Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hey, It's Okay!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog. Doesn't have to be on a Tuesday either. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post. Grab the button if you'd like!

--To have rolled my eyes a bit when I was watching Sister Wives (Tom let me put it on without whining too much!) and Robyn said something like, "We don't want our boys to be soldiers" and talked about hiding the National Guard paperwork from one boy who wanted to join.

--To think I got Tom to appreciate Trader Joe's. He picked up some things he ended up liking.

--To have enjoyed The Angry Birds movie. There were some funny parts.

--To be ready to be in our house already. We SHOULD still be closing on June 3rd. But that doesn't mean our stuff will arrive soon after. It's PCS season so we might have a delay. I hope not.

--To love that I don't have to cook dinner while in the hotel. We've been having a lot of sandwiches and TV dinners. I did make spaghetti one day but that wasn't the easiest on the tiny cook top.

--To have a post up over at Military Wife And Mom about what shopping at the commissary is like here.

--To be going to the Riverwalk to have lunch with Tom today. Mom has the kids so we're enjoying a date before Tom starts his MTI school.


--To have thought it was hilarious that Ruby went to sleep like this:

Airing My Dirty Laundry

Monday, May 23, 2016

When Your Child Is Religious, But You Are Not

I'm not religious.

Yes, I've been to church. I was even in some church groups in high school. But I never felt like religion was for me. I believe in a higher being--but who that higher being is, I don't know. I suppose I'm known as agnostic.

I've always been fine with those who are religious. Many of my friends are. Many family members are. And I always vowed that I'd allow my children to decide for themselves what they wanted to believe. So I put them in vacation Bible schools.

Tommy? He wasn't a fan. He found it boring. He has a more scientific thought process and needs proof.

But Natalie? She loved learning about the Bible. One time she told me, "Jesus is Lord." Another? "Mommy, let's say hi to Heaven!"

I am honest with my kids. If they ask me if I believe, I'll explain that I really don't believe in the Bible. Natalie knows this, but SHE chooses to believe, and I would never take that away from her. Never. Even though I'm not religious, it doesn't mean my daughter can't be.

I do tell her that I hope she always believes that it's okay if two consenting adults want to marry, even if they are the same sex. Right now she doesn't have an issue with it and wears her shirt proudly:

Maybe one day she'll change her mind. And that's okay. I have friends who don't agree with it and we're still friends.

Maybe one day she'll decide she doesn't want to believe anymore. And that's okay too.

But for now, in the present, when Natalie says, "It's raining. I love the rain. We should say thank you to Jesus," and it means so much to her so I'll comply and say, "Thank you, Jesus."

Because it's not hurting anyone.

Friday, May 20, 2016

What A Tween Girl Looks For In A Swimsuit, And It Has Nothing To Do With Body Type

Did you guys hear about the magazine that talked about what swimsuits you should buy for your body type?

If you're a TWEEN?

Now, I understand that this magazine thought it was trying to be helpful. But when their target age is 8-12? What? My daughter is nine and here's what she wants in a swimsuit: bright colors. If it doesn't ride up her butt. She doesn't know about curves and fat because she's NINE.

For example?

She wanted this one because of the colors.

She liked this one because of the flower. And that it was "different" from other swimsuits.

She..okay, I made her wear this one. But she doesn't care. So long as she gets to play in water, she'll wear whatever.

The matching swim cap is adorable. It's probably the last year I can get her to wear it though.

And then my sweet daughter asked if she could wear a bikini because some of her friends wear them. I wrote about why I'm not comfortable with this. But then I told her she could wear something called a "tankini" and she agreed.

"I love this!" she gasped, twirling around in front of a mirror. She didn't suck in her belly. She didn't check out how her butt looked. She just twirled and twirled and twirled. Because she doesn't focus on fat. She focuses on fun.

Basically the moral of this post is to let kids be KIDS. I'm proud my daughter isn't panicking over her body shape. She'll have time for that later. But for now?

She'll play.

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