These past couple of weeks have flown by. Here it is, already the middle of the first week of school. I can hardly believe it!
I have some review posts in the works, but I thought I'd give you another updatey post for today. Hope you don't mind. ;)
I snapped this adorable shot of my girls and my mom on their way to Subway after a day of school shopping. This was last Friday, when I was frantically trying to get all of my last errands before school done. :} We made it, but it was quite a long day.
On Saturday, the girls got new haircuts for school. Here they are before cuts (Little Gal, Middle Gal, and Oldest Gal).
Waiting for their turn. :) Kit came with us because Little Gal wanted a "Kit cut" for her new hairstyle. I figured the easiest way to explain it to the hairdressers would be to just bring her with us. Which, of course, gave us some cute photo ops. ;)
And here they are after their cuts.
Little Gal, with Kit in tow. ;) She does look very much like her special doll now. :) (Although she informed me she needs freckles to look exactly like her.) ;)
Oldest Gal also decided to get her bangs cut for the first time in about six years. She's enjoying them, but realizing that having bangs makes hair care a little more complicated. ;)
On Monday, the girls had their first day of school.
Oldest Gal is in sixth grade and started her first year of Middle School. It's on the same campus, but is in a different building with different teachers. She was a little nervous at first, but is really enjoying Middle School so far. :)
Middle Gal is a fourth grader this year. She was sad that her best friend she made last year is no longer at the school, but she's having a good week so far and is making some new friends.
Little Gal is a big second grader this year. She's having a great time and enjoying her teachers.
I can't believe they're that old! Where has the time gone?
As for me, I've been enjoying having a bit of time to myself during the day. :) We had a wonderful summer together, and for the first time in the past few years, I felt an honest, bittersweet twinge as I dropped my children off at school. Usually, I'm the mom counting the days 'til school starts again. ;)
I've been plugging away at my book and finished editing another chapter this week. Slow and steady wins the race, right? ;)
A picture of my awesome shelf by the computer, just because it makes me smile. :) I love filling my work space with things that brighten my day and inspire my creativity.
In other news, I've taken a huge step towards good health and signed up for a gym membership and a class there that focuses on both fitness and nutrition. The class begins on August 31st. It will start out at two days a week and end up at five, and will last until November. In the meantime, I'm doing some small group training with a personal trainer there so that I have at least a slight idea of what to do when I start the other class. ;) I've decided to record a series of short vlogs, sharing my thoughts on the experience. Hopefully, someday I'll be able to look back on them and see how far I've come. ;)
Here are the vlogs I've done so far. The first is a basic intro/update video I did, and the second two are my first two Gym Vlogs:
Random Updates Vlog
Gym Vlog #1
Gym Vlog #2
I've never been more nervous about anything in my entire life (and I get nervous about a LOT of stuff). But after surviving my first day of a small group session, I'm feeling a lot better about the whole thing. I didn't die! ;) I was actually able to do what my trainer asked me to do...aside from some minor beginner's mistakes on form and such.
Honestly, the hardest part was getting there over thirty minutes early and not knowing what to do. I spent a long time in the locker room, working up the courage to leave the safety of the lockers. (Yoga pants are not the most confidence inspiring attire, people!) ;) I walked around on the bottom floor for a while, watching some of the other members. I think I was making one gal uncomfortable, which made me feel bad. I just wanted to see what I should expect from my own class. Maybe standing off to one side, sipping my water and watching her work with her trainer was a bit too much. :}
My trainer had told me it would be good to stretch before the workout, but here lies one of my other problems. I have no clue how to stretch correctly. I certainly have no interest in stretching in public, pretending I know what I'm doing. Not at this point, anyway. So instead, I walked back and forth a little bit more. A couple of people were watching my awkward attempt at blending in...which wasn't working AT ALL. One of them was an older guy on an exercise bike who seemed amused by my discomfort, in a kind way, not a "look at that sorry loser" way.
I finally decided to head to the upstairs section. It was empty, so at least I could be awkward without an audience. ;) I tried the treadmill for about a minute...maybe. I wasn't exactly sure what I was doing, though, and people on the bottom floor could see me again. (The middle of the top floor was open, looking down on the bottom floor.) Besides, I was going just fast enough to make it move, and that's about it. Forgetting the treadmill, I went over to the exercise bikes. I have one of those at home, so I figured I could probably do okay on one of those. They were spin bikes, slightly different than mine, and the seats were so high I couldn't get on them. I tried to figure out how to adjust them, but I was afraid to fiddle too much.
Since I didn't want to accidentally break a spin bike on my first day, I settled on walking back and forth upstairs. No one had to know I was in a professional gym and ignoring the equipment. ;) It killed time and got me loose and limbered up for the workout.
I headed downstairs about five minutes before the scheduled class time. The older guy who'd been on the bike was in the area where the class was to take place. He was very friendly and introduced himself. I instantly felt at ease. He wasn't the macho, too cool for you gym guy type I'd expected, but was very kind and down to earth. He even was a retired UPS driver! ;)
It was just the two of us and the trainer for the class. Once the class actually began, everything was wonderful. I'm not the best athlete, and I mess up A LOT, especially on form since I've never trained before. But having someone right there, telling me what to do and demonstrating it for me first, was just what I needed. Having another member there who messed up every once in a while made me feel better, too. I wasn't the only non-perfect gym member. ;)
And that about sums up the first day. Except for the fact that my thighs are protesting every time I stand up or sit down. I hope I can move tomorrow. ;)
I'll try not to bog you guys down with too many details on the exercising thing. This is, after all, a doll and toy review blog. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten. I just wanted to remember the awkward goofiness of this first day. Someday, I'll walk into that gym with head held high, a woman on a mission who knows exactly what she is supposed to do.
And then, maybe I can find some other awkward newbie and let her know that it's all going to be okay. :)
I've got lots of actual doll and toy-related posts coming up, so don't despair if you're tired of hearing about me instead. ;) Stay tuned!