Two things at once …

I woke up unusually early this morning. Too early to justify starting my run. Somehow I managed to fall back to sleep and I overslept by an hour. OY. I’m not sure if I should be happy that my body took the sleep it needed or if I should be totally bummed that I have to run in the heat.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you do two things at once!!!

Pretzel sticks …

When I was little girl I had a favorite salty, crunchy, and snappy snack. And every time I reach THIS level of soreness in my training, I think of them.

Well, I hope you all have a day where your legs don’t feel like pretzel sticks!!!

(Runner) crying like a baby …

I’ve been operating on sore muscles and tired legs this week. WHIMPER. And sadly, hill training was on my running schedule this morning. WAH!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t cry like a baby!!!

Happily living in denial …

Today my little girls start school. But with Reese in 4th Grade and Libs a senior in high school I realize that there is something that I should probably no longer hide from … my babies aren’t babies anymore. But ya know what? I’m going to do it anyway.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you live happily in denial!!!

The happiest person EVER …

Last night I spoke with my son, George, for the first time since he left for Europe four weeks ago. We have been texting daily but we had not talked. I mentioned calling a few times but he’s been very busy and with a 9-hour time difference, it’s been difficult to find a time that worked for both of us. I think delaying our first call probably worked out best since it really allowed him to get settled and adjusted into his life there without me bugging him, HA! Quite unexpectedly, last night things happened to fall into place so that we could talk .. and it was EVERYTHING this mama’s heart needed! YAY!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel like the happiest person EVER!!!

I’m back and happy about it …

I took a few months off from writing. Well, I guess I was still writing just not the way I usually do and I didn’t publish anything. It’s the longest break I’ve taken away from my blog since I started it. And although a break was much needed, I did miss it terribly. This blog has very much become a part of me. The daily hope and silliness I seek to write when I am “here” is so valuable to me. It’s a habit that is now hard to break. And that is very good thing.

This summer was all about possibilities, opportunities and change. So I guess I just felt I needed to give myself some time to feel it, figure it out and to grow with it. To put it mildly we have had A LOT going on over here. For starters, I took and completed an herbal apothecary class that I needed to keep up my Nutrition and Wellness Consultant Certification. I absolutely loved the class. I learned SO MUCH. I couldn’t wait to personally add and implement the things I learned into my lifestyle. It definitely took up a chunk of my time but it was well worth it!

We also had a busy summer getting my son, George, ready for his year abroad. He left for Europe a few weeks ago and he’s settled into his dorm now. He’s enjoying the language and cultural summer program he’s enrolled in and will start his university classes in a few weeks. He has made some nice friends and has been able to do some day trips already. I am so happy for him! But as wonderful as all of this is for him, it’s been really hard on this mama’s heart too. I miss him HUGE and the worry is like NO OTHER. But like I always say, there is nothing more beautiful than watching your child chase their dreams. BIG SIGH.

Our summer wasn’t going to be complete without a few visits from my oldest daughter, Sidney. Luckily she had some time before her summer classes started to hang out with us. She lives in the Bay Area full time now and when she visits it’s always a whirlwind. We pack so much in when she is here that it’s shocking. I need at least week to recover when she leaves, HA!

Anyway, we also took a few small local trips for fun and a big trip back East to do some college visits for Libs. That is another season that we are in … again. This is my third senior year as a mom. It’s a time filled with an abundance of heartbreaking LASTS and exciting FIRSTS. Libs has a lot on her plate with school, tennis and performances this next academic year. I hope that she enjoys this time and savors every moment. I know that I will. History reminds me that this will also be an incredibly busy and unpredictable season with the completion of college applications, acceptance letters and decisions to be made. It’s a roller coaster to say the least. Libs has worked hard (this may be the biggest understatement I’ve ever written) to open doors for herself. Now I put my faith in God to decide what doors He will allow her to walk through. As a mom I’m ready for whatever opportunities come her way and I trust that God’s plan for Lib’s future will be good and that she will end up exactly where she needs to be.

On top of all of that I had some big decisions to make this summer about Reese’s schooling. At times, schooling for my typical children was hard to maneuver through, but having a child with special needs, I find that I put a whole different level of pressure on myself. I am so worried about making a mistake. This little girl deserves the best. MY BEST. I am her voice and I am her advocate. Responsibilities that I do not take lightly. As a social worker I typically feel like I know my stuff. I confidently move forward with my decisions once I think I have finally done enough research and had enough meetings and consultations to make the best ones for her. It’s getting to that point that makes for a stressful process. It took months to work out, but plans are set for the next three years and I feel good about them. Thank god.

So between ALL of that, birthdays, holidays and LIFE, I felt that my focus was needed elsewhere. And a lot of elsewhere-s at that! But as usual I severely underestimated my need to write daily. Be it a brief blog entry or a long journal entry, I need it. Writing is the creative outlet that nurtures my brain and my heart equally. I forget how much I process my world and my experiences through writing. And along with running and yoga I find that it’s part of what keeps me happy, healthy, growing and thriving.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are back doing what you love!!!