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Saturday, August 18, 2012

What a GREAT day today!!! Up at 8am and I was ready to get moving! It was one of those days where you wake up and you just think, "I will not waste this day! There are so many things I want to do!"

Took awhile to get around and get my physical therapy done and get dressed, etc. Made a breakfast smoothie and slowly sucked that down. Around 11am, I was ready to head out the door for a nice, long walk with my 6 yr old. I realized it might be pushing the envelope going for a long walk in my boot, but it was a GORGEOUS 54 degrees outside and the sun was shining. I refused to miss out on that glory!

So, we stocked my hydration belt with water and some of those Powerbar Gel Blasts and embarked on our journey.

Originally, we set out to do 6 miles. However, she's one of my steps is two steps for her. It's a long way for little legs. And look at the shoes she is wearing.

This is Elayna's imitation of a runner in the Olympics getting ready to run. I like the perspective of the sidewalk behind her, which looks like it goes on forever and ever.

I have to say, Elayna is my....unique child. She's quite gifted and also over emotional. She says the most random things and, most of the time, she says them with an inflection that is so grown up, you could just laugh out loud. She's devastatingly smart and has a great sense of humor. Spending time with her and listening to her thought processes is truly a delight! No shortage of laughter on this walk, I'll tell you that. She's also crazy curious and soaks up information and knowledge like a sponge. So, I took the opportunity to teach her as much as I could during our time alone together.

Along the trail, we happened upon this BEAUTIFUL fungus on a dead log:

I explained all about how it grew and Elayna made the connection between this type of fungus and moss (which also grows in cool, damp places). Smart, I tell ya!

We talked about limestone and fossils and geodes and snakes and foxes. Elayna (quite humorously) gave her opinion of every single biker and runner that passed us on the trail. We stopped twice to have water and Powerbar Energy Gel Chews. We talked all about hydration and fuel for a hard workout and explained why we don't just eat the gels like candy at home when we aren't working out.

Here are a few Elayna gems form today that made me giggle:

E: I can't wait to grow up and have a mansion!
L: How are you gonna get a mansion?
E: I'm going to be a billionaire.
L: Oh yeah? How are you going to get that much money?
E: I'm never going to spend any of my money. Especially not on crappy things!

L: There's a runner coming up from behind us. Stay on your side of the trail while they pass.
(Runner passes)
E: Mommy...she is not very fast. She's just jogging.
L: Just because she isn't fast doesn't mean she's not a runner.
E: Um, yes it does. Jogging is in between walking and running.
L: Well, I guess you don't think I'm a runner then. Because I run really slow.
E: *exasperated sigh* Yep. Mom. You're a jogger.

We had to take a little break mid-walk for some hopscotch.

Well, Elayna's bad shoes ended up giving her a blister. I ended up carrying her on my back for a little ways (not too much...but enough to realize how WRONG it looked for a woman in a boot to be carrying a kid on her back! Haha!)

All in all, my little girl hung in there for 3.4 miles! She didn't complain once and, when we were home, I read her all the stats from my HRM. 3.4 miles, 1 hr 45 minutes at 2.5 miles per hour. 9980 steps (for me...she must have taken about 18,000 steps!)

At home, we gobbled up lunch and grabbed the rest of the kiddos to take them to the Splash Pad.

This one is really in a strange frame of mind these days...I feel like she just can't decide between "being cool" and remaining a child, expressing herself and having fun with her family. Every time we ask her to do something fun or go somewhere, she just shrugs and says she doesn't want to go. Then, she practically cries as we leave her behind with her grandparents (even though we tell her over and over that we'd love to have her join us!) It's been so confusing to me (and her!) lately. I don't know what is going on in her head...but I know she is growing up and so much is changing in her heart and in her body too. I feel her moving further from me...and it's difficult.

She wasn't going to join us at Splash Pad but, at the last second, she ran out to the car begging me to let her come. She had so much fun with her younger brother and sister. Then, I took them all out for ice cream. It was just a wonderful afternoon - one of those golden memories that you take in and try to brand on your brain so you never forget this special time.

It warmed my heart so much when we walked in the house and she was singing to her Dad and grandparents, "This was the best day ever with my Mommy!" Then, she impulsively ran up to me and hugged me tight and kissed me on the cheek and said, "Mommy! Thank you SO much! That was so much fun! Thank you."

Predictably, I am EXHAUSTED now. But, it is a sweet happy exhaustion. Full of joy and thanksgiving. I have the sweetest kids on the face of the planet. Sometimes I look at them and I can't believe I MADE them. What a blessing to know these interesting little people. They drive me absolutely insane at times, but I wouldn't trade them for the entire world. Well....not today, at least.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ONEKIDSMOM 9/1/2012 7:01PM

    What a great day this was... hope you're holding it in your heart, as moments in time have a way of sliding by. How wonderful that we have pictures and blogs to share!

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MAMA_CD 8/30/2012 9:11PM

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DOTTY7267 8/28/2012 9:38AM

    Enjoy them!

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 8/21/2012 11:28AM

    What a fun and joyous read! Thanks for sharing your glorious day with us!

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SJKENT1 8/20/2012 11:37AM

    What a precious day for you and the kids. Hold on to these memories and remind yourself on the darker days. I love those commercials about foster care and adoption with the parents being geeky and weird and the words (can't remember the exact wordage but the general idea is that kids need love more than perfect parents)

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    Sounds like a wonderful day being a mom! We went on a 10 mile family bike ride today and had so much fun talking and laughing and encouraging each other. We definitely have to embrace every opportunity we have to connect with our kids. Keep being a great mom!

