Saturday, March 15, 2008

I Am Not Cliched and Sentimental. Much.

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I heard this Trace Adkins song on the radio (I've been in a country mood lately), downloaded it to my IPOD and have listened to it approximately four billion times on the way to and from work. I used a clip from the song to make a sappy little slideshow so that I could get it out of my system. And so of course, I'm inflicting it on you.

You're welcome.

The thing is, even with all of the stressful stuff going on in our lives right now, this is still an incredibly sweet, satisfying time. My kids still think I'm awesome - they haven't yet decided that I'm clueless and uncool. My son loves me passionately - so much that he likes to wrap himself around my shoulders like my very own fur coat, hanging out there until I make him climb off. My husband still teases me and makes me laugh and can make almost anything better just by wrapping his arms around me. (Forgive the cliche. It's just - true.)

I feel so lucky, and yet I also feel like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because I never thought I would have any of this. (Maybe that's why I had such a hard time growing up - so that I would be able to really feel what a miracle it is to have a loving family.) And everyday that I still have it? Feels like a pretty dang good day.

(You might not want to watch if you're feeling cynical. Or mean. Mean people shouldn't watch. Only - highly emotional moms and maybe dads who keep realizing that, holy crap, my kids are going to be grown up TOMORROW. So the audience is - a little limited.)

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P.S. Yeah, I only included the nice moments. I didn't think a slideshow of me ordering them to their room repeatedly, or the times when my husband and I argue (WHAT? That NEVER happens) would be all that fun to watch. (Hmmm... Actually, that might be MORE fun to watch.)

P.P.S. I'm only leaving the slideshow up for a couple of days. Because of stalkers and their scary stalking ways. Not that I have any stalkers. That I know of. (I guess if I knew about them they wouldn't really be stalkers, right? Or would they? I'm all confused now.) Anyway, my husband has many guns, internets. And he's trigger happy.

67 comments:

  1. I love the slide show. I need to put one together, even just for me. Your kids are adorable. I have one brown haired and one blond too.

    Now I am waiting for the other slide show, the one with the not-so-nice moments. I need to know I am not alone!

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  2. Awww... that made me cry. My oldest is starting kindergarten in the fall, and I can't believe how quickly his preschool years have flown by, especially when I think about the fact that some days felt like they'd never end. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Alright - you got me. So cute!!!!

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  4. My son is only nine months old, and already I feel the frenzied need to somehow slow down time. It truly goes by so fast. Too fast.

    Beautiful.

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  5. Your kids are so dang cute. And I think everyday about how I need to ENJOY them because they're getting big.

    And good job staying positive in the mess! You really do have a great family.

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  6. Awww. I love it! You're kids are adorable. It almost made me want to wake up my sleeping toddler so I could play with her. . . . almost.

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  7. It really does go fast. It never feels like it when you're in the middle of something hard, but once you're spat out on the other side and get your bearings again - it seems like it all happened crazyfast.

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  8. Sue,
    You have such beautiful children.
    It's so hard to see them grow up. last week I got rid of all of our baby clothes.
    I cried.
    My oldest son is now as tall as I am, and my baby is about to turn three.
    I understand how you feel.

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  9. My seven day old son was sleeping peacefully in his crib. I had to go pick him up and cry a little myself.

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  10. Darling! Do you do your daughters' hair EVERY DAY? 'Cause now I'm feeling a little bit bad about skipping some days with Veevs.

    They are BEAUTIFUL! And you should feel blessed! You are!

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  11. Waaaaa! My baby starts High School next year.
    It's true. I really really miss having all my little kids at home.

    Thanks, Sue.

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  12. So. Very. Cute.

    And precious. That too.

    Thanks for sharing. I promise not to stalk you or use your photos for anything at all.

    In exchange, please thank your husband for not shooting me. :-)

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  13. Anonymous2:50 PM

    Waaaaaaaah. You jerk.

    (Off to download that song on iTunes. Trace Adkins thanks you, I'm sure.)

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  14. I love that Trace Adkins song sooo much. I tear up every time I hear it because it makes me think about how special and short this time is with my little kids. And the slide show is perfect and adorable! oooo, so sweet.

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  15. Love the slide show. Kids really do grow up too fast. Amazingly fast, actually.

