Saturday, July 5, 2014

Preparing for Primary

I am lucky enough to teach one of the CTR 7 classes in my ward. I have 5 rambunctious 7/8 year old in my class and I love them all, even when it feels like they aren't listening to a word I say. This week's lesson is Lesson 24 in the Primary 2 (CTR A) manual titled "I Can Show Gratitude." My class loves to watch videos so I always try to find a couple of good ones to have on hand during a lesson as a reward or to let them choose which video they would like to watch (yes we practice democracy in our class). Tonight while I was on the hunt for a few good videos I came across this one that really spoke to me so I just had to share it.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday Tangents - Coloring is Serious Business, and a Fun Run

Friday - yoga
Saturday - short jog
Sunday - rest
Monday - 5 miles with Jessica and all out kiddos to one of our favorite spots
Tuesday - Rest
Wednesday - 2.5 miles with the jogger

I've been trying to really extend my miles lately seeing as how I have a race coming up soon. But let me tell you it's really hard to do with the jogging stroller, those kiddos are heavy let me tell you. Ha.

But there's nothing better than running with friends and Jessica has to be one of m favorite running buddies. Plus, huge bonus our kids are friends so they help keep each other company! We love to run near this regional park by her house and when we are feeling the need for more miles we almost always stop by this old house and little bridge. It is so pretty and shady and the kids just love to get our and stretch their legs at the half way point.

In none running news we have been sticking around the house a lot lately mainly due to the amount of running I've been doing, it kinda throws the little prince's nap schedule off a bit so I like to make sure his afternoon nap is a good solid in the crib kind of nap. So on days when we stay home the little princess does  a lot of coloring and art projects. She doesn't seem to mind and wants you to know coloring is serious business.
We don't just stick around the house though the little princess does need time to just run free and be active. So we like to explore the park near our house, be silly and maybe even hug a tree.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday Tangents

Tuesday - 2.5 miles with the jogger
Wednesday - 2.5 miles with the jogger

After our jog on Wednesday we went on an adventure to an outdoor mall near where we live. Almost every time we go to this mall the little princess asks to go on the merry go round and today we had my mom (aka Nana) with us so I finally let her. And let me tell you she was the happiest little girl you ever did see.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rainy Days - Thursday Tangents

Rain Rain is here to stay so inside is where we play.

So it rained yesterday so working out didn't exactly happen. And you know what that's ok with me sometimes it's nice just to spend the day inside on the floor with your little ones. I'm pretty sure the little princess loves rainy days because in addition to the mandatory puddle jumping (sorry no pictures) she gets to watch a movie or two. However, we try (emphasis on try here) not to watch movies all day even when it's raining - we have to do something to get the wiggles out. I'm always on the lookout for new activities to do at home that keep my little princess happy and out of trouble. Yesterday one of her favorite activities was rolling out our huge roll of ikea paper for our easel on the floor and letting her go to town with her art supplies.

What's your favorite rainy day activity?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Workin' it Wednesday | Princess Party

AM Workout - Abs with the abs playlist
PM Workout - Arms with the Pura Vida slim and toned arms workout from

If you couldn't tell I'm on a kick this week. I'm trying to follow their weekly workout schedule. It's fun to try new workouts and really push yourself with new exercises! I'm loving it so far and I'm really hoping that by mixing it up I'll be able to push through my weight loss plateau my weigh-ins have been slightly disappointing the past couple weeks so I'm mixing things up.

Today the little princess got to go to one of her little friends birthday parties. It was a girls only party and was princess themed. All the girlies dressed up in princess dresses, played, had a tea party and ate cupcakes. A perfect party in my little princesses eyes!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Two a day Tuesday | Open Gym

AM Workout - 3 miles outside pushing the kiddos with a friend (5.88/60 for #60bySpring)

Ok friends let me tell you about this run it was awesome. I love running with Jessica because we are training for the same 10k. Yep that's right I talked her into running it with me. Anyways we both push each other which is great. This time we ran around a local lake that's about a mile around once and we were able to make it 3/4 of a mile without stopping. Now this is a major big deal for me because less than a month ago running for 30sec was a struggle for me. Remember I only had the little prince 5 1/2 months ago! So I'm really proud of the progress I've been making. And in order to keep pushing myself I've joined with community for a #60bySpring challenge to run/walk/jog 60 miles by the first day of Spring less than a month left!

PM Workout - Bikini Series Sunset Workout from

After our awesome run we had a yummy snack of Noosa Youghurt we ran into some sales reps passing out samples on our run can you say score?! It was a great and delicious protein punch after a great run.
Source: google images
This stuff tasted like candy but I'm a sucker for lemon anything.
After our yummy snack we killed some time at the local public library before it was time for Open Gym at children's gymnastics club. The little princess loves books so we had to check out a few and she's on a MAJOR Babar kick right now so naturally two of them had to be Babar books. Then as her reward for being such a good girl on my run it was off to Open Gym for "nyastics" as the little princess calls it. This girl loves to play on all the gymnastics equipment and bounce on all the trampolines and jump in the foam pits. I think her favorite part is the toddler room though because everything is her size and there are usually fewer kids in there than the "big" gym. 

Walking the "tight rope" she told me so
And the little prince was just as happy as can be practicing his new trick of sitting unsupported and watching his big sister have fun.
Showing off his new trick and watching his sister with a huge smile on his face he thinks she's the best thing ever (after Momma of course)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekly Goals | Fat Burning Monday

Workout- Rest

Sunday was sleeping in a little too late - we were late to church. Playing at home. More laundry - I finally finished updating the prince's wardrobe he has something to wear again! And dinner at my parents house.

Weekly Goals
1. Follow the weekly workout schedule
2. Drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces each day
3. Go to bed before Midnight!!!

AM workout - Fat Burning Run (30 min - see below)
Fat Burning Run
(This can be done on the treadmill but I did it outside pushing my littles)
Warm up - 5 min
Jog - 2 min
Run - 60 seconds
Walk - 2 min
Jog - 2 min
Sprint - 60 seconds
Walk - 2 min
Jog - 2 min
Sprint - 30 sec
Rest 30 sec
Sprint - 30 sec
Rest 30 sec
Sprint - 45 sec (last sprint) 
Walk - 3 min
Jog - 3 min
Cool down 4 min

PM workout - Abs & Arms (Love Your Body Arms & Abs from - I only made it through the circuit 2 times but I'm ok with it, but there is room to grow 3x is the goal

Monday we had a fun park play day at a new park near our neighborhood. In the bottom picture the princess is making grass angels because we don't get snow of course. It was fun to get out in the sun and watch my little princess play with her friends and be brave. The little prince had a good time sitting on my lap watching all the kids run free. Then he got cranky and it was time for a nap haha.