Weekend Update…Operation Dodge Cabin Fever

Well, it continues to be the weekend here in Loveland, OH. Yes, you guessed it…another SNOW DAY! I have mixed feelings about it because there is so much to do at school, but I am thrilled to spend another day with my little munchkins. Megan woke up in the middle of the night with a horrible cough and awkward breathing (we almost got dressed to go the ER) so it was nice to have a bit of time to sleep in this morning too. Don’t worry, Miss M is fine this morning. I think she just has a head cold.

Thisweekend was a mix of a lot of lounging and a a lot of moving. Friday night we hung out as a family of four and ordered take-out from Outback. Our favorite. On Saturday I let Shawn sleep in and we headed to the gym. Megan loves Kid Fit class so we made it just in time for her to participate. I was able to get three and a half miles in the the treadmill.

When we got home Megan spent the rest of the day with a couple of the neighborhood girls. We are blessed to live in an awesome neighborhood full of little kids. It is not uncommon in the summer to have fifteen kids ages two to eight in our back park. I love the kids and I adore their moms. We are all different but have similar values which makes it a great community.

After a day of playing the girls, of course, scammed me into hosting a sleepover. It was impromptu and so much fun. I made cupcakes and let the girls (and Tyler) decorate them. They had a blast.

Then it was play play play the rest of the night. At 10:30 I forced them into bed and they giggled for an hour. So sweet. By midnight they were done.

In the morning we had time for quick manicures before the ladies went home and we got dressed and headed to church.

Later that day we headed to the “big gym” and the kids played while we worked out. When we were leaving we realized the rock wall was open. After signing my life away the kids gave it a try.

Needlesstosay, they loved it. We all be back…especially because it is free! Gotta love free activities at the good old YMCA.
Also, the kids were exhausted when we got home and promptly went to bed at 6:00 and did not make a peep all night. Shawn was working so I felt like I was on vacation…I watched HGTV without interruption, ate a bowl of ice cream, and enjoyed the calm.

Yesterday we were back at the gym in the morning and I was able to participate in Muscle Max which I love. I have not been able to get to a class since the summer so it felt good to be back. Boy, am I sore this morning.
In the afternoon we did another fun free activity.

Swimming for the win!

Today we are going to relax. I probably will not go anywhere since Megan is a little under the weather.

What activities does your family do to cure cabin fever?


To Swim or Not to Swim


I used to be a competitive swimmer…like, a million years ago.

I love the pool and I loved being a part of a team that counted on me but I could also be an individual.  I can imagine cross-country and track athletes feel the same way.  And, I was good at it.  I was state ranked and, believe it or not, some records I set in the late ‘80’s still stand today.

The thing is, I have not swam laps in a long time.  The indoor pool is not that convenient to my house, in the summer I am swimming with the kids and not putting my time in the lengths, and I hate all the mumbo-jumbo that goes along with swimming.


What do I mean by mumbo-jumbo?  Glad you asked!

I hate packing a bag for swimming; suit, goggle, caps, towel, flip flops, shampoo and conditioner, clean undies, etc.  I dislike having to add shower time, drying time, and changing time to my work-out, and I especially don’t like leaving my kids in the child care at the Y with the indoor pool (there is nothing particularly wrong with the child care, it is just different from what they are used to makes me nervous).

 Yesterday, though, I sucked it up, put on my big panties, and decided not to let the excuses pile up.  I diligently thought about and packed everything I would need to make a swim possible.  I talked up to the kids how much fun the new gym would be (spoil alert, they LOVED it!).  I talked myself into this new adventure.

 And you know what?  I loved it.  I loved how I felt in the water.  I loved how my body moved in the waves.  I felt amazing during my work-out and even better afterwards.  You know that burn you feel sometimes when you have an awesome work-out?  I had it.  Aside from one major technical difficulty (I need new goggles), it was basically a perfect work-out; one I plan on doing every week.  I felt refreshed and really proud of myself for my accomplishments.

 I have to admit, come holiday time I am a bit of a slacker when it comes to exercise.  I try not to be, but it just seems to happen.  I also get bored with the same old work-out, and I am tired!  This year, though, I am trying to be more present in everything I do.  Maybe I cannot commit to five days a week, but I think three days is reasonable and doable.  I am still actively trying to be healthy and I know what I need to do.  Exercise is the number one priority for my health. 

