Life with the Wild Things

Just another mom of 2 boys in a house full of energy!

Life is too Short – Enjoy it while you can November 3, 2011

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My dear friend Keasha sent this to me today.  I felt it was worth posting.

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut
back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gas up and stammer, ‘I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain’ And my personal favorite: ‘It’s Monday.’   She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches … We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a
spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now …. go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to… not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry-go-round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ‘How are you?’ Do you hear the reply? Have you ever rode a motorcycle through the country on a twisty road on a cool bright day ?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi’?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift … Thrown away … Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

‘Life may not be the party we hoped for… but while we are here we might as well dance!’

Enjoy this day.  I plan to!


Why don’t we take better care of ourselves? September 19, 2011

As moms, we are worried about everyone else.  We obsess over all the little details around our house, the kids, our husbands or significant others, our parents, our brothers and sisters, our friends, our work.  But what about ourselves?  When do we worry about our own health and well-being?  This weekend I noticed how on edge I have been lately.  Snapping at the kids, worrying about things beyond my control, not sleeping well, not taking breaks, not exercising, not eating correctly.  This morning I woke up and the weight of it all hit my so hard.  I did not sleep well… I don’t think I slept at all last night.  Between sinus issues, my 5-year-old climbing in bed and kicking me in the back for 4 hours, an upset stomach, and the list goes on, I realized that I was completely rundown.

I am no different from any other mom I know.  I think this weekend the constant go go go finally caught up with me.  I had the hardest time getting out of bed and preparing the kids for school.  This is very unusual for me.

So I am taking the day to rest and rejuvenate.  Nice hot bath, cucumbers and tea bags on my tired eyes, and sleep to soft music.

While thinking about what I could do to relax and rest, I found this video.

Remind you of anyone?  Me, you, your girlfriends?

So, before this happens to us, I am going to try the 12 week challenge for a BetterU from Go Red for Women.  I want to be a healthier me…for me.  Not for my husband, the boys, my parents or work.  But for me.  Because if I am health and I feel better, then everyone around me will benefit too.

Want to try the challenge with me?  It’s easy to sign up, it’s free.  You set goals that apply to your health risks.

Let me know if you do and how you do.  I’ll keep you posted on mine.


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