16 Jun My Best Shot at Slowing Down
Posted at 14:07h in Uncategorized 40 Comments
I woke up this morning with a start. Gasp! What day is it? It’s Monday, isn’t it?
We’ve had quite the eventful week and I so wanted to write about all of the spinning and swirling mommy emotions that have been flooding my head and my heart but alas, besides a birthday, and a promotion ceremony (my baby has been promoted to middle school) we had a different kind of flood. The laundry room spilled over with so much water from the defunct washing machine that it’s damaged our wood flooring AND it got the wall so wet that all of our cabinets actually fell off the wall. Big, heavy cabinets. Right onto our washer and dryer. Big huge crashing sound. Not pretty. And certainly not good timing. Happy Father’s Day.
It’s hard to focus on the light at the end of this tunnel because I’m not sure how many miles down the road it is but I know we’ll get there eventually. This too shall pass my Grandma reminds me. She’s right. And it could be worse. As we still have some wrapping up to do before all of the end of the school year hullabaloo starts to settle down it feels so hectic around here, it’s hard to keep my head about me. Deep cleansing breath. I will look back on all of this and laugh, right?
Although I have hundreds of photos on a number of compact flash cards all over the house and videos galore from the recent pomp and circumstance(s) –we got a new video camera-yay!-I have yet to get any of them to my computer. However, in the midst of the chaos, I thought it might be nice to share a photo or two that speak more of slowing down and being mindful of what is important, than anything else.
I submitted this image as well as a few others for consideration in a lovely collaborative project called my heart wanders. I was so inspired by their call for images and the project itself, I spend one afternoon in the midst of all the activities and slowed down long enough to create a handful of photographs that I really love. Truthfully, I’m just delighted to have stumbled onto my new blog crush.
So, in the theme of slowing down a bit today, I offer you this best shot for the day. If nothing else, I will be using it as a mediation of sorts to find some calm today. I know it’s there somewhere. I just have to seek it out.
Did you find any time to slow down and smell the flowers this week? OR perhaps you captured the craze of life in a shot that brought perspective or maybe even humor? Whatever your week looked like, we’d love to see how you caught it in action.
chaoticfamilyPosted at 14:52h, 16 June
Beautiful… I don’t think we are slowing down here but sure would be nice.
Here is mine
susiejPosted at 14:56h, 16 June
Grandma is right… isn’t she?! I hope so. Glad you found the time in your chaos to do some things you truly love.
Here’s my BSM: http://www.susiej.com/index.php/musings-that-stir-a-wild-mans-heart/“ REL=”nofollow”>A wild Man’s Heart.
MeganPosted at 15:08h, 16 June
oh tracey, that does sound like quite a week — sorry about the washer mess :(. love the stillness of your shot, though. and congrats on your graduate :).
http://www.mentalinventory.blogspot.com/“ REL=”nofollow”>Flare BSM
Mia's MamaPosted at 15:09h, 16 June
We sure did slooooooow down..it’s been nice visiting my mom.
Here’s my http://mias-mama.blogspot.com/2008/06/best-shot-monday-treasure.html“ REL=”nofollow”>BSM
ChristinaPosted at 15:28h, 16 June
Oh my…if it’s not one thing it’s another. What a weekend. Your lovely picture it a wonderful reminder to slow down and focus on what’s really important, no matter what else is swirling around us.
I some some http://momology.blogspot.com/2008/06/best-shot-monday-silhouette.html“ REL=”nofollow”>window silhouettes to share!
VeredPosted at 15:30h, 16 June
Wow. Yes, you WILL laugh about it some day and it will make for a great story. Right now, I’m sure it’s very stressful.
Love the photo.Very… peaceful.
Hang in there. 🙂
http://momgrind.com//2008/06/16/best-shot-monday-would-you-buy-this-for-your-front-yard/“ REL=”nofollow”>Would you put THIS in your front yard?
JaimeePosted at 15:39h, 16 June
Oh, wow…sounds like you’ve had a crazy week! Hope everything gets back together soon!
My BSM: http://www.thesesmallwonders.com/“ REL=”nofollow”>Diaper Dan.
Crunchy Domestic GoddessPosted at 15:40h, 16 June
that’s beautiful. 🙂 (sorry about your washing machine. ugh.)
my BSM is kind of about slowing down too to enjoy moments – and http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/2008/06/15/getting-your-feet-wet-bsm/“ REL=”nofollow”>Getting Your Feet Wet
JenPosted at 15:59h, 16 June
I am SO sorry about your washing machine!!
