Friday, April 27, 2012

Making Time Just for Family, Slowing Down Matters

I've recently fell "mysto" as we used to say in college because I've allowed my work schedule to overtake too many other parts of my life. Time for an eval, right?

Last Sunday afternoon, after church, I was going to start a new yoga class, when my 7-year-old daughter told me that I already take art class & that doing yoga too will be too much. Nice. My response was that my "art class" is technically a class in the InDesign program for graphic designers, which actually has to do with my career at a marketing firm. "Yoga is going to help Mommy de-stress & get in shape," I said. Little K didn't care.

"I didn't get to spend enough time with you this weekend," she said.

Did you hear that? It was my heart string being yanked.

So I skipped yoga to stay home with Little K while she's still young enough to want me around. We painted a spring-themed banner in butcher paper just like we did when she only went to nursery school 3 days a week & I didn't work like a mad woman. Little K got the cushions from our patio furniture & placed them on the ground so we could comfortably kneel down during our art session. Once completed, we hung up the banner on the gate that crosses our driveway. It's a mix of white trash & a proud mom.

We went swimming... In the hot tub because the pool was freezing (despite being in the 80s in Houston) & my husband has thus far refused to get a pool heater. Please Remind me later today to call our pool company for a price quote. :-)

We ate dinner & talked a lot but giggled more. I was thankful that our pastor reminded our congregation that Sunday is for rest (why is that so hard to do?) and then Little K chimed in for a heart-felt reminder too. I checked just one email & decided everything else would wait until Monday & you know, it did. In exchange, I had a wonderful day with my family & didn't spend a dime. Amazing.

So Little K asked yesterday what our plans are for this weekend.

"Well, you have G's birthday party at the Aquarium on Saturday & then cousin C is coming over that evening to play with you & the babysitter while Daddy & I go to the church's dinner & dance," I said. It was already a full Saturday.

"And what are we doing on Sunday?" she asked.

"Going to church," I replied calmly, waiting for her next response.

"And then?" she inquired.

"Nothing, baby. We have no plans except to be with our family: you, me & Daddy."

As I looked in my rear view mirror, I could see Little K beaming with delight as she stared out the passenger window of my dirty Explorer.

"Good," she said.

I couldn't have planned it better.

Until the next nap time...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fitness Fun and Field Day at Discover Gymnastics: Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Learning Adventure for the Whole Family 

Discover Gymnastics
Sunday, April 22, 2012
10am-6pm, Timed-entry tickets for 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4pm
All proceeds from ticket sales go to children fighting obesity, and children with special needs.

The Discover Fitness Foundation is revitalizing the health fair concept with its health fair for the 21st Century! Parents can bring their children for fun activities that will also teach the whole family about taking good care of themselves through exercise and nutrition. Kids may think they’re just playing games, but they’ll be learning about health, wellness, and staying safe at the same time! Children will also get goodie bags that they can stuff with their favorite items from health-minded vendors. Scavenger Hunt GRAND PRIZES include a bicycle and free semesters of tuition at Discover Gymnastics.        

§ Open gym privileges at the Discover Gymnastics gym
§  Football, Baseball, Soccer Tips from seasoned players & Bicycle Safety Course
§  Hands-on cooking activities with registered dietitians and nutritionists
§  Healthy food samples courtesy of Ruggles Green, Menchie’s, Armando’s, My Fit Foods  
§  Meet and greet with Olympians and Houston area sports celebrities
§  Henry the Hand hand-washing station & germ education
§  Colgate Van – Bright Smiles campaign
§  Health stations for Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol Checks

FREE RAFFLE GIVEAWAYS – every 15 minutes - include:
§  Autographed sports memorabilia
§  Passes to the Children’s Museum, Houston Zoo, MFAH, Museum of Natural Science
§  Dinner Gift Certificates
§  Jewelry

LIVE PERFORMANCES – every 30 minutes - include:
§  The Houston Rockets Launch Crew – dancers, jump rope, etc.
§  Vault Dance Crew – silks and trapeze
§  Urban Jungle
§  Discover Gymnastics team gymnasts – choreographed tumbling
§  Break Free Community Center – hip hop dance
Ticket Prices: Children under 3 are free. 1 child: $20, 2 children: $35, 3 or more children: $45. 
Discover Gymnastics is located in the Heights just north of 1-10 at 747 N. Shepherd, 77007.