This past year my wife and I joined a local gym that has two amazing things going for it over other gyms who have taken my membership money but are little used:
- They offer FREE child care while you exercise! The hours this is offered are slightly limited, but this is a massive incentive for me to get to the gym a couple of times every week.
- Unlike many gyms, each of the showers are private, rather than a wall and a dozen shower heads. Call me crazy, but a couple of extra walls and curtain make me feel a lot more comfortable.
It’s so nice to be able to drop the boys off for an hour or so while I simultaneously get a break, get some exercise, and am able to get a hot shower uninterrupted by a crying baby or invading toddler.
What I have noticed recently though is a startling correlation between the days I don’t get to the gym and the days I never am able to find time for the luxury of a shower. The only exception seems to be days when my lovely wife is home to run defense for me AND I have somewhere I need to go that requires some consideration of personal hygiene.
Is this your experience too? How do you manage to find time for a shower with little children around?
This past weekend a friend and I embarked on a father-son overnight tent camping excursion; he with his almost-four-year old and I with my recently-three-year old.
It’s something we’ve talked about doing for a while, and really wanted to do it now, the idea being we could get it in before it got too cold and we’d have to wait for spring or summer. We knew it would be chilly, but I did plenty of winter camping when I was an active Boy Scout. No problem.
Little did we know, Saturday night would see the lowest temperatures around here since last March, dipping down to 22°F during the night.
The phrase “we barely survived,” in retrospect, seems like hyperbole, but it was definitely how we felt at times.