It’s Jogging Stroller Season! 

I always thought about getting a jogging stroller but I never saw the benefit in it. I always went with the cheap stroller that had no benefits but the fact that it was cheap. Last year we walked in a race called Bloomsday. Here in Spokane so many people show up to run and walk Bloomsday. It is a 7.46 mile run/walk and it is loads of fun! My husband and I walked it last year with our daughter and we used one of those umbrella strollers to push our daughter in it and after mile 5, she was not a happy camper. It was not comfortable. This year, we were starting to worry about how she was going to make it through the 7 miles!

I knew that our umbrella stroller wouldn’t make it. It didn’t even have a cup holder! I mean we had no places to even store a thing! I lost her sweater along the way because I had to tie it to the handle and it fell off. So that stroller wasn’t going to work for either of us.

After doing some research, I discovered the Schwinn Interval Jogger. In comparison to my stroller, this is like the Mercedes of strollers. It is so incredible!!!  I can’t believe for the past couple of years we were suffering with a regular stroller.

I had no idea how amazing jogging strollers were. I would always see them when we would bike ride on the trails and wish I had one but I never thought I would use it. This year being that we are 100% into fitness and working out as much as we can, it only made sense to get a jogging stroller so that we could go places outside of the smooth floor in the mall with the stroller.

After choosing the Schwinn, I wanted to tell you some of the benefits I noticed from the minute we put it together. Firstly, my husband put it together, and if you know anything about how my husband puts things together, you would know that he doesn’t use the directions. Well, he was able to do it quickly and efficiently without the directions, which is an A+ in my book, so that I did not have to go back and fix it for him (like I did with Doc McStuffins X-Ray Machine!)

After putting it together, just look at the pictures! I mean, the basket!  The cup holder!!! The container next to the cup holder that has a lid that I can put my phone and music in! AMAZING!

Ok – enough about me. The stroller seat adjusts to your babies height and it can even adjust to have a car seat in added in there. That right there is a selling point for me, because I don’t want to have to purchase another stroller just to add a car seat in. Great idea there.

Now look at the part for my daughter. She gets her own cup holder too! This is amazing because usually, my cup holder turns into hers! Also there is a place where if she had some snacks or toys she wanted to put on the little shelf next to the cup holder, she has room to do that as well. In my other stroller, there was no front part like that, she was just strapped in. The canopy that goes over her head which is so nice especially when we are running in the sun or a 7 mile race!

One of the best features is that it runs so smoothly. Hailey hated going over bumps because she would get all thrown around in the carriage and not be able to get comfortable. This stroller is so smooth that you don’t even really feel any bumps at all. We do a lot of trail jogging and walking so especially the parts of the trail where the street is jagged, it won’t even be felt anymore to Hailey. Perfect.

I honestly cannot believe it took me this many years to get a jogging stroller. But I will never go back! Part of being a fit mom and enjoying the outdoors comfortably is to have one of these strollers

After having to register for my baby registry as a first time mom and having no clue what to put on it, I wish someone had suggested this Schwinn Interval Jogger. I hope that after reading this and looking at the amazing pictures that you’ll consider putting it on your registry like I wish I would have!

SOL: D22, Our Cabbage Plants Arrived!

This year I have spent a lot of time of my life looking up places that will either come into my classroom and do projects or bring fun things for my students to do. And by students I mean the whole 3rd grade. 

So far I have gotten Home Depot to come in and build things with them. Amazing. Then our wildlife facility in the area where most people go on field trips to came to us and we dissected owl pellets.  Even more amazing!! 

Next is our cabbage plants. 3rd grade is doing a cabbage planting contest to see who can grow the biggest cabbage and we turn it in for a chance of a scholarship. They loved it. It’s just so awesome that a company provides these for classes for free! So fun. They get to bring it home and water it and plant it and make it grow. Then they have to take pictures of it and bring it in to show us how it’s doing.  

A few others I found were our electric company has a kids program and they will come in. Lastly I contacted our wildlife program to come in and talk to our class. 

I am weird like this. Reaching out to people to better my classroom. And this year has worked significantly. 

Are there any countrywide field trips you can do like I did? I am looking for more ideas! 

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SOL: D21, Not Understanding the Life of a Teacher

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This is SO TRUE!!!

I really don’t think I am alone in this post at all, which is good and bad at the same time. It is a good thing that I have many teacher friends because usually it is very hard to relate to what you deal with as a teacher especially if they are working in the summer months and hating on us having off.

Then.

