I took the entire weekend off. Can you believe that? The whole weekend! Although I second shoot for a friend on Friday to help cover her own wedding, that was the only photo related anything that I did this weekend. Saturday, we woke up late and I made a giant loaf of Monkey Bread and some orange juice. Delish! Have you ever had it? If not, you absolutely need to make it. It is so simple!! As the day started to roll by, I was still doing absolutely nothing with myself. Seriously nothing. No shower… I didn’t even get dressed. I just lounged around allllllll day. I relaxed, took a three hour nap, and read an entire book!!! (The second book within the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire. I am a huge nerd, but what can I say I love these kind of books!)
Which by the way the first movie comes out on March 23rd, 2012. So if any of you want to find me on my actual birthday (the following day), you better put on your favorite hoodie and head to the movie theater with us! Just sayin’…
Then dinner finally rolled around and we made a killer dinner. Lol. Egg sandwiches on bagels. Yep, for dinner. Then headed to bed. Talk about an exciting day in the life of Melissa Beck right?!?
Sunday was here and I thought the day needed to be slightly more productive than the previous day. We packed up and headed to church, and then decided to hit the Castle Rock outlets for the afternoon. Jake was the only one who didn’t end up getting anything new. Weird. Even Finley got a ton of pup stuff. But with bags in tow and a sleepy little Miss, we were home.
As we sat on the floor just hanging out after dinner, Lila was playing in the pantry… Slowly closing the door just to reopen it with a giant grin on her face as I said “Peak a Boo!” Something that tends to happen regularly in our house in the evening, except this time I grabbed the camera. Shirtless, sloppy pig tales, and ravioli remnants still left on her face from dinner, my sweet faced love ran around the kitchen. Which leads to what usually happens, me handing Jake the camera and saying will you “Please take some pictures of us?” A few funny moments later we had a handful of silly pictures of Lila and I, and then I tried to get Finley to join our picture party. All of you family photographers, I applaud you. Even sitting in a controlled environment for this, we couldn’t get much!!
It went a little something like this:
- “Finley come here. Sit. No stand up. Now SIT. Stay…. STAY!!!
- Lila, come here. What do you have?!? Lila…. Can you come sit with Mommy?
- Finley, STAAAAAAY.
- Finley licking the mac and cheese box, remove old mac and cheese box, fix Lila’s sloppy hair…
- Lila, look at Daddy. Lila look!!
- FINLEY SIT DOWN!!!!
- Whatever. Ugh. Lila come give Mommy some love.”
So here you have it in pictures.
- Lila loves to dig in the recycling bin.
- Finley loves to lick everything in sight.
- I can not get a picture of the three of us all looking normal to save my life.
I have also learned it isn’t about looking normal in a picture. With a crazy dog and a shirtless sloppy child, it is about the memories we made. I would much rather have these silly pictures where we are struggling to get it so much more than the perfect clean child and well behaved dog image. Then the clean perfect home without the shoes of mine in the back ground, an old mac and cheese box on the floor, and all the junk on the island. A pretty hair do, or perfectly painted toes… Because if I had all that, all I would have is one perfect picture to show for all of that.
No giggles, no memories, no crazy life that is ours… I choose to embrace the memories, the giggles, and the far from perfect family and home. Because at the end of the day, it’s what I have, and it’s mine. Sloppy and imperfect, but mine.
Maybe for a while I will stick to getting a picture of each of my girls one at a time.(And Jake once tried to tell me puppies don’t smile…Proof they do.)
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