Thursday, April 30, 2015

Multi Children Errand Champion and One Time Balance Achiever

My UP fitness band tells me that I walked a total of 10,839 steps today exceeding my daily goal of 10K. It's a rewarding feeling before going to bed, that's for sure. I didn't even have a chance to carve out time for an actual walk so I pretty much spent the entire day in constant motion.

Like most days I lay here feeling thoroughly exhausted after all that the day has brought me. Getting older is never more clear to me than in the late evening hours when I'm actually crampy all over. I'm one geritol away from bitching when it rains. Or maybe this is normal for 40 year olds. Who knows?

Today I,

--Woke up to Chance and Indy snuggled in tight between Eugene and I.  My two year old lover woke up in the middle of the night (because he knows I'll come get him)  and I went running like the total SUCKA that I am. I can't help it, our midnight rendezvous will be over before I know it. So for now, this love affair is in full force.

--Smiled at how helpful Chance was at folding clothes. He put so much effort into folding them and was so proud of himself and his helpfulness around the house lately is really, really sweet. But then when he wasn't looking I refolded everything because I have control issues. 

--Knocked off a FOUR store challenge with Chance and Indy which is pretty impossible considering one was a pet store and one was Costco, both of which could easily add 30 min to your overall time if you're not careful. But we did it dammit and I made it back in time for Mia's poetry jam at school.

--Watched with love and admiration as my girl Mia read aloud her poetry to a room full of classmates and parents. She's so, so special. Her kindness and old soul is something I just can't live without. Everyone needs a Mia in their life. 

--Brought Bella to her First Communion prep (it's this Sunday) and carefully listened as Father Mike spoke to me about being a good example for my children. He described to us (with such detail) about a few childhood examples where his father showed honesty, virtue and love for his family. These moments stuck with him his whole life well into his priesthood and it reminded me how every choice I make is watched and learned by my children. And I tell ya, it got me thinking a whole lot. I thought about the example I've set so far, about how I sometimes fail my kids and how I could be better in the eyes of the church. Darn Catholic guilt, gets me every time. But I also reflected on what a great job Eugene and I are doing teaching our kids kindness, loyalty and responsibility. This Sunday is such a big milestone for Bella. I'm thrilled for her to begin this new journey and mental note, seeing your daughter in a white dress and veil is quite the moment.

While I don't need a number of steps to remind me that my day was fulfilling, it's comforting to know that I've achieved something today both physically and spiritually. Achieving that balance almost never happens to me.

Be the example.


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