I watched this:

Then I looked back at these:


practice for beam

Addie at the Bar

Then I did the ugly cry because I KEPT WATCHING IT.

But I do have to wonder if those Olympic moms ever had to tell their kids not to stick toys in their baby sister’s butt cheeks when they were in the bathtub together.


P&G left that part out.


  1. Oh! That last picture is so cute! I have been trying to get one of my baby, but I can’t catch him in the action in the right setting or light…ugh!

    I was a gymnast too…though not nearly good enough to be on a team!

    She is a beautiful young lady!

    Casey Reply:

    @Bea_OT, If it helps, I have my camera within arms reach of me ALL THE TIME and even that one was hard to get and a super lucky catch.

    Bea_OT Reply:

    Hmm…I guess I’ll have to figure out how to do that! Thanks!

    What lens did you use?

  2. LOL..that really “cracked” me up!

    Casey Reply:

    @shannon, Seriously, the baby’s butt is her favorite toy.

  3. I have watched that commercial over and over again too and cry EVERY time. I absolutely adore your blog, your photographs and your girls are absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention that you made me laugh. And yes, you make me cry sometimes too. (in a good way). Thank you for being so real. : )

    Casey Reply:

    @Tricia (irishsamom), Thank you Tricia, I’m not sure I’ll ever stop FEEELING at this commercial (which is totally fine.)

  4. Dude, no fair. It’s too early in the morning to be crying already…

    Casey Reply:

    @punkinmama, I was alone eating a whole frozen pizza last night when I was sobbing.

  5. Lindsay says:

    Ugly cry for sure. Dammit I shouldn’t watch these things in public.

    Casey Reply:

    @Lindsay, Had Cody been home he would have made so much fun of me.

  6. Wow, that video, is awesome! Being a gymnastics momma too – I balled my eyes out! Addie is looking good! Is she doing any competing yet? My daughter Alyssa just finished up level 5… It’s A LOT of commitment, but she would have it no other way!

    Casey Reply:

    @sherry lane, No competing yet, but she did just move up a level so SOON.

  7. OOF. When that girl fell off the beam in practice in that commercial? OH I KNOW THAT FEELING, sucking in your breath thinking, “Shake it off and get back on that beam, girly.” Sigh.

    Being a gymnastics mom is pretty awesome. But those hold-your-breath moments… Oy.

    My gymnast:

    Casey Reply:

    @Sarah, Yeah. I forget to breathe half the time and that’s just practice.

  8. That commercial gave me chills. I can’t lie.

    Casey Reply:

    @Hannah Braboy, Marketing at its finest people.

  9. SO NOT COOL. Not cool at all. I sobbed. So much sobbing. My kids were staring at my while tears dripped in my coffee.

    Next time warn us about the OH SO MUCH SOBBING CAUSING.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jess @ Wrangling Chaos, Sorry. There was a post sobbing clause after the photos…talk to my lawyer. 😉

  10. I won’t watch it! You can’t make me do it! But I will love that “bottom” picture of Vivi.

    Casey Reply:

    @Ami, DO IT. Watch it. DO IT. NOW. DO IT.

  11. LOVED THIS!!! I didnt listen to the video because Im at work and just because of that hug at the end, i had tears. My daughter also does gymnastics and I am the only one who goes with her to watch. Addie is so beautiful, she remindes me of my daughter, curly hair and all. This just reminds me that I need to bring my camera more often and take more photos.

    I love your blog, your photos, and your beautiful little girls!!

    Casey Reply:

    @Sara, You must watch it with the sound later. Truly genius.

  12. Seriously? Ugly cry over here too – at the office no less.

    Casey Reply:

    @Kristen @ The Chronicles of Dutch, Sorry about that. Kind of.

  13. Amanda says:

    Wow! That made me cry, but most stuff about moms and kids makes me cry! My kids and husband make fun of me for crying at “silly” stuff all the time! They don’t get it…yet!

    Casey Reply:

    @Amanda, I’ve learned to hide it from my family, or leave the room. They’re the soul-less drones as far as I’m concerned.

  14. Well I’m not a mom and I cried. Very moving indeed.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jen, Means your mother heart works. 🙂

  15. Love upside down ViVi!

    I don’t know if I can bring myself to watch the video, I’ve cried too much lately. I’m on hiatus!

  16. Charlane says:

    Oh my gosh I love those commercials. I just told my husband that P&G did it again, I bought puffs for the cry and I totally buy Olay because P&G gets me!

  17. Awesome! Love it.

  18. I don’t even have a kid doing gymnastics and I cried, too. Thanks. 😉

  19. Whoa, I never saw Cody’s features in Addie as much as I do in that first picture.

    Also, those baby thighs!? I could die.

  20. Whoazies I saw that commercial last night on tv and I bawled because it made me think of beautiful Addie May and her lovely Mama…xo

  21. First of all… Addie looks brilliant! That looks like balance beam perfection.

    Second… Why doesn’t anyone tell you that sisters will be SO obsessed with each other’s butts??????? I wasn’t prepared for as much butt talk as we’ve got in this house.

  22. I know folks at the ad agency responsible for that beautiful ad. Before they released it, it was already known around the office as “the ad that makes everyone cry.” Gets me every. single. time.