My niece and I have little ones very similar in age and they came up to visit us for a few days.  It was the best!!  Our kids are at the age now where they entertain themselves AND they clean up after themselves.

Well.  Sometimes they clean up after themselves.

Our two smallest LOVE each other.  Ella and Caroline are such sweeties together and I love watching them play.  They just giggle and giggle and giggle.  They are an actual hoot.  They also never fight.

NEVER do they fight.

It’s the sweetest little relationship you ever did see.

When The Cousins came to visit, we ordered pizza, made brownies, stayed up way too late, camped out downstairs (who am I kidding?  I don’t camp ANYWHERE), lit up some sparklers, went to horse riding lessons, explored the barn, played Xbox, danced and gobbled up some Chick-fil-A.  In the middle and all around that stuff….we played and played.  The moms talked and talked.

It was a great time and I know we all enjoyed those little moments together.  Family is wonderful, but family that is THIS rad and connected is even more wonderful.

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This morning I watched this little video.

This afternoon I asked two of my cuties The Question.

This one is nine.

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This one is six.

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When I asked my nine year old, she first said, ‘What would I change about my body? Um…nothing. Why would I change anything?’

When I asked my six year old (they were together at the time), she said, ‘I would have special night vision eyes’.

Her sister immediately changed her answer to ‘Oh! Well, I’ll have some superpowers then. Any sort of super powers.’

Around here, I never ever say things like:

My hair is too frizzy.
I’m not going to eat that cake. (who SAYS that?!)
I’m fat.
My skin is wrinkly.
*insert bad body image comment here*

At what point in our lives did we start changing our answers to a specific body part, do you think?  When we started trying to please other people?  When  we realized that the world doesn’t revolve around us and that there are other people in the world?  People who WANT to tell us what THEY think of us?  What THEY think is beautiful?  You know, kids feel like they are the center of everything.  I wonder if that’s why it never occurs to them to want to change part of their body?  They know their body is perfect how it is.    I want my girls to keep this thought in their little brains….their body, their mind, their thoughts, their SELF is perfect.  Right now.  This very second.  And forever.

I never want them to hear negative body talk around here. I want them to hear….

Your heart is sweet.
I love your giggle.
You’re a fast runner.
You’re a great reader.
I loved it when you did ____.
You are patient.
You are helpful.
Manners are beautiful and so are your freckles.

I want them to know that they are beautiful and that there’s nothing about their body that needs changing. Now or ever. Unless, that is, we can get some night vision and superpowers up in here.

I’m trying to be better at this, y’all.  I really am.

Here are some random toys of the girls’ as of late.

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I just realized that I missed posting this here!

*gasp*!

I was asked to shoot our day for the Clickin Moms blog and this all went down back in August.

Yep. It’s Novemeber.

So here’s our little day…a typical Tuesday at our house. Although we don’t usually end up at McDonald’s and FroYo.

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Bubbles never get old. Even when you’re six. Heck. Even when you’re 30-something. Double heck. Even when you’re a 3 year old dog. No dogs pictured here because he was sent inside for gobbling up the bubbles.

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