How Introverts “Bond”

So this evening, my hubby took (6) of our little ducklings out of town for some Christmas shopping, leaving my eldest son and I alone at home. This is a rarity.

Not sure how many of you, my readers, are Myers-Brigg’s nuts, but I am an INFJ and my son is an INTJ. We are so similar… we either are two peas in a pod cuz we “get” each other, or we drive each other crazy cuz we’re too similar (thankfully, usually the former). 🙂

We seem to be the oddballs out of the rest of our gang. Most everyone else here is extroverted and/or strong-willed and/or assertive and/or loud. My son and I are the quiet ones that need a crap-ton of alone time to rejuvenate, are moody, take a long time to chill, and are totally cool with zoning out from the world with our laptops.

Being in a large family can be a bit trying for us, for sure, sometimes.

But this evening has been a glorious break from the hum-drum of normal life. I surprised my son by picking him up after basketball practice (he was expecting to walk home), I treated him to Subway for dinner (he freakin’ LOVES sandwiches), watched Zack King for our dinner entertainment (a digital/filming genius), and now, we’re both in the kitchen, on our own laptops, in our own little worlds (mine: school prep & blogging… my son: playing, completely content & happy. We’re bonding. And it’s great fun. Our love tanks are being filled by each quiet moment that passes. And tomorrow, we will feel extremely close to one another and we’ll forever remember this evening as a beautiful night together.

It’s SO fun having a kid that totally understands me, and I him.

Here are a few humorous cartoons describing the inner world of an introvert. LOL


Any other introverts out there that are TOTALLY cool with an evening at home alone?!!!

Staying Motivated to Work Out During Pregnancy

I follow several fitness pages & people on Facebook. Here are my FAVS (in no particular preferential order):
Roller Derby Athletics
Derby Fit San DiegoHeath, Wellness, and Roller Derby
Treble Maker909
Fit Pregnancy
Knocked-Up Fitness
Diary of a Fit Mommy
Yoga With Kassandra
Yoga With Adriene
Holy Yoga
Spartan Race Training
Spartan Race
Natalie Hodson

In one of the pregnancy fitness pages, a young lady was asking for motivation to work out. If I remember right, she was about 6 months along.

The first thing that popped into MY mind was: find a goal!
There’s something about having a goal or an image or an aspiration to cling to. It REALLY helps get you off the couch and moving.

An upcoming vacation? A sport you want to try? A race you’d like to run? A class at the Y you’d like to try out? An old swim suit or pair of jeans that you’d LOVE to get back into? Getting off medications for blood pressure or diabetes? Just want to be able to play and keep up with your kids or grandkids? etc.

For me, I have several motivations:
1) I want labor & delivery *and* post-partum recovery to run smoothly and quickly and easily.
2) I have a gnarly varicose vein on my right leg that I *know* will flare up if I eat poorly or gain too much weight. Personally, I want that bad boy managed. I do NOT want to be miserable the rest of this pregnancy. Or worse yet, be couch-bound because I have to keep it elevated all the time.
3) I want and *need* the energy to keep up with my soon-to-be (7) children, homeschool, house duties, and whatever else I’m involved in with hubby/friends/family/church/& community. I do NOT want to always be tired or to have to say “no” to things cuz I can’t keep up.
4) I’m in a fitness & clean eating Facebook group where we have to report in daily with what we did exercise/food-wise. ❤❤ my ladies!!! ❤❤ the accountability!!!
5) I use a social media app called YouFood that connects me with people across the world. In this app I post my daily food intake and exercise… I can also share my food/fitness journey, post my groceries, share tips, or start a discussion. It’s SO useful. People can “like” what I post and also make comments. It’s a great tool, esp if you’re like me and can’t stand calorie counting. And I can get food/exercise ideas and inspiration from others. Both iPhones & Androids can use it.
6) I want to join roller derby after this baby is born. And that is a highly demanding physical activity. One in which I do NOT want to be starting out with cold turkey. If I can maintain fitness throughout my pregnancy, that will help drastically in getting in shape post-partum for derby.

Having these goals at the forefront of my mind really, truly helps me get off my hiney and onto my exercise mat each day!

