Ditching the Friday after work drinks for a Friday night fun run
Variety Santa Fun Run – Melbourne
What better way to end the week than with a fun run. It was our first ever time committing to something of the sort. After watching my little brother complete his first ever run I was inspired. Albeit I didn’t do nearly as many kilometres as him! – he completed 22kms and we were so excited and proud! We had been meaning to start running the other year…but then I got pregnant and didn’t think it would be a good time to start on that activity so I just kept up with my daily walks and pregnancy pilates. Our biggest inspiration would definitely have to be my dad. I always remember him telling us the story of when he joined in a fun run and ran over the Westgate Bridge while it was so heavily pouring down rain. The rest of the story may be TMI so you’ll have to ask him for the rest of the details yourself. Let’s just say it was good it was raining so much.
We joined in the 5km stretch and walked/ran our way around the Yarra with some of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks in the background. Melbourne’s buzzing happy hour crowd seemed surprised to see a plethora of Santas running under the Princes Bridge, and everyone cheered us on as we endeavored to make our way to the finish line before our two kids in prams started wanting to get out of their seats for a little run around of their own. We had to keep them occupied with drinks and snacks!
It was a fun way to help kids be kids and spread the Christmas spirit of hope to those in need. And get a little exercise in there too!
Us and the kids in a sea of Santas – Variety, the Children’s Charity help when others can’t helping children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs through the provision of specialist equipment and services when families can’t afford it, and when government assistance isn’t available.It was a kid-friendly, family-friendly and pet friendly event!
Warm ups before it started
Held at the Alexandra Gardens there were food trucks and we were spoilt with goodies at the finish line with yummy Jalna yoghurts, Bellamy’s organic baby food, Ardona water and even vouchers and mini pancakes from The Pancake Parlour. The smoky BBQ rolls from Smokin Barry’s food truck were a hit!
Care to share any tips for us newbie runners? Thanks in advance! xx
Simple Nighttime Routine
Ever since becoming a mum I have tried to find that balance between trying to keep the house clean, find good recipes to cook, actually cook them, play with the kids, work, exercise, blog, grocery shop, relax, the list goes on. And so far, the one routine that actually works is our nighttime routine.
This is one of my most favorite times of the day. The time where we’re all fed, clean and snuggled up in bed. Our 4-year-old leads us some daily prayers and then right at the end my husband and I will ask him “Daniel, what are you grateful for today?”. To which he has replied with the most random, inspiring and heartwarming thoughts. It’s so interesting hearing what he has to say and it has always helped us to end the day on a happy, positive note no matter what else has happened.
Just the other night:
Me: So Daniel, what are you grateful for today?
Daniel: Thanks to God for my family and thank you for our hearts.
Me: Our hearts??
Daniel: Yes because it pumps the blood around.
Me: Why does it pump the blood around?
Daniel: So the blood goes to all the part of our body.
Me: Did you know that there are red blood cells and white blood cells?
Daniel: Yeah, the white blood cells help my sugats get better! (sugat – Tagalog word for wound)
Sometimes it’s just so random, the things he says. And it’s a good conversation starter because we end up hearing more about how he perceives the world and the events that have happened during the day. In this case, he said he got it from his “body book” – a book for kids that I bought for him a while ago. We haven’t read it in so long so it was so random that he thought of it. Not sure if was exposed to anything at preschool or on tv but it kind of makes me want to learn more about or study early childhood learning because he really, truly absorbs everything around him.
What is your nighttime routine and what are you grateful for today?
Sunday mornings are the best. This of course means different things when you have two under four. Even 8am is a sleep in!
Relaxed breakfast time. Maybe even a short walk. And of course we start the week off with an hour to reflect, give thanks and prepare. I love this time of year and even more so when we are surrounded by kindness, peace and like-minded people who are grateful and filled with hope and joy.
As we sat down for our morning coffee and hot chocolate after mass (free of course, and served with a smile!), I saw this little paragraph (see below) in our Parish bulletin. It is always filled with surprising little words of wisdom, stories of the locals and events that help bring people together in unity and love. It is published weekly
with a Big Bulletin being published monthly
. Something for everyone.
Life may be kicking you around right now, but I’m telling you that you can’t imagine the good that awaits you when you refuse to give up.
