One of the things those of you that have been following me know is that I have been trying to work on living the moment to the fullest. This is not something that comes easy to me as, I am a very detailed scheduler and often miss out on things because it isn’t on the agenda.
While out grocery shopping the other day, this book caught my eye. I took it off the shelf opened the front cover and read the first poem.
First I was dying to finish high school and start college.
And then I was dying to finish college and start working.
And then I was dying to marry and have children.
And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough so I could go back to my career.
And then I was dying to retire.
And now I am dying…
and suddenly realize that I forgot to live.
So I splurged on myself and spent $13 on myself because this book combined something I needed and something I loved.
When I was a little girl one of my greatest desires was to be a ballerina, unfortunately when I was 3 years old I suffered a significant injury to my left leg and according to the doctor was not allowed to dance. That is part of the reason I enjoy watching my daughter dance.
Daily Progress 2o minutes at a rate of 4mph.
Being a teacher, I know that teachers invest a lot of time, energy, emotion, sweat, etc. into their students and that often it goes unnoticed and unappreciated. So I attempt to be the parent to my daughter’s teachers that I think I would like to have in my classroom. The problem is that like every thing in my life I tend to do it to the extreme.
Because of that, I think my daughter’s teachers tend to fear that I don’t think they are doing a job that I am happy with. When in all honesty nothing could be further from the truth. So in the new way of healthy living that I am trying to maintain in my life, with the start of this new school year, I am trying to take about a 1,000 steps back and be that typical classroom parent.
We are 21 days into the school year and I have only been to the classroom once and send 2 emails- one to let her know that I was changing how my daughter was going home and the second to find out if I could place a book order online.
No elliptical or jog tonight due to open house.
Today’s Journey – 30 minutes elliptical
Today we celebrate the life of Granny, remember the memories, and lay her body to rest.
Walked another 3 miles.
Today is Parent’s Day according to my Chick Fil A calendar. When I saw that, I began to wonder what is Parent’s Day. So to trusty google I went (How did we live before the Internet?) to find out what Parent’s Day is all about. Here is what I found:
Many Americans are unaware that our nation has a new day of commemoration called Parents’ Day. This is good news for America’s parents and families.
In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents’ Day, a perennial day of commemoration similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”
The establishment of Parents’ Day was the result of a bipartisan, multiracial and interfaith coalition of religious, civic and elected leaders who recognized the need to promote responsible parenting in our society and to uplift ideal parental role models, especially for our nation’s children.
Since the creation of this annual day of commemoration, local faith communities, elected officials and activists throughout the nation have creatively launched many activities around the theme of Parents’ Day designed to celebrate and strengthen the traditional, two-parent family.
The National Parents’ Day Council does not envision Parents’ Day to be yet “another” day to honor parents, but rather a day when parents honor their children and the God-centered family ideal by rededicating themselves to manifest the highest standard of unconditional true love.
Courtesy of: http://www.parentsday.com/#about
I have been doing quite a bit of reflecting on my parenting. There are many things I do well according to those who have seen me interact with my child. But there are also things that I need to improve. The first priority for me to work on in my life to be better in my child’s life is the ability to relax and have fun. I have always struggle with this and desired to be the best of everyone. Not focusing on my own personal best but the best of everyone in the world. I have begun to see this in my child’s life and realize that not only am I modeling it for but I am demanding it from her without meaning to do it. So my first thing to work on is to is about focusing on your personal best and having fun not competing about everything. Let’s see how this goes.
As far as my journey to a half marathon….today I walked 3 miles.
Today at 1pm, Granny, the princess’ 96 year old great-grandmother, left her earthly home. What a wonderful woman she was and she had a love for quilting. Not only will her memory live on in the 2 quilts I have from her, but the princess was also privileged to be given her own quilt when she was 2. Not looking forward to having to tell the princess when just 4 months ago her Papa Richard passed away.
Go Rest High On That Mountain
Songwriters: Gill, Vince;
I know your life on earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren’t afraid to face the Devil
You were no stranger to the rain
Go rest high on that mountain
Son your work on earth is done
Go to Heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son
Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
Wish I could see the angels’ faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing
As far as my progress, I enjoyed a 3mile morning walk.
Started the morning with another sunrise jog. Did the first mile of 60 second jog/60 second walk in 11:52. I then walked another 2 miles.
Wanting to have a fun-filled summer day; my mom, my grandma, my best friend, my princess,the princess’ friend and I headed to the bowling alley. We had a great time bowling two games, singing to radio Disney, dancing and eating french fries.
After bowling we grabbed a bite to eat at Pizza Hut. Then spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool pretending to be mermaids and diving for jewels.
What a wonderful day! Can’t wait for summer school to be over so I can spend every day like this.
Today’s jog using 60 seconds jog and 60 seconds walk-1.5 miles in 16:49.
Wanting to continue to push forward, I welcomed the morning with a jog at the park. Much happier with my time of 11:47 for the first mile. I didn’t do a second because I knew I would be doing a lot of walking that afternoon at Animal Kingdom.
What a wonderful day! My parents, my grandma, my princess, my BFF and her prince loaded up and headed to Animal Kingdom. Yes it was sweltering hot, but what a wonderful family time we had.
The princess, the prince, and my BFF.
My 85-year-old grandma.
I consider it a tremendous blessing that my precious princess has the opportunity to make such fun memories not only with me and my parents but also with my grandma. it is an opportunity not many get to enjoy.