Sunday, 25 May 2014

Bonding Time!!

I have been trying to consciously do things with the the boys individually and with the three of us together.

I feel it has been important. 

Tae is quite easy to get that individual time with - he is 5 years old - he loves his mummy - enough said.

Cosying up on the sofa, bedtime stories, bathtime, painting, puzzles, driving to and from daycare even tidying up together.

These moments are happening naturally everyday.

Tim on the other hand is becoming more of an enigma.

He is either off with his friends, on the laptop, xbox or iPad!

Add to that, he is now a month away from being 13 years old - he may love his mummy, but she is totally not cool - enough said;)

So this Mamma took action....

I decided that Tim and I needed to turn off the technology and get in the fresh air. That is where operation get fit together started.

Step 1

My first step was to sign us up for a local 5.5km race. It would mean practice runs to train and the event itself.

Hmm, great in principal. We kinda let time get away with us and never actually got around to the training part. However, on 26th April in 21c heat, we rocked up and did our thing!

We were a team, stayed together the whole route, cheered each other on and finished.

Tim made me chuckle - I may have had to do alot of encouragement two thirds of the way through to keep him going, but we stayed together. 

Once the finish line was in sight, the boy sprinted off... seriously like lightening to the end, leaving me in the dust.

However, you can not take away the pride on his face once we stood together at the finish line - one very happy boy and mum:))

Step 2

Now, we do not do things by half. The next mission I signed us up for was a four mountain hike!

Yep, four mountains in one day.
Mountain 1 = 640moh, Mountain 2 =400moh, Mountain 3 = 560moh, Mountain 4 = 417moh (moh=metres over sea level, I think;)
This may be easy for the superfit people I know, but for my boy and I it was certainly a challenge. 

(Keeping it real: I bribed Tim with a new Hollister hoodie to get him agree to do it;)

We did the walk with my lovely active friends L, her husband R and Tim's friend O.

I was not feeling the love from my mother when I chatted to her her on the phone a few days before the event. She told me she had been sat wondering how on earth we could manage 4 mountain in one day with no training.

Where was her faith!! Although we had not 'trained' we live quite an active life. I did a 6km hilly walk a couple of weeks ago and both Xander and I are used to weekend mountain walks, skiiing or bike rides. 

We may not be superfit, but we are okish!!

My mentality when signing up to this was simple:

Yes, it would be a challenge.
Yes, it would be hard,
Yes, at times it would be painful,
Yes, we may whine and shout at each other during the day.

So, where is that different to my new daily life??

I figured, if we could survive the last year, we could take on anything - 4 mountains included.

and do you know what.....

WE DID!!!!!!!

It was tough, very tough, but with encouragement along the way with my lovely friends L & R we rocked it:)

Getting the final mountain stamped on his card!!

P.S. now it is over, I am curled up on the sofa and VERY happy to have survived 7 and a half hours of endurance!

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