When I Grow Up

In yet another moment of deep self-analysis this weekend, I realized I am addicted to the euphoria associated with potential. Actually, it was more a moment of justifying that my house is never fully clean, a fact I excused with the idea that if it was perfectly clean, I wouldn’t feel that rush that comes with a good project. And this is true. There’s something creatively motivating about walking through piles of clutter, kicking random misplaced toys, passing by the fifteenth barette that Nella pulled out of her hair and tossed aside. Because simultaneously, I’m excitedly planning future attempts at managing clutter, how I’ll paint some great bookshelf for the misplaced toys or scour a thrift shop for an old green glass jar that screams “barette holder.” I know that not far off, there is a marvelous day awaiting where I will feel motivatived to attack the cupboards under my bathroom sink or touch up the base boards, and what will follow will be pure satisfaction. Flickering candles. Classical music. An invitation to friends for dinner–lemon caper chicken savored with wine around our dining room table…in an impressively immaculate house. My heart beats a little faster just thinking about it, even if presently I’m hopscotching across the few tile squares that aren’t littered with a lone sock, a broken crayon, and a hairbrush that never made it back to the bathroom drawer (and never will).

I thrive on possibility, I feed on potential. My hands actually shook when I received a new syllabus on the first day of classes every semester. The paper was so crisp, its clean font and detailed outline promising possibility. That maybe I’d actually get lost in the sensational history that is Old Testament Studies (yes, I took it; no, I didn’t find it sensational).

It’s why we plan out future vacations, our itty bitty dreams just barely sprouting and unsupported by current funds but rousing excitement for the potential of what could be. We could be skiing in Colorado, watching lobster boats dock in Maine, or hiking glaciers with babies on our back somewhere deep in Alaska. And we will someday.

It’s why I’ll never drop the phrase “when I grow up” from my vocabulary because, no matter how old you are, the fueling potential of what you want to be someday should make your heart race and your insides tingle. When I grow up, I’m going to take a ballet class, make pottery, have a successful garden, cook for a great big family, and take my girls to Italy. I’m going to be a more consistent housekeeper, a more skilled photographer, a more thoughtful writer, a more passionate mother, a more patient wife, and a more selfless friend…when I grow up.


Mama’s big rainbow to the left, Big Sister’s itty bitty rainbow to the right.

It’s why I start planning holidays in June, contemplating Halloween costumes in August, and dreaming of pumpkin bread and Christmas shopping and just how many light strands we’ll dangle on our palm trees this year, months before it’s time…because the thought of what we can do to make this year better than last thrills me. And potential drives me like no other force can.


We make wishes on rusty pennies and throw them in fountains. They hold potential.


I am excited for the future.

Photobucket Nella’s dress, Tea Collection

This weekend, I spent hours in my closet in an amazing purge that was, believe it or not, actually enjoyable. Lainey tried on discarded old clothes (that happened to inlcude a gold sequin shrug from Las Vegas 2005; a pilly, faded brown turtleneck that adds five pounds of face weight and a pair of…wait for it…pleather pants), Nella climbed over the obstacle of shoe boxes blocking the entryway, and together we surrendered to the beautiful potential of…more organized.


And then it just crescendoed to heart-racing levels of potential. Cleaning overlapped to other areas of the house while I dreamed of room makeovers, DIY projects and thought about the potential that dwells in the coming months: late summer entertaining, pre fall rituals, visiting my mom in New York, trying new recipes, putting up the Christmas tree, setting new goals, creating new dreams. I love that this form of happiness is free, available to anyone and customizable to all talents, all incomes, all ways of life. Everyone has potential.


Our weekend treat of choice: Sweet Treats ice cream.


The rest of our weekend in photos and musings:


Lainey jumps every time this jack-in-the-box pops up. Even though she knows it’s coming with another whirl of the crank and right after “the monkey thought ’twas all in fun.” Still, POP! goes the weasel, and her little body jolts like she just saw…well, a gorilla mask. Unlike the mask, she thinks it’s funny. What’s funny is that Nella is completely unphased by both the gorilla and the jack-in-the-box.


Nella does however love playing the piano. She will sit and peck at the keys for a good fifteen minutes, sometimes adding vocals as well. Her songs have a bit of Indie Rock vibe. She will be touring college campuses in about twenty years, I am sure.



Lainey and I threw down in the kitchen this weekend. Vanilla cupcakes with pink buttercream frosting. The balance is slowly shifting–less guidance on my part, more independence and following directions on hers.



Polka dot cupcake wrappers, Darlybird.

A few eggshells make their way into the batter, but if she did it perfectly, there of course would be no potential to be better next time. Ah, that damn glass-is-half-full.



We were invited to a birthday party last night. I purposefully left Nella with Brett and took Lainey alone because those short, impromptu outings with just the two of us leave remarkable impressions on her. We played Eye Spy and “the favorite game” in the car on the twenty-minute drive, and I marveled at her budding socializing skills while I watched her with friends at the party.




Felted Necklace, Darlybird.

Spy Camera

I like taking pictures of them when they have no idea.


Lainey, the Author

She wrote a book this week. Scripted the entire story while I furiously scribbled to keep up with her imagination. We used the 5×5 blank board book from Darlybird (only $3!), and she colored pictures to go along with her story when it was finished. She is proud, and it is the first thing she brings to whomever is visiting our home, including therapists.


Her story (verbatim as she told it except for the addition of the words “the princess said” I added to suggest a quote):


The Princess Goes to the Castle

Once the king went to the castle and saw the princess and said “Hi.” The princess loved the king and she recognized she wanted to marry the king. “I love it when the king gives me a kiss on my cheek and says it’s an I love you kiss,” the princess said. And then the princess wanted to make him happy and that’s why she wanted to make him cereal. The princess said, “the king is going to come to my birthday and give me another kiss.” The princess sent the king a letter and he said, “thank you for the letter.” The princess said, “I love the king because he’s so nice.” And the princess is so nice too. The End.

And I realize princesses don’t marry kings because that’s just wrong.

But I still cried when she smiled with pride after I read her story back to her.


So, I’ve dropped Darlybird three places in this post. They inquired about sponsorship a while back and, having never heard of Darlybird, I went to check out their site and got completely lost. It was like one of those dreams where you walk into a store with all your favorite things, everything’s on sale, and your favorite song is blasting while you throw things in your cart in a mad shopping spree. And then Matthew McConaughey is the check-out boy. And maybe he forgot to wear a shirt.


Darlybird Rosy Ranunulous Hair Clip

I’ve been so excited about Darlybird’s sponsorship because I think you all are going to love their incredible range of fun, whimiscal, colorful products from home goods to accessories…and I love making readers happy! The site is dripping with style and character, and every product has a personalized, fun description to go with it (worth visiting the site just for the colorful product descriptions).


Bla Bla doll, Giselle the ballerina, Darlybird


left: set of 12 wooden pencils only $5; right, cupcake papers and ballerina toppers, all Darlybird

I’ve already bookmarked the site as a favorite place for gifts. Use code ENJOYDARLY for 15% off your order (good until July 25).

Two comments will be randomly selected to each win a $50 gift certificate to Darlybird. Tell me what you want to do when you grow up. Happy Shopping!

You know what makes me insanely happy right now?

The fact that I have so much on my to-do list, I don’t know what to do next. That’s potential at its finest.

And I am loving this song. (The acapella part at the end? Turn it up. And twirl. I close my eyes to listen. It’s crazy good.)

“Oh you can judge all the world on the sparkle that you think it lacks.

Yes you can stare into the abyss, but it’s staring right back.

When my turn comes.

Ohhhh. Oh oh.” ~
Dawes, “When My Time Comes”




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  1. Love it!!! Nella is growing up…

  2. I love reading your blog – it’s my “go-to” blog when I want some good reading and great pictures!

  3. Their stuff is adorable! :) I love how you incorporated it into several different pictures.

  4. cute stuff!

  5. So sweet – When I grow up, I want to take photos good enough to hang on my walls, and in the meantime, I want to hang photos up in the house we’ve lived in for over a year. (Starting with the project from your blog a few weeks ago.) I want to buy a toy box to keep Ellie’s toys from taking over the living room. When I grow up, I’m going to run a fast marathon, be an amazing cook, be an amazing wife, and mommy, and maybe run a fast marathon alongside my husband while pushing a stroller and planning dinner? Because ya know, dream big.

  6. Thanks for the sweet reminder that we never really have to grow up. With my 30th birthday getting closer all the time, I needed that little whisper in my ear. You inspire the potential in me, Kelle! Shine on.

  7. When I grown up I want to take ballet and piano lessons. but I’ll watch my girls do that for now!

  8. Wonderful post! love your pictures and the music…you have a beautiful family! Happy Day!

  9. wow awesome stuff!!

  10. beautiful words and pics. love.

  11. Loved Lainey’s book… so cute! :) Nella sure is getting big! They are both adorable!

  12. ooohhh…. That dream sounds wonderful :) I think we all feel that way about the cleanliness of our house. Someday I will find the perfect container for this or that and it will be most enjoyable. (although I did catch an episode of the show Hoarders and felt the need to throw out half my house).

  13. I love Nella’s vest! And you always make me want to bake cupcakes :-)

  14. When I grow up, I just want to be happy and satisfied with the way life turned out. So far, so good!

  15. Amen! I feel exactly the same way about potential and planning and future projects. Life is so much sweeter when you keep a running list of all the many things there are to look forward to – that is probably why I could get lost in Pinterest for hours! Thanks for making me feel less guilty for scouring Craigslist for castoff furniture with potential for a great makeover when I should probably be packing for our fast-approaching move!

  16. Life IS so much sweeter with the potential for something new! We cleaned out closets, this weekend, too. I love purging. I took a religion class, as well. Well, two (that were mandatory): Christian Heritage and Christian Scriptures. Gotta love it!

  17. When I grow up, I want to be craftier, braver, fitter and a better listener to my whimsy. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Those girls are the cutest little ones ever :)

  19. When I grow up, I want to be a mommy, just like now. It really is the only thing I have ever wanted. I love the pink cupcakes!

    Pinks My Ink

  20. When I grow up, I want to be a photographer who’s as good as you are now! Because of your june challenge, I decided to start trying! I’m actually not too bad, but I have a ways to go!!

  21. When I am having a bad day, there is nothing I love more than going to my RSS feed of the blogs I follow and seeing that there is a new one from you.

    I have loved watching your family (and you) grow. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Oh the potential! :)

  22. I love how care free you are. The girls are adorable too!

  23. I love how you put life into words! This post spoke to me so much…mainly because I find myself in the same boat so many times in my life..esp after becoming a wife and mother.

    The Darlybird site is amazing. What a great giveaway!

  24. I should probably read your blog first but heard the music and had to say Yeahh! You have your Playlist back! :))) I am once again surrounded by cool music in my cube ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Ahhhh the glorious gift of potential that every day, every minute, every moment gives us!! It’s one of my favorite gifts indeed, and I try to never take it for granted, although it seems to happen from time to time. I’m falling in LOVE with all of your sponsors! This one looks incredible just like all of the rest. And you, your family, your penchant for writing, your blog success and the sponsors… all wonderful, drool worthy and maybe even have me the taddest bit jealous. :) xoxo


  26. This post described me perfectly. I am currently on the computer searching for creative ways to decorate our bookshelves, but know that I’m just procrastinating and may never find the motivation. So, the shelves will remain empty and the books in a crate for a while longer…but there is potential!!!

  27. When I grow up, I want my kids to still need me!

  28. When I grow up, I want to be a mommy. :)

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  30. loving that store, thanks for the introduction! i love those blank books! what a great idea to inspire kids to be creative!

  31. When I grow up, I want to always throw caution to the wind no matter what comes flying back.
    P.S. I too love Sweet Treats- but I love Sushi Thai with a Sweet Treats chaser even more :)

  32. Ah, the potential! So glad to read these words today. Thanks, Kelle!

  33. When I grow up I want to have a house full of children, and a forever clean house and a vacation spot on a private island, where I will take orphans on vacation. Amen.

  34. Love Lainey’s rainbow picture…and I have to check out those books!

  35. Great post today!!! I hope I never grow up! :)

  36. I love the cupcake wrappers! I’ve recently become engrossed in recipe books in hopes of perfecting my red velvet cupcakes!

    I also love how my nephew is increasingly becoming more independent– I love that you let Lainey be the boss in the kitchen– cooking has taught me so many life skills and even, life lessons.

  37. Love your post, as always!!

  38. When I grow up I want to have a house that has an amazing kitchen with an island where my family sits around and laughs and shares delicious meals. someday :)

  39. Love DarlyBird. They have some super cute stuff!!! :)

  40. I already see things on the Darlybird website that I am going to have to buy! Great site! When I grow up…I want to learn to sew gorgeous quilts and blankets, be an expert card-maker, read and read and read and read, cook fancy meals, bake cookies and cakes from scratch (not from the box), step foot in all 50 states, and so so so much more :)

  41. I call it “Workin’ Toward,” and it’s energizing in tee-ninecy spurts.

    My personal want-to for the past three years has been a Lawn Tea—I can just see the white tablecloths under the shade RIGHT NOW.

  42. I want to be happy and content with life!!

  43. ok…first, i just have to say…pleather pants? that’s awesome :)

    and when i grow up i want to take some crazy risks that may or may not end up in disaster but at least i can say we did it :)

  44. Nella is getting so big! When I grow up I want to complete everything on my bucket list and never lose my passion for photography. Darlybird looks great! :)

  45. Thanks for making me smile and think with your wonderful wise words. Just got home from the hospital with my 4 year old daughter and my spirits needed a pick-me-up!

  46. When I grow up I’m going to have my own craft store that I can take my children too everyday while I “work.” It will be something that I enjoy doing so it won’t feel like work – I hope! When I grow up I will also be a photographer, a decorator, a fashonista (lord knows I’m not right now!) many other wonderful things I can’t even think of right now…ohhh the potential! “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. ” – Dr. Seuss.

  47. Just when I think your post can’t get any better…..they do. I love your fun life and sweet heart. Enjoy the day.

  48. I love Laney’s story! Too cute!

    When I grow up I so want to be a hippie — loving life, not a care in the world, dance around like no one is watching, not a care in the world, minus the pot smoking, add in a stellar vw convertible :) For now I consider myself in training….

  49. When I grow up, I wanna sing in a rock band!

  50. I want to be a momma when I grow up. I want to do the best for my kiddos, and love them so they ALWAYS remember that I did my best by them. No matter what.

  51. Would love to relax more when I grow up! Oh and grow a rose garden.

  52. Oh my stars! Those products are so cute…but not nearly as cute as Nella with the ice cream cone!

  53. When I grow up, I will set to have my own photography studio, to capture moments through my camera in hopes of inspiring people, just like your beautiful blog does! It is my passion, and I will never stop trying to fulfill that! Life is so inspiring in itself, thank you for the constant reminder!! =)


  54. Learn to sew, be more “crafty”, have more patience, & learn how to not sweat the small things.

  55. When I grow up…I want to be a rock star! If not in real life at least in my boys eyes! I just love it when my 3 year old tells me I’m pretty. :)

  56. When I grow up I want to be a runner. The kind of runner that posts facebook messages that say things like “Runnin’ the half today.” or “got out and knocked off 12 miles this morning before breakfast.” Yep. When I grow up…that’ll be me.

  57. Love this! I am almost afraid to go look at the darlybird site … but I’m going. I love reading your blog – it always makes me wish I would start my own. I think just maybe I will make it my goal to get it started before my birthday this September … looks like I just committed.

  58. Love the picture of Nella playing the piano.

    When I was little, strangely, I always wanted to work in a cubicle.

    Now, my goals mostly center around giving my daughter a childhood rich in experiences, love and laughter.

  59. Your blog never fails to make me smile and stop to enjoy the life that surrounds me every single day!

  60. When I grow up I hope I still see life like a child… magical, special, care-free, relaxed.

  61. Love Lainey’s book. I would’ve cried too. :)

    When I grow up, I will own horses and go riding every morning. Love the excitement of potential.

  62. oh that tiny crocheted bolero on nella – so cute!

  63. I love the picture of Nella giving you an ice cream kiss at the end of the post. I miss the days when the older kids were interested in making cupcakes or cookies with me.(They are only interested in eating them now) I will not let those opportunities slip through my fingers with this last little kiddo at home. And re: a clean house: time with little ones goes by so so quickly (as you can already see with your step-sons). Piles of clothes, hair clips, shoes, whatever will wait- but the plethora of special bonding moments starts to dwindle as they reach middle school/ high school and begin to exercise their independence, flapping their wings and threatening to take flight. You are so right to thrive on possibility/potential and at the same time live so fully in the moment.

  64. When I grow up I will be skinny, which means I will take the time to take care of myself along with everyone around me!

  65. When I grow up, I want to garden at least 4 hours of each day….with the people I love, of course. I am also toying with the idea of planning a camping trip at the Grand Canyon for Thanksgiving. No relatives there which would be a little odd but the idea keeps coming to mind. I think I could be thankful there as much as anywhere else.

  66. When I grow up, I want to be just like you :) Amazingly creative, genuine and thoughtful! I love reading your blog! Thanks for letting us peek into your life and being an inspiration to many!

  67. I am in love. Thank you for sharing!

    When I grow up, I want to just live in the moment–whatever the moment is. Just be.

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  69. I want to be the best mommy, wife and friend anyone could ask for! Love Love those blank books!

