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Friday, September 25, 2009

I don't even know where to start

A couple years ago we gutted our kitchen for a remodel. After eating countless meals lovingly prepared in the laundry room, we took the kids to Denny's for breakfast. Madagascar had just come out and they were giving away these masks. The kids thought the masks were brilliant.

This picture makes my heart swell a little when I look at it.

Lack of self-awareness

Free spirits

Open minds

Alive

They make me try just a little bit harder every day, and
inspire me to be a better version of myself.

These little critters are my heroes.



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62 comments:

Megryansmom said...

Happy Friday Kathy B! We made it through another week, enjoy the weekend with your safari pals.

A Mom on Spin said...

Careful, my friend!

It's a jungle out there!

Lindy said...

Love this. I too, think my daughter is my hero. If it weren't for her, I wouldn't try as hard as I do.

Lolli said...

Who would have guessed it from Denny's paper masks? I think I would feel the same way about that picture if those were my kids behind those masks. Such fun expressions. Wow!

buffalodick said...

I did a post once on how we started the restaurant behavior training of our two young barbarians at Denny's!
Four girls? Start saving for weddings now! Cute kids.. I got barbarians, you got animals! :)

ymK said...

Your daughters are so cute, even when their faces are hidden behind those masks :)

confused homemaker said...

If only we as adults could recapture that free spirit that they have in that photo.

Emmy said...

Yes, I am often jealous of my kids ability to be so free; like when my daughter was dancing in the isles of the grocery store... wanted to join her but I chickened out.

Life with Kaishon said...

I just love this post. It totally and completely made my day. You write so beautifully!

mellisarock said...

Oh man... I am enjoying my Friday! I need a good laugh since I started the day by spilling coffee all over myself! Very cute Super Hero's!!

M-Cat said...

I love those masks! Wishing I had one. Happy Friday!!

JC said...

I remember those 'themed' days ..
My two are busy with biology and chemistry now ...

Juls said...

So cute- those girls.
Free spirits and fun- they are...and you're doing an awesome job!

The masks are so stinkin' cute!

Grant said...

As which character did you dress up? I'm assuming you wore a mask so you wouldn't be the lone weirdo standing out.

Kristina P. said...

And I'm sure you're theirs.

TKW said...

What a sweet animal menagerie you have there!

I do love that lack of self-awareness kids have. So fun.

for a different kind of girl said...

Isn't it amazing what these kids of ours can teach us without even realizing they're doing it?

Susie said...

Kids have a way of raising the bar in your life, don't they?

passions and soapboxes said...

Love the picture.

Tsquared417 said...

How fun!!! Having kids really is a miracle. :)

♥ Braja said...

They look so.....serious....
:)

Stephanie Faris said...

Those masks look like fun!

Nana said...

Oh that picture is so cute. I love looking at old pictures. The ones where my kids are little and they adore me. You know before they grow up and realize "Hey she doesn't know everyting."

The good old days.

i am the diva said...

that photo is priceless!

Kristen said...

awww how cute do they look!?!

peewee said...

I LOVED THOSE MASKS TOOOOO!!!

I mean, I didn't wear them or anything. You kids are just the cutest. It's amazing how great they seem, given their scary snakey environment and all.

JennyMac said...

I hope they read what you wrote someday, in a time they can appreciate all that is involved in being a great and loving Mom. You are awesome.

LadyFi said...

Oh - you know how to bring out the animal in them.

Just kidding - they're so sweet!

Ink said...

How fun! I bet they were giggling when you took that picture, yes? I can almost hear it. :D

Ink said...

ps: I'm going to stay at Blogger, so you can update your link if you like. It shouldn't mess with your blog at all, really. :)

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Wish I was that unselfconscious ... I don't even want to skype my kid at school without make-up....

Im so lame. Although maybe I could use one of those masks

Susan Berlien (warmchocmilk) said...

Such a cute photo! and I love what you said about "lack of self awareness" ....so true.

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Who wouldn't think these little monsters were your heroes? Our kids make our life whole! Happy weekend!

Jane said...

I love when your kids willingly pose for the camera. My oldest is beyond that stage now and my middle is creeping into it. Luckily, my youngest is the biggest ham - hopefully I'll be able to snap away for a few more years.

LOVE your pic! Super cute!

Mary K Brennan said...

You must be doing a great job. Look at those big smiles?

Helene said...

Awwww, that's an awesome pictures! Your girls are so much fun...and they obviously get that from you!!!

Have a happy Friday!

The Good Cook said...

Remember when nothing was too embarrassing? Remember when we would try anything? That's what it is to be young. :-) and young at heart.

~Laura said...

Love the photo and love, love, love your line about how they make you try a little harder every day. Too sweet!

Caroline said...

Very funny-cute :D

WhisperingWriter said...

I wish I had one of those masks!

ScoMan said...

It's a shame we all grow up and change. We can't be kids forever.. as hard as I'm trying.

Heather of the EO said...

Me too.

I want to be that free spirit, open mind, alive.

Kids are so awesome. :)

Unknown Mami said...

I've got the biggest smile on my face, Thanks.

FranticMommy said...

Ka-UTE!

Nap Warden said...

What an awesome giveaway...bravo Denny's!

Erin said...

What adorable little critters!

the ungourmet said...

So cute! I put a cute one on FB of my little pirate today! Don't they just melt your heart!

Suzy said...

I go out like that every day. Saves me so much time putting on makeup.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I LOVE that picture!

But how do you cook in a laundry room? Preparing meals in our tiny kitchen FEELS like cooking in a laundry room....but I'm wondering what the logistics were...like a George Foreman grill?

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

How cute! And inspiring! Tell me, did you survive this kitchen remodel? I may not.

Kacey R. said...

Oh that is just precious. Isn't it great when our little ones inspire us? I know mine inspire me and give me that extra boost I sometimes need. Great post!

~ shi ~ said...

What a wonderful group of blessings!..they are so cute!

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

Awwwwww...very sweet! so happy to hear they inspire you.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

There are times when children annoy the hell out of us.

And then there are times like these.

Nice photo!

Yaya said...

I just love it!!!!!

Yaya said...

I just love it!!!!!

Gibby said...

Now THAT is childhood personified.
Absolute perfection.

ck said...

I'm sure they'd say the same thing about you.

faemom said...

That is a wonderful post! A wonderful picture! Your girls are awesome.

Hit 40 said...

I have a picture of my boys coming out of a waterslide with the biggest smiles on their faces. This pic also inspires me.

Candid shots win over a photo studio.

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

What a terrific photo, and a great way of expressing childhood.

Love it!!

blueviolet said...

And to think that the person who created these masks was just trying to keep kids busy.