Sunday, December 29, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I lead a largely conformist life. It was how I was raised - learning to stroll through antique shops as a child with not so much as a shatter of porcelain. This has allowed me to climb the steps of success throughout life - completing grades 1-12 in school, getting my diploma, and then after finishing all that was instructed asking myself, "now what?" "Where is my next direction coming from?"
My parents said that at 19 I needed a job with benefits, so there became my focus. What are the duties? The environment? I don't care - does it have benefits? Sign me up!
Now 13 years later and with three kids I am still in the industry with benefits. I am good at practicing the professional norms - being quiet when appropriate - smiling when necessary and grumbling behind closed doors. How can you despise the job that pays your bills from day to day, when at the same time keeps you in the cycle? Without creativity there is no real change. The change to not need that dollar each day.
The battle is not always won by the slow, steady and predictable, but with change, courage, chance and risk. Did I really need benefits at a healthy 19 year old age? Probably not. Has it paid my bills? Kept a roof over my head? Hell yes! But has it also kept that same roof over my head, never changing...conforming to the rigor of routine...drowning out my own creativity with the intimidation of other's accomplishments? My answer is yes.
One vision at a time from now on. Too many is too much right now. Do the best at enjoying today, be genuine, surround myself with genuine, and study Chinese.
I have a plan to escape, to shake things up, to get out from under that roof, to show my kids the value of their own lives. This is not a dress rehearsal.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
"I am sitting on my sandwich." proceeded with... "I ate my butt." "You are poopy!" "Big Belly" (My 2 year old about his stomach) "I am sorry I make you old mom." (my son) "You make yourself old." (my daughter) "Momma I love ya." "Love you too mom."
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
A lot of people are going to be lighting off fireworks. It is a fun pastime in our house, though lately we tend to keep it to simple fountains and sparklers.
1) Do not light the sparklers while holding them all together (Vince learned this firsthand....or soon to be no-hand lol)2) Have the kids give at least 6 feet of space in between each other. (Per my pic above I did not follow this rule. Needed the reminder myself : ) 3) It is preferable to light the sparkler while the child is holding it as opposed to handing them a lit one. 4) Make sure that the kids wear shoes 5) Do not hold a child who is holding a sparkler 6) Remain standing, and do not throw them 7) Have fun and take pictures A lot of these seem simple, and they are but it just takes one time to ruin an entire holiday. Let's just say as much as I am sad for my hubby's hand I am glad it was his and not one of my kids. Have a safe and happy Fourth. Enjoy!
Monday, July 1, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013
This weekend after the kids went to swimming class we were heading home, and there was a homeless man on the side of the road holding a sign across the street from us. It is nothing new to see them, but I had a hard time shaking it, because it was going to be close to 100 degrees, and he had on a long sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans. I couldn't help but think that he had to be hot. I got onto the freeway to head home, but had this feeling to drop off a bottle of water. After trying to shake it off I swiftly turned onto my last exit of opportunity and bought two bottles of water, and turned back around. When I dropped them off I noticed that he had a dog with him that I hadn't seen and held back tears. It makes me appreciate being able to give my kids food to eat, and shelter from the heat.
On a lighter note the kids got their first slip n' slide this weekend. Once we got it up and running they were having so much fun! It brought back memories of my siblings and I when my only responsibilities were dish duty and homework. I find it hard to get out of mom mode, and just kick back and have fun, so...I took a ride on the slide. My daughter had a stunned expression on her face when I told her that I was going to do it. That told me that I need to let loose a little more lol! The first attempt was pretty comical as I would run down the yard while clutching the blue float pillow that they provide to cushion the blow, and then I halted right before the slide. What the heck?! I couldn't look that stupidly scared about going on it. After 2 more attempts I did it! It was pretty fun, and surprising liberating. I don't know if any other moms out there will understand. I only noticed later the weight and age cap printed on the slide. Oh well :)