Saturday, August 18, 2018

Week in Review 8.18.18

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There are two and half weeks left until school starts again. I'm obsessively counting down the days as my children obsessively fight the coming change. We've had a great summer but the lack of routine and intense kid time has been wearing on me. I also find fall to be a quasi time of rebirth. I revamp my goals, I tighten up my schedule and get back to all the things that make me happy. So I'm counting down the days until school starts again with its early mornings, lunch-making time and sweet glorious routine! 

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Exercise


I worked out a lot this week but I don't necessarily feel like I worked hard. Seattle has been super smoky with poor air quality. We've been told to stay inside and my air purifier has been running 24/7. Because of that, my workouts have been less intense. I went to three boot camps, a CityCycle class and a Barre3 class this week. It felt good to start getting back on track but my lungs are going to need clearer skies in order to really get back into it. I also started a 6 week transformation program with my gym this week. We did our baseline assessments on Wednesday and I was pretty happy with my results. I have decided I want to work on my cardiovascular fitness since that was the one result I wasn't thrilled about. We'll be testing every two weeks or so and I'll share my improvements here. 


My baseline measurements were:


Pushups in 60 seconds (I did these on my knees): 16

Step Ups in 60 seconds: 24
Inverted Rows: 5
Plank (for time): 57 seconds (full plank on my forearms) 
3 Hill Runs: 7:45

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Food

Scott and I had date night last night and headed to Cap Hill to check out Little Uncle. It was super fresh Thai food and so good! It was a bit of a drive though so not something we will necessarily go to often but if we are in the neighborhood, we'd be there in a flash! 

I'm in a cooking rut but I did force myself to do some real cooking this week and it was good! I made brined pork chops from Butcher Box and they were so good! The salad was amazing and the kids gobbled down the mashed potatoes I added. I'm forcing myself back into cooking and meal prep because I honestly love it. 

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The Girls

We worked hard on Molly's temper tantrums and bedtime stalling this week using the Kazdin Method. It's been a challenge to remain super positive while doling out rewards with a smile BUT we have already started to see an improvement in her behavior which is such a wonderful thing. Supposedly we should be able to phase out of the rewards in a month or so. Until then, Molly is busy earning points to change into Shopkins. They are her current currency. 

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Otherwise Maggie went to Peddleheads (bike) camp and loved it! Molly took a gymnastics camp with a friend which was awesome but too short. I'm trying to remember that they will be back in school soon and lazy summer days will be a distant memory. I might miss them. 


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Other Goings On


I was lucky enough to be invited to the Brooks Run Happy Fall event which is always amazing. I love connecting with all the bloggers and runners. AND I got a new pair of Levitate 2 in this amazing bright color. At first I was unsure about the color but now I'm like, yeah! The fall line is amazing and I've already ordered apparel from it. I'll talk more about them in a future post. 


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I also finished Book Bingo which was amazing! I read some great books this year and really got myself on a reading streak. I've been spending less time on social media and more time with my nose in a book. 


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Stories Published


Seattle Refined: Enjoy ultimate Summer fun with a float down the Wenatchee River


Monday, August 13, 2018

California Dreaming

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Just over three weeks ago, we packed up the trusty Subaru and headed south to California for a road trip. For the past few summers, Scott has had a week long work summit in San Jose and we've tagged along to take advantage of the hotel and pool. Because there is nothing the Mongrain girls like more than a nice free hotel and a pool. This year we decided to add on a few stops and extend our fun.

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We started out by heading to Portland for a quick stopover on our way to Crater Lake. Crater Lake is about an 8 hour drive from Seattle so we decided to break up the drive and also because Portland has some amazing food choices. Scott has been talking about this one sushi restaurant for years with HUGE rolls. We decided this was the trip to try this spot out, especially since the girls eat sushi about twice a week.


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The rolls were giant and we ordered way too much food. The kids took a fall for the team and ate until their bellies hurt. Then they asked for fro-yo for dessert. I'm pretty sure they have hollow legs. 

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The next morning, we got up early and hit the road to Crater Lake! Scott and I went a long time ago on another road trip. We really wanted to show the girls how beautiful the lake is. The girls wanted to show us what our poor parents must have experienced when we were kids. Molly refused to get out of the car to view the lake and screamed that she was NOT GOING TO HIKE! Maggie asked how long until we'd be at the crappy hotel we were staying in Medford, Ore. Scott and I, however, saw the lake and all its beauty even if said lake was a wee bit hazy due to nearby forest fires. I also wrote about Crater Lake for Seattle Refined

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After spending the night in Medford, Ore. at seriously not a great hotel, we got in the car for the longest day of our trip. We headed down to Hearst Castle which was a planned 9 hour journey but turned into a 14 hour extravaganza due to a big rig fire on Hwy 101. We were beat by the time we arrived. 

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We did stop in Vacaville and discovered an awesome carousel and mini train ride at Nut Tree Plaza which gave the kids a chance to get some wiggles out. We also loaded up on Jelly Belly candies at the Jelly Belly store. 

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The next morning after sleeping in a bit, we headed to the Hearst Castle. You arrive at the visitor's center and take a bus to the actual house. I had been once before when I was 16 but this was Scott and the girls first visit. Scott loved the architecture and design. 

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After touring Hearst Castle, we headed down to check out the Elephant Seals. There were so many of them and they are so loud! It was really fun to check them out and learning more about these creatures. San Simeon doesn't have much in the way of other sights and restaurants but we made do. Our hotel had a great pool which the girls swam in for over 4 hours while I read and knitted. 

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Our next stop was Yosemite where we explored the Pioneer Village, gazed at the Sequoias in Mariposa Grove and checked out Half Dome. There were so many amazing sights. The girls were getting tired at this point in the trip though so there were also some temper tantrums and tears. 

