Fit For Fall, Tone it UP

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I am excited to let you all know that I have signed up for the Fit For Fall challenge with the Tone it Up team and have completed the first week.
if you are interested you still have time to jump on board and get fit while the weather cools down.  I really like the program because it is do able.  I am not going to say easy because well, nothing is easy. However, it is something that you can do and make work for you if you are willing to put in the work.
The program is all laid out for you.  Nutrition, workouts and lots and lots of inspiration.
I haven't really struggled with keeping up and have been able to fit in almost all of the work outs.  The nutrition has been easier than I thought.  It has just taken time pre plan meals and make sure I am not randomly snacking because the kids snack all day long.
I would love to hear from anyone who has been on the program or from anyone that is doing the challenge.
I am so excited about making the lifestyle change that I set up a separate instagram account.
Check it out at xtina_tiu.



Being the New Girl

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We are going on month 2 of being in our new home.  The house is really coming together.  Everything has been painted and most of the furniture that we ordered has come in.  We are just waiting on a chair and footstool.  I like how it all looks and it really seems to fit the rooms well.  I will post pictures once it is all completed.
Evelyn has started school and seems to really like it.  I am not so sure about it yet but it is only week 2 so I need to give it more time.  I just don't feel like she is learning a lot but I also think my expectations might been too high.  The teacher explained to me that the first few weeks are really about setting a routine and teaching the students how to be in a classroom.
I have started implementing more sit down and do some type of worksheet learning project every day at home.  That is making me feel better and Evelyn enjoys the one on one time that we get while Jack naps.
I haven't really met any new people yet.  I know my neighbors and they are really nice.  The ladies have invited me to do dinners and in the evenings and weekends everyone gets together and chats while the kids play.
I know it is going to take some time but it is hard being the New Girl.  I just don't have those real friend bonds that you get when you've known someone for a long time.  I know in time that will come but for now I am missing my friends from home.
I miss that ease that comes from a good friend.  Conversations are not pushed and you know you can totally be yourself around them.
Mike has been great though.  I have spent many evenings just talking his ear off about every detail of my day.  He is a great listener and always re assures me that things will work out in time.
I think as the kids get more involved and I find new activities for us to all do we will meet more and more people and really start to get aquatinted with all the great things Minnesota has to offer.



Move updates

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Hello Hello,
Life has been crazier than ever so I haven't had time to get on the computer and update and well, the whole office is still in boxes so it has been difficult to get to anything.
We are setting into our new house and the move to Minnesota couldn't have went any better.
The house is great.  The neighborhood is great.  We really couldn't ask for anything more.  The first day the movers started bringing in our things the neighbors started stopping by and introducing them selves.  They brought wine and flowers and yummy baked goods.  It was amazing.  Everyone has young children and they all play well together.
It actually feels like we are on vacation every day.  Our house overlooks a big pond so we have a nice water view.  The kids fish on it and take canoes and kayaks around it.  They also ice skate on it when it freezes in the winter.
I haven't totally been able to unpack yet.  I am saving a lot of things to do when it starts getting colder out.  I know that in a month or two we will be spending a lot of time inside so I am trying to get outside with the kids as much as possible for now.
We have been checking out the new parks and splash pads in the area.  We also have a pool in our subdivision that we can walk to.
This past weekend we took a family trip to the Quarry where we were able to hike and swim and do some cliff jumping.  We didn't end up jumping because it was a big bigger than we thought and we had the kids with us.  We are going to take a trip out by ourselves and do some more exploring.
The last two months have just been a whirlwind and I am looking forward to Evelyn starting school and getting back to a more normal routine.
I will post some pictures this week.  I also broke my phone so I had to get a new one and now need to download all of my pictures.
Check back later for more updates and follow me on Instagram- xtinapilk.

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