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WORKING MOM WONDER WOMAN

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So much for sitting.

Your chores and to-do's layer on top of each other, multiplying like mice, and just when the folded layers of clothes are finally put away, the dryer buzzes and the oven beeps.

A working mom's work is never finished.

alarm. breakfast. carpool. work. pick up. sports. dinner. homework. bath. bed.

repeat. replay. rerun the world. (Girls? No, MOMS.)

Most of the time, it's about staying afloat, treading through your overscheduled day, doing the best you can and tackling multiple (understatement) tasks at a time.  You and Chad have a system, tag teaming the kid's schedule and tactfully planning practices and school events around his shift at the fire station.

It's not easy.  Ever.

Life rarely allows your undivided attention to anything, let alone the daily shenanigans you're now immune to.  Reese's imagination on a cardboard creation travels across the kitchen, behind the stove where you stand making dinner.  Max hollers that his homework is ready to be checked, so while you're busy with dinner, he works on his 360° Nerf dunks in the foyer.  (Wearing only his briefs, naturally.)

Oh, the guilt.  It has a way of washing over you, grabbing ahold of your delicate mom heart.  Everything you do, you do for them.  Every direction you're pulled, it's to point them the right way.  But being a working mom allows very little down time to devote to their playtime.  You've mastered the juggling roles of being their best friend and responsible disciplinary, but it still saddens you that your complete concentration can't always be them.

Damn those priorities.  Priorities is just an annoying word for demands over pleasure, and who likes to make that choice?

But Moms, this isn't neglect.  You're definitely not failing.  And please don't see it as a sacrifice.  See it for what it is, what you too often forget.  Realize that this is one of the toughest, most trying pieces of parenthood.  And you're doing it every day!  Sometimes, you need to closet cry.  Sometimes, you want to throw a tantrum.  And sometimes, you feel unnoticed.

But notice this.  Notice the wonder and joy in your daughter's spirit.  See how she sees her world in color, taken from the example you set.

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Look at your handsome son who sports the same tender heart as you on his sleeve.  Take pride in his goofy quirks and sweet ways with his sister.

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Notice that these aren't just photos of your family.  Look deeper, and you should feel the durability of you and Chad, the trust your children have in you, and the potential of your entire crew.

Even amidst your hourly hectic hustle, it only takes a glimpse at the photos of your animated kids and teammate for life in your loyal husband (and his wicked 'stache) to recognize that you don't want any change.  Attempt to imagine the days a bit calmer, and you can't.

This is your course.

You are the will to their way.

And they are the greatest reason your work will never be done.

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FAMILY OF 7 AT KAISERS

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FAMILY OF 7 AT KAISERS

MIDTOWN OKC SESSION.OKLAHOMA CITY/EDMOND FAMILY & CHILDREN PHOTOGRAPHER

“Wow. You really have your hands full.” How many times have you heard this not-so-clever comment from the stranger at your favorite restaurant or even in the cereal aisle of Target? (I hear grocery shopping alone happens too rare these days.)  All you wanted was a dish-free evening out with your family or some dang lucky charms (because, MARSHMALLOWS), but not without being noticed first. You’re left awkwardly haha-ing with a stranger, tongue-tied and slightly baffled.

I mean, let’s get real for a minute. Do they expect you to say “I know, right? Who signed me up for this?!” I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt - their intentions are likely harmless - and it's probably just a little slip of innocent honesty.

Oh, how I bet Tyler and Nichole have become so immune to this, though.

The strangers who just can’t help but blurt that opinionated comment apparently don’t have children. Whether you have 1 child or 19, you chose that wonderful path of raising children, just as they probably chose not to.

To each his own, amiright?

Before I give up understanding this for parents everywhere, can anyone tell me what it even means? Does it appear to them that you don’t have it under control? Maybe they missed the moment when you were juggling that hot plate with a sippy cup of chocolate milk and searching for the missing yellow crayon under the table, all while paying attention to your daughter’s day at school. Or maybe the few minutes of disarray and dropped cereal boxes looked chaotic, but what they didn’t see was you in control of that so-called chaos.

Does this sound familiar, Tyler and Nichole? With every “it’s a girl!”, you’ve become well-adjusted to parenthood, so by now you’re experts at family outings and are only reminded of your large brood with kind compliments and curious stares.

Don’t get me wrong. Life with 5 girls probably isn’t always child’s play, but from the outside looking in? I'm all, "sign me up!" because this looks like a whole bunch of fun!

If you ever see these 7 Smith’s out, you’d probably gawk just a bit. Who wouldn’t, when Tyler is outnumbered by 6 beautiful females? How can you not peer into their family dynamic and imagine the fun they have when the array of their daughters begins with a well-mannered teenager all the way to a spunky toddler? On a few occasions, I witnessed the shy middle girls huddled together, giggling in their own little world. I was immediately sent reminiscing to the 90’s, huddled with my own sisters, recording cassette tapes of radio music and braiding friendship bracelets. I already know the bond these sisters create over the years will be undoubtedly tested but unshakably true.

It is so apparent to me that Tyler, Nichole, Taya, Livia, Ella, Liana and Vayda have the coolest kinship. It was obvious in Tyler and Taya’s playful banter, in Nichole’s bond with her baby, in Liana’s full personality and in Livia and Ella’s quick response to hold a hand, console and comfort their little sisters. And then when Mr. and Mrs. Smith had some time alone? Well, just see that for yourself…

Like parents everywhere, they probably have ‘those days’, but full hands?

Of course they’re full. Full of five healthy and bright daughters and all of the wonder and pride that parenthood presents.

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