Somehow this little girl of mine is FOUR years old now and she just started her second year of preschool this week!
I get all emotional (yes, my eyes are tearing up just typing this) just thinking about the last 4 years together. It feels like it was just last week when I got off the airplane in a brand new city (to me), went right into labor, met my dr. for the first time during a very strong contraction, without a place to live and far away from my family and friends… I was terrified but then this little angel was placed in my arms for the very first time and I felt whole. Complete. I suddenly realized that a big reason I am here was to be a mama to her.
Motherhood is my favorite.
Something that I think is my absolute favorite part of motherhood (besides those snuggles that we can sometimes sneak out of our two high energy toddlers) is being active together as a family of 5—> Beretta is ALL about running around with us. I seriously cannot think of anything that makes me happier than being outside with the kiddos and playing. One of the many reasons I love running is that I am showing the kiddos by example that getting out and being active is so good for us and that it is something we can do in every stage of life.
I see a future soccer champ right here:) PS Andrew played soccer for YEARS and he still plays it so Brooke and Knox will sure learn a lot from him. We will all spend many many hours running up and down soccer fields together.
With all of the Team USA competition at the Olympic Games that we watched recently, we have been even more inspired to get outside and be active together. I think it fuels their little imaginations to work towards building their own interests and hobbies.
Watching Team USA during the gymnastics portions of the Olympic Games also inspired Brooke to treat me like the high bars and jump/climb all over me as much as possible.
It makes me beyond happy that Brooke (and Knox and Andrew) LOVE to drink a cup of milk first thing after coming inside after running around.
Milk is a nutrient powerhouse—> with 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of natural protein, in an 8 oz. serving. Knox and Brooke both have bowls for their cereal that includes little straws connected on them. They end up drinking all of the milk out first (and then I refill it) before they even get to the cereal.
Fun fact: Almost ALL U.S. Olympian respondents grew up drinking milk —> most say their mom was instrumental in encouraging their milk drinking habit (we definitely have the milk drinking habit down over here in this household:)
It’s part of this little athletes training routine too! Milk will be something that will start in childhood for her and continue on through whatever activities she chooses to do over the years.
Brooke’s other favorite way to be active is ‘sploring. ‘Sploring = exploring;) These kiddos could run around looking for leaves and animals and rocks for hours on end.
Something that makes me happy is that Andrew and I are planted in Utah (both of our kiddos custody wise = Utah forever:). I love that we are just minutes away from these mountains.
PS do you spy Brooke?
As these kids get older I want to hike with them more and more. There is just something about the combination of being active and outdoors that bonds people together (why I think we feel so close to our running partners). I feel like it also helps to build kiddos confidence and it is a killer workout without even realizing it is a workout. For now we stick to the easier little walks/hikes in the area but I can’t wait to keep watching them get stronger and become more patient with their different hobbies and interests!
Milk has helped fuel thousands of athletes to train at the highest level and is a part of hundreds of athletes’ training routines. And by the look of their running form… I think we’ve also got some future runners over here too;) They will be taking over this blog before you know it.
Smoothies are something all of us love in our house and it is awesome that I can fit in some crazy awesome nutrients into their smoothies.
A smoothie we’ve been making over here (aka the only way to get them to eat some Kale) is such a fast and easy way to refuel these two little athletes of mine right when we get home!
2 cups white milk
1.5 cups frozen strawberries
A big handful of Baby Kale
1 frozen banana
2 Tbs peanut butter
After they finished their smoothies they requested the measuring cup full of milk to drink ha. PS isn’t it funny how little things like a fun straw make kids so happy?
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I hope that you were able to be inspired by the amazing Team USA athletes that competed at the Olympic Games in Rio this year. They sure inspired me to work harder towards my goals in many areas of life. I found myself crying multiple times over some of the different stories that were shared about all of the athletes and the incredible amount of work and discipline they put into their sport. The things they overcome and their attitudes amaze me. I love supporting the sponsors, like Milk, that help get Team USA athletes to be able to compete on the world stage!!!
Parents reading—> what are some of your favorite parts of being a parent? What activities do you and your kiddos love to do together?
Who and what got you into running (I LOVE hearing your whys so please share if you have a second)?
Do you enjoy hiking? What are some of your favorite hikes?
What sports did you play and love as a kid?