Mirror, Mirror, Not on the Wall…

Someday I won’t be able to get ready without a mirror, today is NOT that day!

We are still in the process of remodeling our new home and completing the finishing touches on the master bath is low on our list of priorities.  After nearly 4 months of walking past the unpacked boxes I realized that I haven’t missed anything in the boxes and could get rid of most of it.  I love simplicity, but usually have a hard time achieving it- so that sure felt good!  The best part of the bathroom being on hold however has been not having a mirror for 4 months.  At 49 I often question what reality the mirror on the wall is reflecting, the mirror in my mind however faithfully reflects the way that I still feel and the complexion of my youth.  It has been fantastically freeing!  “Don’t take mirrors seiously, your true reflection is in your heart” author unknown.  At some point we will mount our mirror because I know there will be times that I’ll need it, but I still won’t be taking it too seriously…  😉

Today was freeing!

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Blading!

Someday I won’t be able to rollerblade, today is NOT that day!

Trying to think of something new to add to my workout regime I remembered that I love roller blading.  It’s been a while since I’ve been however and the second I put them on I realized that I certainly won’t be able to do this forever!  Balance has never been my forte and it seems to be getting worse with age for me 😛  I had a couple of sketchy moments, but was thrilled that I somehow managed to stay upright.  I’m going through some stuff right now, but am always able to find peace when I am exercising outside.  It always leaves me bursting with appreciation for my able body and for the moments that I let my spirit take the lead.  Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.” ~Marianne Williamson

Today was sketchy and peaceful!

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The Pot Calling the Kettle Black!

Someday I won’t be able to embarrass my high school aged kids, today is NOT that day!

My 15 year old daughter has been instructing me for days on what is and is not allowed during the photo shoot of her track team.  Whenever my kids told me not to do something in the past, I’d do whatever it was even bigger.  They’ve all become so gracious with me however that I do my best to respect their now rare requests.  I proudly made it through the shoot without incident.  I had a bit of time to kill before my daughter would be ready to go home and since running the stairs during their practice is on the “not allowed” list, I decided to go for an off campus run.  When I finished my run I saw a few kids doing the javelin while everyone else seemed distracted with their warm ups on the track; looked like the perfect opportunity to check throwing a javelin off my bucket list to me!  It’s much harder than it looks and I didn’t love it, but I am glad to have tried it.  Even though throwing a javelin wasn’t on her “not allowed” list and the remarks that she received from several kids afterward were complimentary (apparently I wasn’t as inconspicuous as I had thought), my daughter was not amused and I was banned to my car for a bit.  I think Rick Riordan was channeling my daughter when he said, “Have you ever notice how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?”.   On the drive home she informed me that I’m a lot of work.  Pretty sure that’s what they refer to as the pot calling the kettle black little miss high maintenance Jr.!  We were both laughing before we arrived home.

Today was seized opportunity!

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Bring on the Mud!

Someday I won’t be able to scale across muddy embankments, today is NOT that day!

For weeks my daughter has been begging us to take her to Cougar Creek to hike along the stream (and by hike I mean scale across muddy embankments on all fours and slide across slippery rocks on our bums).  I was having a hard time finding any appeal to this adventure, but it was the quote that this blog was founded on that finally convinced me to go for it.  I am blessed with an able body and I GET to chose whether or not to join her.  The thought of someday not being able to do such things suddenly made this adventure extremely appealing.  It got pretty sketchy, dirty and hilarious in the middle and then was dry, sunny and gorgeous by the trails end.  In the words of Jojo Moyes, “You only get one life.  It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”  I’m grateful for my daughter who joined me in doing just that today!

Today was a muddy delight!

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Her Pride is My Joy!

Someday I won’t be able to pass my “handy man” skills on to my baby girl, today is NOT that day!

My #4 is the tortoise to my hare, which makes things a real struggle since I usually run short on patience.  We just moved and she wanted a wood accent wall in her new beach themed bedroom.  This project could have been completed in a fraction of the time, but then my daughter would have a fraction of the pride and skills that she now possesses.  I’m constantly motivated by the words, “You can make excuses or you can make things happen.”  Struggling through my impatience is an easy trade off when it allows me to provide my kids with the skills they need to make things happen.

Today was a project well done!

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Oh It’s On!

Someday I won’t be able to answer the challenge of a race, today was NOT that day!

My 13 year old daughter and I were stopped at a red light in our minivan just minding our own business when another minivan pulled up next to us and started challenging us to a race.  What?  When did minivan racing become a thing?  Ahhhh yes, when college aged kids are driving their parents minivan. 😉  Being the veteran minivan driver I knew that neither van would be able to accelerate fast enough to do any harm so I decided play along and raised my rpm’s.  The light turned green and I gave us all a great laugh as I beat them off the line.  Adult life is heavy, sometimes letting go if even for just a moment is just what the doctor ordered.

Today was ageless!

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Bulls Eye!

Someday(soon) I won’t be able to beat my son in darts, today is NOT that day!

I’ll admit it, I like to win.  There is little that I can beat my adult boys at anymore though, so when the moment arises I take full advantage of basking in the glory.  Whether it be anything from a game of chutes and ladders to basketball, I’ve always made my kids earn their wins.  Not just because I like to win :P, but because I wanted them to experience the feeling of working hard to earn their successes instead of feeling entitled.  They say that “earning success gives it value”.  I also wanted them to know that the greatest victories don’t always come from achieving the “W”, but rather in living mindfully during the journey.  We play hard and laugh hard.  If they’re the best they win and if they’re not they lose; either way they’ve had the time of their lives and chances are they’ll play harder next time and beat me.  The older my 4 kids get the more I realize that my days of beating them are limited, but having them grow up better and stronger than me is the greatest win I will ever know.

Today was a Bulls Eye!

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