Saturday, May 7, 2011

15 Urgent Things I Must Tell You Before I Leave

These weeks, they're flying by. I find myself in a perpetual state of not knowing what day it is. Today, I am surprised by Friday, and that's not at all a bad thing.

My state-of-mind entirely matched the scattered weather of today. It started quiet and gray, then bloomed into full-on sun, the kind that inspired my 2-year old to ditch his shirt outside, which, in turn, inspired my 4-year old to ditch her shirt, until she saw Mama through the window and pulled it right back on, very quick-like. (We have stodgy rules around here about "being a lady".)

A bit later, on a dime, the clouds did a Uey and headed back our way, just to to frustrate and confuse us. I scrambled out in bare feet to close van windows. I added a layer. Then the rain meant business and, just like that, my own day took an unexpected, unhappy turn.

In the end? It was the perfect evening for a nephew's birthday party at the park. My kids came home sweaty and plum tuckered out. A prelude to Summer, I suppose.

What follows is a bushel and a peck of random Flower Patch Farmfamily cuteness.

1. Come on, now.

Hurts. My. Heart.

2. Ruby's pre-school had an "everyone's invited" picnic at the park. Ruby sweet-talked Alissa's mommy into hoisting her up and into this baby swing and pushing her for a while, while I was "miles away" at the sandbox. And while we're on the subject, Ruby is roughly the size of a 6-year old. But Homegirl's persuasive. I can vouch for that.

3. I have come to notice that I am often lacking in pictures of Silas. My explanation: I often feel relaxed enough to pull out the camera when Silas is "napping" (emphasis on the quotes). For example: Today, in the span of 2 minutes, while I innocently tended to the dirty talons of my girlio, he went upstairs, happened upon the charging-base of our Dust Buster, hauled it into the upstairs bathroom by its cord, filled it with water, and dumped it on the floor.

And that's not even the half of it.

I love you, Silas.

You wear me out.

4. I made pot roast in the crock pot and started a pan of these rolls on Wed. Apparently, I started the pot roast 2 hours too late, so it had to wait until Thurs. But the rolls had already risen. What to do? I stashed them in the fridge then slapped some butter and cinnamon sugar on them the next morning and called them breakfast, to the tune of raves and wild applause.

Just as I was about to dig in, Calvin urgently requested that I take a picture.

Love that kid.

5. Self-explanatory.

6. Whenever I see Ruby sitting like this, I am compelled to photograph those tucked-under toes. Last night, folding laundry on the family room floor, I realized that I fold laundry in the exact same position. Only my toes aren't that cute. Or cute at all. The truth is, I have a history of peculiar sitting habits.

7. I've never been one to begrudge a pasture of dandelions.

8. My roses are on their way out. But I always secretly love them just as much in their Golden Years.

9. Calvin: Mommy, your roses are dying!
Me: I know. Flowers always die, eventually.
Calvin: I think they look the pretties this way.
Me: Really??
Calvin: They're antiquey! (said in a very sing-songy fashion that slayed this Mama's heart)

10. While we're having a Calvin moment...Cory was having a very hectic day at work. I mentioned to the kids (whilst driving somewhere in the van) that we should pray for him. Calvin volunteered. "Dear Lord, please help Daddy not to be stressed. Help us to be very good to him so that he can forget his problems for a little while."

Swoon.

Slain.

11. On Monday, Ruby wore "Dot-Dot-Dot". 'Twas a sight to behold.
On Wednesday, she was feeling more "Stripe-Stripe-Stripe". I love it when my kids dress themselves in ridiculous combinations. Especially when it's not a school day.

Click here for some of Calvin's early ensembles.

12. I'm joining an ad network. I have been inclined to just never mention it and surprise (ha?) you, but we'll save the discussion of my intermittent avoidance issues for another day. I have since opted to just come clean. I'm excited by the timing of this, in light of the fact that our life has changed in so many ways over the past year. I'll have 1 or 2 ads in my sidebar and I've been promised that none of them will be that lady with the shaking bellyfat. I will also be writing some sponsored posts, but I am committed to only taking these projects on when it is something that means something to me and a scenario in which I am able to retain my own voice, if that makes any sense.

