Monday, September 27, 2010
Until this morning, I saw last week as a failure. Part of that is hormonal. We women have monthly ups and downs, can't be helped. Part was the weather. It was a very dreary, rainy week. I also had a migraine on Thursday. That slowed me down too. In hindsight, I really didn't do too bad.
Eating: Way overboard on ice cream on Monday, pizza twice for dinner, too many carbs on a migraine day, and the rest of the time... I did great. Overall I wasn't that far over on carbs on any day but the ice cream day. I controlled myself at a party on Sunday and only had one dessert. That was 1/2 a slice of homemade pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream. Carb-wise that wasn't so bad and I really enjoyed it. I stopped there. No brownies, no pineapple upsidedown cake, etc... I didn't even have the cornbread I made, just the veggie salad.
So, it wasn't a perfect week eating, but I really didn't do all that bad, especially considering my mood all week.
Exercising: Monday I walked all over the zoo. Wednesday I jogged three miles, walked 1/2 mile. I repeated that on Friday, but Friday I had the stroller with the twins. So, I jogged six miles last week and I feel like it was a bad week? I have no idea how much I walked. I didn't stretch, do crunches or weights, and I think that's why I felt last week was below par.
So, last week wasn't the best week, but it wasn't the worst either. I hope to eat much better this week. I work next weekend, and I always bring my food. Funny how I eat better at work than at home. I got out and jogged today, did my stretches and crunches, and will do weights after lunch. I should have no problem getting in three full workouts and a few smaller workouts too. Hormones are back to normal. The sun is shining bright. This is a whole new week!!!
Friday, September 24, 2010
This sure has been a week of ups and downs. Monday was fantastic. The weather was beautiful and I had a fun day at the zoo with the kids. It was a down day for eating as I totally over indulged with ice cream. Tuesday was rainy and dreary in the morning. I felt exhausted, so I didn't exercise. I did a job I dreaded, going through the hand-me-downs for the twins and organizing their clothes. That tripled my laundry for the week. YUK! Then my son's football team lost 46-0, at home. He was so upset. Wednesday was okay. The sun came out. Unfortunately, it was while I was jogging in the afternoon. I think I overheated and gave myself a migraine that night into the next morning. It could have also been hormonal, since the migraine hit at the time of the month it usually hits.
Thursday was dreary and rainy again. I was still working on laundry, felt dizzy from the migraine, and had to deal with a grumpy eighth grader who didn't want to go to piano. He thought that since there was no football practice, he could go to his friend's house. I made him go to piano. Fifth grade daughter had lots of homework and we've come to the realization that we have to do something about her class. They are trialing some combined classrooms. She's in the one with both 4th and 5th graders. It's four weeks in and she has no idea how to do her assignments. She's not getting any instruction, and there is no time that she can ask questions. I'll take a larger classroom with one grade at this point. Thursday was another bad eating day. I baked earlier in the week, and with the migraine, I couldn't resist either the banana bread or cornbread.
Now it's Friday. It's a beautiful sunny day here in Western Iowa. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the laundry tunnel. The kitchen is caught up and we have leftovers. I got a second jogging session in. I was able to jog 3 miles in 46.5 minutes. Yes, that's a little slower for me, but I was pushing the five year old twins. It felt like "uphill, both ways." I feel really happy with accomplishing that. I hope I can get a third jog in tomorrow, then I'll feel good about the week in general.
Have a good weekend everyone. I'll do my best to eat better and to keep moving.
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.
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