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  16. Freak! My son is 7 weeks old and it kills me how fast time has flown by! Especially since we didn't get to spend the first 3 weeks together (he was in the NICU.) Your kids are adorable. Please tell your hubby not to shoot me either. Think of my baby! :)

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  17. Sniffle! Sob! That was just beautiful.

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  18. *sniff, sniff* Ya had to go bring that up! Now I'm getting all misty thinking about the fact that my oldest has bigger feet than I do now, and my youngest is outgrowing his 3T clothes...

    But I loved it, Sue. That's just precious. It's obvious that you set a wonderful tone in your home, one that spills over and provides love and security and warmth to your family, and these precious things that you see happen are just the natural result of your own outpouring of love. How could they not respond back to such love?

    That kind of love is never cliche.

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  19. That is a cruel, cruel thing to do to a pregnant woman.

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  20. Anonymous5:06 PM

    Are you for real? Your house is in foreclosure and you declared bankrupty and you're feeling GRATEFUL? Part of me would like to think you are just a big faker. Maybe behind closed doors you are screaming like a harpy. But at church you were laughing and joking around, so I guess you have made yourself believe things are o.k.

    I do like your blog, and I like you, but I don't understand where you are coming from. I'm going through a hard time financially right now, and trust me, the last thing I'm feeling is gratitude. I know we're supposed to try to feel grateful, yada yada yada, very special life lessons and whatever, but real life is real life and it's not that easy to be that way. I don't know you super well, but from what I've seen you are usually pretty genuine. So I hope what you write isn't total bullcrap. I did love it when you said crap in Relief Society though.

    You probably are going to think I am a stalker, but I'm not. I'm a neighbor who reads your blog. Sorry, not trying to be creepy.

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  21. Anonymous - I have my moments. Everytime my mother comes over, I immediately start crying. When I drive into and out of the neighborhood it's usually with tears in my eyes. And sometimes I AM a harpy. Sometimes I AM full of bullcrap.

    I'm not grateful for our financial problems, but I'm really grateful for my family, for my friends, for the goodness I've seen in people.

    Call me, we can commiserate. Seriously.

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  22. Stalker here, though I only half count since I knew you a hundred years ago. I love that song and have been known to start eye leaking in the car when it comes on. Love the pics of the kids they are adorable and I am glad to see you have done so well for yourself! (Financial doesnt matter or count since its fleeting). Sorry you have to move back to town, but hope its only temporary.

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  23. I loved that!
    It was sweet! Your family is so flipping beautiful!

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  24. OH, and I didn't cry this time...cause I am medicated now!!
    Yeah for meds!
    I would have sobbed uncontrollably if it were a month or so ago.

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  25. Maddison6:20 PM

    This is so sweet, thank you! I want to hold and cherish my girls all the more now. I should make one of these to share too, thanks for the idea!

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  26. That song is evil! Evil, evil song. I need a kleenex now.

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  27. Sniff.

    (My kids thought I was reading about Boomama's Uganda trip again.)

    You're middle child is your mini-me isn't she?

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  28. Thanks a lot. I feel lousy now. Are you happy?

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  29. Oldest leaves in less than six months.

    I already miss it...

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  30. That was so sweet! Your kids look like they are the best of friends...I can never get a good picture of all 3 of mine.

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  31. So, so true. Mine are 23 and 28 and the time flew by and I DO miss it! But I love my wonderful, adult children and my precious little grandson and my fabulous husband! Life is truly good.

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  32. We can't go back, but we can see it again in our grandchildren...better in fact, because it makes me feel like I must have done some things right when I hug your beautiful children and feel the love in your home.

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  33. Anonymous9:31 PM

    Don't call her, anonymous. She won't answer the phone. She hates the phone. I'm sure she'll talk to you if you go over there, though.

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  34. My second baby is 2 months old and today I missed having him be a newborn. (but he does sleep at night nowadays...)

    My other baby is 2 and I can't rembmeber what she was like as a newborn. I wish I could bottle it up and put it on the shelf!

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  35. I love that song too!! The tears did come while watching that sweet video of your beautiful kiddos. Thanks for the reminder to treasure these moments.

