Apr 1, 2012

Lessons from My Children

Almost always my children are the ones that teach me
Like this weekend, for example, while the kids played about the house I "redecorated" (and by that I mean I moved some artwork from one wall and hung it on another). But, after I was finished I was once again reminded that the most awesome things in my house are always, always the little ones that (sometimes) crayon on the walls. 
Hands down, the coolest things ever in my home are my children.
And then, 
just when I decide to become all serious (or even grumpy) about a whole lot of nothing
...I spot my 4 year old belting out "Figaro!!!!" on the back deck while wearing a fake fuzzy mustache.

How can that not make any blah day completely amazing?

My kids keep me real. Yes they do. 
Like, for example, when I'm trying to make some silly little freezer-stenciled tablecloth and I know I may be going overboard with the freezer stencil projects,  I spot my 18 month old son talking to the craft supplies. 
Might that be a good time to hang it up?  
Kids are honest. 

  


All jokes aside, my children teach me something new almost every single day when I am willing to really listen. They teach me about patience (as in, I need to have more), about living in the moment (hey Mom, watch THIS!!), about unconditional love (they don't even care if I forget to brush my teeth) and even about forgiveness. 

And what could be more perfect this time of the year than that?

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23 comments:

Unknown said...

Truer words have not been spoken! And I love the tablecloth. :)

Caroline said...

Thanks, Jenny. :) xo

Unknown said...

What an awesome post! Children really are the best teachers, cheerer uppers, and heart melters ever! Today I heard my son tell his Dad that they were best friends, I died a little from all that love. Love the table cloth!

Caroline said...

Thank you small + friendly! I am still daydreaming about that awesome, awesome, AWESOME chevron throw you knitted. YOU are amazing!

Holyoke Home said...

FIIIIIGGGGGAAAARRRROOOOO! (I was inspired!)

Rebecca said...

Beautiful post. Beautiful children!


Also, were you able to visit my blog? Just don't know if adding your e-mail worked or not.

Susan Anderson said...

Yep, your children are your very best accessory.

Hands down!

;)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Love the table cloth. Love the mustaches.

Caroline said...

Holyhoke--FIGARO!!!!! is my new shower song

Rebecca--xo my dear.

Sue--and you always have a good eye for things like that. :)

SMT--can you believe out of all the things in the prize box at school she chose a mustache! that't my girl! ;)

Melanie said...

The Figaro thing is HILARIOUS. I love this post. It reminds me of how much fun I had just spending time with my little guy this weekend, hanging out doing normal things. :)

Jen said...

love the tablecloth! hmm...i wonder if i can squeeze one out before saturday??? inspiring as always!
and sometimes i wish my kids had a mute button because they are always right and bang on about how i am trying to do too much.

Caroline said...

Melanie, isn't it funny how doing just ordinary stuff with the kids--in those moments--THAT's when we make real memories! :)

Jen, not only could you squeeze one out but I bet it would look 1 million times better than my quirky little number. :)

Jen said...

okay...challenge accepted. has someone made the coffee?

Caroline said...

I love it Jen! The coffee pot is on! :)

Allison Carmen said...

Love the tablecloth!!

Caroline said...

Thanks, Allison! It's sort of Mad Men 60's era inspired. :) I'm a sucker for that period.

Alycia Grayce (Crowley Party) said...

Kids teaching us... isn't it true?! Love this post. Oh and what an adorable table cloth! Can't wait to have kids and do stuff like this with them!

Caroline said...

Alycia, it is the truth! And I bet you will be an awesome mom when that day comes! :) xo

karen said...

This was so nice Caroline! Wish I'd remembered that a bit more when my kids were little. It really does go waaay too fast! Love your art wall. I have a few things from my kids when they were little that I've always wanted to frame - they're that good/hysterical.

Caroline said...

Karen--thanks for the sweet words about the art wall. You should totally frame that artwork--it's amazing how much I love my kids work--even more so than some of the "gallery" artwork I purchased years ago. I think children are such natural artists. They don't have too many reservations and therefore their work is very special.

Maggie May said...

I LOVE YOUR KIDS.

And their mom.

Caroline said...

And we love you, Maggie May. xo

Diana Mieczan said...

I love this post and your kiddos are incredibly wonderful:) Btw: The table cloth looks great! Muah