  70. Oh Kelly Hampton, you always seem to post exactly what I need to throw my world back into perspective. Much thanks. Your girls are fantastic!

    When I grow up, I want to be the best version of myself. I feel like every day is an inch, a centimeter, a step closer to becoming the person I have the potential to be. That’s all we can really wish for, isn’t it?

  71. I have always said that I have a book in me – so I guess when I grow up I’ll write a book. Luv that you are planning Halloween costumes now – me too! I thought I was the only one who likes to get a jump on things! xo

  72. I want to be doing just what I am doing when I grow up and that is being a Stay At Home Mom to my two littles.. Love the pic of the ice cream…

  73. Oh gosh. When I grow up, I want to be travelling! Anywhere, everywhere, all the time!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  74. I really want to be a private detective when I grow up…oh and have a simply gorgeous blog like yours!

  75. When I grow up I want to be an artist…until then, I just pretend to be one.

  76. when i grow up, i want to travel the world with my hubby & kiddos!

  77. When I grow up I still want to be running in races. I’ve noticed that not that many people in their 60’s and up run so if I can stick it out, I might actually win something one day.

    I will no longer be afraid of what people think. I’m learning more and more everyday what I like and that’s what’s more important.

    I won’t waste my time worry about things and people I can’t change. I will pray for them and trust God to take care of them better than I can.

  78. Hmmm, when I grow up I want to feel contentment when I lay down to snuggle my kids. I want to feel like even if there is a huge mess in the kitchen, living room, etc, nothing is going to bring me more joy then just being with them and learning how to let the messes go. Off to check out Darlybird! :)

  79. When I grow up, I want to become a phenomenal photographer, fantastic housekeeper,more patient mama and wife.

    Love Lainey’s book!!!

  80. When I grow up, I want to eat Italian food in a little joint in Rome.

  81. When I grow up I want to open a small pasta bar in my neighborhood.

    I love this new sponser!

  82. “And potential drives me like no other force can.” I must have read that line 15 times and smiled. I read your blogs and see your pictures and see your kiddos and always think: When I grow up, I want to be a mom.

  83. Love, love your blog… Your thoughts in this post is so, so true. That anticipation you feel is the best. :)

  84. I want to be perfectly organized when I grow up. :)

  85. I need about 100 of those blank books. My kids both love to tell stories. Need to start writing them down!! Their site is awesome and I want everything on there.

    Also, when I grow up I want to learn to play the fiddle. And maybe start a band that is heavy on the fiddle. Ha!

  86. When I grow up, I want to work for myself, selling geek themed baked goods out of my house, and leave my corporate job behind.

  87. When I grow up I want to live at the Isle of Capri!

  88. I am giddy with unrealized dreams today as well – I just wrote out my list of 101 goals in 1001 days, and it was a glorious way to spend the morning. One of the most beautiful things about children – they hold so, so much potential. And a little eggshell in cupcakes never hurt anyone :)

  89. When I grow up I would like to be an actress on stage. Eight shows a week, two on Sunday.

  90. I love Lainey’s book – too cute!

    When I grow-up, I want to be more serious about taking pictures, I want to learn to be more patient with all the small stuff. When I grow-up I want to go on trips with my family ๐Ÿ˜€

  91. When I grow up I want to learn Chinese. And run with my husband. And open a bakery. Or wander around the world with my husband and the baby we’re trying to have. I want to be “Mom” to all my kids’ friends, and have a house that always smells like baking bread.

  92. I love the idea of potential- there’s so much more out there everyday, and it’s so inspiring. When I grow up I want to climb trees, get dirty, run through the sprinkler, splash in puddles,taste new foods, travel new places, and love immensely. Thanks Kelle, going to check out the Darlybird site now.

  93. Love it!

    When I grow up, I wanted to teach my kiddos how to swing as high as the clouds, make “loving my husband good” my default, and have a house that doesn’t smell like our dogs as soon as you walk in the front door!

  94. When I grow up I want to know that my boys have great memories to share of their childhood, like I have with mine. Whether it be a special trip to a hole in the wall toy store down the street, or the trip of a lifetime to Disney World that I’m already dreaming of for my D’s 10th birthday (he’s 4), I want them to look back and say that they had an awesome childhood. And planning ahead, months (or years) in advance is my motto, so I am right there with you in the holiday planning :)

  95. When I grow up, I am going to graduate from college and get my dream job. :)

  96. Princesses can totally marry kings. Princess Margaret Tudor (Henry VIII’s older sister) married King James IV of Scotland, for example. Princess Mary Tudor also married a king: Louis XII of France. Okay, nerd alert over!

    Love that picture of you and Lainey (the one with the felted balls necklace).

  97. That blank book is too awesome! What a lovely story :)

    When I grow up I want to be my girls hero:-D

  98. my family makes me insanely happy, my family, and new posts on this blog. :) I have never been a blog reader but I am hooked. I have the anxiety as I trip through a room filled with toys to reach the door and open it to an unexpected visitor. Why do I feel it in the bottom of my stomach, that feeling of failure? Why do I try and justify it? I have a 2 and 1 yr. old so why does my heart rate increase as I stumble through toys? They are happy and loved. It is okay. Thanks for saying it is okay. :)

  99. When I grow up, I am not going to compare my life with others’, and I am not going to care one bit what other people think. The end!

  100. When I grow up, I want to own a little corner bakery. The kind that opens early and makes customers feel as if they are in France…the main challenge is though, that means that when I grow up I am going to have to get up pretty darn early….and mornings and I aren’t the best of friends. *sigh*

    In a side note, your beautiful photographs have inspired me to start my own blog for our wide-spread family. Each day I take pictures of my kids, because while the days are long, the years are short. So thank you!


  101. When I grow up I want to be more patient. I suppose I should also learn how to swim somewhere along the way(borderline embarrassing when you’re 30:)

  102. We all do have so much potential… thank you so much for reminding me of that today. I can just think of the potential that lies in my children and I am in awe but to think of the potential that still lies in me and I’m speechless… I want to do better and to remember that there’s always room for improvement!
    When I grow up I want to savor early mornings, relax on busy days and soak in sunsets in the evening. I want to remind others of the beauty that lies inside and be the one that someone knows they can call on whenever the need anything.

  103. love your taste in music! off to buy the whole Dawes album now …

  104. when i grow up i want to be one of those laid back, cool moms that has the house all the kids in the neighborhood want to hang out at~ the place where the door’s always open. games sitting on the table waiting to be played. and popsicles in the fridge. a place, most of all, my own kids love just hanging out ~

    oh. and being all toned and fit when i grow up would be nice too. :)

    glad for all the possibilities within our grasp if we only TRY!

    love your blog, kelle.

  105. You had me at “Matthew McConaughey” and “forgot to wear a shirt.”

  106. When I grow up…I want to be my daughter’s best friend. She is 6 months old right now and I can honestly say she is my best friend. I know I can tell her anything and it won’t get to anyone, she never judges me, always smiles when she sees me, and loves me unconditionally. I pray that is what I will be when I grow up

  107. love, love, love the Darlybird stuff…so trendy & colorful :)

  108. When I grow up I want to learn how to make the most perfectly imperfect handquilted scrap quilt – just like the ones I cherish from my grandmother. I want my stitches to be uneven and I want my grandchildren to trace the lines of thread with their fingers, thinking about the fun they share(d) with their grandmother, as I do.

  109. I want to be the involved with everything Mom. Helping out at my daughters school, volunteer coaching and car pool driver. Hopefully some day I can stay home so I can get involved when she goes to school. That, and I want to be a professional volleyball player. At 5’2″, the chances of that happening are slim to none, but until then, my rec league will do! LOL!

  110. When I grow up I want to bake cakes that look like art and taste like heaven!

  111. When I grow up I want to open my bakery. But I’m never going to grow up, I’ll do it anyway :)

  112. I am the same way!! When I see messes around the house, I try to not see a mess but rather a chance to find a better solution. When I grow up, I want to be able to look back and say “Yep, that was worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing”. Not sure what I want to “be” just yet, but I’ve got plenty of time to figure that out.

  113. When I grow up I want to be secure…love myself, accept myself and love my life.

  114. I feel the same way when cleaning, or tripping over what I should be cleaning. :)

    When I grow up I want to own a U-cut Christmas Tree farm. Can you imagine encouraging little trees to grow nice and tall, that their potential will be to delight families, be a part of someones precious traditions. And then when the season comes for people to come cut trees, to build their memories, I will get to be in a little gingerbread shop with hot chocolate and cider at the ready, stripey candy canes in bowls for the taking. Bliss.

  115. I love this post because I was just thinking today about the fall, then backtracked myself to a *wait, enjoy the summer* thought. But, you’re right it’s better to think/plan ahead because it’s exciting and we can make each year even better that way.

    When I grow up I want to be a better photographer, a mother (2 months away!), and a better loving wife.

  116. When I grow up I want to be exactly what I am now!!! A stay at home mommie, but I’d like a few more babies to raise :):)

  117. You are so inspiring! I love the board book and every necklace on the Darlybird site! When I grow up, I want to be free to live, love and laugh with all my BEing!

  118. I’m the exact same way. I always use the phrase, “when I grow up.” Though I just received my Master’s in May, I’m already dreaming of being an interior designer, a real estate agent, or even a detective! Gotta love potential! On a different note, the feather necklace you’re wearing in a couple of photos is darling!

  119. I use to constantly wonder what I would be when I grew up. Now, I have simply decided that whatever it is I am doing at the moment is what I am. While I use to thrive on potential, I now spend everyday taking in the present and living for what I am, have and know.

  120. It’s crazy how big your girls are getting.

  121. I love the book Lainey’s book, my little girl loves drawing her own stories and I can’t wait to read them to her when she is grown up and to my grand children.

    When I grow up, I want to tour the entire USA and do all the amazing and crazy and totally pointless things there are to do in our country and I want to do them with my husband and daughter.

    I also wouldn’t mind having a professional house cleaner & organizer when I grow up :)

  122. Awhhhh, your girls are so sweet and Beautiful!!!!! I always enjoy reading your blog, and I LOVE LOVE your pictures!!!!! You Make me smile!!!!!

    Michelle Torres

  123. Would love to win that gc! A longtime reader who loves you!! Those cupcakes look DELIC!

  124. When I grow up….
    I want to be a more patient mother and enjoy even the most chaotic moments and relish the time that they are young
    I will get out more by myself and do things just for me
    I will go to Italy with my husband
    I will take my kids to Texas (where I was born and raised)and bask in the family love and thunderstorms
    I will paint every room in my house so that my crazy style is everywhere


  125. Hi! Thanks for another awesome post! I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up – maybe a ballerina, maybe a photographer, maybe a food critic…whatever I am, I want to be true to myself! Love you Kelle. Millie sends kisses to Nella :) And Ava is sending ballerina kisses to Lainey!!!

  126. When I grow up I want to be a professional vacationer. I’m not sure there is such thing, but coming off an amazing week-long vacation, it seems like the right career path for me. I love scouring the local scene finding the hidden gems that make the destination unique and special. Those spur-of-the-moment ideas of, hey let’s check this out, that turn out to be perfectly wonderful… that’s my specialty.

  127. Lainey’s story is just too precious!!!! Gotta get some board books myself for my little ones! Checked out Darlybird and can’t wait to have more time to check it out some more!!

  128. Love everything about this post….thank you.

  129. i want to become a runner, a first grade teacher, and a patient wife/mother. not necessarily in that order! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  130. I want to travel the world when I grow up! Everywhere! With all my favorite people in tow!

  131. When I grow up I want to be able to parallel park properly, to cook meat without burning it out of paranoia (I’m a microbiologist…I think I know to much :), to embrace frizzy hair, and learn another language.

  132. When I grow up I will have Christmases at a big mountain lodge with family around a fire and a huge tree and in the summer we will all go camping for weeks at some really cool place or a few places and we will still look and smell amazing when we are done :)

  133. When I grow up, I want my house to be so clean and organized that I can have lunch dates with my friends with zero guilt!

  134. When I grow up I want to travel with my kids, keep a cleaner nicer house, and to be better at having fun ALL the time!

  135. Lainey’s book is so awesome! When I grow up, I want to be an amazing cook. The “fanciest” thing I cook now is a yummy omelet, but I think I can do better.

  136. Love this post! When I grow up I want to be a wife and a mom. I want to travel the world. I want to be someone who is known as a true and good friend and sister and daughter.

  137. You’re doing great, Kelle! don’t ever grow up! I haven’t and at 59, I don’t ever intend to.

  138. When I grow up I think I would like to own a cute little bed and breakfast and decorate each room in cute themes and meet all sorts of people that would come for a stay there.

  139. I’d like to be a stay-at-home mom when I grow up (right now I work).

  140. dude. if a shirtless matt is going to be my checkout boy … i will gladly spend $50 there.
    (plus also cute stuff)
    have i ever mentioned (though never in front of my husband how lovely i think matthew mcconaughey is?)
    tell little ms lainey i think her book is beautiful.
    and nella and her piano? adorable.

  141. When I grow up, I wanna be the best mom to my little guy that I can be.

    Love love love all the pictures of the girls. They are growing up so much right before our eyes.

  142. I love the glass if half full-there is always room for improvement perspective. Your girls are darling. I especially love Lainey’s book.

  143. You inspire me every time I read your blog. Thank you! Today my five year old went to Kindergarden for the first time. Talk about an emotional ride. I know we have children to raise them up to be good but no one ever tells you the details on how to do it. I have three daughters and they are so fun. They make me want to be better. When I grow up I want to finally be done with school, be able to help my children learn their potential, be able to inspire others like you do, and maybe one day have all the laundry put away.
    Thanks again!

  144. When I grow up, I want to write a book, grow a real garden, do more crafts with my kids and learn to take really, really good pictures. Love the idea of looking at it as potential, not a to-do list…so much more engaging!

  145. When I grow up… I want to dance on the streets of Paris, eat pizza in Florence, cross country ski in Alaska, laugh harder, worry less….

  146. (I commented on the wrong post! Sorry!)

    When I grow up I want to be organized and crafty. I love being organized but I don’t know how to do it well, and I end up making a bigger mess. And you don’t know know how many different craft projects I’ve started and never finished… oy.

    bring on the darlybird!

  147. When I grow up I want to be more of a free bird and stop worrying about things I can’t control! I want to plan trips with my family and just enjoy each others company without any worries in the back of my mind =)

  148. From one potential lover to another (I almost said “potential-junkie” but that sounded like a totally different kind of passion and story!)

    When I grow up I want to be so many, many things, but I am pretty sure some of those future adventures include YOU, my friend.

    Love the new sponsor… and you

  149. When I grow up I want to take dance lessons with my husband, relearn how to play the piano, and take fabulous vacations with my family.

  150. when i grow up i want to join the peace corps, walk everywhere, dye my hair red, and read all the books i’ve been meaning to read for years now.

  151. When I grow up, I want to laugh more, vacation more, paint the house, hang pictures of the kiddos, live an dlove life to the fullest!

  152. When I grow up I want to marry the KING!!! Oh wait I already did that, lol, ok well in that case I NEVER want to grow up.

    (But when I do, I hope I have as few regrets as possible.)

  153. What a weekend! And what a fantastic store – I have a feeling I’ll be spending the kids’ naptime perusing the site today ๐Ÿ˜‰

    When I grow up, I want to be a professional organizer…wanna be my first client?

    Love your blog,

  154. Darlybird = oh so darling! I love many great projects as well. It seems the more there is to do, the more I can get done. And then there is a time for vacation, like now. Which has given more time for thought, so to answer what I want to be when I grow up….I want to love Motherhood more, embrace the little moments more often, love more deeply, listen to my instincts more…which usually tells me to hug more, spend more time, and care more deeply about those around me. In other words – when I grow up…I want to be more :)

  155. Love the pic of you kissing Nella! I like that just you and Lainey went to the bday party- I try to make time for just my “big girl” sometimes also I think it makes them feel special :) When I grow up I want to be better about calling my friends regularly, be nicer to my husband and more patient with my girls, I’d also like to entertain at the house more often :)

  156. When I grow up, I want to be an cellist in orchestra, travel the world…. oh who am I kidding, LOVE my life being a wife and mom!
    (I love your earrings in the last picture of you and Nella!)

  157. When I grow up I want to be able to sew, anything, everything!! My Grandma B was amazing at the sewing machine and I have such fond memories of the handmade gifts. I inherited her machine, I just wish I had inherited her talent. But I will, one day, when I grow up.

    Nella is so gorgeous and Lainey, gonna be a heartbreaker.

    Thanks for making my day a little bit brighter.

  158. hmm…when I grow up I wanna be a midwife and catch babies all day long!!

  159. when I grow up… I can fill a book – just like lainey – with all the wonderful things I will do. and of course, I will do them.

    I am super happy you blog so regularly and that the music is back!

    …no matter how old you are, the fueling potential of what you want to be someday should make your heart race and your insides tingle.

    fabulous, as always

  160. Love Nella at the piano! So cute!
    When I grow up I want to quit work and stay home with my boys. I will garden and clean and make home lunches to take to school everyday!

  161. I think “when I grow up” is an ever progressing journey. Just when you think you’ve “grown up,” something changes. So as I grow up I want to take better pictures, love others more, and be more organized. On another note, I was perusing Pinterest the other day and I saw this awesome picture of Jack in sidewalk chald so I pinned when I noticed it was yours.

