Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I learned in my debate to let Logan go or not go last summer that I just have got to let them go. One thing I can say for sure is that my children are not afraid. They are confident. They stick their necks out. They want to spread their wings. They feel free enough in their own skin to try (let's hope not) everything. From tasting something crazy to making pets out of bugs (I'll never forget my shock when Riley introduced me to her pet "spider", who in actuality was a tick named Blaze), these kids are excited about everything and searching out every new experience they can wrap their minds around. Fostering these amazing qualities is my responsibility, my desire.
This is exactly what I want for them. While I'm always up for something new, like joining a networking group, there is a notable amount of self-talk before I walk in the door. There's a little fear of rejection, a bit of worry about how I'll be perceived, some hesitation as to whether I'm good enough. I know these things aren't true and don't matter, but somehow that itsy bit of doubt sneaks in and taints my thoughts just a little.
Parenting is all about creating a life for your kids that is better than yours. I want to give them everything in terms of experience. I enourage them to follow their curiosities, dreams and passions. I want them to crave adventure and always be able to conjure up freshness in their spirits. I want worry to have no part in their futures.
So off they'll go, with no sign from me that I'm worried or hesitant. No sign other than the streaming tears, that will be certainly uncontrollable. And they'll fly off. And they'll land safely. And they'll call. And I won't be able to wait to see them again.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
The magazine runs nationally in newspapers across the country and should be out later this month. I'm working hard to get more info on distribution.
And as you might have guessed, someone is pretty excited about this!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Riley began USAG team practices and logs 7.5 hours in the gym each week.
Finn is learning to roller blade and ride his bike with training wheels.
We took our first family trip to Great America. The kids loved ALL the rides and measured up to 51 inches (Logan), 49 inches (Riley) and 40 inches (Finn). They're already excited to see what rides they'll qualify for next year. There was nothing like Finn's face as he drove those old antique cars all by himself - remember those??
Daddy, Riley and Uncle Dan participated in a family relay with Logan for her time trials meet. They were the "Dream Team"!
We've experience major summer storms and power outages, with the strongest destroying our trampoline. We're hope to get some replacement parts for next year!
Logan attended a week-long Brownie camp at Camp Dean near Sugar Grove. It was an awesome experience and she got to experience things like archery, canoeing, creek stomping, hiking and so much more.
We've been swimming almost every day.
Riley had her first visit from the tooth fairy.
Logan and Riley got their ears pierced!
We visited the Geneva Swedish Festival.
We even rode to the top of the Sears (I mean, Willis) Tower and had flaming cheese in Greektown.