Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mo the Clown (& Eliminating Distractions)

Hey, guys!  Just popping in for a minute to say hi and share this hilarious picture of Morgan her teacher emailed me last week.  Not sure what this lesson was about, but they dressed up as clowns that day.  SO FUNNY.

Morgan amazes me every day with all the things she does and says.  She has SO much personality and spunk, and she learns and comprehends at an amazing rate.  I've said several times that one of the sweetest gifts God can give us is the chance to watch our own children grow and develop.  It's a super-amazing experience that I don't take for granted.  I thank Him all the time for every single day He gives me with Morgan because I know that in reality, she belongs to Him. I'm having the time of my life every single day with her.

On another note, I've recently been working on eliminating distractions from my life.  It honestly got to the point where I said, "Okay, something's gotta go.  I can't live like this."  I was becoming disgusted with how "busy" my life was.  So Facebook and Twitter were first on the list.  I didn't delete my accounts, but I've stopped checking them for the sake of checking them.  I never really actively posted on either a whole lot, but would check them at random times from my phone.  I just realized how completely unnecessary it is for me to read status posts of people who don't directly affect my life (including celebrities on Twitter).  I haven't logged in to Facebook or Twitter in a week (unless I've gotten a notification or direct message), and I don't feel like I'm missing a thing.  (I know blogs involve reading about people that don't directly affect me, but reading blogs is therapeutic for me.  Plus, I don't have time to do it like I want.  Even if I did, I'm not sure it's something I'd be willing to give up. Ever.)

I've also been working on getting some things out of my house.  Clutter is bothering me these days, too.  I remember when Danny and I bought our house, and how much bigger it felt than the tiny one-bedroom apartment we left behind.  Then along came baby and the house all of a sudden felt much smaller.  Then over the years, we've just accumulated STUFF.  Combine that with the fact that we don't have a lot of storage space (and haven't bothered with putting things in our completely empty attic), it doesn't make for a very tidy setting.  And I'm sort of tired of that.  So I'm getting rid of stuff.  Maybe I'll adopt the minimalist lifestyle.  Just gotta get rid of these unnecessary distractions.

I actually have time to blog tonight because I'm out of town for a work conference.  I'm in Orlando, which means I'm seeing a ton of kids and their families who are doing the Disney World thing.  I've wondered how so many families are doing their Disney vacation in the middle of the week in the middle of the school year.  Fall break, maybe?  We had lunch at Downtown Disney today and I found myself gazing at little kids around Morgan's age.  I miss my little munchkin!

I have to admit, though, that it feels good to only feed and dress myself in the mornings and only get myself ready for bed.  That's an hour extra of sleep! :-)  And being away from home, I don't have the constant urge to load/unload the dishwasher, load/unload the washer/dryer, pick up toys off the floor, try to keep my kitchen table from drowning in clutter, and all that other stuff that completely fills my evening after the babe goes down for bed.  Now I can blog, grade projects, and work on grad school stuff. 

Speaking of grad school, both of my professors for this semester are here at this conference. Think I should beg for mercy from the one that's killing me this semester? No? 

Well, I should probably end this post.  I only got one hour of sleep last night, so it would be smart to get some shut-eye before my seminar in the morning.  I hope everyone's having a great week!

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