Proving my love … 

After this one NO ONE will EVER question my love for Libs. Not. Ever.

Libs wanted to cycle at the gym tonight. She had never cycled on a stationary bike so instead of going to pilates and yoga tonight we decided to cycle and run instead. I would run my miles while she cycled hers.

Now if you know me, this speaks volumes on how much I must love my child.

First off, I can not stand doing my runs at night. I am just too wiped out from my day to even go there. Not gunna even try. Nope. And there is only one thing that I hate more than running at night. It’s the treadmill. Day or night, I loathe that thing. LOATHE. Combine the two and then add in the hellaciously hot humid sweaty air in the gym and I am pretty much in hell. Yep. HELL.

But … I would do anything for that kooky kid.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you prove your love!!!

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A breath of fresh air …

There comes a point in the California heat when I am disgusted by breathing regurgitated air conditioner air. I want open windows and air that hasn’t been streamed through a machine. Today for a brief moment that day came. We opened all the windows and as short lived as it was, it was wonderful.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you got a breath of fresh air!!!

Get this thing out of my mouth … 

I brush my teeth a lot. No. Really. A LOT. I literally get out of bed and brush them. I can’t handle life with out brushing them first. Then I brush them again after breakfast. And if I’m home, I brush them almost always after every meal. I also brush them right before I leave the house, on most occasions. Then one last time before I go to bed. I know. That’s a lot of teeth brushing. But hey, I could have freakier habits. OK, I have a few of those too, but we can discuss those on another day. Today it’s tooth brushing.

Anyway, I mention all of this because I usually change my toothbrushes about every two months. I say usually because today something weird happened. I used my toothbrush and it felt … odd. Very. Ew.

Because I change my toothbrush every two months I don’t ever really wear them out. But today, my toothbrush did not feel right in my mouth. Like suddenly all the bristles had gone awry! And I only discovered it once it was in my mouth. This was not pleasant. Nor were the thoughts that ran through my mind as I struggled to make sense of this nonsensical toothbrush. Did someone (Sid) mess with my toothbrush??? Is this MY toothbrush??? And if it is, oh my god, what happened to it??? And WHEN??? Did I overuse my toothbrush one too many times and it just went bonkers??? I gotta say the whole experience creeped me out a little … but … now I have a new toothbrush 🙂

Well, I hope you all had a day where you were happy with what was in your mouth!!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart …

I got the two messages below from WordPress today.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my one year BLOG-iversary than with all of you helping to change the world to a better place for Reese and the entire Down Syndrome community. I have said since I was pregnant with Reese, that she would change the world in great ways. And boy oh boy has she ever! It is through her love that I find my strength to stand up and advocate for change. She is my reason why. I love her and until my last breath I will be her voice. Thank you all for the love and support you give me. I have enjoyed this journey with all of you and I look forward to sharing more HOPE-FULL days ahead ❤️

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Stopping, looking and appreciating …

I knew when I was walking (not running of course) home from the gym at 6:45 this morning, that this day was going to be rough. And it was. I had locked both sets of keys in my car. A new one for even me.

My day just got better from there (note sarcasm).

A few hours later I was in complete hysterics when my credit card was denied. OF COURSE, I had to think the worst, believing that we had been hacked, robbed, and anything else I could think of. Well, after about an hour and half of craziness it all boiled down to me not activating my new credit card. Um … my bad.

What else happened you ask? Was there more to my “rough” day? Heck yeah there was more!

My H-Crew and I were cut off and almost hit by another car on the way to school this morning. I found a hair on my breakfast plate … after I ate the entire thing. And NO it wasn’t mine. GUH. And as luck would have it, my credit card was declined paying for my hairy breakfast (see my above mishap). AND because my day was THAT GOOD, I managed to impale my bicep on a wood chip that somehow managed to become imbedded in my jacket sleeve. WHAT. THE. HECK? And NO, I didn’t make into the New York Marathon this year. BIG SIGH.

BUT … something else happened too. Something happened very early on that made this awful day … well … not so awful.

Something or someone (God, the Universe, what or whomever) told me to stay aware of the beauty that surrounded me. Now don’t get me wrong, I try to do this every day. But this was such a strong feeling I knew I had to do something more bold than just giving it a head nod and an “oh yeah, of course”. So I decided that wherever I was, no matter what I was dealing with, and no matter how crappy I felt I was going to look for flowers.

FLOWERS???

Yep, flowers.

And WOW, did is see a ton! BEAUTIFUL, COLORFUL, WONDERFUL FLOWERS! And they were everywhere.

I’m pretty sure that if that little voice/feeling/whatever hadn’t been present so earlier on, that my day would have ended much differently. For some reason I was given a gentle reminder that I should try to see the beauty in this world even when I didn’t want to. Wow. I. Am. Blessed.

So, was my day rough? Certainly. Were there things to be thankful for? In abundance. Is tomorrow a new day to start fresh? ABSOFREAKINLUTELY.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you stopped … looked … and appreciated!!!