kindergarten + catchup!

August 23, 2017
Annabel started kindergarten this week.  This felt . . . momentous.  Though I did not doubt that she was ready, she just seemed so young to be releasing into a real school filled with hundreds of bigger kids.  I mean — some of them already have HORMONES and are taller than me (not the kindergarteners, thankfully)!  I had heard tales of homework and tests in kindergarten in our area, and it all sounded intimidating.
I tried to keep things light and positive but I am pretty sure she either picked up on my anxieties or just sensed that something big was coming.  There were some last-minute tears on day one, but I am thrilled to say that yesterday’s drop-off went 8000 times better, and she scampered off to her room to do her homework (yes) with zero prodding yesterday.
Let’s just hope this lasts.  For the next 13+ years 🙂
Cameron was very very jealous that he didn’t get to go too (his preschool doesn’t start until next week).  I anticipate fewer nerves the 2nd (and 3rd) time around!

Page 1 (of 2) of kindergarten HW
Other notable events included the solar eclipse, which happened on the same day (symbolic? Perhaps!).  This was our version, since I never ended up procuring glasses:
projected onto paper
I did really appreciate how the eclipse was one of those rare events shared across much of the country that was actually fun and enjoyable for pretty much everyone.  I can’t think of many others.  It was also interesting (and terrifying) to think about how few of these we get in a human lifetime.  The US will get another one in 2024, but in FL, we won’t be on any eclipse path until 2045!  Incredible.
I’m back to work today after a few days away from the routine to focus on A’s start of the school year.    Off to do my usual Weds home barre3 routine.  Catchup workout report below!

PS: If you are new here from LV‘s blog or the podcast, welcome!  We are up and running with >4000 downloads so far.  I hope you enjoy it as we continue to refine + evolve!  Links and ways to listen here.  
Workouts 8.14 – 8.20
Pregnancy week #24

M – rest
T – run outside, 82F and humid at 6:30 am.  15 min run / 3 min walk / 15 min run / 3 min walk / 6 min run.  Average 11:36/mi for total, 10:45/mi for the run portions.  Still hot & uncomfortable out there.
W – Barre3 30 min weekly workout
R – 40 min treadmill run/walk.  10 min run / 2 min walk / 8 min run / 2 min walk / 6 min run / 2 min walk / 4 min run / 2 min walk / 2 min run / 2 min walk.  Paces for run 5-5.5 mph.
F – 35 min treadmill run/walk.  8 min run / 2 min walk x 3.5.  5 mph on running portions.
S – not feeling great, rest
S – Barre3 40 min workout
TOTAL – run x 3 / barre x 2 / ~10 mi total


  • Reply beth March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Good luck with kindergarten adventures. In my mind starting school is such a milestone. The kids are no longer "little" anymore. Overnight they become "elementary aged." Wishing you and A a great year.

  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    So happy and excited for your podcast! I LOVE your voice 🙂

    Wow, kinder HW….

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I agree with Susan, you have an amazing and beautiful voice. . . hope that’s not weird to say. Haha!

  • Reply Stacey March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Listened to the first 3 episodes and definitely have some thoughts, but as you’ve clearly acknowledged in responding to other comments, you guys are still finding your footing, so I think I’ll listen to a few more episodes before chiming in with the feedback you haven’t requested 🙂

    That said, I just can’t resist one comment – wow, you guys both sign your (really very young!) kids up for TONS of activities. I can just about manage one Saturday swim lesson and one weeknight activity for each of my 2, who are quite a bit older. Maybe something you could discuss on the podcast?

    Congratulations on getting it off the ground so quickly!

    • Reply Emily March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      I had that same thought when I listened! My kids are 4.5 and 3 and outside preschool they have a combined total of…zero activities. Haha. I think I just like unstructured time and dislike having to shuttle them places at this point on evenings/weekends (since I know it’ll be coming soon enough when they’re older). We are probably going to sign them both up for swim classes this winter (at the indoor pool that is conveniently located one block away from our house), so that will be my first big foray into kids’ activities.

  • Reply Zenmoo March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    It’s funny, but nothing made me feel like a real grown-up than my oldest starting school! Sure I’d had a baby and dog and husband and done lots of adulting, but somehow starting school was a real milestone.

    Anyway, just with regard to the podcast, it’s great but it would help if you and Laura used each other’s names a bit more frequently to help identify who is speaking when. I enjoy listening to both voices, but it was a bit hard to distinguish who was talking when in the first couple of episodes.

  • Reply Sara March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I loved the podcast! And, it was so much fun to hear your voices 🙂 Like previous commenters, I agree you have a lovely voice! I really enjoyed the content and was relieved to hear several comments about the baby/toddler years being TOUGH. I love toddlers (more so than little tiny babies for sure!), but with a 1 and 3 year old, I feel like we are just constantly chasing them around!!

  • Reply Tamara March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Listened to all three podcasts on a long (very, very long) walk and now reading your blog is so different because I know what your voice sounds like! You both sound so personable and fun. I think the podcasts are really great and that’s from someone who doesn’t have kids. Speaking of that, one question that I have is whether or not wanting kids ever made you think twice about becoming a physician? I have, for a long time, considered medical school, but the absolutely intense journey has deterred me, especially because I want to have a family. I know you make it work, but I was just wondering if having kids was ever something you thought might not be a possibility, considering your work load (or the work load required to get to the point where you are now).

  • Reply omdg March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I also thought what a lot of activities. Dyl loves aftercare at her school, and it does have some clubs, but nothing nearly as structured as what your kids are doing for a few more years at least. I think they offer instrument lessons starting in second grade. Everything else we’d have to schlep Dyl to after school. I’d love to have a piano teacher come to our house (if we had a piano), or for her to be able to do gymnastics or swimming after school, but unfortunately those things don’t exist in my neighborhood.

  • Reply Andrea March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I cannot even remember when was my last comment made on your blog. But I have to write one now to congraulate you and Laura. The podcast is wonderful, your voices are amazing. I thought you will need more time to find your voices, but you guys stepped right in. I

  • Reply Christina March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    It reminds of the day when I sent my daughter to a kindergarten school for the first time. She was not as nervous as me, but it was a strange feeling to hand her over to the school staff and keep watching her until she went out of sight.

  • Reply Martin March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Wonderful podcast, you also have amazing voice 🙂

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