Busy, busy, busy

So it’s been a little crazy around here for the last few weeks. We joined the YMCA on Aug 22nd and I signed the kids up for classes. That Wed I took Alex swimming because he was a little nervous about the new pool. The following week we swam again on Wed. The week after that, classes started.

Alex’s first swim class was at 5:05 Wed night. Beth stayed at Barb’s until 6pm when Eric picked her up. Technically I needed to pick Alex up by 4:30 to be on-time for his class, but since I’d have to pay for the entire hour, I picked him up at 4 instead. I made arrangements with my co-worker Lisa to meet us at the Y around 4:15 so that Alex and Adrianna could play for half an hour before going to their respective swim classes, which we deliberately scheduled at the same time. The hope is that we’ll be able to swim for 20 minutes or so after their classes starting this week, but Lisa has had another obligation lately that prevented that.

Alex is finally in a no-parent swim class. The Y starts them at age 3 (if you want) and there’s no height restriction. So Beth will also be in a no-parent class by mid-March. So while Alex has class, I go in the other pool and swim laps for 25 minutes. He’s been making great progress now that Mommy isn’t in there to coddle him. He puts his face in the water without complaining. Lisa even saw them doing them Dead Man’s Float yesterday! He had a private lesson last week because no one else showed up. This week two new girls joined the class.

That Friday was Alex’s first “Three Times the Fun” class. It’s a 2 hours class from 4:30-6:30. Every week they will do an art project, then an activity in the gym, and then go in the pool. Adrianna is in that class as well. Beth stayed at Barb’s until 7pm. While Alex is in class (since I have to stay on-site), I swim laps, have a snack, and then use the Fitness room for a while. So far I’ve just used the stationary bikes, but I’m attending an orientation on Monday night so that I can learn to use some of the other equipment and could do some strength training instead.

Saturday is Beth’s Moving and Grooving (aka “dance”) class at the community center. She has really enjoyed this class in the past and I started bringing Alex with us since he didn’t have any other Saturday classes and you pay per family, not per child. After class we go to playgroup in the same building. So we get home about noon. Bonus here is that Alex does not have the opportunity to spend all morning on the computer, which is something we struggle with. And Eric has almost 3 hours with which to get some things done around the house without little bodies getting in the way. 🙂

That Sunday was supposed to be Beth’s first swim class, at 12:25. Eric and I decided to utilize the onsite Kid Care and play racquetball before her class. So we played from 10:30-11:30, hit the whirlpool for 10 minutes, and then got changed to pick up the kids, picking them up around noon. Eric took Alex home and I got Beth ready for class. Since we were ready about 15 minutes early, I decided to just take her in the pool, since there was open swim. We swam until class time. At which point I had to ask someone what was going on because there didn’t appear to be an instructor anywhere. He had someone check and they came to talk to me. Turns out they had cancelled the class because we were the only ones that signed up. The person in charge had forgotten to call us. They said I could switch into another class. But I think they felt bad for us because someone came in about 5 minutes later to hold the class for us.

We switched to the Tuesday night swim class. So two days later we were back for Beth’s 6:05 class. Kinda late for us, but the only other class we could make. I asked Alex where he wanted to spend the extra hour of child care and he picked Barb’s over staying at school. So I pick him up at school and drop him off at Barb’s when I pick Beth up. Then Eric picks Alex up at 6pm. Again, I head straight to the Y and let Beth play. She lasts about 20 minutes before she starts getting bored since she isn’t adventurous enough to go up in the play equipment yet. So it’s mostly running around and reading a few books. At that point we head for the pool, getting in about 15 minutes early. Then we have class and get home around 7:00. (I’ve found that 45 minutes is about her limit in the pool – she starts getting squirrely.)

So that’s our life right now:

  • Mon: Nothing!
  • Tue: Beth Swim
  • Wed: Alex Swim, then Mommy goes to bellydance class
  • Thu: Get together with Bill & Olya
  • Fri: Three Times the Fun
  • Sat: Moving & Grooving and Playgroup
  • Sun: Racquetball – We played this week even though Beth didn’t have class and hope to continue. Jenna will be here this weekend and she will be given the option of learning to play racquetball with us or swimming.

Trying to feed the kids has been a challenge because of the crazy class times. I’ve stopped at McDonald’s a couple of times on our way home, but honestly they’re not eating it well and I’m tired of paying for food that gets thrown away. Last night I packed Alex a dinner of a Lunchable and Smores Goldfish and that went better. He was going to Kid Care for an hour while I went to Zumba.

