what Memorial Day is really about is very important to me. I grew up in the military. I have friends who have fought in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Panama, Iraq, Pakistan, and other places that they could not say. I have friends who have lost friends during their time of battle. I have lost friends with little said other than, they are coming home to rest.
My father's father fought in World War II, My father-in-law fought in Vietnam, My father served in Desert Storm, and my husband served in Desert Storm. It is because of their sacrifice that we have the freedoms that we have today. The freedom of worship, the freedom of perusing happiness, and even the freedom of debt.
I don't normally "rant" in a blog, but I have to say that I am a bit frustrated this morning with all the "sales" campaigns that I have seen on the internet and have heard on the television. This is not just another "holiday"! Today is the day that we are to stop and thank those who have fought for our freedoms, and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms. So all I am asking from you today is to to remember.
is always easier said than done, but it is what I strive for. First and foremost, Happy Memorial Day. This is a special day for me as I remember my friends that have served our country (and yes, some have lost their lives) and who are still serving.
It has been a fast paced 2 weeks as we finished up the school year. So here's a recap of all the fun craziness that has been going on!
Of course there was the Atlanta Field Trip that my son and husband went on for the 5th grade field trip, which included a stop at Turner Field to watch a Braves game.
Then there were the performances...oh and yeah...they all sang songs from the 80's! When did that begin to happen?! My daughter's school performed the Awesome 80's and she had to dress up in the "80's" style. I tried to tell her the style was jeans and a rock t-shirt, but she went for the Olivia Newton-John look. My 5th grade son had his final performance as a graduation type theme (with 80's music), and at least he was able to dress in jeans and a black t-shirt for his song ;-)
Then there was the annual event known as Field Day. The weather was perfect...not too hot and just enough breeze to keep the sand gnats at bay. All the kids seemed to really enjoy their field day activities. My daughter took home 1st place for the 3 legged race, and she was so happy to win a medal, and I loved standing on the sidelines yelling and cheering her on!
We have had our 2nd to last performance this past Sunday. My daughter played the part of "Chef Fancy Filet". She looked the part and had a lot of fun with the play. I'm so thankful to have been a part of the play too and watch all the kids learn the songs and the movements for the songs. It is a real undertaking, but so worth it in the end. I will (in some ways) miss not being a part of the play these next couple of years, but it's time to bow down for now.
And so it was...the last days of school finishing off with 5th Grade
graduation! The boy will be in middle school next year. I'm so proud of him. He finished the school year on the A/B honor roll and he will begin middle school in accelerated math, which is a select group of students who excel at math (and he does!)
My youngest, what can I tell you. This year he blossomed in school! He exceeded in 3 of 5 CRCT categories; Math, Science, and ELA. I'm so proud of him and now he will begin 4th grade. **SIGH**
That will be 2
in middle and 1 left in elementary. Where has the time gone? My prayer is that I am raising them up to be God fearing, people loving individuals that have a moral compass to have compassion for all those around them while living life to its fullest.
I do. Always. Usually I can motivate myself, but at the same time, I can motivate myself out of something too. I have been off to a good start with my new exercise regiment only to be thrown off by the weather, and when that happens I tend to talk myself out of a workout at home. I know that is where my biggest struggle is right now...it's getting motivated to work out.
Today is Wednesday, and this is usually "my day" to work out with Karate and the Kettle bells. I am just loving Kettle Bells by the way...Oh My new favorite thing to do!
It's just the Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun I have to work on now. I know that it's important to work out every day! Now workout means doing a physical activity for at least 30 minutes. I'm not talking about running a marathon each day. I was reading my friend, Robin's blog and I have to tell you that I am so proud of her & totally inspired by her and all that she has accomplished with losing weight and getting into shape. And each and every day I sit across from my co-host and I have to tell you that I have seen the weight loss/muscle gain transformation happen right before my eyes! So why am I still stuck where I'm at? Why am I not motivated enough to lose these 30 - 40 pounds?
So do I need motivation? You bet! Can I do this? You bet! Will I? Well now that is the question. I want to say, "You Bet!", but I need to keep my motivation. So do I come up with a game plan? I have tried that already...I always seem to fall short (except on Wednesdays) so maybe just maybe what I need is an accountability partner.