Labor Day Smiles

AUTHOR: | POSTED: September 3, 2012 | COMMENTS: 7 Comments

Carolyn Savage

Mondays that are holidays can be a double edged sword for me.  I love the bonus day of respite.  Extra time with the kids, extra time for the kids with each other.  Our Mondays off are often spent in jammies and eventually traded in for sweats–or in the case of today–bathing suits as the weather’s taken a turn for the better!


But Mondays off often mess with my mind because as every mother knows there’s never a holiday from motherhood.  Laundry’s piling up, deadlines for are looming, and my never ending to-do list always taunts me when I dare to sit down. 


That’s where the valuable lesson of savoring the smiles comes in to play.  It helps me shut my mind down, in favor of playing and making more memories with my family.  It’s not an easy thing for me to do, and I’ll likely pay for it the rest of the week, but it’s so worth it. 


I’m glad I finally learned that lesson.


So here’s a peek at the moments that brought me joy last week.  They were bountiful, as usual!


The First Smile…


Reagan’s face…Shear joy!




Reagan was an instant swinging pro!

Isabella can hardly stand her excitement when I sat her in the swing for the first time!

This wooden swing was a gift from Sean’s mom and the girl’s Grandma Kate for their first birthday.  I promptly hung it in one of the willow trees out back and it was an instant back yard hit!  Watching MK push Reagan and the delight that flooded Reagan’s face was priceless! 




The swing was purchased from Deron and Helen’s Favorites LLC on Etsy.  You can see their full line of old fashioned and well crafted wooden tree swings here!


Second Smile…



Thursday night brought about a special event for Mary Kate and I!  Namely–her first concert.  It was the perfect night to sit in the Toledo Zoo ampitheatre to rock out to the Fresh Beat band.  And with front row seats, MK and her dear friend Hailey were able to show Maurina, Kiki, Shout and Twist their best moves. 


The best part? 


Watching the kids who were mesmerized by the idea that their favorite Nickelodeon band was alive and in person right in front of their faces–AND–watching the parents who could have cared less about the band on the stage and instead spent the concert watching their kids! 


Worth every penny!


Third Smile…



Having a mom as a blogger might be a bit of a bummer…especially if said mother writes out of bounds.  If you’ve noticed I seldomly write about the boys.  That’s by design.  And if you’re a keen reader you’ve noticed that when I do write about my kids, I tend to lament about my parenting approaches and how well…or not so well…they are working.  That being said, Drew was okay with me writing about his recent car accident for Today Moms.  When the article trended #1 on, he even got some mileage out of it with his friends.  I guess there are some perks to having your mom as a writer! 


The Fourth Smile…


  It’s my pleasure to announce that Mama on The Fly is expanding a bit.  We are heading very quickly in the direction of an online parenting magazine that will feature contributors who harbor an immense amount of knowledge relevant to mothers! 


Our first new contributor is Melanie Miller!  Melanie’s passion for women’s health has led her to pursue a career in nursing.  She’s worked as a labor and delivery nurse since she graduated from college, and recently completed her master’s degree in midwifery.  She will begin her practice in Toledo, Ohio in the practice of Dr. Terry Gibbs, MD, OBGYN, in the next couple of weeks. 


Melanie is thrilled to part of Mama on The Fly as she can’t wait to share her wisdom with all of us mamas!  Her posts are sure to be full of valuable information and a lot of humor!  So welcome her, and visit her page here! 




The Fifth Smile…


What started as a relaxing trip to a local metro park last night quickly spun into a melt down of epic proportions!  It seemed to be going so swimmingly at first with the girls enjoying a ride in the swings! 







 But when we made the decision to take a walk, MK wasn’t quite on board.  We promised we’d return the playground after we visited the manor house, but she wasn’t buying what we were selling.  That’s when this picture was snapped…


If Isabella could talk my guess is she’d say, “What gives, sister?”


And what happened next, caused us to abandon our plan in favor of an early trip home for an overly tired four year old girl! 


So just in case you thought we had this parenting thing down after eighteen years of experience, let me assure you…we don’t!  We are still fumbling our way through.  So where’s the smile in this?  Although harried moments like the one depicted above are less than enjoyable, I’m smiling because after everything we’ve gone through to get these three little miracles, we handle these moments with a clarity and calmness by staying focused (sometimes through frayed nerves and gritted teeth)on the gratitude. 


A Note about Facebook…

If you aren’t following us on Facebook, you may be missing out!  Sometimes we link things over there, that aren’t substantive enough to warrant a blog post.  So get over there and follow so you don’t miss any of our antics!


Now savor the smiles this week!  You know I will!



7 Comments on “ Labor Day Smiles ”

  • Elise Buchhop | September 3rd, 2012 11:24 am

    My four year old is very much the same! Faeth never really had tantrums at 2 years or any other time. Meredith had the terrible 2’s and now terrible 4’s! Noone ever mentioned tantrums at 4! I’m so confused! 🙂

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  • Carolyn Savage | September 6th, 2012 10:36 am

    I’m confused too…and exhausted with her. She really knows how to amp up my nerves. Can’t wait for the tween and teen years. They ought to be a bowl of cherries!

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  • HeliMom | September 3rd, 2012 11:31 am

    Love your blog. Would love to contribute to your magazine. Happy Labor Day!

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  • Natalie | September 3rd, 2012 12:57 pm

    I am looking forward to reading more from Melanie. I am due with my first on Dec 1, and I’m anxious/excited about the labor, delivery, and bringing a newborn home. I appreciate the perspective that you are offering by bringing Melanie onboard.

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  • Lori Ray | September 3rd, 2012 8:16 pm

    What a touching story. I admire your strength and courage. I’m so jealous that you got to see the Fresh Beat Band. I wanted to go but I’m not far enough along in my recovery. We hope they are back in Ohio next summer. We have a 3 year old son and live in the Columbus, Ohio area. Loved your book. I read it while I am home recovering from a total hysterectomy and pelvic prolapse repair

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  • Allie | September 4th, 2012 8:05 am

    LOVE everything about this!! MK’s face in that picture is hilarious! The pictures of the twins swinging are priceless!! I might have to check out that midwife, I was not too thrilled with my last practice but was stuck as I neared the end of my pregnancy, seems no doctor wants to take on a 36 week pregnant lady!? 😉 But now I need to find someone else before we start to have more kids! I am excited to read what she has to say!

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  • Carolyn Savage | September 4th, 2012 8:52 pm

    Thanks, Allie. Melanie should be producing a bi-weekly article starting next week. She’s a really great person and I’d seek her Midwifery services I ever needed them…which I won’t!

    Thanks for reading!

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