We had rainy weather last weekend, but, as Bean is quick to remind us, rain is good because it makes the flowers and trees grow! We still enjoyed the weekend and did lots of fun indoor activities, like painting and baking. Bean LOVED making whoopie pies from a kit. She was in charge of the sprinkles!
This edition of That Deserves a Star features a few of my favorite things, as well as some great posts from around the blogosphere.
The Farmer’s Market opened last weekend, and we were ready to peruse the stands bright & early. Bean loves looking at the fresh flowers and veggies, and Monkey enjoys going along for the ride.
It’s azalea season in Northeast Tennessee, and these beautiful blooms are popping up everywhere. Our pink azaleas burst open last week, and the white buds are close behind.
We have piles of Bean’s artwork in our house, and every now and then we have to purge when she’s not looking. But I LOVE last weekend’s red snowman and the cutest stick figure EVER on her Magna Doodle.
We go for a walk, wagon ride, or good ol’ fashioned yard-romp every evening after dinner. Can’t you just see Monkey’s independent streak in the way she’s confidently marching across the yard? Babble loudly and carry a little stick!
On Being Present
Christine at Love, Life, Surf recently wrote a great reflection on the ever-present work-life balance myth and why we should stop trying to attain this unattainable goal. In Stop Trying to Achieve Balance, she encourages us to stop searching for balance and instead focus on being present. I love how she uses yoga as a metaphor:
…achieving balance in any one pose requires you to make subtle shifts and to counterbalance different body parts and muscle groups. It often feels like your body is working in opposition to itself.
~ Christine, Love, Life, Surf
I know I often feel pulled in opposite directions, juggling & struggling to keep up with work, home, friends, family, and personal goals. But when I step back, forget the to-do list, and enjoy the moments with my husband and girls, that’s when everything clicks into place.
I’m not saying being present is easy. It’s a daily struggle! I catch myself sneaking glances at my smartphone, and some nights I’m counting down the minutes until bedtime because the girls are driving me nuts. But every day is a chance to be better than yesterday. What do you do to be present with your loved ones?
Are you following NYC Running Mama? You should be! Not only is this inspiring mother of two an incredible athlete, but she documents her journey with beautifully written, heartfelt posts. I loved her honest reflection in Making Time for My Spouse’s Fitness, and we can all learn from her courageous, heartbreaking decision to DNF in last weekend’s NJ Marathon. I’m simply amazed at her ability to find & focus on the positive, even though things didn’t turn out the way she’d hoped.
Family Fitness Challenge
If you haven’t already, hop over to A Mom Runs This Town and check out Emma’s Family Fitness Challenge. AMRTT is one of my favorite stops on the daily blog circuit, and she’s put together a great challenge to get the entire family movin’ and groovin’ in May.
What are your spring favorites?