Ali's Adventures

January 28, 2013

Hilights of the week- January 27th

Filed under: Cupcakes,Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 8:24 pm

1.  Dan found me the Lego roller derby mini-figure. He searched through the whole case at the store, and uncovered two.

2. Another great Fit Skate session. Lots of practice in the opposite direction, and I felt much stronger after.

3. Tried a new cupcake recipe from my Martha Stewart book and they turned out delicious.

4. Went skating with E. She’s really improving and having such fun.

5. Enjoyed a lovely fire, made by Dan. It’s so nice to read a book in front of a roaring fire.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.


January 24, 2013

Fit skate or bag skate

Filed under: Derby,Learning,Weight loss — by Alison @ 4:57 pm

My calves are sore and I am tired. Last night was my second Fit Skate as part of the Rat City Recreational League. It’s a 90-minute skating class without derby drills. So really I’m paying for a bag skate. Side note, I always thought it was a bag skate, because you’d want to throw up in your hockey bag once practice was over.

Turns out, it’s a lot of fun. Both weeks have been different, because of the different instructors. Last night, we did a lot of skating in the reverse direction and the week before there had been more interval agility drills. I like just flat-out skating and building my endurance will pay off during scrimmages.

A couple of things I want to improve on, turning around (transitions) at higher speeds and keeping my line in the reverse direction. I find that when I cross over going clockwise, I tend to go wide around the corner and lose speed. I know that my speed skate blades were angled for the counter-clockwise direction but I’m not sure I can use that excuse with my roller skates.I also need to stretch after the session. It’s late at night, so we’re in a rush to get out of the facility, but I either need to stop the cool-down earlier and stretch or make sure to stretch when I get home. I’m not all that flexible on a good day, and feeling stiff and sore isn’t great.

Hopefully, all this extra skating will help me when try-outs roll around.


January 21, 2013

Hilights of the week- January 20th

Filed under: Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids — by Alison @ 5:31 pm

1. Celebrated a friend’s birthday. Unfortunately there was no cake, so we’ll rectify that this week.

2. First small group activity at preschool was successful.

3. Had my first Fit Skate session and really enjoyed it.

4. Family movie night with the Chipmunks.

5. H wanted to hold E’s hand as he was going upstairs for bed.



What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

January 16, 2013

Breastfeeding supporter

Filed under: Kids,Learning — by Alison @ 5:03 pm

Annie from Phd in Parenting recently asked on twitter “Do you consider yourself a Canadian breastfeeding supporter?”. This seems like a simple and straight forward question but it seemed to raise a lot of questions.

For me, the answer was ‘yes’. I support breastfeeding. I breastfed both my kids. There were challenges at the beginning with both, and I did supplement with formula within the first week for various medical reasons. With E, I think some of the challenges had to do with misinformation. I was instructed to switch sides after 20 minutes, but E was a slow feeder and once I realized this and let her eat for as long as she wanted things got easier. I was also lucky enough to see a lactation consultant in the hospital the day after her birth, and then again at 6 weeks. She breastfeed for 18 months, and probably would have kept breastfeeding but I returned to work and the timing didn’t work. H was severely jaundiced at birth and had to be under the blue lights. I pumped and bottle fed him, and he was supplemented with formula. Once he got home, he decided to refuse all formula and then bottles. It seemed to work out okay, as he breastfeed until he was almost 2.

I know these issues are minor compared with what others have faced. I was also lucky enough to have support from my doctor and my family. My mom was a strong supporter of breastfeeding even when it wasn’t considered the thing to do. Many women don’t have this support or are faced with issues that seem insurmountable, and even though they try they aren’t able to continue breastfeeding. I support those women.

I feel that Canadian moms should try to breastfeed. With the extended maternity leave, I think the main benefit is the ability to breastfeed for longer.I won’t engage in conversations with people who try to justify not breastfeeding with arguments of ‘my mom bottle fed me and I turned out fine’ or ‘it’s too much work for me, the dad needs to be involved too’. And it’s not to be mean, but I know that any pro-breastfeeding arguments won’t convince them otherwise. I think it best to just change the subject. I’m not negative when I see someone formula feeding and I don’t feel formula is poison, but I think that if women can, they should breastfeed. On the other hand, I’ve also been the person saying ‘it’s okay to give the baby a bottle if you need a break’, especially in possible cases of postpartum depression.

Now that I’m in the US, I am just amazed that any mothers are able to breastfeed after they return to work. I can’t imagine having to leave a 6-week old during the day and still try to breastfeed. The women who do this amaze me. I was recently asked about breastfeeding by a friend of a friend, and I had to qualify my comments with ‘but I was home’. My idea of pumping to get a bottle for a rare night out, is not in the same ballpark as needing to pump every three hours at an office to get enough milk for the baby the next day.

To answer Annie’s question, yes I’m a breastfeeding supporter. But I’d also say I’m a supporter of mothers and policies that provide mothers with the freedom to make the best decisions for their baby and their families.

January 13, 2013

Highlights of the week – January 13th

Filed under: Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids,Vacation — by Alison @ 8:53 pm

1. Having friends make a special trip and extend their time away from family to come stay with me, even though others question the appeal of the area.

2. Goofy derby friends and sarcastic responses to Facebook posts.

3. Having the kids return to normal school schedules with a minimum of fuss.

4. Brunch with friends.

5. Getting my ears pierced with E. She is so proud of her new earrings.


What was the highlight of your week, or something that made you smile?

January 6, 2013

Hilights of the year- 2012 in review

Filed under: Adventure,Derby,Kids,Move,Plans,Vacation — by Alison @ 8:29 pm

There was a lot going on in 2012. We moved to a new country and dealt with all that entails. We moved away from our families for the first time. E started at a new school. But overall, I have to say the year was pretty great. Here are my top 12 of 2012

1. I started roller derby and found a great group of supportive, funny and entertaining women.

2. We visited Disneyland (twice).

3. H started a preschool that he loves.

4. E is excited about math, and all the rest of school.

5. I learned how to make bread and pie.

6. Wednesday Ugly Coffee play dates are a great way to break up the week.

7. My brother got engaged. I’m glad his fiancée will be a permanent part of our family.

8. Visits from family and friends. It’s nice to host people.

9. So many delicious donuts in Seattle.

10. Making new friends in Seattle. I have quickly connected with people, that I can’t remember what it was like without them in my life.

11. Knowing that I have good friends that haven’t forgotten me, even though I don’t see them often.

12. Seeing how happy the kids are to spend time with all the extended family.

Hopefully 2013 is as exciting.

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