It’s been a while…

Well, hello there to any old friends who happen upon this post. It’s been over a year since I last wrote anything here. Wow. Where does the time go? I’ve been feeling the itch to get back to my blog, or as I like to think of it now- an online scrapbook. So a little bit about what has been going on in the time since I last posted…

Joshua turned 5 and David turned 2.

I’m amazed at what they learn and how quickly they are growing up. They are the most wonderful part of our lives. They challenge me to be a better person and a better mom every single day.

Ed and I quietly celebrated 10 years of marriage in June (now it’s almost 11). I’m thankful every day that I found such a good man. We are both thankful for the love and support we get from our families, and watching our parents enjoy spending time with our children is just wonderful.

Other snippets- I’m working hard to be the best teacher that I can be. It’s so fulfilling to think about how I have grown as an educator over the years. I couldn’t be happier with where my career is right now. In the last year I have kept up with cooking healthy foods for my family and trying to keep exercising for my own health. I haven’t been able to swim as much as I would like, but I really look forward to getting back in the water this summer. If it ever warms up! There’s a freeze warning tonight. Also, we are looking forward to planting our garden this year, the boys loved it last summer, especially making pickles. I started couponing because daycare is expensive, and I’m having fun learning about how to get good deals at the grocery store. I started reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and completely fell in love with the series and tore through it. I met one of my goals by learning to paddleboard last summer!

Oh, and I cut my hair. I have never had short hair, but I wanted to do something fun with it!

So, if you somehow found this and have read it, what have you been up to since the last time we talked?

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Mighty Mommy Monday #8

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Laura of Pug in the Kitchen and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 50 miles this year. I even started a new blog to chronicle the process: Mighty Mermaid Mommy!

Last week Laura wrote her post about Trying New Things and how much she had enjoyed attending Yoga class and Ballet Barre class. I don’t think classes are for me, but I did try something new! Over the weekend our temperatures were warm (upper 40s, even low 50s!) and the sun was shining. I borrowed a pair of snow shoes from my parents and tried them out. It was fun! I even helped my husband collect maple sap on snow shoes! If snowshoeing through the woods with a couple of toddlers isn’t a workout, I don’t know what is. Check out my pictures over at Mighty Mermaid Mommy.

What progress did you make toward your health & fitness goals in the past week? Share in the comments and/or go write a post about it and come back to link it up here! Feel free to use our Mighty Mommy Mondays badge in your posts or on your side bar, with a link back here, to spread the word. In the spirit of community and encouragement, please take some time to visit the other posts linked below and see what kind of goals everyone else has set for 2014. And don’t forget to come back here or to Pug in the Kitchen every Monday to share your progress!



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Mighty Mommy Monday #7

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Laura of Pug in the Kitchen and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 50 miles this year. I even started a new blog to chronicle the process: Mighty Mermaid Mommy!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: for me, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is all about planning. Each week I look over my healthy recipes and make a mental list of meals for the coming week, then I add the ingredients to my grocery order. Continue reading at Mighty Mermaid Mommy…

What progress did you make toward your health & fitness goals in the past week? Share in the comments and/or go write a post about it and come back to link it up here! Feel free to use our Mighty Mommy Mondays badge in your posts or on your side bar, with a link back here, to spread the word. In the spirit of community and encouragement, please take some time to visit the other posts linked below and see what kind of goals everyone else has set for 2014. And don’t forget to come back here or to Pug in the Kitchen every Monday to share your progress!



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Mighty Mommy Monday #6

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Laura of Pug in the Kitchen and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 50 miles this year. I even started a new blog to chronicle the process: Mighty Mermaid Mommy!

I took last week off of posting because I was extremely sick with the second stomach bug of 2014. I’m hoping it’s the last! My workouts suffered accordingly, but over the course of the week I was able to get back on track. I swam my fourth mile toward my 50 mile goal. It’s so cold and snowy outside and I’m finding myself with spring fever and wanting to get outside and play in warmer weather. We did spend some time over the weekend building a little snow fort (actually Joshua called it a snow castle from “Frozen”) and riding the snowmobile. I went on my first snowmobile ride in years and, just as I remembered, Ed drives too fast for my taste! It was a short ride. I’m sharing some of the benefits I’ve found for getting outside in the winter over at Mighty Mermaid Mommy this week, so head on over and check it out.

What progress did you make toward your health & fitness goals in the past week? Share in the comments and/or go write a post about it and come back to link it up here! Feel free to use our Mighty Mommy Mondays badge in your posts or on your side bar, with a link back here, to spread the word. In the spirit of community and encouragement, please take some time to visit the other posts linked below and see what kind of goals everyone else has set for 2014. And don’t forget to come back here or to Pug in the Kitchen every Monday to share your progress!

 



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Mighty Mommy Monday #5

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Laura of Pug in the Kitchen and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 50 miles this year. I even started a new blog to chronicle the process: Mighty Mermaid Mommy!

It has been a busy, snowy week around here. I swam my third mile toward my goal of 50 miles this year, with a time of 41:15 (though I kind of lost track of counting, so I may have done one extra lap, figuring it would be better to err on the side of more laps!). This week I’m sharing a recipe for Maple Dijon Salmon with Sauteed Spinach over at Mighty Mermaid Mommy. This is a favorite quick and easy weeknight recipe for my family. Check it out!

What progress did you make toward your health & fitness goals in the past week? Share in the comments and/or go write a post about it and come back to link it up here! Feel free to use our Mighty Mommy Mondays badge in your posts or on your side bar, with a link back here, to spread the word. In the spirit of community and encouragement, please take some time to visit the other posts linked below and see what kind of goals everyone else has set for 2014. And don’t forget to come back here or to Pug in the Kitchen every Monday to share your progress!



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