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Tell me something good

I listen to the Bobby Bones radio show on my way to work in the mornings. They have a segment called Tell me something good. The people on the show then share something positive that they read about or heard about in the news. I thought about it for a while and I liked the idea of sharing something positive with others. A few weeks ago a woman called into the show and explained how she has her family share something good that they heard about or read at the dinner table. So more thought and I decided to go with it. Now when we sit down for dinner we share something good about our day. We would typically talk about our days anyway, but this makes all of us stop and think about what really want to share as our something good.

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Right now since the kids are little it is typically them talking about who they played with, or of something they feel played an important role in their day. The hubs and I will say something they understand.An example would be B telling me he ran fast at recess. With whatever is said it leads to a confidence builder because the hubs and I will say how we are proud of him for running fast and liking to run. Our adult one would be the hubs mentioning finishing a project. That wold lead to the kids asking about what the project was and so on. Tell me something good at the dinner table is definitely an awesome addition. I see the kids becoming more interested in Mommy and Daddy’s day and learning more about what we all enjoy doing or are accomplishing.

I am hoping that as they get older, the something goods will evolve to including outside news other than just what is going on with our family throughout the day.

Give it a try… Tell someone something good.

Love my boots

For Christmas my mom bought me a pair of black, knee high boots. I love them. They are super comfy and cute. I did have to buy some skinny jeans though. Yup you read that right…I didn’t own a pair of skinny jeans. Now I own two pairs, bought them at Kohl’s and they are made by S.O. They are pretty comfy too. So here is a picture of my boots and skinny jeans. My shirt is from Forever 21. It was $5 and my black sweater was a gift. This is at the end of my day so I feel and look pretty bleh. Just look at the cute clothes ok.

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I am for some reason wearing make up again, and trying to be more fashionable. Yay for me putting an effort towards my appearance again!

Finished the Divergent series

I often love how watching a movie or reading a book will inspire me. On the other hand they can make me feel like crap. I often can relate to the character or feel  like I could accomplish something like they did. For instance I can get it in my head that if so and so character can save the world then I can go do this. What I need to do is a hell of a lot easier than what that character accomplished. Other times the character doesn’t survive or the book/ movie ends badly and then it bums me out.  I don’t know id I’m explaining to where it makes sense, and I’m sure that I’m not the only one that feels this way.Anywho…

I finished the divergent series  last night. When Tris  died and then Four just kind of shuts down it made me very sad. I was all inspired by the first two books. I liked the kick ass strong female lead. I wanted to be strong and selfless and brave. I have no real reason to be all kick ass like her, but it was still an inspiration, made me want to be better. So this morning I was morose because I felt something better could have happened at the end of the series.  I needed more closure than what I received.

I’m bummed out with how the series ended and wish it would have ended differently. The first 2 books were awesome, and the third was good. Just depressing.

No good.

Today was rough. I had labeled the day  shitty before 10 am. I consumed chocolate, and didn’t really get much done at work other than pouting. I felt I was having a horrible, no good, very bad day. Sadly it wasn’t because I am child and couldn’t have the shoes that I wanted. Though as a women it is very possible for me to get upset over shoes. It was all work related and just made me want to go home and go back to bed. Instead of going to bed I ran three miles. Which felt like forever, and I can tell I need to run more and go to the gym less if I want to do my half in  2 hours or faster. I also made some fanfreakingtastic burgers for dinner. I can’t claim originality, and I got the recipe from a friend of ours who made them for us one night. Would you all like the recipe. It’s pretty simple but makes the burgers taste wonderful. Salt and pepper rub the burgers on both sides. You can go as heavy as you want on it. Drizzle soy sauce over the burgers on each side as well. Then lightly sprinkle garlic powder and crushed red pepper on them. Grill to your liking and enjoy the flavors as they attack your taste buds.

Today sucked king kongs balls. My family gave me hugs and my run and dinner helped. I’m sure I will have another piece of chocolate too. Positive thoughts: tomorrow is Friday. I get to eat a left over burger for lunch, and I get to go to bed soon to put this day behind me.

Sorry no pictures of the burgers. Wasn’t thinking about it when I was cooking.

