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Celebrating Life with Paula

Celebrating Moment by Moment 
Jul. 25, 2012 9:15 am 
Updated: Aug. 6, 2012 7:38 pm

Today's post is a reminder for me - a reminder to not get all bent out of shape when things don't go my way, but to enjoy life as it comes. Life has been so busy here lately that I have just had to live in the moment. I really thought when the summer began that I would be able to get back to my Weight Watcher's way of eating, begin losing those last 30 pounds, and life would just fall into place. (sigh) But that hasn't happened. First I got a stress fracture in my foot and had to wear a boot. Then the boot came off but the foot is not normal and is rebelling at walking long distances again. My dream of getting back to my usual 4-mile a day walk has not happened and may be postponed a while longer. My foot seems to have a mind of its own, so I never know from day to day how it's going to behave. And my idea of being home all summer to fix those healthy meals and exercise hasn't happened either. The last two weeks have been spent keeping grandchildren. Now don't get the wrong idea. I LOVE my grands, but they do keep me busy. And as much as I hate to admit it, they can wear me out. 

The first week I had my daughter's 4 children - ages 2, 3, 7, and 8. We went to the zoo (in almost 100 degree weather), to the local Dollar Tree where each one had exactly $1.00 to spend, to Sonic for milkshakes, and filled in the rest of the time with playing and reading and a little napping (ok, ok, I napped!). I must admit, I got sick of cooking, putting food on the table, and cleaning up the table AND the floor three times a day. Mealtime and clean-up just seemed to run into each other with very little space in between! But we all made it and still love each other madly!

The next week I had my son's two children - ages 22 months and 4. Both weeks I was at the grands' homes, so that means they were more comfortable and familiar with their surroundings, but I got nothing done at my house. This second week I spent a lot of time on the road. I had to take each child two different days to meet their daddy at his office so they could go to the doctor. But we still managed to squeeze in a trip to the zoo (again in almost 100 degree weather) and a McDonald's visit.

Needless to say, after two weeks of keeping children, I pretty much did nothing on Saturday except wash clothes. My husband had to pack and get ready to leave the country this week. I remember taking a couple of naps that day, and my sweet husband did take me out to eat. Sunday was spent going to church, getting him to the airport, and resting a little more.

Since my daughter works Saturday and Sunday nights at the hospital, I spend my Mondays at her house keeping the kids while she sleeps. So I went out there only to discover that I had agreed months ago to also keep the kids Tuesday afternoon for her to go to a doctor's appointment. Since I was living in the moment from day to day, I had forgotten to check my calendar. So this week has been really busy too!

So, today is Wednesday and my only day to pack and get ready for my Seattle trip to the Allrecipes headquarters to help them celebrate their 15th anniversary. I've already gotten my suitcase packed and am now about to go get my hair cut and make a last minute stop at the grocery store so my husband has something to eat when he gets in from the airport tonight. I am so excited to get to see the behind-the-scenes workings of my favorite recipe place and to finally meet some of the people I talk to on The Buzz! I must say, I love allrecipes.com! I love access to all the recipes, I love reading other people's blogs, and I love meeting new people who like to cook as much as I do. This is a great place!

Well, all that to say, my dieting plans have been a little derailed this summer, but I have high hopes to get right back at it when I return from Seattle...oh, wait a minute. I have vacation when I get back. Oh well, moderation will be the key, and as Scarlet used to say, "Tomorrow's another day." 

