This post has been a long time coming for some many reasons. Two children and a pandemic to name a few. My life has been drastically overhauled by becoming a mom to two new human beings and providing for all of their needs like so many other parents out there. I have also been on the frontline of one of the deadliest pandemics in the past 100 years of our existence as humans like so many others out there at this time. Now more than ever is the time to take care of our health and those around us. However, I am not sure if my kids get the picture on this one.
I have been very grateful for my small healthy family which includes my two children and husband. It is the four of us banding together for preschool homeschooling, house/garden work, and work outside the house. It is also up to the four of us to keep everyone healthy including staying active. Half of the time, my husband will watch the kids for an hour while I do intervals in my furnace room turned mini gym with my bike and rollers, strength equipment, or new to me treadmill. I usually am listening to a continuing medical education podcast, a muted zoom conference, or investing podcast/video. The other half of the time I have one to two kids in the stroller out for a run or ride to the library, bike trails, or playground so I keep it fun for my kids. I have been known to be pulling my one and three year old with a strider and toddler pedal bike bungee corded in the back to our new exciting place of adventure. By the time we get home, everyone has gotten out of the house usually listened to some educational abc mouse videos, are sitting in enough cheerios that a little milk might produce enough breakfast for 4 adults, and might still be covered in additional sticky sugar secretions to have the tarred and cheerioed appearance.
As a family, we usually pick one day of the week to head to a trail head for either a group hike, snow shoe, or even mountain bike ride with the necessary pediatric adapters. There is nothing fancy to this routine and it is a far cry from my previous athletic endeavors but it is challenging me currently and it lets my kids see how important it is to stay healthy. So I hope this post has been encouraging to you or maybe just reassuring that we are all struggling in this post covid world and sometimes it is okay to just be okay.