Friday, August 10, 2012
We drove up to Sioux City today and used our favorite bike trail. We took Hwy 75 on the Nebraska side up north. That is a very scenic drive. We were way up on the bluffs for so much of the trip. There's also a beautiful scenic overlook, somewhere north of Tekemah. I estimate we rode our bikes a total of 5.3 miles. I have no idea how long we were actually riding. Six kids means lots of bike issues, especially with the twins. The kids got to play at a nice playground too. On the way home, we stopped at Onawa, Lewis & Clark State Park. This is one of my favorite parks. The picture I have of my family on the old tangled up tree is from this park about three years ago. Now that tree is just a stump, but still all tangled up. It was getting dark, so we didn't get a picture, maybe next time. We barbecued our dinner and played frisbee, soccer, and football. We also walked all over the park to see the keel boats and the lookout. Did I mention I absolutely LOVE this park?
It was interesting as I was trying to figure out how many miles we went on our bikes. I use the mileage mapper here on Sparkpeople. The satellite images of Sioux City are from last year when we had such bad floods in this part of the country. I think I'm going to explore that some more to see the extent of the flood pictures. If you zoom in, you can see sandbags and levees that were built to protect the riverfront sites (welcome center, Lewis & Clark interpretive center, the marina). It was a little hard finding the bike trail at times. The trees along this trail have the water lines from these floods. If I stretch my arm above my head, I cannot reach the water line on these trees. Pretty amazing stuff.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
I got my workout done in the evening again. This time I walked down to the school playground with the kids. They played while I walked around the tennis courts. I was going at a good pace. I estimate about an 18 minute mile. My total walking time was about 50 minutes. I also played catch with a Nerf football with Stevie. I feel my leg muscles, so I know I'm challenging my body. I still don't think I'm getting my heart rate up enough, but that will come as I work my way back into jogging again, probably sometime next week.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
I got in another three mile walk today, this time with one of my best friends. It's always nice to catch up with her. I also had an active day earlier. The kids and I had planned to meet my sister-in-law and her kids at our city pool. Right when we were planning to go, a thunderstorm hit. She was already on her way up from Bellevue. She stopped by the pool on her way to our house, and the pool wasn't opening until 7pm now. Ugh!! Together we have ten kids and I really wanted to wear them all out. I called the pool at the next town over. Jackpot! They were opening right now and it only costs three dollars to get in. When we got there, hardly anyone was there. I love swimming when you can actually swim and have fun. The kids were all able to have fun with their cousins, and everyone should sleep well tonight. I even got to work with Sean on getting him able to swim. A very good, and active, day all around.
Monday, August 06, 2012
I got outside tonight with hubby and went for a 30 minute walk. He quit around 25 minutes, but I really wanted to get 30 in. I hope to get out earlier tomorrow to maybe even get more walking minutes done.
Today was a catch up day at home. I worked Mon, Tues, and Wed last week. Spent Thursday in the hospital. I stayed home from work Friday to rest, but went in Sat and Sunday. There was a lot to catch up at home today. I feel good about the progress and made the kids do the lifting. I got lots of laundry done, and had the kids do lots of cleaning upstairs. I also sifted through some of the piling up paperwork.
Good progress today.
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