Tuesday, September 21, 2010
After my long work weekend (31.5 hours in three days), I wasn't sure if I was happy that the kids had Monday off from school, teacher in-service day. I decided to suck it up and have a fun day with the kids. Since we haven't used our zoo pass much, we headed there (Omaha). The weather was beautiful, and I believe all the Omaha kids were in school, so the zoo wasn't crowded at all. Not even too many school buses for field trips. The kids behaved well all day and the older ones helped with the twins a lot. Sean (5) never complained about all the walking. I think we traveled more ground there than we ever have before. The penguins are always a good starting place, so we headed to the aquarium. I also like the rays and jellyfish. Bridget (5) was up close to one of the aquariums when a very large fish approached her. She was looking the other direction. Stevie (8), made a noise to get her to look in the direction of the fish. She startled back and we all had a good laugh. Stevie was so excited to be at the zoo. He wanted to see everything. Down the hill we went to zebras, various antelope and cranes, Garden of the Senses, fed the fish, ducks and swans by monkey island, up to the seals, then the elephants and rhinos. I have to mention here that Sean asked if the rhinos were dinosaurs. We then trekked to the new Madagascar exhibit, the aviary, bears, and petting zoo. The kids call all birds "googles." It's a Webkins thing. At the aviary, we saw pink googles, tall pink googles (flamingos), secret service googles (white and black cranes), and gangster googles. The gangster googles were some kind of medium sized blue quail-like bird. They were much smaller than the flamingos, but it was funny that the flamingos were afraid of them. I was hoping to catch the tram up the hill, but it never came. How do I fool the kids into walking back up this hill without complaining? The gorillas!! The twins ran through there from gorilla to gorilla (one sleeping on top of one of the observation bubbles) never realizing they were going up hill. The handy elevator did diminish the up hill trip a bit. Two stories up made the kids feel like we made it all the way up on the elevator. Still not done though, Sean wanted to see the "volcano." That's the inside of the mountain down with bats in the Kingdoms of the Night. Bridget and Mary (10) wanted to see the Desert Dome first, so we trekked through there as well. No one was in there. I think that was a first. Stevie was so quiet and patient that he and I were able to see a humming bird fly. Bridget was scared, but brave in the Kingdoms of the night, where they were feeding the beavers, so we got a good look at them up close and with extra lights, a rarity at this exhibit.
The kids (and mom) were pretty worn out after that. They decided they wanted ice cream. I figured they deserved it for being sooooo good. I've had horrible trips to the zoo in the past where they've all argued all day. We met up with Daddy at the Cold Stone Creamery. This was a big mistake for me. I'm an ice-cream addict. Although I ate very well the rest of the day, I waaaay overdid it with the ice cream, again. It was sooooo yummy!!! I guess I did okay since I stopped the binge after the ice cream.
It was a great family day. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if Daddy could have taken the day off and come to the zoo with us.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I've had a pretty busy week building up to my work weekend. Monday was the standard getting back into the school routine day. All the kids had homework, so I had to stay on top of them for that. Tuesday was playgroup for the twins. We went up to Small's fruit farm to pick apples. Only problem, no one else showed up. I never got the email changing the plans. The twins were excited to be there, so we picked apples anyway. They picked 1/2 bushel all by themselves. After lunch and a nap, we three drove off to Treynor for a football game. It was my eighth grader's first game and I wanted to support him. The twins were great, probably because of the nap. After getting home, dropping the twins off, picking up Mikey, dropping him off, I went grocery shopping for the family. Yes, a busy end to a busy day. I also jogged both Monday and Tuesday.
Tuesday night I decided I wanted a gin & tonic. I made one for hubby too, which he didn't finish. No problem, I finished it for him. Problem, I've apparently become a light weight in my middle age. No headache the next day, but boy I was slow. No workout, just stayed in the kitchen all day preparing chili, cornbread, and hot dogs shaped like octopuses. The kids were begging for those. They had early out (1pm) so they all had friends over. Had to send one "friend" home, see previous blog "I need to vent!!" Then dealt with his mom which put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day. All the food turned out great and early enough that I could feed all the kids before the girls had volleyball practice. Then off to practice, home and try to clean the kitchen and get the kids in bed.
Today is my day! I'm catching up my tracking on Spark People. I got up early and jogged my 3 miles in my fastest time so far. I was hoping for 42 minutes, that's a 14 minute mile. I did it in 41 minutes.
The rest of the day will be getting food ready for my work weekend and the laundry too. I guess I will take the kids to the library later. It's open late on Thursdays and the kids love it. I enjoy it too. We have piano, but that doesn't demand anything from me.
