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Snow White is fascinated with my camera.

Snow White is fascinated with my camera.


This morning, as I was struggling to wake up, my beautiful Blue Eyes tried shoving my feet into my shoes. “Bye Bye” he kept telling me, as he got made that the shoes wouldn’t fit right. I pulled my shoes on the rest of the way and looked around. Blue Eyes and Snow White have been getting up at six am. It’s to freaking early to be going bye bye. I was able to distract him for about an hour with his favorite cartoon, PAW Patrol. But when that was done, he started dragging his favorite blanket and two teddy bears to the stroller. I’ve given up on putting the stroller away. If it isn’t in the living room, we never go for a walk, so we leave it there. Blue Eyes put his teddy bears in the seat and tucked them in.

Then he starts pulling Snow White’s blanket over to the stroller. He has given up the idea of leaving without her, so he gets her ready. There is a small box of clothes my sister sent on the desk. Blue Eyes spotted a pair of Snow White shoes and starts trying to shove them on her feet. Flip Flops do not go well with little tights. Getting frustrated, he came back over. I’ve given up at this point. I’m going on a walk. So I tucked both kids into my monstrous double stroller, and away we went.

I walked and walked, Blue Eyes babbling happily about the cars we walked past and the “pup-pups” we saw. I could only make out a word here or there, but he was telling a good story. Snow White looked around wide eyed with her thumb in her mouth. Thankfully, I was able to convince her to wear ear warmers. It’s not terribly cold here, but she freezes easily.

The walk woke me up. And even though it is far from a pretty walk, hearing my son babble about the things he is interested in, made me happy to be there. Walks are still magical for my little boy and my little girl. They talk, and giggle as we go. Soon Blue Eyes will be speeding around me on a bicycle, and Snow White will be my only stroller baby; but for a little while longer, I get to enjoy my two babies as we explore the world.

We spent the rest of the day reading stories, coloring, working on the names of colors and counting to three. One, Two, Three, is still not clear but he says them with the same tones I do, so I’ve figured out what he’s doing. Snow White has finally become mobile, and spent her time wiggling into the kitchen and getting mad when I put her back at the starting point. We pulled the cushion off of the couch to hide behind them, while sis sis tried to stand on the abandoned cushion. (She may decide to skip crawling like Blue Eyes did). Then we chased the puppies around. When the sprinklers went off, we watched in amazement from the little slide yelling “Water, water”. And when it was night-time, my little girl finally fell asleep from exhaustion and Blue Eyes cuddled with me for one more episode of Paw Patrol. From my babies stand point, today was an amazing day. From mommy’s view, I didn’t get a thing done. But sometimes we don’t need to get things done. We just need to watch our babies grow and explore.

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Kicking my butt in gear

My daughter is seven months. I think it’s time I stop kidding myself. This weight is not coming off without some butt kicking. It was the same way with blue eyes. I had to stop hoping weight would come off and get myself in gear. I’m good at that. I almost like the torture of working out. Once I’ve decided to do it, I’m pretty good about following through. Well, until there are people around.

Realistically, I do not have time for the gym. As much as I prefer it for working out, being a stay at home mom, full-time online student, and taking care of the house, I really just don’t have time. And when I do, I’d rather spend my time with my husband. So that rules out the gym. I won’t walk around the block. I don’t like our town. It’s not pretty, and there really isn’t great walking places. Not to mention I would have to pack up both kids in the stroller, and then if I don’t want the dogs to tear apart the house, I need to take them as well. Three dogs and a stroller, is way to much, when you really want to work out.

I don’t own an elliptical, or a tread mill. Don’t get me wrong, I would love one, but I can’t see spending the money on it. So I looked at other choices. Then I found it…. I have Amazon Prime. I love Amazon prime. They are great about prices and shipping, but that’s not my point. (Amazon did not indorse this). Since I have prime, I have the ability to watch some movies on demand. This includes a crazy variety of exercise videos. And when I say crazy, I mean crazy. Some, I would not try if my life depends on it. I finally found it, Jillian Michaels. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s the insane work out lady who helps people on the Biggest Loser. Yep, if I’m feeling crappy about my weight, she’s the one who would kick it in gear.

Day 1, didn’t go so well. Twenty minutes into the video, I ended up collapsing and turning it off. Praying I would be able to breathe again. Day 2, not so bad. There are a lot of exercises I would have to stop and breathe for, but I made it. Day 3, hubby was home, so we decided to walk the round trip to the store. It was a good hour and a half walk. Not so bad…. then Day 4, hit. Day 4, I had a major migraine. The kind that I normally would go in to the doctor for it. So I had to skip. 1 day out of 4, I’m not doing to bad.

Today, I’m right back at it. I want to be fit. I want to be able to do things with my kids without being out of breath, or without getting any bigger. I want to get rid of anything that may hinder my chances of getting migraines to go away. And most of all, I don’t want to cringe when I look in the mirror. It’s going to be a bumpy road, but I can’t wait.

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