I know I said in my last post about a date Dominic and I went on, that I had a post strictly dedicated to why I’m not much for date night to begin with. I really shouldn’t promise you guys things because it has taken me a lot longer to shell certain posts out (if you can’t already tell) Anyway, the good news is that I am working on it. Maybe half way done? But the bad news is that I’m just having a little trouble finding the right words lately. I think a lack of inspiration, lack of good weather (which maybe ties into the whole inspiration thing?), and even lack of sleep, will do that to a person. Note to self: get your grove back, girlfriend!
Guess what, though?! We actually went on another date! Crazy, right? I decided to make this a little series, so I can document all of our dates and maybe even give ideas to other couples that want something a little different! Anyway, we both agreed that we were gonna eat at home this time around (healthier choices, cheaper, and more time with Olivia before we left her for that whole hour and a half ;) and in case you don’t remember, it was my turn to pick the activity and I chose for us to do Candlelit Yoga!
For Valentine’s Day, I bought Dominic a Groupon for an entire 5 weeks of unlimited yoga classes about 15 minutes from where we live. The place is called Corepower Yoga. He said that he wanted to start doing yoga, and I wanted to show my support and when I saw the Groupon, I knew it was perfect! It’s taken him a little time to actually go to the classes (he’s afraid he’s gonna look like a fool in front of everyone), but when I saw that there was a Candlelight class on the very same day, it’s like the activity chose itself!
I was super excited to go to Dominic’s first yoga studio class with him, and even more excited because even though I’ve been to a few yoga classes, I’ve never been to a candlelit class! Firsts all around!
And a few sneaky, and very grainy, cell phone pictures for good measure….If you don’t take pictures, you didn’t do it, right? Wrong…..but I did it anyway ;)
We just can’t catch a break with this weather. This has been the longest winter in the history of ever and I am just so sick of it!
Mother Nature played a nice joke on us this weekend. We had a beauuuuuuuuutiful Friday evening (high 60s!), an entire beautiful Saturday (I think it got up to 80!!!!) and the jokiest joke day of them all- Sunday.
Olivia and I woke up Sunday morning at 8:30 and it was already almost 70. We let Dominic sleep in until 10am, and then woke him up to go for a bike ride.
It. Was. Beautiful. It was about 77 degrees outside, with a little wind. Perfect weather. We rode our bikes for an hour and came home sweaty because it was so hot! That was at about 11:30. I quickly went inside, switched Olivia into a dress and we were outside blowing bubbles, enjoying the weather.
AT 11:45(!), as Dominic’s mom and I were sitting there watching Olivia play with her bubbles in her little summer dress, the wind started to blow and literally within SECONDS the temperature dropped fifteen degrees. FIFTEEN!!! It was so crazy. All of a sudden it got way colder. I couldn’t believe that not even a half hour later, I was putting pants on Olivia. I mean, she was just in a summer dress! The rest of the day was cold and rainy and just blah.
I really don’t know when we’re gonna get to taste the beautiful weather again. I’m not even being dramatic because there is SNOW in the forecast for today.
Chicago, I quit you.
We really did make the most of the weekend though. Olivia discovered her saltwaters and insisted on wearing them all weekend….despite the fact that they are just a little too big on her still.
“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014.”
Olivia: You love being outside so much that you would eat, sleep, and even bathe out there if we let you. It’s hard to get you to come inside, especially this weekend, but I love how much you love to be outside. It puts my “very-nervous-of-your-generation-not-knowing-how-to-do-something-without-electronics” fear at ease.
So I didn’t want to add too much to my last post because I didn’t want to interfere with Stef’s grade! Watching Stef do those yoga poses with Olivia was seriously the cutest thing. I just wanted to add a few outtakes because some of them are just to cute not to!
You guys! I’m so excited about today’s guest post because the guest of honor is actually one of my best friends! She’s taking an English class and one of her assignments was to create a blog post about something that she loves to do, something that interests her! She asked if I’d mind her assignment being a guest post on my blog and I happily said yes! Without further ado, here she is!
Hi y’all! I’m Stef, I found my love for yoga about four years ago. I tried it with a friend during our spring break, we were trying to dedicate ourselves to physical fitness and forget about silly boys, and guess what.. it worked! I was instantly hooked on how amazingly empowered I felt after each class. I learned so much about what my mind and body could do for me that it lead me to sign up for a teacher training two years later. Fast-forward to now… I have (and continue) to learn about all the fantastic things yoga can do for me and I never miss an opportunity to spread my passion for it with those around me. This includes people of all ages, even toddlers!
For about a year, I was a toddler teacher at a daycare. I was responsible for five toddlers and for most of the day, five days a week, they looked to me to learn and stay entertained. So one day I thought, “hey, I can totally make this appealing to them, let me try.” I started with some basic poses that I could cue in a way that would make sense to them, using simple words and giving each pose a name with something they could identify with such as; star pose, triangle pose, and airplane pose. Now, spending so much time with these little angels, I had seen them do some pretty cute things, but I have to say that watching them do these poses was the cutest thing ever. They caught on so quickly and I decided to use this wonderful opportunity to teach them more than just yoga, they also learned where their fingertips were, how a mountain stands tall, and even how a star “shines” bright.
So, for all of you with toddlers at home, maybe you’ll consider giving this a try! For those of you without toddlers at home, maybe you’ll give this a try too! I’ll leave ya with some (cool) tips, just in case. Continue Reading…