From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!
Most friends call me Kat
The others call me Momma
Some don’t even call.
Wife, mother, sister
Maid, writer, confidant, friend
Short order cook too.
I’m the only girl
In a house loaded with boys
I am out numbered.
I like many things
Soccer, wine and chocolate
Don’t forget coffee!!
Sand between my toes
The colors of a sunrise
Smelling burning leaves.
Holding Hubby’s hand
A piece of cheesy pizza
Spring rain, a clean house.
I don’t like spiders
Ironing, clowns and onions
Heights and loud talkers.
Doing dishes – yuck!
Conform to society?
Not this sweet Lassie!
I can’t touch my toes
Can touch my nose with my tongue
Can’t sing worth a darn.
So now you can say
This Momma Lassie you know
For better or worse.
This lassie’s brain is barren, blank, depleted, fallow and unproductive. I have sat down to write over and over, only to produce a whole lot of nothing. Some days I may get some random gibberish. Others I stare at the blank page, trying not to be intimidated by it’s blankness. But more importantly, I am tired. I need a break. I need to re-find my love of writing so it is not a chore. I’m not worried as this is cyclical for me. I often find myself living in ebbs and tides. Often, I struggle writing when there is just too much swirling around in my head. Right now there is a lot swirling. But soon the movement will calm and the words will come. Till then, enjoy the heat of the desert.
Today I flipped the last page of an overly long chapter of my life. I am happy, elated and ready to move on. Of course, to celebrate I laced up my shoes and ran my heart out! Thanks Hubby <3
Run baby run
Don’t ever look back.
They’ll tear you apart
If you give them the chance.
This week my memoir is doubling as my Summer Fun Photo Challenge. This weeks theme is family. I love mine and after not having Bear home for two weeks, I was uber excited to see his smiling face again, even if he tried to hide in the picture!
So snap of picture of some family fun and join in!!
He’s on his way to Canada
My heart just broke a little
Today I put Bear on a plane to Canada for two weeks. He’ll be an exchange student and have the time I his life. I only cried a little, not wanting to embarrass him. It is the first of many strings that will be cut as he continues to grow into an adult. But every little cut hurts a little more. Who told him he could grow up so darn fast. Sniff sniff
And this little dread went to market. And this little dread stayed home. This little dread said “Another one checked off my bucket list!!” What?! Your dreads don’t talk to you??
It has been a few months of check marks for this lassie. Last month I learned to surf (squeee) and this month I finally sucked up my fear and got dreads. My 7 y/o first response? “WOW Momma!! You look so different but WAY more beautiful!” And for that I gave him an ice cream cone. Hey, this Momma is not beyond bribery for compliments, though I know my little monkey meant it with the most sincerity.
Hubby on the other hand is beyond smitten with it. He keeps asking me why I didn’t do it years ago. Secretly, I am asking myself the same question.
So now I am just waiting the mandatory period for them to get settled. Did I mention that I hate waiting. Yeah, I do. Wonder what number I will cross off next. Any suggestions??
As a Mom of boys, and as an athlete myself, I know how important it is to get kids outside and active. I started team sports at a very young age and continued playing through college and still play now! The camaraderie, competition and exercise is great for the mind and body. So when my boys approached me about playing sports I responded with a loud and definite YES!
My boys are avid football and lacrosse players. Our weeks are full of practices and our weekends are full of games and tournaments. You know that uber loud obnoxious cheering Mom at the games? Yeah, that’s me. There is something about sports that sucks me in and gets my adrenaline pumping. What better way to encourage and motivate your child in a sport, right? Even more important is the fact that they love doing it and are building healthy lifestyle choices in the process.
The Chicago Bears are strong believers that children should be fit and active. That kids get off those couches and go outside! Their youth camps help children push beyond their comfort zone, learn new skills and acquire a life long love of being active. The Chicago Bears Youth Camp believes with patience and encouragement, kids gain confidence.
Kids love learning new skills and are always excited to succeed. Tom Finks, Executive Director of Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps, states, “At our camps, through fun skill challenges, fun competitions and fun games, kids exert themselves—often beyond their normal comfort level.”
The Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps are safe, non-contact instruction for kids ages 6-14 and are very suitable for any kid that just wants to learn the game. They provide a station-based training format that allows campers to be divided by age and experience level so each receives the right level of instruction and support. Kids will learn to run, throw, catch, defend, form block, form tackle and explode out of their stance with proper technique and improved speed. The camps, which each run for 5 days from 9am to 3pm (that’s 30 hours active learning, instruction and fun!), do more than just introduce kids to sports, they make kids passionate about being healthy and help develop a lifelong love of fitness. Camps are held at various Chicagoland locations.
Want a chance to give your a Chicago Bears football camp prize pack? It’s easy! Leave a comment about your, or your child’s, favorite sport to play and your email and you are entered. Want a second chance? Tweet this giveaway and leave the URL in the comment section. An example tweet could be:
My child wants to go to the Chicago Bears Football Camp! http://tinyurl.com/cttb9za #eatlikeabear
The winner will receive a Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps prize package that will include items such as: Small leather binder, Bears rally towel, water bottle, Play 60 drawstring bag, D.J. Moore fan face, Bears gloves and football cards. One winner will be randomly chosen June 1st.
Good luck! Now go outside and play!!
This past Saturday I put another line through one of the items on my Bucket List. Number 4 to be exact. Yes, this weekend I was in a parade. Of course, if this lassie is going to be in a parade, it had better be a St. Patrick’s Day parade!
I could not have asked for a more beautiful day to complete one of my Bucket List items. The skies were blue and the weather was amazing. Ok, it was actually really hot. March in Chicago – who knew?! But I did get to ride atop a float and throw candy to the spectators which was shockingly really fun.
So now that I have officially checked that item off my list I am looking forward to my next adventure. Did I mention that adventure is less than two months away?? Squeee! Can. Not. Wait. Sun + surf + sand = Bucket List Item #9!