teenage dreams.

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Processed with VSCO with s1 presetwhen i was a teenager and old enough to drive, i remember this sort of butterfly type feeling i’d often get when i had a few hours to spare in-between dance classes or heading home or whatever it might have been. it was that sort of feeling like, “i can go anywhere! i can do anything! i can conquer the world!” basically, it was me thinking i was crazy cool (i mean, car keys! hello!) amidst a life of not being cool whatsoever. honestly, i would mostly just waste the time driving around random neighborhoods so i could sing along to all of my favorite music as loud as i wanted to with no one else around (i mean, i am the biggest introvert i know). but sometimes, when i felt especially adventerous, i’d find myself at the new target in my hometown area, walking up and down all the exciting aisles looking at absolutely everything while day dreaming about having my own home and my own family someday. i’d find excuses to be walking down an aisle full of lamps or bath towels, fun kitchen gadgets and home organizational products. best of all was finding myself in the baby aisle. i mean, don’t tell me i’m the only one who loved pretending to play “house” when i would babysit for neighbors growing up.

while i won’t claim to have ever physically pinched myself, i do on a daily basis look around at my life and think, i am so grateful. that teenage daydream came true, and then some. the little day dream of having my own family, my own home (okay, we’re still in an apartment and we’re still renting but stay with me), of having official real life excuses to take myself on alone dates (still an introvert) and wander down all the aisles at target on said dates (well, maybe more like shop the store online from my phone during 2AM feedings these days) and call my own shots when it comes to playing house (i can have pink towels if i want to!). because this is actually my life right now – with the sticky refrigerator door handles from my three year-old who just doesn’t understand the concept of napkins, with milk spit-up somewhere on my shirt by 9 in the morning because if one baby doesn’t plant it there then her sister sure will. but grateful is an understatement. a very big understatement. everyone dreams of different things for themselves and their life when they are little, but my dreams were a lot of this. of babies. of being a mother. of all the mundane daily things that actually are the most special sometimes.

is it way too cheesy to tell you it’s all actually better than i could have ever imagined? i mean, yeah, eating your food when it’s hot is nice and getting a restful amount of uninterrupted sleep is dreamy, sure. i won’t deny any of that. i maybe long for those things sometimes. but this life with my little ones, in our small city apartment that houses an abundance of crumbs under the dining room table even 5 minutes after the last sweeping…. this life is my little teenage girl dream, and i’m living it. grateful. very very grateful.

this post is in partnership with target baby. thank you to target baby for sponsoring this blog post.

  1. i’m so glad you’re living your dream! your girls are the sweetest.

    xo, brittany
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  2. Elizabeth

    Me too girl. Living the mom dream.

  3. Teresa

    SO SWEET! I love that you’re living the dream. Family is absolutely everything and when you take into account all of the details that make life so full it brings about so much joy!

  4. Caitlin

    Awww I love this! I’m only 21, but I’m already dreaming about the day I have a family of my own.

  5. Rachel S

    Such a perfect post!

  6. Amy

    Very happy for you that you are living your dream!

    I always imagined being a doctor and I am living my dream too!

  7. Enjoyed this whole story on tonight. I agree, Yes, to being grateful! Also, the twins are made for the camera…look at those eyes and smiles.:) Y’all enjoy this weekend.

    xo tangie

  8. Amanda

    I love this! So inspiring and shows that dreams really can and do come true!

  9. Emma

    This is so lovely. These are my dreams too. I feel like women aren’t supposed to want those kinds of things anymore but for me, I never daydreamed about what job I’d do. I always just wanted to have a kind husband and be a mother.

  10. Nita

    I agree with this wholeheartedly. Becoming a mom and having my own family was one of my biggest dreams growing up. I was blessed enough to be able to be a stay at home mom for seven years and loved every single amazing mundane moment.

  11. Tamara

    I can’t EVEN with those precious little faces! Mazel tov to you and your lovely family. xo

  12. Kelly

    I wasn’t so sure I wanted children. I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do with my life. But I sure love being a mother of four now.

  13. I relate to this so much. Teenage dreams for sure…. and oh all the home store I would go to (and still do)
    Thanks for sharing, Naomi!!

    p.s. I’ve been following your blog since well before you had Eleanor. Love seeing your sweet happy fam. Wishing you well!

  14. Laura

    Yes – this is very true for me as well! As a child, I was always playing house and as a teenager I was constantly daydreaming of my current phase of life – motherhood, having a home and a family. It’s hard and never perfect, but at the end of each day I remind myself that this is what I was looking forward to, a loving husband and sweet children, and that I am so very lucky.

  15. Hurrem

    I have two boys and in my memories I have revived their growth times while reading your blog. Very nice and thank you..