Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Visit From my Own Fit Yummy Mummy

Keeping Fit with My Family

I took some time off yesterday, put my laptop up and took a break from writing, for my mom came in for an overnight visit.

Not only was it a a meaningful visit for Tyler and I to have this one on one time with "Nonnie" - my mom lives about 3 hours away in Indianapolis and has not seen Tyler since he had his seizure in April - but it also made me realize the impact living a fit lifestyle has had on those I love.

Traditionally, getting together with mom involved a lot of sitting and eating out. Not uncommon to find us camped out in front of the TV watching a rented movie and eating pizza that was delivered to our door. The next day would involve some type of shopping trip and going out to eat. That's what it was like about a year ago.

I suddenly realized just how much things had changed when shortly after mom's arrival, we packed up some essentials and headed out to the park at Freeman Lake. My mom looked great and was full of so much energy - I so need to mention that she turns 67 this year.

It was non stop from this point forward. From the park to the bowling alley to grilling out in the backyard - fresh Salmon, dill and capers, a side of grilled asparagus and grilled mango for dessert. We were living the habits many strive to meet on a daily basis...and it just came naturally to us.

Feeding the Geese

The Playground

Now my mom has not been bowling in over 40 years. She was so hesitant at the start - Tyler was quick to show her what to do as he performed a "granny style" bowling stance. Well my mom ended up kicking both of our butts as her 3 strikes contributed to the highest score.

Jumping on the Trampoline
Our backyard hold many opportunities for fun activities - this was a sight! My mom was jumping higher than Tyler most of the time! The laughter was Non Stop!

We fit more meaningful activities in our short time together than I could ever imagine. This not only made for a fit and active time together, but deepened the memories we created. I am so very fortunate to have such an amazing mom who has taught me many important life lessons. From finding the humor in life to truly believing in myself and having the courage to succeed - no matter what I do.

Thank you Mom for these very special memories. Tyler and I look forward to many more!

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Kelly said...

Holly, the time spent with our family is so special and we should cherish every moment. It looks like you made some wonderful memories.

BTW your mum looks amazing for her age, i just hope i look half as good when i am a Grandma.

There are not too many Grandmas that will jump on a trampoline.

The Little Window Shoppe said...

What great pictures. I loved this post. It inspires me to want to take more time to focus on the important people in my life. :) I love your blog too - so helpful. My hubby and I signed up to run in our first marathon ever this August, and I need all the tips I can get. I'll be sure to visit again.

Tammy said...

Holly, I loved the pictures and especially knowing you spent quality time with mom. You both look great! and so does Tyler of course. Love you. Your sis, Tam

suebowie said...

Holly, Great pictures of my OLDER sister!! I must admit she looks GREAT. She can probably kick my butt too. I'm only 62 but I'm afraid to get on my grandkids trampoline, I can't afford to get to get broken, HA HA. Tyler looks great too. GO OLDER SISTER GO!!! Love, Aunt Sue

Anonymous said...


Great pictures showing lots of fun. Your mom looks fantastic for her age. I am praying that I look that good when I turn 67. Family is very important to your health and well being. Treasured memories to carry on to the next generation.

A Mom in Red High Heels said...

What wonderful memories you created! Your mom is vibrant, I see where you get it from! xo!

treasure said...

Hi Holly,
I do agree that we all should spend quality time with our loved ones.
I'd like to share something I came across:I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
> > 'Oh excuse me please' was my reply.
> > He said, 'Please excuse me too;
> > I wasn't watching for you.'
> > We were very polite, this stranger and I.
> > We went on our way and we said goodbye.
> > But at home a different story is told,
> > How we treat our loved ones, young and old.
> >
> > Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
> > My son stood beside me very still.
> > When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
> > 'Move out of the way,' I said with a frown.
> > He walked away, his little heart broken.
> > I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.
> >
> > While I lay awake in bed,
> > God's still small voice came to me and said,
> > 'While dealing with a stranger,
> > common courtesy you use,
> > but the family you love, you seem to abuse.
> >
> > Go and look on the kitchen floor,
> > You'll find some flowers there by the door.
> > Those are the flowers he brought for you.
> > He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
> > He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.'
> >
> > By this time, I felt very small,
> > And now my tears began to fall.
> > I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
> > 'Wake up, little one, wake up,' I said..
> > 'Are these the flowers you picked for me?'
> > He smiled, 'I found 'em, out by the tree.
> > I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
> > I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue.'
> > I said, 'Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted
> > today;
> > I shouldn't have yelled at you that way.'
> > He said, 'Oh, Mom, that's okay..
> > I love you anyway.'
> >
> > I said, 'Son, I love you too,
> > and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.'

TinaBowie said...

Holly, I can't believe how much Tyler has grown! I can tell you are your mother's look so much like her, especially the smile. Tell my big Sis to keep doing whatever it is she doing because she looks remarkable! She is an inspiration to us all. How lucky you could all get together for some QUALITY fitness time!
Much Love...The Youngest Aunt (Tina)XOXOXOXOXO

Michelle Green said...

Wow! I am going to aspire to become just like your mother! How wonderful that she can get out there and have fun like that with her grandson. What a gift she is giving him by being so fit and healthy herself!