Resuming Normal

by Renee on July 24, 2014 · 13 comments

in life

Thank you so much for each of you who wrote and commented and reached out about yesterdays post. You have no idea how much your words mean to me and my family. It’s been a long road for us and one we thought we would be better at navigating by now. I will respond to each of you personally, I promise.  I’m slowly going through them as I go from smiling and reading… to crying and now knowing if they are tears of happiness or fear or just tears. I’m kind of a mess of emotions right now.


And I need to give my eyes the day off today since I have an eye exam later on. It’s been two years so it’s time for new glasses!

Carla wrote a post about everyone having a hard and it was perfectly what I needed to read, right when I needed it, as so many of her posts are for me these days.

I’m also adding this post to Amanda at running with Spoons Thinking Outloud Thursday. Since I’m basically doing that.


I woke up early and got in an at home yoga session with the Daily Burn. I hadn’t been to yoga in a while and felt kinda rusty. What I love about yoga is though you take what you need. And I needed the breathing and relaxation. Ujjayi breathing was a soul release for me.

Yoga at home

Bella also needed some yoga mat time as well. We had a tree pose and I look down to find her making herself cozy on the mat :) You can see her circling in the photo above.

Broc and I got out of the house for a hot second to the playground. He had a ball.

B at Playground

I pulled out my inner American Ninja Warrior (not really) to make it across the monkey bars. I can still remember posting many years ago I wanted to be able to do a single pull up at that park. Now I can crank them out. A little bit stronger everyday.

Monkey Bars

I promised a picture of my new hair but with all the going ons, I haven’t really felt like a photo opp.  Here is the trifecta of blog photos: New hair: Check .Glasses: Check. Selfie: Check. Silly face: Check. Bad Lighting: Double Check! This photo has it all. New hair

My new to me DSLR camera arrives today. Yes I’m going to stop hopefully torturing you with iphone photos. I think it’s time.

I’ve wanted one for so long but held out because I didn’t want to spend the money. I’ve got some new projects coming up for work and decided it was a good time to make the investment.  I’m feeling all flashy now! New glasses today, new mac book, new camera…shesh let me know if you find a money tree cause I’m about to set it on Fiiiyyyyaaa!

Other projects: Our kitchen remodel. That’s on a bit of a stand still right now. When I said our house projects take us forever that wasn’t me being funny, it’s the flat-out truth. And sometimes when you are tearing apart really old structures you find a random roof you didn’t know was there? It’s also important to note if you yell random quotes you find hilarious to your tired and frustrated husband about said roof, he will get angry.

For Example:

“That’s a sweet roof pitch, maybe we should keep it”

“The Roof, the roof, the roof is  onnnnn….in our ceiling?”

“Who builds a roof OVER another roof, I guess they won’t leak?”

“So I guess we won’t get wet even if we tear out the walls?”

These are not funny, and did nothing to lighten the mood.

So until we make a plan for the newly discovered roof, we are standing still. I should contact that show renovation realities, we are perfect for them. We have charisma, we think we are funny and our renovations always turn quickly into dark ominous nightmares :)

And trust me we have had a few good laughs about the random roof. Upon discovery of the roof was  just a little too soon for bad jokes. Timing is everything in comedy.


Question of the Day: Do you make jokes in awkward situations? 

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susie @ SuzLyfe July 24, 2014 at 2:17 pm

That meme, it is just everything. I hope that you are feeling better and stronger after yesterday. And I told my mom to comment on your post. She said that she has actually had first hand experience working with children with your son’s condition–I hope she might be able to help you.


2 Renee July 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

Susie your mom’s post made me cry! It’s always so nice to know that we aren’t alone.


3 Suslyze's mommy, Clare August 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I was thinking about you and wondered how you are doing.
No need to respond, just know I’m thinking of you and your darlin’ little one.


4 jill conyers July 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Joking is my husband’s go-to defense mechanism. Sometimes it drives me crazy but most of the time it balances me out.


5 Renee July 26, 2014 at 11:28 am

It is a good balance! That’s important to have.


6 Amanda @ .running with spoons. July 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

OooO! Congrats on the new camera, lady! You’re going to love it! 😀 I remember when I first got mine — I was crazy intimidated by it — but just start experimenting, playing around with different settings, and shooting, and you’ll get used to it really quick 😀

Oh, and love the hair and glasses! Totally two things that I real y need to get around to taking care of myself.


7 Renee July 26, 2014 at 11:27 am

Thanks Amanda I’m a little intimidated by it, but slowly it is starting to make sense. I just figured out autofocus! :)


8 Jen July 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Looking good Reneé! ! So sorry life isn’t being kind to the Benda’s right now… Hang in there! Reece is so much stronger and braver then I could ever wish to be. We will be thinking about him and praying that all goes well next week. Please let me know if you need to get out or chat♡♡


9 Renee July 26, 2014 at 11:26 am

Thanks Jen! The Benda’s have it a little rough right now. We are just hoping foe some kind of answers. <3 <3


10 Julie @ Running in a Skirt July 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

I love the new hair! Stay strong!
In awkward situations I make jokes or completly clam up. It could go either way…


11 Renee July 26, 2014 at 11:22 am

Thanks Julie! I’m always the awkward joke teller, it’s my default.


12 Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily July 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm

we are in the middle of renovating our house, the roof guy got up there and said. “omg. this is ugly. horrible.”

Gee. Thank you!


13 Renee July 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

Oh No! It is such a pain!


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