Put on your laughing hats

*Warning: my true, silly self comes out below.Β 

When I was little my older sister used to describe her mood in relation to pants. Yes, you read that right. When she was having a no-good day and wanted to warn the world she would say “I have my cranky pants on today.”

Lately, our family has been wearing our “silly, laughing hats” a lot.

Our little boy, Parker, has become quite obsessed with hats. Anything that looks like it could remotely stay on your head for a split second is dubbed a hat, tried on, and then offered to me or Sam to try on.

His favorite of all the prospective hats are buckets.

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Doesn’t he have a great taste for hats??!

This last Monday evening, which we usually devote solely to family time, the hats came out in all their glory. It started simple; my husband and I just trying to cooperate with what our boy loves and going along for the hat ride. But then our silly side broke loose and there was no turning back. Soon we were sporting wacky faces, speaking in crazy voices, and trying on more “hats.” We had to take pictures, of course.

Put on your laughing hatFor me, sometimes parenting seems to morph into a small, at-home business. I will go about the day attending to meals, changing diapers, scheduling play dates, folding the laundry, disciplining, and then follow the bedtime routine.Β  According to the check list, I’ve accomplished all that needs to be done, but in reality, I’ve taken the joy and untamed silliness out of parenting–I’ve made my home a working machine.

“There is little success where there is little laughter.” -Andrew Carnegie

But lately I’ve been enjoying the sheer laughter that bubbles out of our little home. The times when my husband and I throw off our adult facade and surprise my son with how silly we really are. Not only is it enjoyable for us as a family, but it is one of the most relaxing things for me. I can revert back to my inner child that is still alive and kickin’ and just have fun. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of motherhood, simply being allowed to relive some of the most magical and carefree years of my life.

“There is a certain happiness in being silly and ridiculous.”

How do you throw off your serious pants and just have fun with your spouse and kids? I would love to hear about it!

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18 thoughts on “Put on your laughing hats

  1. How fun, and I love that your husband jumps in as well with a bucket on his head! My husband is the only one who gets to see my truly silly side. I spontaneously bust into a dance whenever a song comes on. My husband calls it my “doing the Carlton” because he swears I do the same dance no matter what song or genre of music, and it reminds him of Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I dispute this marginalizing of my ability to bust a move… Keep the silliness in abundance! Karen πŸ™‚

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    • I love that you bust out dancing whenever music comes on, Karen!! πŸ™‚ It feels so great to be crazy, huh? And yes, I love that my husband jumps into the craziness too! He actually is often the instigator! But, I love it, and I love that our son knows how to be silly and laugh, because we are silly with him. Oh, it is great to get the crazies out with how stressful life can be sometimes! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing about “doing the Carlton!” It definitely made me smile!

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  2. I love this, Marla! In honor of this post and creating some “untamed silliness” in our home (because I totally agree, it’s easy to forget the fun and go down the list!), we put in some “Hop Like A Bunny, Waddle Like A Duck” (best dance music ever) and totally went crazy. I needed that reminder today! Thanks! And love the hats and Parker’s hat obsession. πŸ™‚

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    • I love it!! Thank you for sharing what you did, Chelsi! I love that you guys turned on only the best dance music and let the crazies run wild! It is so refreshing to wiggle and move! πŸ™‚ And thank you, his obsession does crack me up. He thinks the weirdest things are hats… but oh well! It’s hilarious! πŸ™‚

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    • I love that picture of you, Abbie!!! Seriously, family needs this kind of craziness and fun! Learning how to take life less seriously is a blessing and such an important thing to learn. And I agree, we seem to be on a similar wave length!! Thanks for sharing the picture with me! πŸ™‚

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  3. I have had some cranky pants on today, but I change my pants at least two or three times a day. I like that your family has taken what your sister did and are turning it into your own family tradition. When we want to be silly we dance around the house or go on a walk in no hurry.

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    • Haha Rachel, I am so similar to you in that regard! I change my mood often. But, isn’t that a blessing too–we don’t have to be cranky for long! And thank you it is fun to create new family jokes and traditions as a family. πŸ™‚ And I love that you guys have silly dance parties around the house! We also love to turn on the music and get our wiggles out! Thank you for sharing how you invite the sillies into your home πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, thank you so much, Torrie, for liking my silly side, too! I feel it is one of my best sides. πŸ˜‰ I couldn’t agree more with what you said. Laughing really is the best medicine, as well as a great outlook on life. And we are so glad we have a son who loves to be silly with us! It’s one of the greatest feelings to be silly all together πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Torrie!

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    • Haha! Oh my, I love that your parents had such a great sense of humor and silliness! I just googled the Mr. Blobby suit and that is a crack up! So funny that your dad wore that on your 16th birthday. What a great example though of enjoying life and laughter. Thank you for sharing your experience–they definitely brightened my day! πŸ™‚

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