Sunday, April 27, 2014

It's kind of a big deal

Hubs and I are going on our very first trip alone.  We've planned and dreamed about this trip for 10 years...and it's almost here!  I'm equal parts super excited and very terrified.  I know the truth, that our kids will be fine, but worry starts to creep in.

What if we all get sick?
What if they miss us too much?
What if they drive our friends crazy?

I realized one particularly anxious day, that my worries are just Satan's attacks.  He would love nothing more than us let worry sabotage our trip.  He doesn't want us to invest in our marriage or bless our family.

But I refuse.  I refuse to let little lies ruin sacred time with my husband.  Things will happen...that's life.  Nothing will be perfect or run smoothly, but the question is, can I dance in the rain as it pours down?

I'm going to enjoy every moment of this trip for all the times I've longed to escape life's craziness and for all the anniversaries we said, "Someday we'll be on our trip".  We will finish all of our interrupted conversations, we will eat quiet meals without having to get up 5,000 times and we'll go kayaking, snorkling, play tennis and go to shows without having to worry about finding childcare.  We're going to be refreshed and renewed.

And it's a big deal.  To me.
It's a big deal that we were able to pay for this trip.
It's a big deal that friends and family offered to watch our kids without us asking.
It's a big deal to see years of planning finally happening.
It's a big deal to see a dream come true.

On our honeymoon, 10.5 years ago

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Really good home workout

I am terrible about working out at home.  Absolutely terrible.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my 3 kids view me as a human jungle gym the second I get on the floor or the fact that they want to join me, which only results in me giggling the entire time instead of sweating.  But this week, when I had to stay home from RIPPED with a Bubby, I was determined to do something.  Did I mention Hubs and I are going on a trip soon?  That's the next post, but I can tell that it's motivation to get moving!

I found a workout on Youtube and I loved it.  Had to share it because 2 days later, I am still sore from this quick and easy workout.

Home workout, no weights needed
*30 seconds each, with a 10 second transition break

alternating rear lunges
mountain climbers
jump squats
up/down planks
jump lunges
4 mountain climbers, 2 push ups
squat jumps with heel kicks
side plank with dips
lunge pulses
crawl out to 4 mountain climbers
plie squat pulses
side plank with dips-other side
lunge pulses-other leg
4 mountain climbers, 4 arm extensions

Then I added this ab workout from Pinterest.  My abs are very rarely sore, but this will get you! 

Ab workout

20 Windshield Wipers
20 Deadbugs
10 Reverse Crunches
30 Single Leg Extensions
20 Bicycle Crunches
10 Lying Leg Lifts
20 Single Leg Lifts

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Family history

Hub's grandparents came to visit us last weekend.  It was so fun having them here and I learned a lot over the course of their trip.  They both worked in the medical field and had so many great stories to share.  Random fact I learned: buy organic apples!  Pesticides soak through the skin.

While they were here, we toured several museums and it brought up many history conversations.  One night at dinner, Papa said that one of his greatest regrets is that he didn't journal more through life.  They encouraged us to write down little things in our normal life, everyday.  Some day, our kids and grandkids, will think our normal life is fascinating.  Like, 'Can you believe Grandma had a blog!'

I was thinking back to how much has changed since Hubs and I got married.  I never would have imagined I'd be there person I am and wine drinker, runner, diligent floor cleaner.  Anyway, it inspired me to document the mundane and maybe let myself realize that my simple life can be fascinating.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pull Ups 101


As soon as Hubs started working towards joining the Navy, he bought a pull up bar for our house.  I watched him built strength, to the point where he does 100's of pull ups and push ups in a day.  I'm sure most military spouses can relate to PT readiness process.

Now that I'm done teaching, I've gotten a lot of "so what are you doing now?" questions.  My biggest concern in no longer teaching a weight lifting class twice a week was that I would loose all my strength.  So I decided to dedicate my new time to pull up conditioning.