  162. I liked your rose hair clip so much that I went and bought one as well! I love reading your blog. It’s fun to hear yall’s day-to-day adventures. When I grow up I want to take my own kids on adventures and learn from their imaginations all while experimenting with new recipes and DYI projects. I want the confidence to try new things.

  163. When I grow up, I want to quit procrastinating, stop overcooking my fish, and run fast.

  164. That story is so precious, what an amazing keepsake!

  165. That story is so precious, what an amazing keepsake!

  166. I don’t want to ever go up! and I’m going to be 45 at the end of the month. Oh, to be care free and have no worries like children.

  167. When I grow up I want to take my kids to Europe and travel around and show them my favorite places but also find some new places too.

  168. I have so many things I want to do when I grow up, but this post made me realize what I need to be working on right now! I WANT so badly to see my long to do list as “potential” and love it, rather than see how daunting it is and feel overwhelmed by it. Thanks for your perspective!

  169. When I grow up I want to paint! With my daughter, but at least by myself.

  170. When I grow up, I want to travel the world with my husband and kids….To see the world with the ones i love! :)

  171. Love your mentality!

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  173. When I grow up?! I’m not sure when that will be ;)I have two little girls, a husband and a career…but there is so much left to explore, so much potential. I don’t feel like a grown up and I hope I never do!

  174. I always used to say, “When I grow up I want to have two beautiful little girls, to make art, and to write/illustrate a book.” I’m already working on the first two as we speak, hoping maybe the third will come in time. Dreams do come true! Your photos of YOUR two beautiful girls always resonate with my soul…they remind me so much of my two princesses. So sweet!

  175. We are kindred spirits! I feel the exact same way when it comes to potential. I couldn’t have said it so eloquently though!

  176. I love the last picture of you and Nella.

    When I grow up, I want to be more care-free and laid back.

    And I’m going to check out Darlybird right now, because if it’s anyway that you described it (with Matthew McConaughey with no shirt) I have to go see what it’s all about.

  177. When I grow up…Is it sad that I am 30 and still don’t know the answer to that question. Maybe I do…I want to be happy. Why does a job have to define us? When I grow up, I want to be free, live life fully, play hard, and if I need to work, then I hope it is doing something I love! For now, I am accomplishing my goals and feeling good. I hope I am never completely satisfied with where I am because what would I strive for?

  178. Totally dig the fact that you Halloween plan in August and Christmas day dream in the summer. I thought I was the only one! Well, cheers to you my friend. (I can’t wait till my husband reads this and learns I am quite normal after all).

  179. Inspiration

    thats what just happened to me in the 20 minutes it tood me to read todays blog (inbetween answering the phone, the emails, and the boss). I refuse to let myself look at life half-empty. Even with the current miles of hurdles we are facing, I still have a great guy that loves me, an adoring family, and some pretty awesome friends. Even thought I dont get to see all of them as much as I’d like, Im still inspired to try. So what if the house is a mess, its 100+ degrees outside with 90% humidity…im going to find something to do and get back to the positive person I used to be. So thanks for the inspiration!

    …and the realization that no one lives a picture perfect life. there are always messes, adnt hey will always be there tomorrow

  180. As a teacher I’ve shamelessly enjoyed this past summer month as a time of sheer celebration surrounded by loved ones.

    When people ask, “Are you getting a job this summer?” My absolute answer is, “Not one I’m getting paid to do.” My summer jobs include: breakfast with my husband (who goes to work later than I do during the school year), plant growing, friend visiting, library exploring, house redecorating, brain reorganizing, & lots of late morning coffee drinking.

    But I had the thought the other week that summers might not always be like this…I’d like to try on a couple new hats in future summers. So maybe when I grow up I’ll become a barista and learn how to make delicious drinks or work at a children’s museum or paint houses or be a cashier at my favorite boutique.

    The possibilities are endless…

  181. When I grow up I will write a book, have an impressive shoe collection and make my own delicious wine (with a snazzy label on the bottle!).

  182. When I grow up, I want to be a dancer. By the way, I LOVE your blog. I find it very inspiring and reminds me to enjoy every moment with my girls (5 and 7).

  183. When I grow up, I want to stick to my schedule every day. I want to be organized, pay the bills on time, and have enough money.

    I want to learn how to dance, I want to read War and Peace, and I want to take my kids to Holland to see where their dad’s parents were born.

    I’m afraid tho, if I grow up, does that mean I stop dreaming?

  184. When I grow up I want a family & travel around the world with them. When I grow up I want to scrapbook all day long and create beautiful gifts and albums!

    FYI- your post for today is SOOO me. I plan for everything- I want to make ever holiday, event, even random days extra special. I am already thinking about how my house will smell around the holidays!

    Your an amazing blogger! Love it when you update!

  185. When I grow up, I want to be a writer, an interior designer, and be able to “follow through” on all the ideas that pop into my head!

  186. Awww, tears sprung to my eyes when I read that story by Lainey, so incredibly sweet! I’m so going to get one of those books for my 3 year old Michelle to tell me her sweet story too! When I grow up, I want to live on the water, with everyone I love living nearby, and I just want to hug my babies, and read great books :) But maybe in the short term, when I grow up, I’d love to make a beautiful picture wall, you’ve inspired me!

  187. I want to finish college, visit Paris,and be the best mom I can be for my littles…when I grow up.

    I adore your writing and love seeing the lovely pictures of your family. Thank you for sharing with us :)

  188. IF I ever grow up, I want to be a lactation consultant!

  189. I really wanted to be a prima ballerina but my teacher said I would be too tall. I am 5′ 11″ and on the days when I stand up straight I am 6′. LOL Then I wanted to be a Marine Biologist.

    On the baking with the kids, when it comes to cracking eggs there will always be shells. LOL I have learned to let them crack them into a glass dish or cup first. That way they can get the shells out easier. :)

  190. mmm when i grow up i will be organized and go to bed on time, wake up early, run a fun little craft side business and drink way more water and maybe just a little less coffee. i am just LOVING this post. totally almost blogged about this exact topic today i swear! :) loving darlybird!!! ~melody

  191. When I grow up I want say “yes” far more often than I say “no”.

  192. When I grow up, I still want to be a ballerina, an actress, a kindergarten teacher and a regular teacher – oh, and I want to be a missionary working with poor orphans somewhere in the world. That’s what I would like. Tone

  193. When I grow up I want to take a belly-dancing class, and become a better cook!

  194. I have always wanted to be a veterinarian~there’s still time right?!? Maybe when my kids are grown up ๐Ÿ˜‰

  195. I loved this post!! I am 29 and keep thinking of things I would love to do when “I grow up”. I am like you already dreaming with sugar plums dancing in my head of the upcoming holidays.

  196. I love your outlook, I look at my kitchen and see mess, you look and see the potential to be better. So when I grow up, I’m going to see potential in messes and have a huge tub to soak in for the basking days that my potential is not realized.

  197. When I grow up….I want have a cabin in the woods! A once-a-year place would do, but wouldn’t it be magnificent to live in a log cabin?

    I got to the acapella part of the song just as I read your note about it at the bottom of the post. I’d already turned the volume up! :)

  198. create in my little studio, carefree.. witch i kinda do now but not whenever my little heart desires..

  199. Love the Blog and loved looking around Darlybird’s site! When I grow up I want to buy a house and then adopt a dog with my new husband (got married a month ago). Right now we are looking out at so much potential with the rest of our marriage!

  200. Whe I grow up I want to be a damn good house wife/ stay at home mommy. I am pretty good now, but I have just begun.

  201. How Fun! When I grow up I want to travel, travel, travel!

  202. When I grow up I want to be better at enjoying the (current) moment!

  203. the dawes are one of my all-time faves!!!

    and i have to ask… are you a Virgo? cause your description of the ‘high’ of planning and potential just rings so true to me, a classic virgo!


  204. I would LOVE to write really great children’s books!!

  205. I want to be a photographer when I grow up!

  206. What a wonderful post. I love the pictures, the cupcakes look awesome, and Lainey’s story rocks. When I grow up I want to be a writer and make money doing so and be as great a mother as you are, because you’re right, it’s always good to stay young at heart.

  207. I realise I’m quite the same about being addicted to the feeling of potential :) Always dreaming of new possibilities! And there are SO many! I love your blog…the photos, your way of writing, honesty and making the most of the moments. Thanks :) I love that felted necklace, too. I have a fascination with felted beads! What a cool store :)

  208. When I grow up I want all my kids and grandkids to come to my house for holidays so we can all be together, I can cook a huge meal, we can sip coffee, take pictures, play games and just enjoy each other.

  209. I also took Old Testment, and the teacher gave us a quiz on the syllabus!

  210. When I grow up, I want to be as peaceful inside my head, my heart, and my home as I am outside my head and home. I get a little crazy inside.

    Oh – I was wondering if you took any photos of the fully-clothed woman who floated on her back in the rain…? My small-town, born-and-raised-on-the-Canadian-prairies parents took a motorcycle trip all over this beautiful continent of ours, and there is an incredibly strong possibility that that woman was in fact, my very own mother. From Saskatchewan. Canada. Yes.

    She is known to do such freeing, radical, unusual yet inspiring things.

    I think when I grow up I want to be more like her, on the inside, too. Yes. I do.

  211. When I grow up I want to make my sons proud to have me as a mom. I want my photos to be their memories. I want them to show them to their wives, kids, grandkids and tell them about their wonderful childhood full of memories captured on film.


  212. When I grow up I want to take my husband and kids and travel the world. We’ll spend weeks wandering in Tuscany, days playing on the beaches of Portugal and sleep in new places each night. I can’t wait to grow up!!

  213. When I grow up, I want to do my work in half the time it takes now, be kind to everyone at all times, and have a soundtrack for my life that plays wherever I go.

  214. When I grow up I want to make a quilt, cook without a recipe, eat a salad fully made from my garden, volunteer, reupholster my dining room chairs, visit every state, and be a mother!

  215. I am not to sure that I will ever grow up. But, if I do I think I would like to be a Photographer!


  216. When I grow up, I’d like to be so darn good at photography & crafts that I get paid for doing them both! One can have a pipe dream, right?!?!

  217. Nella is so incredibly beautiful! I love the pictures of her in this post. I just want to squeeze her.

    I completely understand your thoughts on growing up and potential. I feel the same way. I’m always dreaming about what I can do next with my life.

    When I grow up, I want to be a world traveler. I want to visit every continent on the planet. When I grow up I want to learn how to take prettier pictures, and paint, and draw, and sing, and play piano. When I grow up, I want to adopt a child that has no hope and show them they are loved. Oh there’s SO MUCH I want to do when I grow up.

  218. When I grow up I want to be a better Mama, more loving wife, more adventerous, a photographer, a traveler, spontaneous and a lover of life! Love Lainey’s story, just precious!

  219. I LOVE Lainey’s book, what a great idea :)
    When I grow up, I want my kids to look at me and know that they can always turn to me and find help in their time of need. I was thinking that a lot today. Also, I want to be a drummer :)


  220. what i want to do when i grow up is to keep learning! i never want to feel as though i am learned all i can! pick up a new hobby, discover a new topic, take more classes. learning is important to me and i hope i keep doing it!

  221. When I grow up I want to travel and take time for inspirational projects. I want to learn photography and learn to cook more than my few staple meals!

  222. when i grow up i want to be a mommy and a photographer. right now, im a nanny and a wanna be photographer…so im almost there. haha love your blog and your girls are precious.

  223. When I grow up, I want to keep a clean kitchen and not kill any houseplants.

    Love Lainey’s book! :)

  224. When I grow up…I’ll discard all my clocks and live on “me” time. I won’t say “hold on” to my kids – I’ll just drop what I’m doing for an impromptu session of baseball because on “me” time there’s all the time in the world, and only fabulous things with which to fill it.

  225. First of all, wow, you have a lot of shoes. Secondly, have you heard Christina Perri’s CD? For some reason everytime we listen to it, you pop in my head.
    When I grow up, I want to be a runner and an organic mom who wears long flowy skirts and big chunky necklaces and grows all my own food.

  226. I love that picture of the girls looking into the fountain, and how Lainey’s feet are off the ground, almost like she want to dive in and go penny collecting.
    I am officially in love with DarlyBird! I can’t stop roaming around the website. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful sponsor with us!

  227. When I grow up, I want to move to an island, wear flip flops every day, wear out my Jack Johnson CDs, sip really minty mojitos, teach my kids to surf and make jewelry out of cool shells that I find on the beach. Paradise.

  228. Love your posts as always…and what awesome stuff!

  229. Today was my very first day in my new position as a Registered Nurse. For so many years, I thought, “I want to be a nurse when I grow up,” and today it came true. I am so glad I don’t have to stop talking about what I want to do when I grow up, even though what I’ve said all along was accomplished today! When I grow up, I want to:
    -Move to a big city where I don’t know many people
    -Travel overseas and help people who have trouble helping themselves
    -Be in love
    -Live happily ever after.

    Thanks for this post, Kelle. It was the perfect post for me today! :)


  230. Love it! I always save the new posts until I need a little pick me up. Cant wait to download Nella’s music. Maybe my littles will put it on their blogs. When I grow up I want to be a grandma. whenever I think about how fast time is going I remind myself of the good things to come and that some day I will get to do it all over again with grandbabies.

  231. When I grow up I want to be a winemaker with my son and future best friend, Daniel!

  232. When I grow up I want to be happy, still in love. I want to be slightly crazy (much as I am now) and I want to be able to knit…

  233. Beautiful photos as always! thanks for the great darlybird recommendations. I just ordered some of those blank books as party favors. Yay!

  234. You always inspire me, Kelle. Sometimes I need to be a little less me (with cleaning and never ending chore lists) and a little more you, living in the moment, not caring about random socks thrown around the house. When my kids are older I hope I am just as good as you at making memories for them.

  235. When I grow up, I want to never forget what it feels like to be a kid. I want to still gasp in awe on that magical morning when I open the curtains to find the first snowfall.

    I want to wear a ridiculous hat.

    I want to see my babies’ babies.

    I want to get my first tattoo when I turn 75.

  236. Oh, yes – you have a real talent for putting into words things that are…. hard to put into words!

    Yes, potential is so exciting and you’re so right that everybody’s got it. It makes living very exciting and thrilling.

    My to-do-list is long too and now it feels a bit better that it is.
    I wouldn’t like it being empty, what would an empty to-do-list mean?

    I loved the post, as always, and the photos. The one of you pressing your face against Nella is beautiful and warm and I really like it.

    Have a grand week!

  237. When I grow up I want to be able to walk into the grocery store, buy everything that is on sale and go home and cook a fabulous meal for my large family. I also hope to be a budding photographer, to be carefree, in love, and more of a glass half full type :)

  238. When I grow up I am going to be a photographer, on the beach. And home school my kids so they can be on the beach with me. And we might take their daddy! :)Thanks for the coupon code. I am so buying the blank board books. My 6 year old will be pumped!

  239. When I grow up I’m going to make cookies–from scratch. And then gift them away. Seriously, I’ll be that lady. (perhaps chubby but my house will smell of vanilla bean and chocolate chips)

  240. When I grow up I want to play piano (and forget that my Mama told me at 12, “You’ll regret playing one day!”)and I want to buy a candy apple red 55 Chevy. Feeling quite random today!

  241. I am sorry, Kelle but I just don’t know if you could be a more thoughtful writer than you already are. : )

    When I grow up, I want to be a truly selfless wife, a mom of 4, a party planner, a better photographer, and a more skilled seamstress.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  242. I would like to work for Now i lay thee down to sleep. This is a free service to parents whom have lost their babies while giving birth. A photographer comes in and takes the last pictures these families will have with their little ones. I hope one day to be a good enough photographer to use my talent for something as important as this.

  243. You probably hear it all the time, but I think we would be friends! I am getting ready to have a birthday party in August, and I may or may not have our theme for 2012 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Let’s see… when I grow up, I would like to be better at all the things I dabble in… oh, and learn to knit.

  244. When I grow up, I want to own a house where I can paint the walls whatever color I want (even if my husband objects, because it’s my house, too!)!!!

  245. You had me at the felted necklace! When I grow up, I want to be a music teacher. I’m trained as one but for now I’m working in an office as an arts administrator. Come to think of it, I’d probably be happy doing that when I grow up too. Or maybe selling real estate since being at home is pretty important to me. The possibilities are endless!

  246. When I grow up I want to be an amazing photographer, an amazing wife and mom and a fantastic cook!

  247. When I grow up, I hope to keep on doing what I do now – being a stay at home mommy, but I’d also love a few more babies to come our way too. :)

    Loving that necklace. I might just have to buy that. :)

  248. when I grow up, I want to be a full-time mama, part-time dental hygienist, and crafty … I want to be crafty and make lots of things – home decor, jewelry, cards, etc. just anything. :-)

  249. When I grow up, I want to be more like my kids, and see the world with their {now} eyes!

  250. Have children and take beautiful pictures! Maybe someday!

  251. Lovely pictures!

    When I grow up I want to travel to faraway places.

  252. LOVE that song! Even though I can cross it off my to-do list, I still have to share this: Friday night, after an amazing Josh Groban concert, my friend and I scouted out the tour buses and met the man himself!
    But in all seriousness, the one thing that is a “must” for me is to get married and start a family.

  253. I Look forward to every post:) When I grow up I want to live in Colorado and hunt with my husband and have the kids and grandkids visit occassionally:)

  254. When I grow up, I want to be a super mom. No I don’t need all the money to spoil my kids, I just want a ton more patience ;).

