We Have Only Today

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There were about 285 other things I could have been doing during the two-hour delay this morning. But you know what? Not one of them seemed more important than building a fort with these two. The dishwasher didn’t get unloaded, the laundry has yet to be put away, and there are orange crackers still crushed into the living room rug. And yet, the fort remains. There may never be enough time to accomplish every task or cross each item off the to-do list, but you can be damn sure that I’m going to take advantage of every fleeting moment I have at home with these two determined, clever, and extraordinary children.

There are days when I wonder if I made the right choice for me – pausing my career for a couple of years in order to be stay-at-home mom. Today was not one of those days. Because years from now, I suspect I will come home from a job I love to a clean house and give absolutely anything to build a fort again with my young children.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Mother Theresa

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Seizing the Long Weekends

For the long Martin Luther King Jr. weekend we originally planned to add a new state or two to the kids’ Quest for 50 States. But then some unexpected repairs popped up for our Oklahoma house so our MLK-vacation fund turned into the ‘new master bathroom shower’ fund and we decided to stay put over the long weekend. But then as time went on, we realized that we wanted to take advantage of the four-day weekend. So when Clay came home from his TDY late last Thursday night, we made a last minute decision to get away over the four-day holiday weekend and drive down to coastal North Carolina to visit Clay’s parents (aka free lodging and good company). On Friday morning, we watched the sun rise while driving on I-95S and by early afternoon, we were at the beach.

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We’re certainly no strangers to Wilmington, North Carolina and the surrounding area. While the trip wasn’t filled with new adventures, new places, or new faces – it was a nice relaxing weekend with ample opportunities to play on the beach and adult-only dinners and dates. We could have easily just stayed home after canceling our original plans but what is the fun in that? Life isn’t about meticulously planning every minute – it’s about seizing opportunities and making the most of precious time. Some people may think we’re crazy for embarking on a last minute 7+ hour road-trip with two young kids but we just like to think that we’re showing them just how fun life can be when you’re willing to just go.

Goals for the Year

Seeing as how we’re well into the second week of January and I am nothing but a trendsetter, I thought I’d write about goals. Although, I’m not sure if my resolutions goals are particularly worthy of unleashing to the general public because I’m not exactly someone who one turns to for inspiration. For example, Clay is TDY so I am writing this post wearing Christmas pajamas (so comfy) while sitting on the couch watching my spirit animals host the Golden Globes, complete with popcorn and a Yuengling – total #beastmode (am I even allowed to use that hashtag?). So without further ado…

Things I Want to Accomplish in 2015

  • Run 40 miles per month. Ugh. I know, right? How basic is it of me to kick off this list with a running-related goal? Especially since I wouldn’t classify myself as a runner. I run (not fast, mind you) but as of right now, I don’t particularly enjoy it. 40 miles/month seems feasible and maybe 2015 will finally be the year I experience the elusive runner’s high. I am up to 12 miles thus far this month so yay?!?
  • Take at least 15,000 steps per day. Because I like to hop on bandwagons a couple of years late, I received a Fitbit Flex for Christmas. So far, I love it. I realize that it isn’t always be 100% accurate but I like being aware of my activity level and keeping my butt off the couch (except now because Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – duh).
  • Paddleboard. Looks like fun. And I want to do it.
  • Read more. Write more. I love to read. However, over the past few years, I have read an embarrassingly low number of books. Probably because I feel guilty reading when I can be doing something more productive like cleaning, playing with the kids, working out, etc… 2015 needs to be the year I cast guilt aside and just sit down and read a damn book for pure enjoyment. I would also like to blog on a more regular basis (man, I sound like a broken record).
  • PCS. Totally counts as a goal, right?
  • Reduce and reuse more. Seems simple enough. Over the past couple of years, we’ve really made an effort to be more mindful of our consumption and less swayed by shiny new things. For example, I wrote about our house being too big and last year, we went car shopping but ultimately decided to continue to drive our 2008 Volvo with 107,000 miles (yes – we drive quite a bit) because we couldn’t come up with a good enough reason to trade it in, seeing as how it was in our financial best interest to hang on to the car. It’s quite embarrassing to admit this but it is our first car to cross the 100,000 mile mark. That being said, there is still quite a bit of waste in our household and I’d like to make a conscious effort to combat that – any tips, advice, etc.. would be greatly appreciated!
  • Embrace 32. I turn 32 in a couple of months. I don’t convulse at the thought of getting older but I would like ensure that I don’t become a frump-monster just because I’m a thirty-something mother of two. And maybe 2015 will be the year I finally learn how to use make-up to my advantage.

Better late than never, right?