Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Week in the Life {Tuesday}

The story of Tuesday begins at 5:45am with the singing of my alarm.  I’ve been establishing this earlier-than-I-care-to-wake-up routine over the past several weeks in order to get in some time on the treadmill.  The story of today begins with making the right decision (getting up instead of hitting snooze) and knocking out another day on the Couch to 5K program.
The story continues upstairs, where I find both boys up and chatting on the couch.  I encouraged them to play downstairs so they wouldn’t wake Ruby or Brad.  They obliged.
The story of today moves along at just the right pace, with the morning routine coming together at just the exact moments they’re supposed to.
And then intermission.  And Scene 2 takes a unfortunate turn.
The story of today includes two boys who let the sillies go too far, who forget the importance of listening, and end up getting scolded.  The story of today includes consequences.  Today’s story does not include video games.
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Today’s story includes sorting and putting their own laundry (socks and undies) away, not as a form of punishment, but because it’s their job.
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The story of today includes putting on the finishing touches
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and crossing that project off the list.
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Our daily story includes all the things that we hear  - her post-nap babbles are at the top of the list (my camera was focusing on the door instead of on her, which was not what I wanted…but I kind of like the way this turned out).
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The story of today involves strawberries and bananas, a lovely combination.  And more Cheerios.
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The story of my everyday is her and me and getting to spend this time together, just us.
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The theme song to our story is provided by the farm.
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The story of today includes a wardrobe change, books,
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and lounging together to read.
The story of today includes leaving the regular home routine behind and spending a bit of time at school.  I starting volunteering in Drew’s classroom this afternoon and realized how much I’ve missed it (I was in Drew’s kindergarten class weekly but didn’t volunteer last year (aside from holiday parties) because of having had a baby).  The story of today includes being involved and getting connected and sharing in the school experience with my kids.
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The story of today includes this scene, one I see every school day around 3:20.
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She adds her fair amount of personality and charm to our every day story!
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The story of today encourages us to enjoy this time - to be free and relax and play and not let the clock have so much authority.
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The story of today is the story of the last little bit of beautiful fall weather we’re forecasted to have for the foreseeable future.  The story of today says “look up” and see the beauty in all that God has done.
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He sees the beauty.  And collects it.
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The story of today is one of expressing interest and wanting to help and being patient and willing and teaching and learning.
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And broccoli.  Because that’s what the Chef-in-training requested and prepared.
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The story of today includes practicing math skills - problem solving and trying hard and thinking harder and being challenged and wanting to do more.
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And play.  I hope there is always time to play.
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The story of today ends together, comfy in bed, reading, praying, and saying “I love you.”
Thoughts about Tuesday…
I’m feeling pretty pumped about the progress I’m making on the Couch to 5K program.  Every morning when that alarm goes off, it’s a mental battle to convince myself to get out of bed and get it done.  It gets easier with each passing day, but I can’t say I ever look forward to it.  But - in the end, I always feel good (and sweaty and gross) and am so glad I did it.
Our mornings can be some of the toughest moments of the day.  After the blow-up this morning, I took a deep breath and encouraged all of us to press the restart button.  A bad morning doesn’t have to turn into a bad day.  And it worked.  Moods almost immediately began to change for the better and indeed, our day progressed much much better from then on.  I need to be more conscientious about “restarting” all of us when things begin a little rough.
I know how fortunate I am to have a husband with a fairly flexible and fluid schedule so that I’m able to volunteer at school.  Super grateful for this.
Tuesday’s favorite moment…
I loved getting to experience a bit of second grade with Drew.  My heart swelled seeing how his confidence and leadership has grown in the last year.  He is a great role model, and a good friend, and it is very clear how hard he works as I watched him in his school environment.  So super proud to be his Mama. 

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