One of my least favorite Halloween things to do as an adult is carve pumpkins. It's just so messy and if you've met me for even 5 minutes, you'd know that I am not a messy person. But, one of the most awesome things about becoming a parent is that we get to reinvent the things that aren't terribly fun as an adult and see them through the eyes of our kids. And let me tell you...carving a pumpkin for a kid is a BIG deal. Even my kids who hate to be dirty....And hate to stick their hands inside the pumpkin. They may make Mr. Howard and I do most of the work and I may have to stick my hand in a pumpkin more often than I'd care to, but the prize of seeing my kids giggle and laugh is pretty awesome!
Monday, October 28, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
One of the perks of living with family is that when the kids are in bed, we can sometimes sneak away to do fun things! A few weeks ago, we took Connor with us for a fun treat of a movie and dinner!
Daddy had never gone with Connor to a movie before, because one of us always has to watch the kids. We took Connor to see Planes and he is STILL talking about it!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
In terms of clothes, here's what you'll need:
1. NON-COTTON socks. Seriously. Do not wear anything with cotton in it as it will rub and give you all sorts of blisters. You may have to hunt for these and look for them in the athletic socks section, but they are a must.
2. Some sort of non-slip headband. I actually wear two different types. I wear one when it's warm that is designed to hold my hair back away from my face when my hair is in a ponytail and then a thick cotton one that goes over my ears when it's cold.
3. Moisture wicking pants. I have long pants and capris because I hate to run in shorts. But if shorts are your thing, find some moisture wicking ones that don't rub (if your thighs rub, you can use body glide to prevent chafing). Just find a pair that works for you!
4. Moisture wicking shirts. I hate to run in sleeves (even in the cold weather), so find what works for you. Do NOT wear cotton. You will rub, chafe, and have sweat marks all over you.
5. A good sports bra. If you go to fleet feet, they will actually fit one to you. I am lucky (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) that I am small chested and can wear the bras that are inside the tanks I run in. If this is not you, GO AND GET fit. You shouldn't have to wear three bras to feel comfortable. Again, do not wear cotton. You want to wear one that is designed to be worn for working out (moisture wicking).
I hope that helps some of you who want to start running and don't know where to start!
Friday, October 11, 2013
There are a few monumental occasions as a parent that I put on a mental list. List of things to remember.
The field trip was at Bishops Pumpkin Patch and my favorite thing about it is how much they have for the kids to do! They had this adorable pumpkin cart that Aiden and Izzy could get in and steer.
Pumpkin patch giggles and smiles with my oldest.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Ever since last March, I have been on a Healthy Journey. This journey started with a boot camp I organized at my work, continued with a lifestyle change for Mr. Howard and me (of getting out and being active), and transitioned into my desire to do a half marathon. I really want to model to my kids how important it is to be physically fit and active (to be clear, I don't mean that I care about being "skinny"...I want to be healthy!).
Hubby and I have made it a point to go on hikes with the kids, take them on walks around the neighborhood, and just model getting out and moving our bodies. We have even planned a few hikes with friends to keep it fun and different. ((side note: Courtney, we need to plan a hike to Hidden Falls SOON!!!))
We took Nova and the kids a few weeks ago with a friend and we had such a good time, despite the 90 degree heat.