In March, I quit my teaching job. There's a lot more to the story than that, but that's a whole different blog post. Since then, I've been working a bit a substitute teacher, while applying for full time positions, and a lot as a part-time nanny.
Two afternoons a week, I watch two little boys in a community north of the city. I like their community. It's a bit bigger than my hometown. But it's a lot quieter than the city. I feel safe when we leave the house to go for walks. I don't have to worry about traffic while the older boy rides his strider bike. Now that the baby is six months old, life has gotten fun at this house. He's eating solids. He's rolling like crazy. And his brother has just about figured out the word 'gentle'.
The weather has also stayed nice the last few weeks. Which has led to a lot of outside time. There's a really cool trail that circles an area where a lot of prairie dogs live that we have walked around many, many times. You'd be surprised how easy it is to convince a barely three year old to walk 3/4 of a mile when he can watch for wildlife along the way. The baby also enjoys every step of the way - he's started babbling along the way and big brother loves to tell me "he's talking to you!" and we make up stories about what the baby is saying to us.
The perk of all this walking is that these days I hit my steps goal without any issue - I track with a Fitbit and love the ability to see my progress and know how much more I have to go. Also, in the last week or so, the baby finally seems sturdy enough and I finally am confident enough to actually do some jogging with the jogging stroller. I've written briefly before about my attempts to run and how poorly that usually ends up. Turns out, when I just let myself go naturally without trying to follow a plan or push too hard, I actually kind of like it. It's also fun for the older boy since he likes to ride his bike as fast as possible, so we race each other a bit.
All of this activity leads to another perk. Tired children. And soem afternoons I get lucky enough to have two small children napping at the same time. Or one exhausted three year old watching a show on the iPad while his brother takes a bottle and passes out. Either way, we all reap the benefits of getting outside and are going to be disappointed when the weather changes and we can't do so anymore.