Getting Active

It’s been a little bit since my last post, mostly because I tend to leave my computer in my during the day and typing on an iphone is just awful. Over the next few days I’m going to try and catch up on some funny stories that have happened to me in my ever chaotic parenting journey, but for today I wanted to talk a little bit about my new goal for fitness. I had been going to the gym for a month but then I decided to trade my gym membership for appointments with a Chiropractor. Which is amazing by the way. I highly recommend that anyone who has the opportunity goes to a chiropractor for at the very least a consultation. I was feeling terrible for a very long time, and after just a few weeks of appointments the change in my energy levels, mood and the overall feeling of my body is incredible! But anyway, now that I am not going to the gym I need a new fitness plan so that I can try to not only shed some of the baby weight but also just feel better and more active. So with that in mind, I bought a new jogging stroller and signed up for a 5k in September. Because if there is one thing I have learned about myself, its that the prospect of embarrassing the hell out of myself in front of hundreds of people is fantastic motivation to get my ass in shape. The 5k I signed up for is extremely exciting! It’s the Color Run 5k that’s coming to Burlington in September! It’s going to be so much fun, assuming I get in shape. The whole idea is that you run with hundreds of other people while stopping at designated areas to get covered in colorful paints! To get ready for this fun event I bought a new single jogging stroller because the double stroller is a bit big for our little peanut. The jogging stroller I got can be found here and I have to say it is by far one of the better ones I’ve seen and has completely surpassed my expectations. I was able to set it up very quickly and easily and take it out for a brief stroll today. It was brief because go figure it was far windier outside than I anticipated and of course after getting bundled up Jacy was cranky as can be so yeah it was a brief stroll. But on the bright side Jacy looked adorable and it was extremely easy to push. It has springs and large wheels that makes it ride ridiculously smooth. It was so easy to steer with the swivel front wheel and the cup holders are awesome. It also fit Jacy’s carseat in there perfectly while providing an extra layer of protection in the form of a buckle that goes right over her seat holding her firmly in place. So yeah if anyone is looking for a jogging stroller I cannot recommend this one enough! Now that I have signed up for the race and gotten a stroller the next step for me, that I am hopefully going to begin tomorrow is to once again make use of my iphone by using a free app called myfirst5k. It’s an app that helps you get ready for a 5k by having you begin running daily for 30 minutes. The way it does this is that for the first few days you walk and run in 90 second/30 second intervals. Then you progressively beginning switching every few days until you are running for 90 seconds and walking for 30 seconds. Eventually you should be able to run the full 30 minutes. I really love this app because it provides you with a great framework to work with, is easy to use and keeps you on track. So here’s to fitness and motivation and hopefully being able to write next week that progress is being made!

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Making Memories: ‘Day you were born box’

I generally like crafting, but when it comes to my daughters and making little keepsakes I have to say I LOVE crafting! I love making anything and everything to capture precious moments and create memories that they can look back on in the future. For example, each one of my daughters has a total of 3 baby books…I might go a little overboard as they also each have a special first year calendar that I have written what we did each day in for their entire first 12 months, a storage bin of my favorite outfits and keepsakes, a ‘day you were born box’, scrap books, photo albums, shadow boxes and notebooks that I try to write in once a month. Ok, I definitely go overboard. It’s probably because I grew up in a pretty chaotic household and I don’t really talk to my mom anymore. So when it comes to my childhood, I don’t really know much except for the things I can remember. I have two scrapbooks with some pictures in them, and that’s really all I’ve seen. So when it comes to my daughters I think I tend to try and over compensate for what I have been lacking in my life. But all of that aside, I really also just enjoy doing these things. It’s fun to create the shadowboxes and fill in the baby books.It gives me time to sit down and reflect on how lucky I am and how wonderful and unique each one of my daughters is. Sometimes in the chaos of having 3 children I don’t exactly have a lot of time to do that. Especially with twins, it’s so easy to lump them together and forget to remember and cherish the fact that they are individuals who have very distinct and unique personalities. So my latest craft project is something that I did for Lily and Erin and am now working on for Jacy. It’s called a ‘Day you were born box’. And basically it is a box containing smaller boxes that contain various items from the day Jacy was born, or rather the first couple of weeks. What I usually do is go to a craft store, typically Michaels and buy a larger cute box. This is the box I bought for Erin.

