Friday, March 7, 2008
Mid-Winter Break and The Value of Quarters
The last time the boys had time off from school (2 weeks over Christmas), I did no exercise of any kind and gained about ten pounds. Yes, I can gain weight that easily. So as we approached their one week long mid-winter break, I started thinking to myself, "I've just finally re-lost the 10 pounds I gained from not exercising at Christmas. Do I really want to gain it back again from another week of not exercising?" I made a plan that I would take the three kiddos down to the YMCA first thing every morning so that I could swim while they played together in Child Watch. The only problem with my plan is that the boys don't like to go to Child Watch, and I usually give in to them when they complain long and loud enough. So I decided to bribe them. I offered each boy one quarter for each day that he went to Child Watch with Esther so that I could swim. And you know what? For the low, low price of $1.50, I was able to swim three mornings in a row! On the fourth morning, Thursday, I shoveled Janie's gigantic driveway for exercise instead. And then, conveniently, it snowed AGAIN, so I got to shovel my own 12 mile long sidewalk for exercise on Friday. And that concluded my week of exercise while the kids had a break from school. A smashing success, especially compared to Christmas!
Posted by An at 12:37 AM