  255. Love, love, love your photographs! What a beautiful way to document a life.

    When I grow up I want to be the type of person who can see the beauty of Brugge, Belgium in Clarksville, Tennessee. I know it’s there. I know when I finally adjust my perception I’m going to be amazed. I’m looking forward to growing up.

  256. I love how, in the side by side pictures of you & Lainey pouring the cupcakes ~ her mouth in the second photo looks JUST like your mouth in the first

  257. When I grow up I want to dance outside in the rain with a polka dotted umbrella. I want to pay for people’s gas behind me in line and for their tolls on the turnpike. I want to smile more and yell less. I want to show the kids that grand adventures are so much more fun when we find someone to share them with. I want to be kinder and help more and give more and love more. I can hardly wait to grow up.

  258. When I grow up, I’d like to experiment more – Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best – “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”

  259. When I grow up I want to go to Paris with my best girl. …And my best guys too, if they’ll come.

  260. I will be 50 years old next week and I still say “when I grow up”!

  261. My sister told me about your blog about 2 weeks ago. Ever since I have been addicted! So addicted to the point that I held my pee so long by the time I got up I ended up running up the stairs resembling michael jackson (scratch that) a three year old.
    While laying down this morning with the laptop my son came and layed next to me. (He is 7 now but has epilepsy since he was a baby, we use the term sicky)Our convo went like this…
    son… mom, what are you looking at?
    Me… I am reading a blog about a little girl who was sicky. (I know your blog is about so much more and I know little Nella is not sick but it was just what came out so he understood.)

    son… Is that her? Pointing to Nella.
    Me… yes
    son…She does not look sicky.
    me (big smile) No, she dosent does she :) Your girls are both so beautiful.

  262. One of my favorite posts of yours ever. It is YOU at your core, the you I have grown to love!

    In particular I love these sentences:

    I love that this form of happiness is free, available to anyone and customizable to all talents, all incomes, all ways of life. Everyone has potential.

    And the syllabus bit. That’s good.

    When I grow up I will practice mindfulness – not only in the ‘being present’ way but in the Buddhist way of honoring past, dreaming of future and resting right here in this place fully aware and curious. It fascinates and captivates me.

  263. When I “grow up” I want to know that I have soaked up each moment with my two little ones. Time flies too quickly it seems and their potential causes my heart to overflow with pure joy.

  264. Love it! When I grow up I want to snuggle my babies’ babies, dance in the rain (literally), and plant my own garden!

  265. When I grow up…I want to be a stay at home mommy. It’s my biggest dream and I know that one day I will. Because I will make it happen!

  266. WIGU: I will have a weekly meal plan based on fresh, local food which I will feed to the ex-orphans who find a home with us in a decently organized, creatively decorated home.

  267. when I grow up i want to…
    -learn to sew before my 2 girlies don’t want to wear cute dresses their mom sewed for them
    -take a photography class meant for me
    -nail dinner party ‘timing’

  268. When I grow up I want to be the example to my children & some day grandchildren, that C.S Lewis was indeed correct; “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream…”

    Someday I will own a little farm. I will learn to play the accordian. I will master the art of flower arranging. I will complete a triathlon. I will watch my family grow.

    “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

  269. When I grow up I want to go on a Disney Cruise! I want to dance in the rain (like the older lady from a previous post), I want to learn to cook better than I can now, I want to take photography classes, I want my list to go on that I never have to grow up! :) Thanks for keeping us young Kellie.

  270. I don’t want to grow up, but one day I want to be a mommy. And I want to live on a lake with a wrap-around porch and have enough bedrooms so that it can be a shelter for women and children.

  271. When I grow up I just want to be happy and satisfied with my life, and be able to take all things in stride.

    This website has some really cute stuff!

  272. Wildlife photographer w/ hubby as my “caddy”!

  273. After three degrees and three jobs (darn budgets…), I am not loving my career choice and am planning my strategy to do something else. I know what I wanna be what I grow up and now it’s time to do it. Just gotta get my own gosh darn budget to cooperate with the plan!

  274. When I grow up I want to take awesome photos of my loves and put them up everywhere. When I grow up I want to find more outlets for my creativity. When I grow up I want to be, and have lots of, fun!

  275. when i grow up, i want to be a mom. a mom that has fun with her children and enjoys the small things in life.

  276. When I grow up I want to be a Mommy to 2! Right now just 1, but crossing my fingers…

  277. When I grow up I want to be an amazing photographer, a better house keeper and better organized person.

  278. I love your blog and how it seems to reflect a piece of what is going on in my own life! So cool…

    so when i grow up: i want to have impromtu parades in our home with our children, take wonderful photos of our family and daily life, to have at least 4 baked goods made each week, sit on the back porch nightly and read bedtime stories under the starry sky, dance in the rain every chance i get, and last but not least i want to shower my husband with love everyday and not take one moment for granted with my family!

  279. When I grow up, I never ever want to forget what it was like to be little (and sometimes still act like it, too)!

  280. when i grow up….i want to keep being inspired by the little things and sometimes letting my imagination take over.

  281. When I grow up….I want to take pictures as beautifully as I visualize them when taking them. I think that is a grown up kind of wish, huh?

  282. When I grow up, I want to travel to NY at Christmas. I want to lose my fear of airplanes and fly somewhere. I want to be the organization queen. :)

  283. What I want to be when I grow up. . .

    I want to be content. Yeah, that’s right, content. I know that is not what you meant by your question but that is what I want to be when I grow up. Content with myself when I don’t do my errands, chores, content with my flaws, less than ideal habits, quirks. I want to be content with it all – Welcoming of potential, sure – but content with the thought that if this is all there is it’s pretty good.

  284. I’m loving the new sponsor! Awesome goods.
    I want to be a photographer when I grow up. I’m currently a nurse and a mom-to-be (which has always been my ultimate goal–the mothering, not the nurse part) ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I love taking photos and I really want to do that–not just in my spare time, but full-time!

    And there’s nothing like a full to-do list to make me insanely…..insane! I’m the opposite of you on that one! When I have too much piling up, I get nervous and tense and sweaty just thinking about what I have to do! ha!

  285. LOVE your pictures!!! When I grow up I want to run a marathon!

  286. When I grow up, I want to be less concern with getting messy and more concerned with the fun we are having while making the mess. I am learning to embrace sticky fingered picnics at the park, sweaty sunscreened faces, and sticky kisses.

  287. LOOVE it!!!!

    That cupcake looks evily delicious, agh! (scuse this preggo).

    Those colored pencils—Chriiiistmas shopping!

    I was just pondering potential this morning…Motherhood is all about potential.

  288. When I grow up, I want a happy family. Working on it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I love that you love Darlybird.

  289. I love pics of your hubby with your girls. What a fun weekend. And that’s a great idea to let the littles make their own book. My 4yo would love that!

  290. I too want to be a dancer! I want to be on Dancing With The Stars! And, I Never.Ever.Ever wanna grow up! Hugs ~ Jo

  291. I’m new to your blog and lovin it so much!! So I’m thinkin when I grow up(because I am so not done yet!) I want to take better picture and learn to write about them more too:)
    Kelle, your Family is beautiful!!

  292. When I grow up I want to write a novel and maybe a how-to book but I am still not sure about what “how-to” I will be an expert on.

  293. I would love to be a great photographer when I grow up, rather than just a semi-average one… and I would love to know how to use Photoshop to tweak them!

  294. I love the part in Lainey’s story about the cereal. My hubby making me a random bowl of cereal at night totally gets him brownie points!

  295. When I grow up, I want to be the kind of Mom my daughter wants to be. I also want to be less critical of myself, and “let go”. I am turning 30, and this topic has been coming up quite a bit lately. Lovely give-away…gorgeous photos, as always. xo

  296. when I grow up I want to design our new home that we will build on a lake somewhere. More realistically, when I grow up I want to have an organized closet that forces me to keep things neat so I don’t have to force drawers shut with my hip.

  297. When I grow up I want to be an incredibly inspired artist where colors and flowers, and the breeze speaks to me. Where am able to take moments and scenery and make believe and translate it into something tangible and beautiful…thank you for sharing your blog and this sponsor. Love there stuff!!

  298. Reading this reminded me so much of myself! Just last night I was asking my husband where we are going to put the Christmas tree this year and he asked “Are you really worried about that in the middle of July?” I replied with a simple “yep.” We’ve got 1/2 of the kids presents in the closet already, so for me I wonder why he ISN’T already thinking of that in the middle of July.

    With that said when I grow up I want to be a photographer like the ones I admire online. I love how much potential there is to grow in photography. O the places we can go :)

  299. I will never drop this phrase from my vocabulary, either. I use it often…and I like it – the potential is, indeed thrilling!
    When I grow up, I want to take fabulous pictures, know more about world religions, be more accepting and less afraid.

  300. I love the song, and love the new sponsor!

    When I grow up, I want to be everything! I know that sounds ridiculous but I can’t just choose one thing I want to be. I want to be ‘a great many things’.

  301. When I grow up, I still want to be my kids’ best friend.

  302. so cute! I love the name….darlybird, darlybird. darlybird. ha

  303. When I grow up, I want to look in the mirror and see wise eyes, and mostly, laugh lines as deep as a river from all of the joy from my youth. I want my children to come to me and ask for advice. I want to be a grandmother, a keeper of dreams, and a wife still. I want to look back and remember the fun, and say “Hey, things are still pretty great!” I want to eat lunch under and oak tree with grand babies when I grow up. For now, I will eat with my babies.

  304. I too dream of being organized – someday. (Sigh)

  305. I want to keep doing what I am doing now – being a mom and wife full time. Nothing else makes me happier.

  306. I wanna be a more patient mommy when I grow up…and a more fun mommy! I gotta start seeing that half full glass too!

    Thanks for the sweet post :)

  307. When I grow up I want to still be young at heart. And always have time to color!

  308. One of my all time FAVOURITE posts!
    I dwell not only in feathers but in
    possibility. If we didn’t believe in hidden potential & a tomorrow filled with possibility, what would we do, I ask you? This post left me all tingly with excitement.
    I want to be SENSATIONAL when I grow up…AND I WILL BE!!!

  309. When I grow up I will live in Maine, and Spain, and Washington State. I’ll also have three boys and raise them to be true gentlemen.
    I’ll wear skirts and pearls and host perfect dinners too ๐Ÿ˜‰
    PS. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it is so wonderful that Nella came into your family. You are just the kind of mother And Lainey is just the kind of sister she needs!

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  311. When I grow up, I want change the 2 ugly, early ’90s, childrens bedrooms we have upstairs (think fuchsia and teal carpet) into a gorgeous guest room/sewing space and beautiful baby nursery :)

  312. I just love your Blog. You really inspire me to be more creative. And when I grow up, I want to be a more patient mother and do more crafts with my daughter.

  313. I love looking at your photos… they make me smile when I am having a rather grumpy day… When I grow up I want to travel the U.S. and also travel around the world. I want to take a class for the hell of it and not just because it’s required.

  314. When I grow up I want to be the matriarch of my family sitting in a rocking chair on my wraparound porch watching my sweet grandchildren play with abandon.

  315. When I grow up, I want to be an AWESOME photographer like you! Or a country music star. :) I’ll settle for that.

  316. Love Lainey’s story! It’s cute. When I grow up, I want to have a home of my very own filled with babies and tons of pictures that I took of those babies adorning my wall.

  317. I love coming to your blog!! It’s like you are a great friend of my sister and I on how we talk about how you inspire us!
    When I grow up I want to let the creative monster come out of me more and let it shine! Become a great photographer and make my house come alive with the pictures of our family! Become a better wife, mother, friend! Volunteer my time more to think that just maybe I made a difference like I am supposed to!

  318. When I grow up, I want to be one of those mama’s that has the neighborhood kids in her backyard, playing on a swingset and eating snacks. Then, when those kids are older (and I’m still in the process of growing up), they’ll come to me for advice. Oh, and I want to grow a garden, paint the old antique dresser that’s been in my bedroom for 9 years, and go barefoot more often. xoxo, Erin

  319. When I grow up I want to live in a house on the lake, a waterfront tiny home that has red walls, wood floors & a wrap-around front porch with a giant hanging swing. My dream is to be wrapped up in a fluffy down comforter with my new baby girl in my arms…it will be raining…and the love of my life will be right next to me. That’s what I want:)

  320. I want to learn how to cook amazing dishes, learn how to sew, and plant an amazing garden! Basically, I want to be a stinking awesome Martha Stewart! Right now, I am focusing on being the best mom I can be to my two babies :) Kelle, your blog makes me smile when I read it! Thanks!

  321. Love LOVE LOVE that last picture!!! When I grow up…I have no idea?! I hope I’m still flexible, fun, adventurous and compassionate. I would love to be more generous, less stubborn, full of love and living my life with my faith as my driver.

  322. There are so many things I want to do when I grow up, I want to do art, I want to inspire others, I want to teach youngsters, I want to remember to be happy all the time. I have plenty of time to do all this because as my dad says, “Why grow up? When you grow up you die.” :)

  323. When I grow up I would love to have my own store/boutique. I will sell lots of cool nick-nacks like home decor and gift items. I will even sell some fun accessories.

    I will believe more in myself, be more confident, be more selfless, less shy, love more, expect a little less, be quicker to love and slower to criticize, give with my whole heart, and live each day as if it were my last. Thanks for making me think about this. :)

  324. When I grow up…I want to be able to see things through. I am always getting a good start on things bit lack the ability to follow it to the end. Like cleaning up toys, bath time, art projects everyday.

  325. great post!!
    When I grow up… i want to indulge my craft desires, i want to sing on a big stage, i want to serve people, i want to love my kids, husband, friends, and family better, and i want to read a whole lot more!

  326. Who would of thought, I would need to put so much thought into that question.
    When I grow up, I want to strive more for joy than perfection. I want my daughter to enjoy the ride in striving, not to perfection, but giving her all.

  327. When I grow up, I want to:

    – learn how to swim
    – write a book
    – learn how to take great photos
    – have more babies :)

  328. when I grow up I want to act like a kid again. I am a grandma so I have went from having a messy house with toys on the floor chores to be done. To a clean house and everything picked up and put in its place. Now that I am a grandma I am ready to play outside again to see all the beauty in the world that only a child can see to play games build tents read children books again and just act like a kid again.

  329. I want to catch babies – or help mamas and daddies catch their own babies.

  330. When I grow up, I want to be the kind of Mommy who creates the most special memories of fun and love with my children. I hope that they look back on their childhood knowing how much they were adored by me and how much they complete my life. Each day brings me closer to that goal. <3

  331. Thinking about growing up always reminds me of my husband’s college quote: “You’re only young once, but you can always be immature!”
    The last two pics are simply divine!!

  332. when i grow up i want to be my girls best friend.

  333. I love the music that plays on your blog. Sometimes I open a tab with your blog just to listen.

  334. I would love to be a farmer when I grow up. One of my 10 year goals :)

  335. When I grow up I’m going to be an awesome grandma!

  336. When I grow up I wanna be more confident… in myself, my abilities as a mother, etc.. :) Thanks for your blog!

  337. I do NOT want to be looking into an abyss when I grow up. I want to have a full, content life. One with travel, dogs, grandchildren, tap dancing, Broadway musicals, whimsy and lots of giggles.

  338. When I grow up I want to be a mom and continue travelling the world :) I also want to have millions of books read!

  339. When I grow up, I want to write a novel for kids, exercise regularly, and be Italian and all the good things that come with being Italian: tan, outgoing, kissy face, musical and a good cook.

  340. When I grow up, I want to write a novel for kids, exercise regularly, and be Italian and all the good things that come with being Italian: tan, outgoing, kissy face, musical and a good cook.

  341. When I grow up, I want to play all day :)

    P.S. I am addicted to the music playing on your blog. My iTunes account may or maybe not have been in high gear this weekend as I purchased new songs I heard here :)

  342. When I grow up I want to be just like I am now, only more so. With the addition of kids and a dog :-)

  343. When I grow up I want to inspire my son. My unborn son for the next 2 months…but he is definitely getting the music inspiration at the moment. He loves your site’s playlist and I love when I get the 20 minute dance party every time I read an updated blog. So I thank you.

  344. When I grow up I want to take my kids snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef!

  345. I love the spy camera photos. Haha.
    And that last photo of your girls nearly brought me to tears.
    Oh, and that book is TOO PRECIOUS! What an imagination.
    Looks like you had a great weekend!
    When I grow up? Mother, wife, photographer and author.

  346. I cleaned out my closet this weekend too! haha!

    When I grow up I want to sing on Broadway. It’ll happen…no doubt :0)

  347. love all the pictures in this post…precious! When I grow up…i want a camper trailer so we can become the camping family we are busting to be:)

  348. Love the blank board book..we need a few of those! When I grow up I want to always remember what it is to be a kid, a tween and a teenager. I want to play and enjoy my kids daily.

  349. I’m glad to hear that someone else my age still uses the phrase “when I grow up”. I use it all the time! When I grow up I would like to finish my degree (in what, I’m still not sure), be a wife to my wonderful fiancee, become a mother, have a house where I can garden and tons of other little things that I have on my list. One of these days…

  350. When I grow up I would like everything to be done – just once.

  351. I am 30 and still dont know what I want to do when I “grow up”. I am happy to be the mother of a newborn and a working mom and we will keep it this way! Might not be my dream job, but being a mom is!

