Life is crazy busy and it’s EASY to stay focused on the to-do’s of it all and miss the littlest moments that mean the most. My camera is my tool to slow down, get present and SAVOR the FEELING of moments that I LOVE and that make MY heart HAPPY with JOY.  When busy with my to-do’s and I see something that makes me light up with a big smile, I stop, grab my camera (iPhone or SLR – it doesn’t matter because what does matter is that I capture the moment…) and sit back, snap, BE in the moment and SAVOR the FEELING of that LOVE I’m seeing from behind the lens.  And when it comes to my kids, I LOVE to capture WHO they are and what they love, in their current stage of life, so they never, EVER, disconnect from themselves as they grow older, like I did.

 

It’s very rare these days to see these two sitting down together, playing, without one or the other getting upset.  So when I turned my head to look over to make sure they weren’t getting into trouble, while cleaning up the kitchen, I saw this and quickly grabbed my camera to SAVOR it, even it was for just a minute.

It started out with each of them making their own block creation.

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

He inched closer to her and began to share his blocks with her to add on to hers.  Awwww, so nice, Luca!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Still creating together and still looking content and happy.

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Then he grabs them all and big sis is very, very unhappy.

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Yep, like I said.  It was a minute of sweet, sweet sibling play.   So glad I stopped to SAVOR it.  And, SO glad I have this moment captured to show them just how they kept this mama on her toes with trying to “keep the peace” when they were this age.;)

 

Until next time…

Capture what YOU love…SAVOR what YOU love!!

 

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this post and want MORE inspiration that’ll make YOU smile, FEEL uplifted and inspire you to become more connected to what YOU love, sign up for my F.R.E.E. eNewsletter today! When you do, you’ll receive my FREE GIFT, where I inspire you (with beautiful, step-by-step photographs) on how to creatively go from FRAZZLED to CALM (in < 10) so you can focus more on the happy LOVE that fills your beautiful, busy mama life. 

Share on:FL:

BeaKidTipBlog1

To me, there’s nothing better than SAVORing my kids BE kids.

Big sis ALWAYS wants to wear her princess dress-up dresses out on the town.  No matter where we go, when getting ready, she ALWAYS comes out as Princess Sophia, Yellow Bell, Ariel, Rapunzel and so on…

I always say, “You look beautiful, Camille” and Daddy says, “You can’t wear that.  Let’s see what else we can find for your to wear.”  And then the meltdowns begin.  (I always have to tell him that this time in her life is short, just let her wear it. It’s not doing any harm.)

I know, as adults, letting our kids play dress up, out in public, can seem wrong, but to me, I think it’s the best reminder for us adults to keep being WHO we are and showing off what we LOVE (out in public) without a care in the world of what anyone else thinks. As long as the the outfit covers and is appropriate for the weather.  

It actually makes me sad, that as we grow older, we lose this awesomeness (except for awesome Taraleigh!! who inspires me, every day, to let ME out even more, even though I’m an “adult” now) and start to be fearful of letting out who we really are to shine brightly for all to see.

So when C comes out, dressed in her Ariel Halloween costume and her tap shoes for our trip down to the city for a Spring outdoor concert  (and she’s covered up nicely, because I will not let her go out with skin showing and if it’s winter out and she wants to wear her bathing suit, yes, I’ll tell her she needs to change), I’m always gonna say,You look beautiful, now let’s go have some fun!”  because I absolutely LOVE seeing her independence shine like this.  It fills my heart with JOY that she wants to dress in this way, for all to see.

And then, seeing all the people she passes lighting up with smiles and coming over to talk to her and tell her they love her outfit or ask what princess she is, fills me up even more, because her joy is filling others with joy, too!  The way life is supposed to be lived!!

There’s nothing better than lighting up the world with JOY and that’s exactly what happens when we let kids BE kids in this way.

And, to me, it’s a great reminder, to us adults, that we were once this way and that even though we’re older, we still need to be WHO we are and let what we LOVE shine bright for all to see, no matter what anyone thinks, too!!

Because it’s who we are and what we love that’s going to make this world a better place!! It’s meant to be shared…not buried deep for nobody to see!

And this moment, this dress-up stage of her life, it’s a short one.  Before I know it, those princess dresses will no longer be in her closet because they’ll be replaced with her new clothes-loves as she grows more and more into her independent self.  (But, I’ll still be there making sure it’s appropriate attire though!!)

