brownie leaders: help! I'm leading an activity Thursday on Spring. I need ideas or websites. We're also bringing snack and it will all fit into 1 hour of time.
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Dingoes springing into April - Page 2post #21 of 3314/3/12 at 4:10ampost #22 of 3314/3/12 at 7:40am
I remember when I was in Brownies that we took eggshells that were half shells, put in a little dirt and planted grass. Would work if you have cardboard egg cartons too... Or you could blow eggs out of the shells, then paint the shells to keep (http://www.monkeysee.com/play/7599-blowing-out-an-easter-egg).post #23 of 3314/3/12 at 8:04amJo - Congrats on being a Muslim A trip to Mecca would be incredible. And I'm SO very glad for the upswing in your life; the visit, your new digs, returning to the states, and being declared Muslim enough to be a Muslim
Plady - I am a pretty unsentimental mom in the sense of not having much sympathy or patience for whining, moping, fretting, dragging-your-heels, etc. I know I am tough in this regard (like, maybe not as nice as I wish I were), and so it took awhile to realize exactly what Kerc said: if I respond in a way that feels indulgent, ie. very focused attention, detailed feedback about the event, lots of support, the kid literally rebounds in a minute. If I shrug it off, they go on and on. Yes I am partially acting, but it also makes me realize in those moments: dont we all want focused attention when we are upset, justifiably or not? Maybe that would be a way for C to feel attended to, so she wouldnt feel like you dont give her enough otherwise?
JG - Yeah moving, bleh. Dh and I calculated yesterday that in our 17 years together we have moved 14 times ... this is our 14th. 10 of those moves were post kids. I told him "they" are taking me out of this new house cold and stiff
Kerc - I love the idea of a forced bike ride, because it combines the teachable-moment of exercise-to-relieve-irritation, with tiger-mom tactics, which I appreciated. I know some of the Dingoes have apologized for Tiger mom behavior, but I never thought she was all that bad Sorry, no help for the brownie thing..
NRR: HUGE, Dumping, fluffy snow storm today. WTF?post #24 of 3314/3/12 at 8:12ampost #25 of 3314/3/12 at 9:02amQuote:Originally Posted by Plady
Ah yes. I have been trying that. Maybe it hasn't become routine enough or something but traditionally I have been the comforter and dh has been the shake-it-off-er and, based on other recommendations from said therapist we've been trying to reverse those roles. I just don't know.
are they suggesting you don't comfort or that your dd try to go to dh for more comforting? I think it's a normal male-female response. My dh spends his time worrying that somehow the girls will be too soft.
post #26 of 3314/3/12 at 12:03pm
Well, originally it was intended for me to back off so dh could be comforter #1. Perhaps it's just a matter of the plan backfiring? I certainly think the timing of her getting particularly dramatic wasn't a surprise. First I had the audacity to go on a trip alone and then I had two weeks of evening rehearsals to follow it up. But I'd be lying if I said that it doesn't bug me that, whatever the final cause of the outburst, I sounded like a pretty disconnected and uncaring mom. I'm not paranoid enough to think that it will completely color the therapist's opinion of me (of course we were friends before starting dd with her) but still...
Enough about me!! Sorry dingos!
Dmom - I love that idea about the eggshells and plants! We should be doing that around here! We've got tons of shells and tons of seeds. That would be fun.post #27 of 3314/3/12 at 12:24pmpost #28 of 3314/3/12 at 12:43pmpost #29 of 3314/3/12 at 2:30pmpost #30 of 3314/3/12 at 2:38pmQuote:Originally Posted by sparkletruck
Here is a short video of the number one girl climber in my DD1's (and kerc's ) age group. The other girl they mention, Brooke Rabatou is one of the best (and daughter of the world champ) from the Boulder team. These are the girls my DD competes against. Yeeps, but also
I don't think you're talking me into this whole rock climbing team thing. Yikes!post #31 of 3314/3/12 at 9:01pm
Starting Day 2 of Whole30. Had to have a talk with dh so that he can understand (or not) that this is non-negotiable and there's not room for exceptions for the next month. Meantime, coffee without milk is really not life-threatening, JayGee. You were right.
Soon as this coffee kicks in I will throw on some clothes and do a short run of some kind, before taking off with the kids. Not sure where the backache is from, but thinking it has to do with tension from driving in traffic over the past week. It will pass.
Plady, I struggle with the same thinking. I am just not a touchy-huggy person for the most part, and like Sparkle described, those things feel "indulgent," but they usually are a more effective response. I need to make changes and get my kids back. Something happened to them this year (duh), and I just want both of my awesome, fun, cool, thoughtful, kind kids back. I guess they need their mom back, too.
Sparkle, my hands were sweating watching that. Holy f'mole.post #32 of 3314/3/12 at 9:10pmThread Starter
sparkle, that's impressive. I watched it with the kids, and we were all in awe of the skill. We've never watched anyone that talented, kid or adult! And good luck with all of the moving insanity. You can do this!
kerc, how about seed balls? We're doing them as the activity and "goody-bag" at my daughter's birthday party this weekend.
Plady, It sucks when parenting needs to go through some "trial and error". It sounds like your daughter is changing her responses and reactions as you're shifting, and it's taking time to find the "right" equilibrium again. I admire all of your effort and self-reflection, and wish that I had kick-ass advice instead of just commiseration.