Hubs and searched the web for women's pull up training and didn't find much.  So I decided to document my own path to doing a pull up.  Hopefully it will keep me motivated and accountable and maybe encourage another woman to join me :)

The very beginning of my journey started with weight machines at the gym.  I usually do a weight session once a week and a pull up day at home.

Step 1:
Rep of 8 assisted pull-ups (30 lbs...4% help)

Step 2:
Rep of 8 lateral pull down machine (70 lbs)

Step 3:
Flexed arm hang.  
Hold pull up for 45 seconds and slowly come down

Step 4:
Hang the pull up bar in a "high traffic" doorway.  
Every time I pass through the doorway, I jump up, stay in a flexed arm hang, do 5 knee ups and slowly lower myself down (aka "negatives" + leg lifts)
Starting position
Flexed arm hang

Knee ups
By the way, the knees up is a great lower ab exercise...just an added bonus.  This week I had a day where I was doing a lot of laundry, so I hung the bar going into our laundry room.  I could tell a big difference in those little reps!  The next day we were doing push ups and they seemed a lot easier than normal!

Not sure what my next steps will be.  I would say that I can currently do a "jump up" and a chin up but not a real pull up.  I've heard that very first one is the hardest, but once you get it under your belt, the rest come easier.  I guess we'll just have to see :) 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Such sweet news

The sweetest news came this afternoon.  A long awaited baby arrived to my sweet friend. 
A baby we prayed and prayed and prayed for.  A girl after 2 boys!  Then, the toughest test to patience...12 days overdue!  But she's here and my heart is overflowing.  I love seeing God's work.

Other sweet news:
  Online coupons + Cartwheel app + Target red card= I saved $50 at Target this morning! 
  Extra bonus= shopkicks app.  Every time you walk in, you get points to earn a gift card.  If you scan certain items you can earn even more points.  I rarely scan because I already have too much to juggle while I'm in there.

Just for fun, this is my last pregnant picture...ever.  Just days before #3 was born, with my sister who saved us.  literally.  Charlie was 12 days early and I cannot imagine being pregnant for another month past this!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrating the 6th

I'm kinda in love with this little man.

He's full of spunk and energy and completely melts my heart.

For all of his life, Charlie's weight has been an issue.  We've seen specialist after specialist and never been giving answers why he's so small.  He's been in the 3rd percentile for a majority of his life and has occasionally dropped off the charts.  Just a few months ago, doctor's sent us to a nutritionist and we were basically told to give him Carnation Instant breakfast every day (it has more calories when served with whole milk and less sugar than Pediasure). 

Stinker will only drink it out of a bottle, so we've let him have that bottle as much as he wants.  I'm sure his dentist will hate us someday, but for now, it's the best thing we can do for him.

We made an appointment yesterday, ready to pursue further specialists.  Hubs even came in his uniform and was prepared to get the best care for his son.  To our surprise, Charlie has jumped up to the 6th percentile, a number I have never seen on his chart.  The doctor was happy with his stats and said, "whatever you are doing is working and you just need to keep it up".  Such blissful words to my ears.  I finally felt like I was doing something right for him.

The doctor chuckled as he watched Charlie race around the examining room and said that he clearly has a high metabolism and burns lots of calories because he never stops moving.

Today, I'm celebrating a little number 6.
Cheers to you Carnation Instant Breakfast!
Thank you for putting a little meat on my little man's bones.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Your true self