And it’s these moments I love to SAVOR because each and every time I’m reminded to stay true to who I am and let what I love shine brightly for all to see…something that my adult self can continue to keep buried deep within for no one to see because of fear.  Yep…I’m one of those adults, too…boooooo!;)

We all know what we love, we just have to stay connected to it, like kids do, as we grow older, right?   It’s easy to lose with all the adult responsibilities that come our way, ya know!

That’s why SAVORing a child BEing a kid, helps us to slow down, smile and connect more to what brings us joy and what lights up and what feels good in our hearts.  It helps to revive your inner, kid fun again.  

Because we adults, should never, ever disconnect for our inner, kid self.  Ever!  Your inner, kid is your best teacher for living life the way it’s mean to be lived!!

Work hard…play hard. It doesn’t mean we need to wear a Snow White dress out in public, but, hey, maybe that’s what YOU love.  It just means, keep BEing YOU and keep letting what YOU love shine BRIGHT!!!  Even in the mix of everything that comes with living an adult life.  

Oh, and I can’t to see what baby bro comes out wearing once he gets this age.  SO fun!!:)

 

 

So tell me…

Do you have kids? Did you let them wear they’re princess and superhero outfits while out on the town when they were toddlers?  Don’t have kids? Have you ever seen little kids dressed in this way while out on the town?  Either way, I bet it makes you smile, right??   

 

Until next time…

Life IS joy…SAVOR it up!

 

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this post and want MORE inspiration that’ll make YOU smile, FEEL uplifted and inspire you to become more connected to what YOU love, sign up for my F.R.E.E. eNewsletter today! When you do, you’ll receive my FREE GIFT, where I inspire you (with beautiful, step-by-step photographs) on how to creatively go from FRAZZLED to CALM (in < 10) so you can focus more on the happy LOVE that fills your beautiful, busy mama life. 

Share on:FL:

Life is crazy busy and it’s EASY to stay focused on the to-do’s of it all and miss the littlest moments that mean the most. My camera is my tool to slow down, get present and SAVOR the FEELING of moments that I LOVE and that make MY heart HAPPY with JOY.  When busy with my to-do’s and I see something that makes me light up with a big smile, I stop, grab my camera (iPhone or SLR – it doesn’t matter because what does matter is that I capture the moment…) and sit back, snap, BE in the moment and SAVOR the FEELING of that LOVE I’m seeing from behind the lens.  And when it comes to my kids, I LOVE to capture WHO they are and what they love, in their current stage of life, so they never, EVER, disconnect from themselves as they grow older, like I did.

 

It’s been SO long since he’s been home to give them baths because of his work schedule.  And, it’s been SO long since I’ve pulled out my SLR to capture and SAVOR this moment from behind the lens.

And, now, looking at these pictures, oh, I miss it so!

Every time he gives them a bath I just LOVE stepping back and watching all the fun giggles and laughs (and of course, sibling conflicts, too!) with my lens. Good thing there’s something SO fun that happens during bath time with Daddy that takes all the sibling conflicts away.

Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

The shower nozzle!  

Oh yeah!!  Just look at C’s anticipation.  Oh my gosh. SO funny!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Once that water is flowing, the smiles and laughs are, too.  The best!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

C absolutely loves it!! 

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

As for Luca, well, I think he’s still trying to figure out what is going on while still having his fun and smiling!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

I always LOVE how D makes C’s hair all wild and crazy after he shampoo’s it.

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com
And then, the two of them having a little moment of stillness moment together.…priceless!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Oh, those sibling faces…heart melting and savoring them as much as I can!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

And then, one of the bath squirting toys emerges.  Oh boy, oh boy!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Which, of course, is in C’s hand.

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Which means she’s going to squirt lil’ bro in the face with it, which means, I’ll be saying, on repeat, “Only on his arms or stomach or legs…NOT his face, please!!”  Ha!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

And then, another round of shower nozzle time.  Woohoo!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

And this time, it’s his turn for an awesome anticipation face.  LOVE!!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Oh my gosh…what a face while watching her!!  Seriously, I love this boy SO, SO much!! The way he just watches his sister all day long.  Oh man! This is love!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

It’s your turn now, buddy!! 