  352. when I grow up I want to be…. a mamma and a wife. I am not close to either of these dreams but that is ok, my time will come =) Love reading about your life. xx

  353. I want to make cupcakes when I grow up.

  354. I love so many things about this post! I especially love that you had your special date with Lainey. I try to do that with my 2 1/2 year old too because there is just something special about a mommy date without the little sister there!

  355. When I grow up, I want to have traveled the world.

  356. when i grow up i want to have even more children call me mom and i want to find a way to be organized and responsible…you know, like grown-ups do.

  357. I’m in grad school now (finding those Old Testament classes completely sensational!). So when I grow up, I want a “big girl” job, I want to travel, and I want to hone my culinary skills. When I grow up, I want to find more ways to keep growing :)

  358. I’m so glad you blogged about potential. I wasn’t the kid in school on the first day who realized I had potential.. But I am now. Everything new I do I realize I have potential and opportunity and now truly get potential to be I will be proud of what I accomplish. Thanks, Kelle.

  359. First of all Thank you for making Me Think daily… I love all your pictures daily and your blog writing… so inspiring… Well first I wish I could go back to raising my babies again, needless to say I love having grandbabies now, so when I grow up I wish I could be as organized as my daughters, I would also love to be an amazing photographer, love to travel the country with my family and make memories (have my family write all the memories in their own books with their own drawings) because those Precious Memories are something that can never be taken away. Photo’s and memories are my LIFE…

  360. Um, dailybird is pretty awesome! I’ll definitely be spending some time on that site. Right now I want to continue to learn more about gardening, I planted a few plants this year that are thriving and I’m loving it! I’ve never garden before but fresh veggies are making me very happy!

  361. When I grow up I want to drown in the laughter of my child…I have yet to have one…but God has a plan. :)

  362. I don’t want to grow up…ever. :o)

  363. When I grow up, I also want for my house to be immaculately cleaned, free of finger prints and nose drips, while I become the most amazing mother for my (future)children!

  364. I want to travel . . .around the country, around the world, and find a place to live for a year. Just a year. Because I love my hometown and everything about it, but deep down I want to explore someplace else for longer than a vacation’s length of time . . .I want to buy something spur of the moment and not look at the price tag, realizing my self worth and that intangible feeling of indulging ones self when it doesn’t happen often is more than the price of an object . . . when I grow up.

  365. Can’t wait to do some shopping ๐Ÿ˜‰

    When I grow up, I want to do lots. I want to rent a fancy convertible and drive through Napa Valley with my man, scoping out the best vineyards and stopping to sit on porch swings and share a glass of vino. I want to repaint my living room and create a new photo wall display. I want to take my son, Cruz, to Wrigley Field, eat Wrigley Dogs and sing the Seventh Inning Stretch. I want to host a cocktail party, go fishing, and play in the rain.

  366. I am so with you on living in the possibility of what’s to come. When I grow up I want to take an art class, make some art, write a children’s book about photography, create amazing memories that my boys will cherish forever.

  367. You know I never looked at growing up that way before and it’s so very true.
    When I grow up, I want to be the kind of friend that someone can turn to and know that they have someone there for them(I find a fall short of that sometimes). I want to be inspiring and be inspired.
    I want to see the world in a way that will forever be new and fresh.

    I can’t believe how independent Nella seems in these pictures. I love it.
    Such a beautiful family.

  368. When I grow up I want to look back on what I have done and have no regrets……I would love to feel like I have done something with my life and be happy with how I raised my 5 kids.

    Another great blog post…..you inspire me….

  369. Ok, I love this post and the idea that there is always potential in front of us.. I feel the exact same way! And yes, starting to clean the bathroom (hate hate hate) leads me to furiously grab the vacuum and oh, I don’t know decide to dust the shelves just because, well, I’m getting things done! Love it.
    That picture of you and Nella with the ice cream- you look so young! Not that you’re NOT young :)
    And when I grow up.. I want to be an artist. The painting, building, knitting, drawing, crafting, photographing kind. And get paid major bucks while doing what I love.

  370. I don’t want to grow up! But, if I have to, I want to be the best wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend that I can possibly be!! :)

  371. I have to boys a 12 year old and a 3 year old and i keep telling them when I grow up were all going to keep running thru the sprinklers together and color with chalk on the sidewalks ride our bikes in the rain and laugh till we cry,, yet they say mom you are grown up lol..

  372. Love this post! Beautiful pictures as always, but that last one of the girls really made me melt.

    When I grow up I will continue to take college classes regardless of how many degrees I earn (because school is my comfort zone), learn to dance, go to bed at a decent hour, and (hopefully) have lots more babies!

  373. When I grow up I want to be a able to share my childrens childhood with them. Show them pictures and tell them stories of how they helped me grow up while whey were growing up. It was not always me teaching them but them teaching me as we grew together.

  374. What do I want when I grow up?

    I want to get better at worrying – that means, WORRY LESS!

    I want to be a nurse manager when I grow up. (Right now, I’m just a supervisor, but that’s ok – still room for improvement, for when I grow up!)

    And, I’m sooooo on buying that blank board book so my 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 year old kiddos can write their own stories – YES!

  375. When I grow up I want to be enthusiastically content with my life and be the best mama I can be…love the new sponsor…can’t wait to check out the site!

  376. When I grow up I am going to be an artist!

  377. Love this blog entry! When I grow up I want to to open an arts and craft studio for children and adults.

  378. I want to be an ornithologist! I’m a total bird nerd. LOVE your photography!

  379. I want to be an organic farmer and chef when I grow up! I want to have a healthy living center that is full of creation, yoga, pottery painting, canvas painting, massages, mom’s day out and it, children creations of theater, dance, dress & play, healthy cooking, eating, mommy & me fitness and total zen. It’s a big dream and I’m far from it but it sure does feel good writing it out loud!
    Thanks for all that you do and say!

  380. When I grow up I want to be a great mother. I want to be happy and have fun and be a person that my friends can rely on.

  381. when I grow up…I want to be a mom!!!

  382. Can I tell you how much I giggled at the comment about the “dream store” with your favorite music and a shirtless Matthew McConaughey as your checkout boy? That store would be AWESOME! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  383. When I grow up, I too want an organized house..also when I grow up I will be less self-conscience about wearing a bathing suit in public…because I look at older people out at the beach/pool and think they don’t care, why can’t I? ๐Ÿ˜€

  384. OK, so it’s not “OCD” and impatience at “wanting more/sooner” that I suffer from…it’s potential? I like that. I was beginning to think that because I am already planning my son’s first birthday (it’s in October) I had something wrong with me. I want to be a great party planner when I grow up. And I want my 4 year old to have a “ballerina” birthday party in December, those cupcake toppers would be fabulous!

  385. I truly believe you do not grow up until your children have left the house and have started living their own lives. So when I grow up I want to be able to look back and say “WOW I raised 3 wonderful, smart, and caring children”.

  386. When I grow up I want to take a floral design class.

  387. When I grow up I want to be a more patient mother and wife and I want to have a backyard where I can throw summer get togethers in it every weekend!

  388. I have to say again that I absolutely love,love,love your blog! You mesh words and pictures so beautifully…keep up the great work. When I grow up I want to own a “bridal hair salon” my picture in my head is where brides can come and have their entire bridal party’s hair, nails and feet done at 1 location and also have a bagel and a mimosa while their at it…sounds awesome huh? :)

  389. Although I am trying hard right now, I hope to grow up to be a better mom! Each day brings growth, right?

  390. Oo! I admired Nella’s doll in your last post but didn’t want to pester you to ask where you bought it. So happy to know now!

    When I grow up, I’ll sit in a porch swing on a wide wraparound porch, snapping green beans and shucking corn and watching the world go by. Cannot wait.

  391. When I grow up, I hope I’m more patient with my kids

  392. When I grow up I want to learn more recipes, take better pictures and learn another language. Love the red headed doll :)

  393. When I grow up I want to own a bakery, take painting lessons, and most importantly join the circus. I am being serious.

  394. When I grow up…hoo boy.
    I would like to learn to:
    speak Italian well enough to accept a date;),
    be fit enough to really know what my pilates instructor is asking me to do,
    pray every day, regardless of my mood,
    and love more patiently.

  395. I want to be a totally fabulous Mamma when I grow up!

  396. When I grow up I want to live in a house by the sea.

  397. I’m always so excited when I check in to see a new entry. Reading your blog gives me my dose of “get down and play”… a good reminder for my Type A personality. “When I grow up” I want to actually finish decorating a room in my house (they all have a good basic start and not much more), and I want to learn to reupholster furniture. And right now, I’m heading to the kitchen to make vanilla cupcakes with pink frosting, my darling girl is going to love helping me.

  398. When I grow up I want travel the world and see all kinds of exotic places with my hubby and kids.

  399. Ha ha….I was just telling my daughters last night that when I grow up I want to be you…or at least more like you!

    When I grow up I want to be an astronaut, and a female version of Indiana Jones, and a musician, and a photographer, and an all around awesome person.

    Is that asking too much??

  400. I loved your post! Life is about learning and growing and becoming a better person. For me, being a stay home mom, THIS is my life, my career, and my education! You never graduate, and it just gets better and better and better! I love it!! There’s nothing else I would rather do with my life!

  401. When I grow up I want to have a beautiful family with little ones to sew handmade sweet clothes and quilts for and make french toast in the mornings with…

  402. When I grow up I want to be…a Chocolatier. Now there is A LOT of potential there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  403. When I grow up I want to be…a sewer and a papercrafter and a baker and a gardener of fruit and flowers and vegetables…all the things I dabble in now but have not perfected!

  404. When I grow up…I want to finish my Master’s in Midwifery and travel the globe bringing new life into this world.

  405. I’m 39 years old, but when I grow up…I want to be fluent in sign language. (I know some ASL, but I’m not fluent.)

  406. I cleaned my closet too this weekend – and it felt SO good! So good in fact that I then cleaned all three kids rooms – and that felt REALLY good! I love throwing parties and I’m getting ready to throw my four year old an ice cream themed party this weekend! When I grow up I want to throw party after party after party for my 3 glorious children!

  407. before i tell you what i want to do when i grow up i just want to say that i think you are BEAUTIFUL and i love your hair long! also your girls and so precious! okay ::ahem:: when i grow up and i want to: be a better house wife and mommy. have more patience. take my family to a third world country and devote our time because i think that is an excellent thing to show my son and instill in him. grow a garden, have an avocado tree, get good at baking, cooking, crafting, and sewing and knitting. i am a very impatient person but this blog post helped me realize what i sometimes forget, dreaming of your wants is more than half the fun. imagine a world without dreams? there wouldn’t be a world, or a universe, The Neverending story said so ๐Ÿ˜‰ have a great week!

  408. I feel the same tingle of anticipation when I think of all the projects that I have waiting to be done.
    The girls are growing up so fast, and they are so beautiful!

  409. I want to be a full time stay at home Mom that has a clean house and does a great amount of volunteer work when I grow up. :)

  410. I love when kids write stories. So pure and usually hilarious.

    When I grow up, I want to be a yoga instructor, bring light to darkness, and be a mama.

  411. When I grow up I want to be cancer free with a few more kids a house and my very own laundry room… (sick of apt living)

  412. Beautiful post as usual :) When I grow up I want to be teaching children to accomplish anything they put their minds to!

  413. I love it! When I grow up I want to be a better housekeeper and a rockstar and the mom who makes the best chocolae chip cookies on the block!


  414. I want to be happy……….

  415. When I grow up I want to take pictures and draw all day with my girls (and magically get paid for it ;)..I want to take a year long road trip and really get to know America.

  416. I’d love to be a professional crafter/blogger when I grow up which means I’d be home more, which means I’d have a heckuva lot more time to play with my littles. LOVE the goods this sponsor has to offer.

  417. when i grow up i want to be as free as my kids. i want to really learn to let go and live in the moment!!

  418. What a great little story! That book is pure gold (:

  419. When I grow up, I want to be the funky, cool Gramma that makes all the other kids wish I was theirs. :)

  420. I just recently figured out what I want to be when I grow up. It was an amazing moment. I first and foremost want to be a stay-at-home mommy. I’m hoping to get there one day. Second, I want to be a dance therapist. This means I need a bachelors and a masters, but that’s okay, I’ll get there eventually. I may be 40 when it happens, but it will happen! :)

  421. When I grow up I want to take my daughter to Hawaii (she’s 15 and has been waiting her whole life), be an author, have a brand new car, and still be married to my wonderful husband and hopefully make all his dreams come true.

  422. Such adorable stuff! When I grow up, I want to be carefree! A dancer, a singer and food and beverage enjoyer :)

  423. When I grow up, I want to have babies! (I’m 22 :) And I want to run through a field of flowers. And I want to make peanut butter and jelly for my kids’ friends, and teach my kids Spanish, and travel and help people wherever we go. I also want to have a home in the country, where we wake up and make biscuits and make sweet tea in the sun. That’s what I want :)

  424. Your Nella is SO-ooo very precious.
    Lainey’s face in the second photo of the “spy camera” part is priceless!
    Thanks for the inspiration to photograph my kids and precious moments that they experience!!

  425. when i grow up i want to have babies, live near family, pick, buy and decorate a home of my very own and be open to where life leads me. even if life leads me to places that scare me!

  426. Oh I just love watching those two little ones growing up. Such fun and potential. Lisa

  427. I love your site. My children are grown and they live with me. I have one grandson, 4, and another on the way. They live with me too. I have multiple health problems and am often in bed. It is then, when Caleb will climb in bed with me and we will delight in whatever cartoons are on. If visiting children try to open my bedroom door when I am not well, Caleb will stop them, protecting me always. Oncea i was in the hospital and Caleb called me and said, “tell the doctors to make you well as you must come home so we can play puppets.” When Christmas came ( a couple of weeks later) I had made him 12 sock puppets =-= and play puppets we did. I guess what I am saying is your site makes me a better nana. I am more patient, much more likely to bring caleb into an activity….loving each moment I breathe his sweaty little boy scent.
    Thank you for that.

  428. I can SO relate to this post Kelle!!

    When I grow up, I want people to think of me as the mama/friend/wife/etc who reads too much, makes people smile more, inspires people to grow, bakes lovely yummies, keeps a home that everyone wants to spend time at, is creative, and who is helpful and kind. However I do that is optional (and adaptable!)

  429. I can SO relate to this post Kelle!!

    When I grow up, I want people to think of me as the mama/friend/wife/etc who reads too much, makes people smile more, inspires people to grow, bakes lovely yummies, keeps a home that everyone wants to spend time at, is creative, and who is helpful and kind. However I do that is optional (and adaptable!)

  430. I read this at the perfect time. We bought a house 9 months ago and every week I find something else I just “cannot live with anymore” and “must” be changed immediately. So as I write I am taking a break from tearing down nasty 1980’s floral borders from my master bed/bath! The potential for those rooms is brewing…

    And when I grow up I want to be a photographer, a sailor, a home decorator, a grandma, and a PhD. You know above and beyond the better mom/wife/neighbor/friend.

  431. Hi Kelle,

    I love reading your blog and like you I love potential. Right now I’m loving looking at an empty bedroom and seeing the potential of a nursery in its future!

    As for what I want to do when I grow up…be a children’s book author while living on a farm in Virginia or Vermont!


  432. when i grow up.. hmmm.
    i’ll hang the paintings i painted for my tiny girl. also, i’ll let my big girl paint more and accept that she’ll make a mess. :)

    beautiful post, per usual!

  433. I want to be more optimistic about things in life. Seeing the glass half full more often!

  434. Beautiful blog as always :)

    When I grow up I want to be the best mom that I can be to my baby daughter Kylie. I think there is no better thing to be when you grow up.

  435. When I grow up I want to love on babies in a third-world country for a living with my husband.

  436. a mommy…andbecause i love it so much, a grandma! but not YET! although my oldest ‘baby’ is 19 TODAY, and it could happen sooner than i would think… my youngest baby is only 3 and i’m not ready for him to stop being my ‘baby’ just yet!
    precious stuff they have and so are your lil ones!

  437. I don’t actually WANT to grow up – however, I would like to be an explorer – there are several ancient lands awaiting me.

  438. I wonder if when I grow up I’ll be able to read all of the comments on your blog!

  439. Love love love your site. Happened upon it today….I keep wiating to grow up. I see these cool and amzing woman and hope i can belike them when I grow up..then someone looks up to me and completely blows me away…will i ever feel grown up?

  440. A mommy, I’ve gotten my wish 3 times!!!!!

  441. I have told 2 ppl today about your blog. I bought those colored pencils from your sponsor awhile back. The photo of you and the ice-cream is gorgeous. You amaze me yet again! From, a mom who is inspired by you :)

  442. I asked my 6 year old what he wanted to be when he grew up. He answered Darth Vader.

  443. When I grow up – I will be content. And not worry anymore. The end.

  444. when i grow up i’ll have a flower garden with blooms all spring, summer, and fall long. and i will pick them and put them in vases all over my house.

  445. When I grow up I want to be a lactation consultant, birth educator, nurse midwife, wife, and mother of 12! So that’s 4 more years of schooling, one husband, and 11 more babies to go :) Love your blog!

  446. I want to be a Professor.

  447. When I grow up I want to be a wife, mama, and yoga teacher extraordinaire! : ) #1 complete, we’ll see about the rest! : )

  448. We have the same Jack in the Box! My big girl was in LOVE with it from the first day she saw it at Target and she is.

  449. when I grow up, I want to have a job I love!

  450. When I grow up I want to spend the night on a sail boat, be a brilliant home decorator and worry less. Hooray for potential!