So, yes, I am a swimmer…glad you asked!



Have any of you tried a new sport or work-out lately? 



Honesty is the Best Policy

To be perfectly honest…


…I hate a mess and I cannot stand clutter, so when my housework begins to fall, so does my mindset.

…my favorite time of the day is taking the kids up for baths.  In our house it is the calm before the storm.

…I could eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger every.single.day. if I let myself.  I love them that much.

…I get annoyed very easily.

…life feels so short, but most days feel very long…especially at bed time.

…this weekend I spent only 5 minutes Christmas shopping but I spent about an hour on oldnavy.com buying things for myself on Monday.

…there are too many fun things to do over the next few weeks and I am worried I won’t get to them all.

…currently I am keeping a lot of secrets that I hope to spill to the Internet after the first of the year.

…one of my students asked me to be her Confirmation sponsor and I was so honored I cried.

…another of my students is going through a lot at home and she reached out to me today. 

…I get so bored with exercise and I tend to complain a lot…so, today I am mixing it up and going swimming.

…we need to get Christmas pictures taken but I find the whole process to be so annoying!!!!!

…I forgot to pay my Kohl’s charge this morning…when they called me I was shocked.

…I want a house make-over for Christmas…that’s all.

August, really?

It feels like the days are flying by…literally. I have loved this summer more than any summer in my life. It has been so good for my soul. I have not missed working in the least bit and I am starting to get really sad when I think about going back to work.

I have fallen in love with my children day after day after day. It has not been all roses (they are two and three remember) but the majority of our days have been glorious. I can look back on the last two months with a smile. We have truly had a blast.


20130801-164609.jpgseriously, this guy dressed up as Jake literally kills me

I don’t know where I am going with this post today. I guess I just wanted to say that I feel really blest. I sometimes take for granted all the blessings I have in my life. It is so easy to focus on the negative aspects of life. But not a day goes by that I don’t say a “thank you” prayer for all of the wonderfulness (not a word) in my life.

With that, I need to remind myself daily to not worry about the things I cannot control, but cherish the things that I have and the blessings that have been bestowed upon me and those in my life.

“Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray for everything.”
~Philippians 4:6


Summer Lovin’

Man, I can’t believe I have not posted again in a while. It seems like every time I want to sit down and write something I just never get it done.

Along with the rest of the country, we have been having the most amazing weather this summer. It has really only been horribly hot for about a week out of the whole summer. Now it is back to 80 and sunny with no humidity. I am not naive enough to think this will last forever, but I am scooping it up and trying to do as many fun outdoor activities as I can. Because, we know fun outdoor activities lead to this…

Welcome back three hour naps, I have missed you!!!!

We have been exploring local parks and new ice cream stands and even hiking a bit. It has been fun to find new things to do. I have lived here for almost nine years, but I feel like this is the first summer I have really explored my city. Good times.



Every night when I put the kids to bed I look back on the day and smile. My “have fun” mentality of this summer has really brought out the best in me. And my kids.

So, yet again, not a great post, but a post none the less. At some point I am going to really get back into this whole blogging thing. Not this weekend, though. My family is coming in from Buffalo for a night and then I am spending quality time with my BFF. So happy about it!

Life is Good

Life is moving way too quickly. I feel like June is slipping through my fingers in the most glorious, wonderful way. Our days and nights have been packed…just the way I like it.

I have two major goals for the summer:

1. Lose weight by exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
2. HAVE FUN!!!!!

I must say, I have been killing it.

It has been so freeing not to wake up to an alarm clock. It’s funny because I still wake up at the same time as I was waking up during the school year on most days. But, the art of having a slow morning is my favorite, I would say I have perfected it! I will not say that I am lucky to be a teacher, because I have worked hard for that status. But, I am blessed that I am in love with a profession that allows me to stay home in the summer. Lovely.

My major goals for the summer are an exciting and fantastic work in progress. I do not go to bed at night if my goals have not been accomplished. I will give a full report on my exercise and lifestyle goals at some point this summer…but not just yet.

For now, we are gearing up for our first family vacation, just the four of us, since, well, ever. Oh, and it is a doosey. I will go more into detail on those plans early next week.

Excitement is in the air and I am loving life right now.