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

I always wanna remember how he rubs his eyes after being splashed…ALWAYS!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

So, so cute!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Another splash!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

And one that’s super duper FUN!! 

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Yes, REALLY fun!! Oh, I wish you could hear those giggles and happy screams!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

A moment that I’ll cherish forever!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

And this one! Oh my gosh!! He wants more, too!! LOL!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

And they both do!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Until…it’s time to stop all that shower nozzle fun and get out to dry off.  Oh, boooooooooooo, Daddy!! Boooooooooooo!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Lil’ bro is out first, which left me to SAVOR her.  The last time I got to do this was before Luca was born.  Oh, it was bliss!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

He ran right in after he was ready for the night.  

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

But I still sat and watched her some more. Hooray!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Until it was her turn to get all dry for the night.  D always dries her hair like this.

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

He keeps drying and drying and drying…

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Until she emerges like this!! So funny!! She LOVES it!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

And then lil’ bro ran back in and then THIS happened!! OMGOSH!! Heart melting all over place!! They really do LOVE each other!!

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

It’s moments like that this that fill my heart with happy tingles and have me smiling big.  I’m SO grateful that I left the dishes in the sink from dinner, grabbed my camera and sat and SAVORed it all.  Because it’s moments like that I never, ever wanna miss!

Because, yes, this entire moment is love!!

 

What have YOU slowed down to SAVOR today??  Because, life is what you love…why not slow down so you can SAVOR it up! 

 

 

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this post and want MORE inspiration that’ll make YOU smile, FEEL uplifted and inspire you to become more connected to what YOU love, sign up for my F.R.E.E. eNewsletter today! When you do, you’ll receive my FREE GIFT, where I inspire you (with beautiful, step-by-step photographs) on how to creatively go from FRAZZLED to CALM (in < 10) so you can focus more on the happy LOVE that fills your beautiful, busy mama life. 

Share on:FL:

At the end of each day, before bed, I always like to write down all the JOY that I’m GRATEFUL for that filled my day, because, for me, it’s easy for me to stay focused more on the meltdowns, the sibling conflicts, the exhaustion and the major lack of ME time.  When I think about all the moments that made me smile throughout the day, I’m always reminded that there’s SO much more JOY than meltdowns.  And it’s this joy that fills my heart with a huge amount of joyous gratitude.  To take my written list even further, I’ve thought I’d capture one of those gratitudes (through the lens) from my day and share it here. 

 

Yesterday, while baby bro was napping, big sis asked to take a bath in my tub.  She started to play as soon as the water started to fill and I came in and out to check on her while I updated my blog template, just a few steps away.

Photo by Renee Yemma | reneeyemma.com

Every time I walked in, she’d say, “Mom. Can you watch me?”  And, I’d tell her, “In a minute!” And then go back to what I was doing.

Because, ya know, I’ve already watched her play in the bathtub a hundred, million times and I’d this a moment that I can do a little something for me, while she’s right next to me having her fun as well.  

Once the water was filled, I really wanted to continue working on my template, finish laundry and start getting dinner prepped, but I decided to stop what I was doing and go and sit down by her and and watch her have her fun.

Right away, she jumped and said, “You can sit on the stool over there.” And, lemme tell ya! I’m SO glad I did.

Just sitting there, soaking in the moment, while she splashed and played with her rubber duckies and then watching her squeeze the water out of them while laughing so hard because of the funny, little noise it would make soon had me laughing until both of us her laughing so hard together until our stomach hurts, was truly the best moment ever.  

Her joy always knows how to put a huge smile on my face, make me laugh and  fill me with the best happy tingles.  Oh, it’s truly the best!

I’m SO very grateful for this moment. A moment that I didn’t let my to-do list head get in the way.  A moment that I truly SAVORed, just her and I. A moment that’s SO rare these days because I’m SO busy chasing around her wild monkey lil’ bro who LOVES to climb everything and has me on my toes making sure he doesn’t hurt himself.  A moment that truly warmed my heart with joyous gratitude.

Thank you, Camille, for always reminding me to slow down and savor what matters most to my mama heart.  I’ll always be forever, grateful.  Always!

 

What about you!

What JOY are YOU grateful you SAVORed today?  I’d LOVE to hear!

 

Life is joyously, gratifying…SAVOR it up!

Share on:FL: