Thursday, September 17, 2009

Catching Up From a Busy Week

Today, I have decided that we’re going to stay home all day.  It has been a fun and busy week full of great activities, but my house has suffered from the schedule and I hope to whip things back into shape.

On Monday, we went to our first Story of the World class.  A very ambitious homeschooling Mom from our area is teaching the class and I can already tell that Kaya is going to get a lot out of it.  This year, they will be covering The Ancients. I will admit that History is probably our weakest subject and this class seems like it is already inspiring a deeper interest in all things Ancient.

On Tuesday, we had our weekly homeschool co-op. Kaya’s favorite class so far is American Sign Language and she practices every day.  It is sweet to see the pride in her face as she shares her newly learned words with Jay when he gets home from work.

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I took this picture during gym class and love the combination of the action and the scenery.  We live in such a gorgeous area!

Yesterday, we were invited to a mock archeological dig which was very fun!  The kids had a great time unearthing some treasures that were buried, and then they cataloged their artifacts into different categories.

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Again, the scenery is just amazing.

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What a great learning opportunity!

On the workout front, I tried the 30 Day Shred for the first time yesterday. I started with Level One, as is suggested, and it was difficult enough that I had to stop and rest a few times, but it didn’t kill me! The push-ups were tough.  I admit that even the modified “girly” push-ups were really challenging for me, but I kept at it and did them all.  My armpits are sore as heck this morning and I’m not quite sure how I am going to do it today, but I am going to try! I can tell the ab moves really targeted some neglected muscle groups because when I cough I can feel some core muscles that I never even knew existed.

All in all, today is day number 17 of working out seriously.  For years I had wrongly assumed that because I am moving pretty much non-stop most days (such is the life of a Mom) I was getting in enough exercise.  Wrong. The truth was, I was very out of shape. I have a long way to go, but in these last 17 days I have felt amazing changes, not only in my body but in my mind. I haven’t weighed myself because I am not interested in the numbers at all, but I have increased my stamina and strength.  I have a sense of accomplishment and a motivation to live healthier. Even though I seem to be sore on a daily basis, I have WAY more energy and focus than when I began.

Today’s plan is to regain control of the house and to get day two of The Shred done while the girls rest. Then, I may even take an hour to just lay on the couch and read. :)

1 comment:

Val in the Rose Garden said...

I haven't seen The Shred yet. I will be watching you for review. I may just need that after all this canning is done.

Your dig looks so fun! Those types of setups are so great for learning. It is like you build a whole new box in their brains for them to add information to. So neat!

Val

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