Friday, January 22, 2010

Days Gone By

I have had a really long week.

When that happens and I'm feeling run down and harassed, I often go back and look through old videos of my boys. Then, I laugh.

And, laugh.

And, laugh some more.

And, the grumpiness and fatigue and all of the things that currently overwhelm me fade into nothingness and I remember all over again WHY I LOVE being a Momma and WHY I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR THE MOST LUXURIOUS COMFORTS IN THE WORLD.

This video, from May 2008, is one of my all-time favorites. It captures a "real" moment in our house, with all the makings of the chaos that is our current life.

And, it happens in the place where things are apt to go terribly wrong, where glorious messes are made, and where we all come together in this thing we call "family":

The dinner table.

A few observations:

1. Sometimes I wonder if Max has thinned out at all as he's grown. This video answers that once and for all! (HOLY CHUBBINESS, BATMAN!)

2. My husband has the patience of a saint.

3. In the year and a half since my husband set up the video camera in the corner of the kitchen and recorded this incident, not much has changed at mealtime. They still try to lick the bowls, they play with their food, and they make us laugh so hard that we duck under the table to keep them from seeing us in hysterics.

Enjoy this peek inside our home.

Happy Friday, friends.


  1. That was so fun! Love Max's chubbiness....yes, he has thinned out!

  2. This was so fun to see again. You are right on all counts.
    PS - I'm loving the Childrens Storybook Bible. I've been reading a story every morning and am amazed at how well written and illustrated it is. Another thing I like is that each story ends with her pointing to the arrival of Jesus.

  3. so cute! we went through and watched all of our old videos last week; the kids love watching themselves.

  4. Oh my... look at how they have grown! and I love how max says he doesn't like it as he's chowing down on it!

    I think it's so great that Dad's think to video and take pics of this stuff, b/c your right these are the moments we love to look back on later and smile... the every day chaos of life. I often forget to snap that and when scott is home with them, he often brings it out.. perhaps b/c they are gone all day they realize all the more how precious it is.

  5. My kids are all grown, married and have kids of their own but I still like to watch there videos of when they were young. enjoy your family!!

  6. I remember this so well! I loved watching them eat! Yes, they have grown and I bet even more since I saw them last.

    LINCOLN TALKS?!!!! *sigh*

  7. how precious. i love the end where max keeps dipping his fingers into the empty bowl, licks them, and then looks at them.

    i can see why watching the old videos would cheer you up. they sure put a smile on my face.

    hope you have a better weekend than your week.

  8. Lordy, I wish I could get my kids to eat so well. And I love the part where Max put down his fork and ever so briefly looked at his newly free hand and contemplated double-fisting the deliciousness of the bowl! ha! Smart boy!

  9. I remember the first time you posted this. Aww, precious Max.

  10. Michelle (Rudy) HarveyFebruary 9, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    i love how the movie cars is playing in the back ground... we have it memorized, that's how i know... plus max wanted to watch "race". lol! so cute!

    the little detail that gets me every time when littles eat, would be their eye brows, all of the tiny ways they move.