Monthly Archives: February 2014

Small #FMF

Once again I am linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog for Five Minute Friday (FMF).

The rules are you write for FIVE minutes and that is it.  Then you link up with other bloggers who have done the same.

Today’s word is SMALL:

small

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My 12 year old son Drew, HATES the word.  Being one of the smallest kids in his grade is not fun, especially for a boy!

He was born small, under six pounds.  For years, every doctor’s appointment found him in the 10th percentile for height.  Even now, in the 6th grade, he is under 70 pounds and complains about it regularly.

About four years ago, we even took him to a specialist to make sure he was growing “properly” and after a year of monitoring, it was determined that he was.  He is just going to be on the “small” side.

He comes from a family of fairly small people~ I am just about 5’2″ and that makes me taller than my sister and one of my brothers.  My mom was only 5 feet tall and my dad is under 5’9″ which is about Dave’s height.

Surprisingly, my youngest brother is 6’2′!  We are not sure where that height comes from, but it looks like my older son DJ is taking after him.  His feet are far from small, already at a size 13!  This makes it hard for Drew too.  DJ towers over him but fortunately he would never make it an issue for Drew.  It is Drew who has a difficult time with it.

Thankfully, for what Drew lacks in size, he makes up for in personality because there is nothing small about that!  He makes us laugh nearly everyday!

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Olympic Pride

olympics

Every two years, The Olympics Games fill our home.  My kids have been setting their alarm clocks to wake up early to watch the hockey games on their days off from school.  We have been trying to avoid the “spoiler alerts” that come through twitter and facebook so that we can watch the competitions in the evening.  Curling, figure skating, luge, bobsled and other sports that we’d probably not give a second glance to any other time of the year, are now prime time events in our house!

Watching the medal totals add up is exciting but what I like to see most, is when the competitors from nations all over the world show such camaraderie. These mutual trusts and friendships that we see at The Olympic Games gives us an opportunity to see nations come together as a whole.  Of course, each athlete goes there with a goal to win but while there they demonstrate their respect, unity and support for one another.

The patriotism from fans has also been impressive.  Heroes are being made daily, although TJ Oshi, US Hockey Team Member said upon being called one, “The American heroes are the ones wearing camo.”  Perhaps superstars would be a better label…

How did I miss this?

kindess spread it

Apparently, February 17th was Random Acts of Kindness Day.  An unofficial holiday celebrated around the world that encourages people to perform random acts of kindness.  Not a day for fundraising or giving money, but just a day to celebrate kindness and doing kind things for another person for no reason at all.

Perhaps it slipped by me unnoticed because I believe that kindness should be celebrated everyday.  Not one day a year – EVERYDAY.  It is not hard.   Over a year ago, when I began this blog, that was the whole idea behind it.  Back then, just starting out, I was looking all over for stories of kindness.  In the 14 months that I have been writing, I have realized that there really is no shortage of them.  I find some nearly everyday.

There is no limit to what you can do.  The easiest one, just smile.  Not only will it make others happy, but it makes you happy too!  Keep the kindness spreading!

kindness never wasted

Bring on the Sunshine…Please!

sunshine

This morning, we were awakened once again, to the sound of the phone.  I made a quick wish, “delayed, delayed not closed please…”

We had even more snow overnight, so it was the now familiar voice of our superintendent announcing our fate…we are already giving back one day of our Spring Break vacation, a week that we have already planned on being away.  I didn’t want to give up another!

Fortunately the call was for a two hour delayed opening.  That gave us time to shovel – AGAIN and still have enough time to get ready for work with time to spare.  I am lucky to have a three minute commute to work but not everyone I work with is that fortunate.  The roads are a mess due to a shortage of salt so it was a good call giving everyone time to get to school safely.

By the time we got out of school, the temperature had risen to 40 degrees!  Who would have thought that I, (the girl who despises the cold) would cheer for the day that we reached temperatures of FORTY!?!!?  The sun was shining and some of the snow had even begun to melt.  With snow piled up in mounds over four feet high, it is going to take quite some time to get rid of it all.  My hope now, is that it doesn’t melt too quickly because I don’t know if my basement will be able to handle it!

The weather forecasters are predicting that temperatures may hit 50 degrees by Friday!  With warmer weather approaching and the days staying lighter longer, it actually gives me a glimmer of hope that Spring really is only 29 days away!

Imperfect = I’m Perfect

imperfect

Now that I have been so focused on self-image and trying to embrace myself for who I am, I have been much more aware of it and in turn, I am trying to be less critical of myself.  Perhaps because of this awareness, I have been noticing that I am not alone in my thinking.  So many people, women and men and even young children have been led to believe that there is a standard of perfection and this is so damaging.

As I become more comfortable and begin embracing this new way of thinking, I am trying to put what I think are flaws and imperfections aside and instead, focus on what I find to be my positive attributes.

Here is a video from BuzzFeed and Upworthy.com that my friend Tammy shared today.  Another reminder to let your inner-beauty shine bright!

Gung Hay Fat Choy

gung hay fat choy
“Best wishes and congratulations!”
Since we weren’t able to take the boys away for the weekend like we had planned, (darn snow,) we tried to do some other fun things on our little staycation.  Yesterday I took the boys to see The Lego Movie.  It was much better than I ever expected it to be!  Today, Dave took them along with my dad to a minor league hockey game in Connecticut.  I stayed home and went to a Chinese New Year party.  Our good friend’s hold this party nearly every year and we are so happy to share this celebration with them.
It is because of them that I have learned so much about Chinese New Year.  The celebration lasts for two weeks but theirs is a one day open house that lasts, ALL day and is so much fun.  They serve traditional Chinese cuisine and the children have games and activities to play while they are there.  I learned that tradition says families thoroughly clean their homes, in order to sweep away any negativity and to welcome in good luck. They had their doors and window decorated in red.
This year is the year of the Horse. I found this information on TravelChinaGuide.com
Strengths
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely.
Weaknesses
They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot blooded about everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. Failure may result in pessimism. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack of budgetary efficiency. Some of those who are born in the horse like to move in glamorous circles while pursuing high profile careers.  They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own.
chinese zodiac
I was born the year of the dog.  What is your animal?

Belle

belle

This morning, my sister Kathi and her family had to put their eleven year old dog Belle to sleep.  She had been ill for awhile and it was a tough decision for them.  Belle was given to them when she was about nine weeks old by my brother Tim.  She was a fairly big dog and more than Tim could handle at the time.  Kathi and her family had a house and a yard and they figured it would be a good placement for her.

Kathi’s kids grew up with Belle.  She was the same age as my niece.  Today was a sad day for them and we were all thinking about Belle and their family.  Someone shared this poem on her Facebook page,

rainbow bridge

Coincidentally, we had to bring our own little Emmy Lou to the vet this morning.  She has an infection in her paw, possibly a result from the salt being used on the roads during all this snow and ice.  She was given an antibiotic and will be checked up on in two weeks to see how she is healing.  While we were there, a woman was leaving in tears after having to put her cat to sleep.  We did not know the circumstances, but all of us got a bit weepy watching her as she left the doctor’s office.   It sounds so selfish, but as sad as all of us in the waiting room were for her, there was also a sense of relief – happiness even – knowing that it was not us that had to be faced with a tough decision like this.

We know that this was not an easy choice for Kathi and her family but I am sure that they are finding comfort in the thought that Belle is at peace now as she frolics at the Rainbow Bridge.