Welcome to Inspired Life! I am a mother, but this is not a "Mommyblog" by any means. Yes, I blog about my children (two girls, 12 years apart) but I also write as inspiration strikes me. Current events, women's issues, randomness, sometimes silliness. Why the name Inspired Life? When I decided to move my writing to an independent blog from another website, I was searching for a name. I looked back on a recent post I had written and that phrase kept coming back to me. It reminds me daily of who I am and what inspires me. That tends to disappear in the daily life of work responsibilities, household responsibilities, and wife and mother responsibilities. With the reminder, I don't let responsibilities to myself get lost along the way.
Monday, January 30, 2012
A fun outing
On Saturday, we had planned a family dinner to celebrate both my father's birthday earlier in the month, and Sophie's birthday tomorrow. On Friday, my mom checked her email and saw one from one of my cousins, asking if he could visit for the weekend before shipping out on his next... tour? (whatever a trip on a boat with the Marines is called) on Tuesday. So, he came! Then, Saturday morning my parents had to go to the hospital so they brought my cousin to our house for the day, before dinner that night. Last time I saw him, he was four. Now, he's about a foot taller than me (and I'm not short). Obviously the planned day of laundry was no longer an option (not a great way to entertain long-lost relative, huh?) so we decided to go to nearby Oak Ridge to the American Museum of Science and Energy. If you didn't know, Oak Ridge is the home of the Manhattan Project and the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan. The museum is lots of fun, lots of hands-on exhibits that kept us all engaged and learning things. There is so much history in our area! We all had a great time, and Sophie wore herself out. By the end of the tour, she was trying to go out any door she saw "want bye-bye!" After a few minutes in the gift shop, I carried her outside to wait for the rest of the family. When I stopped walking, she said "No! Want home, mama. Want home!" She slept very well that night.