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Day 176-The kids are home for the summer

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Busy, busy last day of school, at least for me. I headed down to the elementary school first for awards ceremonies. I came home for a little bit, squeezed in my exercise, then off to the middle school awards. Now I'm home again for a bit until racing off to work for an extra shift.

My workout today was: 10 min elliptical, then weights and non-crunch abs. I haven't had time to stretch yet, but I hope I fit it in sometime today. My kids sound like they want to be active this summer. We will have five in swim team, one of the twins won't put his face in the water yet, so we'll wait a year for him. My oldest wants to lift weights with the football players. My second oldest is telling me he want to jog with me so he can do cross country in the fall. My oldest daughter also wants to jog with me to get in better shape. I'll have to take them to the track to jog. They are faster than me, although, I've got them beat on stamina. The other kids like to play on the field while I'm jogging, especially on the long jump track and sand. Hopefully I can keep them all busy instead of on video games all summer.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/24/2012 3:57PM

    VERY cool! It shows so well how loudly actions speak. Just telling them to get outside and active wouldn't have motivated them near as much as you making activity a daily part of your life.

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SHELLKAYE 5/22/2012 6:37PM

    It's great to hear of all the activities your kids are in. You're doing great.

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    Physical activity is such a great way to spend time together. The joggers will soon learn that in order to have stamina they have to keep a more steady pace although I firmly believe in intervals with bursts of speed mixed in. Have a great, ACTIVE summer!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/22/2012 3:59PM

    Sounds like it's going to be a very active summer! That is awesome!

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Day 175

Monday, May 21, 2012

I decided to swim today since my calves are a little tight. I went for thirty minutes, including 1000 total back strokes.

Family TV time right now, so I'm going to go.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/22/2012 5:04PM


Just realized - you're getting very close to half of a year. (183 days, given this being a leap year.) Awesome streak!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/22/2012 1:14PM

    Sounds like a nice workout! Hope you have a great Tuesday!

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KPETSCHE 5/22/2012 1:52AM

    Sounds good, Chris. I'm looking forward to our local pool opening this coming weekend. I've never done it before but they have a special time before the pool opens for adult swimming. I think I'll start doing it on my days off so we utilize our membership more. I'd love to have the pool like you do!

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ALLISON145 5/21/2012 10:28PM

    I've always wondered - do you count strokes in your head?? I'd totally lose count!

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    Sounds like a great workout. I hope your calves feel better tomorrow. Enjoy your family time!

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Day 174-another Mother's Day

Sunday, May 20, 2012

We went to early mass today and were able to go to a nice brunch afterward at Crave in Omaha. It's a little pricey, but kids eat free for every adult. Today, they charged Mikey and Pat as kids, so we got two free kid meals, and our teenagers were basically half the price they usually charge. It basically works out the same, two adults with four kids plus two free, or four adults with four free kids. It's about the same as Golden Corral with much better food, atmosphere, and service. Adults also get mimosas or a similar drink that's peach flavored, yum. I love this buffet!

We rested for a while, then went down to the track. I jogged while the kids played. It was fun watching them try the long jump, especially the twins. I walked one lap, then jogged two miles (13:37, 13:51). My total time was about 32 minutes. I stretched after we got home. I really enjoyed the cooler temps today.

Time to get the kids in bed.

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    Sounds like a great family day. Have a wonderful week!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/21/2012 10:26AM

    Sounds like a great day! Have a great week!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/21/2012 3:02AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day was had.

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Day 173-Soccer games and three mile jog

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today was the last day of soccer in our small town. All our games were home games, and both sets of grandparents made it out. Stevie's game was first. He scored two goals and possibly a third. We couldn't tell if it was an assist or a goal for him, that last one. The twins were next and they ran hard out there. Sean got two or three goals. We lose count with the small kids. One of his goals, Bridget assisted, so it was a one-two twin punch! I think they lost, but they didn't seem to notice. They had fun out there. Mary's game was last and her team won 4-0. The team looked fantastic out there. It was their most aggressive game. Mary's a defender, so she doesn't get to score, but she did a great job getting the ball down the field.

After all that time outside, I decided to stay outside some more. I did a three mile jog and felt great the whole time I was out there. I felt loose and relaxed and it showed in my time. I did 3 miles in 40 minutes flat. That's my best time in a long time! The clouds were out there part of the time, and there was a nice breeze to help keep me a little cooler. I also forced myself to stretch, so that's at least three days straight stretching. That has helped my calf a lot.

I hope everyone out there is having a great weekend!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/19/2012 11:12PM


Hooray that the kids are all enjoying their games!

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    Once you get used to stretching you will never turn back. It is definitely worth a few extra minutes in your workout not to go through the muscle pain when you don't!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/19/2012 7:29PM

    Sounds like a busy but great day! Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful!

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Day 172-more weights

Friday, May 18, 2012

I basically repeated yesterday's workout with a few changes: 15 min elliptical, a different weight set (biceps, chest, delts, quads), various crunches, and then stretching. I think the elliptical is giving my calf some needed rest too. I hope to jog tomorrow morning. It's going to be a hot day tomorrow again.

Tonight is busy again, but things slow down or at least change up after this weekend. Tonight is Patrick's eighth grade graduation. He (and I) both think it's silly. He's moving on to high school, not getting a diploma or degree or something. I've encouraged him to go and we'll get the nice pictures like we did last year of Mikey. Yes, I'll have two high schoolers next year. The twins and Mary both have soccer practice tonight, and tomorrow are the last games. It's been fun, but I'm ready to move on.

School ends next week and I've picked up some extra hours at work. Swim team, driver's ed, and basketball camp all happen the beginning of June, so I still have a busy schedule. I can have the kids walk to the things at the school, however, so maybe not so much driving. Plus, once my oldest gets his license, he can do some of the running around. First, I have to get over the fear of him behind the wheel. I think he's giving me my first gray hairs!!
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 5/19/2012 12:15PM

    Not only do you have to get used to him driving, but you have to ALLOW him to transport your precious cargo to and from. Yikes! My older brother was five years older than my brother and I (twins) so he drove us everywhere all the time. Both my parents worked full time. They helped him by his first car with the stipulation that he would help with transportation to activities. It was nice, but then my parents hardly ever attended anything because they didn't "have to" go anymore. Sigh.

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HSMOM2FOUR 5/18/2012 5:57PM

    You are rockin' right along!!! Great job!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/18/2012 5:37PM

    Sounds like a busy evening! Have fun!

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