Laughter and Meltdowns.

Do you want to know the last time I laughed out loud for a long period of time?

It was Sunday afternoon. Fighting the glooms, that always threaten to overtake me on cold and early-dark Sundays. (Sunday Night-itis, if you will) Cassidy gave Scarlet a bath. I gave Des a bath. Business as usual. Scarlet and Cassidy were having a bit of an argument in the next room, and my back was turned folding a towel and putting clothes away. If we all had looked earlier, we would have laughed earlier, to see Des completely naked with his hair waved around his head like A Flock of Seagulls and he was pushing his shopping cart while buck naked. It was the way he was moving – naked, confident, clearly new on his feet..

I made a video of it later, when he was in a diaper. Just picture a naked baby pushing a toy shopping cart past the doorway of an argument in a bedroom. It swiftly and silently ended the argument. This is the cleaner, safe for blog version of events:

Have I lost you to cuteness overload yet? How about the same scenario with rainbow-striped jammies:

If you’re still breathing here, how about I up the ante and give you Scarlet in the same scenario, but with monkey pajamas?

She was 2 1/2 there. And oh so squishable. It’s hard to contain yourself when you see young videos of your kids, isn’t it? I imagine that it only gets worse. Des is only a day older than he is in the above two videos, and I see them and I want to hug him.

I always will.

For now, I make it linger in videos and photos. It makes the whole time-slipping-through-my-fingers thing a little easier.

Like this “Evolution of Cute Family Photos in Ten Steps”:

Step 1. No one knows where to look!

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Step 2. Avoid the photobombing dog.

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Step 3. They’re wondering what’s in it for them. Is it time to ask for bribes?

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Steps 4, 5 and 6. Smother your brother.

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Step 7. “I love you but I love my red ball more.”

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Steps 8, 9 and 10. Someone is making us laugh so hard, we’re starting to look maniacal.

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And Step 11 is that Des wants me in the photo too:

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And that, everyone, is my career path. In a nutshell.

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And now… turkey time. Or as I really look forward to – mashed potatoes time.

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  1. Oh I'm behind!! I haven't written about this yet! I love your pictures – the kids smiling looks so sweet. My husband asked me today, "so are we scrapping the Christmas card?" I still don't have a picture. This will be a first for me, if I don't get one. I've never not sent a picture card. I don't know how you are going to choose from all of your amazing photos!!

    1. You’re not behind, Michelle! I’m early. I just wanted to focus tomorrow on the holiday and Friday is all about Dana and Ask Away.
      We scrapped the Christmas card and we have no business doing that, being that we’re a creative family!

  2. Awww! It was so nice to be able to hear your voice and see the kids live and in action! Des holding onto the cart reminds me of what JR did before and while he started taking his first steps. We didn't have an official rolling cart or anything, just a cooler lol! He pushed that and still pushes that around the house. I don't know what it is with that boy. He's always more into things that we used as opposed to his own toys. 🙂 Awesome offer with your book! Go you! xo

    1. Thanks! I actually scrapped another cute video because my voice sounded so terrible in it. Then I realized that was silly but I didn’t use the video because it wasn’t relevant. I do love to hear bloggers’ voices. I’m always wrong about how they sound!
      That makes me feel happy that JR would push things around while also taking steps on his own. I worry about Des backtracking, but I realize that’s not possible. He’s on a forward slope here. He’s leaping!

  3. Hehe I love the image you paint of Des walking by buck naked with that cart! Too cute. Even though Eve isn't even two weeks old, when I look at her I sometimes get sad to realize this phase of her life is so short and fleeting. I could stare at her for his (if I didn't so desperately need to catch up on sleep!)

    1. I think you realized something I never realized when Scarlet was a newborn. I totally thought that the time was passing slowly and that we had all the time in the world. With Des, I felt differently and I would stare at him for hours. I still do.

  4. I die.

    Scarlet's video froze a lot…sad face…but she is so friggen cute. Don't you just love those moments when your soul digs deep and allows you to feel all giddy and happy inside. I love that you shared that feeling.

    Now that your babes have inspired me to shop…off I go for the book. (I'm not cool enough to own a Nook or Kindle and I can't count on my husband to remember my "book" wish list because he says it's boring. Jerk)


    1. Oh no!! Frozen videos are not good.

      I don't have a Nook or Kindle either and I did ask my husband the other day why people have them. "Isn't it bad for their eyes?"

      So now I sound like my grandmother.

      Thank you for your support.

  5. Ha! That is classic. We've been watching old videos of Josiah to show him that he was little like Sam once, and he loooooves watching them. So do I! They definitely make me want to squeeze him tighter and slow down time.

  6. I can just imagine how darling it was to see Des streaking past with not even a diaper on. Moments like that – ones that completely change a mood, put you in the moment, change your focus – are the very best. These videos are absolutely precious.

    1. Thank you! And yes, I’m so glad you understand because it can be so hard to find the words to explain why something is so precious/cute/funny/amazing.

