RX Baby!

It is now 1130 and I’m ready for nap. I woke up at 0300 because Béatrice was having a bad dream and just as I was about to fall back asleep around 0345, the hubster started snoring… That was it for my night. I tossed and turned in bed, but I never regained the land of the unconscious. The wind was howling outside and the downpour of rain sounded pretty impressive against the window panes, nothing to make me want to get out of bed. I then looked at the WOD. It didn’t help with getting me out of bed.

Legs day! Squats, rowing and running! I got ready and was waiting in the parking lot at 0530. There was no point in me staying home and tiptoeing around to avoid waking everybody up. At least, in the car, I can listen to the radio and catch up on the current events happening in town.

I managed to do 3×7 K2E during the warmup and they felt somewhat decent with a little kip. Could it be that I’ll finally be able to do a T2B sometime this year?!?

Skill: Back squat 5×5 E90S

I paired up with Jackie and started my way up from 80#. Reps were as follows:

80#-85#-90#-95#-100#

I thought about going a bit lighter to save my legs for the WOD, but then, I just couldn’t!

WOD: Aerobix

I partnered up with Chris and it turned out to be a really good partnership. We pretty much didn’t have any rest time as we were of equal strength (my running was pretty much to his rowing speed and vice versa). We decided to go RX and although we were the last team to finish, we managed to do so just under the 30 mins mark. We finished in 29:49. I was so proud of myself for running non-stop all the intervals. The hardest one was definitely the 600m run and the 750m row. I was struggling to keep my pace below 2:30/500m on the Erg. Running in the rain and wind was fun (?) and it was nice and refreshing. The downside was my feet got wet in no time and my socks were drenched, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to give it my best and not disappoint my partner!

I rushed back home to have a quick shower, breakfast and coffee (priorities!) and hauled the girls to Rina’s preschool. They were having an outing at the Empress Hotel to go see the Christmas trees. Every year, there is a Christmas tree exhibit and you can vote for your favourite and give a donation. The donations go towards the BC Children’s Hospital. It was fun, but Béatrice got tired quickly which meant I had to carry her for most of the 2hrs we were there. I’m pooped!

Goofball in front of the giant Tree in the lobby of the Empress Hotel

Goofball in front of the giant Tree in the lobby of the Empress Hotel

Rina's hair is soaked!

Rina’s hair is soaked!

I hope the girls nap this afternoon so I’ll be able to do the same on the couch!

Preschool Update

Sweet Rina,

Two days ago was our scheduled phone call update with your preschool teacher. Madame had mostly some positive points to say about you and she also mentioned some things that needed to be worked on. She said you were very, uhm, DETERMINED! You refuse to respond during roll call, when she asks you to clean up the toys, you turn your head away from her, nose up and cross your arms on your chest and totally ignore her. Ha! Did she think she was telling me anything new?!?

Where she called you determined, I would have said strong-willed or pig headed strong headed. I’m not disillusioned, the apple certainly didn’t fall far from the tree. Both Ben and I are stubborn strong minded and are pretty determined when we chose to be. Madame said that from September until now, she was observing the group, but from now on, she would be a little firmer in implementing the rules. I was happy to hear her say that her way of dealing with your “determination” was very similar with mine:  we both tell you there is something to do or a behaviour to change and that it’s not a choice. If there is no imminent change, you sit on a chair until you apologize or are ready to change the behaviour (usually 2-3 minutes!). It is very similar to the method I have adopted with you shortly before Béatrice was born and you were acting up. It is still an effective way to give you a “time out” as I don’t have to use it everyday. If I needed to use it multiple times/day, I would say it wasn’t effective and would look into a different approach, but so far so good!

I’m glad she isn’t out to “crush” your little independent spirit. You are your own person and I want you to be able to grow into a beautiful girl, independent and all. She just wants to make sure that your independent spirit is lead in the healthy direction it should be. It is nice to see that she got to know you and she said you are very caring with the other kids, share well (sometimes, too much. You always want to share your snacks and it’s not allowed at preschool) and your favourite time of the day at preschool is story time.  She painted a pretty accurate picture of who you are which made me feel even more comfortable in our choice of preschool for you.

Please, don’t ever change, my love. You are an amazing little girl and I love you just the way you are!

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Love,

Maman Xxo