I Kinda Want To Lose 10 Pounds, But…

20 Things I Like More Than Dieting:

1. Bagels

2. Scrubbing toilets

3. Mondays

4. Waking up before the sun

5. Cheese

6. Not stressing about food

7. Watching the same episode of PJ Masks eleventy billion times

8. Cleaning the cat box

9. Sitting in traffic

10. Enjoying food

11. Running uphill

12. Running uphill into the wind

13. French fries

14. Clipping my nails too short

15. Decaf coffee

16. Touching raw meat

17. Taking laundry out of the dryer

18. Bacon

19. Being happy

20. Olive Garden To Go on a Saturday night

Please Excuse The Mess…

See this mess right here? This is how my family room looks currently.

This is how my family room looks often.

I know some of you out there are cringing at the sight of this. Toys are strewn about creating an unintentional obstacle course. A toddler chair is turned upside down just outside of the photo frame. Gazillions of tiny pieces of a variety of games and play sets are laying around EVERYWHERE.

It is a complete and total mess. I get it. Continue reading

When Our Kids Don’t Need “Catching”

“Don’t catch me, Mommy!” my three-year-old exclaimed as I reached for him.

He was busy bounding up and down the bleacher steps at his Daddy’s baseball game last night. Happy and confident, he was taking such pleasure in the loud “boom” the metal planks made with each exaggerated step that he took. He was having a most wonderful time.

I, on the other hand, was watching with bated breath. My insides clenched with anxiety with each move he made, as I just waited for him to fall. My mommy instincts were in full effect, and I swooped in to rescue him. I reached out for his hand.  Continue reading