Lovely little things, 14


The world is full of lovely little things.

Last week we were in Disney World. Talk about lovely little things. And big things. And magical things.

I was too busy last week doing all the Disney things that I didn’t make time to talk about it all. I will talk about it all.

But not today.

Today I’m thinking about the lovely little things that happen right here in my cozy little section of the world.

home magic

You know, I honestly worried a bit. That the day after we returned home from Disney, we’d go to our neighborhood Easter Egg hunt. I worried a little that after the intense, over-the-top, yes this really is magic and those really are princesses and omg there is Micky Mouse, magic of Disney World that running around the park picking up eggs off the ground and tossing them into a basket wouldn’t be as fun as it was last year.


I needn’t have worried. She had a blast.

And so did he.boy and eggs

And I remembered that magic is magic. It doesn’t have degrees or sizes. It just plainly is. One-size-fit-all, if you will. And if you toss yourself fully into the place you’re in and the thing you’re doing and the celebration at hand, then hunting for eggs can be as fun as dining with princesses can be as fun as making popcorn on a Monday afternoon.


In one of those perfect timing moments, they drove up the street just as we got out of the car. Fresh (or, rather, not so fresh) from the airport, dragging luggage behind us, dusting off cheerio crumbs, we ran up the hill to meet them. And then the two little girls giggled and ran and started to play while the two mommy girls chatted and caught up and smiled and hugged. And it hasn’t always been this way for us, friends cushioning our fall back to real life. But oh man if I didn’t know what I was missing before.

feet in sand


It’s a completely underrated milestone. The head nod. After weeks and months of head shaking, no, no, no, accompanied, always accompanied by screams and this awful sound that only he can make, he has finally mastered the head nod. And he nods. To just about every question. And his head goes up before down and I kinda love that. But mostly I love that he starts from a place of Yes now.


favorite words this week

“It’s easy to convince ourselves that if we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won’t catch up to us.” ~Brene Brown

Wishing you a slow, easy weekend, friends.


  1. Des has started saying, “Yeah yeah!” I love that. A place of yes, as you say.
    I was worried too after Disney World. Then we got her a puppy.
    What’s next? A pony? A dream castle?
    And yet, she finds magic in powdered sugar on her pancakes. I’m so relieved at the wonderful workings of a four-year-old’s brain!
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  2. Ohhhh, I love that quote! So looking forward to a laid-back weekend with lots of cupcakes!
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  3. Oh how I love this- you always seem to hit something rich in your posts- usually it’s more than one. I love that idea that magic isn’t measured. It really isn’t… just embraced. And I LOVE that you had a Disney experience and came home to even more magic…with friends and Easter egg hunts!

    And that quote? TRUTH. Wow. So powerful.
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  4. A child’s ability to appreciate the magic as it is is also a reflection of how it’s been modeled. You don’t realize you’ve already shown them how to experience the magic by how you do. And there’s always some to be found, even without princesses and plastic eggs.
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  5. This is so sweet. I’m glad you had a beautiful Easter and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
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  6. Children find magic in everyday life – we just need to be reminded of that through them.

    Have a lovely weekend!
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  7. I, too, rejoice for the head nod. What cracks me up is how much effort it takes. A true stop and concentration to remember the motion and then slowly, slowly, “I DO want orange, yes.” So much better than the vehement shake and the ear-piercing screams.
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  8. I could so appreciate a slow easy weekend this week… beautiful list especially to find all the special stuff that still compares even after such a huge dose of Disney!

  9. Starting from a place of yes is a great big thankful thing!
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  10. I find I increasingly enjoy finding out what Brene Brown has to say about things. Thanks for sharing her quote.

    Your easter egg pic is gorgeous. Looks like you had a load of fun.
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  11. Isn’t it amazing that we don’t think they can still find magic in the little things once they’ve seen the big things? But they do. They really do.
    That is a fantastic quote!
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  12. Love those brightly coloured Easter eggs! One of the best parts of motherhood is watching them discover the magic in simple things. I hope it never goes away.
    Head shaking is at an all time high in my household…looking forward to head nods!
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  13. totally agree about magic… kinda like it’s always there, but the challenge is to scrape away the routine and mundane everyday way of doing things and seeing it… cool
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  14. Ah…the head nod. That is an underappreciated milestone. And a breath of fresh air.
    Kids have a way of sparking the magic in us…the one that we thought was gone as we grew. Kids are wonderful little turds.
    Holy eggs batman.
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  15. What a great quote. Spending the Easter weekend with my 20 year old home from college, makes me wonder — where did it all go? It’s good, but it does go fast and with all “we” try to cram into our lives these days… it flies.
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  16. I’ve only recently learned of Brene Brown and I’m astounded by her wisdom/insight! Life is magical if we slow down enough to notice!
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