There is society. What society thinks teachers do. Babysit and play all day. I honestly wish people could come visit our classrooms for a week and then either be able to participate in voting for our levys and our school budgets. I also wish people in other careers could come in and watch what we deal with every day.

The reason for this post? Well, my husband doesn’t quite understand the life of a teacher. And quite frankly it is infuriating.

I participate in way too many things. I agree to do clubs and extra activities and I sign up to be the union rep (once a month meetings) , in a Reading Council where I work for free (some Saturdays or Wednesday nights), I am doing all 4 National Boards components this year (at least 2-3 times a month meetings after school), I am doing a book study before school (once a week), and I run homework club every week after school. Those are just things I choose to do. These are not things that I need to do. I go to professional development whenever I can. I like to learn. I like to do extra and more and I enjoy working hard and accomplishing things.

Now this causes a problem for my husband because my National Boards meetings go late, my book study is early, I have early collaboration district wide once a month and then I have some friends who invite me to do things. I am part of committees that have to do things after shool (Read Across America or Science Committee, etc) and therefore, he would either need to drop off our daughter at daycare or pick her up. Which I usually do.

But there are tons more this year than last because of the National Boards I am doing, which happens to be a lot of work. So I can manage time just fine, but then I get shit for having all of these meetings, because he has to drop her off or pick her up.

So my counter is, do I ever have to go away for work? No.  And during that time when you go away, do I have to pick her up, and drop her off every single day?  The answer is yes.

I just feel like he doesnt get it. He doesn’t get my career, and why I want to work so hard and what it’s like to bring work home and not just be able to come home and not have to do things for work because he doesnt have to do things for work when he leaves work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I get really mad! And here I am, really mad, accomplished nothing, but my Day 21 writing post, and I am still mad, and he still doesn’t get it.

Frustrating.

I feel like I am not alone in this misconception of a teacher’s life.

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SOL: D20, Directions Before GPS 

A friend and I were driving back from meal prepping tonight and it was 30 min away by back roads. 

I said to her “do you remember printing your directions from mapquest and hoping you can read and drive at the same time ?!” 

We talked about getting lost many times because we would miss a street or there eas a road closed and you basically had to guess on how to get around! 

Let me ask you an question. Have you ever used a map (paper folded gas station map) to drive to a location ? 

Well, my one crazy experience doing so was in Costa Rica. They didn’t have gps for the cars and our cell phones didn’t work there either but we didn’t have Internet on the phones at that point either. 

We were driving across the country of Costa Rica using a map. Holy hell it was scary!

We drove through the mountains in the dark and there were no more signs. I have no idea what happened to them but we were lost. I spoke the best Spanish of the two of us and we stopped in this road and knocked on someone’s door asking for directions in Spanish. I know how to say left and right in Spanish but like full blown directions ?! Terrifying. Mind you it was night time and we were very, very out of place. 

Somehow we determined the way we needed to go and we were driving through the jungle and eventually came to an area in the way to Jaco (west coast) where the map said the road was being built that year! Was it completed ? Was it there?! 

The answer was no. 

No, the road was not completed. We had to detour and it brought us through local roads. This is all by using a foldable map at night. 

Somehow, we made it to the west coast. 

Thinking of mapquest and printing directions and hoping to make it there brings back so many memories. That was just one of many! 

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SOL: D18, Concerts & Date Night 

My first country concert was Eric Church and we saw him last night. He put on an amazing concert. 

I was never a fan of country music until I met my husband and even then I still was not too keen on it. 

But last night swayed my opinion. I think I love it now! Or maybe I just love Eric Church. Either way… it was awesome- especially on St. Patrick’s Day! 

I haven’t been to a live music concert since before my daughter and I haven’t been to one with my husband. The last one I saw was Audioslave in NYC. 

Now I wish I had spent more money to be seated closer… but overall, it was a grey lay concert and I highly recommend seeing him. 

Do you love country music ? Am I the only weirdo who didn’t love it until now ?!


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SOL: D17, March Madness


Living in Spokane has me paying way more attention to March Madness that ever before because of Gonzaga University. 

The university is housed here in Spokane and along with all the crazy Seahawks fans, Spokane is 100% with Gonzaga. They cannot be altered.

 There is only the Seahawks and Gonzaga. Apparently if you don’t like them… then you  just need to. End of story. 

However, I will never agree to being a Seahawks fan as I am east coast giants/jets for life but I can be convinced of Gonzaga. 

So here I am with Gonzaga half way through my bracket (thank goodness they won) and also in 12th place (last). Ugh. 

How is your bracket doing ?! 


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