Time is flying by. Mina has been in a sweet phase for the past week so I've been enjoying myself immensely. I can't believe someone this cute wants to snuggle me so much. She's even been calling me pretty mommy. Little Charlotte has been delightful too (except when she's hungry, then she screams).
We spent last weekend in the Coralville/Iowa City area visiting friends. The girls stayed up giggling for a while on the first night and then snuggled while they watched cartoons the next morning. It was too cute.
We checked out the Iowa City tot lot on Friday morning. Yes, those are bouncy houses. I used to take Mina there once a week when we lived in Coralville. We had quite the schedule of things to do back then. We also had a nice dinner at Christians' house that night, did some swimming, and some shopping. Iowa City is really awesome.
As awesome as Iowa City is, there are some things that Fort Dodge has to offer us that we didn't have there. The main thing is obvious - family. My parents, Jon's parents, and both of my sisters and their families live within 15 minutes of us. It's great.
However, I'd like to focus on something else in this post. My home away from home has become The Rec. I have logged in 2670 minutes of exercise since the middle of November. It's crazy to believe I've exercised that much in the past three months. I've been going to classes (total body conditioning, aerobics, kick boxing, tabatas, step aerobics, and core conditioning). I've also been using the elliptical quite a lot and have read a number of books while sweating like a maniac. I've lost about eight pounds, but more importantly, I've lost a lot of inches and have gained energy. I'm officially addicted. It all started when I bought Jon a membership at the gym for his birthday and then I joined Spark People so I could track my exercise and nutrition. I feel better than I have for years and just had to share. I tried to get healthier before, but I always struggled with working out at home. Now the kids happily play in the kid care room while I exercise and shower in peace. Who knew that exercise could be an escape? Plus, I have this song running through my head almost every day.