I think we will try to slow it down next week.
http://newgreenmama.blogspot.com/2008/06/best-shot-monday-boot.html/“ REL=”nofollow”>The Boot
JenPosted at 16:00h, 16 June
Hmmm…..I am not sure what happened. Let’s try it this way.
AndreaPosted at 16:06h, 16 June
I was stalking your page late last night and then this morning, and began to worry! I had a crazy couple weeks, so I hear ya…T
Today is my first day that I actually get to wind down.
And what a lovely shot.
Here’s my contribution
http://om-mami.blogspot.com/2008/06/bsm-fathers-and-daughters.html“ REL=”nofollow”>Life Is Good
GolightlyPosted at 16:09h, 16 June
What a lovely image, we slowed down only because I got a cold yet again. On Wednesday we went to the beach for a bonfire and time with friends – it was quite nice and a slower paced evening.
Here’s my http://piercebabyproject.blogspot.com/2008/06/summertime-and-livin-is-easy.html“ REL=”nofollow”>My best shot and a couple extras…
MandarooPosted at 16:45h, 16 June
I’m so glad that you posted BSM….
Yes, I did too!!! After a hectic week we stayed home and relaxed in the pool and I got to enjoy the garden…..
http://mailboxes-etc.blogspot.com/2008/06/garden-is-all-abloom.html“ REL=”nofollow”>garden is all in bloom
I love the simplicity and wonder your photo displays. It’s wonderful to take that moment…..we should all do it more often!!! : )
HipMommaPosted at 17:15h, 16 June
Oh no! It will all be fine eventually. Just keep looking forward.
Crazy life of a crazy bird here:
http://thehipmommasjournal.squarespace.com/journal/2008/6/16/hello-monday.html“ REL=”nofollow”>My Best Shot
carriePosted at 17:17h, 16 June
I woke up with the same feeling – gah, June is half over already!
Oh, I hope your washer mess gets all straightened out – what rotten timing!
Thanks for the gorgeous shot and gentle reminder to stop, or at least slow down.
My BSM is called http://barelycontrolledchaos.wordpress.com/2008/06/16/security-comfort-love-best-shot-monday/“ REL=”nofollow”>Security, Comfort & Love.
melody is slurping lifePosted at 17:52h, 16 June
Beautiful reminder. Beautiful photo. I’ve discovered your new blog crush, too.
Mine today is a reminder to slow down, appreciate the good things of your life and think positive thoughts for a special little boy…even before I read yours.
http://slurpinglife.typepad.com/slurping_life/2008/06/meet-mr-arnold.html“ REL=”nofollow”>Best Shot Monday
Sarah-JiPosted at 17:55h, 16 June
I hope you were able to find your calm, Tracey.
I love the photos you submitted for that project. I wish I’d had my act together to remember to submit mine, but oh well! I guess I need to do some slowing down too, but that’s no big surprise.
Here’s my http://www.shutterbugmama.com/2008/06/best-shots-monday-fathers-day-edition.html“ REL=”nofollow”>Father’s Day edition of BSM.
MelissaPosted at 18:34h, 16 June
Oi, what a week. I hope things settle down a bit.
MaggiePosted at 18:45h, 16 June
I certainly don’t feel like there is any slowing down in sight. I even took my best shot this week while driving 80 miles an hour – literally!
Sorry to hear about your washing machine disaster — hopefully this coming week will be a little less eventful!
http://andtheducksaid.blogspot.com/2008/06/best-shot-monday-barn-edition.html“ REL=”nofollow”> BSM: Barn Edition
MelPosted at 18:49h, 16 June
Wow! I do not envy you your week. I may need to start looking around for hearts, though.
http://www.motherofthefreakinyear.blogspot.com“ REL=”nofollow”>My BSM this week comes from a wedding I helped shoot…my first. Weddings are so hectic, but I think this one conveys a peaceful moment.
LaraPosted at 19:10h, 16 June
everyone needs to stop and just breathe every now and then. i’m sorry to hear about the flooding, though – now when you slow down you’ll get all soggy.
my best shot this week celebrates me and my birthday! selfish? maybe, but hey, it’s my birthday. 🙂
http://laradavidphotos.blogspot.com/2008/06/bsm-another-trip-around-sun.html“ REL=”nofollow”>Another Trip Around the Sun
DawnPosted at 19:15h, 16 June
That’s a lovely picture, and I am going to slow down and take a nap RIGHT NOW.
