I like the dentist, clean lines, change, absurdity, and the moment right before an airplane hits the ground. I've been an athletic trainer and a jr high science teacher, now I get to be a mom and fitness instructor. Welcome to the latest adventure
One of the few touristy things I did in Seattle this round was tour Theo chocolate factory. It was some mighty fine chocolate and so many wonderful samples. It was as close to Willy Wonka as you can get.
Here is Lil' Sis modeling our hairnets in front of the mural of chocolate sourcing.
Here are the beans in the elevator, getting ready to be dumped into the roaster.
Ever wonder what you do with a theater degree to pay the bills between shows? Chocolate factory tour guide! He's spooning out the raw cocoa beans, also known as nibs.
They are bitter, like a pecan shell, but taste pretty good in a chocolate bar.
Sis snapped a pic of me mid nib chew and I think unflattering pictures belong on the internet.
We had a great time in the kitchen where we got to try a bunch of the expensive truffles. They make a caramelized onion one that tastes good, yet odd. They also have fun with molds, like this Han Solo one.
I loved the tower and facade on the church we went to.
We played shuffle board at Sis's apartment, because all swanky downtown apartment towers need shuffle boards.
One day we walked the two blocks to Pike Place Market and bought delicious food. Out of the ridiculous amount of amazing food consumed on this trip, the Beecher's grilled cheese was the only one photographed. The pho, the pastries, the Top Pot donuts, and the magnificent caramelized coconut meat with roasted pork from the Vietnamese place, will regretfully never make it to Instagram. At least until another hipster puts them there.
This really awkward selfie will have to do. I apparently need more practice, or to be born in the 90's to master this skill.
It was such a fun trip and I am so thankful to all the people who watched and ferried my kids so I could do spend some quality time with my sister!
Once a year Smithsonian Magazine will give out two tickets to your choice of participating museums. We headed to our favorite downtown Mesa dinosaur museum. My brother was up with his kids so he met us there.
We thought it was funny that the typewriter was in the ancient technology section along with a phone booth
Little Alaina is getting so big at 6 months old
Attack of M!!!!
M had fun with his Uncle T.
J liked finding fossils
M just enjoyed the little broom.
We actually found some little bits of fools' gold to take home.
M thought the rope was just to prevent the adults from swimming.
He also felt it was his mission to knock down everyone else's towers.
A picture of the whole family on our adventure!
This was his idea, not mine.
Oh Magnatiles! I wish you weren't a $100. I might end up buying them anyways.
We are so happy we had the chance to meet up with our Sahuarita family!
Ballet Arizona does 4 or 5 performances a year in various parks throughout the valley and they are FREE! This is the best way to take a 3 year old to see "real ballet girls." She didn't have to sit still or be super quiet and I didn't have to feel worried about other people being annoyed with us. J insisted on wearing her ballet clothes and even had me lift her up so she could try a lift like the "princesses." She did a pretty good version of the splits and wiggled her toes.
I was realizing that we haven't gone on many formal adventures lately and I was wondering why. Then I realized how much energy and brain power my new job has taken up. All of the restlessness I get when I'm not actively pursuing goals or learning new things has been satiated by work. I'm finally getting my bearings a bit.
Back in May the manager at my gym recruited me to teach BodyFlow, a tai chi/pilates/yoga class by Les Mills. The training I signed up for got canceled so my manager convinced me to do the RPM instructor course. It's a spin cycling class and, oh man, it was an intense 20 hour training over two days and I felt like the bike seat was going to need to be surgically removed from my butt. The Flow training the next month was much more pleasant, but still intensive. It is all choreographed so I am constantly learning new songs and moves in addition to the 5 classes a week I teach. This weekend I finished up the Silver Sneakers training so now I can teach classes for seniors as well. It's been amazing getting paid to workout instead of giving money to the gym. With 5 classes, I make more than I did subbing once a week and I'll tell ya my legs never looked this good while teaching. The childcare is much easier to arrange since it is on site and my kids love it. M has all of 10 words and one of them is sweet mispronunciation of Heather who manages the gym daycare. Seriously, this job is the best gig ever.
And I get a bunch of gold stars. At my class last night, one of the members told me I was born to teach yoga. I don't get those gold stars for motherhood and definitely missed recognition when I stopped working. Even if someone tells me my kids are so well-behaved, I laugh and then get nervous instead of taking it as a motherhood gold star. It was much easier to accept, "My daughter loves your class!"or "You are the best sub ever!" No one gives me a star when I manage to find the source of the funky smell in my van or get the laundry put away the same day I washed it. Working is good for me. However, I now have an unhealthy obsession with workout clothes and manage to spend quite a bit of my paycheck on Fabletics, but that is a post in and of itself.
So yes, the whole point of this is that I don't have many photos because we haven't been on adventures. Thankfully, I always have my phone handy to record the every day adventures. Like M waking J up from a nap with a vampire kiss.
J's remarkably accurate drawing of a camel. We will ignore the 6 legs part.
J asked me to "make her hair flat" and this was as good as I could do with a blowdryer. It is down to her shoulders when it is straight.
We got a Baby Alive doll from BzzAgent. J loved it but got bored with it. She named it Panda Sleeping Beauty. M has now appropriated it and loves to feed the baby. Since it distracts him from trying to shove half eaten food in MY face, I fully support this.
This exists at Target and the world needs to know about it.
J thought the pillowcase would make a great hiding place.
My single friend turned 40 and I found this amazing gift for her. Ever since I bought it, Amazon suggests VERY amusing things for me to buy.
M inherited this onesie and it pretty sums up all of our communication difficulties.
And this smile sums up all the fun we have despite the frustrations.
This is why everyone needs a sibling.
I went paddleboarding with some friends and they brought their dog, complete with life vest. He loved chilling on the front of the board.
When you are stuck in isolation from all Sunday worship, it's best to entertain your son with selfies. Especially when he is wearing a bow tie.
I went shopping with J and she insisted on taking pictures with all the mannequins. I blame Legoland.
"Hold me up and take one with me!"
She is holding the outfit she picked for preschool.
I went to go see a punk rock show with my sister and we had a blast. Both of our cousins' bands rocked it and made me remember why I love the music still. There is something magical about listening to great music incredibly loud and dancing and jumping with a bunch of strangers who love it as much as you. Although I will say the ringing in my ears afterwards and the sleep deprivation the next day served as a reminder on why young people are the biggest audience. Still worth it though and I have resolved to go to more shows.
Hopefully I get some more adventures now that I don't feel like I'm drowning in choreography to memorize. I mean, October is just around the corner and fall just demands mommy blogger excursions. Until then, expect more mediocre cell phone pics.