Behind the Scenes Link Up #2

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I’m linking up again with Crystal Stine and her Behind the Scenes Link Up where bloggers share a photo and the story behind it.

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“Take my picture, Mom!” Ethan demanded as he clambered up the bronze tortoise.

I opened my mouth to tell him to get down and catch up. But then I stopped. There he sat, never holding still for a single second. Looking everywhere but at me.

I pulled out my phone and snapped a photo. I wanted to catch him in all his realness. I wanted to remember how full of life this little man is.

You see, sometimes I fail to really see my son. I see him climbing every.single.thing in the zoo that is at least six inches off the ground. I see the zookeepers constantly telling him to “get down, young man”, “stay on the sidewalks there, boy”. I see him running 10 feet ahead because he’s done looking after two seconds.

I see him sitting right on top of the water fountain and soaking himself from head to foot after I told him not to get his clothes wet. I see him whining that he’s hungry and thirsty and just wants to go to McDonald’s and yet still stops to climb a fake turtle. (Or flooding the garage with the garden hose, but that’s another story for another day.)

But my son… this adorably handsome four year old… he’s full of life, full of joy. He keeps his siblings laughing (most of the time). He’s incredibly loving. He puts his all into anything he does.

I love this guy. Like A.LOT!

Behind the Scenes Link Up

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This blog is all about finding myself and being me… being real in an online world of “make-up version” only. So I thought it only fitting to take part in this fun link up from Crystal Stine. You can find out more about the link up here, but the general idea is to post a photo of a very real moment and tell the story. It’s an opportunity to be real and show the world what takes places outside of the cropped photos and edited blog posts.

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A few years ago, I read on a blog somewhere about a woman who had friends over for an Easter dinner. While there, the friend asked if she would like help taking down her Christmas tree. I laughed and thought, “How can people leave their Christmas decorations up until Easter?!”

Well, I think I know how that happens now. We got the Christmas tree put away within the first week or two of January. But the rest… well, let’s just say it was well after Christmas when I finally got them packed away and carried back out to the garage.

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This photo (of my new can lights in the kitchen ceiling) proudly displays a Christmas garland still hanging up on February 28th. I was slightly embarrassed that it was still up then. Hahaha. If only I had known how long it would stay there.

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This photo was actually taken on Christmas Day after my 4 year old set up a fort with his new fort kit. But picture the sheets not there and the nicely arranged festive décor all in disarray with toys and general clutter mixed into it and that’s what it all looked like… (not too long ago).

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And this photo is of my sweet daughter who kindly agreed to help me pack up all the Christmas decorations, oh you know… about a week ago… on June 7th. I think we just might skip Christmas decorations next year.