Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Don't Blink

I took some pictures to remind myself that there will be a time when.....

There won't be Webkinz snoozing on my step stool.....

Or cartoons on the TV.....


There will be no pet shops tucked into their construction paper beds...


Or stuffed animals on every surface, in every room....



There will be no small shoes piled by the door, or little footsteps on the stairs....




Some day I won't have to move tiny mans out of the way to prepare dinner....





And my refrigerator won't be every designers worst nightmare....






Because there will be no one to make special pictures just for me.....




I won't have to constantly say things like, NO throwing the ball in the house and.....




make your beds!.....



I won't have anyone all excited to bring me bugs.....




Or to pick my flowers right off their stems.


I'm just quietly thankful...




today is not that day.

43 comments:

kimmcl said...

So true Michelle! I'm right there with ya.

southerninspiration said...

Yes, even though it seems the days drag by, they really do fly by and before you know it, you're right, they are out the door, hardly ever home!

Suzanne

julier said...

What a riot! So glad to know that it isn't just at my place! Mine are Little Pet Shops, stuffed animals and legos..... The time flies by too fast though. Very cute kids!

Stacey said...

Michelle, that day comes so much more quickly than you would ever expect. I look at my sons who are young men now and wonder whatever happened to the Ninja Turtle phase? It flies by with the speed of light and I miss my little guys!

aprilfoolwed said...

Beautifully said (and shown!) Michelle!

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

Beautifully said and love the photos!

a little bit vintage said...

Perfectly stated! That's, of course, NOT what I was thinking while I was taking care of my sick baby this morning. :( But, in retrospect...I should have been. Thanks for the reminder! :)

I'm relatively new to your blog and am enjoying it very much....so very charming. :)

Sarah said...

Very true, Michelle!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Ahh, maybe not long after that you will be blessed with grandchildren who will bring those things back to your home.A great post and a great reminder to remember to enjoy our TODAYS.

littlebyrd said...

What a wonderful way to look at it. I need to remind myself of this post on those days I am really frsutrated - thanks :)

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

aww!!! i needed to read that as i was moving toys out of the kitchen to make dinner...and i actually have little dolls laying in envelopes as sleeping bags as we speak!!!
so sweet!

Tootsie said...

AMEN! I am right there with ya!
your kids are beautiful

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

It seems like it will never end when your in the midst of the whirlwind and then once they hit their teens time just flies by and you wish you had it all back again, I have three boys 13, 15 &19 I wish now I would have savored every little moment!
Hugs~Kelly

thesimplegatherer said...

The time goes by faster than you could ever expect...one minute I was chasing after my 3 boys trying to get them dressed for school..then I turned around and was chasing after them and making sure their tux was hanging right before they walked down the aisle...as precious as my time was with my 3 sons....it's just as precious with the 6 grand kids they gave us....

Enjoy each second..

Julie said...

Michelle this is so true it seems like yesterday my baby was running around and I was stepping on all of those little men and legos now all I ever see is a cell phone and the back of his truck as he's pulling out So Enjoy:)
julie

Thena said...

So true, my oldest got married two years ago and made me a grandma this year. Second one and only son is graduating from high school in 10 days. So that will leave my eight year old. She's by far the messiest. But your so right. Every morning I see webkinz on the floor, dress-up clothes everywhere and whatever else she's played with the night before. But we have to be thankful for the time we do have them because before we know it, their grown and don't have time for us.

Cathy said...

Lovely. Just Lovely.

OWL MOMMA said...

i have tears in my eyes and some much needed perspective as i'm sitting up nursing my croupy little one... thank you.

Melissa Miller said...

You have absolutely precious children Michelle!
Sweet,sweet post...:)
I didn't realize you had three cuties???

Rue said...

Good morning Michelle :)

Are you tring to make me cry this morning?? I loved this post and I miss those days terribly, because most of those things are over for us now :(

We're leaving the railings off (yay!)