So if anyone has suggestions of easy to pack, kid friendly foods that I could attempt to feed them during our crazy days, feel free to chime in! Alex eats pretzels almost every day at school and he usually takes a salami sandwich. So I’m trying to avoid those two things. Oh, and it has to be car-friendly too!

For now, I think maybe on Tue I’ll just pack Beth some fruit snacks, which she always eats. Alex can eat dinner when he gets home on Wed. Fridays he gets a granola bar before class, string cheese, goldfish and chocolate milk during class, and then I’ll pack another snack-y thing for after class and he should be fine for the night. Neither kid eats very well at dinner anyway.

We have four more weeks of this schedule and then things are going to change up. I’m not sure what exactly we’re doing because it’s dependent upon Adrianna and whether she’s willing to try a new gymnastics class on Saturday mornings with Alex. I do know that Beth will be doing a pre-ballet class at the Y instead of Moving & Grooving. One one hand, it’s nice that we’re no longer sitting around the house doing nothing. But on the other hand, I think we’re a little over booked. Hoping to combine some of Beth & Alex’s classes so they take place a the same time instead of on 4 different days. There are way more classes for Beth once she turns 3, so this should get easier next year.

Oh, and for the record, Eric and I were very sore that Monday after our first racquetball game in about 8 years. 🙂 Plus that day I swam with Beth for 45 minutes. And then we took a short hike at my co-worker’s house down to the lake. And then back up the very, very steep hill!

23 thoughts on “Busy, busy, busy

  1. Do they eat bananas? Those are nice 🙂 And perhaps granola bars? Our kids like puddings and yogurts and apple sauce, but that would have to be something you give them before or after the car…

    Totally hear you on being busy. Our schedule is not as bad:

    – nothing for the kids, Bill’s night class

    – Mel comes over

    – Damien has art class from 3:45 to 4:45 (he got done a lot earlier yesterday, so we’ll see)
    – Damien and Sergey have swimming from 6:30 to 7:00 pm
    – Bill’s night class

    – Bill’s morning class
    – Getting together with you guys 😉

    – Bill’s gaming night

    – I swim with Xavier, 9:30 am – 10 am
    – Damien and Sergey have gymnastics from 10:45 am to noon
    – Mel comes over around 4 pm

    – sometimes grandma Dianne shows up
    – kids and I have skating from 6 pm to 6:40 pm

  2. Yup, you’re schedule is as crazy as ours! Maybe it’s just part and parcel of having multiple children. 🙂

    Where did that art class come from for Damien? That’s the first I’ve heard of that!

  3. It’s a 6-week Art Class that’s offered at Damien’s school through the Rec Dept. I figured since he likes drawing, maybe he’ll enjoy it. It just started this week.

  4. I have a great and easy recipe for oatmeal bars that you can bake and keep for weeks in the freezer until needed. Here it is in case you think the kids would like it. Plus it’s cheaper than buying processed oatmeal bars.
    2 cups oatmeal (not instant type)
    1/2 cup choc chips
    1/2 cup craisins (can leave out if kids don’t eat or substitute raisins if they like those better
    1/2 cup wheat germ
    1 cup chopped nuts (i like walnuts best)
    1 can fat free sweetened condensed milk.
    Bake 350 for 30 min. Cool then freezer 15 min. to make easier to cut. Also, line the pan after spraying with non stick spray with foil which is also sprayed with non stick foil. This recipe is a sticky one so that’s why all the spraying and the foil makes it easier to take them out of the pan. Cut into squares and wrap individually in wax paper. Shannon I figured out the Weight Watchers points on this and the pan is 55 points so depending on how many pieces you cut them into, they are quite WW friendly for you also as a quick energy snack. I cut mine so they are less than 3 pts each but that square is very satisfying. Hope this recipe helps. If you want it via email, let me know as I have it typed out on my computer already and can just email you a copy. Love Aunt Mary Ellen

  5. Sounds like a very busy household. Good news about both kids and the non-parent swim classes. They both know how to play you, especially the rubber-band kid. Better to let someone else deal with them in the water. Hope the Y works out for you. Some exercise time for both parents to enjoy, and easy to plan since they have child care.

  6. Aunt Mary Ellen – I will have to try this (I can grab it from here). I did start buying the Quaker granola bars, but they’re so expensive! Those are 3 points each and they’re tiny! I can take this and play with it a bit to change it up (peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, different nuts).