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Then I buy a few smaller boxes, all in various sizes to fit in the box. Once I have those smaller boxes I decided what items to put in each one and then decorate the outside of the boxes. I mostly use stickers, some pictures and I went online to find some fun facts about their birthday, horoscope, name meaning and printed those out to also put on the boxes. My favorite part is the map showing where they were born. I put all of these inside along with a receiving blanket from the hospital and one of their first diapers and then it is all set. The best part is they fit nice and neatly in the girls closet so I can store them safely until they are older and can hopefully appreciate them 🙂

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Good Things Come in Sneaky Ways

I don’t know how it happened, but for some reason Lily and Erin are acutely aware of what each and every vegetable looks like and point blank refuse to even try them. I swear kids are pre programmed with knowledge of healthy foods and use this knowledge to drive parents insane by avoiding them at all costs! So after months of working hard to pack brightly colored, healthy lunches and having them returned from daycare with each and every vegetable uneaten I have decided to go the sneaky route. I am still going to pack these lunches but I am now going to use a new approach so that the girls get all of the fruits and vegetables they need in one simple serving. That way when the vegetables I send are returned uneaten I can just sigh but feel no guilt, worry or frustration. My plan is simple, smoothies! What kid doesn’t love yummy fruit smoothies. I found a few different recipes that all include both fruits and vegetables in each smoothie. The tricky part for me is finding the time to make these smoothies every day. I don’t exactly have a ton of time available while getting the girls ready to cut up fruit and vegetables and blend them. Fortunately for me I found a solution at momables.com. The site provided me with the idea for creating DIY smoothie bags, the exact instructions can be found here. I was so excited when I found this that I immediately made 3 bags and it only took me 15 minutes! I then ordered two thermos bottles from the site so that I can start sending smoothies for the girls to have at snack time each day. Now they will hopefully like them and get their daily servings of fruits and vegetables and I will have less of a headache about it!

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Priorities?

A couple of years ago I got a gym membership because, well frankly I wanted to look good. Then I got pregnant and cancelled my membership because I didn’t want to risk exercising in such a high risk pregnancy, and well to be completely honest it was the perfect excuse to not work out anymore. I know it’s not healthy to just say well I’m pregnant so I can eat all I want and relax, but I sort of did that. I didn’t eat unhealthy things, I just skipped out on some of the activity stuff and indulged a bit more in my favorite desserts. After I had the girls the pregnancy weight literally just fell off, I went right back down to 140lbs within a month without even trying. It was awesome. Then I slowly started to gain weight as I got more and more stressed out (can you believe I was stressed with twins?). But again I got pregnant so instead of a gym membership I decided to do prenatal yoga. Sadly after only a few classes I went in to labor and had Jacy so I put activity on hold. Now with 3 kids I am ready to get a gym membership again! But I have to admit, my priorities have changed a bit. I want to look good and all, but what has me the most excited is the fact that the gym has a daycare center that will give me two hours of workout time and the gym has really nice showers! I can relax knowing that Jacy is well taken care of with me just a hallway away and shower in peace and quiet! No little children running around screaming, banging on the door. No fiance knocking and asking how much longer I’ll be (I don’t take that long for the record), and no going during the day with Jacy in a bouncer next to the tub because I still can’t leave her alone in a closed room in her crib with a baby monitor. She’s just so tiny! So yes my top priority in my work out endeavor is to have a place where I can shower more than, well honestly I have no idea how much I shower anymore, I mean who’s got time for that? Well now I do!! I am so excited and will be going first thing Monday to get my membership at the Sports and Fitness Edge and get my workout and shower on!!

Tearing up the Town

Jacy was born right when the girls had a two week vacation from daycare, so Matt had to basically take care of both of them while I recovered. Then he drove me back and forth to the hospital for 4 weeks, and now he gets up with the girls in the morning so I can catch a couple of extra hours of sleep, he gets them ready, takes them to daycare and picks them up. So for Valentines Day I wanted to do something to show him how much I appreciate him and how hard he is working. So I called my dad and arranged for him to babysit Lily and Erin Friday night, then I called my mom and arranged for her to baby sit Jacy for the night so we would have the whole night off and could go on a date. Then I bought a lift ticket to Sugarbush and arranged for him to spend the day with one of his best friends snowboarding. So on Valentines Day I got to surprise him and tell him that he had the whole night and day free and that we were going to have the first date night we’d had in over 2 months. My original plan was to take him somewhere fancy to eat and then to a movie. But on Friday my dad didn’t get the girls until 6:30pm and the only movie times were 7:30 or 9:20. This is where our parenting came in to play because we both realized that there was no way that we wanted to go to a two hour movie at 9:20 on the one night we had to sleep. So we decided to skip dinner and go see the Lego Movie. Yep, on our kid free night we went to see a kids movie. And you know what, it was awesome! The movie was so funny and we had such a good time. Then we drove over to Wings Over and got some chicken wings and waffle fries and ate dinner at home. The next day Matt went snowboarding and had some girl friends over. I of course made the mistake of asking what one of them did for Valentines Day and she went on to tell me how they had a snow day too so she lounged around with her boyfriend, then cooked a big fancy meal and wore some sexy new lingerie…so I guess when you don’t have 3 kids your Valentines Day looks a little different, who knew. I felt bad for a second but then I realized that even though we may not have tore up the town in a traditional ‘in your early twenties’ sort of way, we still had a lot of fun and I loved spending time with him. And to his credit he was very excited and grateful for his Valentines Day surprise 🙂

The Fun; Frantic and Fantastic Life of an Unbelievably Blessed Mom of Three!