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KIPPER15 8/19/2012 7:08PM

    What a wonderfully special day. Enjoy :) emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 8/19/2012 5:23PM



That's what family times are for

have a GREAT week

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FALLNTENN 8/19/2012 1:59PM

    What a wonderful day it must have been. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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MSTWOMOONS002 8/19/2012 1:51PM

    Hi Leah;
Thank you so much my dear heart new friend for sharing your blog, it made me smile and made my heart pound. As I read it and allowed myself to remember when my girls were little all the fun things we'd do together& then my 4 grandchildren, ahh lovely memories just can remember them too often as it makes me sad that I no longer have them in my life.
My Mother in law told me as the girls grew up to enjoy them I did I enjoyed everyday, every play at school or game, all the girls at all the sleepovers we'd have, the car loads of kids going skating. They grew up way too fast, but somehow my grandchildren grew up faster and I miss them all so.
Thank you for warming my heart, treasure your children while you can they grow up so quickly.
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CINDHOLM 8/19/2012 1:18PM

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FLATROSIE 8/19/2012 9:36AM

    An interesting perspective on a mom's thoughts about her kids. They are truly different from each other so it's nice to see you observing and embracing the nuances.

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HEALTHY4HIM 8/19/2012 7:53AM

    Beautiful, Leah! I remember well the intense joy and satisfaction that came from a day well spent with my younger kids! It gets tougher as they get older...those simple, golden moments seem to be fewer. Kudos on recognizing and enjoying, my friend!
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/19/2012 7:18AM

    wow thankyou for taking me on your walk, it brought back wonderful memories of my boys, I had a curious one and a crazy unique curious one.
Thankyou your children are beautiful!!

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SLIMLEAF 8/19/2012 6:08AM

    I don't have any children.

I'm glad you are enjoying yours.

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LIZALOT 8/19/2012 2:20AM

    Totally agree with swede_su! what a wonderful day with them all.

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LINDAK25 8/19/2012 2:13AM

    Sounds great! Reminds me of my grandson! Wouldn't it be nice if you could just freeze those moments in time and come back to them whenever you wanted to?

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SWEDE_SU 8/19/2012 12:46AM

    you are one lucky mommy, and they are very lucky kids to have a mommy like you!

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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/18/2012 11:25PM

    Awesome!!! WTG!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 8/18/2012 11:14PM

    What a great mom - what a great family.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/18/2012 10:04PM

    Times that you hang onto for the tough times, when they are whiny and throw their coats on the floor because its too hard to hang it on the hook. Times when y'all are stir crazy in the middle of February and you've been breathing each others air for just too long and the tension snaps like brittle icicles.

Hold onto these hopscotch memories. Too soon they fade into adults....

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TISTEN23 8/18/2012 9:45PM


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SHERYL_B 8/18/2012 9:18PM

    What an awesome day!!!

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4RASCALS 8/18/2012 9:18PM

    The best way to spend your day..

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PEGGYO 8/18/2012 9:00PM

    sounds like a fun day

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    Great blog and sounds like a good day!



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ZANNBEE 8/18/2012 8:46PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

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RUNNER12COM 8/18/2012 8:09PM

    What a crazy wonderful day you all had. I love it!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/18/2012 7:58PM

    What an active day!

Lovely children you ahve!


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ERICADAWN1986 8/18/2012 7:39PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. It sounds like an amazing day. I don't have kids myself yet but I work with families/ children and it makes me so sad how sometimes parents get so lost in the day to day that they don't even notice how amazing their kids are and how fast they are growing. How wonderful that you could pause for a moment to make some precious memories and even more wonderful that you could teach your little one about the importance of health... Even if you are "just a jogger!" Lol!

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WILDFLOWER521 8/18/2012 7:20PM

    It sounds like y'all had one of those days that will be remembered when the kids are older talking about how great their childhood was and how much they cherished those times.

My 11yr old DS doesn't know if he likes me right now or not. His moods are so unpredictable! I did score big points yesterday with him though when I let him get his hair cut like Justin Bieber, when he was done, he promptly started singing Justin'g song "Boyfriend." Bonus, the haircut was free thanks to JcPenney's back to school free haircuts for the month of August!

Congrats on the wonderful day and getting to share that with your kids.

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JUNEAU2010 8/18/2012 7:18PM

    What a wonderful day! Giving them memories that they will treasure and want to recreate with their children is a fabulous gift!

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MANDA2424 8/18/2012 7:16PM

    That's really great that you got out and walked as a family... how do you motivate your children? My son doesn't really like to exercise

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JENNNY135 8/18/2012 7:14PM

    The life of a Mom, glad you're enjoying every moment. Sounds like a wonderful day, love the pics.

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KBRADFORD88 8/18/2012 7:13PM

    FYI, My daughter has been acting like that too and guess what she just has to go. I only let her stay home on certain occasions because she and I will need this relationship very soon. Believe me it will be worth the frustration. She needs you more than she realizes. You are such a good mom to those girls.

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HEALTHY4ME 8/18/2012 7:09PM

    What a great day, what beautiful girls you have and such memories for you all. So great anytime that the nearly tweens want to spend time with us. My boy was more amendable than dd she wanted nothing to do with me, but now at 32 is much more agreeable. lol spent the day at her house she was hosting a wedding shower for her friend. We are invited to the wedding so I went along tot he shower.

Glad you had a great day.

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