  7. The videos are just too cute. I miss those days sometimes. Biz turns 5 tomorrow. He's been talking for a year about all the things he'll do "when I'm 5". Like no longer need booster seats at the table or stools to see the bathroom mirror. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. A Happy Five Years to Biz! And right on Thanksgiving, no less!!
      Five is big..but… I bet/hope it won’t be shockingly different. Baby steps, right?

  8. SO squish-able!! I remember those days with my boys when they were just starting to toddle around. I miss it and it was only a few years ago. Imagine what they’ll be doing a few years from now? Make it stop!!!!
    I tweeted about the special price. Love that book so much. Three of my friends/relatives will be getting it this year:-)
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

    1. Thanks for tweeting for us!!
      And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you!
      I’m sure watching the twins toddle around was irresistible. I love seeing them on your videos.

  9. I say that man is a keeper! Anybody who grocery shops is good with me. Michelle doesn’t have a photo? Find THAT hard to believe… we don’t have one either. Maybe you could just send cards for all of us Tamara:)

    1. Ha! True that. I love a man who grocery shops daily.
      Ok, we don’t really have a photo either. These were just fun shots over the summer.
      I’ll travel to CT and take all your holiday photos!

  10. As always your kids are adorable and seriously remind me of my own when I am trying to take photos of them. And the videos priceless. Totally loved your segue into the book and am posting up on Friday about this now. Happy Thanks giving to you, Cassidy and the kids!! 🙂 xoxo!!

  11. I love that Des has found his feet! And red hats become both of our Scarlet(t)s. I will gladly help spread the word about the sale on MOAM. One of my non-blogger friends downloaded Kindle for iPhone to buy the kindle version a few weeks ago. I felt very successful as a spokeswoman for y’all when I made that sale!

    1. Thanks for your support, always!! Des is great on his feet for a newbie. He looks like a wonderful duck. The most wonderful duck ever. And no surprise about Scarlett and red hats!

    2. Jersey girl- OMG! you’re sayin’ y’all properly now too!!! you can’t go back- it’s official- you are transformed implant southern now, WaHoo! XO. (sorry- to bomb your comment thread Sweet T…)

        1. WaHoo!!! You SO need to come down to Carolina in the Summer when it's warm and they are pickin' & grinnin' until the wee hours, while we are all set up in our "High Tech Redneck" campers (pull behind campers, with bathrooms, beds, kitchens, TVs, A/C)- ya know there's a couple of campgrounds around the lakes/inland areas not far from Jersey girl… It would take some convincing but I bet I could manipulate some rednecks to take a long weekend little beach trip… just an idea…

  12. Oh, there’s nothing like naked baby butt to resolve just about any argument and lift the blues. It makes me sad to think of the day Bean will no longer run around without a stitch, screaming ‘Naked Lady, Naked Lady!’ at the top of her hungs. Monkey running full speed to catch up is equally adorable! And the family pics?! Awesome! I especially love the smother shots!

    1. You mean you don’t run around without a stitch, screaming “Naked Lady, Naked Lady” all of the time? I do!
      Kidding but we have no neighbors so we can get away with a lot. Like yesterday I was getting Des out of the car and I just threw my arms in the air and sang Wilson Phillips at the top of my lungs outside. No one heard. Except the bears and the deer.

  13. Love the photobombing dog! That’s such a cute story about your son. He seems to be a real character. I can only imagine how funny it was to see waltz by and pretty much stop everyone in their tracks. Seems he was a real showstopper!

    1. Showstopper – perfect word!! That's exactly what happened. We all paused in what we were doing and watched in silence. Then the laughter started..and didn't really stop.

  14. I'm so glad you cherish every moment with your squishable kids. Last night I made the huge mistake of squeezing my son's little tush when I was saying good night – I just couldn't resist! He was pissed – I guess at 12 it's not really appropriate. But my motivations were completely pure; I've been squeezing that tush for over a decade! I guess my point is…squeeze while you can, and while they will let you. At least I still get lots of hugs.

  15. They are adorable! I love looking back over old pictures and videos. They grow up so fast. I have more than one photo of them smothering each other! So sweet. And yay for MOAM!

    1. Yes, yay for MOAM! So glad I posted it early because I would surely forget during my holiday craziness.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Alexa!

  16. We had such a similar moment when my girl was little! She strolled past the bathroom where we were having some kind of serious conversation, wearing nothing but a tutu! So so funny 🙂 we also have plenty of smother your brother photos too. So cute!

  17. Now you’ve got to have a blog post series featuring grocery cart-pushing kids. The rainbow jammies was good, but how about jammies with a diaper outside and monkeys in the cart all at the same time? Loved this, thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. I see people pushing carts around in Walmart wearing striped pajamas, and they’re nowhere near as cute as Des. And the cart-pushing while naked is really overrated. I can’t go back to any Publix in the Carolinas until Dec. 31, 2015.

