Thankful for Family & Fall

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It's been a while! Yes, I know. I haven't actively blogged here since spring. My life, like many of yours, revolves around my children whom I love dearly and all the other stuff I take on in my "spare" time. It was this which stole me away from my blog for over six months this year.

First, it was end-of-the-year parties. Then, summer camp, horseback riding, tennis lessons and the pool, of course. Before we knew it, it was back to the hustle we know as school...literally, a week after family vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

My leisurely weekday mornings are in overdrive since the school district decided to rezone my fifth grader, Isaac, whom I now drive to school each morning. And, yes, my day begins before dawn as usual since I have to do everything on my to-do list for Play Like A Girl! before my seventh grader, Joshua, arrives home after school. Even his afternoon routine is cray-cray: Walk the dog, change into swim uniform, grab a bottled water and snack, ride to Isaac's school for pick up (almost late!), and off to the pool at the local recreation center for two hours with the swim team.

Meanwhile, Isaac and I high-tail it back home to our very tiny quarters to start on homework. All the while I listen to him talk about how he can't wait for the builder to begin construction on our new home. Hell, after four years, we all can't wait for the house to be done! Grateful...we are, of course. But, we're also hopeful for some added space to move around. Very soon.

Back to pick Joshua up from swim practice. Then, back home to cook dinner. Maybe. Not likely! We're all drained by the time my hubby, Mark, arrives home from a long day in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit so we go for what's easy. Dine in or dine out, that is the question. And, that's what our lives are like on a day when the boys have no other after-school activities like Best Buddies, Students Taking A Right Stand, Teen Advisory Board, Model UN, Junior National Honor Society, Destination Imagination or anything else.

Did I say I managed to fit in a 10th anniversary celebration for Play Like A Girl! last month too? Between the boys' tennis lessons and choir rehearsals on Saturdays, of course. You think that's busy?!? Add my civic and community involvement. Yep, board meetings, social events and service activities for American Heart Association, Friends of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Junior League of Nashville, Young Leaders Council and YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee.

Now you see that I've really been busy! This is my real life...I kid you not. Mark and I manage quality time with the boys every night and every weekend. In fact, we're spending the evening at the Nashville Symphony for a Night at the Cotton Club. Yet, we will find time for worship and some football with the Nashville Alumni Chapter of Xavier University of Louisiana (I'm president!) tomorrow.

All of this to say that I'm so thankful for my family. But, God, am I also thankful for fall! I'm looking forward to putting my feet up, watching a few trashy marathons on television and enjoying some good old-fashioned turkey and dressing in a few weeks?!? So, I'm warning you now, Mr. Cold, don't come here with any foolishness like runny noses, scratchy throats and head colds!

Dr. Kim

Dr. Kimberly S. Clay, aka Dr. Kim, is Executive Director and founder of Dallas-based charity, Play Like A Girl!®. On a mission to inspire women and girls across the globe to live a happy, healthy and active lifestyle, Dr. Kim has set out to finally triumph in her own struggle with obesity by creating what she calls her "best me yet" in 2014-15. Sisterbration is the space she has dedicated to documenting the journey and her musings.

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