So what motivates YOU? What gets you moving even if you don’t “feel” like it?



Getting Hooked on Roller Derby

So last night, my hubby and kids and I all went to a local roller derby event for the team I am wanting to (someday) join. It was their annual fundraiser event, a chili cook-off. They had a lot of chili’s to try from. Oh yum. They also had vendors… face painting for the kiddos… a spin the wheel game… raffles and prizes. It was a lot of fun for the whole family.

Toward the end of the evening, the derby girls got dressed up in full gear and did a few drills for the audience and showed us what a bout is kind of like, specifically so we could see what blockers and jammers look like in action. All the while, someone was explaining what all was going on.

It was my first, real, live introduction to roller derby… and I think I’m getting hooked.

Roller derby has been on my mind for a few years now… but it’s always been that distant, “I can dream, but it’ll probably never happen…” Besides, we were busy with babies and whatnot. In fact, for many years, life was just plain *crazy*. I just wasn’t in the right season of life for it I suppose.

And even now, I’m not quite “in the season for it” as I’m 22 weeks pregnant. Gotta have this baby, and heal, and get the baby to successfully take a bottle before I can even dream of showing up for a practice.

But that’s ok having a bit of time on my hands. 1) I have to come up with a cool derby name (which has proven to be a tad tricky). 2) I need to slowly purchase my gear. And 3) I need to get fit (which I’ve already started– safely– this pregnancy).

I’m ok with having a bit of time on my hands. Gives me time to keep prepping and to attend some of their bouts. And dream. 😀

roller derby

Are any of you in roller derby? What do you think of it? And please, how did you come up with a derby name?!

I’m Alive

Catching my breath here… we’ve been **so busy** these past couple of weeks. But I wanted to let you know I’m still alive & well and desperately wanting life to SLOW DOWN. I’ve got lots of blog ideas to write about and I can’t WAIT to get started!!!

So our busy: my husband was gone one weekend for a bachelor party (his little bro is getting married). The following weekend *I* was gone for a bachelorette party. And this week specifically, the older 4 kids have tennis lessons in the AM (thankfully they can walk to the courts– but this is an all summer Y program), kid 2 & 4 have basketball camp in the afternoons at the High School (I have to actually drive to that… but it’s only 1 week), and pre-judging for 4H was/is today, tomorrow & next Mon/Tues. Fair week is all next week. I will be doing a HAPPY DANCE of celebration when 4H is done. I love love love the program, but it is def a lot a work.

This year our kids were/are involved in: Recycled Articles, Aquatic Science, Consumer Clothing/Fashion Review, Aerospace (rockets), Collections (tractors & farm equipment), Gardening (Green Peppers), and our little Mini 4H-er is doing Models.

At this time, we do not allow our kids to do more projects than the year they are in 4H. So if this is their 3rd year in regular 4H, then they get to do 3 projects. At their age, their projects still require a significant amount of help and guidance from the hubby and I. This project amount rule will change as they mature and can do more and more on their own. We figure by they time they hit 15-16 they can choose as many projects as they think they can handle. By then they should be able to do much of their projects independently.

There are SO many ways to get involved in 4H. I had NO idea when I first got started. There’s 4H band & choir, summer camps, public speaking contests, talent shows, International Nights, workshops you can attend, trips and tours to Washington D.C., International Exchange Programs, state & national level conferences, etc. There’s also several awards and scholarships that the kids can be rewarded with. And stuff for the adults too like Open Class (where adults submit projects to be judged), Homemaking Clubs, clogging, etc. And there’s always stuff that can be helped with at the extension office or with grounds keeping & maintenance, fair prep, running clubs, concessions/kitchen help, project check-ins, etc. I know I’m missing many things here, for sure. There’s really no limit to how and where to get involved.

I really hope to do more with 4H as our kids mature. It’s such an amazing program ran by such amazing people. At least it is in our county. I hope the same for yours.

Do any of *you* have kids in 4H? What projects are they doing this year? How early do you start your projects? How many projects each do you allow your children to do? Do you count 4H prep as part of their homeschool curriculum (if you homeschool)? As an adult, are *you* involved in 4H? How?