Make Me Laugh Monday – The down and dirty on my family.

Family in the mud

My family.

SO serious in the mud

Not a serious one in the bunch.

Ha! Get dad!!!

Full of love.

gettin' my boy


nailed him!


the family plank

Always ready for a… challenge???


Family pictures often mean wild hairs pressed in place and proper smiles.



As I weave through the twisty and unpaved roads of my own motherhood I am discovering how important it is to intentionally insert play and fun into moments of family life.

Not that children don’t insert play and fun everywhere they turn.

That’s not it….

It’s about me. The mom. It is knee-jerk to say NO, to keep everyone in line, to bark directions, to shoo the slow ones out the door in a rush and panic.

Fun? Play??? The kids are out of socks again. There is no time for play

So much in life keeps us focused on tasks and responsibilities. The day to day to day to day all-too-easily overshadows the play and fun to be had in the family relationship.

What am I trying to say?


Create play.

Don’t forget to play.

In fact… hit “play”… Soak in what my warm and wonderful friend Meredith (Hoo Dee Hoo!) has to say about the importance of play:

Do you create time to play in your family?


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14 Responses to “Make Me Laugh Monday – The down and dirty on my family.”

  1. Jennheffer says:

    LOVE this family more than words can express!! Seriously!

    Paul – you do need to re-baptize us…this time, lets do it in mud!

  2. Love this post! You are all just awesome. What more can I say?

  3. I love love this – your family is great, seriously. Thanks for the reminder from the mom who was just complaining about the trashed muddy shoes we had to replace from a hike…

  4. Carrie says:

    How fun!

    No kids here, but totally believe in play. And fun. Like, everywhere.

    I have a quote plastered on the outside of my cube (ugh!) that’s huge. It’s a quote from my boss. He said it in a laughing, caring kind of way. I decided to immortalize his words to me for the whole building to see.

    “Stop messing around and do some work!”

    It is me. It is me. It is me. And anyone who comes to visit my she-cave.

    I told him those words were the best thing anyone has ever said to me!

    So, more fun! More play! And more messing around!

  5. Tarable says:

    I just wrote about this very topic!


    Apparently kids these days don’t play enough and it’s causing them to be anxious and depressed. It seems that play is going to be my new mantra…and what a fun one it is!
    Love the mud, btw.

  6. we try to make time to play, but not nearly as much as we should, thnx for the great reminder!! {{hugs}} 😉

  7. Lisa Frame says:

    Best. Family. Photos. Ever.

  8. Julie Cole says:

    could you guys be more adorable? I think not.

  9. We try to make time for play – we go on a lot of walks, splash in the river, pick up pretty flowers and leaves…but my daughter HATES getting dirty. She’s too much of a princess…she would freak out!

    THat looks like fun!

  10. jennielynn says:

    What Lisa said. That picture captures the very best family moment. And also, planking.

  11. LaTonya says:

    I love those pictures!!! Sometimes we forget to relax, and have fun. Our kids follow our lead. If we’re uptight, so are they. Thanks for reminding me to have fun. We haven’t had family game night in a very long time. It’s about that time!!!

  12. Meg says:

    I absolutely LOVE this. Thank you for sharing. :}

  13. jubilee says:

    Soooo needed this reminder. But I am wondering, do I have to participate every time my kids laugh over the word “nuts?” Just wondering . . . lol

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