Wednesday, May 22, 2013

There's Something About: Failing

Alright, I didn't really fail, but I couldn't do it. I couldn't "Blog Every Day in May". And that's perfectly ok with me. It means that I am so blessed with family and friends and a busy life that I didn't have the time to sit at the laptop and try to figure out how to respond to daily prompts. I might try it again in a few days. I haven't given up completely. But the pressure is off.

I think there's something to learn from missing the daily prompts this past week. My life isn't on my computer, even though an argument can be made that that's why people blog - digital journals and scrapbooks.

I was busy; the whole family was. Since my last post, we've had a softball game, a baseball game,


 
 
 
 a mountain bike ride, a sleepover, dance photos,
 
 



a birthday party and several softball and baseball practices, too. Not to mention my start in CrossFit! Oh yeah, and all the "mommy" duties that never go away.




And because we are so busy, some things are just gonna end up getting pushed aside. That doesn't mean I've failed. It just means my list of "things to do" is too long and the stuff that doesn't always get done is the stuff that just might belong at the bottom of the list to begin with. But I have to remain flexible so I can change the order of the list whenever necessary.

I'm not sure exactly what I'm trying to say. It's late and I'm tired. But I don't ever want to feel like I've failed just because a few things on my "list" weren't completed. I know there's always tomorrow and the things that are really important get done.

At the end of the day, we're all home safe and sound, and the kids are tucked into bed. I'd say that's a good day no matter what doesn't get done!

~Michiko

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

There's Something About: My Daily Life

May 15th Prompt: A Day in the life

Let's face it - we're all a little nosey, right? And my life is far from boring, at least to me! So, here you go.

I get up around 6:15am to get Buzz up. Who knew high school started so early?! I also make lunches for everyone for the day, and for some reason I forget to pack up my own lunch half the time.




I catch up on my email, Facebook, and blog stuff till about 7:30/8:00, which is when I get Tink and Lightning up and I jump in the shower while they eat breakfast. I always think I'm going to take a shower before I wake them, but it never seems to work out that way.




They catch the bus around 9:00 and then it's off to work for me. About 5 1/2 hours of complete bliss! Ok, maybe not, but this girl's gotta work, and I love my co-workers. They make it bearable!

I come home when it's time to get the kids off the bus, around 3:45. Buzz is usually home by now, too.

The kids do their homework, and we get ready for whatever activities are scheduled for the night, as well as make and eat dinner, if possible. Sometimes we have to eat after our activities.




Home by 7/7:30, showers and bed by 8:30 at the latest.

Then I have those other mommy duties to attend to: laundry, dishes, pay bills, workout, etc. Then, maybe even some more blog stuff. I try to get to bed by 11, but that doesn't always work.




So, I hope I didn't just waste 2 minutes of your time with my enormously entertaining daily life.

~Michiko

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

There's Something About: Apologies & Happiness

May 13th Prompt: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.


I couldn't think of a public apology for yesterday. I'm sure I have something to apologize for; after all, I'm only human. But I just couldn't come up with something funny, or serious, or creative enough to post about.

So, I apologize for failing the Blog Every Day in May Challenge by not posting something yesterday!

So sorry! :-(
 

May 14th Prompt: Ten things that make you really happy.

Now, on to ten things that make me really happy - this I can do! Here's my list:
  1. When my kids and hubby are really happy
  2. A clean kitchen; and I guess a clean house for that matter
  3. Ice cream
  4. 80s and 90s music
  5. Sunshine and the beach
  6. Purple
  7. When my checkbook balances, on the first try
  8. When my kids sing out loud with me in the car; really, even when I do it by myself!
  9. A really good workout
  10. God's love and mercy




Ok, that turned out to be a little harder than I expected. It was tough coming up with ten things. I could've just listed "my kids" ten times - well, maybe nine times and my hubby once, too! ;-)

~Michiko

 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

There's Something About: What I Miss

May 12th Prompt: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life...)

This is an easy one for me...

I grew up military and then married military, so I miss my family - my mom and dad, and my sister. I miss living near them. I probably see my parents about once a year, and my sister even less. Almost every family vacation we take is to California so we can see them and they can see us, I mean the grandchildren!


See - I'm not even in this picture. ;-)


My beautiful sister and me.


And speaking of California, I miss that, too. I miss having nice comfortable, sun-shiny weather most of the year, as opposed to just a few months out of the year. I miss driving an hour up to the mountains when we felt like playing in the snow and then going home afterwards to "normal" temperatures. I miss going to the beach year-around. I miss taking walks on the pier.


The Pier


I miss my friends. They don't all live where we grew up, but they're a lot closer than I am. So, needless to say, I see them about once a year or less, too.


One of my favorite pics of me and my BFFs - LOVE them!

But, that's ok. If you know me, or have been reading my blog, I'm a pretty positive person. I know I'll see everyone again. And that's what email, texting, FaceTime, Skype, this blog, and all that other cool technology is for - keeping in touch with my family and friends, as much as our busy lives will allow!

~Michiko

 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

There's Something About: 10 Words & Me

May 11th Prompt: Sell yourself in 10 words or less.

Ok, at the chance of sounding narcissistic, here goes - in no particular order, of course!

  1. Kind
  2. Outgoing
  3. Intelligent
  4. Adventurous
  5. Organized
  6. Compassionate
  7. Spunky
  8. Happy
  9. Funny
  10. Loving

Alright, there you go. I hope these 10 words do justice at describing me!

