It’s a New Year and all the more reason to seize the moment, get a little dirty and live life out loud without the fear of making a mess. As you may remember from last year, I have taken on the task of helping Shout® Reprogram America by starting with my family. Seizing the moment is a great 2013 resolution to make for yourself or for your family! So, this year, let’s live for the moment, live to get dirty and live out loud!
Live for the Moment
How many ways are you connected to technology throughout the day? If you are like us technology is literally at your fingertips every moment. Our cell phones, tablets, computer, hand held games and mp3 players can quite literally engulf our lives and become major time sucks. I never thought I would have a 2 year old who is proficient with using the iPad but I do. While all of this technology is certainly beneficial and helps us in more ways than one, it can truly take us away from time well spent. I often wonder how much I am missing out on while trying to capture the perfect picture of my kids while they have their firsts. For instance, we traveled to the bowling alley last weekend because Graham really wanted to show us what he had learned in PE class the week before. This was Davis’s very first bowling experience and I wanted to capture every moment. What I learned is that I was missing out on the fun and quickly put my phone away. That is when my new challenge to myself began to take one picture and then lock the phone away in my purse!
Live Out Loud!
This one is probably the easiest one for us to accomplish. I feel like I am confident in who I am and my goal is to help the boys be completely confident in their own skin and live life in a way that is a celebration of who they are! I guess the important part of this for me is to constantly remember it is ok to tell others “No” and that it is ok to not punish myself for things I’ve done wrong in the past. I need to be more accepting of the fact that we all, including myself, make mistakes and to learn from them and move on. Maybe we all could use a dose of that in our lives?
Live to Get Dirty
This one has been very hard for my husband. He is a self-proclaimed neat freak and getting dirty or letting the boys get super messy is just not his idea of fun. You guys already know where I stand on this and for some reason planned messiness is easier for me than unplanned. For example, Davis has a really bad habit of getting messy when we are out to eat and then wiping his hands on my shirt or grabbing onto my shirt. I cringe every time! What I realized is that before long he is no longer going to be clinging to me. One day he will likely not want to be around me that much for fear I will embarrass him. So, while he may be getting my sleeves grubby, my resolution is to love those messy little fingers and all of the stains that come with them!
While you are getting dirty, make sure you are stocked up on my favorite Shout® essentials! The Shout® Wipes are always in my purse (ready for sticky finger sleeve stains) and I keep the Shout® Trigger in the bottom drawer of the washer for easy access when the boys have had tons of fun outdoors! Oh, and did I mention that Ketchup is Davis’s best friend?! You know what that means. You can participate in our commitment to Reprogram America for Fun with Shout® on their Facebook page. Shout® is asking you to take another look at how you live your day to day lives with their Reprogramming America for Fun App. A fun video incorporates your pictures and name in order to motivate you to live life out loud! It is a lot of fun and worth sharing with your friends. You can also submit photos of yourself and your family seizing the moment!
Also trying to live in the moment is Olympian Jennie Finch (mother of three)! I had the honor of asking her a few questions a few weeks ago about her family and traditions. Check them out!
Interview with Olympian Jennie Finch
1. During the winter months, what is your #1 way to let loose and have fun with your boys?
We have been having a ball this winter whether it’s arts and crafts or cooking. Making and doing for others has been a theme. I let their little minds run and create. Thanks to Shout®, we can handle any stain whether it’s from outside or in the kitchen.
2. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions that you and your family did this year?
I loved getting the entire family involved in cooking some of our favorite recipes; there is nothing better than enjoying some of our favorite foods and goodies from our childhood and making it with the ones we love. Also, the kids loved decorating our Christmas tree – it melted my heart when Ace, my oldest boy who is 6, showed his siblings how to “properly” decorate the tree.
3. I am also the mother to two little boys and have dreamed of having a little girl! Tell us about how you are preparing for a girl and managing three kids aged 6 and under?
To be honest, I don’t think there is really anyway to prepare. We are going to take it day by day and soak it all up. It’s going to be a challenge that’s for sure, but there is nothing better than family and we feel so very blessed. My 6 year old is such a big help, it will be a challenge having two little ones close in age but we couldn’t be any more excited about the challenge!
Now, in order to get crafty with your kids, Shout® would like to provide one Go Graham Go reader with a Crafty Shout® Prize Pack valued at $100 which includes:
Assortment of board games including Life, Jenga and Monopoly
Shout® branded calendar
Here’s How to Win:
1. Go to the Shout® Reprogramming America Facebook app and click on the Get Reprogrammed button to create your own custom “Reprogramming America for Fun” video. Then leave a comment on this blog post answering the question, “What changes will you make to seize the moment (even if it means getting messy) and live life out loud?”
This Giveaway ends 1/28 at 5pm PT.