Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Don't take yourself too seriously

§  I stopped at mile 6 on my Sunday long run to take care of a little "business", when I discovered that my shorts were on inside-out: black shorts with white crotch liner.
It reminded me of several similar incidents: the time I wore my skirt backwards, the time I wore two different brands of shoes (and two different colors) at the same time. It made me think of a friend who likes to wear her Zensah tights backwards. Often I am too serious. Things like this are good for me; I need a little reminder now and then to "lighten up" and enjoy life!

§         Friday night (last weekend) I ran my first trail race. Ever. 
It helped me to go into it with the mantra: It's a trail race; pace is unimportant. 
The mantra was even more helpful after the race. Again…this was the perfect chance to NOT take myself too seriously. And I might have overrun the course. Just a little bit. But it felt good to have bark dust flying in my face for a while and act like someone who really knows how to race on trails.

§         After the race my dad took us out to dinner. His restaurant choice? Sushi Island, a restaurant with a moving belt of sushi.
Now I LOVE sushi and could easily eat my own weight in rice, raw fish and seaweed, but I had not figured that my kids would do the same. To add to the fun, it became a game of pulling my three year old off the conveyor belt as he tried to snag every interesting new plate that whirred by. I got extra portions when he managed to snag a few plates, took one bite off each, and decided he would rather have edamame.
Busted: Sushi Snatcher
§         Shortly after eating 17 plates, my seven year old announced, “They are MEXICANS, Matthew!!!” when a nice couple walked in. (late edit: I need to express that we are in no way racist in our home. I don't judge others by their ethnicity, skin, religious beliefs, income. I am raising my children the same way, but since they hardly ever leave the home- anything different is something worth shouting about. I didn't make a bid deal about this situation, but I did tell my son that you can't shout things like that because unless you ask, you can't be certain of someone's heritage.)
He is completely intrigued with other cultures and also used his opportunity to practice his “Chinese” in the Japanese restaurant. We don’t get out to restaurants very often. It was a nice treat and another great opportunity not to take life too seriously.
Thanks for dinner, Dad. J

Some gratitude

My five year old. Middle son. Lives in an imaginary world and  I love him to pieces!
  • I have an 8 gallon crock, and a 3 gallon stainless steel pot filled with vegetables that will soon be pickles. I love salt. Some of these might eventually make it into jars.
  • Really REALLY blessed to have moved within about 75 yards of my in laws and my sister in law and her kids. I wasn't sure how this was going to work out, and at times I have to hang a SLEEPING..DO NOT DISTURB sign on my front door, but most of the time I am just DARN glad to have some adult company and SIL pushes me to do strange things, like can apple pie filling (also known as heroine, or crack-in-a-jar).
  • My oldest will be performing in a local history play this weekend. He is cast as "Beaver 2".J  Not his first choice, but he has his lines memorized and we will all enjoy two nights of his dramatic flair.
  • We haven't been to church in over a month :( , but got to celebrate my son's baptism anniversary with the pastor who baptized him last August. I need to commit to helping him grow more spiritually this year. 
  • Lately I have been drawn to appreciate my kids a lot more. Often I am so task-oriented I see them as obstacles to what I need to get done, when in reality they are MOST important and should be at the top of my list. My husband is good at reminding me of this. I am grateful to have his balance in my life.
  • Related to the last one: I am trying to love more...enjoy the moments..not rush off to the dishes and dinner, or whatever else is waiting. I really enjoyed a good snuggle with my littlest this week when he decided to be my "foot warmer" and crawled down in the covers to wrap around my feet. It hits like a ton of bricks sometimes. What am I trying to rush away from?
Romans 15:4 
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

30 comments:

  1. It amazes me how kids love sushi. My oldest is SO picky but LOVES it. Both of mine do. Very happy about that!
    So glad living close to in-laws is a good thing for you!

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  2. This whole post made me happy. Such a sense of joy, fun, contentment, and appreciation.

    The shorts thing...I've never done that (yet), but it's such a me thing to do.

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  3. What a fun day! I have never run a trail race before but I think when I do I will need to have this same approach. It's hard not to focus so much on time or pace right now during this training phase I'm in.

    It looks like you are enjoying this time in your life and I need to remember not to rush the moments either. Snuggling with our little ones is more important than all that other stuff anyway!

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  4. While I've reversed my tops many times, the shorts is something I've never heard of! That is a feat!

    This post was hilarious-great read to start the day out:)

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  5. I'm not a sushi fan and avoid it as far as possible. My son is a real "copy daddy" child and so he also avoids it. He likes everything I like. :) I'm quite good at not taking myself too serious.

