Surviving Being Off Track – Week 3

This was the week I was dreading most of all, all of the fun things we had planned we had already done, and what was left on the list no one wanted to do, or the weather didn’t permit.  On top of that we had three major events to host/attend all sandwiched back to back with far too little breathing room in between.  All with raging PMS.

Today, even with the considerable foot dragging on the part of my oldest, the kids are back in school.  I’m too burned out from the past three weeks to do the happy dance that this occasion deserves. Maybe tomorrow.  I can content myself with the fancy chocolate I hid away instead.

I wish I could say that we did some really fun new things this week, and in some ways we did.  One of the events that we hosted was a sleepover for my son and his cousins to celebrate his birthday.  They stayed up late watching movies and playing Minecraft and having a great time.  We finally got them to bed around 11:30 – which was a good thing because they woke up at 5:30 (yes, in the morning – eeek!) to plug back in and play more. We asked them to please sleep a little more so they wouldn’t be super cranky the next day. You can imagine how well that worked.  At least they were downstairs and behind closed doors so we could barely hear them.

We did the Planetarium one more time, this time seeing the Rocky Mountain Railroad movie on IMAX.  Out of the latest three this one was my favorite, beautiful cinematography, epic landscapes, great history, and awesome music (and free popcorn!).  Even the youngest sat for most of it, although I’ll admit it might be because the train whistles and noises might have scared him a little.  I’ll take what I can get.

We attempted to test out oldest’s new birthday bike, but with the snow and ice it didn’t last too long.  He doesn’t like change and those extra 6 inches are making a big difference in his confidence.  The brakes are different as well, he’s used to pushing back on the pedal but the new bike has hand brakes.  I can only be thankful that he tends to be overly cautious, and didn’t wipe out.  That would have put him off of riding for weeks if not months.  IMG_2288[1]

Part of me is sad that I didn’t spend any time in the kitchen making goodies together.  At the same time, it’s a bit of a relief that they didn’t seem to want to either.  With hubby and I both dieting, having cookies, cupcakes and other treats around isn’t a great idea.  I still made cupcakes and a Minecraft inspired rice crispy treat “cake” for the birthday sleepover, and I won’t admit to how many crispy treats I ended up eating.

Here’s to the next time the kids are off track!

 

 

Don’t do dumb things – Texting and Driving

Although this blog is mainly used for entertainment purposes, today’s post is deadly serious.  I happened to come across a disturbing and eye opening public service announcement video that I feel is important enough to share. It is my hope that by sharing this message the current attitude about texting while driving being okay, will change.

A Case for Texting while Driving

Before you watch this video be warned, it is graphic and intense.  If you are overly sensitive to seeing human tragedy, I suggest you skip it.  To be honest, when I finished watching I felt physically sick. This accident is a reenactment of a real accident that killed four people in Tredgar, located in south-east Wales. The Tredegar Comprehensive School and Gwent Police banded together to create this teaser for a longer video created to emphasize how dangerous it is to text and drive, especially for young or new drivers.

 

This isn’t the only video about a tragedy that has happened because of a distracted driver, there are dozens if not more online.  With the coming of new and better technology available for phones and personal devices this problem will only continue to grow.

For this, I plead with you –

Don’t do dumb things.

The world is a fantastic and wonderful place filled with fascinating people and thrilling adventures. Too many accidents happen when people fail to think through their actions beforehand. They think, “That could never happen to me. I’m careful. I’ve done it before.”

It’s not if the accident will happen, with this attitude, it’s when.

I grieve for all the families who have suffered tragedy and death due to texting and driving.   I don’t know about the rest of you, but today I’m holding my babies tighter and praying that the people driving around where they play and go to school put their phones away and pay attention.  No should ever have to bury a loved one because of this.

Oh, and wear your seat belt

To leave this heavy message on a brighter note, here is perhaps the best commercial for wearing a seat belt. It’ll make you cry, but in a good way.

If you feel this message is important, speak out! Share, reblog, tweet, pin, and be a part of the solution.  You can make a difference!