Weekly Workouts March 26- April 1

This week was spring break for my son. It made me change up my workouts but we had a great time. You can read about our week of fun here.

Monday: For Time:

  • 50 Wall Balls (10#)
  • 40 Deadlifts (Used 2 30# dumbbells)
  • 30 Box Jumps (18 inches)
  • 20 Toes to Bar
  • 10 Hand Stand Push Ups from a box.

Walk for 5 minutes then

  • 25 Wall Balls
  • 20 Dealifts
  • 15 Box Jumps
  • 10 Toes to Bar
  • 5 HSPU

First Round: 10:02

Second Round: 4:31

Tuesday:

Half a mile then 5 rounds of:

  • 7 Back Squats (50# from the ground)
  • 7 Bar Facing Burpees

Then another half mile.

19:30 total time.

Wednesday:

2 hours at the trampoline park. (Ouch! I’m not 13 anymore!!)

Thursday:

4 hours at the Safari Park.

Friday:

3 hours at the Zoo.

Saturday:

Much needed rest!

Sunday:

2 mile run. 4 minutes running, 2 minutes walking. I wasn’t feeling this today. It may be because I was up until midnight filling Easter eggs (and eating jelly beans!).

A Very San Diego Spring Break

Last week was my son’s spring break. It was just me and the boys as the Husband is on an underway and I wanted to have some fun. Here is how we spent our week:

Monday: Carlsbad Flower Field

I wasn’t sure how fun this would be for the boys but I wanted to take them anyway. They both ended up having a great time. We paid the extra money for a tractor ride around the field. It was beautiful. If you have kids and want to see the whole field, I recommend the tractor ride.

Highlights for the boys were the tractor ride and play ground. My older son really liked collecting stamps from different areas, too.  You can easily spend 3 hours playing and walking around and there are lots of good photo ops.

 

Tuesday: Air and Space Museum

We made the mistake of going on a free Tuesday. I didn’t know this until we were walking in. IT. WAS. PACKED. It was so packed that it was uncomfortable. As soon as we walked in I saw the speed exhibit and we made our way through the crown to the entrance. It’s $5 a person to get in but I felt it was worth it.

This exhibit was significantly less crowded. We were able to try out all the activities. There was pedal car racing, hot wheels tracks, tire changing, simulating car crashes with little disks, and much more. We spent an hour and a half exploring the speed area, which is rather small but had a lot for each boy to try.

We then ventured back into the main area. It was so crowded that the only exhibits you could really see were in the air. It was hard to maneuver a stroller around. We spent about 15 minutes trying to make our way through when we called it quits and headed for the exit. I’d love to come back another time when it’s not a free day. I think the boys would both enjoy looking at the planes.

 

Wednesday: Rockin Jump Tot Time

It was agreed that Rockin Jump was everyone’s favorite activity. Rockin Jump in Mira Mesa has a toddler time every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-11. It’s just for kids 6 and under. They open all but one of the jump area for kids and their parents to play. For one parent and one child it’s $7 and then $3 for every other child. I thought this was super reasonable compared to normal jump prices.

We played the full two hours and had a blast. There is a normal jump area, dodge ball court, basketball hoops, a giant air bag, and a foam pit. The 6 year old loved the air  bag and the almost 2 year old was obsessed with the foam pit. Thankfully they were right across from one another so I could watch both kids at the same time. We will be back!!

 

Thursday: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

We have zoo passes but haven’t been to the Safari Park since we moved back to San Diego last summer. It’s about 45 minutes from where we live in San Diego but it is a lot of fun! During the spring they have a butterfly exhibit where you walk through a room filled with butterflies. Filled! They were everywhere. Landing on everything and everybody. If you plan to go and want butterflies to land on you I recommend wearing red, yellow, orange, pink, or purple, but you don’t need to. They are likely to land on you even if you’re not dressed as a flower. I would also recommend that you get to the park when it opens at 9am and head straight to the butterflies. The lines get incredibly long.

From the butterflies we headed to the safari tram. This is in “Africa”. Along the way we passed the Lemur Walk where you can actually walk WITH lemurs! You go into the enclosure and the lemurs are walking around. You must be 5 or older which was a huge bummer since we had the toddler and no other adult. The 6 year old was disappointed but he’s looking forward to going in next time when there are two adults. By the time we made our way to the tram, it was about a 5 minute wait. The tram drives you around the entire exhibit and you are able to see tons of animals living together. It was so fun listening to the boys yell out about different animals they were seeing. The ride is about 30 minutes long. When we got back to the beginning the wait was an hour long. This is something else I recommend you do early.

We caught the bird show which all three of us loved. The birds fly right over your head. We also saw baby cheetahs and lots of elephants!

I would recommend bringing water, comfortable shoes, and sun screen. Escondido, where the park is located, gets much hotter than San Diego. It was 81* at the Park when we left and 69* when we made it back home!

Something else pretty cool is that there are lots of different “safari” options. Most have a younger age limit of at least 3 and range in price from $54 to $690. I think it’s something we will try with the older boy at least once.

