Love/Hate Relationship With Summer Vacation

This is the last week of school for my children, and although in many ways they are excited…there’s a flip side to their excitement. You see, each year as school winds down, I ramp up with my “GREAT MOM IDEAS” to keep the kids active, alert, and learning throughout the summer vacation.

Work, chore, and learning opportunities abound! wpid-fb_img_1430702899892.jpg

Projects and family-fun activities make my eyes brighten!!

Daily family fitness and “active play” ideas fill my mind!!!

…My kids hate this…

They’re not against doing stuff, but their Mom has a tendency to over-schedule their three months that are (to their minds) supposed to be a break from schedules.

So, once again I have busted out the notebook and been sprawling endless lists and schedules and time tables of what kinds of things we can be doing when, where, and how allllll summmmmmer long.

Oh yeah, kids…get ready! Momma’s got the summer well planned.

“Get up! There’s no sleeping in in summer!!!”

“I’ve been up since 4…it’s time to get up and have a great day!”

“I have the best idea for today! Remember how we talked about how great it would be if the garage were completely cleaned up and reorganized?!?!?!!!!”

“Let’s start running together, every day, as a family! How about getting up early before the summer heat sets in!”

“Math workbook time!”

Yep, they’ll love it 😉

Until next time, my friends…

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

Because the Outtakes are the BEST Part of Video Shooting

Per the previous *Tunes* post, my kids and I had way too much fun playing “Name that first line”…but I’m pretty sure the outtakes are even funnier than what made the primary video. Enjoy the short boughts of hilarity:





I laughed so hard playing this game with my kids! I totally encourage YOU to play your own version driving around, dancing around the kitchen, or wherever you and your kids cut loose and listen to your tunes together! Enjoy!!!

Until next time, my friends…

Make it a great day,
Mari!yn

DIY Day: Organizational FUN!

Hello! Hello!!! And welcome to today’s edition of “Marilyn Makes a DIY Project” {wooohoooo….ahhhhh…..yayyyyyyy} Come make some Shoe Box Organizers with me and get organizing!!!

Make it a great day,
Mari!yn

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Mari!yn

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Off to the Next Challenge

I consider myself somewhat of a Gypsy spirit in that I don’t much like to stay in one place too many years, or do one thing for too long. I’m not the person you’ll be celebrating 30 year anniversaries with a single company or likely even in a single industry; I commend people who have that long-term stick-to-it-ness, but that’s just not me. So far, in my little life I’ve worked my way through high school in a grocery store, studied art, psychology and English, which all led to interesting jobs in marketing, jewelry design, business management, fitness, and now even coffee! That’s more-or-less how I roll in most areas of my life. I enjoy change and the exploring and learning that goes with each new chapter.

Marilyn fitnessAs you can well imagine, this mindset also applies to my physical activities. Always active, my fitness passions have ranged from ballet to bodybuilding, short to long distance running, and have included yoga and Pilates for good measure. And, although I’ve enjoyed riding my bicycle since I first learned in my grandparent’s front yard in Coltsneck, New Jersey, I am off to the next challenge of racing…on a bike. Anyone who has spent at least 15 minutes with me knows that my son, Morgan, is counting down to the Tour de France 2019, so his influence and passion for the sport of cycling no doubt adds fuel to my fire. The bottom line is that I really enjoy riding. Over the years, I have raised money and participated in a handful of fundraising rides, but the truth was I had to participate in those rides because Morgan wasn’t old enough to ride them on his own. Now, it’s for me!

I have chosen my race and have even included a countdown over to the right ——————————————————————————————->>>

Riding my bikeThe LaCrosse Omnium is a three-day event which includes a 2.37 mile climb up Grandad’s Bluff, a 45 minute criterium around Riverside Park, and a three-lap road race on a 13.6 mile loop across the border in Minnesota. Let me just say from the get-go: I’m using the term “racing” very lightly here! Similar to my 2 1/2 hour half marathon in 2012, I will be elated just to finish this challenge…if I actually beat someone across a finish line that will just be completely unexpected icing on the cake.

Morgan will be in training for this race, as well, which we will document on GoMorganGo.com!

So, I’m off and training, and looking forward to where the road and my two wheels will take me this time around! My plan is to post updates along the journey and tell all about this awesome race!

Thanks for stopping by.

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

Bloopers from the latest video post

blooper pic 1My daughter, Kelsey, was my super cool videographer for the latest video post for RS2H: “1000 Days Younger Mission”

blooper pic 2We had so much fun–I think we had as much fun when things were going smoothly as we did when there was a tug boat video-bombing us, or random pedestrians wondering what in the world we were doing in the middle of a historic downtown park!

I just don’t think life would be worth living without SMILES 🙂

Make it a great day,

Marilyn

blooper pic 3