Have a great week, y’all!
http://dawnomite.wordpress.com/2008/06/16/best-shot-monday-27/“ REL=”nofollow”>butterfly wing
Phyllis SommerPosted at 19:20h, 16 June
ack! i’m sure it will all work out but in the meantime that picture can soothe the soul:-)
here’s mine, a http://imabima.blogspot.com/2008/06/beautiful-wedding.html“ REL=”nofollow”>beautiful bride.
ChristinePosted at 19:28h, 16 June
After the big storm last Sunday, we sure slowed down since we had no internet all week!
Here is my restful BSM:
BrittanyPosted at 19:35h, 16 June
I was wondering where you were this morning!! 🙂
KimberlyPosted at 20:09h, 16 June
Sorry about the washer disaster. That’s no fun. I’m glad you found some peace in the midst of it all though. Lovely photo.
Here’s my http://alteringlife.blogspot.com/2008/06/bsm-still-life.html“ REL=”nofollow”>”Still Life” shot.
BlueberryPosted at 20:12h, 16 June
things sure aren’t slowing down here.
here’s my http://blueberryandbean.blogspot.com/2008/06/best-shot-monday_16.html“ REL=”nofollow”>best shot
BonniePosted at 20:41h, 16 June
Slowing down. What a concept ! So difficult to do … Hope you were really able to find some calm !
http://flowersinmypocket.blogspot.com/2008/06/ive-decided-what-to-do-maybe.html“ REL=”nofollow”>My Best Shot
AnnaPosted at 20:47h, 16 June
Slowed down enough last night to eat one of these, yummmmmy!
My Best Shot Cupcakes
emilyPosted at 20:51h, 16 June
http://pyattfamily.blogspot.com/2008/06/best-shot-monday-beach.html“ REL=”nofollow”>Here is what our week held. I hope that things calm down for you soon!
ColleenPosted at 02:16h, 17 June
I’m having a c-section 4 weeks from tomorrow. I don’t think I know how to slow down anymore. So much to do… especially squeezing in the last weeks of only child fun for Zoe.
I’m sharing my last bunch of Florida pictures… with a http://amadisonmom.blogspot.com/2008/06/best-shot-monday-last-of-florida.html“ REL=”nofollow”>special favorite.
LeahPosted at 02:45h, 17 June
That is a gorgeous shot.
http://lakelinesthoughts.com/?p=612“ REL=”nofollow”>Better late than never I guess!
Elaine A.Posted at 04:00h, 17 June
very simple and pretty. sorry to hear about your little mishap, hope you can see that light very soon!
StacyPosted at 13:18h, 17 June
Such a nice post! I wish would slow down here a bit so I can catch my breath. Maybe soon. Anyway, here’s my best shot.
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Alex aka Gypsy GirlPosted at 22:17h, 20 June
Thanks for sharing the beautiful heart project. I may need to wander over there to browse for a bit. Lovely photo! And I am all about slowing down… It’s been a lovely ‘break’ to catch up on your news. 😉
JoannaPosted at 01:40h, 21 June
Sometimes its nice to be reminded to slow down and enjoy life. Such a serene photo.
My daughter and I didnt quite slow down….but we did take time to enjoy the weather this week.
Jenny RebeccaPosted at 23:33h, 21 June
What a beautiful, simple picture.
I hope the water mess passes quickly.
SassyPosted at 14:47h, 22 June
I was in fast forward at the Miss Louisiana Pageant when you posted this. We have been running non stop for 3 weeks. When I saw your post, it was a perfect reflection of how I AM FEELING. Just need a moment to breathe. My youngest took a long moment to slow down in the middle of the pageant!!!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3185/2588137007_f5bf2b1c64.jpg“ REL=”nofollow”>Rest Assured
Donna at Blessed NestPosted at 04:48h, 23 June
so sorry about your storm!! Yikes..it all works out somehow..you will laugh! I love the sweet picture…I posted mine before coming over..same theme of finding calm but of a different storm..try to have a wonderful week!
http://www.blessednestperch.com/home-at-blessed-nest/2008/6/23/calm-after-the-storm.html“ REL=”nofollow”>calm after storm