  451. I laughed out loud when I read Lainey’s story! Priceless. When I grow up, I hope to be able to be a kid again, and enjoy the small things. (taking a page out of your book).

  452. What do I wanna be when I grow up… If you would of asked me 15 years ago, I would of told you get married and have babies, therefore a housewife. Fast forward 15 yrs…
    I am a housewife and a mom of 4 kiddos :)
    Life is funny that way…

  453. I love the idea of never being completely “grown up.” When I was a wee little one, I wanted to be a mommy and a kindergarten teacher. CHECK. :) Now I want to run marathons, be an artist and learn to play the piano when I grow up. Looking forward to it!!

  454. When I grow up, I want to be a songwriter. I am 27 years old, and I can finally say it. I’m not embarrassed. I think I can do it. I want an apartment in Nashville decorated just the way I like where I will realize my potential and write inspiring melodies and lyrics, like the song playing now. When I finally get all my ducks in a row and make the move, I’ll be recruiting visitors, so get ready for one of your road trips. After all, Nella might be my co-writer one day. I could use a partner with mad piano skills.

  455. When I grow up I want to be in love, wear flowers in my hair every day, have beautiful red headed children, dance every day to the natural beats on the world, be a role model, save the world, conquer the art of wearing heels, and be happy. There are about a million more things that I want to be when I grow up but that list will suffice for today :)

  456. when I grow up, I want to lay in a hammock next to the beach and cuddle with the one I love….

  457. when I grow up, I want to be just what I am now..a mama with my kids surrounding me :)

  458. First of all, I must say that I’m LOVING the Darlybird site, almost (but not quite) as much as Lainey’s fairy tale. What a vivid, sweet imagination she has!

    What do I want to do when I grow up? Hmmm, I want to write a book. Or a column. Hell, I just want to WRITE. Preferably somewhere where people will see it, appreciate it, critique it and relate to it.

    I’d also like to go back to college. Last time I was there, I took all the classes I had to take to get my degree. This time around, I’d like to take all the classes I want to take with no particular rhyme or reason. Pipe dream? Probably. I will definitely fit in some creative writing, photography, and journalism classes though. Just for me.

    Thanks for inspiring me to revisit my aspirations, Kelle.

  459. It never fails that your blog cheers me up & leaves me inspired in so many ways! You are a WONDERFUL momma! Who cares what the house looks like while we’re raising little ones. I have a sign decoration thingy in my house that says, “Excuse the mess.. my children are busy making memories.” I just love it & its SO true! The mess will wait, but our kids are only this little for a short amount of time!!

  460. I just found your blog and am loving it. Pictures. Honesty. Inspiration. When I grow up, I want to be worthy of imitation by my daughter.

  461. Ah. I love this. Exactly how I am. So many things that can happen, can get done in a day. However, sometimes I walk around like a beheaded chicken not knowing what to do first! Have a great week!

  462. I come read your blog every once in a while, when I need to get away from everything that I should be doing. It’s amazing. I wish I could write like you do. So…when I grow up, I want to write more about my family. And maybe in doing so, I’ll become a better writer.

  463. I loved this post! Your “when I grow up” list is exactly the same as mine. When I grow up I want to find our own special relaxation place like your Isle of Capri.

  464. When I grow up I want to feel settled and at peace with myself.

  465. When I grow up I want to be a better housewife, have more babies, travel with my husband, teach my kids to be kind, loving, and compassionate, open an Etsy shop, be a doula, learn sign language… the list could go on and on!

  466. I want to play with my grandchilrend and spoil them rotten when I grow up

  467. When I grow up, I want to review family friendly resorts. I LOVE traveling, but unfortunately my income as a stay at home mom doesn’t really afford me the opportunity to travel as much as I’d like. And, of course, if I had the job, I wouldn’t want to spend time away from my family, but if my niche were family friendly resorts, we’d all be included. How perfect would that be? Traveling + my family + a job/income that allows it = perfection.

    Oh, and I love that blank board book!

  468. I never thought of it that way, but I’ve realized I thrive when my to do list is filled. That feeling of accomplishing each one and crossing it off the list is one of the best feelings! Potential!! Great way to look at it. That’s why I love reading your blog. . .

  469. I love the smell of Lowes for the same reasons; it smells like potential! Great pictures, your girls are so darling!

  470. another beautiful post – your girls are growing so fast…just like my boy. :-)

  471. When I grow up I want to stay exactly where I am right now…staying at home with my sweet daughter. A dream come true!!

  472. When I grow up I just want to be happy (and less tired :))

  473. I still use the Toys R Us song as my anthem “I don’t wanna grow up cause I’m a Toys R Us kid!”
    But if I were to grow up someday I’d want to be a veterinarian because I love helping and love animals.

  474. When I grow up – I want to continue to make a difference for others, be the best mom I can be, and grow as a wife!

  475. a world-class traveler

  476. Sticky, ice cream kisses are the best. Love it!

  477. ahhhh so many things i love about this post. i love sweet treats, lainey’s homemade board book, the birthday outing for just you and lainey (sammy and i did that this weekend too) AND the picture of you kissing nella at the end MELTS.MY.HEART!!!!!! can’t wait to go checkout the online store…fun ballerina cupcake toppers and pretty hair clips…i’m in!
    when i grow up…. i want to own a flower shop, tiny and ornate and full of hanging baskets and bunches of long-stemmed wildflowers. and i always thought it would be fun to be a wedding planner (like that jlo movie) someday i REALLY want to sing in a church choir and play in a tennis league. happy dreaming! xo

  478. When I grow up I would love to be a more loving wife, a patient mother and a better cook!

    Loved this post. Thank you.

  479. I am, for sure, gonna be a famous author when I grow up. Until then, I shall write my masterpieces on books from darlybird. :)

  480. When “i grow up” I want to have a happy balance between delivering babies and having babies of my own. As soon as I finish midwifery school I want to take a photography class so I can beautifully capture my happy family as well as those that I help into the world:)

  481. When I grow up… I want to finally move to a house with a sidewalk for bicycle ridin’ and a paved driveway for chalk drawin’. When I grow up I want a kitchen for cupcake makin’ and a living room for story tellin’. I want a backyard full of green grass for toe ticklin’ and a big, beautiful bed for naptim snugglin’.

  482. When I grow up….I want to be paid to be a professional napper. Ha!

    (But for realz….I want to be a Mom – nothing more rewarding in life than that – or so I think anyway..)

  483. When I grow up I want to travel to Europe and take ballroom dance lessons AND see my kids grow to be responsible, respectable adults.

  484. when I grow up I want to be an amazing cook and do all kinds of crafty projects in my home. one day!!

  485. Love, love, love your blog.

    When I grow up I want to be a teacher (I think). I’m not really sure if I want to have a job other than mommy and wife:)

  486. when I grow up, I want to be someone my 2 year old grows up to like just as much as she loves (and vice versa)

  487. I want to be a wife and mother with no regrets when I grow up.

  488. I want to comb beaches and climb mountains when I grow up! Love the wood pencils :-)

  489. when I grow up I want to be more like you. Not in a weird way ๐Ÿ˜‰ but in a live life & let go of the little things more way. For instance, I don’t let my 5 year old crack eggs. It’s messy, gross, and shells get in. But then I read that Lainey does & I think “yes. yes. Sage should be able to experience & do things like that too.” :) I want things to come second nature like that. loved this post & love everything in the darlybird shop!

  490. Ah, like you, I will never take “when I grow up” out of my vocabulary! Potential….every morning brings the gift of something new, something more, something realized, something given, something taken……something to live & cherish and something to tuck away into our memories. Everyday we are given that potential. You inspire me Kelle! thank you. Oh, when I grow up I want to be a midwife or a doula, I want to work with the elderly, I want to capture moments of others lives with my camera. I want to read everybook on the shelves of my little local library. Ah, the potential…..

  491. Fingers crossed I win because I love all the things you posted! I’d love to be a full stay at home mom one day. I’d also love for our new house to finally get furnished.

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  493. Hmm…when I grow up, I want to take photography classes and start a little business of my own.

  494. When I grow up, I want to have clean, organized cupboards. Sorted by wet/dry, boxes/cans. Alphabetized even. Also, I want to go to Antarctica and Africa to complete my tour of world continents.

  495. When I grow up…I wanna be a Mama :)

    I’m an Early Childhood Special Education teacher, and the stories of the families in my classroom – especially the children with “special rights” and their families inspire me. They are strong, courageous – and most of all excellent role models. One day, I hope I’m half as amazing as these Mamas.

    Sidenote – LOVE the board books from Darlybird. Thinking about buying 20 of them – one for each child in my classroom to “write” a story. Seeing how proud Lainey is of her story in your post really makes me want to share that joy with the families in my classroom….and at only $3 a pop, it’s a totally affordable project! (even better – it will last forever!)

  496. When I grow up…I want to actually print off and hang some of the millions of pictures I take…I want to be a kinder wife, a more patient mother…I want to go to England.

  497. I just took the first big step towards becoming what I want to be when I grow up…I got accepted to NC State and will be starting vet school in three short weeks. If those sweet girls of yours want to be vets when they grow up, I’m living proof that making injured birds nests in buckets and helping earthworms off the sidewalk will lead to something :)

  498. KELLE!!! I swear we are on the same wavelength….SERIOUSLY! I’m on the look out daily for ways to get organized (SOMETIMES AT ANTIQUE STORES, TOO!!!), but feeling like my house is in constant disarray while trying to get there…..oh, well….someday….when I grow up :)

    *And Nella looks like Schroeder from Peanuts playing the piano…hahahaha! (Please say no one else said this. I’d like to be original just once–LOL! I LOVE this photo!

    *And Matthew McConaughey? Well, he’s my boyfriend…so hands off ๐Ÿ˜‰

    *I can only wish someday that Lainey would bring me her book….I would probably cry, too.

    Can’t wait to check out Darlybird!

  499. When I grow up I want to find that one thing I am great at…I am a good cook, an ok baker and crafter, but i just haven’t dicovered that thing that consumes me…so here is to finding it…Love your positive energy!

  500. When I grow up I wanna look back and declare with no regrets, “Hey, that was fun. Let’s do it again.”

  501. When I grow up I want to be a potter. I’ll get a wheel and a kiln and spend days getting dirty to create gorgeous things!

    And thank you for the introduction to Darlybird – what a fun shop!

  502. When I grow up I want to be an underwear model….and a good Mom.

  503. When I grow up I want to own a kitchen that looks like a bakery.

    Your writing is incredible. It’s like you were reading my mind when you wrote this. Thank you.

  504. When I grow up I want to be happy and grateful for the wonderful life I have had!

  505. When I grow up…I want to be a special educator, a baker, a photographer, a maple syrup-maker. Oh, and a better housekeeper, too.

  506. i always dreamed of owning a flower shop when i grew up (and an opthamologist, but i tried that already and gave up once i got to organic chemistry!!) but i am pretty addicted to sewing children’s clothing now days and someday i would love to see my little business grow once i have enough time to really dig into it.

  507. When I grow up I want to be a fun mommy. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Love your posts. Always.

  508. I want to be a doula and mother the mother during childbirth.

    Love Nella eating the icecream!

  509. I was hoping you’d post today. I needed a fix. Ha ha! I love it all. My son once said to me, “can you believe wishes only cost a penny? What a bargain.” :) So true. Off to Darlybird, have a great week!

  510. oh wow. I might have to get one of their necklaces!!

  511. When I grow up I want to take up ballet again. I will be better than when I quit at 14!
    I will know how to speak better, encourage and serve others. I will let my yes be yes and my no mean no. When I grow up I will know how spend quiet time everyday to focus on what’s important.My daughters and I will be even closer friends.

  512. When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer, don’t tell anyone, or I will sue you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  513. When I grow up, I want to travel the world:)

  514. When I grow up I want to go backpacking to Europe with my hubby, When I grow up I want to take French classes and sing french songs,
    When I grow up I want to have oranges and tomatoes to pick from my own garden in my future house…
    You are right Kelle, my heart skips a beat just thinking about all the great potential ahead…

  515. When I grow up I am going to participate in a Warrior Dash, have an over abundant vegetable garden, learn how to sew and be more present for my daughter.

  516. When I grow up, I want to finally find the floor in my closet, take pictures of something better than my tumb on my lense, and to actually care about my hair more than twice a week. I love to see pictures of Lainey and Nella laughing with each other, they bring a bit of sparkle to my life every morning. I swear that story sounds just like something I would have written when I was her age, she’s a great author!

  517. I love the potential “drive”! I cleaned out closets this weekend too.

  518. When I grow up I want to be a loveable old grandmother to many lovely grandchildren who I can spoil rotten and then send them home with their parents…lol unless they want to sleep over Grandma’s house!

  519. Dang I love your posts!

    As for what I want to do…I’m doing it! I’m raising my two beautiful boys and hopefully doing it well!!

  520. Your daughters are beautiful!! Growing up so quickly…Speaking of growing up…When I grow up I don’t want to work 13 hour shifts, I want to stay home..become a professional party planner and photographer…I want to be there for my daughter instead of having to whisper night night to her after a long day of work..maybe someday…:)

  521. Saw your flashcards on the table in the pic of Nella and her piano. My Owen uses the same ones (after seeing them on your blog) and now at 11 months knows baby, ball, cat and dog!
    When I grow up I am going to go on a great vacation with all of my family, sisters, brothers, mom, dad and my man and baby.

  522. When I grow up….
    *I want to be a fun, healthy, creative, energetic mother and wife and teacher.
    *I want to be someone who can play guitar and sing and perform at an Open Mic night in a college cafe.
    *I want to sew clothes for myself and my children, and confidently repair my husband’s rips and tears.
    *I want to have a walk-in closet so I no longer have my clothes in two different guest bedrooms.
    *I want to take classes at the local community college just for fun and continue to be a life-long learner.
    *I want to refurbish old pieces of furniture and use them for display purposes in the boutique I aim to own and work in.
    *I want to remember to live in the present, be okay with being unproductive every once in a while, and express gratitude as often as possible.
    *I want to run a half-marathon and take up swimming as a more frequent form of exercise.
    *I want to own a retro-looking moped and scoot into town to pick up tasty goods at the Farmer’s Market.
    *I want to travel to Australia and hug a koala.

  523. When I grow up I want to own my own funky store full of all types of vintage knicknacks and things that make me happy.
    LOVED Lainey’s story about the king and Princess with the cereal!

  524. Your blog (as if that word can truly represent what you do here) is fantastic and I’ve been reading for over a year! Long time reader, first time poster! You are beautiful, detailed, lovely, maternal, stylin’, and witty.

    On to your question: When I grow up, I want to be a mom. I grew up, myself, with THE BEST mom (and dad and brother) you can imagine – she was just there. All the time. She did it right – she balanced being my mom and friend, and as I grow up myself and think about starting my own family with my great husband, I look to her, absolutely, for what it means to be a mother. I currently work in the music biz (or, it works me, frankly) and when I tell people that this really isn’t my calling, they ask, naturally, “what is?”. Up until now, I’ve said “truly? a mom… I think.” But right now, here with you all as my witness, I will vow to always be confident in my response because it really is what I want to be someday. I have learned from you, Kelle, and from my own mom, that ladies can do it all. I can be that mom, and I don’t have to lose my creative side, my music side, my goofy side – I can wrap it all up into the gift that is motherhood, and embrace it. I can do it for me, my future family, and look forward to realizing that dream.

  525. When I grow up, I want to be a mommy who is dancing in the kitchen while cooking some breakfast for her family.

  526. I used to want to be an ambulance driver when I grow up, and a vividly remember why. I was nosey, and if I were the driver, I would always know what happened.

    Now, I want to be a really good mom when I grow up and teach my kids to be good people. That is the kind of freeing feeling and dream I ride on now….

  527. Can I just admit that I am not sure what I want to do or be when I grow up? I am 33, and everyday I am learning and growing and I guess I hope that I will conitnue to do just that, learn and grow!
    xoxoxo Carissa

  528. When I grow up- I want to be a mother like you. Who loves fiercely, whole-heartedly and completely. Thank you for blogging- I so look forward to coming home after a hectic day, to see what is happening in your world.

  529. I LOVE the blank board book! I think we may be making one of thoes in our hosue soon :)

  530. I too loved the first week of semester and the brand new textbooks, empty notebooks, new pencils…

    Fave photo – of your husband carrying child and jack in box, and big sis holding little sis’s foot, heart!

  531. When I grow up I want to be happy. Still.

  532. love it… potential. what a great thing to remind onesself about

  533. Ahhh… When I grow up, I want to become a massage therapist, take my babies to the beach, and have a big, wonderful garden.

    I love that we never *really* stop growing!

  534. When I grow up I want to have a full set of vintage tea cups and flamboyant sparkly hats :)

  535. When I grow up, I want to cook like a Chef and bake like Martha! Beautiful blog, beautiful people, Kelle. You’re inspiring.

  536. When I grow up, I want to have a home that my kids love coming home to for family get togethers, meals, and holidays.

  537. I still dream of becoming a published author… some day.

  538. When I grow up, I want to take more time to sit outside and truly enjoy the four seasons of my beautiful West Virginia

  539. What do I want to be when I grow up? My project for the moment is learning how to cook, but I’ve also contemplated being a full-time gardener and a full-time student-for-life. Or maybe just a full-time adventure-seeker with my kiddos!