Lack of technology

My hubby and I decided when the kids were born that they would have minimal technological items to play with. They are allowed one movie or show a day if we have time. They occasionally get to play a game on our phones. Now that they are in school the do get to use computers and ipads in their classes. We still don’t allow it at home, and it is getting to be more of a struggle when they play with their friends. Mostly because their friends have their own technology that they are gluing their noses in. At the ages of 5 and 7 I must say we have done a pretty good job at sticking to our decision.

This has meant that there have been a lot of returns to stores after holidays.

You may be wondering why we keep technology minimal. The answer is simple. We want them to be kids, and use their imaginations. We want them to play outside and develop friendships and social skills through playing with others.

As a teacher I have witnessed parents pick their kids up from school and automatically hand them a phone, put on a movie or hand them an ipad for the short drive home. Where is the bonding between parent and child? How does the parent learn about the child’s day? This is so sad. A car ride home is the perfect time to bond, communicate and educate a child. It has minimal distractions, the passing environment can provide questions, and it shows the child that the parent cares about what they have experienced that day.

Here is some background for you. It has been found through several studies that from the age s of three months up to around 8 years that a childs brain make over 400 connections a minute. That their brains develops over 250,000 cells a day. Think about it. If your child is glued to a technological device what kind of connections are they making. Are they positive? Are they helping your child’s natural growth and development? Plus what is your child experiencing?

I know that many parents don’t agree with my way of thinking. Just keep this in mind, we have to help our children’s brains develop. They develop though touch, talk, and positive experiences.  If a child’s mind is exposed to stress they will be more likely to become sick, have difficulty coping with things and it could affect their growth and development.

Just some food for thought. I wanted to share what we have decided and what I know though my career. Parent how you see fit. I don’t how your days are planned out. Maybe they chill in the car ride and then talk your ear off at the dinner table. It’s your kid and you know them best.  Off the soap box.

Peace out and happy randomness. I have a some zombies to get ready to run from.

I survived… the books

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At my schools book fair scholastic sent books titled “I survived the 2011 Tsunami and I survived a Nazi concentration camp.” My daughter brought home a book fair flyer for her school with a book titled I survived Pompeii. I have three questions.

1. Why are they sending books about surviving horrible things to a preschool and a primary school?

2. Who is buying these books for their young kids?

3. How many teachers have made their students read these books?

I get it, I do. These books could be a great way to teach the younger generations about over coming the horrible things that have happened in the past. I know that these books were probably written to honor those that experienced those events first hand.I am coming from a teachers and a parents view. Reading about an event gives the students a chance to absorb what they are learning.I had to read Anne Frank in high school, and I enjoyed it. I learned about how she survived and it helped me relate to her and her experiences.My biggest thing is that younger students may not be able to grasp the seriousness of the situations, and how they changed lives forever.  I haven’t read these books, I’m just going from the book covers.  It’s just my opinion.

 

New shoes

I just got some new shoes! They are so awesome looking and I am hoping to break them in soon. I also need to figure out my next race. New shoes, new race, Time to run…maybe…

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What doesn’t challenge you…

I am 5 feet, on a good day maybe 5 feet 1 inch. I have been trying to box jump a box that is about my hip level. I manage to jump it probably 1 out of every 5 tries. The box that is 6 inches shorter I can jump with no difficulty. It is all mental. The higher box is intimidating and it hurts if you miss. I have had the bruises to show it. I don’t give up. I at least try it, and sometimes succeed.  Each time I attempt it I get a little better at jumping on the box. I guess I am trying to be motivational.

You have to at least try what is challenging you, because you can’t overcome it if you don’t try.

This is  the box I attempt to jump. The box to the left I can jump with room to spare. That is how I know I need to jump the big one.

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Hello to you too!

Hmm what to say?  I am a wife, mom , teacher, runner, gym rat, and Pinterest addict.  My life is full of random moments, and I thought what the hell? Why not share it with complete strangers and of course my friends (if I let them know about it lol). I want to share the cool, interesting, funny and well random things that happen.  There will be  my pinterest fails and successes, thoughts on books and movies, proud moments, and well anything I feel like writing about.  Welcome to my world!

~ Running Random