Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day mayhem

It's officially Mother's Day as I write. 

It will be a beautiful sunny day tomorrow and possibly Pinterest perfect for all the moms that perfectly prepare and  plan and post posed pictures. 

Pretty positive it won't be that way here.

Don't get me wrong ~ we will have a great day ~ my littlest has been planning all week, the 2 oldest were secretly creating projects behind closed doors which turned into a secret sleepover ~ which makes my soul happy because I know at least a little I've done something right and they love each other, at least for tonight. 

There will be no amazing photos - I've given up trying - the three age groups we have make every photo perfect for awkward family photo site. 

But it will still be a day like any other, and that's ok because it's another day I get to be their mom, another day I get to try and figure out this mothering thing to be better at it to help them become good humans. Because the ultimate goal is not to raise good kids right ? Childhood is fleeting ~ the goal is for them to become good people ~ to create a positive Influence on those around them. And even on the bad days with any luck and crap ton of prayer it will all sink in, the life lessons will be learned and they will know they are loved. 

I'm certain that my kids will fight about something tomorrow, because parenting a teenager trying to navigate her own life, a son who has hurt in his soul that I cannot control, and a preschooler that doesn't want to miss a minute of anything (unless of course it's sleep ) is sort of like being a superhero, if I could only find my cape or figure out which power is mine. 

The one thing I know for sure is that these three beautiful kids of mine were given to me/to us to do our best with and  that is really all I ever wanted. 

~Happy Mothers Day 






 


Monday, February 17, 2014

Day 1 here we go...

I am pretty excited about the next 21 days. And by excited I mean totally nervous. My eating has slipped a bit, and I'm in a workout funk. I do them, I run a bit on the treadmill ( you could not pay me enough money to run in this crap winter we have been having- California take me home!), but nothing has seriously motivated me lately. And guess what even in my funk Summer.... will.... stilll..... arrive.... (maybe? HOpefully? Eventually!!!) So today I start the 21 day fix. Meal plan is done (needs to be tweaked a little) I'm about to go push play on workout #1, 30minutes, I can do this! Just for accountability I'm going to tell you a bit about my goals - I want to get rid of this final 15lbs. I lost all of my baby weight, unfortunately these 15lbs have been my friends since 2008, I would really like to un-friend them once and for all! And I would like really to feel confident in shorts this summer. I have never, ever, liked my legs, except for the few years I was training for marathons, but I really do not have time for running 30miles a week right now. So join me for the next 21 days, and see what happens! For now you can check out my weekly meal plan, its a little different this week as i am starting a new job so I had to make things a little more portable then normal but once I work the kinks out for my schedule my menu will be a little more exciting! Happy Fixing!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy New Year!

Crazy how fast time seems to be going. Some days I just wish I could freeze time. I was however happy to get through the fall. Transition to school for the Mancave kids was a little tough this year. So much so that we are definately looking at other options for next year. Instead of being a great example on how to deal with stress and tough situations and showing my kids that I could still work hard on my goals and accomplish things in the midst of struggle. I basically shut down. That was not on my goal board for 2013! There were plans, and me myself and I only chose to give up. So now here I sit in the first full week of 2014 looking at my Goals for this year and I am determined that I will stick to them. Don't get me wrong as a family we had a good year. But me personally - I set out to help more people take control of their health and fitness, teach them how to feed their families on a budget, build a team of likeminded individuals and get myself back to long distance running! How about you ? What are you goals for this year? What can I help you with? Lets do this together!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Rainbows in my life

One successful if not a bit chaotic Rainbow Birthday Party complete!

It's been awhile since we had an at home birthday party. Winter Birthdays and running out of space in our old house.

So I was a little unsure we could pull this off!

The Birthday girl had a great day herself but beyond that even I'm the craziness of never finishing a single conversation with anyone, the best part for me is seeing the pure joy on all the kids faces especially watching older siblings really enjoy the things that the younger ones are doing , in essence being kids at heart.

My life's work has really been my kid, and days like these really do good for my soul to erase the days I feel like I'm failing as mom, wife, friend or the wallet feels too empty. I am far from good at this mothering thing some days I wonder if I will ever get it right! But Days like these with family and friends both old and new ( and those that have been around long enough that they a re family) Give me hope that maybe just maybe I'm doing ok. All three kids had smiles on their faces and are pleasantly exhausted this evening.

Made me realize the perfect choice Sofie made in picking a Rainbow party - remembering the past with the promise of the future, and knowing whatever may come life is full color.



Monday, September 30, 2013

There are how many days left?

Another month has crept away. Strange how this keeps happening. I have not been a good blogger, and true confession- yep here it comes, not a dedicated workout girl either. And yes the rest of my words will all be excuses, I needed the break. I didn't completely stop working out, and didn't let my eating go in the crapper either. I just mentally needed more sleep. Getting into the routine of this school year with my kids has been a tough one. Navigating the waters of High School Schedule with our oldest, working with our son for whom school does not come easily and I am in touch with a thankfully incredibly supportive group of educators almost daily, and now making sure the early childhood education for our youngest is exactly what she needs. And to all the Mom's out there - That get up everyday and leave your house and go to work, and to the Mom's who are on there own because of a traveling or deployed spouse, and to the Mom's who are on their own because there is no one else its just you! You are all my heroes! Hold your head high don't judge yourself or let yourself feel like others are judging your for the lack of gourmet meals, perfectly made up face, and impeccable wardrobe. The year is slowly ticking away, something like 90 days to go!!! Really why does this happen every year the time just seems to disappear! Its go time now! What would you like to accomplish by years end? What support do you need to make this happen? We all have our struggles and need to learn to lean on each other for support!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Just in case....


You haven't been made a blubbering mess from a commercial, I'm going to share this with in hopes that you too will find this heart wrenching!


What is it with commercials?

Why oh why must they go for the tear jerker moment?

I was having a moment anyway, drove the first carpool for my little man tonight and listening to a car full of boys is a new (and loud) experience for me and it kept a smile on my face for so many reasons.
Then I quickly ran home to head to the High School for a meeting about the Chorus trip next year for the original princess and I still can't quite wrap my head around her being in high school and the need for a Homecoming Dress.
Finally tomorrow the little princess has her first official day of preschool!
and this is what was came on the for the few minutes I sat down in front of the TV tonight.... 

and I guess what I really need to say about this commercial really comes from my heart for families and adoption and the very last line in this commercial, yes they are selling clothing but if you or anyone around you has ever considered adoption, and has questions or concerns, its really just as simple as opening your heart and that one final line spoken in this commercial.... and no they are not paying me to say this...








Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The empty seat

Tomorrow I will blow up blogger, facebook, IG, and my closest unsuspecting friends phones with pictures of my kids on their first days of High School and Second grade. The first day of Preschool pics will follow next week. Today though I need to recognize the empty seat on the bus, the empty desk in the Kindergarten classroom, the missing school supply list from my pile of papers. Carter would be starting Kindergarten this year. K-man would be a great big brother walking him to his classroom on his first day. I'm not really sure what other words or thoughts I have, I just wanted him to know that we haven't forgotten.