Hi all. Remember me?
Well, I've been absent for a while. I've been really busy and while in maintenance I haven't really needed spark. I'm off work sick today so I finally have time to update my blog.
I'm still lifting heavy (above is me squatting 70kg which is more than my body weight). That is not the lowest point of the squat, for all the form junkies! Luke kept taking the photo as I was coming back up. I lift 2-3 times a week for 30-40 minutes. Quality, not quantity! We get up at 5am 2 mornings a week, and 7am on a Saturday, hence why it's dark in the photo. I've also given up high intensity cardio in favour of walking. We walk at least 4 evenings a week for 30-60 minutes. Maybe one day I'll start doing more high intensity cardio, but walking works for me for now. It allows Luke and I to catch up on our days, and it's a nice activity to do after dinner.
I'm the new entrant teacher, which means I am the child's first teacher when they come to school from kindy. Now, kindergarten in NZ is not like it is in the US. It is entirely play based with no rules. I basically get blank slates - no alphabet or number knowledge, no knowledge of what a pencil is or how to hold one (and forget about scissors!). Oh and minimal social skills, and very short attention spans. It is A LOT of hard work, but very rewarding! When a child can write their own name for the first time it is HUGE! I celebrate every success and try not to tear my hair out when things don't work.
I am Mrs. W already. My kids are so young that they wouldn't have understood a name change after 2 months so I started the year as Mrs W. My last name is long, and hard for 5 year olds to say, so some children call me Auntie instead.
Oh, and my commute is beautiful. Hills, forests, bays... Yep, I love NZ!
These guys keep me very busy on the weekends! We have Riley every weekend, alternating Saturday and Sunday, and just Sunday. We try to get out and about as much as we can (that photo was taken while pedal boating!) as well have having family time a home.
We also do normal, everyday stuff... Like go out for coffee and pat the sheep before we go in. Such a NZ moment! The sheep was very tame and followed us along the fence as far as he could. We try to mix the weekends with toddler stuff and adult stuff. The boy is very portable and quiet so we can go out for coffee without much hassle.
I love being a step mum. My stepson is the cutest, sweetest little man, and I love spending time with him. He loves me too! We sing songs, play games, draw, and generally make dad jealous because he is getting left out!
The wedding is in 1 month and 3 weeks. Yep, really! I'm having my dress fitting in a few days, and I'm pretty happy with my weight and measurements. In fact, my weight has gone up slightly but my measurements are either the same or smaller! I'm happy to be this weight for the wedding. As long as I'm eating healthy and exercising regularly there isn't much else I can do anyway! I think my body is happy at this weight.
Everything is planned, most stuff is paid for, and we are just waiting for the date to roll around now. I'm sure it'll be here before I know it. The past 8 months have flown by! I picked up our resized wedding rings today which was exciting. Except mine don't fit because I ate Tom Yum soup last night (so good when you're sick!) and my hands have blown up from the salt. I don't eat much fast food or take out any more so my body reacts to the salt in a really big way. They'll be back to normal soon so I'll be able to try the rings on and make sure they fit before the big day!
So, that's my new life in a nutshell. It is hectic and there isn't much spare time but I wouldn't have it any other way!