Category Archives: Twins

Feast or Famine is How I get My Yoga

Yoga is what I need, not usually what I want. Don’t get me wrong, I love the yoga buzz and the after glow that follows every yoga class. Sometimes, I don’t feel like going to yoga but I know that I need it. I’ve been a cardio queen for as long as I can remember. Jazzercise, tap dance and step aerobics is how I grew up. That early dance momentum turned into running, spinning and eventually yoga love as an adult. I still love my cardio but have completely shifted my workouts lately. These days, I’m focusing on strength and length. As the noise increases so does my self care. IMG_7883.jpgStriking a pose with the amazing Roger before his yoga class.

Feast or Famine is how my yoga used to play out. I used to squeeze in my yoga after a run or spin class. It was always the underdog and only “after” my workout. Yoga would go in bits and spurts, and was always the first to go when I fell short on time. Yoga was sometimes once a week or once a month for me. Not anymore…Feasting on yoga this Fall and it feels so good!

 

 

 

Teaching Moderation To Kids

IMG_7185Family selfie in the Pearl, this is love!

I believe that moderation can be taught and as many talks as we have at our house about being a good person and doing the right thing, moderation comes up a lot.  I try to lead by example first and foremost because we all know our littles are watching our every move especially at these developmental ages of 4-7 year olds. After that, comes the good old fashioned creative questions that range from what if’s to look it up on your phone mom. Recently, my 7 year old cut himself off from treats stating “two is the limit.” And too much of anything isn’t good for you. My inner mom glow lit up like fireworks on the 4th of July! YES, you my love just limited yourself by yourself. This my love is a skill that many adults don’t have. This made me so happy. We talk a lot about health and how important moderation is. When one of our conversations sticks so that it plays back to me in this fashion, for me it’s called Mom Joy! IMG_7445Kai’s first day of second grade!

Of course, some days aren’t like this and talking sense or fairness is a struggle. So, I’m going to celebrate and focus on the days where it just flows and our family values are represented. To all the moms out there that answer the questions, read the favorite book 10 times in a row, and are trying your best, you are my hero!

Mom Life Rocks

Moms unite! My entire life, I’ve always wanted to “be a mom.” Dreams do come true! Taking care of my 3 little people in the pearl and enjoying this awesome community is full of fun adventures. IMG_7288Walking home from lunch and wearing trucker hats. Portland style!IMG_7359Getting our swim on. Family photo with 3 littles-Kai in the background and the back of Pepper’s head. Not bad for a pool selfie with 3 littles.IMG_6889Just a Starbucks potty break and scoring stickers from the pearl police.IMG_7203Powells Book Store. Blaize is stepping on the new books while Pepper pops out the paper dolls before we buy anything. Humbling public mom moments everyday-haha!

Calling all moms, single, married, dog moms and even moms of cats.  There is so much funny to share while being a mom. Before I had kids, I had a really strong vision of what kind of mom I would be. It’s a bit of a blend of how I think I turned out as a mom and always evolving.

One of my favorite parts of being a mom is connecting with other moms. Like all other people, moms are their own breed and it’s fun to find “our kind of moms.” The real moms, the ones that are funny and honest and get the wild juggling act of being a mom. It is a new adventure every.single.day.

From the questions, to the snuggles to the daily adventures being a mom to Kai, Blaize and Pepper is the best thing I’ve ever done!

Here’s to all the mom’s out there and all that we do to play with and take care of our little people!

 

Kids Club At the Gym Is A Family Favorite

I hear a lot from other parents how their kids won’t go to kids club at the gym. I’m lucky because I have 3 little kids who love going to kids club at the gym. I’ve been a gym rat for as long as I can remember. When I was pregnant, I thought “wow I don’t know if I’ll feel comfortable bringing baby Kai to kids club as a 6month old baby? Who would hold him? Would they love him and hold him if he started crying? What if he pooped while I was teaching?

I was a spin instructor for 16 years and even taught while I was pregnant with Kai. Much like everything else, your ideas change once you actually have a baby. I remember counting down the days until I could bring baby Kai with me (must be 6 months old) to kids club while I taught spin classes. I jumped on that spin bike 2 weeks after my c-section with Kai. I started teaching spin classes 30 days after he was born. And it was not too soon for me. 🙂 By the time baby Kai was 6 months old, I was knocking down the door at kids club. Sure, I had to power feed him right before class to keep him happy. And had to eat a balance bar during class to keep my energy high to make it through but I did it.

