Sometimes it’s a challenge for me to just let go. Let go of the worries, cares and what if’s. I’ve always been a bit of an anxious person. About a year ago after a particularly difficult bout of anxiety I came up with a new mantra for life, “Think less. Do more.” I realized that all of the energy I was putting into worrying would be best used towards doing. Instead of sitting and worrying about meal planning, the ten loads of laundry and how I would get through the day keeping my kids and myself sane, I just started doing those things. It sounds so silly but it’s easy for me to get caught up in my head. So now when I find my head spinning, I crank up the music, pull my hair up and go to work. I’ve found that starting on a simple task gets my mind on a single track. From there I can move onto the next task and then the next until my worries have become checks on my to-do list and my mind is at peace. These pictures of my little mud babies are the perfect example of how my jedi mind training has been working on me. This scene could have caused me quite a bit of stress one year ago. I’m constantly amazed by the way life moves along and one day at a time we are able to conquer our struggles through small, simple changes.
Dawson really wanted to go to the zoo for his birthday so we made it happen! We were so happy that grandma and grandpa could come along too. It was a hot day, as you can see from our rosey cheeks. We’re totally wimps when it comes to the heat. I’m not sure how we ever survived a summer in Tucson! Speaking of Tucson, it’s funny how you look back on a place or memory and realize how much you truly loved it, even though at the time it was hard. I’ve thought a lot about our time in Tucson and our life as a military family. The memories are bittersweet but mostly sweet. We grew so much in that short time and learned to love each other so deeply. I’ll always be grateful for that time in our lives.
It’s really hard to get into preschools in our area. Waitlists are a mile long and lots of schools use a lottery system. We were too late for every deadline when we moved here. I started asking around and several people recommended Miss Denise. I looked her up online and couldn’t find her contact info anywhere but… I knew where she lived ha! So one day we just showed up at her house and knocked on the door. Not creepy right? From the moment she answered the door I knew she would be the perfect teacher for Dawson. She is the most loving, tenderhearted woman I have ever met. At the end year she held the cutest graduation program. All the kids dressed up as superheroes and of course Daws chose the batman cape WITH a mask ha! Even though we couldn’t see his face he was adorable! We loved our first year with Miss Denise so much that we’re back this year.