Sunday, April 04, 2010
April is usually a fun month.
If you live in Iowa like I do- it means your weather is unpredictable and usually at the extreme sides. (At least in my opinion) This last week was Spring Break for my kids. My pre-schooler technically didn't have a break, but I kept him home for the week so we could spend it together as a family. (and so I could sleep in until 8am everyday, hehe :)
I have managed to keep up with my exercise routine for the most part. I had some interruptions in March, with the stomach flu, the dentist, a sinus infection and some rain that prohibited me from jogging with the baby and her runny nose. Aside from those obstacles, I've done okay. I thought Spring Break would be a hard one to work around with 4 little kids to have to tote around, but since the weather played nice, We spent hours everyday outside playing in the yard or at the park. Turns out 2 hours jumping on the trampoline with the kids, an hour playing tag in the back yard and 2 hours kicking a soccer ball with my 8 year old at the park is a good work out. My muscles hurt in places I didn't know I had muscles and this surprised me honestly. We did this everyday for at least 6 days, and the best part was that my kids thought this was the best spring break ever even though we stayed home. That's rewarding.
April is Autism Awareness month. Having two sons on the spectrum this is something very important to our family. We have just started a journal taking notes of their daily lives, highlighting meltdowns, possible reasons, eating habits, and sleeping habits along with daily activities and sensory triggers. This has been very eye opening and honestly puts more emphasis for me to stay healthy. I am their example and if I am fat and lazy and a poor eater- they will be too. I can't leave that legacy with them, they have enough to deal with.
So- HERE's to a Fantastic April with no more Tornado sirens and a lot more nice weathered days in the 70's perfect for running :)