Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Picnic in the Park for Mother's Day

This isn't a post about our stellar day (although when it was all said and done it was a pretty darn good one!)

On the other hand, this post tonight is one that I have to let out.

I have to be real..

to admit (mostly to myself)…

that sometimes this motherhood gig really gets the best of me.

I wish I could say that I wake up every morning with a big ol' smile plastered to my face and greet my happy, non- fighting children with a nutritious and fulfilling breakfast.

This, however, is not often our reality.

There are many mornings where I'm not smiling...

because the weight of all that has to be done is crushing me. 

And if I'm being honest, I can get pretty cranky about that endless to-do list along with the never ending….

'mom, I need..'

'mom, can you find..'

'MOM! He's being MEAN..'

'But Mom! I don't wanna!' 

'Mom, mom, mom!' 

I remember my mom telling me many times throughout my growing up years, 

'You'll understand when you have kids..' 

Back then, those words didn't have much meaning to me and were often met with an eye roll.

I must be an adult now because those words really ring true and hold more wisdom than I ever thought they could.

This parenting gig isn't an easy job, in fact, I truly believe it's the hardest job I'll ever have.

Everyday, these beautiful kids of mine make me smile, but they also make me cringe, scold, lecture, shake my head, cry, and laugh almost equally as much.

I guess what they say is true…

Being a parent is the hardest job you'll ever love.

On that note, I have to say…

Thank you mom for everything you have done for me and for all the wisdom you bestowed upon me to help me through the tough days. 

Happy Mothers Day!

I love you! 

On a lighter note…

the kids and I spent the afternoon on a picnic with my moms side of the family.

It was one of those beautifully sunny spring days where you dread the thought of going inside.

So glad I got to spend it with this crew! 

Grandma Betty Boop with all 8 of her great grandkids. 

Grandpa Dallas would be so proud to know all of them! 

 Photo bomber!

Madi and her bestie Noah.

The game of baseball got pretty intense…

I love, love, love that my mom plays with the kids and is just like a big kid herself!

This shot melts me.

Grandma and her great granddaughter.

See Nick, this photo proves that Angela and mom were SAFE!!

Johnathan gave me the stink eye when I told him to stay on the swing for 5 more seconds so I could snap a photo.

Tanner's budding photography skills in action…catching his mama being her dorky self!

I can't help but end it with a shot of these two…they do get along and have great talks every once in awhile.

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