July 2009


This mom does not like messes. I do indulge my kids–playdough, mud puddles, roasted marshmallows, ice cream cones, popsicles. But I cringe with every second.

Popsicle brand has now introduced Slow Melt Popsicles.  “. . . a touch of gelatin makes the fun last longer than our regular pops!”

Longer?

MESSIER!!!

Do they not realize that the longer it takes something sticky to melt, the higher the odds for a bigger mess? What group of mothers did Popsicle survey for this bright idea? The box should include the disclaimer “Popsicle waives responsibility for clean up.”

Now if Popsicle could create a “NO melt” popsicle, they would have more friends than they can shake a stick at! (Ha! No pun intended.)

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Jacob: My secret identity is a super hero. I have lips that can stretch to outer space.

Mom: Why do you need lips that stretch to outer space?

Jacob: I might want to kiss God.

This is how life is supposed to be: Ordered . . . But what fun would that be?

This is how life is supposed to be: Ordered . . . But what fun would that be?

This is how life with Jacob and Zachary IS . . . Now that's fun!

This is how life with Jacob and Zachary IS . . . Now that's fun!

I just experienced 5 Minutes of the most wonderful kind of Peace.

The near 3 year old fell and cut his lip AND bonked his nose. Blood. I layed him down on the bed to comfort him (and stop the blood flow). Zachary was quite calm and quiet.

Big brother came in to check (making progress there). I felt that Zachary was going to fall asleep. I asked Jacob to go to the living room and wait quietly. He did (more progress).

I lay with Zachary, stroking his face and chest and “shhhing.” After about 5 minutes, Zach was alseep. It was so sweet to lay by my littlest boy (who soon no longer be a baby) and coax him in to quiet sleep. Thank you God for sending me this right when I needed it.

Zacahry has not napped for over 6 months! (And the other boy stayed quiet.)

Week 1, Day 3 Again (July 12, 2009)

Alright people. I admit it. I am definitely a couch potato.

Today I jogged the first 3 rounds of jogging–ONLY. I walked the rest of the way.  Again, I do not think this program is design for us true couch potatoes.

I just can’t  do this thing! It’s ok though. I feel good about it. I will walk for a while. Which is more than I have been doing. I’m getting out there and doing something. That’s good. I feel better about it–it’s not a chore, and I’m moving.

Thus, Iwill not write about my walking experience. That’s not too funny! When I am up to the Couch Potato program, I’ll try to pass some humor your way. Maybe I can encourage you and together we can get healthy.

Week 1, Day 3    (July 11, 2009)

Today I made it 8 minutes! I’m supposed to be improving.

I had to walk the rest of the way. I did walk. But I do admit, I had to sit down with 3 minutes left and 2 blocks from home.

Again today I was surpassed by a senior citizen. And who sweats on the TOP of their wrists!

This program was not designed for couch potatoes. I think I’ going to die running up one flight of stairs! I am so pitiful. I am not even average or normal. What can be lower than a couch potato? A couch? Maybe I better enroll in that chair yoga class! Uff da!

Week 1, Day 2 (July 8, 2009)

After completing day 2, I lay on a park bench recovering. I look up in to the tree leaves. Soon the leaves begin to flutter in an unexpected way. “Am I dying?” I wonder? The I see multiple little yellow butterflies twittering about. “Yep, this is it. I’m dying–I’m seeing heaven. And, I’ve gone to my death as a couch potato!”

But then . . . My vision clears. I realize that these are ordinary butterflies. My breath calms, as does my heart. I live to rise from the couch another day!!

Today I made it 13 minutes  & 10 seconds. It actually went ok. And only 5 minutes to recover! I think I will have to do Week 1 at least two if not three times! I CAN do it.

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