In less than 2-weeks, Claire will be 10. She gets ready, gets her breakfast, and makes her lunch & school snack all by herself in the mornings. I’m slowly being worked out of a job, and that’s okay. Every now and then, I do yell, “Teeth! Hair! Shoes!” just to feel important in the process. 🙂
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I decided to try an experiment. I realized that a big part of happiness is how much of an actor you can be. Pretend to be happy, and soon you forget that you’re pretending. Way back when, I was the most enthusiastic Chutes & Ladders Participant you’d find playing with my daughter. The truth? I LOATHE that game. It’s infuriating for no good reason at all…but I pretended to enjoy it, and my daughter had the best time. Another example: Mornings. I’d just as soon get up at the Crack of Noon. Seriously. But guess what? Mornings happen every day (weird, I know!), and on the mornings when we have to be places, I get to suck it up and pretend to be okay with it all.
A lot of things with parenthood are like that. Do I love every aspect of it? No. Do you hear me complaining about things? Not usually. Why put that energy out there?
Well, as I awoke to a white blanket of snow on the ground and more falling, I decided to have an attitude shift. I used to love snow (no, really), and over the last few years, my patience for it waned. Well, NO MORE. My daughter loves snow, and why should MY attitude dampen her fun??
I ran into her room and said, “Good morning, Claire! LOOK OUTSIDE! LOOK AT THE SNOW! Isn’t it beautiful??”
She groggily replied, “Mom, are you feeling okay?”
And I said, “YES! Yes, I am. I’ve decided to like snow, and it’s so beautiful outside.”
“Really?” she asked tentatively…and that broke into pure joyous screams of “SNOW! SNOW! FINALLY SNOW!” She was up in a flash and so excited to start the day.
So far I’ve had a fantastic morning. I’m happy. I’m upbeat. Yes, I shoveled, and yes, it’s the fun heavy snow on top of a layer that is slicker than snot (as Grandpa says). Yes, I tweaked my knee and my back isn’t sure what happened, but you know what? The sun is shining. It’s all melting, and it’s GORGEOUS right now.
I’ve decided to embrace whatever is outside my window. The fact that it kills spiders is purely bonus material.
You may have noticed Claire wielding a knife in the post about our Dinosaur National Monument Adventure. Well, she has been working on all KINDS of knife skills, actually. My husband has been going through his Boy Scout Manual with her, and they’ve worked on all sorts of things this summer.
It makes me nervous, but I’m glad she’s learning the proper safety and techniques. She’s really good at it!
Plus, it really helps on Tree Trimming Day… 🙂
Scene: We’re on our roadtrip last weekend for Fall Break. We’ve stopped at the gas station, and my husband has picked up a tasty beverage for the road. We get in the car. He’s driving.
He starts speaking non-stop, barely taking a breath: “Why do I feel weird? I feel weird. Do you know why I feel weird? I tried to get a drink that didn’t have a lot of caffeine and this one doesn’t. It doesn’t say there’s ANY caffeine on the label. I looked. I looked at the label, and there isn’t caffeine listed at all, but I feel weird. Do you know why I feel weird? Why would I feel weird if there’s no caffeine in this drink? Whoooooooo!”
I take the can from the cup holder and look at the label. He’s right. There is no caffeine listed. I turn the can around and see this.
“Nope, sweetie. I have no idea why you feel weird.” *cough*
For Fall Break, after staying in Steamboat Springs for the night, we were able to head out west to Dinosaur National Monument. This is a FANTASTIC park that straddles Utah and Colorado. In fact, we lost track of when we were in which state. We saw dinosaur fossils; we got to touch huge dinosaur bones; we saw petroglyphs, and we camped at the end of a 14-mile 4×4 road. Our campsite was amazing, and the hikes we did lent themselves to once-in-a-lifetime views.
We had such a marvelous time.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is about 32,000 of them! (give or take an extra hundred for the captions…).
Click on the photos to enlarge, if you so choose.
And now for something more light-hearted. My husband has coined the phrase, “hoof-covers.” This makes me laugh every time I hear it. “CLAIRE! PUT ON YOUR HOOF-COVERS NOW, PLEASE!”
They are his generic term for appropriate footwear, especially when dealing with Claire.
How did this come about? Because the poor guy was tired of rattling off every possible type of shoe, before landing on the one Claire deemed appropriate. “Hoof-covers” indicates that he really doesn’t care WHAT goes on her feet, as long as they’re covered when we leave the house.
She’s very literal.
I have no idea where she gets it.
No, really. I thought I put it up where she couldn’t reach it.
The corn maze at Anderson Farms is one of our favorite activities to do when the days shorten and we slip closer to fall. This year, we’ve been invited to check it out in exchange for a review, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, here are some discount tickets if you’d like to check it out for yourself!
*Click photo to enlarge.
Guess what I’ve given up? Yes, it’s true. My husband found this one for me when we went to Pearl Harbor in June. Isn’t he sweet? *swoon*
But, yes. I’ve given up Diet Coke. I’ve been dropping peppermint in my water and guess what? After working through my stash, I’ve not purchased anymore, and I don’t even crave it. I’ve not felt sluggish. I’ve not had any headaches. No, REALLY. I couldn’t believe it either. (I’d given up all caffeine for two years when pregnant & breastfeeding, so I knew I could do it…I just wasn’t sure how it would go this time around.)
My husband and Claire are still leery, but so far I’ve not had to dip into the Bail Money Stash at ALL. #Allegedly
I’m putting together a post about it, but I’m amazed. I’ll try not to hurt myself patting myself on the back. 🙂
Oh, and for the record, I can’t stand coffee and never drink it. So, this means I’m officially caffeine free in the beverage dept. Yeah!