Remember that mind game I played with myself?
I went for a walk last night (note to self, go walking when it is NOT dusk – irregularities in the sidewalk are much more evident!) and I walked for 20 minutes!
I stretched last night after the walk, but my hips are still very tight. I slept really well last night to boot. It was also nice to walk around the neighborhood holding hands with Daddy Bear and just enjoy time together. We found the cubs and were greeted with hugs from the little one and continued on our walk. The nice part about the cubs being a bit older is that I don’t have to figure out how to keep track of them while I walk.
Next goal – at least 10 minutes again today……
The end of the week is here! Only a few more hours and it will be the weekend and time for some family fun. The Cubs are extremely active and are always asking for things to do. But last week the Cubs asked if we could just have a day where we stayed in our PJs, watched TV and played games. After the last couple of weeks I thought that was a good idea. So that is what we did last Saturday. We had a movie marathon, we played some cards, the Cubs did some drawing and played on the computer a bit, and we took naps. It was wonderful. As we approach the weekend the Cubs are once again asking what we are going to do. Since we have some plans that are not all that fun for them I have been brainstorming what to do during the small amount of time we have to spend as a family that is free of obligations. One thing they love to do is get outside. They love to ride bikes, to play on the play set, and to just spend time looking at things around them. The Cubs have been exposed to such riveting activities as looking for things in the clouds like animals and other shape. They also love to find pieces of nature – a bird’s nest, a bug husk, or anything else that most of their friends would think are gross. You see, Papa Bear and I firmly believe that Cubs should learn to use their imagination, to explore, and to just be kids. Unfortunately the weather this weekend is not going to cooperate with their desire to explore the great outdoors – I would prefer the Cubs not donate digits to frostbite. So I am on the hunt for some new activities for them to do indoors. It looks like I am going to be hitting up Pinterest to find a new craft, and we will pull out some favorite games. Other than that, my Friday Fun is going to consist of once again basking in the company of my family and cherishing these moments when the Cubs actually want to spend time with us.
That was my mantra last night during class. Mr. C was my partner again, though this time he was very nice to me and did not try to work me into the ground. We were practicing blocks on both the WaveMaster and on hand-held pads. I think all that lactic acid that was in my legs last week burned up part of my brain because I could not figure out how to do things. I would listen closely to the instructions, watch the demonstrations and then step up to do it. I would look at the appropriate pad and not have a clue what it was that I was supposed to do! I was using fists when I was supposed to use knife-hands. I was stepping when I should have been stopping. If anyone would have caught on to what was going on they would have gotten quite a giggle! I walked out of class knowing that I have really moved all my muscles, but I was not wringing wet as I usually am, so I take that as a big improvement. Once I got moving, I realized how much my body craved this activity over the weekend.
I hated having to miss class on Friday, but it definitely made an impression on Baby Bear and Little Bear. We had a very peaceful and loving weekend. As the cubs are growing up and now have full speaking capacity, we are learning how to discuss things. This is a change for Bear; he is from a more authoritarian parenting mindset. Depending on how it is viewed, the cubs are more like me – they need to understand why they are being told to do things. We are working on a balance between them obeying us without question and still having the freedom to ask questions and understand. Bear also learned how to ask what happened in a kinder tone of voice – it makes him much more approachable to the cubs and allows them explain things without laying blame on each other. I learned a lot of things over the weekend – exercise tremendously improves my ability to deal with the cubs and Bear, that the cubs have outgrown my parenting style and it is time for that style to evolve.