Hello all of my wonderful readers! Today is kind of a bittersweet day. I was supposed to be heading up to Indiana today to spend the weekend visiting my good friend Mandy and have some fun together with our little families. But due to some circumstances beyond her control, we are having to postpone. I miss her, but would not have wanted to be there this weekend taking her away from things much more important right now. I guess it just means I get to look forward to and anticipate our time together a little longer. Nothing wrong with that. I always like having something to look forward to. 🙂
Speaking of which, remember how I mentioned in this post the importance of always having something to look forward to every day, no matter how small? That’s how I approached this week. I was just living my life, with simple things to look forward to and little moments to cherish.
1. Park time with Makenzie.
Don’t ask me why that child is scared to sit in the baby swings, but could stay on a “big kid” swing all day if I let her. We were at this park almost 45 minutes and she did nothing else. FYI, pushing a swing back and forth that long hurts your shoulder. Freaking out that she will let go and fall off the back so you hover over her will give you a headache.
2. Reading (and finishing) an amazing book.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Seriously, this book is fantastic. I can see why it has been raved about and is on bestsellers lists. It is easy and enjoyable to read, but provides so much insight and packs a powerful message. It is set in Mississippi during the 1960s when many changes were happening with Civil Rights. The story revolves between 3 main characters: a young white woman who wants to write a book sharing the perspectives of maids and 2 of the maids she interviews. The varying perspectives the book gives are so realistic and very eye-opening to what it must have been like to live in that era. I was appalled reading some of the actions. And while it is fiction, there is no doubt in my mind that this was the way people lived for a long time. And sadly, some still hold these opinions. It shows how far we’ve come, yet how far we still have to go to truly value and appreciate others no matter who they are and their backgrounds.
3. Some heavy cleaning.
I scrubbed the sinks, baths, anything I could get my hands on. I swept/mopped, did laundry, dishes, and many other tiny details. For the record: 1) the Magic Eraser is a housewife’s best friend. 2)I hate our kitchen tile and cannot wait until we redo our kitchen. Unfortunately, having a functioning upstairs was first on our list and where all our money & time went when starting the many renovations on our house. We hope to do the kitchen sometime before 2012. I think that’s what Peter said. It may be wishful thinking though. Until then, I will have to pretend the fugly 80’s tile is black granite.
4. Picnics with friends at another park.
I just love beautiful days. Sunny and in the mid-upper 70s = perfection. Being able to share that time with my baby girl and a good friend = doublemint gum. Double the pleasure…double the fun. More swinging, sliding, walking. And eating up my current obsession of an avocado, pepperjack, spinach, turkey sandwich. With Newman’s Own Soy Crisps and a plum on the side.
5. Trying more of the Newman’s Own Goodies I was sent to review.
So I can actually get that review up sometime in the near future. I could just do the review now. In one word. Yum! And I still have so much left. My tummy is a happy camper to be able to have a little nibble of goods like theirs every day.
- What was your favorite thing to do on the playground growing up? Mine was the spinny wheel thing that you sit on and get spun around real fast by your mom, dad, or whoever. I don’t know what it’s called, but it was fun!
- What is your favorite food to pack for a picnic? Mine is always some sort of sandwich and fresh fruit!