Apr 30, 2008

Park Fun

So I got back on that horse and took the kids to the park. We've actually gone a few times now, no incidents to report. Today there was no one there so I got to do the monkey bars and slides and swings, the whole bit. Thrilling. I decided as long as I had dragged myself out of the house I should get in some physical exercise. Wow, I am not as fit as I tell myself I am. While there I got to wondering where all my gymnastical talents went.

As a kid I was like 1/2 monkey -which genetically explains why Gabe is 1/4 albino monkey. Somewhere in the mix of junior high, crushes on boys, high school {okay, those 3 are all synonymous} college {still synonymous} marriage {nope, not anymore. Just kidding!} and kids I lost my gymnastical talents! I didn't even really notice until now. I am a complete chordo up there! And I almost really injured myself trying to prove otherwise.
It might not be of any help that I bought the only pair of "exercises" shoes that I own 6 years ago when we first got married, and they still look basically brand new. Now don't go all jumping to conclusions on me like it's so unfair that I'm not overweight. The reasons for this are many fold:
First and foremost, I get plenty of physical exercise getting myself in and then out of trouble, which can be done wearing any kind of shoe. This has been evidenced many a time on the blog. I also get lot's of exercise laughing at myself. Second, when I do formally exercise, I have a very bad habit of not wearing shoes. I guess this happens quite a bit with informal exercise as well. Sometimes my feet are bare or depending on what I am doing, I may also be wearing flip flops. Other times I am borrowing shoes {and socks, thanks for lending both to me many a time through the years Chris!} because I have forgotten to bring them along or out of possible laziness. But I digress..
Anyway, I am going to take every chance I can get when there is once again no body around at the park, and I am going to get all gymnastical again. If anyone is looking for a great way to keep in shape, I highly recommend investing in a bike trailer. Though as I am typing this I am realizing this will be of no benefit to my single or childless friends. You will look pretty crazy riding around with one of those on the back with no kids in it. Though it could be great for groceries or any other gear you want to haul around. Anyway, we bought one before we left and thank goodness because no one has heard of them here! Ours is so great, it converts into a jogging stroller, which I have never had. I took it to the Castle Towers, where I do my grocery and clothes shopping. My butcher litterally asked "what the heck is that, is that a tent?" He'd never seen one before. My kids LOVE it and I love it too, it is really fun exercise that I will actually do. Pictures and more information on our specific model to come, as well as before and after pics of our previous "double" stroller.
For now, here is that little albino monkey himself. We enjoyed the park over the long ANZAC weekend. Happy belated ANZAC day everyone!

12 comments:

Nick & Nicole said...

Wow, that is pretty impressive for such a little guy. Unfortunately it seems that my kids have inherited my sports ability. Avery still doesn't even want to try on the monkey bars. And poor Hallie works and works and works at it and it is the most ungraceful thing you have ever seen. She can get across, but it is only with a LOT of effort and grit.

pop pop said...

I am glad you clarified the 1/2 monkey had to do with gymnastics, and not that crazy body hair thing. Seriously, when Natalie was 4 we had her in gymnastics at Orem high. She was the only girl that could do pull ups. True story.

Speaking of monkeys, when are we going to see the video of you guys "feeding" the monkeys? That is one of my favorite adventures you guys have had.

In the mean time this will bring back your favorite monkey memory, and maybe make you guys a little home sick for Payson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuzYaaO1RE0

AnneMarie said...

I totally feel your pain on the loss of gymnastical talent! I haven't lost the gym talent (how can you loose what you never had?), but I seem to have misplaced all physical capability to move faster than a 4 year old. Everytime I'm playing with the kids I think to myself, "oh, that looks like fun, I can do it too." But no, I can't and I find myself gasping for breath all red faced, so depressing, oh well. I find it crazy that they don't have bike trailers over there!

Gaengy said...

So glad to see that Gabe has recovered from the tramatic swing experience. Looks like he is going to be good at the monkey bars! Cute video, I don't know where you got all your coordination from but good to hear you are going to work on getting it back!!

Melanie Whiting said...

Love the bike trailer. We use ours for running and biking. It's great. Glad you have been going back to the park!

Hayley Nelson Potter said...

I came accross your blog and remember you from good old old farm. Your kids are adoralbe. Looks like you have a lot of fun traveling! Hope all is well. Hayley

Allison & Noah Riley said...

I can't believe how OLD that video makes him seem! He's just like a little man out there. I feel like we haven't seen you guys forever!

Natalie said...

Dad, I can't say it enough, I am so glad you are back to commenting! Keeps me entertained.

Kristine L. said...

Haha, that is the cutest little monkey I have ever seen! I can't believe that he is doing that.

Second place goes to the monkey on dad's video. He/She will NEVER get old to me.

Also, thank you for taking my advice on the videos. I laugh myself silly watching those two! THANKS!

Ashleigh said...

Olivia is older than Gabe and there's no way she could do that. I'm there with you. I know I'm a little overweight and out of shape but I still envision myself as being able to do things and then as I give it a try and ummmm, not so much. Gymnastics was never my thing, but I'm always still pretty confident I can hit a ball into right field and then make it around the bases . . . . Ha, Ha, Ha. Hey, we'll just keep at it, right.

Kate Gildea said...

Oh my little monkey boy! Looks like he is branching out of his timid ways! YEAH GABE!! And 1/2 monkey, you are killing me. Luckily I never had to really "lose" my gymnastics abilities because I maxed out on height and weight by age 7 so I knew I didn't have a career in that field. I should have kept with ballet though...now there's a future...

JLR said...

Wow, Gabe's got skills! My little Gavin is only a month younger I think, and the poor guy's still not walking on his own. He took some tough falls on our marble-tile covered concrete floors and lost his confidence. Now he'll only walk if he's holding on to something. Hopefully when we go home next month he'll get more daring!

 
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