This weekend I slacked on my workouts big time. In fact, I even missed my workout this morning. I was supposed to have a rest day on Friday and then get back to exercising on Saturday, but life got in the way and I didn’t do it. I made excuses to sleep in and negotiated myself out of my workouts. While I’m disappointed, it was a learning point for me because I learned when my weakest moments are when it comes to my workouts. That being said I was not inactive this weekend. I still did two rounds of mini golf, bounced with my kids on the bounce houses at a kid’s birthday party and played with my kids at the park. This morning I chose to try something new by getting completely ready before my kids. Again, I slept in about 20 minutes too late, so I didn’t have to time to fit in my strength training and attempt my new feat of being ready first. Life is about changing and adapting and I think that getting up and ready before my kids wake up really does give us more peace in our mornings. Now the next step is to figure out what time I need to be up in order to fit in exercise as well. I also need to work on ways to stop myself from the “5 more minutes” trap, I’ve had that problem since I was in high school, if not earlier!
This weekend my kids were with me so I wanted to take full advantage. With our crazy busy weeks and splitting time between mom and dad, my kids really do seem to miss the quality time that we had before I went back to work. So, this Sunday was date day. My mom came over for the day (I am so blessed to have her nearby!) and I rotated children, taking them each on a “date” of their choosing. My son got breakfast and a round of mini golf, my littlest girl got her first mani/pedi and time at the park, and my oldest daughter got lunch, a round of mini golf and some additional time together while we meandered around town running some errands. I think that each one enjoyed that time alone and I hope to continue this tradition throughout the year…maybe not all in one day though, because I was tired by the end! I read a great article the other day about setting aside the child’s birthdate each month as a special night where they get to stay up for an extra 20 minutes or so and have a little alone quality time. I am going to try that out because with three little ones it’s difficult to squeeze it all in and I know how important undivided attention is to them. We also had some great family time on Friday night and Saturday. We had friends over Friday, went to the park Saturday and then attended a birthday party for my sons classmate in the evening. It was a fun and full weekend. (and no, I did not clean my house or get any laundry done, but that was not important to me and because of my good weekday routines, I know I am not behind!)
I had one more exciting thing happen this morning. (okay…it was exciting to me) My son, who I love dearly, freaks out if a vegetable even touches his plate. This morning I made a green smoothie (with spinach, banana, pear, avocado, and kiwi). He watched me make it. My youngest asked to try some, I gave her some, and of course she liked it. My oldest daughter was hesitant but when I offered her a dollar (hey a dollar for trying something green is fair to me) she tried it, didn’t like it but that’s fine by me. I didn’t even offer it to my son, but he asked if he tried it could he have a dollar? Heck yeah! Not only did he try it…he LIKED it! I’m beyond thrilled, there is hope! My son likes something green!!! Sometimes in life, it really is about the small victories!