End of Summer Means Return to Regular Routine

Whew! Do you ever get to the end of the summer and just can’t wait to kick up your feet and take a load off? Our little family of four has been going non-stop since June and only now that fall is in sight to I feel like I can catch my breath. This fall will be a little different than most, since Sarah started kindergarten this week! Yes, I’m just like all the other mama’s out there who cried and cried when I dropped her off at school the first day. She, of course, ran off and started making friends immediately, which made me proud, but it’s such a hard thing to see them growing up so quickly.

Now that it’s just Elizabeth and me during the day, it may be a little less hectic. I’ve signed her up for a toddler gymnastics program at our local sports club and I’m looking forward to seeing her interact with other little ones. Just like with Sarah, it is so incredible as a parent to see the skills and manners you’ve taught your child at home put into place in public. We’re still working on “please” and “thank you” with Elizabeth, but it’s coming soon!

Another reason I’m looking forward to fall is the chance to get back to a regular routine. This summer I wasn’t able to make it to the gym as much as usual, but I probably burned just as many calories chasing after the girls as I would have. I’ll be able to attend workout classes or hit the cardio machines while Elizabeth is in her gymnastics program and I’m making sure to wear my Tummy Tuck Belt while we’re running errands around town. One good habit we picked up this summer is family bike rides after dinner – my husband and I look forward to continuing this after-dinner ritual until it gets too cold outside.

What are you looking forward to most about fall? What healthy things did you and your family do together this summer?