Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wordy Wednesday: Kindergarten

A few days ago, out of the blue, Four told me he wants to 'do kindergarten.'  By "do kindergarten" he means GO TO KINDERGARTEN.  Since then, he hasn't backed off that desire.  I've explained that he will have to be there ALL DAY.  I've asked WHY he thinks he wants to go.  His number 1 reason was to be around the other kids.  This makes total sense.  He is an incredibly social boy.  I don't think he understands, though, that there won't really be a lot of talking or playing with the other kids during school.

He also has a hard time not blurting out the answer when his brother takes even a second to answer something.  I can't imagine this is going to be a positive attribute in a classroom.  I'm worried that he doesn't understand the reality of this choice.  I've not said anything negative to him.  I did ask him if I promised him that we would do more things with other kids, if he'd want to stay home.  At this, he told me that he still would want to go so he could learn more things than I will teach him.  *dagger to the heart*

This last year has not been very successful school year.  We dropped a lot of activities, and daily school work because we had extra-kids here (my cousins,) and other family obligations due to my aunt becoming terminally ill and passing away.  He is newly 5 and has no way to understand the reasons things have been this way.  It's time to 'Turn Up!' and challenge him more.  Get him out of the house and around other kids more, and meet his needs.

Life throws us curve balls, we have to adapt and adjust.  I'm working on it.

**All of the above was written last Wednesday, June 11.  This next part is written Thursday, June 19**

I've amped up my game in the daily schooling area.  He seems much happier overall.  He's SUPER bright, and I think he was in all reality bored.  My fault.  I own that.  There isn't a lot going on on our social calendar right now since all of our activities have wrapped up for summer.  He goes to camp next month, and we've been hitting the pool regularly.  I've been looking at more classes for him next year (his brother has NO interest in any classes, if I'd let him quit his co-op he would.....the differences are astounding.)  He hasn't mentioned going to school since last Thursday, so my fingers are crossed.

I am not totally against him going and having this experience.  However, I don't think he has any clue what it will really be like, and I don't think it would be a good fit for him.  We'll see how this pans out!

Skinny Housewife: I'm a fatty.

This  post is to tell everyone that we ALL have periods like this.  I'm in one right now.  Normally,I have a very good body image.  I've worked hard, and I can see results.  However, we've had 3 birthday's in the last 3 weeks in our house, and the level of dietary sabotage has been epic.  I'm not even remotely close to being 'paleo' or 'primal' anymore.  So far today, I have ingested Cherry Coke, Cheetos, and M&M's.  It's not even 8am y'all!  No morning water like I would have started my day with a couple months ago.  No fruit.  No protein.  Just junk.  And, later, when I'm in a tremendous energy slump I'll be having a 'woah is me, I'm so tired...blah blah blah' pity party but the truth of the matter is:  I'm doing this to myself.  Other than my classes, I haven't worked out this week either.  In addition?  Aunt Flo is about 3 days away from a visit.  BOO!

So, when I stepped on the scale this week (for the first time in awhile,) I was not happy with the number.  It's at the high end of my 'range' (my range is a 10 lb window that I constantly fluctuate around in.)  The silver lining?  It's still in the range, at least for now.

I MUST get back on the horse.  I'm going to go pour myself a giant glass of ice water.  I'm going to put on my workout clothes, and I'm going to do day 59/60 (yes, I'll double up) of Bikini Body Mommy Challenge.  I'm going to sign in to My Fitness Pal and log all the crap I've eaten, and make better choices for the rest of today.  At the beginning of the month (for my 38th birthday) I bought myself a bikini.  I haven't owned a bikini in 20 years.  And, when I bought it I was happy with how I looked in it.  Since then, I haven't put it on ONCE.  The new goal is to be happy in it again by July 4.  That's roughly 2 weeks to undo the damage I've inflicted on myself for the past 3.  *fingers crossed*

I share all of this to tell you that all of us slip.  All of us have a time where we have to shake our head and put on our big girl pants and stop wallowing about whatever is going on in our lives, and just simply do better.  Today (and tomorrow, and the day after...and any day following a rough day) is a new day, a new beginning and a new opportunity to try again.  And that's really all you can do.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday snapshots

I signed up for this (Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon.)  140 days to train.  

Me, One, The Bestie, Two AFTER our Dirty Girl Mud Run yesterday.

One, myself, Two BEFORE the run.  "The Geek Girls" a parody on "The Spice Girls."  We are awesome.

Professional picture from Warrior Dash 2014!  Me, the fire-jumper.  I'm phobic about fire, so this is a big DEAL!

My buddy (The Bestie's other bestie!) and I at the finish line.  I'm both elated and freezing.

Two, the insect whisperer.

These are about to hatch in my yard!  There are 10 baby ducks (I can hear them cheeping THROUGH the shells!)  There are already 2 batches of ducks on the pond, we are in for a LOT of baby ducklings.