I am uber excited to let you all know that I have joined theA Better Me Challenge run by fellow Mom Blogger and Olympian, Annett Davis of Fit Moms Fits Kids Club. Thanks to twitter and her lovely reminder tweet this morning I am on board.
The A Better Me Challenge starts January 4, 2012 and will run for 28 days. To get us starting the New Year on 'the good foot' (in my James Brown voice). Clearly I am excited about this challenge. I was searching for something to give me daily motivation and that took a holistic approach (mind, body & spirit) and Annett's challenge is going to do just that.
The manifesto below was on a co-workers desk. I started reading it and realized that after the birth of my son I kind of let my self go. I think all moms at some point do this. You think family first and by the time you get to yourself on the list there is no "time".
Cheers! To moms in the New Year and putting time on the calendar for just YOU.
I noticed that on some blogs and blog challenges there is a post called Wordless Wednesday. Were blogger's post pictures (family photos, cute puppies, babies smiling etc.) instead of the usual post. I decided to do the opposite WordFUL Wednesday. I enjoy positive and inspirational quotes and will be sharing from now on.
So for our first of many WordFUL Wednesdays a quote from Fredrick Douglas...
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
The weekend before last Yus and I went with my brother-in-law, niece, & nephew to see Harold & The Purple Crayon live. It was a great experience and I loved the contemporary dancing. Yus enjoyed the lights and music and even clapped.
It was my first time taking him to a play and because it was interactive I think he enjoyed it a lot more.
Growing up I lived just 2 hours (or 1.5 depending on how heavy my moms foot was) from my Nana & Poppy and the decision to fly or drive was always an easy one. I'd have to say that growing up in NJ you were always just a road trip away from NY, Philly, DC and the parks in VA. Now, living in the Midwest is a different story. Yes, in my eyes things are close, 3 hours to the Dells, 4 to St. Louis and 5 to the Mall of America; but I haven't come across many who love to make those kinds of drives on the regular.
I'll definitely be putting Befrugal.com in my family trip planning arsenal since it was also mentioned it's cheaper to drive when the trip is 4 hours or less. If the drive is planned during nap or sleep time and if there are enough movies and games to play it's definitely do-able. This past September I drove with mom and little sister from NJ to NC like always except this time Yus was with us. So we left at our usual time, 3am and he slept as planned until our first pit stop in VA (4 hours later) at the Cracker Barrel. We did the diaper change, ate, stretched and hit the road again. Four (4) hours and 2 movies later we were at my great-grandma's and he was ready to get out and run free.
Road trips and flights with the little ones take crafty planning but don't hesitate to add 30 minutes or an hour to the trip for the kids to stretch and play. It will do you and them some good. My motto is to tire them out for the ride by any means necessary and the people who look at me crazy in the airport clearly have NO kids at home and get smiles from me in return.
Have fun planning your holiday trips if they are not planned already!