Thursday, January 17, 2008

Living at Break-neck Speed

It’s been a long time since I wrote a "real" blog entry. Here are a few of the reasons why:

It was the holidays. Kids home. Gifts to buy and wrap. Decorations to hang. Decorations to take down.

I caught a case of the January blahs. Not depression, just a little funk after having people home with me all day during the holidays. It really is hard for me to have everyone go to school and work. And yet, there is no lack of things to do here at home. Someone once asked me what I did with all my time now that my kids are in school all day. Truth is, I don’t have more time. And the same things need doing. I just don’t have a little friend to do them with. My advice is to savor having your babies at home. I did too much wishing away of that time in my life.

Life moves at break-neck speed. Bug is heavily involved in basketball. The girls take piano, and Beans is taking a pottery class. I’m on the district PTA board and also work with the student council at Lou’s school. (She’s on the council. It’s fun but also requires time and energy.) I have 2 ½ callings at church. I teach Gospel Doctrine every other Sunday, meet with the Activity Day girls twice a month, and play for the choir every week. (The choir accompanying isn’t official.) Laundry never stops piling up. Dinners don’t make themselves. Children need near-constant reminders to get their jobs done. Snow falls and needs shoveling. I have a dog that needs walks and more training. Exercise is a must.

I’m finding that I don’t feel that urge to write and share everything that’s happening to me. Life still happens, but I’m sharing more with my husband and kids. Hubby and I have recently discussed at-home moms, the number of callings women have versus men, financial goals, political leanings, Presidential candidates and the state of the Federal Government. Bug and I have discussed why some people swear, setting realistic goals, the importance of having fun. Personal hygiene and future make-up techniques are topics that Loula Belle is interested in. I’ve been trying to help Beans better express her feelings and we’ve discussed why that’s important. I guess I’m figuring out how to communicate what’s most important to me to those who are most important to me.

I’m writing more in my health and fitness journal. And then I’ve been re-reading what I’ve written as a means to better understand why my weight loss has been stuck for so long. I’ve also spent a lot more time reading and digesting everything that crosses my path on health and fitness. I’ve realized that reaching my weightloss goal isn’t a selfish pursuit. A healthy momma is a happy momma. Plus, I figure that I can better serve the Lord as a fit woman. When Hubby and I hit the years where we can go on a mission together, I don’t want to be held back by health problems. So I’m living in the NOW but planning for a healthy future!

I’m also trying to put Elder Dallin H. Oaks’ conference talk into practice. I’m evaluating what’s good, what’s better, and what’s best. Don’t worry. I’m not going to stop blogging completely. It’s part of how I get my journal writing in. When my blogging slacks, so do my journal entries. I’m trying to find balance.

My girls both got new WebKinz for Christmas. For the uninitiated, children can now buy plush toy animals that come with a web access code where they can virtually play with their pets. This is my girls’ favorite activity lately and has eaten into my own computer time.

I believe naps are important.

1 comment:

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Ah! Naps. I love naps. I started an early morning paper route in early December and I sleep from about 9pm to 3:15am (on a good night) EVERY day. I am slowly adjusting, but I always want to stay up too late . . .

Those rare naps are precious gifts.