I hope you will stick around.

Now, let's never speak of this again, shalln't we?

Unless you have questions, in which case, fire away!


(Did you like how I sneaked that one in at a very unassuming 12th position?)

13. This is my newest obsession. Oh mahhh. Is veddy goot.

14. I'm about to up and leave for sunnier skies. I have meticulously prepared Mommy Shirts for all 3 smalls. (This was mostly intended for Silas, but you know how these things go...) (Also? By "meticulous", I mean that I slept in 3 shirts and then set them aside in a pile, rather than washing them. Now that's my kind of meticulousness.)

15. I'll be missing allaya'll. But not too much. No offense. But if it's not too much trouble, could you keep a little list of important things that happen while I'm gone? Because I hate to miss things. And I'm leaving my computer at home. And my janky flip-phone sure won't be much help. So the responsibility rests squarely on you. No pressure.

Luv to the ends,
FPFG

40 comments:

  1. Do you honestly think we hadn't already figured out your whole advertising-to-us-on-the-down-low-plot? Shannan, come on, Shabby Apple? Give us some credit. (Which, by the way, totally worked. I am still coveting Shabby Apple and the beauty of it lucious fruit).

    Whilst I appreciate the Siley pic, I feel you have still not done the boy justice. Rubes is peeking around from the back and you told a tale on him that was far from the truth.

    Let's read it this way:

    Siley saw that his Mommy was so busy in her day that she might forget to give him some attention, so he created her an opportunity to give him some. And she did.

    Now, doesn't that sound so much better?

    I am still on pins and needles waiting for our plans, if you must know.

    Do not try and pull one of those, "I will fill you in when I get back" tricks on me.

    I. Will. Find. You.

    Follow the salsa, baby.

    But, really, go, have a good time.

    You will be missed my friend.

    And over-loaded with emails about my days when you return.

    Be safe.

    xxoo

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  2. What a smiley, happy fun way to share you life with you amazing children with us. I am so glad that you have a written version of all the things you children say and do that are so precious. I told my daughters to do this, they have the photos so that is half of it but both work full time and just never had the time to stop and write all these cute things down. You children are precious and I can belive (having 3 myself) that they are a lot of work and care, but what to me that is what life is about, being a mommy. Love, love, love the mommy shirts. Sorry, I don't know where you are going so don't know if I should say have a nice trip. Sorry I am rushing this response before I leave for the day......lets just say, God speed and His blessings on your trip. Happy Mother's Day.

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  3. Gorgeous photos! have fun on your vacay!

    www.thisfarmfamilyslife.blogspot.com

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  4. Beautiful words and stories to begin the day with...:)
    Your life is blessed!!
    Enjoy your time away xo

    Deborah xo

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  5. A really fun post to read, and all your humor and little tales about your life and thoughts.

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  6. I hope your trip is amazing. Just perfect for you and your soul.
    You have a beautiful soul.
    And a heart of gold.
    Hopefully your pockets will be FILLED with gold soon.
    Too bad about the jiggly belly lady,
    she always makes me want to eat some MORE ice cream.
    And you know. I could TOTALLY use a few more pounds.
    Or not.

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  7. Gimme that Greek yogurt with blackberries. I have those exact two items in my fridge, but now I want them together. Immediately.

    Your kids are the cutest! Happy Mother's Day weekend.

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  8. Thanks for the laugh with the link to Calvin's cloths. O. My.
    Your Calvin and my Pumpkin would be best buds. Your Silas and my Dumpling would too. Of course, they'd always be in time out together...

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  9. Have SO MUCH FUN!!! (And I love that picture of the tucked-in toesies.)

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  10. It's a chilly, drear day here, so I hope you get to go somewhere where it will be warm and sunny. Have a fabulous time!

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  11. Making some pennies for your words is well within your rights and skill set! Honestly, worry not, enjoy the reward of being thoughtful.

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  12. Have fun on your vacay. The photos are wonderful, and they make me feel a certain solidarity with you as we both travel through DOT DOT DOT and striped territory each day.
    I love the Calvin quotes. Love.

