Anyone who has seen the movie, Zombieland, knows the value of a twinkie in Z-land. I am not about to go out and partake in the joy of a yellow sponge-like dessert but I do see the value in Zombieland Rule #32 -- Enjoy the Little Things. Even though we are not in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, I do think this is something that is vital and important to our overall well-being. Simply to enjoy the little things. I am guilty of pushing the little things aside as much as the next person but I am truly working to make a point daily to notice and be more aware of the little things that make my life complete.
The taste and smell of coffee. Sounds silly but coffee truly brings me joy daily. I love being able to sit down with my laptop in the mornings, check my emails and sip the joy that is my morning coffee. The aromas and taste!!
Periodic text messages from Dave (who is traveling with his parents to his grandma's funeral) telling me that he loves me and misses me... and popping in with the occasional reminder how much his mom's driving scares him, lol! This makes me smile to know that no matter what, I am never very far from his thoughts.
An afternoon at the park with my little guy. A sweet little 4 year old who asks his mom on dates. I know that these times are not going to last forever and will be gone before I know it. It is my last year with any of my kiddos at home I am determined to enjoy it with him!! The fact that he always tells his mommy that she's beautiful melts my heart!!
The noise of my older son. He doesn't make a lot of noise but just the 'kid noise' he makes when he gets home. Shoveling through the Legos, playing with Crackers (the mischievous crocodile that he has as a toy stuffed critter), playing with his little brother, doing his best to annoy his big sister (which, by the way isn't very hard to do to a budding teenage girl). He is such a little boy on one hand but such a tenderheart on the other. He makes me smile and I am so proud of him!!
A sweet DD who, even in the midst of reminders that the teenage years are breathing down my neck, still knows how to share a tender moment with me from time to time. She texts me when she finishes up with X Country to find out how my day was, what's for dinner or to update me on her day (or at times, all 3). As much as she's becoming a teenager, she's still a bit of a mama's girl. I feel the tug-of-war from her on wanting to pull away from us a bit (as all teenagers do) and wanting to remain a little girl. It makes me want to keep the 'little girl' moments in the foremost part of my mind so it makes the stressful 'teenage angst' all the more easy, lol!!
A bath! Something I am going to do tonight!!! We've been without our tub for just over a year and I have to say that I am proud of myself for remaining patient over it. Something I am not always good at is patience. But I remained patient and that allowed Dave to do these things himself gaining us some extra money so we didn't have to pay someone to do it for us and being able to see Dave feel proud of the work that he did himself!! I am so going to lock myself away from the world with my copy of "World War Z", my lavender bath salts and a hot, relaxing bath!!!
So this is something that I am working on. Not always focusing on the big picture and taking time out from life's stresses to focus and 'enjoy the little things'. It isn't always easy to do in the midst of the craziness of life but something that I feel I need to do more often!!
Dave left with his mom, dad and sister early this morning and will be gone for awhile. I am going to miss him but look forward to some time with the kiddos and of course the game on Sunday. I do have a slight confession, after my 'scale tirade' of a blog yesterday, it got me to thinking about it and I cheated. I stepped on the scale. I did it with zero emotion but more out of pure curiosity as to where I am compared to when I started with IE. It was nice to see that the scale has dipped a bit but I can honestly say that I had no emotions one way or the other. It simply doesn't matter to me. I know that I remain healthy and at a healthy weight for my body type. I am continuing to be active and am sure enjoying the IE lifestyle. Don't get me wrong, I have no intention of getting back on the scale but satisfied a mere curiosity. Curiosity satisfied now and moving on.
I am off. Off to partake more on Z-land rule #32!! Happy Thursday all!!