  540. Your girls are too sweet! You inspire me to make the most of everyday!

  541. When I grow up… I want to have my own photography studio and if that can’t happen, I want to be a labor and delivery nurse. If only I had listened to my mother when I was 15… I would be the best darn nurse evah!!!

  542. When I grow up I want to be an artist. And a photographer. And a real estate agent. And a stay-at-home mom. All at the same time.

  543. So many things I want to be and do when I grow up – I want to bake, sew, shop professionally (LOL!!) and just overall be happy. :-)

  544. When I grow up, I want to be a patient, sweet mommy that loves to go out and do fun things instead of feeling so overwhelmed.

    When I grow up I want to play beautiful music.

  545. when I grow up, I’ll run a marathon…with the double stroller :)

  546. when i grow up i want to find a calling that fuels my creativity and my logic.

  547. When I grow up I want to look back and believe that I did the best I could raising my kids and being a wife… along with being a master gardener, professional triathlete, grandma, seamstress, chef, personal nutrition consultant, world traveler… just to name a few :)

  548. When I grow up I want to play the violin in orchestras around the world. It would be such a joy to create beautiful music in beautiful locations.

  549. Beautiful post and love the new sponsor. I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up. It changes daily :-) Today, I would love to live in the mountains with my husband and little Ellie and be a great homemaker who has tons of energy for crafts, baking, and outings.

  550. When I grow up I want to be the local morning news anchor. In elementary school I did the “morning announcements” on the schools TV channel and I thought that was the coolest ever!

  551. When I grow up I want to speak fluent French, learn to dance, visit Europe, play violin, draw, & buy a house with a yard :)

  552. When I grow up I want to be just like my grandma. 94 years-old, healthy, HAPPY, peaceful and can still go out for happy hour with her family. :)

  553. I’m a special educator looking to buy her first house. When I grow up, I simply want to be confident in my choices in my professional life as well and my personal life.

  554. When I grow up, I want to take piano lessons, clean my sewing room (maybe), and learn how to use my Nikon in Manual…

  555. Nella is so lovalicous and Lainey is such a cool little girl. You are all truly blessed and living a beautiful life.

  556. When I grow up I want to be a space cowboy astronaut monkey.

  557. I don’t ever want to grow up. Period. LOL

  558. When I grow up I would like to continue doing things I love like – staying at home with my babies, taking pictures of them, and laughing with my husband.

  559. When I grow up I want to be a teacher! :)

  560. yup…I am sooo loving on those story board books… soooo getting some for my kids!!

  561. When I grow up…………I want a to be a mama. I already am a mama…..so does that mean that I’m all grown up???

  562. What a weird assortment of random and totally AWESOME things! I’m going to check out the site now!

  563. Love this post! When I grow up I want to be a pilates instructor, a more patient mother to my daughter and son, and the girl who throws really good dinner parties.

  564. Your girls are darling!!!

  565. Kellie, I love reading your blog. I love this post. It made me think about my life differently – that I should be seeing more potential in the little things in my life. I trip over things too, but I am usually annoyed with myself that I can’t keep my space clean. I am going to change my attitude. When I grow up I want to be a mom, or a park ranger, or a little gift shop owner in Jackson Hole, WY, or a genealogist. I have lots of dreams that seem to get buried in my everyday mundane life.

  566. I don’t want to grow up… but before I die, I want to travel all over the world – walk on the Great Wall and swim in the Mediterranean. I want to ride horses (again) and keep taking pictures of everything! Is that more than 2 things? Ooops!

  567. Italy. Plain and simple.

  568. When I grow up I want to be an optimist…a go with the flo, laid back mom (not the anal retentive nervous nelly I can be sometimes).

  569. When I grow up I want to … oh the potential. Love the blog and the saddle shoes. Did I miss the specifics on those shoes? Please share.

  570. What I grow up, I want to be like you. Because, seriously … you rock! Messy house and all! (Mine is messy too but it will be organized one day!)

  571. When I grow up…well I agree we really never grow up…I like having dreams and being a kid at heart! I want to remain childlike and see life like my children do, innocent and ever exploring.
    I want to have time to complete an Ironman. I want to take my children on fun adventurous vacations. I want to become a better photographer.

  572. when i grow up i want to be a back up dancer in music videos :)

  573. When I grow up…I want to love everybody I meet without judgement or question. For the sole reason that everybody deserves to be loved.

  574. Pretty sure I am going to be a rockstar when I grow up. Or own a minor league baseball team and hire all of my friends to work at the ballpark…cute boys and never ending hot dogs. How can you go wrong?!

  575. I would love to do lots of arts and crafts and DIY projects. I have so many ideas but not the time yet.

  576. When I grow up I want to be able run a cleaner more organized household, but right now I’m living life with a one year old and another due in January all while working as a teacher! I too dream of organization and potential when looking at my clutter. But I know that I am spending my time on the important things, loving my daughter and husband.

  577. When I grow up ….. I want to live happily ever after!

  578. Their cupcake liners are adorable! When I grow up, I want to keep doing what I do now – editing. Maybe more books. Maybe yours? :)

  579. i love reading about your sweet family! and i love having you as a pretend (blog) friend. your blog is the first thing i read when i sign into blogger. ok, who am i kidding? the first thing i read when i open up my computer. it always makes me smile!!

  580. When I grow up…… I want to be doing exactly what I am doing… Being the best Mommy and Wife I can be :)

  581. When I grow up I want to own a shop filled with crafts and furniture that I have created…. But for now it is just a hobby.

  582. When I grow up, I want to live in the mountains, in a modern cabin (a juxtaposition, I know), and learn how to ski. I want to make it my career to sit by the fire in a fabulous sweater sipping hot apple cider. :)

  583. love this post! when i grow up i am going to be a better photographer, a more patient mama, and a MUCH better house keeper. i will also be a runner and a writer. i will be sickeningly crafty and will always have a fully stocked diaper bag that i never leave the house without. :)

  584. I love Lainey’s book! Good storyline. I want to be a part-time working mom that vacations a lot when I grow up.

  585. When I grow up I want to “get it”. Considering my 84-year-old neighbor tells me she is still striving to get it together I plan on having a long time to get there!

    BTW – I was at a baby shower in Michigan this weekend talking to a girl who does in-house OT with kids in Colorado and I mentioned your blog (bc of Nella’s therapist) … and she said she reads you daily too! What a small, small world.

  586. When I grow up I want to be paid to travel the world as a photographer.

  587. When I grow up…I say that a lot because I always want to keep growing & evolving. I want to start taking my kids outside, go camping, hiking, etc. I always dreamed I would be this relaxed & easy going mom (sometimes I feel horribly off-course). There is still time and lots of possibilities. Thanks for sharing another great site ~ love their stuff.

  588. I’ve been looking for a good gift shop for that friend who has everything. This is perfect! Love the book idea- when I grow up, I will write and illustrate my own books!

  589. this post was just what I needed today.
    I have been pondering the “when I grow up” thing alot lately.

    When I grow up I want to be able to play a musical instrument, not be ashamed to sing out of tune along to songs that make my heart sing, be a more patient mother, a more giving friend, to have my own chickens and a vege garden complete with picket fence, glass houses full of tomatos grapes and other goodies and when I grow up I want to have found the “one”.

    But really most of all I just want to take all the good from each day and be able to focus less on the struggles and bad bits.

  590. when i grow up i want to have little girls and dress them as darling as yours

  591. Oh, how I love this post.
    My husband has always given me a hard time about being a dreamer, but without dreams there is no potential…right?
    I have a big “when I grow up” to do list…I call myself a “perpetual student of life”.
    Potential is amazing stuff.

  592. When I grow up I want to learn to see the glass as half full … always working on that!

  593. To be completely honest, I never want to truly grow up. I want to embrace life like a kid every single day. That said, I would like to create the visual displays for Anthropologie, be a wife, be a mommy, own and decorate my own home, and continue making art.

  594. Love love love the shop. When I grow up I want to be photographer.

  595. When I grow up, I want to earn a Ph.D. (among many other desires)!

  596. When I grow up, I want to be a therapist and an artist and a quilter and a dancer. I’ve gotten a head start on the art and quilting, but the other two need some work.

  597. Oh my! Darlybird, where have you been all my life?!?! When I grow up, I want to be a kid again – all that wonder, all that fun, and all that potential will be mine for the taking. I’ll be so much better at being a kid the 2nd time around.

  598. I want to be a librarian and professor of dance when I grow up. :)

  599. When I grow up…I want to learn to play bagpipes :)

    Beautiful post, beautiful photos. And today I feel like I’m going crazy and I NEED to spend time organizing and purging. I feel like I am drowning!

  600. Love, love, love the blank book idea!

  601. When I grow up I want to buy a cute cottage-like house, fill with lots of hodge podge stuff that I love :) When I grow up I’ll be more organised (promises to my husband!) I want to visit Neverland with Peter Pan and fly over London. I think I’ll go watch Peter Pan now :) Oooo… Darlybird looks SO flippin’ cute too! xx

  602. When I grow up I want to strap my babies to my back and take as many outreaches into Asia as possible. And when I grow up a little more I want to have a big old back yard with a tree big enough for a tree fort and a tire swing… and grandkids spilling out all over it. I want to write books while sipping chai tea.. and still take backpacking trips in Asia with my husband. When I grow up I want to trust more, love deeper, give bigger, and laugh louder.

  603. When I grow up… I will have more patience. I will jump to less hasty conclusions. I will remember to breathe. I will take everything a bit less seriously. I will be grateful. Thankful. Appreciative. For all of those little moments.

  604. Love your blog! When I grow up I want to be extremely patient with my husband and heavenly kiddies!!!

  605. The board book is awesome I am getting a few of those for sure!!! My daughter will love those! Can’t wait to see what else they have. Oh and when I grow up I want to be a photographer! Something I have dreamed about since I was in highschool. I am determined to pursue that dream! Thanks for reminding me of that dream:)

  606. When I grow up, I want to learn to live in the moment more. I don’t want to be thinking about the dishes when my girl wants to play doll house!

  607. When I grow up I want to join a Rock-a-Billy band and sing in pretty floral dresses and red cowboys boots.

  608. When I grow up, I want to be a writer in a little room.

    And patient.

    And organized.

    And always, always blonde.

  609. When I grow up, I would love to adventure to new places, or even find new ways to enjoy old places.

  610. That picture of Nella playing the piano melted my heart, and then it melted all over again at that awesome colorful picture of just you and Lainey.

    When I grow up, I will:
    *Print all my digital photos and organize them into beautiful books.
    *Take a road trip vacation ALL ALONE.
    *Get a passport so that I can travel abroad.
    *Put away laundry on the same day it’s washed.
    *Learn to cook meals I’d be proud to serve at a dinner party.
    *Take my girls on a vacation- anywhere they choose.

  611. I’m 30, and when I grow up I want to remain young at heart. :) Girls’ weekends, water parks, playing “jump or dive” at the swimming pool, dancing, etc.
    So, basically, I don’t want to ever grow up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  612. When I grow up I want to start my day calmly and without any thought of what has to be done that day, I want to appreciate the calm without anticipating the storm, I want to fall asleep with images of beaches and hot air balloons, rather than dirty dishes and empty bank accounts. When I grow up, I want to return to childhood.

  613. over the years, my idea of what i wanted to do when i grew up has changed… i went from wanting to be an astronaut, to a zookeeper, to even a NUN! but now, i am grown up, and i am something i never thought i would become: a wife and a mother…. the best part of growing up.

  614. When I grow up, I want to be happy. I’d rather be happy now but I’ll take later rather than never. Love your blog.

  615. The photos in the this post are amazing. I love the candids of your family.

    And yay for Darlybird!

  616. When I grow up, I want to remember to dance in the rain, always practice hospitality and to learn how to bake a tasty pie!

  617. When I grow up I want to be a professional photographer….full time & for myself!!

    Also, Nella’s hair is getting so long!! Cute!!

  618. When I grow up I want to be that stay at home mom with the spotless house, kids who clean up after themselves, and never have a pile of laundry left overnight….but for now, I’ll deal with the less than spotless house and the heap of clothes to be folded.

  619. I want to be a private consultant to adoptive families, a lactation consultant and a children’s photographer. I want to start an orphanage. I want to help with cold cases. And help stop human trafficking. And that all should keep me busy for the next 25 years of my life expectancy (age 75 for females, right?). :)

  620. I’m going to be a quilter when I grow up. I want to have so many quilts I won’t know what to do with them!

  621. When I grow up I want to be a better version of me than I am right now. Love your blog!!

  622. When I grow up I want to be a better Jesus follower. I want to travel the world at my own pace. I want to love others better. I want to live fully alive.

  623. When I grow up I want to be fluent in a second language. Maybe American Sign Language?!?!

  624. All I ever wanted to be when I grew up, was a mommy! So, when I grow up,that dream is coming true soon. Our adoption homestudy was just completed, and so someday soon, I will get to be the fun mommy who takes fun adventures, and stops to pick the flowers on the walk to the park, just because it’s fun. Can’t wait to grow up.

  625. omg, I can’t express how much in love I am of the picture of Nella playing the piano. Little feet, the finger with a mission, that baby soft hair hiding that face that I just know is full of determination. And then I see ice cream face giving mama some love and that one takes my breath away too. You are so great at capturing life, Kelle

  626. When I grow up, I want all my family and any friends that want to come over for a huge Christmas meal. Meals because we will all get snowed in and we will wake up to scones baking, coffee & hot chocolate with whipped cream. I want to take my 2 littles on a fantastic, once in a lifetime, trip and have them each bring a friend that may never get the opportunity because funds might not be available. I don’t care if the laundry gets folded and put away, but I would like to have to keep from rewashing the same load 2, even 3 times before it ever makes it to the dryer.

  627. I find myself thinking the same ‘when I grow up…’ as I have yet to comprehend my age (just two years shy of you, to the day)- I was in line at Target the other day and a mother told her son ‘to say hello to the lady’ (me)- I actually looked over my shoulder expecting to see a middle aged lady waving at him… anyway, enjoyable post, as usual :-)
    When I grow up… I’d like to be a supportive and nurturing mother to my daughter (and hopefully another one in the future), have a wonderful and joyous marriage and build our dream home in the woods I grew up in
    Thanks again for sharing your stories on your blog

  628. When I grow up I want to live life like its meant to be lived, who cares if my pants are wrinkly and the dishes are dirty?

  629. When I grow up,
    I wanna be a mama of many. Adopting as many african babies as my arms will hold while making pink and blue cupcakes and decorating my house in new creative ways and photographing every little detail.
    i’m a bit out there :)

  630. As always, I love it all. The blank book, board books and all the cute stuff. And the talk about potential and when you grow up. Hmm…I’m 56 and still working on that one! Love from the Blog Mama ~

  631. I want to be a better mom when I grow up, the one I see in my mind that’s fun and sparkly and cool, not the one who gets frustrated when meals get thrown on the floor. I want to be the wife I should be. I want to take beautiful pictures that hang on walls in my clean house. I want to have no regrets when I grow up.

  632. Oh when I grow up… I always said I wanted to be a zookeeper. I DID THAT!! I was a zookeeper for 17 years! Now that I’m retired from that and a part time working mom… I want to learn how to use my camera and take amazing pictures. And when I grow up, I want to be thinner. I don’t want to be the fat girl anymore.

  633. When I grow up I want to be a full time stay at home mom. I want to be a better photographer. I want to be better at using my time intentionally.

    Loved this post and as always, love your photos!

  634. What I want to be when I grow up changes constantly! Right now, I want to be a stay at home mom because my second maternity leave is coming to an end. But other times I want to be a high profile magazine editor (think Devil Wears Prada); other times a ski instructor in Vail (minus the fact that I have never skied). I’ll keep you posted on what I want to be nexy month ๐Ÿ˜‰

  635. You are single-handedly racking up my iTunes bill because I keep buying all the songs on your playlists!

    When I grow up, I want to be an author, a photographer, a house painter, and a ranch owner.

  636. I want to do everything that needs done … perfectly! Until that day (ha!), I add love to all that I do, and I do what I can.

    Just love your blog! Thanks for doing what you do so well!

  637. When I grow up I want to have less expectations! I want to be less serious and more in-the-moment. Love the sister pictures of Nella and Lainey. Too cute!

  638. When I grow up I want to work at Sea World and swim with the whales, I want to play the violin on the big stage, I want to be an artist who sits outdoors and paints on a big easel, and I want cook, a lot.

  639. When I grow up I would like to jump a train and go wherever it wants to take me and scream, “Towanda” as I leap off!

  640. When I grow up…I want my own little family.

  641. When I grow up I want to travel to far off places with my husband and children, take a honeymoon with my husband, and plant a lucious garden.

  642. When I grow up, I want to learn French, teach my daughter how to make a mean pie crust and not get scared when I go cliff-jumping with my husband. Loving the photo of Nella in that lil’ Tea dress.

  643. oh me, pick me!
    Love, LOVE the blog. I have two blonde girls too. Same ages. Our journeys are similar and I share your joy.

    Lizzie Anderson

  644. Ah. When I grow up, I want to be a writer.

  645. I want to be a mama to my 3 sons, STILL, when I grow up


  646. I loved all the dalybird stuff, as I was reading I kept saying, wow I love that. I am like you in that I love potential so when I grow up I want to be a great friend, a wonderful mom, and be called someone who gave her all to whatever adventure she was on.

