Friday, March 7, 2014


I've actually been struggling with this for quite some time and haven't been able to put into words as eloquently as this writer did.  I actually have a few unpublished posts on this very topic.  To clear the air, here's the scoop:

1.  Sometimes my kids are SO cute and affectionate that my heart feels like it's bursting from love.  I can't help but share their cuteness by taking pictures and posting on social media.

I mean, really?  Look at how he puts his arm around her!
Other times, I've definitely left my kids in the car in our garage while I went inside to take a deep breath to calm myself so I could get my not quite 2 year old buckled in her car seat b/c she was playing limp girl and literally sliding herself out of the car seat onto the floor of my car.  I was definitely 20 minutes late for work that morning and thankfully I have a very forgiving boss (who happens to be a Godmother of the child, which doesn't hurt).

This picture was taken one week prior to the meltdown described above.
2. Sometimes I feel like I'm Queen of the world and no one can stop me.  Other times, I feel like a #cranzy person (which btw is the newest coolest word to use - crazy and cranky combined if you didn't already figure that out) because I cannot figure out how to get everything done in the day and still sleep, which I really, really love to do.  Then I wonder how the heck every other mom is handling things like cooking a healthy meal and getting it on the table by 5:15 when they work until 4:30?  And how do they fit reading to their kids in every night when they have karate two times a week and need baths, and need to eat dinner, and need to do homework?

3. Sometimes our house is super clean and tidy (read: when we are expecting people to come over).  Other times, (read: most of the time) at least one bathroom has toothpaste spit all over the mirror, there are hair ties/barrettes/matchbox cars/legos/baby dolls/stuffed animals/fake food/real food/hair all over the floor, in most rooms of the house.  The book shelf has baskets tipped over on the floor (see #2 - sometimes I just send the kids in to get the books ready so I can try and read to them and that happens).  There is probably a pile of clean laundry on my side of the bed, which is not made.

Bottom line?  I'm not perfect.  No human is.  Sure, we share mostly the happy/best looking pictures of our life.  I think most of us realize that the majority of people aren't very excited to share the not so perfect aspects of their life.  I think that's different than actually SEEING someone share they not so perfect aspects of their life.

But you know what?  You try your best.  Every day.  It's OK to fail at something, especially if you are trying something completely new to you.  While we strive for perfection, we all need to really know that it's not possible, and that's OK.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Perfect Arm Length?

I feel compelled to defend my title of "most perfect arm length for a group selfie picture" in light of Bradley Cooper's group selfie at last night's Oscars.  I'd also like to point out that Mr. Cooper is 6' 1" and I'm only 5' 8.75" so he has an arm length advantage!

I've been doing selfies since before cell phones had cameras.  I have been told many, many, MANY times that I have the perfect arm length for taking self pictures.  Because of this, I wanted to share some of those pictures that I've posted in the past - this time, all in one nice location.

Mr. Cooper, I'd love to challenge you to a group selfie FACE-OFF!  Ellen, are you willing to host?

Frequent members of the selfie, The Sisters in a Wedding Selfie

The Bride and Bridesmaid Cousin Selfie

Let's see how many people we can get in the picture Group Selfie

Our Nani turned 80 Cousin Selfie

We're drinking wine for a birthday Group Selfie

A classy engagement party Group Selfie to showcase the chocolate dessert balls

Let's break in the new point and shoot Family Selfie

The we are leaving our 2.5 year old for the first time and going across the country Couple Selfie

The College Bestie Selfie

The My Baby is a Camera Hog Selfie

Sitting on a Couch on Christmas Group Selfie

Backseat Two Person Selfie

Central Park Family Selfie

My Cousin is Eating my Head Group Selfie

At a Surprise 30th Group Selfie

At a Red Sox Game Couple Selfie (An OLDIE Selfie circa 2007!)

International Waiting for the Bus Couple Selfie

We're Sampling Guinness Couple Selfie (except I was pregnant, so really, it was just EMX)

We're in London Couple Selfie

EMX has had too many Guinness in Dublin Couple Selfie because his wife is pregnant and can't drink her free sample

Dublin in the background Couple Selfie

Our Sister is Engaged Sister Selfie

We're at the Zoo Couple Selfie

The I'm taking a Selfie with my Brother-in-law who is 6" taller than me Selfie - as taken by someone shorter than me.

We're watching Daddy run The Chase Corporate Challenge wearing matching sunglasses Mommy and Reedster Selfie

We're doing a bachelorette Wine Tour Cousin Selfie

Family Selfie

Let's see how many people we can get in the shot Group Selfie

Engagement party Girl Selfie

The Color Runner Bestie Selfie

In Car (stopped) Sister Selfie

Lifelong BFFs selfie

Wine on Ice Group Selfie
Mommy and G Lilac Festival Selfie

Celebrating our Birthdays Bestie Selfie

awwwww so cute selfie

The Family that takes Selfie pictures is the family that stays together

Just me Selfie

Getting there but not a record group selfie

The Bridesmaid and Groom Group Selfie

The Ringbearer Selfie (tearing up at my son's amazing abilities!)

The we call my BFF and she didn't answer Sister Selfie

The Bride's daughter thinks we are SO COOL Group Selfie
13 people wedding selfie!!!!!!!!!
The 15 people 2013 Record Group Selfie