A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Even Steven snapped this picture of the kids and me walking into Target yesterday morning.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I think it says several things about me (and the kids):

* I (hopefully) let my kids dress themselves.

* It might be Halloween.

* My son could be an elf. (Or he declared it Pajama Day.)

* It’s possible that I’m an overwhelmed mom. Or a tired mom. Or that I just don’t care…

* I love my Lug – even though I apparently can’t remember to zip it up. (You can read about it here.)

* I haven’t taught my daughter which shoe goes on which foot (among other things).

* It’s possible that I didn’t brush my hair before leaving the house.

* I probably shouldn’t have any more children. Clearly I can’t dress the ones I already have. (And Simon isn’t even pictured.)

Do you see anything I missed?

PS – Happy December! I’ve compiled all of my holiday posts right here to keep you smiling all season long.

And did you see me at Redbook.com last week? My mom is so proud!

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25 thoughts on “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

  1. You know what I see, a mother (plain and simple). By the way, this could so be me walking into Target with my two kids, because let me tell you who has the time to be Donna Reed anymore. Seriously, my kids have worn me down and it is only 7 am and I am exhausted thinking about the day!!

  2. I see no one kicking or screaming and the hands are being held in the parking lot! Sounds and looks like one great trip out to Target if you ask me!!

  3. Good Job on giving your children responsibility to dress themselves. I learned to choose my battles when my second child was born, dressing was one I stopped fighting with her. 🙂 I would rather deal with the looks people give me because my daughter is wearing her fancy dress with jeans and play shoes rather than deal with a moody child that is wearing the perfect outfit I picked out. Thanks for sharing your picture 🙂

  4. You know what? I actually needed you to point out all of those things because they didn’t even register with me. (What does that say about me?)

    I just thought, “Wow, her hair looks good from the back,” and “Why didn’t she leave her kids and husband at home??” Ellen

  5. Janine – I love the reference to Donna Reed! I can hear several out there asking themselves “who in the world is Donna Reed?” I love Donna Reed….sigh….
    Anna’s Mom

  6. i LOVE that one kid is dressed for winter weather and one is dressed for summer. My kids are THE EXACT same way, except opposite kids (my daughter is always dressed for the snow storm and my son thinks it’s always summer) Other than that……it looks like a perfectly normal pic to me. you all look wonderful. 🙂

  7. Uhhh….you are obviously brilliant ’cause you managed to get to Target when there wasn’t a plethora of people crowding into the store. I always fell like a winner when that happens…

  8. Both are wearing matching socks on both feet and matching shoes on both feet, in my house that’s a major accomplishment and I don’t have any children 🙂

  9. Did you say “Target” and “morning” in the same sentence? That is winning in my book, regardless or who is wearing what and when the last time you brushed your hair was. And yay for a husband who knows when to take a blog-worthy pic when he sees one.

  10. Amen, Randi! Happy kids, whose mother cares enough that they live to see their next birthday that she doesn’t let them run pell-mell across the parking lot. Amazing how many kids run into danger these days. I say let them embrace the funky clothes and keep them happy and safe, and that puts you in Mom of the Year category 🙂

  11. A sweet Mom holding her children’s hands…that is what I see.
    Donna Reed….my Mom couldn’t stand her…to prove her point that families weren’t really like that, she would honk her car horn when she returned from grocery shopping( a la DonnaReed) and wait for the cheerful children and husband to rush out to help her….never happened! 🙂

  12. What is wrong with this picture?! Even Steven made you WALK!!!
    The ONLY Perk to my kids’ father joining us at the store was getting curbside drop off!! Once we were in the store, I had an additional child to keep track of!
    🙂
    I used to buy their pjs with the thought, how bad will I look if they wear these in public? I knew it would happen eventually.
    Son #2 would occasionally show up in public in his sister’s shirt or jeans…he rocked those sparkles!

  13. I love you and your imperfect/human ways. You remind us that it’s okay to be us. And if I feel like running to do some shopping and my three year old refused to get out of his Woody pajamas – well … I’m not alone! I, for one, really appreciate that you do what you do and make us all feel normal! I believe that you are a great mother and your children are quite blessed to have you!

  14. I love it.

    I just got a warm glow when you pointed out all the little quirks.

    I got warm because I didn’t notice any of it and an even warmer glow to see that you got your priorities straight- love love lovin’ those kids.

  15. Ahahahahahahaha!

    Love this! This could be me and my kids on any given day. Normally I’m a freak about looking nice. But since I’ve had to learn to live with a chronic illness, we frequently look like that on our way into target.

    So glad I’m not alone.

    BTW…I’m still laughing. Great post!

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  17. All I see is a Momma protecting her babies as she walks in a parking lot… GOOD JOB MOM! who cares what they look like… they have shoes on and CLOTHES..

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