*this blog post was submitted by our 2015 virtual spokeswoman Megs
Summer is winding down here in the Pacific Northwest. The warm weather we experienced last month has been replaced by cooler temperatures and more rainy days.
I have been scrambling trying to find the sweatshirts I unpacked after our move. I welcome fall though, to me it is more of a new beginning than the New Year. When I was younger, I LOVED going back to school shopping. The smell of sharpened pencils, and notebooks full of crisp clean pages made me happy. A new school year, meant a clean slate for me. I could do ANYTHING. It was time to learn new things and meet new people. My older two boys do not share the same excitement as me when it came to shopping for school supplies this year, but my little girl she got it. She was ecstatic to buy school supplies the first time as she enters kindergarten, and she jumped up and down when she saw the notebook selection. Who does not love a notebook with pink chevron?!
I love sharing my passions and interests with my kids. Reading has been a successful attempt at passing down a hobby to my kids. We just made a 45 minute car ride away from our island to go to the nearest Barnes and Noble. Sports is another interest that I have been eager to share with my kids. The memories I have on the court or softball field with my sisters and friends are ones I cherish. The three older kids are signed up for soccer this fall, and I hope they learn about teamwork while also having fun and making some friends.
There is one thing I have not been able to share my love of with kids…
You know those moms you talk to who tell you how much their kids just love a good salad? Not me. I can tell you that my kids love a good donut shop and we frequent ours once a week for a weekly treat. There is nothing bad about either of these, but it made me just wonder where I goofed up. I introduced veggies as infants first instead of fruit, but from early as nine months old my kids would spit out that spoonful of carrots/green beans and demand pears. I still serve veggies with dinner. My kids still have zero interest in anything green, even as I have evolved into a slightly healthier eater with my 6FITS.
I was a little overzealous in my kale purchase a couple of weeks ago at the farmers market. I told myself- this is the week we are going to try kale! It was met with gags, requests for pizza and looks of “you are joking right mom?”. Needless to say not much kale was eaten and I learned the hard way that putting kale down your disposal just clogs your plumbing. I am reaching out to you all in the DanceFit community for ideas on how you get your family to eat healthy. Any ideas for quick, easy dinner recipes? Fruits and veggies your boyfriend, husband and kids just love?
I am excited for a new challenge (check it out danceFITB2B) and a clean slate!
See you in class soon
Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!