Jul. 25, 2012 9:25 am
Oh heavens! Children that young would flatten me and that trip to the zoo whew! I'm sadly out of play practice since I only have one mostly grown son. You will have so much fun on your trip, I just know it! We still have more of summer so you still have time to achieve your goal! Have a great time in Seattle!
Jul. 25, 2012 9:30 am
Oh, Cat. When those grands come along, you'll remember how to play. You just won't be able to do it for very long without a little rest!
Jul. 25, 2012 9:33 am
Paula-I hear you on the keeping on track with food. However, just having that thought in the back of your mind will help. Your grand kids are so cute. I wish I had all the energy kids have. I hope you enjoy the Seattle trip and have a great time with all the AR friends. Please blog about the adventure.
Jul. 25, 2012 9:36 am
Paula, I better start resting now cause I'm not getting any younger :) Being out in the heat all day yesterday flatten, I can't imagine what young ones could do with that boundless energy :)
Jul. 25, 2012 9:37 am
Lela, thanks, I think the grands are adorable, but I realize I'm probably biased :) I DO plan to blog about all the Seattle adventures but will probably wait until I get back.
Jul. 25, 2012 9:37 am
that's supposed to be flattened me!
Jul. 25, 2012 10:04 am
Oh my gosh Paula, your grandchildren are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! What a busy, busy couple of weeks you've had, and more to come! Have a great time out in Seattle.
Jul. 25, 2012 10:04 am
Adorable grands. They are lucky kids to have you! Have fun in Seattle wish I was going as I haven't seen my DD who lives there in 1 1/2 years. Hopefully, she'll be home for Thanksgiving this year. You'll have a great time because there are so many things to do and see. Hope your foot holds out, lots of hills in Seattle. Eat at lots of fun places, the diet can wait until you get back. Can't wait to read your and everyone else's stories.
Jul. 25, 2012 10:28 am
Thanks for coming by and reading Molly. I'm counting 5 weeks that I'm not even home! So, yes, this is a very busy summer. But it's with people I absolutely adore, so I am very blessed. God has been good to me!
Jul. 25, 2012 10:29 am
I hope your daughter gets to come home for Thanksgiving, Luvs2Bake. Nothing like family, is there? I'm hoping my foot holds out too. I'm not taking my boot on the plane with me. I'm only doing carry-on luggage, so I just don't want to deal with it. Hope I don't regret that decision :)
Jul. 25, 2012 10:44 am
I admire you for your strenght and tenacity, not to mention love, in keeping your grands for so long and doing all you do with them. I have two and when they spend the weekend it takes me days to recover. They are 10 and 7 now and they have learned how to really help around the house so the mess factor is not as huge as it used to be, they swiffer and vacuum, dust, sweep under the kitchen table, empty the trash, clean up their toys and make their beds when they here. Not so much at home I am told. Their Mom asked my grandson why he does so much so willingly when he is here with me and not at home. His response (manof few words) "Because it's grandma". Have a good trip.
Jul. 25, 2012 10:50 am
Yea Paula! You are an inspiration! Keep on keeping on. Your leg will heal in time and you can do your walking again! Good to see the beautiful photos of your family!
Jul. 25, 2012 11:12 am
It seems so much harder as we get older to stay in shape. Every calorie we consume seems to find a place to rest on the body and the body does not move the way it once did. It is so nice you are able to spend time with the grands and help your children out, too. Have a wonderful time in Seattle. I am in town relieving a brother from his care of our aging father. The weather has just turned nice so you will have a wonderful time. If you plan to shop at all toss a reusable sack or two in your bag as they charge 5 cents for a bag.
Jul. 25, 2012 1:14 pm
You wore me out just reading about your summer. I am in love with the little blone cutie with the hair bow. They are all beautiful but she just stands out. Have a great time in Seattle and keep in mind that things happen for a reason.
Jul. 25, 2012 1:36 pm
Covergirl, you give me hope that these children may actually help me out some day! In fact, the next time I stay, I think I'll think up the chore list beforehand :)
Jul. 25, 2012 1:39 pm
Thanks, souvenir and BigShotsMom for your encouragement and admiration of my family. And, yes, I believe all things happen for a purpose. I just have to remember not to whine about it and remember that eventually it will all work out for my good.
Jul. 25, 2012 1:43 pm
Marie, you aren't supposed to tell me the truth! Please lie to me and tell me I'm supposed to get better with age :) TV and magazines did that for years and I actually believed them when I was younger. Yeah, I know, I'm gullible and naive. Well, I've found out for myself that nothing works like it once did and it takes longer for recovery. Glad you can spend time with your dad. Thanks for the heads up about the shopping bags. Interesting.
Jul. 25, 2012 2:02 pm
Paula - I am so with you on the busy summer interfering with my weight loss program! Thanks for the reminder to enjoy things as they come!! Have fun in Seattle!
Jul. 25, 2012 5:08 pm
Mi, let's see if we can start all over and get super serious with our weight loss program around August 12 or 13. Do you have kids? School will have started by then and maybe this crazy summer will have calmed down.
Jul. 26, 2012 10:26 am
My goodness ladies, here I think I have a full schedule. I envy you the opportunity to have grands close and able to care for them. Since my stroke 6 years ago, I have limitations and have had a knee replacement last January. Two weeks ago,I fell and injured both knees and have set my recovery back at least 30-45 days. I go to water therapy daily now for the knees and have therapy on my shoulder once a week. I damaged my rotator cuff for the second time in 10 years. My husband will ot let me go outside without someone with me. Little does he know what I do when he is not home. HA!HA!. I am just more careful. My balance is messed up, but that does not stop me. When I fell,I had to call the EMT's to come pick me up as I could not put pressure in my legs. So while waiting,I continued watering my pots by the garden. The one guy said, "you're a tough bird", then laughed. He had been here a few months back when I had another incident. They now have my garage code and can get into the property, if needed. They are a great bunch of men and I appreciate all they do for seniors, like me, and others. It is a shame that cities like mine are cutting services back, more and more. Wait until one of them (voters) need the assistance and it is not there. Many will really suffer, more than they are already. Enough of my "soap box". I am glad to read the blogs. Sharing life is a wonderful experience and a great way to meet new friends. When working,I traveled the Seattle area as part of my territory and loved it. Enjoy while you can. Until next time---keep up the dieting and you will get there!
Jul. 26, 2012 1:11 pm
Count me in, Paula! I have two grown "kids" and 3 grands, one of which lives with me. I had been doing really well with staying on track until a few weeks ago when it seems like things started getting really busy with out-of-town guests, mini-vacays, etc. I had really been getting down on myself and then along came your blog....and you're right, sometimes you just gotta stop and enjoy life's moments!
Jul. 26, 2012 1:12 pm
P.S. Love your pics, by the way!!
Jul. 27, 2012 8:17 pm
Carolyn, you do sound like one tough cookie. Hang in there and keep up the good work with your exercise and being careful. Praying you heal quickly and get better faster than expected!
Jul. 29, 2012 5:56 am
Great blog Paula - I just wanted to say hello and what an absolute pleasure it was to have met you. Our ferry trip was certainly an experience!!! Take care.
Jul. 29, 2012 4:31 pm
Ditto, apple.strudel. I loved getting to meet you too! You are a delight!
Jul. 29, 2012 5:03 pm
You are such a good grandma! Those grand babies are adorable!
Jul. 30, 2012 8:17 am
Hi Paula - so much fun to read your blog and see the adorable grandchildren after meeting you in Seattle. I certainly sympathize with the crazy but wonderful schedule!
Jul. 30, 2012 11:37 am
Those kids are just TOOOOO CUTE!!!
Jul. 31, 2012 11:54 am
Woo you're busy!! I hear ya on the foot. I broke my ankle in mid-Febuary and I got back to normal walking and no limp end of May!
Jul. 31, 2012 5:56 pm
Paula, your grandkids are just gorgeous!
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