gentle reader, life is flying by at major fast forward, warp speed! so many things are happening all at once that sometimes, i actually run into myself as i am turning around...and all this time, i thought that was a skill only dogs possessed as they chase their tails!
so, the week before this last week...muscle girl was in kansas city. she attended the personal fitness institute's boot camp with other personal fitness trainees...along with her own class.
it was a fabulous experience for all of them. i was excited to receive her check-in texts that filled me in on how things were going.
i am so proud of this girl and how much she has accomplished in the last year and a half.
i know we all must travel those murky waters of rights of passage...you know, the relationship trials and tribulations, the figuring out what you want to do with your education, the figuring out what you want to do with your life...those epic questions we all must answer.
in my never to be humble opinion, i'd say that muscle girl is doing a-okay.
although she has hit a few rough spots, she's getting it figured out.
and that's the best we can hope for our children, isn't it?
that they figure it out.
that they grow into the independent people they need to be in order to succeed?
that they learn from past mistakes and grow forward.
i have witnessed a tremendous amount of growth where she is concerned.
i don't sugar coat anything here...she and i have endured some issues of our own the past 17+ months.
i have learned some very important lessons, too. lessons that i am growing forward from.
as a parent, it's not always easy to sit back and let your child flounder when you know, from the deepest recesses of your soul, that you can help them.
there are times you may guide them to success and there are times you may not.
there comes a point when you must let those children make their own mistakes.
sitting by and watching the fall out of those mistakes is heart breaking at times.
but i better know now how to help in certain situations.
she told me recently that she is the only one that knows what she feels in her heart and gut. and she's going to follow those feelings through...no regret.
i am very proud of how muscle girl has taken some of these life experiences and turned that frown upside down!
one experience led her to the darkest part of her soul. but it also brought to what she is doing today. she will even tell you, that without that particular experience, she would still be wondering the campus of the university, wondering what in the world the future holds.
because of a broken heart, an empty kitchen [ because she was binge eating...thank god it was not binge drinking ], endless sleeping...
she found her way.
she found her way to the gym.
she found her way to what her future holds.
she found her way to confidence.
she found her way to a career.
she found her way back to herself.
i never thought i would ever utter these words, but i am grateful for what that experience brought to her life.
at the time, i was willing to snap that boy's head off and shit down his throat...today, i understand more of how we react to situations brings about our character.
i kinda understood that before...but until you see your own child live it, it just doesn't make as much sense.
but seeing her experience those emotions...before, during, and after the heart ache...i truly have an understanding.
because the only person you are destined to become is the one you decide to be.
muscle girl has decided who she wants to be.
she knows what she wants for her career.
she knows her own personal goals.
she knows that she is not going to settle for anything less than what she deserves.
and, by god, she's going to go after it in the only way she knows how:
here's to you, muscle girl! i had no idea when i held you in my arms for the very first time that you were going to teach me more about life than i was ever going to be able to teach you.
i've already told you that muscle girl spent the week in kansas city...doing this thang called pfi bootcamp. this is also where she got the new nickname, muscle girl. it's aptly fitting, if i do say so myself.
this is muscle girl and tommy boyer-kendric
she sent me this.
i love this girl!
l - r: tierra, muscle girl, john, blake and brett. sanchee had personal circumstances that kept him from attending.
after spending the week in kc, the group headed home friday afternoon. muscle girl drove part of the group and took everyone home then i met her at her apartment to head out to magic lake for a nice, quiet chill weekend.
here's a little clip of muscle girl wake boarding. subscribers, please click the blog title link to see the video play!
so we invested in another sea doo from leisure life sports this year. it's been a blast to have two again...we definitely use them more than when we had only one. muscle splits her time between riding with her dad and then with me. sometimes dad tends to get a little crazy!
after a big day of playing on the water, it was movie time. we opted out of having a dive in movie...the mosquitoes were horrible! so grabbed goonies and got down to business. until kiroman decided he was going to have a bowl of ice cream. then muscle girl decided she wanted an oreo cookie milk shake. the problem? we had no oreos. so we decided to load up the 9 empty gas cans, head to the gas station, scrounge up oreos, and fill the cans.
ta da! problem solved. we found oreos. gas cans were filled. we didn't have make a trip sunday morning to fill them up!
anywhoo...this was an awesome place to be sunday afternoon. hanging on the back of the boat, catchin some rays, listening to some awesome music, and enjoying the magicness of our lake.
seriously! you thought we were going to make it through a weekend at the lake without a flexing photo of muscle girl? silly gentle reader! that's never going to happen!
whoopsie! someone [ that would be me ] left their phone in the sun for too long! luckily, there was no permanent damage done. i took it inside and let it cool off for a bit and then everything was back to normal!
and this is what happens when it's time to call an end to the weekend and sister isn't ready to go. kiroman is called into action and must carry her to the car so we can head back to reality. is she spoiled rotten or what?
and that, gentle reader, was my catch up.
i'm working on getting a better schedule down.
i'm working to get these posts up more regularly.
i'm working on putting more simplicity and ptc [ present time consciousness ] into my daily life.
i'm hoping to get that done so that i can share with you more frequently.
i'm getting there.
- for muscle girls safe travels to and fro
- for the experience muscle girl garnered from the pfi week
- to have been able to be in contact with muscle girl while she was gone
- to have had a great chill weekend for muscle girl [ me and kiroman, too ]
- to have great people to hang out with at magic lake