Saturday, September 23, 2017

Week in Review 9.23.17

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Scott came home from India on Monday and we were all so excited. He's been slowly getting into the new routine and getting over jet lag. I think we all need a nice quiet weekend at home. I had a lot of writing to get done which was good. It was also a bit stressful since I had a hard time getting people to respond to my requests for images and information. 


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Exercise

I got in 5 
workouts this week - three boot camp classes, a barre3 class with one of my favorite instructors and a really good yoga class. My leg and hip are still bothering me so I'm working on strength and trying to loosen up the muscles. The yoga class this morning was hard on my leg but afterwards felt so wonderful since we really stretched our muscles. 



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I also signed up for the Fall Transformation Program with Sync and I'm so excited. I need a reboot. I have the exercise portion down but need to get back to the heavy veggie lifestyle. Sometimes a reboot is just something one needs. 



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Food

The lunch excitement continues with most of my new ideas being rejected. I did however turn Molly onto tortilla roll-ups so one more fun thing to add to the rotation. She's been really into finishing her leftover lunch when she gets home so I wonder if they say something at lunch about finishing your food at home. 



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I'm also back on my meal prep plan and loving it. I plan to write about how I do it soon. Anyone have anything they want to hear about meal prep and how to do it? 

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The Girls

This week was spent getting used to the routine. The excitement of getting up early for school is slowly wearing off for the kids. I like having a bit more time to get things done but do not really enjoy the 7:00 a.m. to 7:40 a.m rush. I feel a bit like a Drill Sargent. "SHOES!" COAT!" "GO! GO! GO!"



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I also spent last weekend painting the girl's room. When they heard I was going to paint the kitchen, they insisted on jumping the line and having me paint their room purple. Their room hadn't been painted since before Molly was born, over 6 years ago so it was time. It turned out really cute but it was an exhausting feat!



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Other Goings On

There wasn't really much in the "Other Goings On" arena this week as I had a lot of work to get done. We did however meet with our architect and start working on our new basement design. We plan to start work in January and I'm super excited! It is going to be a lot of work but it is going to be so worth it. All I'm excited that it is officially FALL!



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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Bucket List 2017

Pumpkins

We may not have accomplished everything on our Summer Bucket List but hey #goals. Fall is my favorite season and I decided it would be fun to make a Fall Bucket List. We may not finish this list either but it is fun creating it and dreaming about all the fun adventures we might have. 



  1. Go apple picking
  2. Carve/ Decorate pumpkins
  3. Visit Swanson's Harvest Festival 
  4. Splash in the Rain
  5. Do the Pumpkin Bash at the Woodland Park Zoo
  6. Start a knitting project
  7. Create a cold weather reading nook
  8. Buy some new candles
  9. Watch a fall movie
  10. Go on a hike
  11. Go on a leaf hunt with the kids and do art
  12. Fly a kite
  13. Paint gourds
  14. Go to the Farmer’s Market
  15. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade (on tv)
  16. Take a Ferry trip
  17. Go to Olympia and visit the Children's Museum
  18. Head to Suncadia for the weekend
  19. Make soup
  20. Get a new plant
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week in Review 9.16.17

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Molly started Kindergarten on Monday and then that afternoon, Scott left for India. It was a busy and emotional week but we powered through and did quite well. I am really enjoying the walk to and from Molly's school. I have a feeling I am going to really like it when I can leave Maggie at home in the morning with Scott and walk Molly alone. 


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Exercise

I got in 4 
workouts this week - two boot camp classes, a barre3 class at the new West Seattle location, and a barre/cycle class at Community Fitness. My hip was really hurting me on Tuesday so I've been trying to take it gentle this week. I told the instructor at the barre/cycle class about my leg and hip area hurting and she suggested that ride slower at a higher gear. It felt pretty good.  I also took a few epsom salt baths to loosen up the muscles. My gym also had a surprise flood but the pro trainers were able to adjust the workouts and keep everything running smoothly as the owner worked to get everything back in place. I also started walking Molly to school everyday. It's about a block and a half away so I've added 6 blocks to my walking everyday which is bumping up to my 12,000 steps goal. I've really enjoyed it. 


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Food


Food this week has been all about school lunches. I honestly LOVE making lunch and putting it in a cute box. I have been keeping them fairly simple so Molly can just dive in and eat. She has already complained about not having enough time to eat. She also said the chocolate pieces I've put in her lunch are her favorite part. Ha! The lunches are coming back mostly eaten so I feel good about what I'm packing. All veggies continue to be rejected. I'll keep packing them. 


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The Girls

Molly started her first day of Kindergarten and has already been enforcing the classroom rules at home. She got nervous on her second day heading into class so I followed her in and then gently shoved her into the room. The rest of the week went just fine. Maggie and I surprised her at lunch on Friday which was great. We had a really rough Friday morning and she looked so sad when we first saw her and brightened right up when she spotted us. 


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I re-started the Peaceful Preschool with Maggie. It gives us a good activity between preschool pick-up and elementary school pick-up where I can focus Maggie and help her learn. Otherwise, she just watches tv or trashes the house. Neither of which excite me. Also Maggie loves glitter glue and even though she isn't quite using it in the way I imagined, it is making her very happy. 


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The girls also started ballet again. Maggie is doing pre-ballet/tap again this year and Molly has moved up to Ballet 1. They are with their favorite teacher, Ms. Holly and I have high expectations for this year. 


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Other Goings On

Last Saturday, Maggie's preschool class (the Kangaroo class) headed up to the Outback Kangaroo farm to check out the kangaroos and other animals. It was so much fun even with LuLu, the angry kangaroo attacking kids. 


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