Thursday, October 9, 2014

Aqua Aerobics: Get The Whole Family Involved {Guest Post!}

I'm so excited to share with y'all this awesome post about aqua aerobics from Kaitlin! I've been following her blog for a while now and actually was JUST discussing possibly joining my local YMCA with a friend to participate in water aerobics the other day! I think I'm convinced now! ;) Y'all are going to love Kaitlin as much as I do, I promise!! Read on and enjoy!!

Aqua Aerobics: Get The Whole Family Involved

Remember how Tom Sawyer got the other kids to paint the fence for him? He acted so absorbed in what he was doing that they wanted in on the action. Well, that’s how I got my family involved in aqua aerobics. I didn’t order my boys to work out with me, I just let them get intrigued. My husband was more of a challenge.

Just doing my routine. I spend a lot of time in our back yard family pool working out. I was doing one of my favorite exercises, where I step with high knees to work my legs. I asked the boys to run around me in the water, to create a current. It would help challenge my core while I was doing the workout. They loved it – they ran and laughed and swam around me, and I got extra work out of the exercise. Here are some great resources with more ideas for water exercise:

Water Aerobics and Water Fitness Exercises

My Ultimate Guide To Aqua Aerobics

7 Water Exercise Routines

Treading water. Now I knew the boys were interested in what I was doing. The next time I started to work out in the water, they were playing Marco Polo with a couple of their friends. I went to the deep end of the pool and began to tread water, which is a great cardio workout. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by boys treading water (they all know how to swim) to see who could stay the longest. I finished my exercise and they were still going, and I had to be the judge to announce the winner.

Not enough workout for me. My husband is a competitive runner, and though he never said anything, I got the sense he didn’t think water workouts were a strong enough exercise option for him. One day I was loading the boys into the car, and he asked where we were going. I told him we were headed to the indoor pool at the community center, to go aqua jogging. It was summer, too hot to do anything outside, but the lap lanes were open. The boys had now gotten into pool jogging. He got a puzzled look on his face, then asked if he could go. I told him sure, he was welcome to join us. I shared a lane with my younger son, and my husband shared a lane with my other son. I had told my husband to wear some old sneakers, because the bottom of the pool can be rough. He said he might run for a couple of miles in the water. I just smiled and nodded.

Hey, this is work! My boys and I knew the routine, so when we got to the pool, we took off down a lap lane, walking up and down in a good running posture. Because of the resistance provided by the water, you have to lean a little to push yourself along. There is a great meditative effect with this work, because you’re surrounded by water and feel really light because of buoyancy. There’s not a whole lot of sound – just the gentle splashing of swimmers. The boys and I were jogging along when my husband turned to me at the end of a lane and said “Hey, this is a pretty good workout!” I smiled and nodded in agreement. He stopped much sooner than the couple of miles he was going to knock out, and by the end, he was pretty tired and had a whole new appreciation for aqua aerobics.

If I had suggested water workouts, my family would have turned up their noses. But that’s why Tom Sawyer got the fence painted for him – once they made it their own idea, my family loved aqua aerobics.

Kaitlin Gardner started to further her passion for a family friendly, green living lifestyle. She is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Pennsylvania. She and her husband enjoy going for long hikes, to get out and enjoy nature. She is working on her first book about ways to live an eco-friendly, healthy, natural life.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blogger Men Tell All!

Becoming Adorrable

How fun!! I found this link-up and couldn't be more excited to participate! :)

My sexy hubby at the beach earlier this month

•If you had a blog what would you call it and what would it be about?
- "Ivan - the life of Ivan." (He's so creative, huh?!)

•If you could live inside any videogame, which would it be?
- "I don't play video games, I don't have time." (He's so disconnected from the world, ha. Really though, he doesn't do Facebook, Twitter, anythinggg.)

•Who is your best player on your fantasy football team this season?
- He doesn't do fantasy football either, but he said if he had to choose someone, Darren McFadden. (The Raiders are his fav team)

•If you could play for any professional sports team, which would it be?
- "The Yankees, they get paid the most." (I really thought he'd say the Raiders!)

