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The Next American Ninja Warrior: Spider Jump

The boys were recently introduced to American Ninja Warrior, and of course were instantly hooked. It’s right up their alley with their climbing,  jumping, and anything daring obsessions. I’m telling you, these boys do the monkey bars until their hands blister {badly} and then go right back again.

Their favorite part of watching the show is reenacting the challenges either creatively inside or at the backyard play set. {Knock on wood, no ER visits yet!} In fact a lot of the time, they can’t get through an entire episode, because they can’t wait to try out a new challenge. And yes, I remind them daily that their mom is exceptionally kind for letting them climb on the stair banisters and jump off couches. It’s worth the trade of them getting out boy energy and keeping my sanity over having nice {breakable} things in our home. Our home is lived in and loved on, and that’s how we’ll take it for now.


Recently Brooks tried scaling the door frame again and realized he could make it all the way to the ceiling. Challenge accepted. I’m pleased to announce that the “Spider Jump” has been completed by all four future contestants.I don’t even hold my breath anymore when they jump from the top of “Level 2″ doorway, because I’m becoming a seasoned Boy Mom. They even wipe off their footprints from the well, like true Ninja Gentlemen.


And now you have a better understanding why my weekly groceries disappear out of plain sight. Protein donations now accepted. Drop them by and try out the Spider Jump.


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Lacing Up the Running Shoes Again…

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Sunday I laced up my running shoes again.  It was time to finally get moving and get some of my endurance back.

In the early winter, I was running 2 miles without dying, and starting to finally find some enjoyment in running.  Starting over isn’t easy to say the least.  I’m back to running/walking in intervals, and mentally struggling through each leg. My goal of running an entire 5K and now it seems so far away again.

However, I can’t focus on the miles ahead and how long it’s going to take me.  I have to focus on putting one foot in front of the other.  I have to focus on being thankful for a body that can exercise again. I have to focus on the beauty of spring surrounding me to distract me from the pain of being terribly out of shape. I have to fight the voices in my head telling me to give up and that I’m not good enough. I have to focus on this being good for my body and health.  I have to focus on how I’ll have no regrets of doing it when it’s all over with. I have to focus on just doing it.  The miles will come. 

Lacing up my shoelaces, getting outside, looking ahead – One workout at a time.

This isn’t just about me and my health, it’s about being healthy for those around me, and setting an example for my boys. (Which can I just say they ran an entire 5K without stopping with Brad on Sunday?  Phenomenal.  Their endurance, energy and fitness continues to amaze me.) 

How about YOU?  Have you ever had to jump back into fitness after time off?  How did you motivate yourself? How did you get your stamina back?  

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How Parenting is Like Doing a Plank


Have you ever tried doing a plank?  It’s a simple yet intense exercise that only last for a minute or so, but strengthens your entire core.  As I looked at this picture this morning, I couldn’t help but think about how parenting and planking (not the lying down game stunt) have so many similarities.

Parenting is Like Doing a Plank Because…

It doesn’t kill you, but it sure makes you stronger.

It’s just only for a moment – temporary discomfort that produces lasting results.

There’s no way around its intensity.

Sometimes you have to laugh through the pain.

We make it more complicated than it really is.

It’s a challenge no matter how many times you’ve done it.

Consistency, effort, and time are the only way to make it easier.

Others watching you often think they can do it better.

We can’t hold on to it forever.

What do you compare parenting to?

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