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  36. P.P.S. Don't watch if you are pregnant and already highly emotional about how fast your older children are growing! BOO HOO HOO! What a fabulous song and such a great lesson for all of us to learn. Even in the midst of all the trials in our life, we always find moments to remember what it is that we are doing all of this for and why it's all worth it! LOVE YA!

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  37. What a sweet sweet family.

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  38. ok, I am one sappy mama. I have just been thinking the same thing about my own li'l darlin's. Never heard that song before, though. Maybe 'cause I don't listen to country, but it's a great song. I can see how that would get stuck in your head.

    Your kids are beautiful. You've got some good memories in that slideshow!

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  39. When you said "highly emotional moms" I thought "Woot!! That's totally me!" And now, I'm all weepy and planning on sneaking into the kids' rooms so I can kiss their little snoring cheeks...
    And why is any mascara *not* waterproof? Stupid cosmetic companies...

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  40. Holy crap that song got to me! Seeing your adorable children made me think back to when my oldest 3 were young like that. Enjoy it now because it doesn't last long! My oldest just came home for Spring Break talking about going out with a RM and how she's not ready to get MARRIED (AHHHH! Thank heavens!) and I feel like I'm standing in a hole when I'm between my two oldest boys! Yes, enjoy these times now!

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  41. canadacole5:38 AM

    Beautiful. Now I must gather my three and usher them off to church. And remind myself that I'm going to miss this. Someday.

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  42. Now I'm sitting here in front of the computer bawling. I've never heard this song! You have gorgeous children. :o)

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  43. Awwwwe!

    That was beautiful.

    Your children are gorgeous! Of course you knew that.

    Thank you !

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  44. Hahahha, I love (?) the comment from your neighbor, man the internet brings out the weird in people. It does for me, but anywho I digress...

    I love that song. You do have many blessings in life and I'm glad you are publicly appreciating them. I believe I'm (and you are as well) allowed to complain about my hardships as long as I know that I'm blessed on the flipside.

    And I'm not bullcrapping you about it either.

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  45. I think it's beautiful that you find rays of sunshine in the midst of your rain.
    It's perfectly ok to wallow in it too.
    Experience all the emotions, just like your kids they are ever changing.

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  46. These are the times to remember
    Cause it will not last forever
    These are the days to hold onto
    Cause we won't although we'll want to...(Billy Joel)
    I'm a sentimental sap too. Part of me is calling out, "Jane, stop this crazy thing!" while the other part is crying every time it settles down a bit, that the kids are growing too fast and slipping away right before my eyes. No wonder kids are a mess, "Grow up! No don't grow up!" That's life. And things will get better, promise!

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  47. kallie ko said what I really wanted to say. heehee

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  48. Aw... your kids are adorable.

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  49. Oh your kids are so cute!! And you put it all together well - sniff.

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  50. Awww, geez! I didn't want to be crying this early in the morning but thanks for the reminder that our kids are growing up way too fast!

    And even though it doesn't feel like it while we are in the moment (especially when we are ordering them to their rooms), we are gonna miss this...

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  51. I LOVED this. Makes me want to do my own slideshow except I wouldn't know how.

    I don't usually listen to country music, but this song is just so sweet.

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  52. That was beautiful, and I've never heard that song--I'm not much into country. My oldest is 20... and then I have my 3 girls (16, 8, 5) so I feel blessed that I've been able to spread the baby years out for so long--but I miss my baby boy when I see other little boys. He grew up way too fast, but he's grown into a wonderful young man. I do miss him though, sniff...

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  53. Love your slide show. You have beautiful children - and that's from a grandma who thinks all of her grandchildren are the most beautiful in the world.

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  54. Shazane!5:05 PM

    Why are your kids so flippin` photogenic? We're still working on getting ONE half way decent picture of all of us together and here you've got a million.

    I think it's really cool that despite the trials you've gone through, you can still see the blessings in your life. You're a great example (and anonymous neighbor, she is for real). I hope anonymous neighbor calls you. Maybe the three of us should go out for dessert. :)

    And the "crap" comment in relief society? I remember it well...

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  55. You have some seriously gorgeous kiddos. And I don't just say that to every internet stranger I know.

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  56. Heidi - I usually only do their hair if we are going somewhere. If we are just hanging out at home, it depends. I wish I knew how to do fancy braids and stuff like the lady across the street. Her girls are always all tricked out like Heidi. Er, the movie Heidi, I mean.

