Oh how I've missed the sun this winter, and how glorious it was today to go running along our beautiful waterfront. Even if it is freezing, the sun made today wonderful.
Speaking of running... I have finally started up again after a long pregnancy break. Our friend Abe volunteered to sit at our house for an hour twice a week while he's in school so that I can go running while the kids nap. This is the most amazing, life changing thing ever and he's officially near the top of my "favorite guy who's not my husband" list. I'm managing 3-4 runs a week and it feels so wonderful.
I also can't believe I've never mentioned the other life-saver around here - my mom - who comes up every week to watch the kids for me. She's done this for almost three years now, ever since Saben was born. I love getting groceries without the kids, getting another run in (for the two weeks I've been doing it) and most of all it is fun to see her & Saben have such a great relationship. We almost always go out to lunch and its so nice to catch up, have some company and get some advice & encouragement from someone "experienced".
The other day, Saben & Kyle went on a bike ride while I was nursing Annika. Apparently he accidentally crashed - twisted the handle bars & fell off his glider bike. He started laughing, yelled "I crashed!", got back on and then purposely crashed several more times. He had just watched the crash segment on a Mt. Bike video that morning and I guess it looked pretty cool to him.
Around here, I only have energy to keep up with 4 out of the 5 things I like to do. If I am exercising, eating healthy, playing with the kids & keeping the house clean - I am not spending any time with my friends. If I am spending time with friends than usually my house is a mess. It is so hard to balance everything, I always joke I'd have to work hard till 10pm every night just to meet my own standards. But I'm slowly learning to at least do everything 75-80% as well as I'd like instead of just letting one thing drop off the map completely.