Saturday, July 23, 2016

Week In Review 7.23.16

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We're traveling again this week so it's been another week of adventure, fun and lots of California sunshine! Scott had a business trip so the girls and I decided to tag along with him. And after having a week of him 24/7, I'm glad we did because the girls miss him every morning when he leaves but are so excite to see him when he returns.

5:44 am I'm Classpassing a barre3 Los Altos class. I'm keeping up my activity while on vacation. #adayinthelifechallenge

Exercise

We may been traveling again this week but I still made a huge point to get exercise in! Sunday I went to the new barre3 Ballard location which was great! It was such a hard workout. Monday was a boot camp class that I almost crawled out of. I'm a bit scared for next week when I'm back to my usual boot camp schedule. Tuesday was a day of travel which left my body sore. Wednesday and Thursday, I got up and attended barre3 Los Altos at 6 a.m. It was fun to do barre3 in a different location and still hard work! I decided to skip Friday's workout as I was tired from driving into San Francisco the day before.

10:35 am Shopping at Whole Foods for essentials for the week. #adayinthelifephotochallenge

Food

We ate out a lot this week but I did my best to order good, healthy food. Our room has had a kitchen so I was able to head to Whole Foods on Wednesday to load up on some good healthy food. There were some quintessential meals, like In-n-Out Burger one night and Blue Bottle Coffee when I was at the Ferry Building.  I am looking forward to getting back to home cooking and Big Ass Salads for lunch.

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#100daysofsummer to losing her first tooth. *sniff* My first baby is growing up!

The Girls 

For the past two weeks, Molly has been wiggling her bottom front tooth. It's way too early to lose a tooth but well she did! It fell out after we went swimming. She was running away from me as I was trying to dry her off. I attacked her face with the towel and when I pulled it away, she was crying and there was blood everywhere. EEK! I noticed her tooth was missing and we started searching the ground for it. It is so little that it took awhile to find. I got her all cleaned up and she was so excited about her new toothless grin. Seriously excited and quickly forgave me for my towel attack.

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Otherwise the girls have been busy having grand adventures and swimming everyday in the hotel pool. I took them into San Francisco on Thursday and we had a grand adventure. They also had a great time at Happy Hollow in San Jose on Wednesday after having lunch with a friend at Apple.

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Other Goings On 

We've been having so much fun with our California adventure. The girls and I took a plane trip on Tuesday without Scott and I'll be reporting on that later. It went really well though.

I did my third Photo in the Life Challenge on Wednesday and had a great time! You can see my photo set here.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Project 52 - Week 19

Project 52 - Week 19

Maggie was obsessed with the fridge in the house we rented last week while at the beach. OBSESSED! I think she liked that she could open it and get food out. Our fridge has the freezer on the bottom and she can't reach the handle. I think, I prefer our fridge while she prefers the beach one. 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Little Fishy Swimmers

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Molly and Maggie are little fishes who love to swim, swim, swim. I started both of them in swim lessons when they were about 6 months old. Those lessons entailed a lot of singing and clinging to me but since I believe swimming is an essential life skill, I kept re-enrolling them in classes. There was a brief stint when Molly refused to go in the water and we spent two weeks sitting by the pool, every single day for 30 minutes. She gets her stubborn from me and while neither one of us won that battle, she eventually went back into the water.

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They quickly fell in love with the water and have solidly advanced their swim skills. Molly can almost swim across the wide part of the pool on her own and Maggie thinks that she is a pro swimmer. It's been fun watching them grow in their swim abilities. They often ask to go swimming and so this summer when I was offered free swim lessons with SafeSplash Swim School, I quickly said yes even though the girls were already enrolled in another set of lessons. This meant that some days were double swim lesson day and the girls loved it!

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SafeSplash Swim Schools are held in various locations around the country and the one closest to me was hosted at the Lynnwood LA Fitness. Unfortunately this is 45 minute drive from our house which was not so awesome. However the lessons were AWESOME! Maggie was in a class by herself while Molly had 2-3 other students in her class but still received a lot of personal attention. Molly was so excited that her teacher and I shared the same name and kept popping her head out of the water to tell me about this fun fact.

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Maggie was a bit apprehensive about her teacher at first. She doesn't do great with male teachers and well she had a male teacher. The manager and her teacher had some tricks up their sleeves though and enticed her into the water with toys. She cracked me up. She had a great time and learned some wonderful skills for about 20 minutes and then remembered that she wasn't sure about her teacher. She got out of the water and kept giving him grumpy looks.

