Thursday, August 31, 2017

Take good care of them

we are a full week back to school now, they even have already had their first day off!  im that mom who is sad when summer is winding down, for lots of reasons, but this summer i just didnt want it to end.

i like having them home
i like the later nights outside
i like snuggling in bed with them late at night
i like movie nights
i love not making lunches

but most of all, i love that i have always had one of my kiddos in the car with me going to work each morning.  this summer, that all changed.

now they all get on a bus, the oldest one gets in a CAR, not driven by me!! my youngest little bucket o sunshine is now gone all day in kindergarten. it  

she oh so confidently got on that bus, not a care or worry.  not a single butterfly in her belly.  it helps we have the best bus driver on the planet.  seriously, miss tracy had a heart attack the week before school started, but still rode the bus the first week so the kids would know she would be there, she couldn't miss the first day! she truly loves the kids, hugs them each morning and cries the last day of school. 


now, i know, i know, she is more than ready, she needed the structure, she wants to learn, she is outgoing, helpful, kind and absolutely ready for kindergarten.

the teachers are amazing, kind and patient.  the staff just awesome.  but it is just something about the fact she is not just a building over, that peace of having her right there near me all day.

i always say, change is hard, i know this!  change is good!  she was ready for the change and has embraced and jumped right in with the change to kindergarten.  away from the comfort of teachers whom have been with her nearly her whole life, who know her quirks and triggers, but i also know her new teachers will do the same and they all have the most exciting times ahead.

i will always miss the days of them being home with me though.

so take good care of my kiddos, of city schools.  keep my kindergartner loving school, carefree and outgoing.  keep my 4th grader sassy, smart and silly, keep my boy engaged and carefree and keep my first born smart, level headed and strong.  you have them for the larger part of their day and i will do my work evenings and weekends.

in less than 180 school days i will be back on break from lunch packing!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

unfollow - social media affect

ugh...why does this hurt so much.. not just the unfollow itself, but when others tell you they have unfollowed.

for example...   i followed someone on social for awhile, i liked her posts, her content interested me, she sparked joy.  what started as me reading each post, over time moved to me reading about half the post, then skimming through the post, read maybe half the post to eventually just scrolling by.  then one friday, (yes, i do remember it was a friday, more to come on that.)  i just felt i had to unfollow.  so i did.  later that day i was chatting with my work bff and told her:
'i had to unfollow xxx.'
now my super compassionate, feeler work bff just said:
and shrugged it off.  i apologized to her, as she is a huge fan of xxx and she proceeded to tell me in her always so wise way:
'you don't have to apologize to me.  people bring different perspectives into your life at different times.'
my work bff is super, super wise, inspiring and smart.  we then parted ways, as it was friday (see...there was a reason i remembered it was a friday).

i then moved through my weekend, but this conversation with my work bff kept popping into my head.  it was one of those things i couldn't shake and i was feeling bad.

maybe i was too harsh
i shouldn't have even told her
why do i always say so much
learn to just shut up

i was feeling bad.  i almost texted my pal, but decided to wait to talk to her first thing monday morning.

monday morning came, i marched directly into her office, gave her a hug and told her i was sorry.
'good morning, why are you sorry?'  my ever so compassionate work bff says.
'i was harsh, i should have never just blurted out i had to unfollow xxx.'
she proceeded to tell me i was (still am) crazy.

a few weeks later i am teaching my insanity class.  my friend tells me:
'sorry liz, but i had to unfollow xxx, i was so sick and tired of him taking selfies in his underwear.'

'oh' my reply.
but i gotta say, it kind of stung a little bit.  i almost felt like she was telling me she unfollowed me and my feeling was a little hurt.  my first reaction was to respond, defensively.   my head instantly went back to my conversation with my work bff, this is how she felt!
so i replied with:
'you don't have to apologize to me.  people bring different perspectives into your life at different times.'
the wise words of my dear friend came right out.

whats my point?
there are 2:
  • surround yourself with good people.  just like you are always told.  good brings good, kindness brings kindness.  keep that good karma all around you, all of the freaking time.  keep those good people around you all the freaking time, it matters. 
  • don't let social media affect you like that.  as with anything, interests change.  something may not appeal to you any longer, people evolve and change and people and content are brought into your life to move you through that period.      

i had that app on my phone that would tell me who starting following me, who unfollowed me.  needless to say, but that app is gone...unfollow.

Friday, April 28, 2017

athleta top 5

friday!! so im linking up with oh hey friday or better yet, for my oh hey friday im talking my top 5 athleta picks.
i love athleta, shocking.  i have been a gap girl most of my life, back in the high school day when i wore rugby shirts, button downs, long sweaters, all in size xl.  i actually wasnt a size xl, but in the 80's-90's oh xl was so so popular.  the bigger, the baggier the better.  now i probably am an xl, and maybe should be wearing that size...but that is for another post. athleta is gap, so it just makes sense it is my go to for not only fitness clothes, but just cute stuff!

and bigger bonus...i get to teach insanity there!  every weekend my local store, crocker park, offers free classes.  it is great because you can try out all different types of workouts and then shop...ummm win!  did i mention the class is free.  so just when you think you may fall over from exhaustion, you look around and see those cute tights you want to wear, or that bathing suit hanging in front of you and it keeps you motivated to stay in it! check out your local store, i betcha they have classes too.

tomorrow morning i am teaching insanity, so pumped for that!  i love sharing my insanity love, and more so love motivating people with a great workout!

so for my oh hey friday 5 i am sharing my top 5 athleta hoping to score these over the next couple of weeks.

1//  lets just start off with the toughest one...swim suit.  i have so much trouble buy bathing suits, that is until athleta came along.  i need actual bra sizes for a top, the girls need to be locked in and held up, it is a full time job.  i mean even the description of this top says it all.

BRA-SIZED SUPPORT. Underwire design with molded cups lifts and supports the girls like individuals

thank you athleta designers, thank you!
and to make it even better, you mix and match, so you pick the style you want for the top and bottom. i just love those blousy tops and so many options for bottoms,  that makes me and my areas that need to be covered, very happy.

bathing suit shopping, not bad, almost enjoyable.  if/when my arms look like these, it will even be more enjoyable!

2//  i am also a big fan of these rashguards.  um, not for the reason that they are named after, i am not diving down deep into the ocean.  my use for them is as a cover up.  super cute to keep everything in only to be taken off when i am strategically placed in my chair and properly prepared to lay in the sun.  read that as ensured everything is in place prior to the rash guard coming off.  they make it more like a sporty outfit, win/win.

3//  im a huge fan of athleta dresses.  i have a few and love them.  so comfy, great fit, nice and cool and super cute.  you can dress them up with heels and jewelry, or just throw it on to run out.  i need to try this one on, nice and breezy, flowy, summery, comfy.  everything i would dream a dress would be and more!  now i just need somewhere to go in it.

4//  i may have picked up this sweatshirt a bunch of times.  i may have petted it, and it may just be the softest thing ever.  it may just be time for me to break down and take it home with me.  if i did, i may just hang it up and look at each day and pet it. im not is so super soft!

5// wearing these babies tomorrow, i have already snatched these up and cant wait to test them out.  these salutation pants are the  they hold it all in and stay up!! that is key, it drives me out of my mind when i have to keep hiking my pants up during a run or workout.  i know the people around me appreciate it when my pants stay up too.  again, thank you athleta designers, thank you.  and the mesh and the cute cut out...i just love it!
i must add, these are all practical purchases i plan on making.  i mean, staples, that i can have for an extended period and i will get tons of use out of them.  again, win/win.

what are your must have's?

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