Monday, May 14, 2012

Nana : Moments of MotherHood

Mothers Day 2012
Nana is my second sister's daughter.

She's the fourth of our Millennium babies ( Byna was born January 2000, Tafi in April 2000, Lua in July 2000 and Nana in August 2000).

Nan's birthday is 2 days after mine.

How awesome is that?
(very awesome!)

All of my sisters children have a special place in my heart. All of them.

Nan had a field trip to the Nature Conservatory with her class today. We thought she didn't have to be there until 8am because the bus would leave at 8:15am.

When we got to the school at 8am, the bus had already left & Nan was sitting at the office heartbroken that she'd missed the bus.

I told her to go ahead & go to the other class room & wait to see what I could do. Maybe she'd be able to go with the next group on Wednesday.

I prayed. Now I know it sounds presumptuous that I pray & God answers - but He really does.
10 minutes later, another parent blew through our office looking for a child who had also missed the bus and offered to drive Nan & the other students out to the camp in Makiki.

She wanted to go. I had only met the parent peripherally in other parent stuff. I prayed if it would be ok to let her go. She gave me a big hug & went with the other parent to camp.

Her teacher called me to let me know she got there safely & that they were going to take good care of her.

Thank You God because I prayed from the moment she left me till her teacher called that she would be safe, the car they were travelling in was safe, that the parent driving them was well & protected, that the roads would be cleared, that their journey would be calm. I prayed that God would bless them with safety & protect them. All of them. I even blessed the gas in his tank so that it'd be efficient & work well.

I don't know how it works for other people & praying but I know when I pray, God hears me & answers my prayers. Now I don't always like the answers I get, but I trust that God knows whats best. I thank Him today for watching out for my girl.

She is safe. She is well. And I'm relieved.

With love & delicious prayers~

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

+ or - Still In It to Win It: WIO & Weigh It In Wednesday

One of the things I've lost sight of in this craziness to make a weight limit - is that this is a journey. The end isn't the most important thing - the journey there is.

This is my life! Not a diet I go on to drop 5 lbs or 10 lbs or even *gasp* 50 lbs. This is not about the number on the scale or dress size or jeans size.

This is about me. My life. My rules. My health.

I made a choice 6 years ago to get healthier. It's taken me six long years of working mentally, spiritually, emotionally & physically to manifest this healthiness where I can run up hills, I can lift weights, I can be happy.

This didn't just happen over night. And neither did the weight gain.

2008: Plus Plus Plus Plus Plus Plus size hospital gown

6 years ago, I could not run a straight mile. Hell, I couldn't even walk a mile. 4 years ago, I could clear a mile in 25 minutes.

This morning as I lace up my shoes I know I can run - not walk - a mile. I can even run it up a big bad hill if I want too. It might take me 15 minutes. It might take me 12 minutes. If its really good, I may kill my mile in 9 minutes & 36 seconds.

But I.Can.Do.It!
(Yay! Me!)

My friend, Annie Gooding over at Annie Gooding reminded me of what's really important ~ to be kind to myself no matter what the scale says to me.

Which is so interesting to hear being said back to me. That's always the Number 1 thing I always say to everyone else about everything else including fitness.
May 1, 2012

Be Kind to Your Self!

So I'm going to practice what I preach and NOT get on the scale. Because the kindest thing to do for myself is get over the number on the scale. I'm going to measure my success in miles & pounds lifted. In how many burbees, lunges & push ups I can do in one session. I'm going to focus on strong & flexible & kindness.

Because to quote the beauty commercial I hate *laughs*.... I'm Worth It!

With love & delicious miles of road to run~

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Quick Thoughts:Time Out Tuesdays

I borrowed Katz's camera yesterday for this shot of the ti plants in the lobby garden at Laie Elementary.

It's one of my favorite places to sit & look at because its boxed in by cement sit-ways, is filled with strategically chaotic greenery & has a slatted roof to let sunlight in.

( it goes with much saying how I lurve sunshine!)

"Work" is better this week. My schedule is starting to gel & the anxiety I was running on last week is easing into familiarity this week.

I've met more of the staff & administration & teachers & students too.


Let me tell you, there are a lot of people who put in time & effort to helping my kids (and everyone else's kid in Laie Elem) get an education. My kid's teachers are only the first line of educational defense. There are part time teachers, counselors, administrators, custodians, cafeteria personnel, security personnel, student teachers & other parent aides that all put into getting my kids a quality education.

And they know when kids can do better & don't.
(Mommy's looking at YOU, Katz!)

They care about my kids. Do I always agree with the way that 'caring' comes across? No of course not but that doesn't mean I don't respect the work they do. Even those people who aren't directly involved with my children, know my children by first name.

People who say educators (and that includes support staff) are over paid for the services they do, need to have a child in public school AND spend a couple of weeks working at it. They'll see soon enough that everyone doesn't get paid enough to do what they do every Monday to Friday. Rain or shine.

I learned a 'new skill' yesterday while helping out in the kindergarten class. I got to laminate! Whoo Woo!
*fist pump in the air*

The Boss Laminate Machine

and I got to use the "big cutter".
The Boss Cutter

(Amazing how I can be entertained by the ordinary!)

Today is May Day/Lei Day here. Tafi, Katz & I are off to the Polynesian Cultural Center with their classmates for our dress rehearsals before the big show on Friday. It's gonna be an easy breezy (but cross our fingers not rainy) 1 mile walk.

Tafi & 5th grade class May Day practice
With love & delicious Tuesdays~