“You will find more happiness growing down than up.” ~Author Unknown
Today is a special day in many ways. It’s my Grandma’s birthday and although she passed away 7 years ago, she is always close to my heart. In many ways, my babies are so lucky because they too get to have a special relationship with their Gigi, Poppy & Harmony and Grandma. Last year my mom, Gigi, came down for 3 months and we had so many special moments. This year, my dad has come for an extended stay and he is also getting to capture those precious moments between grandparent and grandchild. KSP’s mom lives here so she gets to spend time with the minis with some frequency and for both it’s special.
As a parent, it is particularly wonderful to watch my parents and KSP’s parents with our minis. The smiles and giggles that spread across all of their faces with a silly voices, garbaly kisses through the phone and tickles in real life fill my heart with warmth and love.
Today, there are 2 wonderful linkups that I am going to take part in because they are both hosted by wonderful women, and because they are so complimentary. The first is 10 things about being a kiddo from Stasha at “Northwest Mommy” for her Monday Listicles and the other is a dual linkup of “Memories Captured” from Alison at “Mama Wants This” and Galit from “These Little Waves.”
To me these two things are closely intertwined. From posts about my relationship own grandparents to posts about my mom with my minis to posts about what I would tell my Father-in-Law who passed before I met him. Being a kid with your grandparents is a fond part of my childhood and I am so happy that it will be part of mine mini’s memories too.
So with that, let’s talks 10 things to love about being a mini:
10. The world is anything that your imagination wants it to be.
9. You truly learn multiple new things everyday.
8. You can look crazy or like a Rockstar after a bender and still be cute.
7. You get to play in puddles, stomp, stomp, stomp (while rocking amazing alligator wellies) and it’s the best moment ever!
6. You truly live in the moment. Feel every emotion when you feel it and marvel at things each time you see them.
5. You can “let go.”
4. You are loved beyond all reasonable comprehension by EVERYONE.
3. You are a shining star for everything you do.
2. You are easy to forgive.
1. You are the best things to ever happen to your family. Mamas, dadas, sisters, brothers, grandmas and grandpas. And with that comes wonderful and loving memories, like a simple trip to the park that becomes wonderful moments and memories for all….
So,the next time you might be feeling a little down or a little “blah,” think about what things look like as a kid. Look at a pine cone, or a tree or an airplane and realize the wonder in what you are seeing. Think about your family and realize the purity of that love. Together or separate, that moment, that magic captured in that moment can make today ‘yournewfavoriteday.’
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36 thoughts on ““The Happiness found in Growing Down.””
Oh my, thank you so much Shannon! I love that you joined this with Memories Captured. What a beautiful way to peek into the world through your children’s eyes. It is a magical place and I wish we took more time to see it.
Me too Stasha! I find myself being reminded often with a look that flashes across their faces:). Thanks for the Listicles inspiration it was a perfect marriage:).
It’s so true -there is something very special about grandparents relationships with their grandchildren. My son is so very lucky to be able to enjoy a daily one with my husband’s parents.
Love the pictures – look at their joy!
Thank you for linking up with Memories Captured!
Thanks Alison. It’s a wonderful gift for our little ones. I don’t think we even know it until later in life just how special it can be. So nice that your son gets to have that with this grandparents.
Thanks for hosting the linkup. I love the sentiment!
Very beautiful pictures. The look on their faces are just priceless. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful list.
Thanks so much Ava. The smiles warm my heart everyday! Thanks for coming by!
Oh yes, I definitely feel her JOY right through my screen!
Your Mama love makes that? Obvious!
Love this, girl!
Thank you Galit:). They bring me pure joy and she lights up the sun and I am so happy you can see that too. You made me smile and thanks for giving me a forum to share it!
Aren’t puddles just THE BEST? Wonderful pictures – so much joy!
They really are Kerstin! I mean I can’t even say that he had more fun than me!
Fun for all ages:)
So special! Love it Shannon!
Thanks Renee! Hope you are having a great day. Xo
I am so grateful that my grandparents lived long enough for me to have a relationship with them and I love when I see my parents strengthening the bonds between them and my children. It warms my heart. Love your photos!
Aww Bruna, it’s pretty wonderful isn’t it? Love that you experienced this with your grandparents too:).
Love these – and so much joy in these pictures!
Thanks Nicole! I am glad the joy jumps out at you when you see these photos as well:) Thanks for coming by!
These pictures made me smile so big the 4 year old came over and said, “let me see”. Anyway, this list is a little poem about the beauty of childhood. Nice. Erin
Awww Erin, thanks so much. Love that your mini wanted to see too! Thanks for sharing and making me smile:)
I used to LOVE to stomp in puddles!! How could I have forgotten that?
Your pictures are filled with happiness and love…so sweet!!
I know, me too! I have to say it was pretty fun helping him stomp in those puddles. Thanks Jen, they all bring me much joy!
The pictures alone make you smile. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! I am glad they make you smile too! Thanks for coming by:)
Beautiful post. Distance got the best of my personal relationship with my grandparents, but I hope that my daughter is able to get to know and grow with her 2 grandmothers and 1 grandfather here on earth and 1 grandfather in heaven. That bond is special and will never cease.
Yes I totally know what you mean about the distance. It makes it so much harder. I love that your daughter has 3 grandparents that are still alive. We are in the same situation and it is one of my goals to help foster that relationship too. Thanks so much for coming by, I love your Gravatar picture it makes me feel so happy! Can’t wait to check out your blog:)
I love the one with E’s eyes closed and her tongue out while Q sits behind her with that marvelous little evil grin, like ‘what can I get into NOW’, and your dad guides them so patiently.
Lol, I love that one too. It’s pretty much true to “a picture is worth a 1,000 words!” you summed it up perfectly. Thanks for sharing in our fun:)!
This post touched my heart today. Mostly because tomorrow at noon I pick my mom up from the airport. I absolutely love how much my son loves his grandma. She is one of his favorite people on the planet.
I’ve said it many times in the three years since my son has been born and I am sure I will say it many times more. I think he teaches me far more about life than I could ever teach him.
“The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”
Heather, thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful wonderful time with your mom and your mini has a great time with grandma. It is so special to be able have this time as a participant and witness! Thanks for your ever Inspiring comments! ❤
What a great list, 1 is so true. E and Q are adorable, love the pics.
Thanks Paul! Your comment warms my heart:)
Great photos. Looks like the kiddos have it made. What a fun life! And yes, they are easy to forgive. I mean, who can resist those cuteness!?
Thanks so much Janice! Yes, they do have a lot of love in their lives and that makes everything pretty wonderful. It’s super hard to resist for sure:)
Love this post. It truly lifted my spirits. A great reminder to keep things in perspective. Thank you.
Thanks so much Kimberly! It makes me so happy to know your spirits were lifted, thank you for saying so and sharing. You lifted mine too!
What a special reminder for all of us to remember to see life through the eyes of a child when we’ve lost the ability to see the child within. Thank you for sharing your special minis and their day with their Poppy. Though tears of sadness over the loss of both sets of my minis’ grandparents threaten to spill this morning, I focus on the days they were able to share with my girls and the shadows of those smiles that remain in my heart.
Hugs and best wishes… This is a special tribute and I bet Poppy is watching…