Oh and you are so smart to wait and buy what you love. So many people just run out and get it all right away. But then again... I knew you were smart :)

rue

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Michelle
I just had to comment about your comment you left me, it's so funny about the curtains, I do the same thing as a matter of fact I just changed the ones in my kitchen yesterday and I'm thinking of taking them down not sure if I like them, and I also decorate on a budget so I can change it and not feel guilty!
Hugs~Kelly

Kelly said...

What an adorable post! I can relate! My kitchen table ALWAYS has legos all over it, so I'm constantly moving them to eat. My son just showed me a caterpillar he found the other day and wanted to keep it as a pet! Beds are rarely made daily and there is always artwork to be posted or saved somewhere. It's nice to see the positive instead of the negative with all of this.

Reese & Marie said...

Michelle,
This just brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for the reminder to live in the moment and be grateful for our children, messes and all.

-Kari

p.s. Did you ever get my email with my address?

Brenda said...

What vivid smiles they have! Must be very happy little ones! You enjoy them. Mine are long grown.
Brenda

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

How incredibly sweet!! I loved it. So so true.

Robin said...

Such a sweet post. What a great way to put things into perspective.

Lou Cinda said...

Cherish these days! They go by so fast! Too fast! My boys are 16 and 19 and I can't even believe how the time has flown!!

You are wise to enjoy them!

Lou Cinda :)

Christina said...

Yes, time just flies by. Mine are almost 13 and 9. It is easy to want things perfect and not cherish the moments.

Somehow I missed your last post. The secretary is just beautiful. Love the new coat of white paint.

janet said...

oh so very true, im past the toy stage, now its makeup, straightners, towels and book bags, books all over the living room floor and dirty dishes at the computer table. The time sure does fly, my oldest daughter is heading off to college in september.
hugs
janet

janet said...

by the way, your children are absolutely beautiful, such innocent little faces
hugs
janet

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

MICHELLE....YOU WON THE PURSE ON MY BLOG GIVEAWAY!!! I NEED YOUR ADDRESS SO THAT I CAN SHIP IT OUT TOMORROW!!!! SO EXCITING!

Wendy said...

Awesome post. I try to remember those things when I want to wring their necks for being so messy. I know one day I will miss it. Maybe I'll take some photos of my own.

Lorie said...

I think I may have to steal this post idea!!

Anonymous said...

what a nice post. i remember feeling the same way when i was where you are. i have a little saying in my kitchen that you may already be familiar with...'happiness isn't having what you want, but wanting what you have'...i'd say you are one happy lady, wife, mom etc. congrats to you and your lucky family. kathi

anna's trunk09 said...

Being the softie that I am, of course your post brought tears to my eyes...but also made me so grateful for my rambuncious three year old boy and my moody sixteen year old girl...I have a new perspective. Thank you! christine

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, my gosh, I feel like you snuck into my house and took photos of all the kids' stuff lying around. Ha. What a sweet post! :-)

Momma to Bug said...

I LOVE this post! We all wish this stuff away but when it comes down to it we SHOULD be thankful to have it in our lives. Our children are the most important things to us, toys, bugs, unmade beds and all. Thanks for this post!

Anonymous said...

I love how poignant your comment was to my family and my life. I have an 8, 5 and 2 year old. Thanks for the beautiful post.

Rosemary
patnrosemary@hotmail.com

Moncha said...

Hello Michelle,
how very touching and how very true.Two of my three kids already left home and I am clinging on to my 12 year old who is growing up way to fast and is more independent every day :-)
Lovely blog.

Lesley said...

I love the refrigerator! Coming from a designer......that special art makes a house a home.

Lesley Smith
paintyourspace.com

Jen said...

I really, really love this post!!!!! Thank you for the sweetness!
♥ Jen

Dina said...

beautiful - that made me tear up a little :)

Missy in Texas said...

What is that pretty neutral tan color of paint in the picture with the kids artwork? I am looking for a color just like that?