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  6. I can only imagine how much a three year old would like pulling the sushi off the conveyer belt more than eating it!
    I always need reminders not to take myself too seriously and life seems to always cooperate. Funny about the shorts. Glad you are able to slow down with the kids. I struggled with that.

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  7. That story about your shorts is so funny.

    So cool that you took your first dive into trail races. Now that I've done some of those I never want to go back to a road race ever again!

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  8. I am a task-oriented person as well and find myself telling my brain to shut-up and to sit back and enjoy the moments alot too!

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  9. LOVE the inside out shorts, that's pretty special :D

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  10. I just read your post about the trail race--that sounds like so much fun (we never have bark to run on out here--just lots of dust! :^) ) and I'm so impressed that you run so well with those high schoolers!

    I'm just like you as far as rushing off to do dishes etc. and not just spending time with my kids. Now that they are in kindergarten I try to sit with them while they eat their after-school snack and just chat about their day. This school thing is a whole new routine!

    Thanks for the encouragement on the heart rate training! Everyone who's done it swears by it, and the fact that speedy is you among them makes me feel very optimistic.

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    1. The afternoon snack is a great bonding time. Thanks for that idea :)

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  11. Sounds like you are having some great family time. That is so awesome!

    Funny about the shorts and shoes. I once drove a half hour to work, noticed I had two different shoes on, then drove home to change. I was not happy, but it's funny now.

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    1. Ha! I would NOT find that funny.

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  12. Ahhh, Romans...a very enlightening scripture!

    Your boys are edible...and so lucky to have you as a model and guide! sometimes I wonder if I don't take myself seriously enough...something for me to think about!

    doing well...I will get a post out shortly...I don't know...I don't seem to have the words in me lately...

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    1. Edible!? Like ham? heh.
      Hoping you are finding some words soon. :)

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  13. Life is so much easier when we don't take everything so seriously.

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  14. One time I wore my shirt inside out to work and didn't notice it until the day was almost over. Embarrassing! It did make me laugh though. It goes good to not take everything so serious sometimes. You need to live a little!

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    1. Hah. At work!! Better than splitting your pants though :)

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  15. OMG, trail running is so hard! Good for you! Did you wear anything backwards for the race? Before my husband and I got married (and I started doing the laundry), he never matched his socks. He just threw them all in a drawer and grabbed two randomly in the morning!

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    1. Your husband has a GREAT idea here. As soon as my kids wear all the same size socks I am incorporating this!

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  16. Oh my! I love the story about the shorts. That is hilarious. I see so many similarities between us. I too need to sit and enjoy. I sure would love to sit down with you someday over a cup of coffee...that or run some sort of crazy relay together... :)

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    1. Oh. I would love coffee with you! Maybe the relay too. Maybe a relay to coffee?

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  17. i need to laugh at myself daily, agreed. And it doesn't hurt to laugh with others too. Love that verse.

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  18. The shorts thing is hilarious. It's good to be able to laugh at yourself. I need to work on that one.

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  19. I like your mantra, mine will have to be "it's only a run, pace is unimportant".
    Nice story about shoes and shorts.
    Japanese restaurant. I would starve. I am so complicated with the food.
    Beautiful photo of a little superhero!

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  20. I am cracking up at the inside out shorts, and the loud Mexicans comment. :) It's definitely good to remember not to take ourselves too seriously! Hope you're all enjoying the long weekend, and adjusting to the new school routine!

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  21. Your "sushi snatcher" is adorable. LOL at the wearing your shorts inside out!! This post had me laughing like crazy!

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  22. Hahaha, made me smile about the shorts. In a good way, though...laughing with you :). I've worn two different shoes to work before - I did a post about it awhile back. Too funny. I think that's what makes life interesting :).

    We never went out to eat much when my kids were little either so they always thought it was such a special day when we did. One time one of my boys (about age 2) stood up in the booth and looked at the older couple behind them and they were having some sort of dish with peas. My son said, "Mom, the old guy has some little balls." Oh kids!!

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  23. Oh Raina, we are SO on the same page!! I too get VERY distracted with 'what do I need to get done next??' that I fail to see that it is ok to stop and 'smell the roses' a lot more often than I do =) I am all about cleaning and organizing and trying to make things feel more peaceful around here by my DOING things for my kids (such as cleaning and cooking etc) instead of doing things WITH my kids...I have realized I am always chasing a 'perfect' when it comes to how I FEEL my house should look and be and that 'perfect' will NEVER happen, especially in a homeschooling house with 5 very active kiddos =) Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone! =)

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