  19. Loving the videos – that is how Baby Girl mastered her walking – pushing a cart all over the house. And those magical moments on camera – well, the imperfect moments are truly the perfect ones. Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend!! Much love to you and yours!!

    1. You’re the second one who has said that! He started taking steps two weeks ago. Last week he started pushing the cart. This week he can take even more steps. It’s all connected. Thankful for you, my friend! Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. I love the videos! I miss those shopping cart days! I love your daughter's response. "Food." duh. Great photos and great deal on the book. Love that book!

  21. I my I love those videos! Is your family just the cutest or what? I think I want to come hang out at your house…we can let Addy push her lawnmower that goes "pop pop pop" all over the place with Des and she can dress up like a princess with Scarlet. 🙂

    1. I seriously love those lawnmowers that go "pop pop pop". Is that weird? We had a great one for Scarlet but I haven't seen it in ages. I think Des would rather love it! Oh well – time to invite Addy over!

  22. Those videos are just too cute! I love capturing those funny moments and watching them back when I'm having a long day. The evolution to a family picture had me cracking up! We are attempting to take a holiday picture of my daughter this weekend. I'm exhausted just thinking about it! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  23. these are all so cute, I cannot help it!!

    So touching that even myself have the urge to go through my son's old videos, they are priceless! When you just feel you need a laugh by any chance it seems to be so gloom and doom, those old files are a medicine.

  24. Aw! You're right. So utterly squishably adorable! Love. Love love. It always surprises me a little bit when I look at videos of my son from when he was younger. Like "wow. you really have changed, huh?" I mean he looks the same, but not. Love the line about how it helps to let the time more easily slip through our fingers! Also I do not have a holiday photo yet. Can I blame you for upping the ante on what I now see as GOOD photos? Sigh. OH. I need to do the promo for our book! Yikes!

  25. PS – Tucker's speech therapist once told me to video him crying because it's such a short window of time in their lives when they get SO adorably upset. It felt mean at the time, and I only took one, but I have it. And love it. Happy Thanksgiving my lovely friend!

    1. I have crying photos of Des and Scarlet! And I love them and they’re adorable and I usually don’t show them around, but I’m glad I have them.

  26. I don't have a holiday photo yet either! These were just from the summer and it was pretty. Kinda how it works with me – I just take photos a lot. We suck on the holiday cards front.

  27. I LOVE those photos and those videos!!!! SO adorable!! I could just picture the classic moment of Des just strolling along with his cart with his wet locks and all buttery naked minding his own business!! All the while Cassidy and Scarlett at it in the room… PERFECT. 😉

  28. I love the videos!! des falling down and getting right back up in no time is a life lesson if I ever saw one. My favorite pic today was the one of scarlet smushing des. I love it!! Also yes when I see old videos of the boys it bring me to my knees. Just so cute! It is also a reminder as to how fast time is flying. Sigh. Sorry for the ramble. I am extra emo this thanksgiving. Happy thanksgiving to your family and enjoy the mashed potatoes!

  29. Now I need to go dig up the videos of my kids when they started to walk! It's just such a precious time; fortunately, the time never gets less precious as they grow older. Does that make sense? Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  30. I do love Des in the striped pjs but mostly because he's talking. They always seem to have some interesting conversation going on at that age. Even if it seems like it's only one or two words to us. I love that!

    And wouldn't you just love to be as comfortable in your own skin as him? I know I would. Although, I'm sure I'd still be required to wear clothes.

    1. I know! He has whole conversations with us, and I wish I could say I understood them. One day. They’re quite adorable, though.
      I would love to be like him more..

  31. OMG I love all the photos and the videos. It does make you smile when you see photos and videos of kids, even those that are not your own. Although by now I consider Scarlett and Des part of my family. Des is growing up right before my eyes, I remember when I first saw him and now look at him go! He's even talking up a storm too. Here's to more much fun times.

  32. I feel comforted knowing that a pro has a hard time with the gold star of family photography too. I must have snapped 300 photos this month trying to get both of them looking at me and smiling at the same time. I'm 0 for 300.

  33. Oh those videos are precious and put a huge smile on my face. And that family picture progression? YES! Especially the "smother your brother." Jasper does that all the time in an attempt to get Everett to face the camera and because he really loves his little brother and want to hug him all the time.

    1. What's really funny is that Des sometimes swats the air just when Scarlet gets near him. She's pretty good with him, but there's still that fun sibling tension.

  34. Apples and bananas huh? Cuteness is exactly the word I would say. Would you judge me if I had that same scenario happen but Reagan was shopping for wine? LOL
    I wish we lived closer so Scarlet and Reagan could embrace the way she embraces her brother. It’s such a beautiful thing — such beautiful babies you have.

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

    1. It’s always about apples and bananas, isn’t it??
      I really wish we lived closer too. The girls could freeze each other like Elsa all day long.

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