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Are You Having The More Much Fun?

I actually had something else scheduled today, but due to a glitch, I threw this together in the nick of time.

Scarlet is a singer-songwriter – did you know that? She made up a wonderful song that has just one or two lines:

“Now I’m here..
Having the more much fun.”

There is a very specific melody attached to this song and once she gets it in her head, she is generally on a continuous loop for about a half hour to hour. And she gets very pitchy. Once it happened during a car ride and I’m pretty sure I saw Cassidy’s hands grip the steering wheel tightly. I mean, we want to encourage artistic growth, but this is so bad that it’s…wonderful. Just yesterday Cassidy was sleeping off a Phish webcast bender (2-3 hours of sleep, tops) and he was resting on the couch. Somehow I got the song in my head and I started singing it. Bad move. Then Scarlet took over, only she was louder and more shrill, and poor Cassidy got up and ran upstairs to sleep in bed. I think she followed him there. And I just thought, “Are we having the more much fun yet?”

And what does it mean to be having the “more much fun”?

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In the height of summer, I have low energy days the way I do in the depths of winter. Isn’t that funny? Height of summer? Depths of winter? There must be some symbolism there. I have days in which I’m pretty much done by 4:00 pm – only I still have about four hours left and those four hours are crunch time. And by three it’s make it or break it. Scarlet and I are snipping at each other, the baby is napping, and we’re looking for something to do. Once in awhile, I’m given a true gem – and then it becomes a salvageable day.

Such as a walk to the mailbox with Scarlet. She had seen someone using an umbrella for sun in a movie and wanted to try it. She was already wearing her “Alice” dress. This had all of the makings of a photo shoot, and not only that, one that looked planned.

Even though it wasn’t planned at all.

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I have to say – I was having the more much fun on that trip to the mailbox. I now understood what it meant.

How do you have the more much fun?

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  1. Hmmm… How DO I have the much more fun? Sometimes decorating cookies or cake pops. Enjoying, as in really enjoying, a great meal together with the family is probably my favorite.

  2. Great post ad beautifully photos!!! We have much more fun by playing our favorite music as loudly as possible in the living room and having impromptu dance contests…it is so much more fun!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. She is just so precious! I love that she makes up songs because I make up songs all the time. It's so much fun! Right now I'm working on internatiinal travel plans. It is NOT the more much fun. At 5:00PM it will be! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I am having the more much fun this week playing with Benjamin all by his self, while his big brother and sister are with my parents. I love these pictures!

  5. Those pictures are so great – she is a little doll! I love that she walks around in her dress and then decided to add the umbrella – just like a "true lady!" (can you tell I only have boys?)I like to have the more much fun – some days it's easy (days at the beach!!) and some days it takes more work (days in the car for 100 hours!) but overall most of the time is the more much fun.I so remember those days when my boys were little 4-7ish were pretty rough on lots of days!!!

  6. Those pictures are PRECIOUS and I adore that dress and umbrella! You are AWESOME at photography. Just saying! My more much fun is usually when I can relax! I have too many young children around right now to relax. Lol.

  7. I left a comment and it disappeared when I hit publish, lol. I LOVE that dress and the My Little Pony umbrella, and you are an amazing photographer. I wish I could have much more fun much more often!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Scarlet is such a delight. I would love to hear that song, the more much fun, but I think Madison would take it over and then it wouldn't be more much fun for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Once again amazing photos but that's only because you had such an amazing subject. Darling little Scarlet in her dress and umbrella. First thing that came to mind was Singing in the Rain. Hope you're having a great Tuesday!

  9. Scarlet is so beautiful, and your pictures are amazing! I love having the much more fun with my girls, whether it's impromptu dance parties, splashing at the pool, pulling them around our yard in their red wagon, or cuddling up with a good story before tucking them in for the night.

  10. I have more much fun when the four of us are singing in the car (not to our own song) – being silly and laughing. Glad you had some more much fun today!

  11. I had just one kid today for most of the afternoon and it made me so appreciate what it's like to only have one kid. VERY different! Hope you're having more much fun all week long!

  12. ha! I have one boy and I definitely can't wait to see what he will come up with.Even before I had kids, I hated 4-7ish. I always thought I'd somehow find magical relief, but nope.

  13. That all sound like the more much fun, and I even like the last one maybe best because it can be year-found. Can you tell I'm panicking that summer might end one day?

  14. I think that I would have more much fun on that walk to the mailbox too. Your photos and Scarlet are gorgeous. I know those silly and pitchy songs so so well. Usually I'm the one cringing when I hear my boys sing and oh, they love to sing all the time. It really is those spontaneous moments when I don't give into my urge to say no and I say yes instead – those are the magical moments.

  15. I was having more much fun watching that girl walk to the mail box! She's a gem! I love how children can take the things we take for granted and make events out of them – like getting the mail.

    1. Our walk to the mailbox is long and woodsy and I try to see that from her smaller point-of-view and it kinda blows my mind. Adventure and journey! ..to the mailbox.

  16. Oh so cute. I used to make up songs when I was little too. I think I need some of the more much fun today so I'm snuggling up with my puppy. Your walk to your mailbox is lovely. Much more exciting than just opening the front door.

    1. Right? I am all for instant gratification – our old mailbox was literally right outside the door, but this makes the mail more worth waiting for. Except for the times we walk all the way there in the heat or cold, and it's just bills.

  17. I have the much more fun in moments like that, too. I love it when the little things during the day make me pause and appreciate and take it all in. I love how simple things can make such an impact on us. Love the umbrella – I remember wanting to do the same thing after I saw a movie when I was little. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Ah the much more fun! I love it. Think it's hysterical that daddy ran away. When my eldest gets loud while singing I totally match it, is that weird? That picture if scarlet looking at us with the umbrella is just amazing.

  19. What a gorgeous subject you had to work with. I love the "Alice" dress. I have more fun when Gia breaks out into dance or we have an impromptu "fun day".

  20. She is too precious!! And the shots were just perfect! Baby Girl loves to sing at random moments throughout the day. Her latest "You're going to miss me when I'm gone" – I think she just likes the beat of the song. But I really like Scarlett's "the more much fun" – we all need to have the "more much fun" more often…thanks for the reminder!

    1. That is so awesome! She has some real songwriting talent there! And you're definitely right that there's a gentle reminder there for us all to have the more much fun.

  21. My goodness she is just ADORABLE! As I was scrolling through the pictures I kept thinking, "That's my favorite. No, that's my favorite. Wait, THAT'S my favorite." You truly are an amazing photographer.

  22. How sweet she is! Last night was the much more fun- having an awkward/ugly fashion shoot with my best friend ๐Ÿ™‚ We received a bunch of hand-me-downs in the mail, and some of them were awesome, but we decided to take the items that didn't quite work and clash them horribly, then my husband photographed us and it was so hilarious, I couldn't stop laughing ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Gorgeous pics as always. To us having much more fun is being together. Adrian say she has more fun when I take him to the park even though I don't do much while we are there. Or when we spontaneously go to the beach (at anytime). He loves that and we so always have much more fun!!!

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