Happy New Year

First, let me wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This morning I loved hearing my alarm go off, grabbing a half cup of coffee, and hitting the gym early. Routine…it is a wonderful thing! Tomorrow we are all back to work, a meal plan is made for the first time in over two weeks, and our shelves and refrigerator are stocked with healthy options to begin the year. I have made no great new years resolutions since I already feel I do my best physically when my body allows, I do my best financially when the funds are there, and well, I guess the only thing I can hope for in the new year is good health. Which I really have no control over above and beyond what I already do to stay healthy, so I will let it be what it shall be.

Let’s see, Christmas for us was wonderful. Family…as small as our is, is a wonderful thing. We ate, drank and were merry as many of you were also I would imagine.

We celebrated one birthday during the holiday…our son’s falls the day after Christmas.

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And since he is an adult now, many of his gifts revolved around getting out on his own and having the basics he will need when this happens. Yes, I did buy my son a laundry hamper as a gift. He told me to buy practical gifts which I did….and I LOVED every minute of it;-)

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We also had a milestone happen in our family. Our son bought his first car which we picked up the day before Christmas Eve. These moments make me proud as a mom….slowly he is making a life for himself and spreading his wings. Next, he tells me, is apartment hunting. Oh boy, this brings me back many years. Can I seriously be this old already that my son is ready to move out….wow, where do the years go?

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Lets see, back to Christmas, we ate tons of food….some healthy and some not so healthy…..but all artificial sweetener free. We host here at our home every year and we also pick a theme to celebrate the holiday. This year we decided on a home cooked meal and pajama Christmas. So meatloaf, glazed carrots, and mashed potatoes were on the menu. Birthday cake and ice cream was dessert. Along with some appetizers to share before dinner like this pickled shrimp recipe we tried for the first time which ended up being a big hit.

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I even snuck in a new treat….and I assure you it was well deserved some days.

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With the week off between holidays, I had ample time to restock the freezer with freezer meals. Soup is a favorite for me to freeze and eat later.

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I am killing the early morning workouts….which I am proud to say I missed not a single day through the holidays. However, this is more for my mental health than my physical health during this time of year. It’s a great holiday stress reliever.

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I also have been experimenting with some new recipes from a new cookbook I received from Christmas. I know most people get new recipes online now a days but I don’t have a whole lot of time to search and find recipes. So books are still my favorite way to find new recipes. And my slow cooker is going to be my best friend with two newborn babies starting with in a week of each other here. Oh boy, time will be limited for sure.

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Also over the holiday break I enjoyed an afternoon snow hike with my son and a few feathered friends we saw along the way.

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And let me tell ya, snow adds a whole different spin on hiking….wow, were we tired after about 3 miles of snow hiking an area trail.

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We did this hike while dad ventured out for the first time to ice fish an area lake. I, like always, thought it was too early, our son also thought it was too early, but arguing with a fisherman is pointless so we made ourselves busy while he took his chances with the ice thickness. He came home a few hours later with not a great ice report but enough to be able to limit out on his catch of the day. IMG_0099

That sums up my last two weeks. As I adjust to new children to care for and we all adjust to going back to work, let’s savor the reality that routine is really a nice thing to have. I loved the holiday break but for me personally, normal life is not a bad thing either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We Are On This Journey Together

A year ago my husband surprised me by announcing he was joining the gym. I had already been a member for two years and occasionally would ask him if he wanted to join me, but his answer was always,”no!” So as you can imagine, this announcement took me by complete surprise but I was pretty happy.

Not only would we be able to workout together but he may also start to understand the satisfaction I received by exercising. I clearly remember his first week. It was a matter of just getting to know how to use the various machines and such. He had very little soreness but I did not expect him to be sore. He has a pretty physical lifestyle. What did shock him was his stamina when it came to cardio. He slowly had to work his way up but he did it and reaped the benefits quickly.

I cannot tell you how fun it has been to workout as a couple. It’s great to have someone to chat with while working out, we motivate each other and offer support to each other when one of us is just ready to say skip it for today. I often feel we both have a sense of obligation to each other and that keeps us accountable to sticking with our planned workouts.

As for the physical benefits, he is still as strong as ever, but is not as tired as he used to be after a full day. Exercise has given him the extra energy he was lacking along with a much better sleep pattern.

Now if only I could convince him that working out in the morning hours is really a great way to start the day. Hmmmm, I think this may take some work on my part.

Do you prefer to workout solo or with someone?

 

 

 

Balancing Your Life Between Work and Play-Part #2

Here is the second part of my life, a weekend day. If you missed the week day routine click here.

A typical Saturday for me is almost all play and relaxation compared to my week days.

On Saturday’s I wake up whenever I need to depending on the adventure of the day. This particular Saturday I woke up at 7a.m..

7:00 woke up and made coffee

7:10 put 1st load of laundry in

7:15 made subs and snacks for a day of hiking/fishing

7:30 made breakfast

7:40 switched laundry to the dryer

7:45 ate breakfast while chatting with my husband

8:05 did the dishes

8:15 got dressed, brushed teeth, etc.

8:25 packed the cooler and loaded the trunk with supplies needed for the days adventures

8:50 we all leave home for Door County

9:40 we arrive in Sturgeon Bay at the farmer’s market

10:00 leave the farmer’s market and head to Newport State Park after visiting one shop in Door County on the way

11:30 arrive at the park and had a picnic lunch

12:00 start our 4 mile hike and fished for a bit off a dock

2:30 arrived back at the car and had a snack

3:00 left the park and headed for home

5:20 arrived home and unpacked the car

5:31 started the second load of laundry of the day(I do two every day)

5:35 folded the first load of laundry that sat in the dryer all day waiting for me to return home

5:45 made dinner of leftovers

6:00 ate outside on the porch with my husband

6:20 cleaned up dinner and switched the laundry to the dryer (son’s load, he can fold it himself)

6:30 shower and dry my hair

7:00 blogged

7:30 crashed on the couch with my husband and watched some TV

9:00 bedtime

Since there are two days to a weekend and five to every week I really don’t believe anyone can truthfully say life can be completely balanced. For me, I could really use one more day to a weekend. Although, then I would probably play two of them and recover on the third which would not benefit me anyhow. I suppose I really only wish for an extra weekend day in the summer months. During winter, I could easily just skip the weekend all together. Life is pretty dull in the winter for me.

Would I change how my life is balanced? Well, no I don’t think so. I really love what I do for a living and we do have fun, even though by Friday I am exhausted. The smiles, hugs, and kisses I get from my daycare children make my days worth it. As far as my weekends go, we have fun then also, just a different kind of fun. And the memories we make on our weekends make those days worth it also.

I feel pretty balanced. I am home all week long and gone almost every single weekend. That’s good enough for me.

What about you, do you feel balanced?