Monday, July 7, 2008

Stop to Smell the Flowers

One of the best parts of having little ones in your family, is that you get to see the world from their innocent eyes.
Seems as if June has been too busy around here for the grown ups to maintain the lawn properly.
I look out in my yard to see all of the clover trying to take over! I tell Dave he needs to go to Lowe's and pick up some weed-killer.
The little ones look out and see the beautiful "flowers" growing and Ella wants to know if they can pick them and put them in some water. Oh, if we could continue to see the world through a child's eyes...even when we are grown!!



We had our FCC picnic a few weeks ago. I am playing catch up here with a few things. : )
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Above is Ella's good friend Maria. They has lots of fun playing in the sand!!



Below you can see the face painting, a craft they made(pinwheels), the girls gathered to listen to some children's music, and a sack race that Ella insisted participating in.
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We were so happy to have friends of ours drive out here to join us!! Gary and Julie traveled the same time as us...they were adopting Malia(top left-hand corner) while we were adopting Sophie. They live 2 hours away, but drove out to visit. We are so glad they did!!!
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A balloon toss, Ella and Kayla compaing their medals, Ella and Maria deep in thought, and Miss Sophie. We are plugging her into an MP3 player that plays relaxing music when we go out. It seems to help her to drown things out a little. We have also resorted to keeping her preoccupied with lollipops and other treats. We try to help her tune out all that scares her and overwhelms her, so we can cut back on the meltdowns.
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Have a great day everyone, and stop to smell the flowers!! : )

 

35 comments:

missy said...

I love these pictures, Michelle! I agree, to see through the eyes of a child would be a dream come true.

I really like all of the collages. Ella looks so pretty in orange! Sophia is so intent on her face painting.

They are both such beautiful girls!!!

missy said...

Oops, after looking at your pics again, I realized Miss S. is wearing orange, too. She is beautiful like her sister : )

OH MY #6 said...

what beauties those girls are.

Lea
xo

Kowalczyk said...

Oh, and the bunnies will come and eat your clover too, forget the mowing! LOL! Glad to see Sophie out picking flowers, good step for her! Sometimes though, we wish they would do things on their own and not mimic their siblings? sigh... baby steps, baby views! Hang in there! Nancy

Steffie B. said...

Wonderful post....it is so true....love all the pictures and the picnic looks like so much fun! ;)

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Wonderful photos! And a great reminder to slow down and enjoy!

Anna said...

I love the girls and their flowers! I actually hate for Blake to kill the dandelions because my boys just love bringing them to me and totally expect me to put them in my hair every time!

Glad you got to catch up with old friends at the picnic. It looks like great memories were made.

~Lynn

Jewels of My Heart said...

What a beautiful post.... the girls are so precious and what wisdom our children have to share with us..........
you are all in my prayers...

mommy24treasures said...

adorable. Love seeing Sophie with her music:)
Beautiful girls...

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

What a great post! What we see as weeds the children see as beautiful flowers...SO true! Wouldn't the world be a better place if we could view the world the way they see it? Great photos of your beautiful girls! You always have them dressed so cute!

Michelle said...

Lovely photos of some beautiful kids!

Tiffany said...

Love all the pictures!!!!!! The girls are beautiful!
Lily and Ty love the weeds also and think they are flowers. I wish I could think of them in that way (as I am spraying them with weed killer).
Hee hee

Grace said...

I will defientely go next year!!

Judy

~~ said...

What delightful pictures! I hope you and Sophie are growing each day and doing better.
Patricia

Jeff and Amy said...

I so understand, I can just sit and watch Lily for hours as she sees, smells and tries to figure things for the first time. Looks like a wonderful get together too, great pictures and adorable kids!!!

Bella's momma said...

Thank you for the simple reminder to stop and smell~ your girls are adorable and these photo's~ amazing!!!

Have a wonderful week,

Walker said...

Great Post Michelle!
If only we could sometimes see things the way a child sees..?
Looks like yall are enjoying the summer!!
Love,
Keisha

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Michelle, That comment under ANNA is from me. I was in her account this morning and forgot to log out. :) Everyone's blog that I commented on this morning was under her name! She's been getting comments thanking her for the comment she "supposedly" left! We've had a good laugh about it.

~Lynn
(the "real" one!)

Shawnstribe said...

what a beautiful posting.....to stop and stare,wonder and enjoy....a moment which passes and is gone...but the memories will stay forever.
Thank you : )
xxx
s

Denise C said...

Oh....I LOVE LOVE LOVE these precious pics! Honestly...the pictures of the girls picking clover brought tears to my eyes! That is the pure and honest love of a child....picking flowers....and seeing the true beauty around them! Your babies are precious...!!!
Love you sweet friend!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

LOVE the pictures...
The girls are soooo beautiful...
Sounds like you had a GREAT time..
Have a Great Week..
HUGS>.

Kristin said...

Love this post and reminder, Michelle. My girls are always picking little flowers (weeds!) from the grass and saving them for mommy. I need to remember to savor those moments and not squash their enthusiasm.

I hope the music is helping Miss S to cope in scary places. What a great idea--and gives her a sense of control.

Tamara said...

Michelle-
They are both beautiful little girls! The flowers reminds me about trains- I used to hate getting stopped at the train tracks- but when my son was little he always thought we were so lucky to get to see the train go by!
I hope they both enjoyed their day out-and that the music and lollipops help Sophie- we find that Goose does best when she has something- anything (spoon, paper, pen, clothes pin, etc) then if she goes out empty handed.
Love the pictures!
Tamara

GGAdventures said...

Beautiful girls! Looks like they had a good time at the picnic. A great reminder for all of us to slow down and enjoy life.

AZMom said...

Looks like everyone had a great time at the FCC event!

LOVE the flower photos! Some of my fav pics of my kids are posing with and picking flowers.

Thanks for the anniversary wishes!!

Lisa said...

I love it when Ana Claire picks the weedy flowers in the yard and brings them to me. I love all the photos.

Michelle said...

This is cool! Malia is from the same orphanage as my Lilyann. Julie took pictures of her for us when she went to get Malia. It was such a gift!!

Andrea Nielsen said...

Love the flower pics! It is soooo true!
It looks like your FCC group had quite an event...lots of fun! Gladthe girls are ding well... love the headphones pic with a smile on her face. I know it doesn't solve the problem, but glad you are finding ways for eveyone to handle new experiences better!
blessings, Andrea

Ashley Winters said...

Love the photos and your blog.

Mom To Six said...

Beautiful pictures, Michelle!

Oh! You are so right. Jesus WANTS us to see the world as a little child, and yet we many times can't get past seeing the "weeds".

Thank you for the reminder through your beautiful sweethearts.

Hugs,

Ohilda

Sherri said...

Isn't that the truth about how we look at those things as weeds, but the kids see them as beautiful flowers? We have the same experiences here with clover, dandelions, and violets.

The mp3 player is a fantastic idea. We have the Fisher Price one for each of our little ones. Olivia calls it her "A pod". Music soothes the soul. I'm glad you found something that helps.

Sherri

Paula said...

How pure and innocent they are. I love that they just see beautiful flowers and us adults see weeds. Its kind of true with life too.

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

Great Pictures!!! Ella and Sophia are just beautiful!

redmaryjanes said...

Love all of the photos. It looks like you guys are having some great summer fun!

Eileen said...

Thanks for the great reminder. I get so busy and overwhelmed with life and responsibilities that I forget to savor the moment sometimes.

Great pics!

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