Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Mom in Me

The mom in me can sound like a nagging b+*&;.  I tell my kids to turn out the lights when they leave the room, put a new toilet paper roll on if it runs out, pick their clothes up off the floor and put them away. I tell them to rinse their food down the drain instead of just leaving it soggy in the sink (hate that its gross). I repeat myself daily saying don't talk to strangers, come straight home from school and to wash your hands before dinner. The mom in me sounds like my mom.  

The kids going crazy because it was nice 1 day

The mom in me tells them try their best and to have fun. I tell them they can do anything if they believe they can and work hard. The mom in me still loves to go watch the school musical, to see whatever artwork comes home and watch whatever sport is in season. These days the mom in me is on the lacrosse sidelines, which I must admit is kind of fun.  I'm still learning the rules, but its more entertaining than baseball was.

confused at lacrosse
he is number 5, it took me a whole quarter to realize it was him since he's gotten so big

But, the mom in me loves to swim bike, run and race a cyclocross bike. Unlike a lot of moms, I like pushing myself until it hurts, riding my bike with boys, or through mud. 
CX.....since it triathlon season

I still love having goals for myself that challenge me. I admit it adds to the craziness of a busy house, sometimes stresses me out, but I'd be bored otherwise. Plus having a goal and something of your own teaches the kids, its not all about them all the time. The mom in me cracked at work on Monday. I cried and I never cry in front of people, especially work people. This mom is usually tough as nails, but fatigue, an overloaded week and weather in May that feels like November pushed me over the edge. But I recovered quickly from my meltdown and even though Tuesday this week felt like Friday, I managed to go to work, plus an extra meeting, fit in a work out, go back to work for CPR recertification to come home and record the TBC podcast about  If you haven't heard it check it out. Adam and Scott, interviewing 3 women......priceless.

The mom in me still likes to put on girly clothes and high heels, blow dry my hair go on a date with my awesome husband and do something not related to triathlon or kids. What mom wouldn't want to lose the pony tail and sweat pants for a night out!
1 of my favorites, mtn biking in day, cirque de soleil at night

The mom in me is even published in the book Tri-Mom..Swimming Biking and Running through Motherhood.  Several other crazy moms who also have an endurance habit sat still long enough to put real stories down on paper to make  to this fun book about working training and being a mom. 

 The mom in me still has mom guilt, at times and is always fighting hard to keep the balance of not letting work racing and training overtake life. The mom in me gets more stressed about how to fit workouts in vs doing the workout itself and I admit to skipping a workout if something important comes up for the kids and my usual plan gets derailed. 

The mom in me might swim bike run, ride a bike through dirt in mud, run around in spandex or workout clothes with sweaty wet pony tails, but I also love  to make waffles for kids on the weekend mornings,  see them walk in the door after school excited about the day, try new sports, and at the end of the day tuck them in and hear them say I love you mom, you're the best mom ever.

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