Stay focused on your dream, you have the power to change your circumstances.
Let nothing hold you back!
How do you spend the first few hours of your week? ‘Tis the season to spread hope, peace and love, not run around like headless chooks! Just something I need to keep reminding myself 😉
Wishing you a week that’s not too hectic as we draw closer to Christmas.
Last year for Daniel’s advent calendar I made these little cards for him for each day leading up to Christmas Day.
Little acts of kindness or more commonly, RAKs (random acts of kindness), are such a beautiful way to spread the spirit of Christmas. You never know just what role that kind little deed might have in giving someone hope and happiness that day.
- Leave a bright message in chalk on the footpath for passersby
- Wear your happiest smile today
- Pick up litter and put it in the bin
- Bake some cupcakes for your friend
- Invite someone over to play
- Give outgrown clothing to a small friend
- Sing a song for someone special
- Bring bubbles to the park and some extras to share with other kids
- Write a thank you note for someone who has helped you
- Leave a friendly note in a library book
- Visit your grandparents or relatives. Spend some time talking and playing with them
- Write down 5 things you are grateful for
- Give Christmas cards to your neighbours
- Light a candle and sit still thinking happy thoughts for the world
- Draw a picture for someone
- Gather a few items you would like to donate to St Vinnie’s
- Write a letter to a loved one and read it to them
- Call a family member or friend you haven’t seen in a while
- Volunteer your time in the community
- Give someone a compliment
- Offer your help to someone
- Make your cousins a Christmas card with lots of stickers and glitter
- Give a gift to the donation tree at your local church or grocery shop
- Give 5 people today a great big bear hug
- Tell your mum and dad 3 things you love about them
How can I be a blessing to others today?
Once there was a young man who never thought of donating blood. But then his father got very ill and was hospitalised.
One day the son was sitting by his faher’s beside as he was getting a blood transfusion. As he watched the blood flowing into his father’s veins, he suddenly realised that somebody donated the blood that was now keeping his father alive. Straightaway he made up his mind hat he would become a donor and he was as good as his word.
Many are willing to avail of the generosity of others, but few are willing to give something back. This is why gratitude is so important. It makes us want to give something back.
(Excerpt from the parish’s weekly bulletin which can be found here)
Every night Mr D practices gratitude by telling us the things he is grateful for that day. It’s so heartwarming to hear what he has to say, which lately has been all about family and holidays!
Whether it’s an action that is big or small, how can you be a blessing to someone today?
This has been doing the rounds on Facebook so I thought I’d have a little chat with Daniel to see what he had to say!
Without any prompting, ask your child these questions:
* What is your name? Daniel
* How old are you? Three
* How old is Daddy? 18 months
* How old is Mummy? 3 months
* What is your favourite food? Noodles
* What is your favourite color? Green
* Who is your best friend? Alyssa from preschool (I didn’t even know there was an Alyssa in his class?!)
*What is your favourite song? Man In The Mirror and (he starts singing) “Baby, baby, baby OHHHHHH” (Baby by Justin Bieber)
* What is your favourite animal? Giraffe
* What are you scared of? Huh? I’m not scared!
* What makes you happy? Mummy
* Where is your favourite place to go? Disneyland (he hasn’t been even been yet!)
* What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor
* What is mummy’s favourite thing to do? Play with Daniel
* What is daddy’s favourite thing to do? Go to work and say hi to his friends with me!
There’s nothing else that can put me at ease than coming home to our warm and cozy abode at the end of a long day. After finishing up some meal prep for the week and a quick clean/declutter of the place so we don’t wake up to mess on a Monday morning, I sat down for a moment and had a flick through our Parish bulletin. I thought I’d share the below excerpt in case you wanted something to meditate and reflect upon.
Have a great week everyone. Good night!
We may not have the capacity to enact a mriaculous ‘resurrection’ as Jesus did with the widow’s son, but we certainly have the capacity and frequent opportunity to restore someone to life in the manner that Jesus restored the life of the widow.
Whenever we encounter someone who has been cast out by life circumstances or by the cruel actions of others, we have the capacity to restore them to a fuller life through our actions. We restore life when we restore dignity; when we refuse to participate in grinding someone down and instead extend a hand to help them up.
How can you extend a hand to help someone up this week?
P.S Other reflection blog posts can be found here and here.