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We were lucky to visit before the forest fires closed the park. They started a few days after we left. 

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After Yosemite, we headed to San Francisco! Scott had never really explored the city so we decided to have a tourist weekend in the city. It was a grand adventure with a visit to Coit Tower, The Palace of Fine Arts, Dim Sum, Cable Car rides and my favorite, a trip to the Museum of Ice Cream. The museum might have been our favorite part of the trip! We were also able to have brunch with some friends which was nice. 

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After an exhausting weekend in San Francisco, it was time to head to Palo Alto where the girls and I relaxed and Scott headed to work. We did also make time for visits to the Monterey Aquarium and Santa Cruz. 

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After a long 18 days away from home, we headed back to Seattle. We were tired of each other, had spent way too many hours on our devices and longed for home. It was an amazing trip and we can't wait for our next adventure! 

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Week in Review 8.11.18

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This week I summered like summer has never been summered before. I can't say I did it all with a good attitude though. I went tubing with a dear friend (which was AMAZING), took the girls yurt camping and had all our stuff brought back from storage. I'm excited to start the next phase of the basement but I'm feeling flattened by the amount of work needed. 

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Exercise


Exercise took a bit of a back burner this week. I did get in three workouts - two boot camps and BurnCycle class. I had some tummy issues this week which made my workouts hard to accomplish and a bit rough. I'm glad I got three workouts in though. 



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Food

Food was hit and miss this week. Camp food is not always the best for you but the girls did love making s'mores and cooking hot dogs over a fire. I was thrilled to come home to my smoothies though. They just help me start out my day on the right foot and taste really good!  

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The Girls

The girls have begged me for the past two summers to go camping. I'm not really a fan and camped a ton as a child. However, I decided they needed to experience it. We headed to Cape Disappointment where I rented a yurt. Scott declined to come because he said he wasn't camping. Maggie LOVED the experience and asked to go again next summer with just me. Molly hated it. She said the bathrooms were gross and that camping was not what she imagined. I tried so hard not to laugh and laugh when she said that. As for me, I was bored camping. It might have been that I was the only adult and three days with just kids is a lot of kid time or maybe camping is boring. I did read three books. I'm already thinking about doing this again next year. 


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Molly was also sick at the beginning of the week and then poor Maggie caught the sickness at the end of the week. There have been liberal applications of Advil, snuggles and popsicles. 


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Screen-free time has been going ok. The kids have figured out ways to watch tv though and I'm doing my best to limit them. There have been some temper tantrums and well, we are working on that. I have also been trying to figure out how to balance what I need to do with the kids desire for my attention. 


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Other Goings On

Today I had all the stuff from storage moved back into the basement. It wasn't as much as I thought which is good but I still need to go through everything and get rid of more stuff. I'm kinda excited to be getting rid of more stuff. 
Saturday, August 04, 2018

Week in Review 8.4.18

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Scott left for Brazil this week which meant our current season of intense parenting was 100% squarely on my shoulders. It also meant though that we did things 120% my way. My kids try to work it so they get their way but I have more patience since I've been around longer. The beginning of the week was ROUGH but we got into a groove as the week went on and sleep started to improve. Whew! Sleep was ROUGH! 

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Exercise


I was able to fit in exercise this week while the girls were at camp. I got in two boot camps and a Barre3 class, along with a good walk. I'm kinda looking forward to school starting up again so that my exercise can get more regular. I really need exercise to keep myself sane!  

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Food

I kept on with my BeWell by Kelly Fab4 smoothies for breakfast this week and I'm really liking them! The girl's camp this week was by Fremont Bowl so I snuck in there for lunch. I love that place so much! Otherwise, food was very basic this week as I discovered, I'm not much into cooking without Scott around. The kids just don't appreciate my efforts enough. 

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The Girls

The girls started out the week on the wrong foot. Scott left town on Sunday and they ramped up the drama. After a terrible first day at Zoo Camp, I asked them how they could turn things around. They decided if I received good reports then they would earn a Shopkins. I agreed and off they went. Maggie even declared, "I am going to have an EXCELLENT day!" and she did. They had great days at camp after that and bedtime slowly started to improve. I think these kids need routine and summer does not provide a solid one. I'm contemplating how to make this happen without having to pay for pricey camp every week of the summer. Or maybe I just need routine and them not having one is driving me mad. Either way, parenting in the summer is super intense and it turns out I need to be doing less intensive parenting for my own sanity. I appreciate any tips from parents in the same boat! 


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Maggie helped me walk a friend's dog on Friday. She told me she was an excellent dog walker (she was not) and that she missed the dog as soon as we left the house. The girls desperately want a dog so it was nice to take a dog on a walk and see what a disaster it would be. 
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Other Goings On

My Sister-in-Law gave us two baby chickens last week when we visited them. I've set them up next to the regular coop and I've forgotten how loud little baby chickens are. They are younger than I thought so I've changed my initial plan to keep them next to the coop for two weeks. I think I'll keep them in their own area for about 4 weeks or so. It depends on how things go. I don't want them to get picked on by the main flock. 


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The basement is in its last 1% of completion. The last bit of doors are being painted and the shower enclosure needs to be installed. I'm having the house deep cleaned next week and then I'll be moving all of our stuff back into the house. I'm planning on doing another deep purge because I know I stored stuff we do not need. I'm even contemplating a dumpster but we'll see if one is really needed. I wish dumpster bags were available in my area because I know I would fill one of those up quickly! 

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Stories Published

Seattle Refined: You've seen it on social media ad nauseam. But is the Museum of Ice Cream worth the visit?

Seattle Refined: The best time to visit Oregon's only National Park is RIGHT NOW

 
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