 

Friday: San Diego Zoo

The zoo is a favorite of ours. We come at least once a month. Today we brought friends with us and explored the cheetahs, koala’s, and giraffes. We when walked through Africa Rocks. This new area opened last fall and has been a lot of fun. They have a troop of baboons, 3 leopards, lots of penguins and sharks, and a few monkey species. They used to have two honey badgers as well but they have been moved. The toddler was getting tired at this point so we headed to the Skyfari and headed home. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures! I guess I’ll have to write a post on the zoo another day.

If you’re looking for fun, child-friendly, places in San Diego, just ask! I know of a bunch more!

-KB

Two Days in L.A. with Kids (Part 2)

If you haven’t already read about our time at the California Science Center, click here.

Leaving the Science Center, we headed to our campsite for the night. We stayed at Anaheim RV Park. The staff was friendly and facilities very clean. I’ve never stayed at an RV park before so I have no comparison, but it was rather boring to look at. Just a giant parking lot, a few bathroom buildings, and a pool. It was too chilly to test out the pool but it looked nice! They also offer free coffee and a muffin for each person in your party in the morning. If you’re headed to Disneyland, a shuttle will pick you up from the entrance of the park. Overall, it was a nice stay.

Once settled, we made a quick dinner and called it a night. Both boys did really well. It was the first time we made it overnight in the RV!!

Wednesday morning we woke up, cleaned the RV, ate breakfast, and headed to Disney!! I love the Disney parks. February is a great time to go. The weather is generally nice and the crowds are low. We waited about 10-20 minutes for each ride, including Big Thunder Mountain. The only downside to Disney in February is that most maintenance is completed during this time. For us, Main Street was closed. You could walk along the sidewalks and go into shops, but there were no parades which my boys love. The Disney Marching Band was out frequently and all over the park which made up for the parades. The toddler loved watching them and didn’t mind the loud sounds.

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As for rides, we started with the train at the entrance. This is for two reasons: 1) both boys loves trains and 2) it gets us away from the crowds at the front of the park. We exited the train at Toon Town. My boys don’t care for that area so we skipped it but I know most toddlers and young kids love this area of the park.

We hopped onto It’s A Small World. The toddler was SO excited to be in a boat. If you have only been to Disney World, this ride is a little different. First, you start off outside. Second, except for one area, all the music is in English.

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From here, the husband took the 6 year old to the Matterhorn and I took the toddler to the Storybook ride. After Matterhorn, the boys headed to Pirates of the Caribbean and I took the toddler to the water. My husband and I switched off and I then took the 6 year old to Big Thunder Mountain. This was his favorite ride of the day. He went back later to ride it with my husband. 🙂

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While we were riding Big Thunder Mountain, the Toddler and Husband went on Winnie the Pooh and then to Tom Sawyers Island. I had never explored the island before. It was a lot of fun for all four of us. The boys loved climbing through the caves and walking along the unstable bridges. It’s also exciting for the Toddler to ride a boat back and forth across the water.

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After Tom Sawyer’s Island, we left and headed to Disney’s California Adventure. We walked straight back to A Bugs Land. This is the perfect toddler amusement park. There are a bunch of rides which both the 6 year old and the toddler enjoy. We rode Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies, Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train, Francis’ Lady Bug Boogie, and Flik’s Flyers. I forgot to get any pictures of these. While we did this, the Husband rode Guardian’s of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! We both loved Tower of Terror and his opinion was that Disney should have done more to transform the ride. It is essential the same exact ride but with new decor and music.

It was after this that we decided to head home. It was a wonderful and quick vacation. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick getaway with kids. Both boys enjoyed themselves as did the husband and I. There is so much more to do in L.A. I know we have barely scratched the surface. I’m looking forward to many more trips!!

-KB

Weekly Workouts March 19-25

Monday: 18.4!

21-15-9

  • Deadlifts 95#
  • Push-ups

21-15-9

  • Deadlifts 13#
  • 50ft bear crawl

I knew I was going to struggle with the push-ups and I did BUT I completed ALL THE PUSH-UPS!! I was so proud of myself. It took me a long time but I did all 45 push ups! I finished the first set at 8:37 so I didn’t have time to add my weights and start with the second set but I’m really happy. Those were my first ever strict push-ups in a workout!!

Tuesday:

30 minute run – 5 minutes running, 2 minutes walking

This run felt pretty good. I had the dog with me for the first half.

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 18.5!
3-6-9-12-15-etc for 7 Minutes

  • Thrusters (45#)
  • Jumping chin-over-bar pull ups

I completed 90 reps!

Saturday: 6 Miles- 4 min run, 2 minute walk

My run went really well until mile 4. I felt great. I wasn’t tired. My breathing was normal. I wasn’t sweating. At mile 4 my knee immediately started to hurt. I stopped to stretch and was able to run another few minutes before stopping to walk and stretch again. I continued like this until stretching only allowed me 20 seconds of running before the pain was too terrible. I only walked the last mile. I haven’t stretched as much as I should have recently so I’m trying to remember to do it daily. We will see how next week goes!

