Monday, April 4, 2011

Wild Abandon Thanksgiving

You know that poem/quote:
Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth. ~William Purkey
I see my daughters, and I see everything they do with wild abandon. They dance, they sing, they excitedly, loudly (and proudly) make animal noises and say new words. They've made the connection to music, to the sound or word associated with the picture, and they want you to know about it.

It makes this mama's heart soar!

One day they will be struck with self-awareness.

For now, for today, for this moment---we celebrate all of it with great joy, and with wild, reckless abandon!

559. Brynne and Hadley dancing.

560. Link necklaces.

561. Trying kettle corn for the first time.

562. Hadley quacking like a duck.

563. Brynne buzzing like a bee.

564. Brynne whistling like the zookeeper. 

565. Hadley pointing out her toes.

566. Swinging is just like a roller coaster ride!

567. Sun hats.

568. Brynne gently patting Hadley's head.

569. Hadley obeying me the first time.

570. Two girls dribbling the soccer ball.

571. Going to Ben's for a playdate.

572. Drinks with the girls.

573. Playing in the dirt.

574. Breezes.

575. Rain.

holy experience


Andrea said...

I love reading your posts. They always seem to make my heart happy! I could not agree with you more about the "wild abandon." I took Sophia and Fina to the park yesterday and find so much joy in just soaking up their excitement. Sophia's pride at being able to almost reach the top of the "monkey bar mountain", and Fina's "I can't hardly take this much fun" excitement that caused her to start flapping her arms in that "wild abandon" as I pushed her on the swings. I told James about that trip to the park and how it is such a gift to be the one to share that joy and excitement with our chldren. Being a parent is truly the most rewarding thing I have ever and will ever accomplish. Sometimes, though, I think you have to force yourself to slow down, soak up those moments, and realize that gift. Thanks for another great read, Julia!

Twinside Out said...

What a wonderful list!

Wild, reckless abandon...I love it. I want to live my life with the joyful heart of a child, completely oblivious to any anxiety about who is watching.

Hadley obeying the first time and Brynne patting Hadley's head are also favorites. :) And how exciting that there is enough sun for sun hats!!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I cannot resist a babe in a sun hat!!! :) :)

I love the point you made about self-awareness. That's so true.

I don't want to say that I'm less "self-aware" now that I've had children (by itself that doesn't sound like a good thing...HA!), but I think having children does gift one a little bit of wild abandon. I make animal noises with the best of them, even if we're in the middle of the grocery store. Sometimes people look at me pretty strangely, but most people just smile. :)

I do have to laugh when I occasionally say something as I would to the girls, when I'm by myself. Fortunately I was just out for a walk a couple of weeks ago when I said, "Good morning, Squirrel!" I don't think anyone heard...HA!

And I love the thought of Brynne patting Hadley's head. I just love seeing our girls show affection and concern for each other. It's priceless. :)

Brooke said...

Julia! Your children are so beautiful! I love reading your posts as they are so full of happiness and reading them always makes my day that much better... :)

Corinne and Jason Ritz said...

The picture of you feeding one of the girls kettle corn made me laugh out LOUD! That was adorable! And yes, swinging is like riding a roller coaster. My 13 month old would quite agree!

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Well, this all just changed my day! What a happy list and full of smiles, fun, and . . . you are right. . . abandonment!!! When in the world do we become so self conscious and stop singing at the top of our lungs just because we feel like it????? You turned the corners of my mouth up, and I'm smiling! Thank you!