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Hello Tangelo.

March 9, 2011

Today was a good day.  The best day I’ve had for a long time.  We started out with a lot of tangelos.  And in my opinion, starting your day with tangelo’s and/or fresh squeezed orange juice is always a good idea.

hello tangelo

My hair was not in a ponytail or a wad on the back of my head.  For the first time since…. I don’t know when.  I made it to the Post Office, finally.  I’ve had two packages that I needed to send sitting on my kitchen counter for a full two months.  It’s embarassing really, but when push comes to shove, the Post Office sometimes gets the shaft.

at the park

We played at the park for a good portion of today, which made my child all sorts of happy.  And I maybe put her in my very favorite little leggings.  It is getting close to time to give them up.  They are a 12 month, and all her others are 3T…. but seriously, cutie little pear leggings?  I can’t let them go.  (They are from BabyGap last winter, skirt and shirt both thrifted.)  And after our park date, we had a quesadilla date at my favorite Mexican place, and then an ice cream date with my friend, and then swung by the park again just for kicks.

And then when Scott got home from work I spent some time alone at the fabric store.  I’ll take some pictures tomorrow.  Holy smokes I found some cute things!  All in all, not a bad day.*


*So, here’s the deal, I don’t always blog about my whole life.  A lot of the bad stuff gets left out, not because I am trying to hide it, but because I really try to not focus on the negative.  It is first of all exhausting and second of all pretty counter productive to my earthly happiness.  But, I’ll just tell you, a pretty perfect day for me, like today, was also full of all sorts of crap.  My child was awake from 4:00-5:30 this morning, we had no less than 5 two year old tantrums, she tripped on the sidewalk and cracked her head on the cement.  She’s got an epic bruise on her forehead.  Epic.  And that doesn’t count all the snot on my shirt sleeves due to forgetting tissue when we went to the park.  But if I focused all my energy on the amount of snot on my shirt that did not belong to me, well then I wouldn’t be much of a mother and it wouldn’t make me happier.  Here’s the thing, the good always comes with the bad, and you can focus on the shiny parts of your life, or the muddy parts of your life.  And depending on what you choose, it can make all the difference.  Alright, that’s the end of my soapbox schpiel about honesty in blogging and sharing and life in general.  Please don’t judge me for the snot on my shirt.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2011 10:16 pm

    Yay for a happy day! The post office ALWAYS gets the shaft in my life. People know, if they are expecting a package from me… it’s not lost in the mail.

    I love what you said about focusing on the happy. You know what? I don’t read whiny blogs. My life is plenty full of snot and bruises and heavy hearted stuff, so when I am reading blogs, I look for ones that lift me up and make me smile…. like yours!

  2. March 9, 2011 11:57 pm

    The tail end of your blog touched me. I’ve been stuck looking at the muddy bits of life recently. Thanks for reminding me of the shiny ones!

  3. March 10, 2011 7:22 am


    You are so right about focus. I’m sorry that things have been so rough lately, and more-so that I haven’t been around to help. I’m glad that things are looking up and that yesterday was such a great day. Those little piggy-tails are so adorable. I just want to give that girl a squeeze. I absolutely LOVE that picture! Would it be weird if I put it up as wallpaper? Miss you guys & totally wish I didn’t have to work so much so we could have our play dates.

    xo -El

    P.S. I’m kidding about the wallpaper. You got that, right?

  4. March 10, 2011 9:20 am

    What you said after the “*” is why I love your blog so much. Because I think I let myself focus on the snot on my shirt too much, and it’s a good lesson for me to see that I don’t have to. 🙂

  5. March 10, 2011 9:34 am

    I love how you focus on the good always. You are so happy and cheery always and it makes me happy and cheery too. I could be in a rotten mood but seeing your blog posts and detailed photos just makes me smile 🙂


  6. March 10, 2011 11:01 am

    Yay for good days! (And yay for ice cream and park playing.) Also, I’m glad I got to witness the snot on shirt stuff. Such a good reminder of how amazing moms like you are.

    Thanks for keeping it real, and keeping it positive.

  7. March 10, 2011 1:47 pm

    let’s compare snot on our shirts and then we can be snot sisters! It’ll be the new cool club to be in. you are awesome and I’m glad things are getting better. Thanks for the reminder about focusing on the positive. It’s so easy to get dragged down into the negative.

    I was going to call you today and check in on you! xoxo

    PS – I registered for the Sewing Summit! you?

  8. March 10, 2011 3:14 pm

    Sounds like the typical kind of mix I had when my girls were toddlers. Still have good and bad and mixed days now that they are 5 and 8, but rarely is snot involved. ;). Hang in there, it just keeps getting better and better.

    I used to focus on all the muddy parts and rant to everyone but now I too try to focus on the shiny. Trying to appreciate life. I will say this: It’s refreshing when bloggers do share a little of the mundane, not so shiny parts of their lives. Then I realize it’s not just me! Life isn’t perfect and I don’t have to be either. Too many years of Martha Stewart made me feel inferior and afraid to even try to be crafty. I don’t have the perfect life and can’t do everything perfectly. Now I seek out wonderful crafty but “real” people like you for inspiration.

  9. March 10, 2011 5:26 pm

    All I have to say is: it is warm enough for Creamie to be in shirtsleeves?????

  10. March 10, 2011 5:26 pm

    Oh, yeah, and we all have snot somewhere, girlfriend.

  11. Paige permalink
    March 11, 2011 2:40 pm

    Hey E!! Thank you for this post! I really really needed to see your words about focusing on what’s good. Sometimes its easy to get dragged down by the things in the day that aren’t so good or maybe they are irritating or aggravating. I needed this reminder.
    Blog about what you want to blog about, honey. I’ll read it.
    ~~ Paige

  12. Susan permalink
    March 12, 2011 7:18 am

    I can’t imagine anyone who loves pink would look at her glass of “pink” lemonade as half empty rather than half full. Let’s hope you both stay “in the pink” health-wise. [I just couldn’t resist all the pinkness . . .] 🙂

  13. Alexie permalink
    March 15, 2011 12:07 pm

    So you don’t know me, but I’m a friend of Robin’s. I just wanted to say thanks for you italicized comments todsay. I realize tht everyone has bad things in thier lives, but lately it seems like my family has been bombarded with more trails and sufferening than needed (car accidents, cancers, divroces, money troubles) and its often really hard to see beyond the headaches and clouds than not. Thanks for having snot on your shirt and not focussing on it. The world needs a little more shiny. Thanks.

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