Thursday, July 23, 2015

No gym?

No problem!

Making time to workout is not always easy. After Ryan was born I got into a slump and found every excuse not to workout. I'm too busy. I'm too tired. I'm too lazy!

For almost a year now I've gotten into a good routine and I feel great. One of my good friends starting teaching barre classes and as soon as I tried it, I was hooked. In addition to barre, I do their TRX and cardio kickboxing classes so I never get bored with the same class over and over. The best part is they offer free babysitting so the boys can come with me. We go three times a week and I think all three of us look forward to it. 

But things come up and I can't always make it to the gym so I try to find other ways to workout.  I walk as much as I can with the boys in the stroller. We walk to the Y for swim class. We walk downtown on the weekends for coffee and bagels. We walk the lake. I know some women out there are running with the double stroller and more power to them! Pushing 70 pounds is enough for me while walking, I can't even imagine running. 

I do like running, I just leave the kids at home! I'm definitely more of a jogger than a runner but I find it very peaceful. I love being outside in the sunshine and fresh air. I don't use headphones, I enjoy the rare peace and quiet. In the last few weeks I've even convinced Will to come with me on weekend runs and now we reay look forward to that time together. 

The kids definitely notice that exercise is a big part of mine and Will's life and I think that's important. They pretend to go to the gym, they imitate me and do planks and leg lifts and they love playing with our resistance bands. I want them to grow up being active. Going for walks and bike rides, swimming and hiking. I want them to know exercise can be fun and make you feel good. It doesn't have to be in a gym, it can be anywhere. This morning my mother in law was blowing bubbles and the boys were chasing them around the yard. After ten minutes, they were out of breath. In the yard, we race each other to the tree and back. And now that Nathan is older, he and I go for walks together. 

For me, exercise is a huge stress reliever. It gives me time to think things through and clear my head. It makes me feel good about myself and motivates me to push myself harder the next time. 

I hope Will and I are setting a good example for our kids. Showing them that it's important to find time for yourself and make your health a priority. In the meantime, at least we have very cute workout partners. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pretty as a picture

I am a Type A personality. I like things planned out and scheduled. I like routines. I like straight lines and neat piles. 

Once I had kids I lost a lot of that. I've accepted that my house will always be cluttered. That the laundry will never be caught up. That I'll be always be late (this one is the hardest for me). 

But I've tried to maintain some control. I can't go downstairs in the morning until my bed is made. I refuse to let dirty dishes sit in the sink overnight. And I sweep the floor multiple times a day, trying to keep up with the constant trail of crumbs my children drop on the floor when eating. 

Yesterday I discovered a new way to satisfy my obsessive need for order. Will has always been the one to do this particular household chore. I never had any interest in it and it just kind of became his job. But we were busy so I offered to do it. 

Yesterday I mowed the lawn for the first time. And OMG I discovered my happy hour. I loved everything about it. I was outside in the sunshine. Between the front, side and backyard I got more than 6,000 steps on my FitBit. Nobody was asking me for a drink or a snack. It was so peaceful. 

I loved seeing it go from messy to manicured in seconds. I loved the challenge of making the lines as straight as possible. For someone who loves things to be symmetrical, mowing the lawn provides instant gratification. I think I did a pretty good job for my first try and I'm already thinking of how I can improve the turning radius next time to get tighter turns. 

My house might be messy inside but damn it I have the ability to make my lawn look good! And for a former neat freak, that makes me very happy. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Now that Nathan can read and write, it's not unusual to find little notes like this all over the house. 

Nothing like a love note to brighten your day 

Nathan loved his Pre-K teacher Julie this year. 

On the last day of school he drew her a picture.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Proud Mama

End of school year progress report
Pre -K
5 years old 

Lunch is served

Some days I'm lucky if I can Ryan to eat anything besides goldfish crackers and yogurt.

Today for lunch he's eating a bowl of garlic hummus and raw veggies dipped in balsamic vinegar. 

Kids are weird.

Monday, June 8, 2015

One on one

I'm been trying to make more of an effort to have one on one time with Nathan. Ever since Ryan was born, it's rare for just the two of us to hang out. And when Ryan is around he gets more of the attention since Nathan is so much more independent and Ryan needs so much more help with everything.

Today I had to take my car to the mechanic and it was the perfect opportunity to bring Nathan along. He is obsessed with cars and loved watching the mechanics work. 

On our way home I made a detour and drove into town. I told Nathan we had to run a quick errand. Always an easygoing kid, Nathan didn't seem to mind. As we walked down Main St, he happily chattered away pointng out fire trucks and minivans, convertibles and SUVs. The kid is obsessed with vehicles.

When we reached our destination, Nathan looked up at me. His smile was so wide, his dimples so deep. We walked into D'Amicis bakery and were welcomed by case after case full of desserts. I told him he could pick whatever he wanted for our Mommy/Nathan date. 

He chose a rainbow frosted cupcake. I chose a cannoli. One chocolate milk and a cappuccino later and we settled in at a table by the window. For the next 30 minutes we sat and ate and talked.  Nathan loves his little brother and never complains about having him around all the time but I think it's nice for him to have some time where all the attention is on him. No interruptions. No distractions. 

And I like having a special date with my perfect gentleman every so often.