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Friday, February 12, 2010

With Glowing Hearts

I can't think of a better time to tell you all about how we spent most of Monday than right now while I am watching the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games hosted here in Vancouver. I have always been a HUGE fan of the Olympics, and I can vividly remember sitting on the back of our couch anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 2010 host city on July 2, 2003. I was so very excited to find out that WE would be the host to the world. I couldn't hold back the emotional tears of excitement, joy and pride... much like I am feeling at this very moment and how I felt on Monday.

The Olympic Torch relay traveled through Langley on Monday, and over 25,000 people were in attendance for the festivities. Reagan, Anna and I were a part of that group! The celebration was truly spectacular, and very moving. Monday was day 102 of the 106 day relay event as the torch traveled across Canada and back. As we watched the torch approaching, I found myself once again fighting back my tears. The theme for the entire relay was "With Glowing Hearts", and my heart was glowing with pride as I watched the events unfold.
Now don't get me wrong... I am a proud American! But I am also very proud to be living in Canada right now, especially since I live just outside of Vancouver!

The highlight of the day came right as we were getting ready to leave, and we saw all of the relay runners gathering in the distance for a group photo. Reagan, Anna & I walked over like we knew exactly what we were doing, and we joined the group! Reagan used her adorable charm, and it wasn't very long before we were all taking turns holding the torch and taking pictures.
Monday was a VERY good day... With Glowing Hearts, we became a part of Olympic history as that torch has now also been used to light the official cauldron of the 2010 Winter Olympics!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Not Me! Monday


Nope, it has not been over 2 weeks since I last posted, and it certainly has not been almost SIX MONTHS since my last Not Me post! No way would I neglect my blog. Not Me!

So what else have I not been doing? Well, let's see...

I certainly did not, after completing a three day total body cleanse, join my family for dinner at McDonalds and proceed to eat nearly everything in sight. I mean, who would be crazy enough to endure three whole days of cleansing to then just turn around and stuff themselves silly with fast-food nastiness. Surely not me!

My child did not have a melt-down in the middle of Toys R Us because we wouldn't agree to purchase the Polly Pocket motor home for her. My child did not then decide to continue that melt down throughout the mall, and in the parking lot, and in the car, and even into our home. It did not require a slight act of bribery to convince her to chill out. We have now implemented a daily allowance chart system so that Reagan can earn her own money to go buy her own toys. This system was not put in place to pawn some of our own chores off onto our daughter... no way!
One of the many items on Reagan's allowance chart is that she will earn 25 cents a night if she sleeps in her big girl bed all night long all by herself. After over a week of success with this venture, I am not actually a little disappointed. I do not miss snuggling with her during the night and waking up to her smiling face each morning. I do not feel torn by the feelings of wanting her to remain a little girl and yet being so proud of her for finally sleeping in her big girl bed once again. I am not confused by my feelings of enjoying having room to stretch out and roll over in my bed, and yet missing the cuddles and snuggles that I would be getting otherwise.

I am not already considering lowering her allowance since she is bleeding my change purse dry!

I am not such a negligent mother that it was only just this past weekend that Reagan had her first ever dentist appointment. No way would I wait until just before she turns FOUR to tackle this adventure! After the appointment, I did not decide that it really didn't matter anyway because Reagan was an absolute ROCKSTAR at the dentist and we were told that she has perfect teeth. She did not love it and has not already asked to go back again. We did not have to listen to her the rest of the day telling us to check out her "sparkle like diamonds" teeth, and she certainly did not tell us all day long that we needed to wear sunglasses because her teeth were so bright. I do not have a drama queen on my hands! Oh well, at least she's a drama queen with good teeth!!!

And finally, we are not at all excited for the 2010 Winter Olympics that begin in just 4 days! As my brother-in-law likes to say, the Olympics are taking place in our own backyard. Vancouver is less than an hour away, and we do not plan to head downtown to participate in as many of the festivities as possible!

I plan to do a separate post in the next couple of days to tell you how we spent today, so I will just leave you with this teaser... this is not me and Reagan holding the official Olympic torch!
So there you have it. If you feel the need for some free therapy in the form of admitting all of the things that you so did not do, then head on over to MckMama's blog to see what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.