Sunday: Rest

 

Enjoy the views from my Saturday run. I love my little town!

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Two Days in L.A. with Kids (Part 1)

Last month the husband and I took the kids to L.A.! It was an awesome, quick trip which we hope to do more of in the next few years (if we remain in San Diego).

We left town at nine Tuesday morning and made it to the California Science Center around 11. If you’re ever in L.A., I suggest you visit the Science Center. It was a lot of fun for all four of us (how often does that happen?!).

The 6 year old wanted to start with the ecosystem exhibit. The exhibit features multiple rooms with different ecosystems. You can learn about the plants and animals that live in each and there are interactive elements in every room. In the arctic, there is a large wall of ice. There were a bunch of hand prints from people before us holding their hands on the wall long enough to make an indent. The River Room allows kids to make rivers through sand. I think this was the 6 year old’s favorite activity. We created dams and he watched the water create a lake. There is a kelp forest, island zone, and rot room. Both boys loved the Rocky Shore area where we could watch water rise and fall and touch aquatic life.

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After the ecosystems, we checked out the Space Shuttle. We’ve seen two before and it’s never that exciting for the kids. There isn’t much to do except gawk at how this large spacecraft made it to space and read about the history of space exploration. Boring for kids and as adults with kids, we had to watch them instead of reading. hC%wNC0WRO6n0Kq+mi19BQ

From here we headed to the RV for lunch. The Husband spent an hour and a half in the RV with the toddler after lunch while the kid and I went back in to explore.

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My older son is in first grade and they were learning about sound in school. I was really excited when we walked into Creative World and they had a few exhibits on sound. I took pictures and emailed them to his teacher.

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Creative World also featured hands on exhibits pertaining to earthquakes, magnets, designing towns, building large structures, and helping the environment. Some of these exhibits were very old and seemed out of date but the 6 year old still loved this area.

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When the Toddler woke up, we went to the discovery room. This area is designed for toddlers and young children. Both boys enjoyed this room but we had to cut our time short so we could get to our parking spot for the evening.

More on where we parked and day 2 coming soon!

-KB

Weekly Workouts Mar. 12-18

Last week the boys and I were sick. We are starting this week slightly better, but not much.

Monday: 5 miles, 4 min run/2 min walk

I missed my long run over the weekend due to baseball games and illnesses.  My plan was 6 miles today but my knee and the toddler couldn’t take anymore. I stretched before and after the workout. I also foam rolled when I was done. Hoping I’m not in too much pain tomorrow.

Tuesday: Partner WOD

I met a friend at the gym and we completed:

  • 500m row while other person did kettle bell swings (switch)
  • 400m row while partner completed box jumps (switch)
  • 300m row while partner completed wall balls (switch)

Then

  • 30 second weighted plank holds x 5, going up in weight by 5# each round

Wednesday:

30 minute run – 4 minute run, 2 minute walk

I took the dog and toddler for this one and ended up returning to drop the dog off at the house. It wasn’t too bad though. No pain which was nice.

Thursday: 2 mile run – 5 minutes running, 1 minute walking

This run was really hard. I should have pushed it to Friday. I struggled through every step.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 6 miles planned – only completed 4.75. 😦

4 minute run/2 minute walk

We went to the gym since I had both kids. Toddler wasn’t into it again. I hoped having the 6 year old would help with the toddler. It didn’t. He started crying at the beginning of mile 2. On the bright side, I had no knee pain!! Also, when I knew I was going to have to go, I did one final 4 minute run then increased my speed by 2 miles per hour for the final 1/4 mile. Both are big accomplishments for me and I’m very happy with my progress.

All my outdoor runs sent us to the beach and it was glorious! I love living so close to the water!!

Weekly Workouts March 5-11

Last week we went out of town and then I was sick. I didn’t workout a single day! I am still sick but am feeling well enough to get in some workouts.

Monday:

18.2!! I was so sick on Friday-Sunday that today was the first day I could complete it. I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to 18.3.

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Dumbbell squats and burpees over the bar – 10:55

Clean -100lb (PR!!)

Tuesday:

I normally have a babysitter on Tuesday mornings so I get my run in without the toddler but she’s out of town this week so I brought the big guy with me. Between pushing the stroller and having a sinus infection, it was a SLOOOOW run, but I did it!

30 minutes – 4 min run/2 minute walk. 2.5 miles total

Wednesday:

2 mile leisurely walk. I spent 3 hours at the doctor’s office with my baby today and this was just what we both needed.

Thursday:

30 minute run – 4 min run/2 min walk. 2.66 miles total

This was with the stroller and 30lb toddler again.

Friday: 18.3!! 453 Total reps!!

Super stoked about this one. I did my first ever pull ups in a workout!! I did the entire first set of pull ups but ripped both palms on my first pull up of the second set so I stopped there. I was proud of my score and didn’t want to do more damage.

Saturday: Planned rest day – busy morning so I pushed my run to Sunday.

Sunday: Unplanned rest day. :-(. Toddler was up most of the night and was very sick all morning. Hoping for a long run tomorrow.