Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Little Recognition Today!

Today we finished half of the necessary work we want done in order to have our dishwasher up and running. We had the plumbing hook-ups installed. Hurray! The plumber was here for quite a bit this morning and as the children played in their usual boisterous ways I found myself wondering if I should have warned him to bring ear plugs. When I mentioned that to him, he did say that he remembered that I did daycare so he knew there'd be kids running around. He did work for us on our water heater when we first moved in. Prior to leaving he told me that I had the patience of Job. I'd love to believe that, but unfortunately my patience is limited to certain people and situations. My patience with my kiddos during the day is okay most days. My patience in other areas of my life? Hmmmm...not so great, but it was a nice compliment anyways. He also told me that I deserved an award. Then he paused and thought for a second and said that I deserved several awards! I have to admit that made me feel good and smile. I have parents who are pretty appreciative of what I do. But I have definitely had run-ins with people who don't "get" what I do, that I'm not sitting at home with my feet up watching kids destroy my house five days a week. I've thought of all the things that go into my job and the list is quite extensive. I'm a....

boo-boo kisser
diaper changer
early childhood teacher
first aid provider
music teacher
program director
project manager
inventory specialist
marketing director
activities director
child development specialist
behavioral consultant
purchasing agent

...well, that's a decent start! ;) Anyways, it was just kind of nice to get that little boost today.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Current Happenings

There are so many things that I've been dying to write about, but I am seriously lacking in the time department. I will say though that life is much better lived interactively with my family, friends, and business than getting sucked into cyber world, which is so easy to do!

I tried a new book series and so far I'm liking it. The Number 1 Detective Ladies Agency by Alexander McCall Smith is the new author/series that I'm trying. I get nervous when it comes to series fiction. Sometimes I think writers get lazy when they have a money-making series, so I wasn't sure if this was going to be quality literature or junk. I've only read the first book and started the second and I'm really enjoying them. It's no Dickens for sure, but it's enjoyable and engaging.

I've been working hard at getting back on track with Weight Watcher's and overall motivation. I'm still working hard on the getting up at 6:00am thing. I'm getting better, but I miss a lot of days. I'm trying to not put too much pressure on myself to do this perfectly right away. Eventually when I'm getting up consistently I would like to see myself at the point where I'm consistently walking the dog every morning and consistently doing my yoga at least 2-3 mornings a week. I love yoga. I have discovered a new love - ZUMBA. I won't go on and on, but it's just lovely!

I've been taking my temperature constantly in order to gather data for my doctor regarding my thyroid since my TSH levels on my blood test were high. My next appointment is August 2nd and I wish it would get here already. I've suspected that I have hypothyroidism for quite some time. I was able to go through the symptoms checklist that my doctor gave me and check check check away. It's frustrating to know that there's something medically in your body working against your health and not being able to get properly diagnosed. Apparently, after reading around a bit, hypothyroidism commonly goes undiagnosed because many doctors are using dated levels for diagnostics. It's sad really, seeing all of the ways that an underfunctioning thyroid can impact health. Anyways, so I'm hoping to get the help that I need soon.

Boo is growing up so fast. I continue to be amazed by the gift that he is in our lives. It makes me sad to think that there are families where children are not appreciated and undervalued, where they are left to their own devices while mommy and daddy do whatever they want to do. I'm not saying parents can't have things that they own in their lives, but I think there's a healthy balance. I know that for myself I've been sucked into kiddieland in the past with no outlet for myself. This past month has seen huge changes in that area. I now attend a woman's group with people from my church on Thursdays and I attend Zumba on Mondays. Two nights a week to myself! Well, actually, Boo often joins me on Thursday, but that's okay because we walk as we talk, so he just rides in the wagon. But I guess I've always felt like my evenings belonged to Boo, since he shares me so much through the day. But the problem with that mentality is that I never did anything in the evenings because I felt guilty. The daycare business had its time and Boo had his time and hubby had his time and I had none. So I'm taking time for myself, just a little slice of time each week, so that I can be a healthier me for those that I love. And it's felt wonderful so far!

I really want to write a post commemorating Boo as he is now three years old. But there are so many words that I want to share and so many memories and so much love. I haven't had the time to think it out and put it down as perfectly as I can. I feel I need something that does justice to what a wonderful three year old boy he is. So perhaps in the next week or so I'll create a slice of time to share about my little Boo.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

On Tuesday I...

...went for a bike ride. It felt so exhilarating to be on my bicycle. It's been far too long. This year has just been odd. We haven't been riding like we did last year.
...practiced deep breaths with daycare kiddos.
...helped children explore their creative side using finger paints and blank paper.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

All About a Monday

I've decided that I'm going to try to post every now and then on positive things that I accomplished, sort of a self recognition thing I guess.

On Monday I.... up at 6:00am and walked the dog. I ran out of time for morning yoga, but being up and around was an improvement.
....resisted emotional eating during the day.
....resisted the stray thought that I should NOT attend Zumba. I did in fact attend Zumba. I'm glad I went. Rarely do I smile during a "workout class". I hesitate to even use the work workout, because this class is so far removed from the typical aerobics scene.
....stayed within my weight watcher's points

Weight Loss Challenge - Day 0

I'm copying something out of my weight loss challenge journal to kind of jump start my blogging.

It's the day before the beginning, the beginning of a journey, a competition, an evolution, and a revolution. The journey is a quest really, one in which the end result is greater insight into one's psyche. The competition is among friends/acquaintances, all striving for better health. A little cooperation to create a financial pot is a great motivator for all and will be sweet reward for a few at the end of four months. The evolution is my mind and habits, evolving towards inner peace and health. The revolution is inevitable as I fight against the lies that I've told myself over the years, the depression that knocks at my door persistently waiting for that moment of weakness when it might be allowed to enter, and the need for perfection in my life that prompts me to consume every edible thing in sight when others have let me down or I've let them down, or even worse let myself down.

Journey. Competition. Evolution. Revolution. The next four months are bound to be exciting, frustrating, tiring, exhilarating, maddening, and frightening.

I guess in sharing this journal entry I'm inviting everyone along for the ride.