    Jari - wow, hello! How are you? You'll have to email me.

    Genni - yeah, she's my little twin, in almost every way. :>

    Mom - Awwwww, that made me tear up.

    Anonymous 9:31 - I cannot tell you how much that made me laugh. Because it's true.

    Canadacole - well, yeah. My husband is out of town with the kids, that's why I'm emotional. Because they are not here bugging me. (I'm kidding. Sort of.)

    Kalli - I know you would never bullcrap me, heh heh heh

    Shazane - even if anonymous does not reveal herself - we can still get dessert. I mean, come on - do we need an actual REASON to get dessert?

    Heather and Connie and everyone else - thank you. Big corny internet hugs to you all.

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  57. Al-anon10:47 PM

    I was both mean and cynical today and I watched it anyway. And dang if i didn't tear up. Stupid song makes me feel horrid and ungrateful. Stupid kids make me yell at them all day and now they're all asleep (except for the baby) and I can't apologize for being so mean. But of course they're not stupid, they're just kids.
    There's always tomorrow right? They won't be that much bigger tomorrow.

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  58. okay, not my kids and that made me CRY (thanks a lot...LOL). It really has gone by fast and there's PLENTY I miss already!! wahhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have to say, there was one picture that really jumped out at me on an emotional level of your two girls kissing each other with the white bows in their hairs. SOOOOOOOOOOO STINKIN' CUTE!!!!

    Thanks for sharing those!

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  59. Bridget12:46 AM

    I wandered over from MMW. You are absolutely hilarious. I think I have spent just a litttttle too much time reading your archives tonight... I remember reading "Ghetto Pinata" previously, so I guess I have been here before. So great, so great.

    My kids watched your slideshow tonight. My three year old renamed your kids "Slobbery," "Circle-y," and "Anna." Soooo... whatever that means.

    Thanks for the laughs. I can so relate.

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  60. I heard that song the other day and I love it. It's too true. And you know I love those kids of yours. Could they BE any cuter?

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  61. THAT IS BEAUTIFUL! THANKS FOR MAKING ME WEEP ALONG WITH YA..oops sorry for the caps, I really am not MEANING to yell at you.

    It is a beautiful song and slideshow, thank you.

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  62. I'm so glad I didn't miss this! (pardon the pun- seriously didn't mean that when I wrote it, Im witty and don't even know it, what do ya know!)I have never heard that song and its GREAT! That with the CUTE pictures have me crying, Im gonna have to do something like that someday- its wonderful! And I for one was so impressed with your positive attitude, it didn't come off bullcrappy at all. Im not sure you can pull of bullcrap- you're pretty on the level. Actually you're really incredible! Its important to realize what matters when the things you want become the things you can't have. Its called growing. ANd I think you were way nice to the ward person who was kind of nasty, especially since you're moving away. Again, incredibleness!

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  63. Oh you made me cry! I had not heard that song before. My son is graduating from high school in 2 months and just turned 18 2 months ago, so it is just a really emotional time for me and the 'growing up' thing and missing stuff, etc.

    Your kids are beautiful! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  64. vanessa7:29 PM

    Beautiful slideshow. I knew that I had to watch it when I read that it was for "emotional moms". And yes, I teared up, thank you very much.
    BTW, I definitely understand how fast things can spiral out of control when you are a small business owner (as my husband is.) We have been able to keep our heads above water so far but every day is a roller coaster. I, too, try to focus on the blessings of a great family. Nothing can replace that- and no matter what city you are in, you will be together. Hang in there!

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  65. not even kidding, I was painting my hallway two days ago when this song came on the radio and I had the very same reaction! except I didn't make a video out of it. that takes time. and I thought about blogging about it, but that also takes time. and now that I've read this it would be like it wasn't my idea, which takes all the fun out of it! oh well.

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  66. So, I always say I hate country music, but then I hear a beautiful song like this and I think I LOVE country music. Not many other music genres even know what it is like to have screaming and crying kids and a plumber in the house.

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  67. I'm only posting because I wouldn't want to feel guilty should something happened and you never knew that I loved your post. Some days I just wish the kdis would grow up faster and other days well very few days I just spend loving on them, I need more of those days.

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