A neighbor asked me if I could get her kids to the bus stop in the morning because she had a doctor's appointment.  Sure, no big deal.  Then she said, "I'll bring them over at 7:30".  Yikes.  7:30 is the time of the morning I'm saying, "Hurry!  Eat your breakfast/get dressed/brush your teeth/for the millionth time GET SOME SHOES ON!" all while chugging some coffee and scrambling out of pj's myself.  I was convinced that I could convince my neighbor that mornings really were calm and collected in our house.  I got up extra, extra early and had my coffee and got breakfast ready in a very calm matter.  I decided that I would be extra cool and sneak in a shower (which never happens, but by George I was going to be clean when she showed up!).  I was stepping out of the shower when the doorbell rang.  She was 15 minutes early!  I scrambled back into my pj's and tried to sleek down my crazy hair and ran to the door.  My kids came stumbling to the door still in their pj's to sleepily greet their friends.  Oh, it was the complete opposite of what I was trying to accomplish!  That afternoon I apologized for being so disheveled when she came over.  She said, "It's okay, I was a little early.  But we're military."  Um, we're military too...
The next day the rental company called to say they would be coming over to inspect our house.  This, by the way, is a homemakers nightmare.  Add on 2 toddlers who just wanted to play trains and not clean up and I almost lost it.  I cleaned all morning, but felt like nothing was actually getting clean.  Time was ticking away and I finally succombed to clorox wipes...then she pulled in the driveway, 15 minutes early!  Bubby's room was still so disastrous that you couldn't even step a foot in it!  There were so many train tracks out that there was no way I could quickly throw them all in the closet, so I just had to take a deep breath and open my front door to a not perfect house.  Turns out she was just looking for mold and shingle damage...

I realized that day that if you want to see someone's true self, just show up to their house 15 minutes before your supposed to be there.  I so badly wanted my true self to be on top of it and have things done early so I could be relaxing with my boys instead of frantically running around, shouting at them.

After that inspection, another neighbor stopped by.  She sat in our living room, looked around and said, "Your house is annoyingly clean".  It still makes me chuckle that she said that.  Maybe my true self, the not-on-top-of-it self, would have blessed her more than the self I was trying to portray.  Don't we all want to see that others are just like us?  They have mornings when they're running late or days when their kids don't cooperate. 

I guess my true self is always running late, never on top of it and more disorganized than I ever want to admit.  I'm accepting it and sharing it...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Unconventional Workouts

First, find a baby that is petrified of the ocean and go for a long walk.  Good for the biceps, quads and most of all, your soul.

Then, find an almost four year old who is afraid of heights and climb to the top of a lighthouse.

 Add the baby who is not afraid anymore and thinks he can climb up himself and you've burned at least 500 calories.

And if you really want to challenge yourself, wear leather dress shoes that keep slipping off your feet.  It will strengthen your toes in a way that you never thought possible.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Accidental Green Smoothies

After years of debating, Hubs and I finally joined a wholesale club.  Our family has finally come to the point where it makes sense to buy our staple things in bulk.  Actually, I should say that our family has finally come to the point where we go through a bulk item in a week, instead of several months.  The day we joined I had just a few items on my grocery list so I decided to pick them up while we were there.

Big lesson learned...our family does not need bulk produce!  I don't know what I was thinking!  All that to say, after many salads and kale chips, I still had an over abundance of spinach, kale and cucumber (I still have crazy amounts of green onions I have no idea what to do with).

I didn't want to waste all of our food, so I decided it was time to start experimenting with green smoothies.  I'm not a huge fan of green smoothies so I was determined to find a combination that I could actually drink.  First try tasted like I was drinking a salad.  No thank you.  But instead of tossing it, I threw it into ice cube trays and used that as my ice in the next attempt.  I'm happy to say that I finally found a winner!  Which is lucky because my not-so-expensive-large-quantity-produce purchase lasted me a week of salads, kale chips, smoothies and 30 ready-to-make smoothies in my freezer!

Here's my recipe:

Blueberry Pomegranate juice (a really good antioxidant)-1/2 cup
Spinach- small bunch
Cucumber- 3 slices
Strawberries-4 whole
lemon-1/2 squeezed
Plain Greek Yogurt- couple of spoon fulls

I was reading a blog with several different smoothie ideas and the writer was talking about how amazing she felt when she drank green smoothies.  I'm not one to jump on food bandwagons, but I have to say that I found myself agreeing with the writer.  I quickly found that days I had a green smoothie after a workout, I had much more energy and just generally felt really good.  If you would like to try one, stop on by, I have plenty to spare!