Blue hair …

Halloween. Four kids … none of them do anything typically.

Not. A. One.

One (OK, Sid) … even needed blue hair.

Because that’s what Alice in Wonderland looks like interpreted by this animator.

Blue. Hair.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you didn’t feel like “we’re all mad here”!!!

Ahead of the game …

I went to the beach today, which always makes me super happy. I love being down by the ocean this time of year because everything seems to glisten. I’m sure it does during the summer, but for some reason, maybe the cooler air, it just seems to be more … um … glisten-y-er. HA! The beach is also almost completely vacant of beach goers. The waves sound even more powerful to me. And the crisp salt air is intoxicating.

I love all of it. Sights. Sounds. Smells. Everything!

But today I saw one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen before at the beach … and it had nothing to do with the ocean whatsoever. Someone had a completely decorated Christmas tree in their window. COMPLETELY.

A CHRISTMAS TREE.

IN OCTOBER.

EVEN FREAKIN BEFORE HALLOWEEN.

I was dumbfounded.

A Christmas tree. NOW?!?!

… seriously, I was baffled. Still am. A Christmas tree. Hmmmm …

Well, I hope you all had a day where you found someone who was WAY AHEAD OF THE GAME!!!

I hope I don’t jinx myself …

I haven’t wanted to say ANYTHING. But here goes. I can’t believe how good my feet feel. I have had some minor aches and pains but with all the running I’ve been doing again it all seems to be … normal. OH. MY. GOD. OK, let’s not talk about it anymore.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you didn’t want to jinx yourself!!!

Warm and cozy …

I was out this evening and I felt it. Our summer nights have been replaced with cooler autumn nights … finally. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still not cold. It’s just more of a hint of what will soon be coming our way.

Well, I hope you all had a night where you were ready to get warm and cozy!!!

I shouldn’t have done that …

Um. I ran 14 miles today then I took Libs and Ree to the L.A. Arboretum. The run was needed (Well, not the extra mile I did because I miscalculated the mileage on a run I’ve done a BAZILLION times before). And the arboretum was as beautiful as ever. However. I’m not sure I needed to walk that much after not having run that much in almost two months … oh and the hills … let’s not forget the hills.

Oh.

My.

Aching.

Legs and feet.

Well, I hope you had a day where you don’t think you should have done that!!!

Growing away …

Today is Sidney’s 17th birthday. Typing that is just down right shocking. It’s absolutely unreal to me how fast time flies. But it does. I have been very lucky to have been home with all my children. I have virtually missed nothing of their growing up years. And for this I am truly thankful.

I have mentioned before that losing my mother so young made me focus on “staying in the moment”. I appreciated and continue to appreciate every experience I share with my children, good or bad. Those moments make up OUR story, never to be written the same way again. Raising my children has been my greatest joy in life. Nothing compares to this kind of love. And I’ve got it TIMES 4 over!

I realized something a few months ago, when Sidney passed the one year mark until her high school graduation. All of my efforts to help her (heck, all of them for that matter) grow and learn and become who she is now and who she is going to become in the future, all really translate into one thing.

Growing … away.

I have been preparing my children to live a life away from me. To not need me and to be able to rely on themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I will always be there for my children. If they need me, I’m there! And even if they don’t, I’m there! But this whole growing up thing really does mean getting them ready to leave. Albeit to start a wonderful life of their own, but for me at least … it’s all just a little sad.

I would be lying if I said this hasn’t proven to be a difficult process for me. It has. For months now I am thinking behind every outing, activity, and holiday that “this is a last of sorts”. A series of losses in the midst of realizing my first born baby is going to be a REAL adult in 364 days … and will likely leave for college even sooner than that.

As a parent you rear out of love and definitely in preparation of THAT DAY that your child will “leave” you. You hope that they will be strong enough emotionally and physically to take care of themselves. That you have prepared them to be independent and successful. I have no doubt that Sidney will take life by the horns and show it who’s boss. The MOM in me is excited to watch her THRIVE and KICK LIFE’S ASS! And trust me, Sidney is EXCITED to do so! But the MOMMY in me just wants to hold her baby girl in her arms … forever …

BIG TEARFUL SIGH …

Well, I hope you all have a day where you love someone so much that it hurts!!!

Something new …

A few days ago I had a conversation with a friend about how much there is, even a my age, that I don’t know. I don’t mean things like the entire Japanese alphabet or how to build a rocket ship. I mean the simple things in my day-to-day life. I was saying that when I ultimately stumble across new bits of knowledge I feel like life gave me a surprise. At the time I couldn’t give a good example of what I was talking about, but today I can!

Did you know that if you stack candy corn in a circle, layer after layer, it actually looks like corn??? I had no freaking clue! Yep. I learned that … TODAY! I’m 46 years old and NEVER knew!

WHODA THUNK?!?!

Seeeeee! It’s like a little surprise that life handed me! Nope, it’s not information that is going to save a life or bring world peace. But it did do something. It put a smile on my face 🙂

Sometimes it’s not about the big things in life that get you through your day. If you let them, the little things can mean a lot too.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you learned something new!!!

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