Get Up And Move Update-June

June has been a month of tons of activity. I had no problem what so ever accomplishing 30 minutes per day of movement.

Let’s see, hubby and I finally made it to the tennis court. We played numerous games of disc golf, even had our neighbor give it a try with us. I have religiously made it to the gym twice a week for the whole month. And I have enjoyed my standup paddle board more often this year than any other year before.(July Goal #1 accomplished)

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Kayaking has been a bit of a challenge with our son not able to paddle due to his broken collar bone but we have been out without him once or twice. Of course I am finding time to walk, if not at night with my hubby, then during the day with all my daycare kiddos. I even found myself walking with our son three times a day right after his accident to get his stamina back up after his head injury and concussion.

My hope is to take advantage of yoga in the park before summer is over and also start hiking real soon again. However, right now we are fully booked with everything else that we can’t even think about trying to add more to our lives.

I just hope your all finding the time to Get Up And Move!

Tell me, what have you been doing?

Have you tried anything new?

If you could try something new, what would it be?

 

 

How Our Life Changes With The Seasons

It’s funny how our life changes from one thing to the next. As with most people, I would assume that your activities also change with the seasons, as do ours. But have you ever not wanted a season to end because you were not ready for that part of life to be over? I am at that point right now.

Last weekend we started noticing more and more mosquitos and other insects.        Which for me means hiking season is going to be put on the back burner for awhile. Yes we could still hike if we wanted although, it will be pretty miserable with the amount of bugs we would encounter. I also know it’s only a matter of a few weeks before we can get back to the trails and track more miles. Oddly enough I am sad but happy all at the same time with this fact. Simply because now we are full swing into our water sports. We have always been a water loving family it’s just now our toys (kayaks/SUP) are a little more costly. We plan to use my SUP much more this year because we only need one vehicle to use this piece of equipment. When we kayak we need two vehicles one for the beginning and one to park at the end of the river. With that being said, when the need for adrenaline hits, you can bet we will paddle a river with whitewater to fulfill that rush.

This week we finally pulled the trigger and decided to sell our bikes. We have not rode them for a year and my husband just never really fell in love with this sport. We have debated back and forth but I know we won’t miss them in the long run. First of all, we can use the room in the basement. And second, between five kayaks,one SUP, tennis equipment, hiking and camping equipment, workout equipment, hunting supplies, a duck skiff, and a fishing boat with trailer, I think we will be plenty occupied.

Oh, and I have to tell you… I  was feeling pretty ageless one night after the UPS truck arrived and our son finally received his new long board. Being the person I am, I watched for a few minutes taking mental notes on where his feet were placed, which way to tip the board to turn properly and so on, and thought, hmmm looks like fun.  After being called a chicken by my husband I grabbed some shoes and gave it a try. Well, let’s just say I only made it a few yards down the street before falling. Thankfully being caught by my son before totally hitting the pavement but the damage was done. I was sore in three places, knee, ankle and hip. I was not feeling ageless any more! This experience gained me a few things. Knowledge that I will never be a long boarder, a sleepless night in pain and a hip massage from the hubby with no added benefits being offered (if you know what I mean) for calling me a chicken!

Anyhow, I will say these are the months in our life where somehow we manage to fit in all our favorite sports. We have so many fun things coming up that I hope to capture it all and share it with all of you. Every river we paddle (if I don’t drop the camera in the river), every game I win on the tennis court, every mile we hike, our SUP adventures (I am not brave enough to take the camera on the board quite yet) , and every park we visit with a big one coming up in fall that I am so excited about.

How does your life change with the season?

If you could pick one season to remain in forever which would it be? 

Milwaukee Museum, REI, Trader Joes….A Day Of Fun

This past weekend we just could not face another day inside. With the temperatures well below the tolerable point, we packed into the car and headed south to Milwaukee to celebrate my birthday a few days early.

The Milwaukee Public Museum has a special attraction right now called Body Worlds. The human body has always been a fascination of mine. So I was beyond excited to have the chance to go see this.

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Even though they allowed no photography inside the exhibit itself, I can assure you that if health, fitness, sickness and the development of the human body is something you enjoy, you will love this exhibit.

Admission to the rest of the museum is also included when you pay for the special attraction so we spent the rest of the morning touring the three floors. My favorite exhibits were the Japanese garden which just looks so peaceful.

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The African huts.

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And the wall of perfection. Patterns have always been something that is pleasing to my eyes.

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My husband and son enjoy the butterfly room, where you enter double doors and walk through this real life exhibit. The butterflies land on you, fly near you and sometimes even follow you out(hence the double doors).

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This is not so much my cup of tea, so to say. I like butterflies and all but from a distance is where I prefer them.

After the museum we headed to my favorite outdoor sport store, REI. I have been waiting patiently to visit an REI since Christmas to purchase a set of new hiking poles. Yes, I could have ordered them online but from experience, I knew I needed to hold the hand grip in person to see if I would like them first. I was specifically looking for a pair of Leki’s because these came highly recommended from our trail guides we had in Utah. I fell in love with a pair the second I held them in my hands. Thankfully, I had a gift certificate from one of my daycare families left from Christmas and the rest was my birthday gift.

I also found a few other things while I was there. A half buff to wear under my kayaking helmet and for a headband during workouts. A new water bottle, because our Nalgene’s don’t fit in the drink holders of our new car. This will drive me crazy to always have it tipping over, so I bought one that would fit. And some Clif Shot Bloks because that time of year is coming and they work great on the river while paddling.

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I would say this trip to REI was a success….then again I can’t say I have ever left without spending at least a little money.

Next, it was time to fill our bellies with some pizza from California Pizza Company. When we travel we always try and find a place to eat that we do not have in Green Bay.

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It was a big hit with us all. We loved the thin crust pizza and the menu was huge. I can see us trying this out again in the future.

And what would a trip to Milwaukee be for me if I did not stop at Trader Joe’s? This would never happen. I just can’t resist, they have so many things that I just love. It’s funny because upon entering, all three of us go our separate ways and I usually have the cart. My boys will return with arms full of all there favorites while I try and get all the rest of the things we love from here. We try and make this trip every three months or so, just to stock up.

All in all it was a long day of fun. It sure beats sitting at home another Sunday waiting for warmer weather.