My husband gets home on Friday!! I know that at some point I'll look back at this past year and wonder how I ever did it- I feel like I've spent a lot of time in survival mode. But I did it. Two kids, a full-time job (and sometimes two jobs), some shift work, a stats class, some volunteering, looking after a house and yard and even sometimes getting to run. And that's not mentioning all of the uncertainty about my relationship that was an undercurrent for the first few months. Thanks for being terrific support throughout, dingoes!post #33 of 3314/3/12 at 9:30pm
another idea for working with the brownies: strawberry basket "hot" air balloons. Requires: 1 strawberry basket, hair net, 4 longish pieces of embroidery floss or other light weight string, 1 helium filled latex balloon. put the hair net over the balloon, tie for stringers to the net and then tie each to the basket at each corner. Basket can be filled with seasonal treats.post #34 of 3314/4/12 at 6:21am
So I came to catch up and posted on March's thread THEN realized it was April. Frack! :P
SS - my package was finally sent!
Jo - Congrats on being official. :) How is Whole30? I'm tempted.... Nemesis is also doing it.
I should probably run - AJ is teething on my phone, goat needs milking, and we are going to a playdate.post #35 of 3314/4/12 at 6:32am
Oy, my deepest apologies to my secret sprintee, who has not yet received her reveal package. I promise it will be a good one but I am not even ready to send it out yet...I'm overwhelmed here with Passover prep and looming project deadline. I was up with anxiety attack/insomnia all night. Bleh.
I did however get out for a great 6 miles of hills yesterday and then an easy 5 early this morning. Much needed reboot.
More later. Have to get some writing done and get to Costco. Dd1 is home sick...post #36 of 3314/4/12 at 6:54am
Yes, I am doing Whole30, also! I first heard of it on FB when Memiles posted about it. I have a friend that is doing it, also, and it's been really good to do it together.
So far I'm feeling really good. Definitely less tired and crabby, and I started my period 5 days in. So, that's significant. My poor friend, she got the stomach flu on her 2nd or 3rd day and is just now actually eating anything.
Also, I officially hate house hunting. It is so stressful. My DH is caught up in "good deals" and well.. it's not a good deal if it isn't the house you want, right? This is possibly the worst time to go 30 days without wine!post #37 of 3314/4/12 at 7:25am
Hello, I'd like to join this spunky group. I'm a married mom of two, who just recently started walking a lot. I like to walk long distances and I want to continue to add distance. I prefer to walk with my dog, because I live in the country where a dog, coyote or red neck could come out of no where and my dog helps me feel "safe." I just adopted a dog from the animal shelter yesterday, so now I have two female dogs. I just hope this new one will fit in and learn to walk properly. I also take my kids on short and long walks. My 7 year old boy walk and I stroll my 2 year old, but I make her get out and walk a bit on the long walks so she can get some exercise.
So do you walk at all on your recovery days? I feel like I still want to walk on a daily basis but I don't want to damage any thing? Any anecdotal advice? Also, what does RR mean and there is another one I think NRR?
Thanks for the help!post #38 of 3314/4/12 at 7:40am
Hi Dawning, welcome!
RR: Running report
NRR: Non-running related, or non-running report
I don't think walking every day will damage anything unless you are feeling that you have some muscle fatigue or aches and pains. If so maybe take a day off or so to do some strength training or another form of exercise (biking, etc.). If you decide to start running, then you may need to incorporate more rest days/alternative exercises to accommodate the added intensity.post #39 of 3314/4/12 at 9:18amQuote:
I think of black coffee as liberating.
Jo - You've all had a year so if you find that you're not seething out the empathy on demand I'm not at all surprised, you need it as much as the kids I'd guess. But, I'm sure that with some recharge time in a more natural environment and future freedom from scheduling your lives for institutions you abhor your well will fill and at the same time your kids won't feel so needy either.
Welcome Dawning Sun! I think walking everyday should be fine, I'd also throw out a pitch for adding weight training. For me it makes the difference between feeling fit and not. I ran my first (and possibly only) marathon in 2009 and although I know I was fit enough to do it I wish I'd been on the weight training wagon then as I bet I would have had a better run.
Hi Nemesis! Good to see you back in these parts!
Nic - I hope you can find some calm during this crazy week!
Okay, time to get busy.
post #40 of 3314/4/12 at 9:44am
Woo-hoo, Nemesis! How far in are you? Just wrapping up Day 2 here and feeling good. Not eating grains means I don't get hungry. I mean, I get hungry, but only...when I'm hungry. And I think everyone knows what I mean. Sort of. JenLove, I don't know how I'd do while nursing, but maybe.
Welcome, DawningSun! I think weight training is a great idea. Walking a lot tends to be tough on my low back, and the only remedy seems to be core work. So I'd be doing my planks and lunges and crunches.
Plady, it's true: I want my real kids back. They probably feel the same about me. We went out today, all day. Walked the 2.5mi to the nearest metro station and took the metro all over town. Walked another couple of miles in the marina area, metro down to the creek, walked a couple miles there, metro to the other end of town for dinner, metro back to the station close to home, and at dh's insistence we cabbed back home. I'd have walked, but ah well.
Got out to the beach for about 2.5 barefoot on sand before leaving with the kids. Felt awesome.
And tonight, I will be in bed by 9.
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