My new “Normal”

Being a mom of three can be exhausting, but in the very best possible way. 2020 will definitely be a year to remember. It started off like most other years and then Covid-19 burst onto the scene. By mid-March we were sheltering at home and suddenly my time of respite when at home, when my sanctuary was mine and mine alone… HISTORY. Suddenly there was a college student, a high schooler and a middle schooler where there was once quiet space. I quickly moved to fitness instructing online, along with doing all my training as a Tupperware Business Leader virtually. I’ve been in Tupperware for 25 years by the way… but that story is for another day. Between school and dance classes (all 3 kids are amazing dancers, another topic for another day) bandwidth suddenly became a commodity more valuable than diamonds or gold or even white truffles. Summer brought relief as teenagers and a preteen will sleep til the afternoon if you let them; or unless they get hungry. But the college student took summer courses and the other two decided that they would need to practice to become professional gamers. So I moved instructing to the mornings and attempted to do other work in the afternoons and evenings. But the money that I saved on gas from not driving anywhere but for essentials, and when I say essentials 90% is food, was now being inhaled by these three voracious children of mine. Since each was a toddler, I would tell people they eat like teenage boys and they would laugh until they witnessed it themselves. Then, they would tell others, “She’s not kidding, they really do.” Well, now Dancer Girl is grown with a very active metabolism and my husband I basically have her and two teenage boys to feed. All summer, I was cooking enough to stock a buffet (also likely a thing of the past) everyone was eating so much, after all, pretty sure that the kids get their healthy appetites from my hubby and I. It meant I was running a very full dishwasher twice a day. Well, 2020 continues to be memorable, because in the middle of record-breaking heat, a thunder and lightning storm ensued for the fourth year that we had wildfires all over Northern California. As of this writing, there are now fires all up and down California and even up into Oregon and Washington. The plan WAS for the kids to do some of their distance learning in the backyard, but air quality has been unhealthy since the school year started. I’m sure you all saw the photos of the eerie amber skies above the San Francisco Bay Area looking like a zombie apocalypse movie set. I’m a lucky one though. My kids are all rocking distance learning with full days “in class” so I’m able to run two full time businesses from home. Though home is a different place nowadays, but that is a good thing because my house is constantly full of the people I love.

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Fit mom of three on an energizing fitness journey. Watch my video. I invite you to join me!

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