Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mother - Son Adventures

The hubby wondered why I was doing so much this weekend, "Are you dying or something?"

"Not that I know of." I replied.

But, let's get real.  We will all die one day.  One thing my parents taught me when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Sacrifice to make dreams come true.  Did we take extravagant trips to Europe?  No.  Did we eat caviar and lobster?  No.  What we did do is this....We did not wait until "one day".  Little did I know as a child my mom did have a limited time to live.  My dad didn't dwell on it.  He said YES alot.  We rode bikes, looked at flowers, ate a wonderful Easter breakfast in Nashville, TN, went camping, and enjoyed family and friends.

After having a few rough weeks at work, I sat at my desk and decided a few things.  1) Don't stress.  It will only make me sick.  2)  Every job has the same type of headaches.  So, roll with it.  3)  Do something for yourself.  4)  I need a vacation.

With 2 kids in preschool, a vacation is out of the question.  So, I decided the next best thing.  Have fun at home.  Since the hubby had classes to take this weekend, I was going to make good use of some memberships we've invested in and live it up this weekend.  I did not care if the kids ate candy.  I did not care if they didn't eat all of their food.  I did not care if they had well balanced meals.  Sure, I bought a overpriced toys in the Aquarium gift shop.  I said YES a lot.

I partially did it for them and I partially did it for myself.  Life is what you make it.  We choose to be busy and not smell the roses.  We rush through life or just go through the motions.  I want to create happy memories for the boys.  Sure there must be rules.  But, my dad showed me that sometimes you can throw caution to the wind and eat ice cream instead of lunch.  Say yes more.  Give lots of hugs.  Take lots of pictures.  Show your kids how happy YOU are so they can grow up to be happy well
adjusted adults.

There will be more to this story as time moves along.  Until then, the kids are happily resting with full stomachs dreaming of Nemo and fire engines.

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