•What do you typically do with an hour of free time?
- "Nap." (Or... 5 minutes of free time! LOL!)

This was fun@! I can't wait to link up every month now! :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Red, Red, Red, Red, Redneck... (And a Giveaway!!)

I know I've said it a thousand times before, but football has really taken over our lives lately... and I'm not complaining! Hunter's team is 4-0 right now! They're doing so good! So proud of those boys!!

I ordered this shirt to wear at his games, can't wait to get it!!

Ivan's great uncle, Bob, passed away last week so our week was really busy with family night and the funeral and me having to work weird shifts to be able to attend both. His uncle was an amazing man of God, a school bus driver, a farmer, and he raised chickens for a living. I feel so sorry for his wife, Shirley. They never had kids (she wasn't able to), so she's now left all alone. :( Keep her in your prayers, if you could! :)

Ivan with his dad and brothers at the funeral, they were all pallbearers. Ivan is in the middle. Aren't they handsome, though?! I can't get over how well these country boys cleaned up! :)

Hunter and Marissa's school pictures came in too... they're so grown!! :( Aleah's school pictures aren't taken until later this month.

We spent our Sunday hanging out around the house, cleaning and such. Trying to get everything in order for the week ahead of us to keep us from going completely crazy, ha!

So redneck, lol

My handsome redneck mowing the yard :)

Well, speaking of farmers and rednecks, how about a giveaway!? I've teamed up with Karli at September Farm for a pretty awesome giveaway, check it out!! :)

morganmegan | heather | karissa
terin | tawnya | mar | maegen
lauren | katie | kate | vanessa
amy | karli | libby | caroline
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thank you so much for getting yourself entered...and very best of luck!

should you get a wild hair and want to participate in next months group giveaway, check out your options on Karli's advertise page!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ripley's Believe it or Not - Baltimore

Believe It or Not!, Ripley's is now located at the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Come see over 15,000 square feet of the odd and weird world of Ripley's Believe It or Not! where truth is stranger than fiction. See a real shrunken head, Hogwarts Castle made of matchsticks and much much more! Along with incredible artifacts and artwork from all around the world and over 100 "interactives" take a ride on our 4D Moving Theatre and get lost in our Marvelous Mirror Maze. You can also take home your very own wax hand that you create. Ripley's has been proudly freaking out families for over 90 years. Why just say it, See it!

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We visited the Ripley's museum in Williamsburg, VA last summer and had the BEST time! We can't wait to go visit the Baltimore location! :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Weekend Recap!

Hunter had a football game Saturday morning, so our whole family was at the football field most of the day Saturday. His team won with a score of 32-0! Blow out!!

Hunter was so happy with his team's win! The team they played was Buffalo Gap, so he said we had to go to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch after the game to celebrate, ha! So we did! :) Ivan's cousin's daughter cheers for the Juniors squad, so she hung out with us after her game and went to lunch with us too! :)

After lunch at Bdubs, Aleah went to my mom's to hang out, Hunter went and played in a Madden tournament at Common Ground, and Marissa and I went home and watched Heaven is For Real. I'd already seen it, but she hadn't and wanted to... she really enjoyed it! :) It's so good! After we watched that, Ivan and I watched the Other Woman. I just love Cameron Diaz! It was a pretty funny comedy too!! :)

After church on Sunday, we went to Target to get the girls Frozen t-shirts to wear to Frozen On Ice (they still don't know we're going, I told them I just wanted them to have matching shirts, ha!), then we went to the new Spirit Halloween store that just opened in our town recently. We had so much fun trying on masks and such.

Hunter ended up changing his costume from his current werewolf costume to Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy. Uh, yeah! Of course you can dress up as Jax! ha!

After we did a little more shopping, we went home, watched some football, and then watched the Miss America pageant. I wanted Miss Virginia to win SO bad!! I can't believe she didn't! She came so close though! First runner up is still amazing!! :) I just can't believe Miss New York won with a talent of playing a song on a cup... that wasn't even very good! ha! Oh well, maybe I'm just bitter. ha!

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