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11.20.13 / Topless in a Tutu

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One morning earlier this week, Mabrey insisted on wearing a silver tutu, a pink bow and nothing else. It was an overcast day and this busy little girl was my entertainment, my bright spot.

I followed her around snapping pictures with my phone as she washed her hands, ate her morning snack, saw her brother off to school, played with magnets on the fridge and romped in her crib.

I didn’t intervene. I didn’t coax. I didn’t let myself get distracted by the dirty dishes in the sink or the clean dishes in the dishwasher or the crumbs on the floor. I didn’t feel like I needed to be anywhere else, doing anything else. I was exactly where I was supposed to be, doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. I was witnessing the BIGGEST little miracle in my life going about her day. For that, I am grateful beyond words.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

26 Comments

21.November.2013

Thanks for sharing her with us. Adorable. It is so easy to get distracted.

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21.November.2013

Your energetic little day-brightener is going to brighten up a lot of other folks’ days. Thanks much. Sometimes it really is the small moments and the ability to stop and savor them.

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21.November.2013

what a little sweetie Dana!! kudos for slowing down and being present to savour such precious moments. sooooo much more impotent and rewarding than the ‘to-do’ list :)

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21.November.2013

She is absolutely adorable!

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21.November.2013

She is just too precious! She’s just in her own little world and who could blame her.

http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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21.November.2013

Very, very sweet. I appreciate her bold sense of fashion!

Curious what google searchs will lead people to this site in the future given the post name, haha ;)

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replied on November 21st, 2013

I am trying to grow my audience – haha!

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21.November.2013

it’s so nice to see that even at this tender young age, mabrey has adhered to coco chanel’s “take one thing off” rule.

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replied on November 21st, 2013

Haha! Is there a “take everything but one thing off” rule? If so, that’s her favorite.

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21.November.2013

Dana, you brought me to tears this morning. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy every moment of my little ones and stop worrying about the unimportant. Mabrey is absolutely precious!

Hugs

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21.November.2013

Awe! That’s all I want to do everyday… follow around my little one and experience the world through her eyes! Stupid job is holding me back! Gah!

Oh wait… I love my job too. Damn.

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21.November.2013

You made me tear up. It goes so fast, it is such a gift to be in the moment.

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21.November.2013

Oh! So sweet! You are so right. Those moments will pass so quickly we have to take the time to just let them be. Even if she spills syrup all over her fancy (for special occasion only) tutu during breakfast.
I have to remember to pick my battles and if that tutu or fancy dress to playing outside is going to make my little girl happy then that’s all that matters. One week my 2 year old only wanted to wear holiday fancy dresses to school. Well at least they got more use. lol.

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21.November.2013

so happy you have this beautiful bright spot in your life… she is so special and adds so much to your house full of boys… :-)… love her topless in a tutu… adorable!!

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21.November.2013

This. is. ADORABLE! I am so glad you found a moment of zen today, a time to reflect on the important aspects of life…she is a bright spot!

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21.November.2013

That was the most simple, yet so beautifully accurate, post. Thanks for the reminder that soaking in our children (often completely unnoticed) is such a gift. We get so busy, sometimes I forget to just “watch & learn”.

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21.November.2013

I have a 15 month old daughter, she reminds me to treasure the little moments, the way your daughter does. My favorite picture was when I caught her sitting on the floor in front of our floor to ceiling living room window, watching the snow fall for the first time, this fall. I wouldn’t have bothered to enjoy the white fluffy snow, that melted the next day, if it hadn’t been for my little Harper, stopping to enjoy it.

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21.November.2013

The pictures made me smile – your words gave me goose bumps.
This post is one of the best ever (from anywhere)

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21.November.2013

This is the cutest thing ever! What a cutie-pie…

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21.November.2013

I really love the second picture on the stool!

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21.November.2013

So sweet! I love watching the transition from “baby” to “little person with an agenda” in our own house.

(I’m also jealous that she has so much hair! Makes her seem so much older than Avery!)

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replied on November 22nd, 2013

I spend the majority of my day trying to keep Mabrey’s hair out of her face. She gets so frustrated when it falls in front of her eyes!

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22.November.2013

You are right to do that. As you know from the boys, they grow so quickly and you can never get these moments back. The dirty dishes, dust bunnies, etc. will always be there – even if you clean them up now, just wait a few hours and they are back – but you can’t get things like this back. Enjoy every second.

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It’s amazing what we see when we choose to stop and look. What a sweet girl.

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The barstool picture kills me. What a sweet girl you’ve got. :-)

Erin @ The Great Indoors

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07.December.2013

Love it!! We should all do more of this (watching our kids that is not going topless)

She is beautiful.

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