sleeping munchkins! too sweet! :0)

tracyallegre said...

I've gotta keep asking - please give us some photography tips :)
that is all. thank you :)

Jenn Long said...

i can not wait to take my little girl to the nutcracker in a few years!

Cindy said...

Kellee, I have to tell you that as much as you love the time at the ballet with Lainey - she is going to remember these special days for the rest of her life. My mother would take me a couple of times a year on "Cindy & Mom" days. We'd go to the museums or my favorite, the ballet. We saw The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet and so many more. I remember those dates as vividly as if they were yesterday, not 30 years ago. I will cherish those dates forever. You are creating wonderful, wonderful memories for you and Lainey.

gayle said...

I so love you! Your words and pictures are magical. You made my morning again.

Appleseed's Adventure said...

Christmas jammies, warm girls sleeping, and candles are enough to get me in the spirit!

Otis Family said...

Nella DOES look like Mama. :) Beautiful family.

Dee said...

I have figured out what you and I have in common... we want life to be magical. We can't control life beyond our frontdoor, but we can bring magic into our homes.

Loresa P. said...

Oh how many times do I want to tell my boss I'm just not "feeling it"....too many. And sometimes by the looks of my house, I am obviously not feeling it there either. :)
I took my 3 yo daughter to the Nutcracker two weeks ago. It's hard to watch when your eyes are full of tears as you watch your sweet child take it all in.

Kelly said...

I almost can't handle the cuteness of Nella's little expression as she's sitting in the Sweet Chair!! Precious!

Emily said...

An excellent video I thought I would share with you. My friend's brother has Down Syndrome, and this is his testimony at church. Really well made and a great picture of his life as an adult with Down Syndrome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbvhTlhse9k&feature=share&noredirect=1

Kristen said...

Awesome as always!!

Gloria said...

I love those mother-daughter dates!! My mom and I got to go see The Sound of Music a little while ago!! It was great!!!

Oh, and I would have told you to make the cookies too!!!!

Gloria

Mary O said...

Those are some sweet girls! The ballet looked amazing.

andrea.rosenbohm. said...

I squealed when I came to your site & found a new post. Squealed. Like a school girl. Your blog is like crack. It's bad. But oh-so-good.

Lacy Hope said...

Florida Santa is hilarious! And I love the personalized candles. Good gifts for the grandparents!

Feisty Mama said...

Love this blog and the inspiration behind it your family!

Ashley said...

Nothing says Holiday tradition like a mom and daughter trip to the Nutcracker.

Erin said...

"sister therapy"...makes me miss my sister. I really should give her a call. We used to be so close...

Debbie said...

Oh my! The photos of Lainey in front of the tree at the ballet...seriously she is so beautiful...just like her mommy! Another lovely post. Thanks so much!
PS You're not missing much in Michigan...no snow on the ground here...just cold. :)

earlynovemberlove said...

I've alllllways wanted to see The Nutcracker. Maybe it won't happen until I have a little girl to take, but it will happen some day!

Jenn-Neal said...

I love, love, love the pictures of the girls sleeping. Nothing in the world is more peaceful that that.
I'm not sure how I stumbled upon your blog, but I'm so happy that I did. It is so apply named and I can't wait to read each.and.every.post. You inspire me to enjoy the little things and to never forget that they grow up SO FAST!
Thank you for making me want to be a better mom.

Mrs. G said...

the girls look like they are loving every minute!

Kelly Cach said...

Sister therapy....hahahaha! This makes me laugh, because there's nothing like a phone conversation with one of my sisters to lighten a mood or enlighten a mind. And it always makes us poop, too. Laughing is the best laxative.

*Because you "have her", and you have "another her at home".....serious lumps in my throat and tears to go with.

*Buttons are some of my FAVORITE THINGS! Especially the ones from my Great Grandma's collection!

*YES, Nella looks like her Mama! Wow!

*JUST got the recipe for peanut butter/chocolate kiss cookies from my sister THIS MORNING....minutes before reading your post :)

Have a blessed day,
Kelly

lydia eve said...

