Monday Morning Movement!!

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love….” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Ever since completing my marathon I’ve been so lacking my usual drive for exercise…. Crazy!! Maybe its a post-marathon-pardom. Who knows. Anyway my cure is always to get out with the kids, so we have done a lot of that lately! Thanks to an awesome blog I’ve followed cultfit, I felt a little saved this morning and recently! If you have a chance, check them out! Especially those of you with kids! They’ve got lots of great workouts to offer, many which encourage being outside with the kids while doing it. And plenty of great humor and reading to go along with it!

I had an awesomely challenging (can I say that in the same sentence haha?) workout this morning. Simple enough to do without going to the gym, but meeting the exercise demands my body has craved! I love watching the kids try little push-ups. It’s the cutest!! I had a great sweat before setting out for a light 2 mile run with the kids on bikes/strollers….

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Yeah it’s a total win-win… Ella easily meets P.E. requirements, while mom gets in a workout!! Love that!

imagesmelling the roses!

Plus we stopped to enjoy the blooming flowers on the way and even spotted a California Blue bird on the trail! The kids liked that. We often have a fair share of nature greetings while we are out!

Nothing beats racing down hill literally at a sprint pace during the last half of a mile. I’m trying to catch Ella and Gav as they speed on down, carried by the momentum of their bikes. It’s so much FUN!! Which really makes incorporating fitness not optional for us… It’s just a way of life!! Thank goodness for inspiration these days.

Happy Monday! :))

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Ellen DeGeneres <3

CONFESSION!!!!

*We rushed after Ella’s cooking class and skimmed through our Math and reading this morning… with intentions of playing a little catch-up tomorrow.

Yeah, it was one of those rushed sort of mornings that I ever so hate having… and all on a count of Mommy had tickets to go see a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show this afternoon. To my advantage the tickets were for the afternoon taping which allowed time to get in some of our essentials beforehand. We normally are afternoon schoolers though lately because mornings are the leisurely play/bike/play/eat/play/read etc. time for us. But of course learning happens when it wants, so I’m not super set on this. It definitely makes for nice flexibility in our day when something like today comes up!

CONFESSION #2

*I don’t actually watch The Ellen Show

oops did I just say that out loud?! What I meant was I am a huge fan of her’s…just love her, she is amazingly talented, engaging and hilarious…did I mention beautiful?! The thing is we don’t watch TV in our house besides movies, as in  ZERO cable…. so I don’t watch any show for that matter.

Yes it might seem strange or horribly boring to most folks, but that is just the way it is, and the way I like it! It frees up more time for other things!!

But TV opinions aside, I won’t pass up a chance to go see a live taping, I mean COME ON!! It’s just super fun to be part of! Years ago I went to The Jay Leno show which was a very fun experience. Two Christmas’s ago was my first time at an Ellen Show taping. It was just fabulous to take part in her Twelve Day Giveaway. It couldn’t have been better timing because that particular taping seemed perfectly suited for families. We went home with a trampoline, Wii’s, Dvd collections and more. The kids were so blessed that Christmas!! She is quite DeGenerous lol!!

Ellen’s show is definitely an awesome one to see. Not only does she get you up dancing, (My fave!!) she is just SO entertaining and great to watch. I was thrilled when I got the call to attend another taping this year. Might I add this is ALL made possible by the mother of my best friend from childhood. All I know is her mom likes to do her part to help us attend things like this and win things. I am very thankful for her!

So it definitely was another fun day at Ellen’s show today! My parents, sister Bree and her boyfriend had tickets as well. My friend Pam came with me, plus we had a huge extended group with us. Diane Keaton and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver were the guests today. (Really it was Monday’s show we were taping) Each of us got a copy of Diane’s memoir Then Again, and got to watch Donald show off some of his latest moves from Dancing With the Stars. He was good… and a super sweet man, proud of his family and grounded in his purpose, being that he had an unfortunate childhood that he turned around for the better.  Very refreshing messages today!! Feeling inspired in many ways I must say.

I’m actually quite excited to dive into this book! Something else to make time for around here...*sigh** I’m due for a good read though! I’ll let you all know how it goes!! 😉

Thirty things about 30

I was recently shared this fun article and felt it would make some good reading for a post…

Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know

In 1997, Glamour magazine published a story titled “30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30.” The list, written by Pamela Redmond Satran, was so popular that women started emailing it around, misattributing it to various female luminaries including Maya Angelou and Hillary Clinton. Noting what a phenomenon it had become, the editors of Glamour created a book around it, featuring essays from (mostly) famous women on each of the items on the list. The book, released today, includes meditations from Katie Couric on work and love, Portia de Rossi on accepting your body, and one from the list’s original author, who is also aHuffington Post blogger, on how to live alone.

Because the list still makes us so, so happy, we asked Glamour‘s permission to reprint it here:

By 30, you should have …

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age — and some moneyset aside to help fund it.

8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account — all of which nobody has access to but you.

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

13. The belief that you deserve it.

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.
By 30, you should know …

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.

2. How you feel about having kids.

3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.

4. When to try harder and when to walk away.

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8. Where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat — when your soul needs soothing.

9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.

10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.

15. Why they say life begins at 30
What’s on your personal list of things to have and know — and possibly do — before turning 30?

List excerpted from Glamour‘s “Thirty Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30.”

Read and excerpt from the book here.

So it’s safe to say I can check most of those off my list and obviously I’m a little beyond knowing how I feel about having kids by now…ahem…. 3 amazing ones at that! It was just fun to read this knowing that I am at that point in my life. It’s all an “opinion” of course, but entertaining!! Now it makes me wonder what a list of 30 things for MEN would sound like…hmmm.

In case you haven’t read about my apprehensiveness to turning thirty this year, it was a hard pill to swallow. But it’s actually been more bearable than I thought. With completing a goal I set out to do, and plenty of inspiring words from friends and loved ones, I’d say I’m actually enjoying it….No really. It’s actually OK!!

One of my cousins put it so beautifully. She stated, “Your 30’s ARE your winning years because you have experience that makes you strong, time that gives you perspective, and knowledge that makes you interesting… all those things together make you more lovely and amazing than ever.”Thank you again for that Jess 🙂

So this is what winning feels like… YEESSSS!!

And the journey carries on…. xo

A+ Open House

Ella had the pleasure of taking part in her first “Open House” this evening at the A+ Tutoring and Homeschool Academy where she takes classes at.

Some of Ella's work on display

She began classes during the second half of the school year taking Science, History and a writer’s workshop. I decided it would be a beneficial supplement to what we are doing at home and it gives her a chance to work among other kids for a couple of hours in the week.

There were also opportunities to attend field trips during the course of the classes, which is always great. The Academy itself offers a variety of supplemental classes, tutoring, test prep and clubs that homeschoolers and other students as well may take part in. Ella is very eager to join the American Girl book club this fall (it’s recommended for second grade and up). Gavin is also anticipating the Lego class that they offer.

Gavin also wants to learn to play Chess!! During the open house tonight, his friend and him were very intrigued with the game trying to learn it together. I’m thinking that is something we might venture into in the future!

Future Chess players!!

It was a very nice way to see all the hard work that these students put into their learning. The writing class has been most challenging for Ella this year, but it was a good one. It has really helped her writing skills blossom which is wonderful to see. Especially that they were able to cover many topics and writing styles at such a young age too.

Needless to say I was proud to see Ella’s work from a different view tonight, and she was rightfully proud to show it! Overall I am happy that we decided to add these classes into our homeschooling repertoire. 🙂