It was a long trip, the weather didn't always cooperate but we are home safely so I'm happy. Me, with a few extra pounds unfortunately...
I did try to eat well most of the time, but wow it can be hard in some restaurants. No baked potatoes, the only sides are fried or with butter, salads pre-made and already have cheese, etc. I certainly wasn't perfect, but I could have done much worse.
Something happened that I thought you would appreciate. We bought 4 tickets to Universal studios, but then on the day to go my husband wasn't feeling well and wanted us to go without him. I didn't really want to, but keeping the kids stuck in a hotel all day and losing all of the money wasn't a great choice either. When we arrived I went to the ticket line, saw a family and gave them my hubby's ticket for free. They were quite shocked but appreciative considering the price of a ticket! Now, I told you this not to brag on me but to understand how cool the next part was to my kids. I had told them that we should bless someone else with our unused ticket rather than throw it out, and share God's blessing with us. About 4 hours later we were walking into the Islands of Adventure side when a family came up to US as we were walking and said - "We are leaving now, but we purchased these eXpress passes and have barely used them at all, Would you like them?"
What a wonderful blessing! We were able to get on rides so quickly in the busier part of the day, because this family was so generous to us - and what an amazing example to my children seeing how we were blessed after helping someone else!
A "out of the mouth of babes" moment occurred on vacation - we were in a gift shop and my daughter found one of those little wall plaques that have cute sayings on them. She pointed out one for me that said "I keep losing those pounds and they keep finding me!" Ahem... I felt like I was being given a message to stop making excuses and eat healthy consistently. I'm not setting much of an example if I keep regaining those 10-20 pounds and them losing them. It may not sound like much, but it really got to me if that makes sense, a gentle correction I needed from above even though I know my daughter didn't mean anything at all badly/mean by it.
We attended a wonderful church service on vacation, and was very blessed by it! I also had an incident with my son (13 and full of hormones!
) that wasn't good but did result in our having a L O N G discussion about girls and appropriate behavior, etc. etc etc. It won't be the last discussion we have, I'm sure of that, but it did end up being a really good talk once he stopped sitting there like a robot. Oy....
I've been reading and catching up - I won't comment on everyone because I have to go leave now, but hugs to all!
I missed you all!