It's not every day that you go from fields, to water, to concrete bleachers all in the same 12 hours. But we had date day together at the Strawberry Patch, then met new friends at the beach (Levi and Karlene) and had date night at Petco Park with Jill and Guajome cronies. And I have to say, it was refreshing to talk to this lady at the beach. She has 4 boys and this last one, Levi, is 6. She was taking him to the beach on a Friday after Kindergarten. I told her about Lukas not being in Preschool and the possible adoption coming, and she was so kind, and uplifting, and God-fearing. We became facebook friends and keep in touch now and again, mostly sending beach pics back and forth! She said even when you feel like you're on an island with less TV watching, and all those things that other people balk at, you just keep on going, and keep on doing. It's for their good and will work for good. Seriously. Breath of fresh air. Because even from a lot of moms at church I get the comments, or the questions followed by excuses of why they'd never do such and such. I won't lie- it's disheartening at times. In one sense a person is put on a pedestal for doing something "good" (like eating healthy, or not having kid do tv/video games, etc) but it's like an isolated whipping post in disguise. Because so often one is completely alone in the uphill battle to do what a mom (and the Pediatric Association) deems better for kids. Doesn't mean I'm acing other areas of momming, but in that one I'm trying, and can't we all just support each other? I have a friend who is a runner. I am not, but I cheer her on for her efforts and think it's awesome how people get off their rears and commit to such a healthy activity, and feel such accomplishment in finishing races, etc. I'm not gonna sit there and make up all these reasons I don't, or belittle her for spending that time without her kids, etc, when in actuality I'm just too lazy to go out there and hit the road, and I'm not dedicated enough to carve out time for that right now. Running is so good for the body! Times and seasons people. Everybody has different ones at different times. Moms really need to high five each other more.