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I don’t get to post as much as I’d like these days. I guess I am just too busy working and living to document it all on here.

And we have been busy.

We have been:

1. Working: I am working full-time and even the hubby is pulling quite a bit of hours. But with all that we still manage to always have one of us home with the kids.

2. Cleaning: With our place on the market and us hoping for a quick sale we have been cleaning a lot. The yard, the shed, the floors, the dogs…even the kids seem to get dirty 30 minutes after you clean them.

3. Exercising: I have been working out very hard and I have been losing weight. I have hit a roadblock though and the last five to ten pounds are proving to be very difficult to burn off. Here are some pictures of the kids doing yoga with me:

4. Painting: We have been painting, making necklaces, colouring, crafting in general. The kids also really like play doh and moon sand. Here are some pictures of their play table (yesterday’s painting project):

5. Frolicking: Playing at the park, playing tennis, playing board games, wrestling on the couch, signing and dancing to Raffi and just generally enjoy the sunshine (when we get it) and fresh air.

6. Enjoying the little miracles: The Universe has been pretty good to us. My husband’s police recruitment is going well and we are nearing the end of it all. Through all the downs the ups come back around. And the ups are much more special. Also my computer seems to have miraculously healed itself. I had a very invasive virus on my computer that made it virtually impossible for me to even check my email much less blog and today my computer is clean, clear and back to its original speed. My anti-virus finally decided to do its job I guess??? And my washing machine broke on Sunday night but a friend who is moving and currently needing to unload one has been able to offer one to us at a VERY reasonable price. Thanks so much L!

7. Learning: We are all learning. I am trying to learn to be more patient with life and to be a better mother. I am far from the ideal mother and that frustrates me because I like to excel at everything I do. Mothering, though, has been the hardest task I have ever undertaken and I have much learning yet to do.

In general, I am happy with life. I can’t wait for our life to really get going though. We have been living in limbo for quite a while and I can’t wait to get some financial stability and to be back home again.

I have been off the radar these days. I have been really busy working, parenting, working out and occasionally socializing. I am ten pounds away from my ideal weight and I am looking great already! I am down another pant size and am starting to get some nice ab definition. My progress has been mostly documented on my other blog: www.theworldismysoyster.wordpress.com

But even though this blog space has been relatively inactive we have not. We have done Easter egg hunts. We have played t-ball and both of the boys are signed up for t-ball this year.

We have played tennis and played at the park. We have gone for walks and observed a robin in the back yard. We have shopped, played at the library and built Lego structures.

We have played with buttons: 

And played with markers and loved our “baby.”

And painted:

And actually, we’ve done oh so much more. We levelled the back yard and are reseeding it. When that all comes in we have many plans to be out there for meals and for play.

OK. So I need to rev up my calorie burning to lose the weight that has been sneaking back on since I started working in a very sedentary type job again (I miss the flexibility of home…).

I don’t eat on my lunch hour because I snack on fruits, veggies, salads and nuts all throughout the day instead. So I have a half hour to kill at lunch everyday.

Hmmm…

How about I start running at work?

Oh wait. I don’t really have a pair of running shoes.

So I went and got some. I also bought a nice running jacket so that I wouldn’t be freezing my arse off on the chilly days.

Now I need a place to store that stuff.

So I made one.

Here is my gym bag:

I have been keeping that mesh for a long time and finally found a good use for it. The mesh will keep my shoes airing out so that they don’t get all of my stuff stinky. There is also a smaller pocket for my hair elastic, headband and deodorant. I have a towel wrapped in there for wiping myself off a bit (if needed) and for drying off my shoes (if needed).

The shoes are comfortable. I hardly ever come across that. In my attempt to “break them in” I  have been wearing them all day. I went for a run around the block after lunch and was able to finish a full lap without slowing down (which I have never done before). I am sure that has very little to do with the shoes. Just sayin’…

And I also worked up a sweat on the elliptical and trampoline. I’ll wrap up with some core exercises for my flabby mid-section, have a hot shower and head off to bed.

Tomorrow we are hoping to burn up the tennis courts a bit. Weather permitting. We do live in Canada after all.

We haven’t played since it started snowing and now that the snow is almost all gone we are ready for some racquet action. I need to get my racquet re-gripped this year. I am wondering if I would do a good enough job if I did it myself.