grateful heart monday

Grateful Heart Monday (+ week-long linkup!)

June 23, 2014
Ember Grey
I am starting my week with a grateful heart and here’s why,
Kids. Specifically? Little girls. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed some of the princess moments I had with my niece Ellie, and then also with my husband this past weekend.


Yesterday, we celebrated our niece Annie’s 4th birthday. The poor thing wasn’t feeling well for most of it which meant the beginning half was spent with Ellie. She and I decorated the kitchen with balloons, played princesses, played with squirt guns outside, she showed me how she eats cabbage straight out of her parents’ garden, and then she even wanted to snuggle for a few seconds. (Melt.)

Annie did eventually come out to be with us as soon as she heard the words “cake” and “presents” (could you blame her??) – we sang Happy Birthday, she blew out the candles with the help of Ellie, and then she opened gifts and continued to let all of us know which present was her favorite. She’d say, “I like this one, but this one is the best.” ha. She even forced herself outside to ride her brand new bike.


Since I’m not a parent (yet), I think sometimes I forget what it’s like to be around kids. It’s like they give you this secret energy – an energy you didn’t know you missed until you were reminded of it (and also an energy that only lasts for a short time until you’re utterly exhausted, with a sore back and bubbles water stuck in your hair). In seconds you can find yourself lost in this make-believe playtime, in a world with fairies and balloons and dress-up clothes, and squirt guns and bouncy balls. And obviously all of this is normal during this time. And it’s okay for Ariel to wear Belle’s dress – I mean, if she wants to.

It’s 8pm on Sunday and I feel fabulous. I mean, I’m definitely ready for bed but I feel happy and light and it’s like I’ve been reminded to not sweat the small stuff, and to just enjoy the present moment – to play. I’m reminded that balloons make just about any event better. I’m reminded to eat some cabbage straight from the garden. (But bring a squirt gun because you’re gonna want to wash the dirt off.) I’m reminded to throw on a princess crown. To laugh a big ol’ belly laugh BECAUSE I CAN. So… that’s my to-do today on this Monday and I’m sharing it with you. Eat your veggies, think like a queen, and laugh like no one will make fun of you if you start to snort or something. BECAUSE YOU CAN.

What are YOU grateful for today? 

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday!

There are three easy rules for this linkup:

1. Link up to your Grateful Heart post, not just your blog’s homepage and please link your post back here so that others can link up too!

2. If you decide to share your Grateful Heart post on social media, please use #gratefulheartmonday so that we can all find each other (If you use this hashtag on twitter, tag me and I will retweet!)

3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
Ember Grey.


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  • Seeing the world through a child's eyes is the best; exhausting yes, but they teach you the best lessons for life in the simplest ways. Sounds like a fun weekend!

  • I love that picture of them with the cake. Those are good things to learn. Snorting while laughing is fun 🙂

  • There is nothing better than laughter. Real, watery eyes, aching tummy laughter, and kids know just how it's done. Happy Monday sweets!

  • This is adorable. I used to love babysitting my little cousins, it was great to experience life through their eyes, but exhaustion is definitely evident. I'm glad you had such a great time at the party!

  • I love kids!! And I love how kids remind us to live life to the fullest – to laugh like nobody's listening; dance like nobody's watching; and to darn well wear that princess tiara like we are hot stuff. LOL! Happy Monday!

  • Aw, what a fun weekend!!!

  • I'm going to do my best to eat my veggies and laugh as much as possible today. 🙂

  • That is so true! Sore back and bubbles water especially 🙂 It's a great reminder as well – sometimes, probably because I spend a lot of time with kids, it's easy to forget about the pure joy and celebration that they experience life with because I'm too busy looking at the mess or listening to the tantrums. I need to peek around that part of it and enjoy the laughter more!

  • Happy Monday, Emily! I grew up with four brothers (and no sisters) and now I have two sons, so I was never used to being around little girls until my first niece came along. She is 16-years-old now and she is such a hoot. I never realized how dramatic teenage girls are. LOL. Have a great day!

  • This sounds like such a fun weekend! I can feel the joy coming right out of your post… so, so good! You summed up exactly why I adore spending time with kids. I don't have them yet, but many of my friends do, and there's such a pure enjoyment about life at that age. Recently, I spent a few hours with a 4 year old building stick towers…. just 'cuz. Such a good reminder to enjoy the little moments, have fun, and play!

  • This is so very sweet! Nothing like the pure joy that comes from being around kids!

  • Playing with children and being around them is one of the best ways to heal a soul. I am always happier after spending time with kids!!

  • I love the princess tiaras 🙂 I still have the one I wore for my 21st birthday.

  • This is adorable and your nieces are so cute! I saw that pic on instagram and wondered about the story behind it…love that christian is wearing one as well 🙂