Simplicity

by Jen Lee Reeves on September 6, 2011 · 4 comments

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Running through the gardens.

Discovering the pool was just too cold.

Racing around a backyard too fast with Cameron pulling Jordan in a wagon.

Cameron being sweet to the younger kids during Monday night’s potluck.

Jordan reaching over and rubbing my wrinkled up forehead saying: “Get the grumpy off your face Mommy!”

Little moments that I want to remember forever and ever. I tried to snag a few sweet moments with the family this weekend. The weather went from terrible hot to incredible fall-like weather in a flash. I felt the need to be outside with the kids… but they felt attached to watching TV and vegging out. I see some merit to a bit of vegetable living. Relaxing is good. I just don’t think it needs to happen ALL the time. Plus, when the weather is amazing, I want to make sure we take advantage of it!

So we enjoyed a local garden. We went to the pool… even though the shift from summer to fall was so fast, it was really too cold to soak in the final day of swimming season. We spent time meeting neighbors we hadn’t met before at a potluck. My kids were the oldest ones there and played nicely with everyone.

I’ve thought a lot about little moments… It’s what gets me through tough days. It’s what I live for during my parenting moments when I question if I know what I’m doing. It’s those moments that got me into blogging about Cameron in 2004. He said so many tiny, funny things… I didn’t want to forget. Now I have another reason to think about it. This Friday, I get to celebrate the little things at Hallmark in Kansas City. I’m taking part in a meetup for regional bloggers as part of Hallmark’s “Life is a Special Occasion.” I can’t wait. To make it more fun, I get to carpool with my friend Kate. It’s the little things, right?

Here’s some fun pictures from the weekend:

Cam said he was "photo bombing" this picture

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa September 9, 2011 at 11:29 am

I love the “get the grumpy off your face” comment!!! That’s beautiful!

Jen Lee Reeves September 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

She catches me off guard all the time.

Melissa September 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

You are one lucky lady!! I wish you lived closer, I would love to have someone like you around to have coffee with. :) We just started kindergarten last week. We had a few bumps but for the most part it went well. I’m excited to see how this week goes.

Jen Lee Reeves September 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Melissa – it would be so wonderful to meet up and chat sometime! Email me and let me know where you are – I travel a lot. You never know, I might be in town. I have four different spots I’m visiting in the next two weeks – email me and maybe we’ll have a chance to meet! jen [at] bornjustright.com

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