Summer Stages of Life

I love summer. Some of my fondest childhood memories are summer days filled with early morning swim practice, tennis camp then more swim practice. When I became a high schooler, summers were spent at the barn and horse shows until I moved away to college and summers became a blur of moving back in with my parents and catching up with old friends. I was a nanny to twins in the morning while their mom ran errands, then I’d meet up with my best friends at the pool for the afternoon which became nights out at local dive bars.

The biggest shocker of all summers was my first after college graduation. The first one in the “real world.” The world where I didn’t have summers off and I would be selling cars all summer long, even on Saturdays and Sundays. I knew I wouldn’t be selling cars forever, but man, I remember lamenting I never fully appreciated those summers off as a kid. I would have given anything to be back on my childhood bed, without a care in the world. Kids, consider this is a warning: the real world will come to you as a shock, but hang in there, it gets better.

Fortunately, my life has come full circle and I have summers back, in a totally different and amazing way. Although I’ve hung up my corporate suit for the time-being, I’m still working. I’m not driving in my car all day Monday through Friday, asking for physician’s time, but I’m doing something that was always a goal of mine: staying at home with my kids.

For a stay at home mom, I’m never home. We leave the house at 8 am to make it to tennis camp. Once tennis is done, we run to the pool for swim lessons. The rest of the day is playing at the pool, lunch, quiet time, errands, making dinner, giving everyone baths and bedtime. There’s not much time for anything else, my CrossFit workouts have been set on the back burner and my blog is sadly neglected.

I feel as though I’ve blinked and summer is nearly over.

Summer is like parenting, it goes by way too fast. It feels like just yesterday we brought home our son from the hospital on a cold December day; I can’t wrap my head around the fact it’s been nearly 5 years and both of my kids will be in preschool this fall.

I’m sure I’ll be writing more regularly when the kids are back in preschool and I have a bit more time, but for now I’m going to enjoy this summer stage of my life: the one when I’m shuttling my kids around and at their beck and call because before I know it they will be out of the nest, on their own (probably wishing they could have their childhood summers back).

Enjoy this summer, no matter what stage you’re in. See you soon!

BOKS Active Kids Day: fun for the entire family

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

Fitness is a top priority for my family so I was thrilled to attend the third annual BOKS Active Kids Day last weekend at the Reebok Headquarters in Canton, MA.

Have you heard about the BOKS program yet?
BOKS stands for: Build Our Kids’ Success and is a before-school physical activity program designed to jump start kids’ brains and prepare them for a day of learning. The program combines play, physical activity, team games and short talks on nutrition to create healthier habits for children to achieve life-long fitness. BOKS typically starts an hour before school and runs two or three mornings a week.

As soon as I told my son about BOKS Active Kids Day, he was already planning his obstacle course race strategy and was over the moon when Reebok sent us some of their new ZQuick shoes to wear.

I received the  brand new ZQuick Electrify, which will be for sale on Reebok.com July 1st and my son got a pair of the ZQuick for children in a color combo that he declared were “made for superheros.” Reebok knows how to pick the color combos because it was love at first sight for both of us. Not only are the ZQuicks stylish, my feet were happy wearing them all day at Active Kids Day. Since then, I’ve worn them for road runs and appreciate the ZRated outsole which are modeled after the high performance ZRated tires, which provide “superior handling and control in and out of turns.” My son wore his ZQuicks throughout the day for Active Kids Day in several events: the Spartan Kids’ Race, the fun run, relay races and of course, dancing.

We were so impressed with BOKS Active Kids Day. There were events all day long to keep everyone in the family happy, entertained and appreciating a healthy, fit life. Check out the day’s schedule:

There were several highlights to our day: interviewing Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman and BOKS founder Kathleen Tullie, watching my son race in his first Spartan Kids’ Race, meeting with other FitFluential Ambassador families and simply being a part of a day focused on fitness for the whole family. You can tell Reebok and BOKS genuinely care about kids with an event like Active Kids Day. Every detail helped to make the day special; from t-shirts for every kid, face-painting, fun runs and obstacle courses, music from Disney star Coco Jones and a 10-year-old DJ from New York who was incredibly hip, DJ Fulano. I’m not ashamed to admit the DJ was far cooler and hipper than my 33-year-old self can ever dare dream of being.

Me & Aly Raisman • A rainbow of ZQuicks modeled by the FitFluential Ambassadors

Meeting Aly Raisman was inspiring. It feels like just yesterday when I was watching her compete in the 2012 London Olympics, so being able to speak with her was incredible.

Check back soon for the second part of my BOKS Active Kids Day recap and read what Aly had to say about parenting young athletes and what her parents did to ensure her success.

Learn more about BOKS: bokskids.org
Reebok ZQuick: reebok.com