Wednesday, August 24, 2016

22x22 for 22: day 5/4

For an explanation of what we are doing, click HERE

Tonight we managed to get all the way to bedtime before remembering to do our push-ups! So the videos are kinda silly fun today.
First up was Cadence, although our kitty Carmen was pretty set on enforcing the bedtime curfew, so Cadence worked around her!

And then James and Hazel were up, with kitty Carmen acting as coach and providing nudges at the bottom of each rep!

As you can see, calliope required some setup time, so when she was all set, we captured this little gem:

And last but absolutely not least ( in number), I was up.  I did a good solid set that i was pretty satisfied with and climbed into bed...but then the kids informed me that it hadn't been recorded and therefore didn't count. So here is my second set of bedtime push-ups:

(Oh yeah, and did I mention I had a three year old, distracted videographer? Silly kiddo.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

22x22 for 22: Day 4/3

For an explanation of what we're doing here, click HERE

We have been hoping to have cool creative videos each day, but today I was so beat by the time we got home I fell asleep on the couch, so James got the kids all ready for bed, then woke me up to do pushups and bedtime. So, messy living room shots all around!

Calliope filmed for Cadence and Hazel:

(Fun fact; the shirt Hazel is wearing as a nightgown is from a YMAA tournament I participated in at least twenty years ago...)

And then Hazel filmed for the rest of us...but the phone ran out of storage and stopped recording before we finished, so this shows most but not all of our set. Despite my passenger I tried my best to do fully planked pushups, made it about halfway through before I had to switch to my knees.  Better spinal alignment this time, but worse hair management, makes it look like I'm dropping my head even worse than yesterday!

Monday, August 22, 2016

22x22 for 22: day 3/2

For an explanation of what we're doing here, click HERE

I tried to give a thumb's up while in push up ready position, but then Cadence jumped on my back.

Today's entry for Cadence & Hazel, plus half of Calliope's:

(and yes, they chose that arrangement themselves.  Viewpoints!!)

And today's entry for Mama, Baba, and the rest of Calliope's:

I think my hair tricks me about the angle of my head.  Next thing to pix:  spinal alignment.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

22x22 for 22: Day 2/1

For an explanation of what we're doing, click HERE.

Who's gonna let a little rain stop us?!

And since Cadence was our videographer, she did hers separately...and Hazel stepped up to join her and did a SECOND set today!

Yesterday we tagged James in the challenge, and he here is his day one video - and this time Calliope did them too!  Woo-Whooooo!

My form may still be pitiful, but at least the clothes in that basket there are clean!!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

22x22 for 22: Day 1

Every day, we lose too many people to suicide, and unfortunately a large percentage of those deaths are combat veterans. The popular quote is that we lose 22 combat veterans (and 1 active duty soldier) to suicide every day. It's a stunning statistic that shows how deeply we are failing these courageous sons and daughters when it comes to proactive and aggressive mental health care; and while the exact statistic has been questioned, I nevertheless believe this is an important cause to rally for. 
In order to raise awareness about the need to care for our returning soldiers, we will do 22 push-ups every day for 22 days and post videos here to encourage other to join us. 

So, if you'd like to join in by doing 22 push-ups in honor of the 22 veterans lost to suicide each day for 22 days, please join us in any way you can!  Not army strong?  No worries!  doing them in sets with breaks, or doing them on your knees is a-ok.  Fall outside the category of 'able bodied'? Adapt them!  Show us your power and do whatever variation/approximation/totally different exercise but still in full spirit that you feel comfortable with.

For more info on the challenge, please check out

Most of you have probably noticed this challenge making its rounds across social media, which is where I first encountered it myself.  Many of my friends have stepped up to do this and have put out some awesome and super creative was only a matter of time before I got tagged, and I'm happy to join in for an important cause.

Cadence, at 9 years old now and at the bleeding edge of being wholly embarrassed by me and everything I do, was right on board with this...until she realized I intended to do it in public. OMG. I'm so embarrassing.  But!  Cadence is a fearsome not-so-little awesome, and even though I invited her to do something wholly embarrassing to any sane pre-teen, I never told her she had to do it...and she impressed me (as she always does) by putting her self-consciousness aside and letting her beautiful confidence shine, in the name of a good cause - but y'know, at lightning speed so that we can be done with this and just walk around on two feet like all the other homo sapiens around. {Cadence, I know you read these now, so I just want to tell you - I love you more than I could ever, ever say, and I am always, always in your corner...I will never force you to do anything you genuinely don't want to do (unless its a matter of safety, 'cause, DUH.) but I am so glad that you joined me in this.  You make me proud in every single way. But even if you didn't, I'd still love you to pieces.}

Hazel, age 6, quick to latch on to the prevailing mood in a group, was also hesitant at first, but declared she'd be happy to, as long as it was on her terms (which of course, it always is - your body, your domain!) and can see what her terms ended up being at the outset.

Calliope declared that "those are too many pushups for me, I'm only 3!" but was more than happy to participate by acting as the all-important videographer!

Obviously not on camera duty here...this was right after I asked her what she was doing, and she declared "I'm being a panda."

As for me...well, my heart is in the right place, even if my sorry excuses for push-ups were beyond lamentable...But, with the help of this challenge, maybe I'll be able to work back up to having some decent form. (fingers crossed)
So, here is our first offering...and what better way to kick off our challenge than to jump in altogether, in front of some unimpressed lionesses!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Oh, sorry mama, I'm sorry! As she opens fridge
For what?
I just already caught one!
Holds up a cheese stick.

As she returns to a carrot she's saved from earlier: Why does my carrot need a nap? Crunch.

Sticks her hand into her bowl and A bit of onion sticks to her middle finger. She sticks it up to display:
Aaaah! What is that?
It's an onion.
Aaaaah! I don't like onion! Get it off!
But you like onion when it's cooked.
Eats it. 
Mm that livered the flavor!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Need More Books

Public message for anyone who likes to fuel my eldest's voracious appetite for literature...I think we can skip the abridged versions of...anything. Tonight at bedtime Cadence turned to me and said:

"Mom, I read three books today. Oliver Twist, Moby Dick, and The Odessey."

...and she also had a ukulele lesson, made cookies from scratch with Hazel (and used the oven solo for the first time), rode her bike to the playground with her sisters, ran errands with James, and learned how to play super mario bros.wii.

At this rate, we're just going to need to reserve her a library of her very own.