Today is Reese’s school Jog-a-Thon and she was SO EXCITED this morning. My little peanut loves to run. Which of course makes me incredibly happy. We haven’t done any formal training yet but when I see her run she has THAT look. To call it “freedom” is an understatement. To call it “joyful” doesn’t seem like nearly enough. It’s just so much more. I bought Reese new running shoes yesterday and this morning before we put them on her she stood next to them and started running in place. I totally GOT it. Yup, running. When it has you, you know it … and it feels incredible.
Well, I hope you all have a day where you run your little heart out!!!
We were all over the place yesterday. We started off with a relaxing morning at our hotel. Then we picked up some more things for George's dorm room and went to a nice lunch. We later headed into San Francisco to drop off some things at Sidney's new place and also for some fun. After an unusually late dinner we headed back to our hotel. We were all pretty tired from our day and George fell asleep on the way home. I was glad. He has a HUGE day tomorrow. It's not every day that you move into your first college dorm room.
Anyway, I realized that he fell asleep about 30 minutes into our drive back when his breathing changed. It caught my attention and I looked over at him. He was sound asleep and I was suddenly stuck with more emotions than my heart could handle. It was like my entire being was flooded with 18 years of memories. Memories of my precious baby boy who has now GROWN into an incredible young man. A man about to start his new life at college. A man about to chase his dreams. And it all seems to have happened in the blink of an eye. It overwhelms me. All of it. I couldn't be prouder of my son. Or happier. But I am sad for me. I am going to miss this kid. A lot.
I reached over and touched George's face as he slept. It has changed so much. HE has changed so much. I guess I startled him as he woke long enough to grab ahold of my hand. His hands are not the little boy's hands who held my mine all those years ago. They are a man's LARGE hands. My hearts wanted to scream out, "Who's hands are these? Where are my baby boy's hands?" But I didn't. I know who's hands they are. And it's all just so hard to believe.
George held my hand briefly before falling back to sleep. I continued our drive back to the hotel thinking about the years that have passed and the years that lie ahead. All that newness. But knowing in my heart that it's time. It's time for all this TREMENDOUS change. Life has brought us here. And this is where we must part (at least temporarily) and trust where God is going to lead us. Son and mom. Mom and son. Son. Mom. Wherever life takes us. THIS is where we let go.
Well, I hope you all have a day where you are ready for the next BIG thing!!!
Yesterday Reese was watching a movie on her iPad while I was making lunch in the kitchen. Reese still struggles with her speech but it’s really starting to improve. She’s combing more words together and her ability to articulate her sounds is becoming stronger. And yesterday was proof! While watching her movie I heard her say, “What in the world?!?!” It was absolutely adorable! She used it appropriately and appeared quite surprised by what she was watching. I loved it! I say “What in the world?!?!” all the time and my little peanut picked up not only HOW but WHEN to say it. This is pretty huge in Reese’s world and I couldn’t be happier! Oh and I’m pretty darn happy that I don’t say a whole lot worse than that when I’m surprised, HA!
Well, I hope you all have a day where you watch what you say!!!
When your kid puts themselves “out there”, leaving their comfort zone and taking a chance. No matter what the outcome, as a parent, you really can’t help but feel one way.
Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel proud!!!
Some days my kiddos just impress the heck out of me. Today G3 started P90X all on his own and Libs tackled her first day of tennis camp in this crazy heat. Neither tasks were easy to accomplish but they did it! Even after feeling the magnitude of the challenges they have chosen to tackle, both kids still remain eager to keep with their summer fitness goals. Gotta love their determination!
Well, I hope you all have day where you are proud!!!
What a day.
This morning I was visited by a bluejay. They always remind me of my mom. It appeared to have been attracted to some beautiful Breast Cancer ribbon pink wild flowers that managed to take hold on our front lawn. I can’t tell you how happy this made me. Especially being right before Mother’s Day. It’s like a little gift from Heaven.
Then this afternoon we received some great medical related news about Reese. Her neck stability and facial/cranial x-rays came back normal. This is wonderful on all sorts of levels but it basically means that she can ride roller coasters and do physical things that typical kids can. And the BIGGIE, she will eventually get past her feeding issues. There is no structural reason for her feeding delays. She just needs more time. And that is fine by me. Seriously, this one had me in tears. I am utterly relieved.
And then this evening I got to watch Sid do a presentation at the Digital Media Arts Academy (DMAA) Senior Night. She sounded so grown up and professional. The pieces she presented were stunning. She is so gifted and I am one proud mom.
Well, I hope you all had a very good day!!!
A few months ago Libs came to me and said that she really wanted to give running a try. I was happy, but I also told her that I didn’t want her to feel like she had to run just because Sid and I did. I reminded her that G3 gave it a try but after getting up to running 6 miles he decided NO MORE. We discussed other things she could do in lieu of running to stay active and healthy. But after our little talk she still seemed to have her mind set on it, and I was THRILLED!
As it turned out, Libs’ school has a fitness project due in the Spring and one of the options they can choose from is to run a race and write a report about it. So we picked a fun local race and registered her for it.
Well, that race is tomorrow!
Yep, tomorrow my Libs will be running her first 5K and I am beside myself with excitement!
Training for this race wasn’t always easy for Libs. She struggled on many of her runs early on. There were days when she didn’t like running, or me for that matter for pushing her. There were tears and anger on some runs. But as time went on she started settling in to her training schedule. And God love her, when I got sick and couldn’t run, she ran alone and pushed herself to faster paces! She really remained dedicated to her training and I couldn’t have been happier with her.
Libs and I haven’t run together in a few weeks now so I really can’t wait to get out there on the course with her tomorrow and see how it all goes. I am not 100% sure that running is Libs’ thing. She may or may not want to stick with it after the race. But I do know that no matter what she chooses, tomorrow I will thoroughly enjoy sharing every footstep of this accomplishment with her.
Well, I hope you all have a day where you are super proud of your kid!!!