Lessons Learned this week:
1. We will never own a guinea pig. Over the break, Ellee was chosen to bring the class pet home. So we found ourselves proud hosts to Leo, the guinea pig. The pros would be that he was adorable and it was fun to watch him eat his “salad” every day (he loved lettuce, carrots and apples). Ellee was so proud and did a great job taking care of him. The cons were that apparently guinea pigs poop non-stop. We spent most of the time spot cleaning his cage and it was a little bit tiring by the end of the week. So this past Tuesday, we fondly said our goodbyes and brought sweet little Leo back to Fourth Grade and made our peace knowing that while we would gladly welcome other people’s guinea pigs into our home, we will never have one of our own.
2. Watching Downton Abbey the second time around is just as good as it was watching it the first time.
3. The best place to be on a cold winter’s morning is Hot Yoga. It almost feels like a mini vacation to somewhere tropical. Though usually on vacation, you’re not trying to work through the warrior series while sweat drips down your ankles.
4. Mini Reeses Peanut Butter cups are my kryptonite. They are probably also the reason why I have to do so much Hot Yoga.
5. Parenting lately, is like a rollercoaster. I fearfully anticipate the uphill climbs, hold on for dear life through the plunging lows and smile and take it all in when I finally reach the top for a few seconds… only to then go plunging back down again. It’s fun and scary and thrilling and uncomfortable at times. But I’m learning a lot. Much of it is thanks to a wise friend who has gone through everything I’m going through now. She helps me and prays for me and gives me great advice. Today she reminded me that we were never meant to do life alone and she is totally right.
6. It’s okay if your daughter gives you the stink-eye because you tell her she can’t wear her high-heeled wedges to school for the second day in a row (for the record, I somehow missed that she wore them the first day, though it was 50 degrees yesterday compared to today’s 30 degrees). In all reality, your concern for the future health of her feet will far outweigh the angry look she gives you when you tell her no.
7. If I don’t know how to cook something and I call my mom, she always has a good suggestion to try. This is the blessing of a very talented stay-at-home mother who always cooked beautiful meals almost every night of my childhood.
8. It’s a huge blessing, when you’re an on-location photographer and you get a call for head-shots on the one winter day that the temps are in the 50s. This happened to me yesterday and I ended up having a great outdoors session in Westhampton with a college freshman who is also aspiring to be an actor.
9. That sometimes it will be awfully discouraging to see people you love going through difficult times. This has been the case for our friend Michael who has been in the hospital for the past few weeks. But even in those difficult times, I’ve learned that I can still see God working. I saw it last night as I was texting back and forth with Michael’s mom Sally. I was amazed by her faith and her strength through this time. It was a beautiful thing to know that even through their family has been struggling, she still holds out hope and knows that God is with her.
10. And finally, I’ve learned that there are always lessons to be learned. Life is a series of lessons, some big and some small. This would be my list for the week and writing it out is my way of acknowledging and appreciating the different lessons in life that I’m learning.