~Michiko

 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

There's Something About: My Fitness Story - Part II

If you haven't yet, you can read My Fitness Story - Part I here.

We were sitting at dinner one night and discussing what to do about our expanding waistlines. The Major had heard about a 90-day video workout program and thought we could do that together. I was excited about doing anything since he was ready to do it with me.

We started the last week of January 2009, and we took our before pics. I did not like those at all! Then we started working out. We worked out 6 days a week! And it was tough. We have 3 kids and are not morning people, so we would workout after the kids were in bed, which meant getting started after 8:30pm. And sometimes, not even starting till almost 10:00pm. But we were determined!

We also cut out carbs as much as possible and decided that there was no rule that said you had to have carbs or starches at every meal, especially dinner. We tried to remind ourselves that we "eat to live, not live to eat". I still tell myself this all the time! We also cut out soda. I mean, the hubs and I probably felt like we could survive on Dr. Pepper alone, but then we probably wouldn't survive for very long. So, I stopped buying soda.

It was great having a workout partner to help push ourselves along. If I didn't feel like getting started with a workout, the Major was there to insist we keep going, and vice versa. We even took the program with us on our trip to Disneyworld! We drove, so we were able to take the actual weights with us. We got up at 7:00am (did I mentioned we're not morning people?) and worked out before heading out to the parks for the day. We were committed!

We saw great results throughout the length of the program. I couldn't believe how strong I got! Then we moved on to a more extreme video workout program. Honestly, we never "finished" the extreme program, although I did get over halfway through it. But I continue to use the all the videos to vary my workout.


This is a year later in the same sweater as the photo in Part I.

Another year later, in March 2011, we bought an incline treadmill and I started running. My whole life I've hated running, but I wanted to do something at home, while watching my favorite shows. And maybe getting a little tired of watching videos. The Major had been wanting to get a treadmill, so I said as long as it fits in the living room, I'll use it. And I do!

I lost 23 lbs. and pretty much sustained that for about a year. I continued exercising and trying my best to eat right. I lost another 10 lbs., but it was difficult to maintain and I gained it back - I "mess up" all the time! But I remind myself that I'm not perfect and just move forward. I don't deprive myself of the things I love: ice cream, chocolate and Dr. Pepper. I do my best to only have them occasionally, though, so I try not to keep these things in the house. I have my treats when we go out.

I do different things to keep me going along the way, like make sure to spend plenty of time outside with the kids. At least it gets me out of the house and running around a little. We ride bikes and take walks with Rocky, too. I even tried a Facebook 5-day challenge and got a little motivation from "strangers/new friends"!

I do my best to keep moving. I try new workouts and occasionally change up my routine. I'm happy knowing that I do my best to be healthy, but I know I'm only human and stumble from time to time. Just keep moving - tomorrow is another day!

Coming soon - my adventures with Cross Fit!

~Michiko

There's Something About: Early Mornings

May 9th Prompt: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)



This little guy likes to get up early, sometimes. He gets dressed and comes downstairs all by himself. And this morning he couldn't wait to show me what he made for me at Royal Rangers last night. He told me all about coloring the butterfly and how we have to plant the flower outside once it starts growing. He even told me about how it will grow back again next summer. So cute!

I love these little moments with my babies!

~Michiko


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

There's Something About: Being Positive!

May 8th Prompt: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.

I bet, truthfully, I probably have advice for everything, almost. But I think the one thing I have always tried to do is see the positive side of things.

It doesn't help to dwell on the negative things. And it can't hurt to instead "dwell" on the plus side. When you try to see the good that can come out of a situation, I'm sure you can't help but smile in the end. And smiling is good for you! Plus, it's contagious.

The grass isn't always greener on the other side. Look for the green on your side of the fence first, then you'll feel blessed with what you already have.

Be positive! (It's my blood type, I can't help it!)

~Michiko



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

There's Something About: The Things I'm Afraid Of

May 7th Prompt: The thing(s) you're most afraid of.

You could really go in any direction with this one: big bugs, noises in the dark, even death. My mind is going crazy jumping from one fear to another. I feel like I can't even type out a coherent blog post because of all the different things that are popping into my head. Some of it is almost too "deep" for me to even begin contemplating. Maybe that says something about myself - fear of the truth???

Ok, waaaay too serious for me right now. How 'bout we stick to the easy stuff?


Big bugs.

This was in my house a couple of years ago.


Yup, that's good. I'll leave the other scary stuff for prayer-time!

~Michiko



Monday, May 6, 2013

There's Something About: Blog Every Day in May

I'm a few days behind on this one, but maybe I can catch up. It's worth a shot. Besides, there's no blog police or anything!  ;-)

May 6th Prompt: If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, 'what do you do'?

As a mom, I think it's sort of an easy question. And I think there could be several different answers:

  • Everything
  • The stuff the Major doesn't do
  • The stuff the kids don't do

Those are kind of cop-out answers. I could say, "What don't I do?"

But, I think it's important to "do you". Do what makes you happy.

~Michiko



Sunday, May 5, 2013

There's Something About: Children's Day

Happy Children's Day!
 
In Japan, May 5th is Children's Day - a day to celebrate the happiness of children!
 
Traditional carp-shaped flags are flown and sometimes dolls are displayed, as well.
 
My mother just returned from a visit to Okinawa and sent us this flag.
 
 
 
 
Today, I'm reminding myself how blessed I am to be trusted by God with these beautiful treasures. I love them so much and I hope and pray everyday that they are as happy as they make me!
 
 
 
 
~Michiko