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Happy Mama! Posing post spin class before I raced downstairs to pickup 6 month old baby Kai from kids club.

IMG_5395Fast forward 6 years later and I have 3 little people who wiggle down to the gym with me all the time. Blaize and Pepper have been saying since they were 3 years old, “mommy needs to workout so she can be healthy.” Mimi (my mom) taught my kids that mantra with lots of pep talks. Mimi talked about the importance of going to the kids club so moms can be healthy and strong. Thanks to mimi for being an inspiration and helping me teach my kids that kids club is awesome!

Me and baby Kai

Bottom line, getting to the gym everyday with 3 little kids in tow can feel like so much work! Do I feel like going to the gym to workout? No, not usually. Do I feel like going to the gym to workout with 3 little people that ask 10 questions a minute? No, not really. But, like Mimi always said it will feel so good after you’re done and be worth it. And it is, every single time!IMG_3100Sometimes you get really lucky and adorable identical twin caretakers are at kids club! I told Blaize and Pepper that you guys will be best friends when you’re 21 like these identical twin girls.

 

 

Mamas, keep rocking the kids club so the mother ship can stay strong!

Summer Is Coming

Summer is coming. I think I speak for everyone in Oregon when I say FINALLY! The good news is that warm air and long nights are here. As we prepare for #campmommy, here are a few pics of us romping around the pearl.IMG_2049Don’t miss the drool coming out Pepper’s mouth and Blaize’s chocolate coated mouth, post Kai’s birthday cupcake. Haha! Happy girls!IMG_1677Pepper biking in the Pearl in her Elsa glory!IMG_0770So much love! Blaize going in for the gentle cheek kiss while Pepper grabs my face and kisses me hard 🙂 IMG_2180Kai reading to Blaize and Pepper. My heart is so happy. I love my littles!

 

Summer Reading Program Still Rocks!

So, the summer reading program kicked off yesterday and we were there to sign up! It’s our 3rd year in a row and it’s hard core this year. They have official dates when you can finish your reading to spread it out a bit more. Also, there is one grand prize of a Great Wolf Lodge trip at the end of the summer. Dear God. Kai is having a hard time understanding that only one family will win that trip and it has very little to do with how fast you read… Lol I told him I’m still recovering from our Great Wolf Lodge trip this year and planning Legoland. “The things we do for love.” IMG_2155Blaize, Kai and Pepper sorting the cookies at the library for a “cookie sale.

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“Team building at it’s finest!

IMG_2120Mama and Kai enjoying those library bean bags. So comfy! haha

IMG_2137Pepper “hiding” the cookies under the table at the library while we went to the bathroom. Luckily, the librarian witnessed this with me and had a great sense of humor. We both giggled as she said in her LOUD 4 year old voice, “Blaize, I’m hiding the cookies under the table!”

IMG_2161The token Summer Reading Program poster.

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge in all it’s glory.

Barefoot, indoor waterpark with screaming kids and hairy dad bods everywhere. I wanted to take my kiddos to Great Wolf Lodge for at least a year. Then Mimi hosted her 60th birthday party there and that itch was scratched. lol Let’s just say I’m good, and not curious anymore about the Great Wolf Lodge. 🙂IMG_9090The whole gang before we suited upIMG_9058The Great Wolf Bear SnuggleIMG_9047Mimi rocking 60 with the Great Wolf Lodge Bear!

Twins, Keeping it Fair Daily

Pretty sure all moms feel the pressure squeeze with “keeping it fair” and “keeping it even” with multiple kids. I’m constantly trying to give special attention to each one of my 3 little peanuts. This morning, Pepper told me she was so mad at me with a tear in her eye. I asked her why and she said because I brushed Blaize’s hair first… I kept my surprise face inside, showed Pepper my straight face and told her that tomorrow she would get her hair brushed first. Gave her a big hug and voila, we were happy and smiling again!

This is a regular event with my 4 1/2 identical twin girls. Who get’s to hold mom’s hand? Who gets the first sip of water? Who gets the first bedtime song? As I navigate being a mama bear to my feisty, twin girls I want to remember that I’m not alone. Sending an air fist bump to all my mamas out there who juggle with “keeping it fair” with their littles.IMG_8567Twin Love!