Welcome to episode 2 of the Tuesday Tidbits. I've noticed that each week I have been getting excited on writing this post and updating you on what's been goin on in a fun little way. This week I will be sharing a little update on each of the girls, talking about a show I started watching (that is actually pretty old), a fun little activity we did this weekend, and a new workout I have been doing.
1. Aubrey got her ears pierced
So I actually wanted Aubrey to get her ears pierced when she was a baby, but my husband felt it was best to wait until she was old enough to ask for it herself. Well now at 4 yrs old she has been asking for them to get pierced. We ended up getting it as her birthday gift.
Our pediatrician office actually offers the service which is nice to know as we wanted a place that was clean, safe, and sensitive to kids. Aubrey picked out a pair of pink earrings. It has been a little over a week since they have been pierced and her ears are healing nicely. We clean them with a solution that was given morning and night.
She has been loving her earrings and I know is anxious to be able to switch them out. We have another couple months before that will be possible and evne then they have to be 14K gold earrings. Maybe Santa will bring her a pair....
2. Claire is walking
So Aubrey was over a year old when she started walking. She was not walking at her first bday. Claire will be turning 11 months next week and she will be walking everywhere by her first bday. She is getting better and better everyday. Now she is probably taking 30+ steps without falling.
The best part is to see her face when she gets better or goes farther. It is that look of pride on their faces when they learn something new. Being a parent can be very tough but can also be very magical.
3. I started watching Dancing with the Stars
I know that I am way behind in the game. This show has been on for a long time. Normally I don't really watch reality tv except for some of the Real Housewives franchises. Once the kids go to sleep I get a little time to myself to just relax and do whatever. When I look to see what is on the tv, I am just not interested much anymore. Am I the only one?
I decided to give DWTS a try. Maybe I never found a celebrity on there enticing enough to watch before. There are celebrities that I like mainly in the sense that there are some whose music I might prefer or who I feel does a great job when acting in their roles but none that I feel I obsess about or idolize or even really follow.
And then Carole Baskin happened....
Ok I'm not a Carole Baskin "fan" per se. I watched Tiger King and I know it's the kind of show that put people into groups. Many were anti-Carole and some were very pro-Carole. I'm more on the fence. I don't know what happened. I appreciate the attention she is trying to draw into trying to save and help big cats. I appreciate the positive recognition she is trying to bring. Of course there is that part of me that feels she HAS to be involved in her husband's murder.
I was not there. There is no set proof so who knows really. However, I'm admitting that her being on DWTS really got me interested in watching her dance.
I probably won't watch the whole season. There isn't really a celebrity on there I really care enough about except maybe Nelly or AJ McClean (total BSB fan over here). It is monday as I write this post and tonight is Disney Night. I may watch it just to see the Disney inspired dances but after that, I don't think it will grab my interest. Plus Carole is not a very good dancer and she is very controversial that I don't have faith that she would make it very far into the season.
Then again, I don't really care that much. I also don't really watch The Voice or American Idol either. I watch The Voice for the blind auditions because those are fun and then after that I lose interest. American Idol also never sparked my interest. It just isn't my thing. Am I alone with this?
4. A fun, free, family activity: fishing and the park
In trying to get out of the repetitive grind of what COVID seemed to have brought, I have been having the goal to start doing my activities on the weekends and get the kids out. Being cooped up in the house for too long can get mundane and old. Not only do I feel bored and a bit blah, I am sure the kids can feel that way sometimes too.
When I can find an activity that doesn't cost alot then even better!
Last time we went up to Chicago to visit family in June, my mother bought Aubrey a fishing pole to use for the pond in the back of her condo. It actually worked out well because Aubrey kept asking to go fishing. Now we have a fishing pole and decided to use it again.
We have a great lake/park not too far from us called Lake Mayer. There is a large walking trail, a skate park, tennis courts, playground, pavillions to rent for parties, and a cute lake you can fish in, paddleboard, kayak, or can even rent sailboats. It is loaded with tons of birds and adorable turtles swimming in the water.
We decided to take the kids to the lake to fish. Claire is too young to fish so she enjoyed watching, time on the blanket eating some of her sister's Happy Meal. Unfortunately, they weren't able to catch anything. Not sure if we didn't have good bait (we aren't experienced fishers), or if it was the time of day (around dinner time) but the fishing did not last very long. It was still a fun family time anyways.
We followed it up with some time at the playground. Aubrey can't get enough of the park and goes on just about everything. Claire really enjoyed the swings and would have stayed in them for longer if it didn't start to rain.
The weather was perfect. It was hotter than it has been lately but the clouds were out and protecting us from the hot sun rays and there was a really nice breeze. You can start to see some of the leaves changing colors a bit.
I hope it is moments like these that they remember.
5. I started the Peloton workouts
I do not have the Peloton machine, but I have heard that the other workouts on the app are great. I normally just go to Planet Fitness and use the cardio machines but I get bored. I also use the Every Mother workouts which are meant to help correct and strengthen a Diastisis Recti. If you don't know, a Diastisis Recti or DR is a separation of the abdominal muscles and is often caused during pregnancy with the protrusion of the belly.
I will admit that I get bored. This is common for me. I was doing Orange Theory for a while until I gave birth and then after that COVID hit so I cancelled my membership. I was never bored with it because the workouts were always different.
I decided to try to Peloton workouts and so far I am loving it. You get the first 30 days for free. So really there was no risk to try.
I've been doing them about a week. I love that there is such a variety. You can do yoga, strength training with weights or body weight, barre, cardio, stretching, and even outdoor workouts. You can do a 10 minute workout or as much as a 30 minute workout. I combine workouts or do a longer singular workout.
Once my 30 day trial is up I plan on keeping it. I love the options and don't feel bored. I use these and the Every Mother workout to really keep my body strong, active, and keep the variety. I can feel that my muscles continue to be challenged which is what I am looking for.
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