Hello, Lovelies. I know you probably thought I disappeared off the face of Kansas but, alas, I am still here. Thought I'd share some randomness from my brain today. I have big plans for lots of blogs but no energy for them today! So without further ado..here are my random thoughts...
1. My sister, Rockstar, takes the most amazing, beautiful, gorgeous photos ever. I love that they are not too posed and natural. Like this one...
I cannot tell you how much I heart this picture. It is the epitome of the joy that exudes from my children.
2.On the same subject, I cannot wait for part two of that photo session...the whole family and me and Doc together.
3.If you haven't checked out the Four Sisters Farm blog, do. Our cousin, "Hollywood," just finished her first marathon. She had some amazing motivation for running. It is a wonderful two part post on her story!
4.Speaking of running. I have accomplished something I NEVER thought I'd do. I ran 8 miles a few days ago. I'm training to run the Turkey Trot 10 mile race. My sisters and I ran the 2 mile Turkey Trot in the past. You can read about it here. Seriously, I think I'm in better shape now than I was in High School. Unfortunately, when you are thirty-three and in great shape, it is almost too late. The stretch marks and cellulite show no mercy. But it feels good to be fit and healthier anyway. By the way, keep Pop in your prayers. He was training last week to run it with me and tore his calf muscle. He has to get an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of the tear. Hopefully it is minor.
5. Bub and SG turned 6 and 4 last week. I kept thinking about how incredibly grateful I am that Bub is around to celebrate another birthday after our trip to Colorado this summer. I am so thankful for this little boy and being able to experience his wiggly tooth and adventurous spirit!
6. We celebrated with a Camping Birthday Party! It was a blast! We ate hot dogs, roasted marshmallows in the woods and made s'mores and then we watched a movie in the backyard after dark. What a memory for the kids!
7. My desk is a hot mess. There are papers and junk piles as far as the eye can see. My closet is awful, too. BAD. Poor Doc. These are two areas that I share with him, the office and the closet. I'm glad he loves me anyway but it is even annoying to me to look at. Better put those at the top of my to do list.
8. Speaking of things to do...Lou is going to have to start washing her own laundry. The sheer volume of clothing that this family runs through in a week is astounding. I am buried. It's about time I had a little help here. Time for a lesson in taking responsibility for our own things. (Because judging from my closet and desk, I am SO VERY GOOD at being responsible for my own things. I guess I'll be trying a little harder to be a better example in this.)
9. That makes me wonder, am I really irresponsible or do I just put myself last? I don't know. I think it depends on the day. But my kids are always well taken care of, have clean clothes, food to eat and my house is USUALLY fairly picked up (last week excluded). I think I stay so busy with those things, that I put my stuff at the end of the list. And sometimes Doc's stuff ends up there, too.
10. Speaking of getting things done and organized...I have got to get on it, Christmas is right around the corner. Really. I am going to get things in order and ENJOY this season.
11. Has anyone else been feeling overwhelmed with stuff and the thought of more of it at Christmas? I really like the idea of Samaritan's Purse. I think our kids are old enough to really get that we have been blessed far above the average person in this world. Just being born in America puts us ahead of the game in almost every aspect of life. Maybe we'll buy a goat...How else can we make Christmas more focused on Christ instead of gifts and hoopla? Any ideas?
Talk amongst yourselves. I have to get Lou to gym class at the Y! Let me know if you have any good ideas about Christmas.