the ones I want to remember

2.18.2012

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Gallivanting through the forest, stopping to inspect bits of moss or mushrooms growing on a tree, being careful not to step in spots of squishy mud, a cloudy day was transformed into sunshine, if only metaphorically. I like these times, exploring craggy terrain, running through a wide open meadow, gripping a tiny hand and talking about life. Later, we packed up, hearts pounding from the hike, and went out to lunch and froyo, singing along to the radio and laughing over utter nonsense. We have our ups and downs, but there truly is nothing like family. I would be overwhelmingly lost without them.

One of my favorites things to do is reread old posts and diary entries. There's a certain sweetness about reliving past moments. It's funny how it works, though, not realizing just how good a time was until you're looking back. And this space helps remind me how sweet life really is when I'm feeling down. I have bad, even awful days, yes, but here I like to focus on the good instead of the bad. Because honestly, most of those things I get upset and cry over? They're probably just going to fade into oblivion a week from now. But these precious moments spend with friends and family? They're the ones I want to remember the rest of my life.

28 comments:

  1. I wish one could recognize the good moments when they happen instead of having to look back. But maybe that's part of the beauty of living in the present.

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  2. beautiful words. so, so true.

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  3. i love rereading my old journals -- it is both embarrassing and a relief that i have grown out of some of my naivety. those first two shots are gorgeous, carlotta!

    xoxo,
    Jessica @ Diary of a Beautiful Soul

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  4. I've been thinking many of the same things lately. trying to live life in ways I will want to remember later on in life.
    happy weekend. xo

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  5. I actually was just reading some of my very first blog posts this morning. Old memories, blog entries, and photos...almost give me a nostalgic feeling.

    Just think...on down the road, you will later look back at this post and thinkm "Oh yeah, I remember writing that!"

    Beautiful post, Carlotta.

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  6. Like "a girl with a smile" said, I wish I could recognize how good the moment is BEFORE it's over! But nonetheless, I LOVE this post! Your siblings are adorable! :)

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  7. exploring the forest. this makes my heart happy.

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  8. Really, really beautiful post.

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  9. I am forever looking over old diaries, blogs, photographs. But it's important also to be in the moment, and not thinking about the past or the future. Balance, I guess.

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    1. oh yes, so true. working on creating that balance.

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  10. This looks liek so much fun! (:

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  11. your siblings are just too cool. seriously. and i agree with libby. while it's nice to look back into the past, it's very important to also stay in the current moments. great post :))
    -jocee <3

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  12. Is this your happy place? Because I really, really want to go here with you and your adorable sibs.
    xoxo//simi

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  13. p.s. gallivanting is one of my favorite words, and it made me irrationally happy to see you use it :)))

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  14. Beautiful :). I love the way you write :).

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  15. I totes know what you mean about looking over past blog posts. it's a way of journaling, almost--something I've never been consistent at--and being able to look back over memories here in the blogosphere is wonderful.
    oh, and I love your shoes.

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  16. Amazing again. I love these pictures! (My favorites are 2 and 7.) And your words are beautiful. I love the first paragraph the best.

    Abbie /// XOXOX

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  17. I completely agree. Absolutely beautiful pictures dear- the first is breathtaking.

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  18. I miss this weather, miss my mild pacific northwest winter! But this really is beautiful.

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  19. Love these photos, sister. I want to hug those little people.

    Yes, blogs are so good for that. A space for keeping moments, from your own perspective. Sure, looking forward is important, but I think we all need to look back sometimes.

    xo twin sister.

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  20. Beautiful photos! Tell your sisters that they are so pretty!

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  21. Gorgeous photos! Going on an adventure in the woods with my siblings is one of my favorite childhood memories. And I'll admit, I still love going into the woods. :)

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  22. Lovely pictures! Love the 3rd to last! Oh! And your sisters are adorable!

    -Olivia777-

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  23. Walking in the woods spurs the imagination, doesn't it? Lovely photos, as always.

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  24. The weather can transform so quickly when you're on a forest adventure. Your siblings are so cute!

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  25. Memory lane is seriously one of the best places.

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  26. This post is so wonderful and true. There really is nothing like family. You have to appreciate the time you have now and stop worrying about the past.

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