Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday Thirteen 5/2/2013

May!  It is May.  I don't know where the past months have gone but they have gone quickly.

Here's a recap of the past few months:

1.  We had a lovely yet simple Valentine's Day with dinner at home.  They picked out the meal:  filet mignon with grilled zucchini and Paleo brownies for dessert.  They loved it.  I surprised them by filling our dining room with balloons.  It looked like a pink wonderland.  It reminded me of what I did for my husband on his 40th birthday.  That's another story for another time.

2.  My husband and a couple of our friends participated in the 20th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest.  The day was filled with competitions, you know, like picking up a giant stick and trying to toss it.  Actually it's called the caber toss and it's pretty awesome to watch.  The kids got a bit bored, but luckily I brought a bunch of activities to keep them busy.

2.  I signed up for the CrossFit Open.  Why?  Well, I wanted to.  I'm not a competitive athlete, but I will say that the Open workouts I had the opportunity to do pushed me.  This is about the only thing I don't mind pushing me!

3.  I  have to include this because it's hilarious.  It happened February 21st while driving the kids to school, discussing how long a plane ride can be:
Me:  "Well, let's say you want to go to the Philippines.  It's a 12 or so hour plane ride."
Son:  "To Philadelphia?"
Me:  "No.  The Philippines.  You're half Filipino, remember?
Daughter:  "Yeah, E.  I'm half Filipino too.  And daddy is half WHITE AND NERDY."

This is what happens when my husband plays Weird Al songs for my kids!

4.  In my daughter's weekly homeschooling class all the kids have to do presentation.  It's basically show and tell, but they have to practice speaking clearly, making eye contact and answering questions.  My daughter, thank God, is actually good at it.  One boy brought in a game called No Stress Chess.  My daughter immediately asked for one.  Now, I normally don't indulge my children's every whim, but this was chess, so I got it for her.  It's a great game to introduce a child to chess and help them memorize the movements of each piece.  There is not strategy taught, just the basics, but this is a great start.  My daughter is progressing well and soon will beat her daddy (again)!

5.  My daughter's preschool (NOT the same school in #4, I call this one PLAY school since it's the complete opposite of my daughter's homeschooling class) went on a whale watching excursion.  We invited some friends for the morning out at sea.  Unfortunately, we didn't see any whales, just plenty of dolphins.  Still it was a beautiful and relaxing day.


6.  My daughter turned 5.  For her birthday she wanted to go to an Indiana Jones Exhibit then she wanted to have her birthday lunch at Lawry's The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.  She had her choice of a party in the Bay Area where my parents are, a party with her local friends or a fun day and dinner at her favorite restaurant.  I think she chose wisely.

7.  My  husband had to make a trip out of state to move his parents. Our kids happened to be on Spring Break so while he was gone we had dinner picnics, watched the original Karate Kid and participated in an egg hunt and coloring at our local Whole Foods. We were supposed to go bowling as well, but the times we went were super busy.  One day the whole place was reserved for a party coming in!  It was still an enjoyable week off and we got to go bowling when my brother came to visit.

8.  On Easter Sunday we went to church with some good friends and enjoyed a tasty lunch afterwards.  After church service both my husband and I were approached by a couple of the children's church teachers stating that when they asked the group who knew John 3:16, both of my kids raised their hands and began reciting it, perfectly.  If you're interested I'm using this method to help them memorize scripture verses.  It's inexpensive and easy.  We started about 4 weeks ago and my kids have memorized three different verses.

9.  This Easter Sunday also happened to be the one year anniversary of me beginning CrossFit.  My very first official workout was a modified Fran.  It's two movements, thrusters and pull-ups and you alternate between the two doing 21-15-9 reps of each.  I have done it 2 more times since and recently did a modified version of the Open 13.5 workout which was Fran, hard and fast with chest-to-bar instead of pull-ups.  I still love CrossFit, but in the past few months I haven't been able to go as often or as consistent as I'd like.  Trying to care for two kids with special needs and running them around to their activities, plus running and maintaining a home (ya, know...dinner, dishes, laundry, appointments etc.) and then trying to workout in the evening after all of that was too much for me and I kept getting sick.  Sure, I was able to do it for 6-7 months but when Winter hit so did the illnesses and I could not recuperate.  I also couldn't sleep well after a 7 p.m. workout and that didn't help my immune system either.  I workout at home, making it to the box when I can, but my kids are my priority.  I know that I need to take time for myself, and I will but I have to figure out a schedule that will work for all of us.

10.  Also on a church note, last Sunday when as we collected our kids from their respective classes we noticed that our daughter was wearing a sticker that said "Prayer Warrior".  She was the only one wearing it.  It was given to her for always raising her hand to pray and then offering a prayer.  I thank God for blessing her with an open heart.  Both of my kids always volunteer to pray, and I'm thankful that God has equipped me with the wisdom and guidance to show them the way.  I won't always get it right, nor will they, but I'm glad that God has already cleared the path through his Son and that perfection is not the goal.

11.  My daughter began acting classes.  She's a natural.  I knew when we enrolled her that she was in her element.  She constantly puts on performances for us at home and she's such a ham, much like her father.  She is very creative and has quite the imagination.  It's lovely to see in action.

12.  My son is taking initiative and helping me make his lunches every morning.  This may not sound like a big deal to many, but when you have a child with special needs and you're not even sure if your child will even be able to walk right or literally grasp things properly, every little progress is GREAT progress.  My son does not like school lunches, so every morning I'm packing him a hot lunch.  He began packing the cold stuff (yogurt and fruit) on his own.  I'm very proud of him.

13.  I'm doing another Whole 30 Challenge.  I usually do it 3 times a year roughly right after the New Year, again in April or May and then in September or October.  I eat pretty clean most of the time anyway, only having 1-2 off Paleo meals or treats a month, so this challenge isn't too much of a challenge for me.  I don't get to have any off-Paleo meals/treats, my 90% dark chocolate or any foods that have been modified to be Paleo.  Not too hard to handle.