Tuesday, August 31, 2010
2. Saturday I ran my first 5k. I did not train and I am not a runner, but because of my Cross Fit training I was able to finish in 29:02. I feel better now at 36 than I ever did in my 20s. I always thought taking care of your mind, body, and soul was so new age and hokey. It's amazing how I feel now that I am actually taking care of all three!
3. The race went right by my house so I had a cheering section as I went by. How fun to hear "Go Mama Go" from the cutest bunch of kids.
4. This article is really helping me. It was posted by my friend Andrea who has an amazing blog that you can read here. I am really trying to be intentional in what I buy and bring in to my house. Do I really need this item or do I just want it to make me feel better? Just because it's on sale does that actually make it a wise purchase? This theory was really tested this weekend because I had a 30% off everything coupon to Old Navy. I should buy stuff because it's cheap right? I walked away from the Navy without anything because I didn't need anything.
5. Along the same lines I am trying to teach my children about wise purchases. I put a lot of thought into Christmas. I don't want a room full of plastic that is so fun to open and then put on the shelf and never played with again. I would rather spend a little more money on a quality gift that I know they are going to use than a bunch of "filler" presents to put under the tree. Teaching them to save their money to buy something they actually want instead of buying a bunch of junk at the Dollar Store (that will break before the sun sets) is another lesson that they are starting to learn.
6. We are jumping right into our new church, North Macon Presbyterian. It's totally out of my comfort zone to be the new person but it's is totally what I feel like God is calling our family to do. I have a post coming about how this came about. Keep in mind I have never gone to another church. Ever. Since I was 3.
7. I felt fall this morning. Did you feel it? Football is coming. Go Falcons.
8. I don't not understand how children win the Zero Absences award at school. Mine have both missed a day each. You puke, you don't go to school. How can you go an entire school year without getting sick once....or are these the kids who come to school and get everyone else sick? (The picture above is the first day of school.)
9. My house is always messy. No matter how hard I try, the people who live in my house get their stuff everywhere (not Jason). I have a goal this fall of having people over for dinner. So how do these two things work out? Should it matter? Now before you start thinking "Of course it doesn't matter" just ask how you really want your house to look when people come over. And on a side note..dinner party with or without kids?
10. Thanks for hanging with me through last week's 10. I actually went to church right after I posted that and heard an awesome lesson that turned my bad attitude right around. Isn't it cool when you hear exactly what you need to hear? God is always in the details.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
1. After school is my witching hour. I haven't seen Jay and Emory all day and yet I can be upset with them before we even get home. "Why did you make us bring our lunch today? It was bacon cheeseburger day and that's my favorite." "Why can't we go to Dairy Queen?" And then homework time. It can be gruelling. I have tried to plan my meals so I cook in the morning and can totally be available after school for homework. I don't know if they have just been trying so hard to be "good" at school that they have nothing left when they get home but the attitudes I get are hard to take. Draining.
2. Confession. I spend too much time on the computer.
3. Today has been a hard day.
4. I am reading a marriage book called Love and War. It is really good. They reminded me that marriage is two sinners living together. Trying to glorify God in everything, while living in an imperfect world. God uses marriage to shape us. No one is perfect.
5. We are starting our new church next week.
6. Composting and recycling were hard to manage until I figured out that the tiny people that live in my house are fully capable of doing this chore.
7. It's hard to do this list when I am not in a good mood.
8. Add to my list of de-stressers- hula hooping (pencil sharpening is my other one). These are my hoops. I made them. They make me happy.
10. I'll try to do better next week. This 10 bites.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
2. I am ready for school to start. Longing for a routine. Ready to clean the house in the morning and have it still clean until the late afternoon.
3. My mom sent my kids back to school balloon bouquets. The kids were so excited.
4. I was really grumpy on Sunday. I think I had been gone for so long I had forgotten how to relate to people. Everyone was getting on my nerves. I was very "me" focused. I did some reading Sunday and realized how selfish I was. Monday morning I started over with an attitude of service..."What can I do for someone else?" By Monday night I felt much better. Amazing how getting out of myself can make be a happier person.
5. Packy has started drawing. He drew his first person with the circle head and the legs coming out of the head. Isn't it interesting that they all draw this way first?
6. My cousin, who is about to go to college, took Jay and Emory to Henry Burns park for the morning. They went to explore the creek. I used to do this with Hope when I was their age. It's fun for your children to grow up in the same place you did.
7. We went bowling Saturday morning at 9am. Guess who is at the bowling alley this early? No one! It was great. Bowling is the only sport that I can actually compete with Jason. I won. Twice. It felt good. The kids had fun and no one pouted for a couple of hours.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
So this is how I want my kids to read the book of their summers. Or, what I want my people to remember.
1. Riding waves. I have always loved how free I feel when I am riding waves and I still do. It's so fun to ride a good one in right beside Emory and give the hang ten sign when we make it all the way to the shore.
2. Making drip castles. Conventional castles are too difficult for Tybee sand but we can really rock the drip castles. Also very therapeutic.
3. Outside showers. My mom has an outside shower and you are required to use it after the beach. I love it. Emory and Hattie go together. Packy and I go together and sometimes we bring Josie. I don't know why but it is fun to shower outside. This year I took a nighttime shower. It was a little spooky but there was a thunderstorm in the distance and the lightening was really cool to watch.
4. Hide and seek. I take this game very seriously. My hiding spot is not going to be a closet that you open the door and see me. This year I hid in the utility closet that backed up to the stairs and I went all the way back to the stairs. It was dark and I know there were some roaches waiting for me but I waited it out. Jay loves my good hiding.
5. Walking to the ice cream shop. Every trip to Tybee includes a couple of walks to Tybee Sweets. The walk up there is usually at dusk and everyone is sticky on the walk back. The gelato is delicious.
6. Bike riding. We are experts at packing it on a bike and getting to the beach. I hope the kids remember riding all over the island. I love that Tybee is small enough that you can ride anywhere. It makes going to the grocery store an adventure if you are biking.
8. Fishing on the back river. Pole, throwing net...it doesn't matter. This is mainly a Jay and Packy activity with a dad or papa. Sometimes you catch a fish, or a crab, or a sting ray. It doesn't matter. Catching something is catching something. Same excitement.
9. Sharks teeth. The kids have not been successful at this adventure yet. But they have Cable blood in them and I am confident they will find them They will for sure remember the adults looking for them and the thrill we get when we find them.
10. Parents laughing and loving each other. We have such a good time together laughing, having game night, cooking good food, and acting like kids a lot of the time. This year Jason and I tried to have some "us" time as well. One night we went on a bike ride after dark to the beach and swam in the ocean. I did not go out very far because it was scary. Then we sat in the lifeguard stand and talked while we watched people walking on the edge of the ocean. Just us. We told the kids what we did the next morning. I want my kids to know that we love each other and I think they do.
So that is my Anne Rivers Siddons novel. All of us at the beach every year. The same friends and family. Sometimes new people, but the core group is always there. Doing the same things. Making new memories each time. Life is good at Tybee.