Thursday, July 28, 2011

Walking It Off, Shaking It Out

It was a rough 'ol morning here at The Beetle Shack with two snotty grotties and an absent husbie. I awoke to find the house a mess, a fridge full of broken glass (the result of the young man twisting the temperature dile to freezing), ants in the honey and my dirty washing basket smelling like a fart. Not even the humm of the espresso machine could lift my spirits.

But the sun on the water could - so we packed our pouts into the car and went out to get happy (but not before collecting Pa).

The grass was covered in dew, the air was crispy and the coffee was perfect. My dad demonstrated the kind of patience that only a grandparent could- chasing, tickling and offering shoulder rides to the boisterous young one. We talked, giggled, walked and talked some more.










I thank God for grandparents, because when I can't, they absolutely can. And they do- they even go so far as to say they enjoy it. 

My children are lucky. I bet yours are too.

Needless to say- i'm grateful for my Dad, so i'm linking up with Maxabella.

27 comments:

  1. i love the term snotty grotties! the sun looks beautiful, hope they are both feeling better soon. x

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  2. dads are THE BEST! go team. love your cardy, love your optimism. ps. sending salted caramel whoopies your way. :) xx

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  3. How great that when you have a bad day/moment/week you have someone to call on! I feel thankful for my Mum, dad and Nan too :)
    Ps. I love your expression "We packed our pouts into the car..." :)

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  4. I just had to laugh at your washing.
    My husband thinks I am crazy sitting here laughing but I just find you so funny.

    Yay for Pa. Looks like he was just what Beetle Shack needed!
    Hope you all sleep well tonight.

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  5. "packed our pouts" is such a great expression, Em. So glad you found your happy. Hope the washing has found the air freshener. x

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  6. Grandparent just rock, don't they!?

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  7. Big up the grandparents - well done you for getting out rather than letting things get worse at home. Also your sleeping daughter looks angelic - bet your heart melts on a regular basis.

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  8. all i see is happy faces! I love your little mr's flushed cheeks, cute, my mrR has the same shirt!
    I am glad you are all feeling much better.
    I love visiting you, you always put a smile on my face. thank you.

    x jody

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  9. yup, I have 2 of those people (my mum & dad) who take over. In fact they have Rufus 2 days a week, every week, whilst I am work. yes, they completely rock! get well hun...lots of good food. Lou xx

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  10. This is the loveliest post, I am impressed how you managed to turn that frown upside down my lady. Gorgeous photos. And SO agreed, grandparents are the salt of the earth, bless them all and their patient nurturing xo

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  11. Yay for Grandparents! My MIL has my little man once a week, they both love it and i look forward to some me time. I hope your little family gets better soon :)

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  12. after 9 months with my baby i went back to work and now my mother with a litle help (she is 75)look after my precius baby.
    Thanks mum.

    Katerina FF
    Greece

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  13. That's a lovely post. And the picture of you with those gorgeous kiddos is, well, gorgeous! Grandparents are the best xx

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  14. AWWWW! I love this post!!! My parents aren't grandparents yet, but I'm sure they're going to love it. :) Those are such great photos- he looks like an awesome grandpa!

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  15. What a lovely written post! I really do agree with you. the best thing to do when feeling a bit overwhelmed with the everyday challenges is to take a walk. I've found this being very important especially recently as I have been kind of depressed after the whole massacre her in Norway. Blogs like your's do really cheer me up :D

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  16. i couldn't agree more! my mum is awesome! and your morning out was a perfect idea!

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  17. Well done Em. You don't look like the world is against you in the pic. Lovely to see you appreciate some assistance...and that maybe it put things in perspective for a few hours. Hope today is better for sure. x x

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  18. sounds like a top morning.
    it's always a good choice (but sometimes very challenging) to make the most of things rather than let 'jobs' rule our lives.

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  19. Grandparents are an absolute blessing aren't they, and the way they always say if was fun, or that the kids weren't 'that bad' hehe. Love them too

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  20. It's the best feeling when you don't let the shit get on top of you. Good on you for getting out there and turning your day around! x

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  21. Glad the gorgeous morning lifted up your spirits. But what I really want to know is, who was farting in the laundry basket? Kellie xx

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  22. Ha, I've had mornings that start off like that. Last week awoke to my house smelling horrible. My hubby was out of town on business and I spent the good part of the day trying to locate the mystery smell. Come to find out the breaker in the laundry room tripped and our deep freeze was off. The entire thing was full of meats!!! Nothing like meats defrosting on a hot summer day in Mississippi. Blah!

    Cute kids!!!

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  23. You are lucky ducks to have grandparents so close.. One day maybe, one day.... not funny about the fridge but just a little bit purely because it was rugrat created... Hope your snotty grotties get better over the weekend and the sun stays shining for you xx

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  24. Oh, yes...where would be without Grandparents? I have heard of a lot of people say that they look forward to the day when they become Grandparents because they are able to be even more loving and patient than they were as parents.
    We have both Grandmas coming down to visit (3 hour drive to us) this weekend, for Junior's birthday and so Hubby and I can have a bit of respite.
    And I am SOOOOO grateful for that!

    Great to have found you on the Grateful Linky!

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  25. Hi guys, yes- Pa is the best! When life gets crazy, he's the 'go to' guy.

    If you were wondering (i cant believe you had to ask) it is Dave who farts in the laundry basket- duh.

    hope the sun is out for you

    xo em

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em