I'm still getting complements, and that helps keep me motivated. I think I'm going to have to plan a "mom's night out." We haven't had one in a while and the only time I've seen my two best friends is when we walk down to school to pick up the kids. This is sad because we each live about 1/2 block from each other. Life with kids is busy. Life with six kids gets insane at times, but I love them all so much and enjoy every minute I can with them.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Today, my kids got out early from school. On days like today, I allow them to invite friends over. There is a neighborhood boy who's a 7th grader and a friend of my 7th grader. This boy "D", has been too rough on numerous occasions with my 3rd grade boy. The most recent incident happened before school yesterday when D gave my 3rd grader a wedgie and noogie. Again, he has shown a pattern of being rough with my 3rd grader. D tried to come over after school. I told him that he couldn't come over for a while because he has been to rough with my son.
D's mom called. I calmly explained the situation. She said that her kids have stood up for my kids on a few occasions when there were issues with problem other problem kids. I thanked them for that and re-explained the situation here. Your seventh grader is roughing up my third grader. D's mom replied, "I'll just tell my kids to NOT stand up for your kids anymore!"
Again, I calmly re-explained the situation trying to hint that "D" needs some consequences here. She repeated, "I'll just tell my kids to NOT stand up for your kids anymore!" and hung up.
I shouldn't be surprised. We're not the first family to have problems with these kids. They mostly roam around town unsupervised and it's been that way for years. If a parent called me and told me one of my kids was misbehaving, I'd grill my kid until I got the full story and then punish them if appropriate. She's totally unconcerned with the fact that her 12/13 year old is roughing up an 8 year old.
Oh well, thanks for listening. It helps to vent. I just hope there are no repercussions for my kids.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I officially completed Couch to 5K on Saturday! I was able to jog without the stroller and it was a nice cool morning. I jogged 3 miles in 43 minutes, which puts me faster than a 15 minute mile. I went out early today, another beautiful morning, and jogged my 3 miles in 43 minutes, so that wasn't a fluke. I still plan to keep jogging 3 miles, hopefully 3 times a week. Looking at the weather, I'll have to elliptical on rainy days. I did that last week, and I managed to jog three days, elliptical twice, and go on a bike ride one day. I'm pretty sure last week was my first six day exercise week.
Now I just need to sign up for a race. The "Free to Breathe" race in Omaha works with my work schedule, Mary's volleyball, and Mikey's football schedule. I think the family will enjoy being on the riverfront. They have orders to cheer me on.
The exercising is going great; the eating needs work. I had ice cream sundaes three times this weekend. Instead of me being a good influence on Hubby, I allowed Hubby to be a bad influence on me. Sunday night, Mikey (my oldest) helped me stop. He reminded me all the progress I've made and didn't get me more like I had asked. What a good kid! He even reminded his dad that he wouldn't start feeling good until he started eating good. Yep, he's a smart kid too!
Well, I'll try not to beat myself up too much about the ice cream. I know I need to get back on track. I work this weekend, and I always bring my food. It's funny. I used to eat all the snacks at work. Now, I do better at work than I do at home. This is my weekend where I work 10.5 hour shifts, so the exercise may fall off on Fri - Sun. I'll just be sure I work out Mon - Thurs. Monday's exercise is almost done (still have to do weights), so I'm doing great so far.
Have a great week everyone and keep moving!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I did it!! I actually did it!! I completed my first three mile jog; and I did it WITH the twins in their stroller! I still can't believe I've made it to week nine of C25K. When I'm walking, I'm at a 17-20 minute mile. When I'm jogging, I'm at a 15-15.5 minute mile. I think that's pretty good for a 42 year old mother of six who's still carrying some extra weight.
I'm noticing my increased fitness level. Saturday morning, hubby and I went on an exercise walk over the pedestrian bridge into Omaha. I slowed down for him, he's still not consistent with exercising, but I'm happy to go with him whenever he wants. It was a beautiful morning and I loved that it was too early for tourists. There were just a lot of walkers, joggers, and bicyclists getting in their workouts. For Brian, it was a strenuous walk. His heart rate increased and it was a good workout for him. For me, it felt like a leisurely walk, and I was talking the whole way, no sweat, no real increase in my heart rate. I was glad to be out with hubby walking and I enjoyed the walk very much, but part of me wanted to start jogging across the bridge.
Monday, we went up to Carroll, IA to check out the bike trail around Swan Lake. We took the whole clan. This trail turned out to be more difficult than we expected. It was very hilly. Brian's not in shape, and I have to pull one of the twins behind my bike in a kid trailer. We ended up walking up quite a few of the hills. Even the kids had to walk up the hills. Oh well, now we know, and Brian thanked me for the hard workout. The kids thought it was like a roller-coaster, especially the twins in their trailers. I did make it up one of the last hills and was determined not to stop. I huffed past Brian, he was walking. He commented later when he caught his breath that he wanted to shout out, "Show-off!"
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