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  13. oh, ms. shannon...you are so sweet, i just wanna squeeze ya sometimes...is that weird? if so, sorry...but it's true :) have a fantabulous time!
    oh and the yogurt? vetty goot indeed...one of my flavorites.

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  14. Have a wonderful time! We will all be here when you get back...enjoy the time away.

    Every once in awhile, life needs a recess. A time-out. A breather.

    Take Care.

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  15. Oh, what fun. Loved this! Hope you have an amazing getaway!

    (PS: as if a little thing like ads could scare us off...)

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  16. I am curious about your ads, spill it when you get back and have time, privately of course. thanks

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  17. shannan, you are a doll.
    love this post.
    the joy that bursts through these words and photos is contagious:)
    enjoy your getaway-happy mother's day!
    xo

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  18. My Caleb sits just like your Ruby...I should take a picture next time because I was just commenting on how I love it. LOVE Calvin's comment about the roses. I hope you enjoy your vacation...we just back from FL and it was the best time ever :)

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  19. Love that Calvin! Have a great trip.

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  20. You.are.adorable. Have a great time away!

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  21. Let's get a visual on the "Dot-Dot-Dot," please. In all of your spare time, of course. ; )

    Ahh...I am so not a winker.

    Happy Mother's Day!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  22. It's about time really...that you should be getting paid for writing...one day I'll buy your book.
    Enjoy your holiday Shannan.

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  23. i love a numbered post & a quickie albeit urgent update of things. your fam is ridiculously cute. the little rolls sound heavenly. the ad gig, you go girl & drum roll....have a wonderful time!!!!

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  24. I'm still laughing at your ad mention. It's like you're in a confessional box and we are the priest(esses?) I love it. :)

    Not gonna run me off, I can tell ya that. When are you back? i'm calling you tomorrow. Urgent chats for ya of a non-FNL nature. :)

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  25. enjoy your vacation away, mama! i can't wait to see all sorts of swoony pictures!
    p.s. i'm thrilled for you and the upcoming sponsors and ads! i can't think of a cooler job than getting paid to write about your life.
    xoxo

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  26. you are so funny! i love your blog...

    but, on my blog i just talked about my favorite yogurt; zoi greek yogurt in honey, with blackberries on top. are you copying me? just kidding! but, it is the very best treat ever!!!! you have good taste, obviously!

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  27. I'm so ridiculously behind in your blog that I don't even know what the flowers are from. I'm lucky to know that you even have three children now it seems! So Blogher contacted you? They did me too, and I filled out the huge form, and then backed out. I don't know what I'm doing. I feel stressed and scared, and I don't know if I want ads on my blog for Doritos when I never touch the things...what to do? I feel randomed and scattered and out of touch. Come back soon and put my head back together for me. Amen.

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  28. Awww...sweet girl, thanks for all the cuteness. Have a lovely time.

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  29. wishing you a pocket full o' sunshine!

    LOVE the pics and the Blow Pop lunch box had me waxing nostalgic for my Charlie Brown/Peanuts lunchbox from 1st grade!

    Our first dandelions popped up here (finally!) over the weekend. I was overjoyed. Hubby seems to think of them as weeds that need to be killed. Weirdo. :-)

    Have a great time!

    Sidebar: I do not oppose any kind of advertising you do/have on here. You're talented, you have a large following. You should get paid for what you do (I understand that may not actually be the case here, but just sayin')

    Peace Out.

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  30. Have a wonderful time. Your impecable timing on everything you say as well as your swoony pictures always brighten my day. (was that a rhyme? Can you tell I work with kindergarten day in and day out?) Anyways, have a great time alone.

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  31. LOVE the photos of the tucked-in toes. i hope you have a wonderful trip friend. you bless me over and over.

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  32. .... I've missed you SO. And I come back and YOU leave! SHAME! ... come back soon dollface.

    Hearts, SJ

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  33. Have fun on your vacay. I'm new here, but love your photos!

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  34. Way to go getting paid a bit for this little heavenly space you've carved out here. Unsolicited advice? Here goes: create your boundaries and honor them. It's cake! There are a million different models out there. Find one that works for you (sounds like you have!) and rock it. You will. And then you can buy stuff/get stuff for free doing what you (and I) love! Yay!

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