    Grandma & Grandpa – The child care is nice, just wish it was available a little more. They close at noon on Sat & Sun and they aren’t open on Friday nights (they are open Mon – Thu nights). I’d bring Beth to the Y with us on Friday’s if I could instead of having to worry about getting to Barb’s by 7. But they’ve tailored their hours to when people tend to use it. Friday night’s are generally kind of dead for them, while Tuesday’s are quite busy!

  7. Mary Ellen – Under the new PointsPlus program, these came out to 89 points for the whole batch. We’d have to cut it into 30 bars to make them 3 points. Walnuts & peanuts were the same, but pecans saved 1 PointsPlus overall and almonds saved 4 PointsPlus overall. – Still 3 points if you cut it into 30. They’re still only 4 points if you cut them into 20.

  8. Just reading the schedule makes me tired. I guess it is good that you have kids when you are young.

  9. Shannon, you have to use fat free sweetened condensed milk to get them down to 55 pts. I did use the new points plus program to figure these counts.

  10. I did use the fat-free sweetened condensed milk. I used the Recipie builder online (part of the eTools I get for free with my At Work meetings). Maybe I have the size of the can wrong? I put in 14 oz because that’s what I was finding online as the size of a can.

  11. I used the points plus calculator to figure everything and you used the correct size can. I just took all the ingredients and used the calculator from each label but maybe I figured it wrong. I will re-do again to double check. Thanks for letting me know though. I wouldn’t want to have the wrong points. I gained 2 lbs on vacation but that was all. That’s actually pretty good for me. But it is hard getting back on track now. How are you doing?

  12. Wow, a lot of reading. Shannon, the recipe from Skeet is very good. I think the kids will like them. Sounds like your lives are about as busy as they get. I am sure the kids enjoy the extra activities though.

    Love, Aunt Lynn

  13. Mary Ellen – I’m betting that one of your labels was only for part of the item – probably the sweetened condensed milk. There’s probably “technically” a couple of servings in the can.

    Here’s what WW came up with:
    15 PointsPlus 2 cup(s) rolled oats
    12 PointsPlus 1/2 cup(s) semi-sweet chocolate chips
    4 PointsPlus 1/2 cup(s) Ocean Spray Craisins
    5 Points Plus 1/2 cup(s) wheat germ
    29 Points Plus 14 oz Eagle Brand® Fat free sweetened condensed milk
    23 PointsPlus 1 cup(s) chopped walnuts

    Sometimes the online calculator doesn’t match the handheld one we bought because it takes sugar alcohol into account and figures it differently. But it’s not usually off by that many points.

  14. As for how I’m doing, I’m trying to get back on track. I’ve been hovering around the same weight for the past year. It’s frustrating to not be making any progress, but I know that I’m not really staying on plan. Since I haven’t gained anything either, I consider that to be progress. I had some luck this week and I’m hoping to keep it going. Earning 53 activity point in a week is pretty helpful in that respect! Joining the Y has been good for me. 🙂

  15. You are probably right about the servings on the can. I didn’t look at that correctly. I also forgot to tell you to bake this in an 8×8 pan. You can put them in a 9×13 but they are alot thinner and 1/2 hr might be a little too long. They are done when the edges are slightly brown looking. Let me know if you bake them and if you like them. Love you.

  16. Shannon, I never use my activity points towards my food intake. I think that helps me keep losing. But you are certainly entitled to use them and not gaining is HUGE since it’s so easy to put it back on. Keep on working at it. You will bust through that plateau with all the activity you are doing.

  17. Under the old plan, I found that if I didn’t eat my activity points, then I got too hungry and then complete fell off plan. And I was still loosing. Since I haven’t really stuck to the new plan, I’m not sure if that’s still true or not.

    OK on the pan. I was kinda wondering and figured if it looked too thin I’d try the 8×8. I’m planning to get the wheat germ today or early tomorrow so I can try to bake these tomorrow afternoon.

  18. You can also grind up some extra oatmeal to use as the wheat germ if you don’t want to buy it. Just use a half of a cup of the pulverized oatmeal (I use a food processor or blender) in it’s place. Let me know how you like them. And I found the 8 x 8 or a 9″ pan worked best.

  19. I made these this weekend and they were good. Alex helped. I chose to leave out the Craisins and put peanuts in them, so Eric wasn’t real fond of them because he doesn’t like peanuts with chocolate, but Alex like them. We’re going to try a batch for Eric with Craisins and pecans. He was getting tired of his usual granola bars for breakfast, so this might be a nice change for him.