#100daysofsummer means double swim lessons for the girls!

Molly leapt into the water for each of her lessons while Maggie was more hit or miss. She got in the water for all the lessons but had to be convinced a few times. This is around the same age that Molly was unsure about swim lessons with male instructors too.

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You can tell from this video that they loved their lessons! The SafeSplash Swim School provides a quality swim lesson for a great price. You can join at any time and go for as long or as little as you like. They do lessons by the month and prices vary by location. The ones in Lynnwood are $65 a month for once a week lessons. I know we'll be back even with the dreaded 45 minute drive. I'd love some SafeSplash Swim School locations closer to me in Seattle. I lobbied hard with the swim manager for the LA Fitness location just down the road from me. 

Interested in trying out a SafeSplash Swim School session? Find out more on their web page at https://www.safesplash.com/, most locations offer a free initial lesson. 

Disclosure: I was provided with 4 free swim lessons for my children in exchange for a review of SafeSplash Swim School. Thank you for your support! 
Monday, July 18, 2016

**REMINDER** A Day in the Life Photo Challenge Coming Wednesday, July 20th

7:25 am This little monkey is getting up and ready for the day. #adayinthelife #adayinthelifephotochallenge

Starting on Wednesday when you wake up, take a photo every hour (or more) to document your day until you fall asleep that night. You can join the Flickr group and/or tag your photos #adayinthelifephotochallenge on Instagram.


8:42 am Bunny Molly drops off her bag in her cubby #adayinthelife #adayinthelifephotochallenge
  1. Here are some guidelines (adjust as needed for YOU!)
  2. From the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep...
  3. Take at least one photo an house (but you can take more!).
  4. Post your photos to the "A Day in the Life" Photo Challenge Flickr group when you can. Posting your photos throughout the day as you take them is great (so we can see what everyone is doing in real time), but no worries if you cannot post until later. 
  5. Your photos do NOT have to be self-portraits.
  6. Include the time of the photo either as the title of the photo or in the description. (i.e. 9:45 am Hilarious Hand Holding! My friend and I had to walk really, really close to each other.)
  7. Use your phone or camera - whatever you want to use to capture your day, however ordinary or extraordinary it may be. 
  8. Have Fun! 
8:15 pm Laundry day is never ending. Two more loads to go! #adayinthelife #adayinthelifephotochallenge

Since this is my ninth (maybe 10th) time doing this challenge and I'll be away from home, I'll be shooting on my DSLR and posting later in the day, possibly all at once at the end of the day.  I've set up a new album on my Flickr photostream for July 20th's challenge which you can follow here: A Day in the Life 7.20.16 (I currently have a photo of Molly at the park so you'll know you are in the right place). Can't wait to see your photos and your day on Wednesday! 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Week in Review - 7.16.16

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We've been on vacation all week but I haven't let that get in the way of exercise or eating healthy food. This much-needed break has been fantastic for us. We deliberately choose a low-key vacation to recharge, reconnect and just be. 


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Exercise

On Monday, I took a SUP Paddleboard lesson with SUP Manzanita and it was awesome! I had a group lesson with another Manzanita resident, Ken. We had a great time out there paddling and neither one of us took a spill in the water. Paddleboarding was harder than I anticipated though and really hurt my feet. My shoulders were so sore the next day. 

On Tuesday, I did a boot camp workout before the family woke up and on Wednesday we went on a hike. While we didn't make it as far as I had hoped, we still had a great time. Thursday and Friday were spent walking miles of beaches and keeping it low-key. While I didn't exercise as much as I usually do, I still kept myself active and made sure to get my 10,000 steps in a day. 


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Food

We rented a beach house which meant we had a full kitchen available to us. We had lots of salads for lunch and simple breakfasts but ate out for dinner a lot. 

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I did make the most amazing nachos for dinner one night and we had HUGE burritos for lunch one day. We may have been eating a bit too well. Back to salads all the time next week! 

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The girls are LOVING the beach and having the best time. I think they also love having both Scott and I around all the time. It's been great to hang out as a family. While we may have sand in more places that I could ever imagine, it has been so much fun watching my kids exploring their little hearts out. 


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Other Goings On


There isn't much other to report on this week! We've been relaxing, going for beach walks, flying kites and just enjoying our time as a family. It's been wonderful! On Thursday the girls discovered a deeper section of tide pools and spent time entertaining the beach goers with their enthusiastic dives into the water. They were absolutely covered in sand and salt water by the end and happier than they've ever been. 


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