I thought my child would have outgrown his advent ornament tree this year since he didn't want Silly Apple Pumpkin day either. But I was wrong.
And found out I was wrong the day before I was supposed to start the calendar. So I quickly went into action and made three paper craft ornaments that came out really cute for being last minute. But then decided I would follow my own book's advice this year and ask for help being that I had 22 ornaments still left to make.
So I asked the hubs if he would cut me a couple of wood medallions that I could turn in to ornaments. He said yes. I explained that I needed them quickly. He still said yes.
24hrs later there were no medallions so I took matters in to my own hands. I walked my happy butt in to the garage grabbed a wood stick and found a little hand-saw that looked just to be my size.
With the door cracked slightly so he was sure to hear me, I started sawing on that piece of wood....
"What the heck are you doing" I hear as he is running towards me like Speedy Gonzales. "That is a dry wall saw, you are going to dull my blade".
He takes the saw away, hangs it back up and walks back in to the house. Hmmm, OK then... "This should work".
I sat on the floor with his giant wood saw and started carving....
"What the heck are you doing now?" As he is running back in to the garage.
"I'm cutting this medallion for an ornament. You were too busy with your game so I'll take care of it. Think I have the right saw now"
"You aren't even doing it right" he balks "here give me that saw"
A few seconds later I had an ornament...
But the next day, I came home to all of those in the picture freshly cut to become ornaments of coolness.
Needless to say, asking for help didn't work so good... but....grabbing the wrong saw, worked perfectly. *smile*
November was full of firsts and it started with my first team competition and a 2hr drive through a snowy mountain.
This competition was like nothing I'd ever done before with stadium seating,1000's of people, fancy announcers, an athlete holding area and a great partner.
We called ourselves the Sweat Angels and had the best time. I was so worried about doing a partner competition because I've never had anyone counting on me to do well in the fitness realm and my teammate was way stronger and faster.
But when it was go time, we both discovered our strengths and weaknesses and I was able to hold my own. We came in 22nd overall but 10th in the hardest, last and longest programmed workout. It was soo fun being able to compete at that level, hold my own and watch everyone else from our gym kick booty.
It was such a great day and I'm very very happy that I didn't let my fears keep me from participating. As for the snowy mountain drive... It was beautiful but I was glad to be home safe!
Lesson learned: Don't let fear stand in the way of trying something new!
As my Veg Kid grows in to a Veg Teen, he is really beginning to utilize his powers of: "I will do what I want because I already know everything there is to know"
The thing is, that he has several years before becoming a teen, but I will say that I'm incredibly proud of the young man he has become. Even when his choices aren't optimal, and his testing boundaries are at full swing, he is still a free spirited, strong willed, intelligent and amazing young man that I couldn't be prouder to call my son. All that stubbornness will keep him on the right track someday when he is up against tough decisions but as a parent there is a fine line between allowing disrespect and squashing his spirit too. A line that I'm working very hard to stay balanced on.
However, along this journey of parenthood we have hit a snag. He is too old for crafts, no longer likes the childhood activities that we used to participate in and would be perfectly happy for 10hrs with a video game in hand. Sadly his Dad continues to play video games too which makes my pull to the light side even more complicated.
It is my job to set boundaries, real life situations and consequences of those choices. Sure, I end up the bad guy sometimes but when my idea of consequence is an out of the house adventure day, life gets just a little more sweet.
Sometimes you just have to have alone time with your kid to put life in to perspective. I encourage every parent to make this a priority. When things seem out of hand, change the scenery. Put the phones and the computers down to just have some fun and get to know your children at each stage of their development. It isn't always about making sure they are cared for, sometimes it is just about showing them that you care.
Our Adventure day lead us to three rounds of putt-putt with more hole-in-ones than ever before. (I even won a free game) We had some arcade time, pretty views, a nice walk, beautiful Christmas decorations, an amazing lunch and kid approved shopping at a comic store.
Needless to say, it was a ton of fun and the weather was perfect for us. The best thing about our adventure days is that nothing is planned. We just wake up, check the weather situation and head out the door.
I have been MIA on here while I tried to focus on finishing up my book and some web design updates for my business sites and facebook pages. But I'm proud to say that they are all complete and my first book has been born. It is only available on Kindle right now but I hope to make it available in print soon.
The ideas of how to better support people in their quest for happiness and wellness keep flowing through my brain and I hope that more projects make their way to the light in the near future.
For now, I'm proud of my book and I debated putting it on here as I try to keep this blog and my business separate but some of you have been here with me since the beginning of blog land. You have suffered through my ramblings, goofy humor, some really serious stuff, horrid spelling and even worse grammar. Yet you have been there. I know many of you don't leave comments but you send me messages and emails and I love each of you for sticking with me and being a part of the Vegmom family.
Regarding the book, I have wanted to write a book since I was a kid but without formal training and the previously mentioned grammar issue, I didn't think I would ever get one completed. My Mom always said "you need to write a book"... When she started getting sicker she said: "You better hurry with that book"...
But it wasn't coming to me and my self doubt wasn't allowing me to move forward. I could blog and create articles for other business sites but the ideas weren't coming fast enough for my own. Knowing my Mom wanted to see me in print before she left, I contributed to other books and my Mom got to see me in print before she took off with the angels.
One of the books I contributed to was a compilation of stories from a bunch of Vegan athletes and I thought:
"If he could make that book a reality with no formal training than why can't I?"
I promised my Mom before she left that I was not going to quit on my dreams to bring wellness and happiness to as many people as possible and that I wouldn't stop writing. I felt her on my shoulder as a designer built the perfect book cover and I finished what I wanted it to say on the inside.
Eventually, I pushed "PUBLISH" deciding it just had to be GOOD enough! Something was telling me to get it out there and there was no more waiting.
So here, I introduce you to my first book: Fall in Happy With You is a compilation of 101 thoughts, tips and challenges to help people create happiness within.
It can be purchased on Amazon and makes a great gift any time of year. The feedback so far has been amazing, and if you get a chance to read it, I hope you like it too. (Just ignore the grammar)...
Be well my friends... I'll start posting more Vegmom moments soon!