  647. When I grow up, I still want to be completely in love.

  648. ha!! And then Matthew McConaughey is the check-out boy. And maybe he forgot to wear a shirt.

    that made me laugh, thank you…my husband yelled for me to come into the living room the other night, when i got there, commercial with mr mcconaughey in it, not wearing a shirt…my husband, laughing said’ hey i thought you’d like this one’…what a nut.
    so when i grow up i would like to be a kid…always laughing and having fun

  649. When I grow up I want to be able to say I’ve been to all 50 states including Hawaii! My grandmother had been to 49…never Hawaii, before she died. I’ve been to Hawaii…but I still have about 15 more states to visit. Here’s to happy travels!

  650. Thanks for the inspiration. Sometimes I can get lost in self pity when the new recipe I try tastes like tar, or my craft idea looks like a two year old did it, but I still have potential. Maybe the next meal would win a top chef competition or my next craft will be hung next to the Mona Lisa. Thanks

  651. When I grow up I want to travel the world and take piano lessons. And much, much more…

  652. When I grow up, I want to move to Africa and alongside its women, make strides to recognize our worth and potential–and use that self-awareness and confidence to change the world.

    P.S. Good old REL112: Old Testament Studies is STILL unsensational (and it is STILL taught by Bob Bailey, who I’m pretty sure is old enough to teach from his eye-witness experiences, seeing as must he was a wee little lad during the BC years). Happy Monday!

  653. I am going to be an artist when I grown up –

  654. Potential is one of my very favorite things. It is what keeps me going on the tougher days… what keeps the monster named fear at bay… what makes starting a new day so exciting.

    When I grow up I want to be able to find things in my house… to have a place for everything & everything in its place. I want to figure out how to make time for myself a priority… one that is as important as taking care of my family or breathing. And I want to learn how to bake an amazing loaf of bread… one with a crunchy crust & light airy inside.

  655. Can’t wait to see what fun things they have. What do I want to be when I grow up? A grandma. Well, that gets me through some days with our 4 kids. But actually, I went back to school a year ago and am working towards my social work degree, hoping to work with youth who are either homeless, at risk for being homeless, have chemical dependency or truancy issues. Okay, so I have no idea what I want to be, but eventually I hope to get there.

  656. When I grow up…I want to be best friends with my daughter. She is only seven months old and she is my favorite person in the world. Life thru her eyes is magical.

  657. When I grow up I want to have a huge garden!

  658. when I grow up I want to be the woman in Proverbs 31.

  659. When I grow up I want to be organized, I want to decorate my home on a budget and be extremely creative, I want to print pictures and display in my house. When I grow up there is just so much I want to be. The potential is endless.

  660. When I grow up, I want to cook big meals for friends and have a long table in my backyard with lots of wine where we talk late into the night.

  661. When I grow up, I want to be lighter…I get far too caught up in worry over the ridiculous. I’d love to not feel that weight, so I’m working to never let it sit on me long.

  662. When I grow up, I want to be lighter…I get far too caught up in worry over the ridiculous. I’d love to not feel that weight, so I’m working to never let it sit on me long.

  663. I want to be a more patient mother, a more loving wife, a more loyal friend, and a more inspiring person when I grown up.

    Darlybird is full of beautiful things! I would love to give some of them a home!

  664. When I grow up I want to be the mom who still says “when I grow up.”

  665. A good friend of mine is always saying, “When I get big, I’m going to. . . ” And usually she fills in the blank with “only work part-time!” :) So with her in mind, and you too Kelle, when I get big I am going to have all the patience in the world and not care when things aren’t put back in their proper “spot”, I am going to scrapbook like I’ve always intended to, and maybe, just maybe, learn to really sew!

  666. your blog is beautiful as always! i’m amazed by nella’s flexibility at the keyboard! ๐Ÿ˜€

    when i grow up i want to buy old farm houses (in the midwest), remodel them and “flip” them. in reality, though, i’ll buy them, remodel them and fall in love with them all and never want to part with them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  668. When I grow up I want to be the mother who hikes the mountains with her children strapped to her back. I want to take my family on adventures.

  669. Wonderful post. I am 36 and I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up lol. I love your earrings where did you get them

  670. when i grow up i want to do several things. but i really would mostly like to make people happy. and God. I have to make him happy too. besides, if God’s happy, eVErybody’s happy! haha :)

  671. When I grow up I will finally make it to South America. I will work as a midwife at long last using my spanish skills I spent 5 years of college studying. I will also run a marathon, hike part of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, kiss the Blarney stone, and skinny dip in the mediterranean off the coast of a Greek island.
    Sometimes, I lose productivity because I love to dream. Gotta have something to work towards!!

  672. When I grow up I want to be a traveler. maybe I will see u guys in Italy. :) When I grow up I want to own a bakery.

  673. I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up – and I love that!!

  674. When I grow up I want to live on the beach, and never wear shoes.

  675. Can you be my mom? I want to dream bigger! XO

  676. Love the pics of the girls! Your post struck home with me tonight as I sat reading it surrounded by a ton of mini tote bags that I am glueing felt dinosaurs I cut out to for my son’s 2nd birthday party, which is in November! :) I love the little details and special touches in everyday life.

  677. When I grow up I want to be more domesticated. I want to have my home covered in memories and decorated exactly how I imagine. I want a beautiful garden, and a trip every yeat with my family…when I grow up!

  678. Love your post and Blog!

    When I grow up I want to be a professional ballet dancer that goes to the moon! Yep! Thanks for reminding me that dreams can still come true.

  679. When I grow up I want to have MORE time to enjoy the small things!

  680. I love every one of the Darlybird pieces you linked! Adorable! I’m almost afraid to go to the site. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  681. When I grow up story: actually, Emily’s (my 16 year old).. when Emily was not yet three, just tiny, sitting on a big kid chair at the table hoding a paintbrush longer than her arm, I asked her, “Emily, are you going to be an artist when you grow up?” And for the very first time, she gave me THE LOOK that any parent of an adolescent girl will recognize. And then she told me: “Mama, I already AM an artist” As for me, I am not planning on ever having to be a grown up. Homeschooling is good for that, you get to keep learning and coloring and reading and playing outside…

  682. When I grow up I want to be a child/family photographer. Right now I’m practicing with my own littles (while toiling as a bored lawyer during my days). Just picked up Mamarazzi and absolutely LOVE your blog!

  683. When I grow up, I want to paint my entire house in bright jewel-tone colors. I want to renew my expired (and never used) passport and go on a cruise to some exotic locale that I’d never otherwise visit. I want to take pictures that turn out to be wonderful of my children as they grow, and when they are gone on their own growing up journey I can look back at the pictures and marvel that it just happened yesterday. I want to dance in the rain fully clothed and laugh and spin while my kids join in with me. (Can you tell that I have grandiose ‘when I grow up’ plans? I’m stopping now, I promise.)

  684. Kelle, I so needed to read this tonight! Just one of those days where it feels the weight of the world is crashing down on my shoulders, and you picked me up with your inspiration. When I grow up, I want to be the parent my children want by their side – at their college graduation, their weddings, and the birth of their children. :-)

  685. When I grow up I want to be a wonderful Grandma. The kind that will read books, play games, go swimming, buy presents, create great meals and so many other things. I love being a mom, but another great joy I am really looking forward to is being a Grandma. But not for at least 20 years!!

  686. When I grow up… I want to have a job that makes a difference. I want to raise four beautiful babies and love the hell outta them every step of the way. I want to still live in the South, even though it’s always hot and I hate being hot. I want to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be. I know she’s out there. And I’ll find her… when I grow up.

  687. I want to be a… writer, photographer, jewelry maker,a baker, a rock and roll singer and a Grandma…

  688. it sounds pathetic, but the first thing that came to mind when i asked myself, “what do i want to be when i grown up?” was…happy.

    it’s been a rough day. glad you enjoy the thrill of potential. i think i’ve got a little too much potential on my plate right now.

  689. When I grow up I want to play piano on a stage with a band…like an adult! I am 29yrs old and in grade 1 piano. I will also get my daughter started earlier than I did!

  690. Oh, what do I want to be when I grow up…a loaded question!
    a guitar player,
    a seamstress,
    a kayaker (is that a word?),
    an awesome mother,
    the best nurse patients ever have,
    a traveler,
    a gardner,
    a pianist,
    the list goes on!

    And when I list these, it makes me see just how easy a few of them could come true!!

  691. When I grow up…wait…I am grown up and I am EVERYTHING I have always wanted to be…a MOMMY and a TEACHER (to my kids whom I homeschool) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  692. What I want to be when I grow up changes constantly! I think each month it is something new. Currently I want to be a stay at home mom, I say this as my second maternity leave is coming to an end and I don’t want to leave my boys. Sometimes I want to be a high profile NY magazine editor (think Devil Wears Prada); other times I dream of being an earthy crunchy ski instructor in Aspen (despite never setting foot on a ski slope). I’ll let you know what I want to be next month…;)

  693. When I grow up I want to take my first plane ride, or a boat ride, or a train ride, and visit those places I dream of. The places I read about…..from my ancestor’s journals. I would love to go to where they were born and raised and lived.

  694. When I grow up I want to be a Taxi Hairdresser – at least I did when I was 6. ; }

    I grew up and was a computer person…that is what I wanted to do when I grew up (College Version), but then I decided that when I grow up I want to be at home with my kiddos. And now, I am done growing up. I want to stay in this moment. I DON’T WANT TO GROW UP :: banging my fists and kicking my feet :: I want my kids and me to stay right where we are!!! No more growing.

  695. Your photos are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    When I grow up I want to live by the beach!

  696. When I grow up Id like to be a sweeter daughter, a more appreciative wife, a more nurturing mother, a world traveler, a book worm, a good cook, and a size 6! I’d also like to run a marathon, become a professor, write eloquently, learn how to use my camera properly and finally invent a machine that not only washes and dries your clothes but folds them as well!

  697. When I grow up, I want to have babies. Lots of them. So I can stay home and be the best momma there is. But more than that, I want to be a person my first baby, whom I placed for adoption, is proud of… someone worthy of the beautiful joys I’ve been so blessed to experience.

  698. When I grow up, I want to write fabulous novels under a pen name, so it’s kind of a secret that only I know and people will wonder why I am smiling. I want to cook beautiful food – I cook good food now, but I want people to say “Wow, that’s beautiful!” And I want to learn how to tango and do all sorts of ballroom dances. Thanks for turning my procrastination toward housework into POTENTIAL. I think I have a lot of it . . . :-)

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  700. I whispered to my 88 year old great -grandma, “When do you feel grown up?” I am 38 years old and still feel like I am a kid playing house. And any excuse to play barbies with my little 5 year old.
    And my Great Grandma said “You will always feel like a kid” “I still do.” “Just my old wrinkled skin reminds me I am not…”

  701. When I grow up, i want to make my living doing my artwork. When I grow up, I want to be the best mom my daughter could ever need or want.

  702. My 5 year olds story book:
    Mommy & Daddy fall in love…
    They kiss…
    “Sparkle! Sparkle! You fall in Love!!”
    The End.

  703. OH, I WANT A DARLYBIRD CERTIFICATE SO BAD I CAN TASTE IT! My six year old loves making books.
    Hmmm…when I grow up I want to figure out how to have a better relationship with my older sister. We haven’t talked in a while and I miss her :( I hope I grow up very soon…

  704. When I grow up I want to be a momma :)

  705. Hey, I am a new follower & would love for you to follow me back thanks again.


  706. When I grow up I want to be more organized, more spontaneous, and less stressed.

  707. What do I want to do when I grow up? Get a master’s degree (And I am almost 60 years old already!) Love the cupcake fixings…

  708. When I grow up I want to be the type of person who isn’t afraid to take chances. I also want to be more spontanteous. When I grow up I would like to instill these things in my children-that it’s okay to take risks, and try new things, and to show them they can (and should) have fun doing so.

  709. When I grow up, I will learn to read music, conquer my fear of scuba diving and be a Mom surrounded by handsome boys. One out of three ain’t bad.

  710. When I grow up…. What? I am not gonna grow up! Forever young! :o) I will be 100 and still not gonna grow up!

    I want to be more organized, but daily something else gets added to the pile and I lose hope! Thankful God doesn’t judge me on my organization! :o)

  711. I won’t grow up (I won’t grow up). Never, never, never, never (never, never, never, never).

  712. when i grow up, i want to make people smile. whether that be helping them feel better (i’m about to start nursing school) or telling a funny joke or encountering people while i’m doing things i love and spreading that joy…i just want to see people smile. :)

    p.s. have you listened to Foster the People? I think you’d love them.

  713. It’s not very exciting or sexy, but when I grow up, I want to be an old wise grandma. One who is free to love up her kids and grandkids (which means I will have met my other life goal of not somehow alienating my kids and making them dislike me – the great unspoken parenting fear we all share). So, I’m hoping I’ll get to just be old and peaceful someday…instead of the bumbling bozo I currently am, lol. We’re all beginners though, right?

  714. “I love that this form of happiness is free, available to anyone and customizable to all talents, all incomes, all ways of life. Everyone has potential.”

    ….one of the most beautiful things, what I feel everyday, thank you for putting it into words.

  715. Ha! My house has a lot of potential, all the time, but truthfully I’d much rather be squeezing soft cheeks then mopping the kitchen floor. There is even a new to me craiglist dresser waiting for a paint job in the midding of my living room!

  716. i love the photo of nella on the piano, it reminds me of schroeder from charlie brown. SO CUTE!

  717. Awww…can’t hear the music anymore! You changed your format and for us Canadians, it’s locked! Thank you for always bringing such light each day.

  718. when i grow up i will entertain for large groups, out of my home. no sweat.

    ps. the picture of you & lainey…you are twins! i’m realizing how much she looks like you!

  719. When I grow up I want to learn how to fly a plane, learn how to play piano and guitar, fulfill all of my creative thoughts, learn to sew, be a great cook, enjoy food more, enjoy food less (haha!)… So many things I would do!

  720. I never want to grow up either! I turned 37 this weekend and I still feel like I’m a kid sometimes! Although with many…many more responsibilities….including 2 little people who think there mommy is a crazy kid just like them sometimes…but that’s what makes it fun!

  721. When I grow up I want to change the world one special needs family at a time :) It is my heart and passion to facilitate health and wellness to families affected by a disability. Every one deserves and equal opportunity!

  722. I want to be a good cook and be able to use herbs and cook from scratch and actually *need* to use an apron!

    You have such a beautiful family :)

  723. When I grow up I want to leave my job as a teacher to be a photographer and stay at home mommy to my babies (now 15 mths and 3 yrs old).

  724. When I grow up…I wanna see more of this beautiful earth…try surfing…eat pasta in Italy…floss more regularly…learn how to make a really, really good cuppa jo…start and finish a crossword puzzle on my own…and be a confident woman.

  725. I might want to be YOU when I grow up!

    Or maybe a spokesperson for Bonne Bell.

    Thanks, Kelle & Darlybird!

    Love, Bree

  726. I want to grow up creating beautiful memories with the world, filling empty love tanks …and somehow keeping off life’s conveyor belt so that it can all be enjoyed!

  727. when i grow up i WILL run a marathon and make a rockin’ hot grandma, complete with fake tan, nails, and lots of make-up and jewelry! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  728. When I grow up I want to be an old woman who has thoroughly enjoyed her life…

  729. When I grow up I would like to get all my photos organized in one happy place instead of spread out on multiple hosting sites, computers, and hard drives. and also clean my base boards. and take a photography class. and catch up on emails. and save some orphans. to name a few:)

  730. Such fun! All over the place. Potential has been giving me goosebumps lately too. And you’re right — it’s for anybody. When I grow up I’m going to be a business owner, a much better photographer, a published author, mother to two amazing boys and fabulously adventurous wife. :)

  731. Sometimes it’s creepy how much I agree with what you write…I’m so guilty of loving the planning stages of nearly all my projects more than implementation. My 1st grade daughter’s teacher once told me, “I can just look at her when she’s learned something new and see her wheels turning”… my wheels never stop as well and I don’t mind passing that trait on at all.

  732. When I grow up I want to travel all over the planet…starting with the U.S….with my husband and our girls.

    Also, I like your view on clutter…I’m going to start looking at it that way…Here I go!

  733. I want to be a woman who has a kitchen that everyone wants to hang out in. I want there to be bountiful food and no worry about how much groceries cost…just yummy deliciousness everywhere!

  734. I love Lainey’s story. My girls and I make story books all the time. It will be so fun to read these when they are older!

  735. When I grow up…. I want to be an educator and an educatee (if that’s a word). I want to always learn! And share what I learn with those around me.

  736. When I grow up I want to be organized(not just in my mind) and I want to not be a procrastinator! :)

  737. When I grow up I want to be organized(not just in my mind) and I want to not be a procrastinator! :)

  738. Loved Laiiney’s story! When i grow up…i want to take my girls horseback riding, leqrn to sew and travel the mediterranean…

  739. When I grow up I want to be a baker. I want to have the time and resources to bake all day and give it all away!

  740. well seeing as I just turned 40 i guess i might nee dot decide waht to do when i grow up pretty soon hey!!!
    I want to be a grandmother when i grow up and be covered in grandkids – fill them with treats and love!!!

  741. I was just telling my mom on the phone this morning that Lizzie (my 22 month old) was on her 3rd hair-do of the day and it was only 10:30 in the morning. First we went with pigtails…those lasted about 30 minutes, then we moved to the whale spout…that lasted almost an hour, and finally pulled back with a couple clips…that lasted all of 5 minutes. The remainder of the day she