"I've made too many decisions today." EXACTLY! I feel that way so, so often by about 8pm... just, someone else decide for me, PLEASE! :)

shawn said...

I love taking pics of my sweet lil ones sleeping too...such a peaceful moment.

Keely D said...

You and your sister remind me of me and my sister. We often talk on the phone 3 or 4 times a day and ponder lifes questions. We remember our chidhood and try to figure out why we do what we do today. We talk about how to live in the moment, how to get and keep that fire and passions going throughout the day. Many times all we do is laugh. I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and I think your kids are angels. Thank you for sharing your lifes journey with us.

P.S I also miss Michigan winters. My husband grew up in Mi and I in Windsor Ontario. We now live in Florida.

Emily said...

Love the pics of the girls asleep together. So sweet. And sister therapy is the best form there is!!!

Christa said...

My girl and I are going to the Nutcracker this weekend-- her first time, too!

And your posts always make me want to go find a sister for her! :)

Laura said...

I always hug my children a bit tighter after reading your blog. OH, you bring such truth and comfort and inspiration to our lives.

mama marchand said...

I know what you mean about feeling it ... I just posted today about being in a funk and not in the Christmas spirit until this past weekend. We decorated, my girl's eyes lit up, and there it was. I'm now feeling it. :)

Amanda said...

She does look like you! I promise I thought that BEFORE I even scrolled down to see that you wrote that under the pic.

Still Playing School said...

I love that you called your sister to make that decision for you!

LauraH said...

I love your holiday cheer -- it reminds me to suck the marrow out of this wonderful time of year! My husband, however, could do without the christmas carols at the top of my lungs!

ddnice said...

I SO need to feel cleaning my house....but instead Im feeling making fun things for a special 1yr. olds Circus party <3<3

The Nutcracker looked soso perfect!

Kristin said...

The pictures of your sleeping little angels make me smile. I have been known to sneak in and take pictures of mine when they are sleeping as well. My hubby always seems to take a big breath if he knows I'm going to do it...I think he is just waiting for them to wake up. What?! I mute the camera first. :)

Amy said...

The Babies>. OH those babies.. change them to boys and it looks like my bed (I sure would love to add a little girl to my brood!) Merry Christmas to you and yours.. I love this time of year.

Amy said...

The Babies>. OH those babies.. change them to boys and it looks like my bed (I sure would love to add a little girl to my brood!) Merry Christmas to you and yours.. I love this time of year.

Christina said...

Loving your blog.... and your Christmas spirit! :)

beth said...

Oh, I love the candle idea. Is the photo on the outside, though? I'd hate to see my little cherubs faces turned into molten drippy charcoaly ooze. Surely the're on the outside! Duh. Anyway, they would be a perfect gift for my MIL whose birthday is at Thanksgiving. I wonder if I could get a picture of *ALL* the grandkids.

Jenna Johnson said...

Precious Precious post. Love the pictures and the spirit. You are supermom!

kate said...

Ah ... the smell of the woodlands! Yum-a-licious!

Tiffani Talbott said...

The pictures of the girls sleeping are precious! Thank you for brightening up my morning :)

Marriage from Scratch said...

Love the pictures of Lainey at the Nutcracker...what a special time!

Ashley said...

I WAIT for your posts every day! Each one is beautiful...the photos, the words - perfect!!

PLEASE tell me that you print your blog into a book each year? And if you do - what site/program do you use? I'm having a terrible time finding one that will include my photos on a large scale, instead of little thumbnails.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful life with us!

Jill said...

"Sparkly little angel girls holding candles," so magical! I wish I had thought to take my older daughter to see the Nutcracker this year, but we missed it. There's always next year. And your waffles look absolutely scrumptious!

Elizabeth said...

your sleeping girls are just precious! you should write a post sometime on how that works for you... i would have loved to do that with my boy, but he seemed to hate it from the start, so he went to his crib on night 4 (with many visits from me to nurse). :)

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