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3/30/12

tough love and pizza in the park


Take Care by Beach House on Grooveshark

we had the park to ourselves last night...just me, max, our kite, and some ducks that were trying to intimidate us out of our dinner.
it was the calm before the storm that has been the past few nights...where my max decides to flex his muscles and become all sassafras and down right mean. it breaks my heart a bit...and has me throwing my hands up in the air.
his life is certainly changing...and there are times when i forget how different our experiences of growing up have been already. there are things we will never be able to understand about each other...but the thing that tethers us together is love. love so mighty and unconditional.

and so we wade through the sharp words and forced punishments and consequences...the hurt and the apologies and the promises that tomorrow is a new day to try again.

and in the meantime, there is always the park and pizza and a chance to let things lie and rest for a bit while we roll through the grass and drag a windless kite along the ground...





 and if that doesn't work...there is always ben and jerry's.

cheers to to happy weekend!
xoxo

27 comments:

  1. Carillon Park, Dewey's Pizza! You are making me homesick!

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  2. This post truly touched me. The music puts it over the edge- it's like I just watched a mini movie. I love your blog!

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  3. hope the storm has calmed :)
    "take care" is one of my favorite beach house songs!

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  4. I was just where you are last week with the discipline thing. My 14 year old made a poor choice and it broke my heart but we are called to guide them right?. It is such a hard job but so rewarding at the same time when you get to see who they are becoming. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Katie!

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  5. Ben and Jerrys--how I could do with some of that now.

    And pizza in the park, what could be better?

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  6. Parenting is lovely and hard at the same time, who woulda guessed?

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  7. My family is going through some rough stuff with the one teenager in our lives and it's because of a lack of tough love in her life. While it may be hard, Max will thank you one day for balancing fun, carefree times with appropriate discipline. You're going to make him a better person and he's lucky for that.

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  8. Sorry about your grumpy kiddo. We are going through teething right now which is totally different but I understand wanting things to go back to how they were before. He will be happy again. Persevere, mama! :)

    P.S. I am going to feature your photography on my blog tomorrow! www.dontknowhowtorelax.com

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  9. Ben and Jerry's can fix anything!

    ♥ sécia
    http://www.petiteinsanities.com/

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  10. It's hard being a mother sometimes. I have 2 girls that are 3 years apart and some days I fear I will go bald from ripping my own hair out. Girlish fights and non stop talking and questions. It just makes me realize that i need to take little breaks to be alone for a bit of peace. Then tackle another day. Love your poetic post. Nice to know I'm not alone.


    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  11. oh, that is so hard. jonas and max, i believe, are the same age and we have yet to enter that stage. however, several of his classmates are there. unfortunately, that's one of the challenges of parenting. hang in there mama and keep up that fabulous relationship with your son. the best thing you can give him is love. unconditional love.

    btw, have you ever had Marion's pizza? My college roommate was from Dayton and we always went there/ordered Marions.

    happy weekend ;)

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  12. I'm from Dayton originally and just went back to visit last week - took my son to Carillon Park, so it's cool to see your photos! And I have to echo the above comment - Marion's is my one place I MUST go to whenever I'm in Dayton. Love their square slices!! Best pizza ever.

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  13. yep my small boy human has been behaving in a very similar fashion. we have a have had a few good days in a row and i'm holding out hope that the storm has passed. hopefully your storm will clear soon too.
    happiness...
    dannelle@nestenterprises

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  14. It will turn, it always does even though it doesn´t feel like it when you´re in the middle of it. :-)

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  15. Max is going to really treasure these memories AND photos when he grows up. How precious!
    Also, is he always a good sport for photo shoots?

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  16. aw, now i want to fly a kite!

    katie x

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  17. Love your blog :) You have such a great way of putting down thoughts through pictures and words! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. found your blog through kinfolk. so glad i did. everything i see is just lovely.

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  19. dont stop embracing him with unconditional love, yes :)

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  20. These photos are beautiful, looks like such a great day!

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  21. Hey Katie!
    Just checking in with you. Not that you not blogging should signal anything negative...but I just wanted to make sure everything was okay!
    Sending love to you and yours.
    xo
    Dani

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  22. Looks like a lovely evening, despite the sassafras. I think you must be a really great mom :)

    xoxo
    Janee
    www.yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com

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  23. I have a sassafras of my own, who just turned 9 the other day, and apparently think's he's a lawyer as well... has to argue every point, and have the last word. It's relieving to hear mine is not the only one who is at the drive me up a wall..and back down stage. Your post's are beautifully photographed, and your mama wisdom, beautifully put.

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  24. How I appreciate your transparency about the little rough patches with Max. As a mama who's watching other mamas out there who seem to be doing it better I take comfort in knowing that we all share struggles along with all the joys.

    P.S. Pizza and ice cream can solve the world's problems!

    xo
    cortnie

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  25. You are a great mama to Max. Love reading your blog and it's been too long since I stopped by. It's good to be back.

    P.S. Dewey's Pizza is fantastic! I miss Cincinnati.

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  26. hi katie. i've never commented on a blog before, but this was such a beautiful post. i love your openness. it's these little rough patches that make the sweet times that much sweeter. you're a good mama.

    p.s. perfect song choice!

    hugs,
    veronica

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