My Motherhood Story: Ferris Wheel Quartet
She's not a regular mom, she's a cool mom. She's got the smarts of Tina Fey, the lovable quirk of Amy Poehler, and the sass of Amy Schumer. Meet mama and comedian Brie Schmutte and her three kids: Dylan, Sawyer, and Logan. See how this mom keeps it real – all while rocking killer four inch studded heels.
Name: Brie Schmutte
Occupation: IT Project Manager & Comedian
Hobbies: Stand up comedy, Googling how to do my kids' homework, pretending I taste the "inky tannins" in wine
Favorite Things: My kids, a mic, and my Crossfit box.
What did you admire most about your mom? My mother is the most selfless, well-intentioned person. She puts everyone, including her three dogs, above herself. She wanted to send your entire Framebridge office Edible Arrangements just in case we were obnoxious. On holidays, she leaves champagne in her mailbox and on top of her trash can for workers. Know what I get? When I was 19, I got luggage so I would move out.
"Being a mom brings you to your knees – in despair, in awe, in gratitude. You feel all the feels, and in that way I am gentler, more sentimental."
How has being a mom changed your life? I’m softer & harder, if that makes any sense. Being a mom brings you to your knees – in despair, in awe, in gratitude. You feel all the feels, and in that way I am gentler, more sentimental. But I also have 3 tiny humans to ready for the real world, and I want them to be confident & strong & moral & humble so I have to show them that through my own actions every, single day which takes a resilient hardness especially when I am wearing some killer shoes.
Proudest mom moment (so far)? It is going to sound so cliché but – every day. I love watching my kids without them knowing because then I get to see them in their elements, and they’re kind. They are so heart-breakingly kind to people in their lives. They are good, hilarious, loyal, affectionate little people, and it makes my heart burst out of my chest all the time.
More than anything, what do you hope your kids learn from you? Life knocks you down. That sounds so cynical and rough, but it's real, and I want them to be realistic. You fall, you screw up, someone doesn't like you back, you fail, there is pain - it happens, and it is earth-shatteringly hard. But look to your left and your right...and there's me and your siblings and your grandparents. You take comfort in your family and rebuild. We - as a unit - will never let you fall so far down you can't stand back up.
What have your kids taught you? Remember the first time you saw the ocean or fireworks or "The Goonies"? I experience those firsts all over again through the eyes of my kids. They show me that life is delicate and beautiful and it happens even if work is bad or you're bloated or there's traffic. They are still amazed by so much, and now I can take a breath, put my own issues aside and go "you're right - that cloud DOES look like Kylo Ren."
What does a day in your life look like? Scheduled. To. The. Minute. I constantly tell the kids "if you don’t collapse at the end of the day, you’re not giving it your all." Every day, I try to make sure we are living the lives we all want, but to do that requires planning and a lot of stuff written on my hand so I remember what is happening.
"Each child had an email address established for them years ago, and I send notes to it all the time."
How do you stay inspired? I write constantly, obsessively. Words are so powerful to me. I have journals and comedy bits and notes in various forms. I love tweaking or re-reading them and experiencing a certain emotion all over again. Each child had an email address established for them years ago, and I send notes to it all the time. They range from birth stories to pictures at special events to "tonight you were a total clown while we did your math homework, and we both cried. Maybe, by now, you know long division. I love you anyway."
How do you see creativity developing in your kids? Lo picked out her own outfit for this photoshoot. Dylan makes Lego building look like art work. Sawyer danced in the school talent show dressed as Darth Vader to C&C Music Factory. They humble me all the time with the enormity of their imaginations & confidence.
What did you frame with us? It is a selfie of the four of us on the Herndon Festival ferris wheel.
"Half of us were thrilled, half of us were not. I believe it shows being a family isn't always easy or unanimous or picture perfect."
What's so special about it? What are those silly smiles all about? Half of us were thrilled, half of us were not. I believe it shows being a family isn't always easy or unanimous or picture perfect. Family life runs a gamut of emotions, and you are on the ride with the ones you love.
How do you feel when you look at your frame? I see all our different personalities, our fears, our preferences, and I feel the pride in knowing that is My Family...those are my CHILDREN...children I dreamed of having when I was young...children who I felt move inside me and then laid my hands on the second they were born....children who have made me - truly MADE my life worth living, and I know we are going to be OK because we are doing this together...locked in the ferris wheel car of life that I paid $4 a person to ride on.
What an emotional roller coaster! We laughed, we cried, and we definitely left in awe of this amazing mama.
Want to get and gift this look for your mom? If you have a photo on canvas at home you love, frame it in our gold Valencia floater frame. If you have a digital photo instead, just upload it to our site (we'll print it for you) and frame it in one of our favorite golds - Richmond or Mandalay. Get moving, friends! Mother's Day will be here in a minute, and we gotta make mama proud.