Monday, August 25, 2014

My Monday Morning

Our mornings are some of my favorite times. I usually try to get up a little earlier than the boys to enjoy some quiet me time, but more often than not, we end up getting woken up by Henry as he whispers "is it time to get up yet?" with his little face peeking up over the side of our bed. And before we know it, it's go, go, go time. Packing lunches in a flurry of tupperware and sandwich crusts and juice boxes, car keys jingling, kisses and hugs, the little ones crying or laughing or both, a see-you-later-Daddy and just-one-more-kiss ringing through the hallway. Then it's preschool drop off time, come home and snuggle Charlie time, take-a-breather-Mom time. Phew.

But there's beauty in that, right? The routines of our day to day life. The way the sun comes through Charlie's window bright and early casting sunbeams off the side of his gray crib (even though I had spent most of my night in there with him, rocking through a hard teething night, and getting no sleep myself). There's something special in those rare mornings when Henry stays in bed a little longer, with a cup of water and his feet up on pillows and a pile of books on his nightstand (even though most mornings he is waking us well before it's time to actually wake up). There's something special in that- in our routines and in the beautiful-ness of things I might not always describe as beautiful in the first place.

So when my friend Ilana over at Mommy Shorts asked me to help her promote her "Monday Mornings" series I was so excited. If you're a regular reader of this blog you know how much I love finding the beauty in the everyday, and that's exactly what she's doing with this project. Together with Allstate, who believe families should live the good life every day, Ilana's documenting the mornings of mothers all across the country. This series has already visited moms in NYC and Chicago and they're making their way to LA, Houston and Washington, DC. The project is visiting all kinds of Moms- working Moms (with a stay-at-home-Dad), another working Mom with a working spouse, a single Mom...I love that she really is showing many different types of families and women. You can see more of the project here, and please do yourself a favor and read her intro post. This is REALLY good stuff. You can follow along with all of the series here.

Here are some photos from some of our recent mornings, too:




*This post is part of the "Mommy Shorts Monday Mornings" series sponsored by Allstate. Every family has a special morning routine, and as we continue documenting different mothers across the country, it’s clear there is beauty in all of our mornings. As the nation’s largest publicly held insurance company, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most—but to guiding families to live the Good Life, every day.

*Thank you guys for always supporting the sponsored content I share here, along with everything else! xoxo!

24 comments:

  1. I've been following the Mommy Shorts series and love the little sneak into the morning time. Thanks for sharing yours too! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Ani! Isn't her series great?! I've been loving it.

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  2. I love this! These are great pictures. I'm expecting my first baby and can't wait for mornings with him or her. :)

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    1. That's so sweet! I'm excited for you!:)

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  3. adorable photos!

    www.amoderngypsy.blogspot.com

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  4. Haha! My eyes were playing a trick on me! I thought there were three kids in the third picture, not two separate pictures and I was like "Wait. Where'd the third one spring from?" Ha! Beautiful photos showcasing your morning.

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  5. Haha. I love that last picture! It's too cute. :)

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  6. Your Monday morning definitely trumps mine

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    1. Next time I'll have to share some photos of a whiny almost 4 year old, the huge puddle of spilled milk I slipped in, and me losing my patience more than once. ;) haha.

      xoxo

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  7. What a lovely series...and so nice to have a positive spin on Monday mornings as they are usually so glum! Beautiful pics of your gorgeous family x
    www.missenchanting.co.uk

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  8. Sponsored posts with tires.... AllState.... Wow :| I have read your blog since before Henry. I think it's great you are able to support your family with your blog (definitely wish I had both the time and the courage to shill my children for money), but you have lost a reader with me.

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    1. Hey Meaghan!

      I appreciate your honesty- sad to see you go but thanks for reading all of these years! FYI, I don't support my family with this blog...so I only say yes to opportunities that I think are really interesting and awesome (and yes, I've made mistakes choosing some of these over the years, I'll be the first to admit that), and of course, being able to bring in income is wonderful too. But I pick and choose carefully, and in my opinion the project over on the Mommy Shorts blog is VERY neat and something I would have shared via my links post even if it didn't become a sponsored opportunity. Annnd if you want to get technical this post was actually sponsored by Ilana of Mommy Shorts who originally started the project- Allstate jumped into pay for her photographer to travel a few places around the country to continue documenting more "Monday Mornings." I'm sure you don't care- I got that from your very rude "definitely wish I had both the time and the courage to shill my children for money," but I wanted to share anyway. I sincerely feel like I do a good job of being a blogger who does NOT "shill my children for money," and I take great offense to your comment.

      Regardless, like I said above, thanks again for following along for quite some time! Best wishes to you!

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  9. I personally enjoyed it and hopped over and read them all! I admire the way you deal with comments like above I think I would deal with them a lot differently!

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  10. Where did you get Charlie's shirt??? Love the simple birthday by the way, lovely.

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  11. P.S. I just read the comments. no one is perfect. you handled that so well, good for both of you to speak your minds. Honest dialogue is what we all want to read!
    I wish every day I could find a way to earn extra income. When I look at your photos I find myself jealous of all the little things we can't afford. But, I continue to find inspiration in your blog!!!

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  12. Does anyone know where she got that "awesome" shirt? Thanks!!!

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    1. I'm so sorry- I don't remember where I got it, but I will search through my email and post back here if I figure it out :) xo

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