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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Creating a Haven of Peace and Play!

Someday I won’t be able to work in my yard, today is NOT that day!

A day off from work and our ridiculous number of uncompleted remodel tasks (especially considering we haven’t even unpacked our bedrooms yet) seemed ludicrous.  The weather man was finally calling for no rain though, so to not grant myself a day off to tend to my new yard was simply out of the question.  Nothing can deter me when it comes to making an outdoor haven for my kids to find peace, play and make memories in!  Not my fear of heights, not the vast amount of vicious thorn bushes and certainly not my to do list.  The pain in my arthritic wrists had me periodically pausing to appreciate my body for everything that it was able to accomplish today, knowing that someday I won’t be able to do such things.  Sarah Ban Breathnach wisely said, “All we have is all we need.  All we need is the awareness of how blessed we really are.”  I love rainy days for making clear days feel like a joyous occasion and I love my aging body for making everyday moments feel like a victory.

Today was a labor of love!

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Houston we Have a Problem!

Someday I won’t be able to be a hard worker, today is NOT that day!

I had my work area cleaned up and organized and was ready to tackle my first tile job.  Everything was hunky dory until I had to dig into the bucket of mortar and then it was all “Houston we have a problem!”.  (My husband’s name is Tom not Houston and I didn’t even know he was in the house, but thankfully he came when I yelled that and helped me out of my mortar disaster so I could continue).  I’m quite certain God was feeling feisty and had a good gut laugh after he decided to mix anal perfectionism with messy disaster to my ingredients.  These conflicting traits of mine increase the job difficulty factor by at least 50% I bet.  Nonetheless, when I have a job to do I put my nose to the grindstone and lose all sense of pain, time, hunger and usually or rather unfortunately common sense 😛  I get in so deep that whether it’s safe or practical I will find a way around any obstacle in my way.  One of my favorite quotes comes from Babe Ruth, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up”.  It’s usually a circumstance rather than an opponent in my case, but when something is important to me I will not give up until I beat it.  That provides a feeling of exhilaration that overpowers my sore knees and muscles every single day.

Today was a messy victory!

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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks!

Someday I won’t be able to apply the lessons that I’ve learned, today is NOT that day!

“The past is where you learned the lesson.  The future is where you apply the lesson.  Don’t give up in the middle.” Jesse Joseph.  It wasn’t until today that I realized how many lessons my fool self gives up in the middle on.  I started painting our new laundry room as I’ve always done in the past, ignoring Tom’s warnings to first cover the floor with plastic.  After wiping up a dozen drips in 5 minutes I decided to pull myself out of the middle and apply the lessons I’ve learned from the many ruined floors of my past.  Taking the time to properly cover the floor was torturous for me and I was quickly reminded why I normally don’t take the time to prep jobs before I do them.  A few minutes later as I was painting the ceiling I got the extended handle of my roller stuck in the full bucket of paint.  I flipped it over to wipe it off and ended up painting not the floor, but the plastic covering the floor!  Okay lesson you win, you were worth applying!  I ended up literally covered in paint from my head to my toes, but the floor is clean as a whistle 🙂

Today was a lesson worth living!

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Adventure Trumps Mud!

Someday I won’t get to spend New Year’s Day adventuring with this awesome crew, today is NOT the day!

I’ve heard it said that adventure starts where plans end and that was certainly the case for us today.  Our plan was to take the girls for a hike on one of our favorite trails; the adventure however began when the girls ditched our plan and took us off the trail and into the shoe eating mud and muck!  We found an enchanting gazebo and a super cool pole spring apparatus.  We got what felt like frost bitten fingers and snailed on(snow and hail combo).  Some of us crossed a log bridge and some fell off the bridge and into the water.  We slid down embankments and got cut by thorn bushes.  Basically we had all the makings of a grand adventure and giggles galore!  After a late night of ringing in the new year I could’ve done without the muddy bevy of boots and dirty dog, but taking adventures while I’m still able trumps worrying about mud every single day.

Today was an awesome adventure!

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