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There are things that you just never think that you have to tell your children. They are the kinds of things that you suspect you’ve just always known that they were a bad idea. But, then your child does something that makes you go, “Oh, clearly I needed to mention that was a bad idea.”
Yep, I had one of those occurrences today.
It came as I was in the living room and the kids were in a bedroom. I heard a large thunk (that ended up being a head hitting the floor, as those loud thunks often end up being) and then loud crying.
What greeted me at the door was Jack lying on the floor crying, while the other kids recounted to me how it happened. And it was this: Jack had stood up on an exercise ball to try to reach something on a shelf.
No, I didn’t mistype. He stood on a large ball and was surprised to have fallen.
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Jack was fine (thankfully), and I was reminded that motherhood is often the most surprising and perplexing role that a woman can ever have.
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Last weekend, I was thrilled to get an impromptu phone call from our dear friends inviting us over to make s’mores at their new house. Calls like that always make me feel a little bad, because they are the types of calls that I just don’t seem to make, always worried that people are too busy for impromptu s’mores.
There is something soul cleansing about just visiting with friends and roasting marshmallows over an open fire.
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Not only did I leave with a full, happy heart from our friends’ home, but I also left with 26 mosquito bites. I know – I counted them, and each and every one of them was from my knees to my feet. (So itchy!)
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One day last week, I decided to try out an idea. You see, I kind of wondered if I would edit and schedule post that writers from The Homeschool Classroom had submitted by working on them with my iPad and keyboard while walking on our treadmill.
Trust me – I know this sounded like a standing on an exercise ball to grab something off of a shelf idea. But, I figured it was worth a try. If it didn’t work, I would just keep walking and not work.
I’m so thrilled I gave it a try though. I walked for an hour as I worked on a bit of editing and mostly scheduling. (They’re pretty fabulous writers.) The best part was that the time went fast and I didn’t have to feel like I was losing work time (which can be hard for me to come by).
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I have to admit, of course, that I wasn’t going terribly fast – only about 2.5 mph at a 5% incline. But, I knew that I was definitely moving more than when I was sitting in a chair doing the same editing work normally. Bonus!
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This post was actually written while walking on my treadmill. Let me assure you that, yes, typing on the treadmill was harder than mostly just reading, a tweak here or there, and scheduling posts.
But, it appears that the post is now done and I haven’t even fallen off and been the maker of a thunk of the floor.
Angie for the win!