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New Class Offerings, October 2017

School is in full swing in our household, so I’m making some changes to my schedule. I’m teaching a couple new classes at Austin Bouldering Project. Sundays at 2pm, Vinyasa 1 – for the days when you sleep in late and miss the 12pm Vinyasa 2 class with me, or you’re feeling low energy, or you want to bring a friend to class who’s new to yoga. Fridays at 9 am, Vinyasa 2 – in case you want or need an earlier option for your Friday. I’m sadly saying goodbye to my Tuesday 9:15pm Restorative at ABP. You’ll be in good hands with Tina taking over the class. It’s been a fun year and a half leading supervised nap time, but if there’s enough interest, I’d love to offer a daytime restorative option! (Leave comments on the comment cards outside the studio for management to see.) UPDATE: The 10:3o am classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will all shift to Level 1. But do not fear if you’ve been coming to the Level 2 at this …

Inks Lake State Park

We visited Inks Lake State Park at the peak of wildflower and bluebonnet season. With our State Parks Pass in hand, we wanted to find a park that was within a short drive (in case there was a freak-out moment) so the boys could have their first camping experience. Inks Lake has waterfront cabins in addition to tent camping, and that worked out perfectly for our family. Heads up that Central Texas campsites at many state parks fill up FAST in the spring. We booked this trip a month ahead to get a Friday night spot. It only got more crowded by Saturday. Checking other parks’ availability nearby, many were booked up on weekends almost 2 months ahead. Besides our Parks Pass, the best investment we made was picking up a Chillax Hammock from Costco. They normally retail for $70, and Costco was selling them for $35. The Big Kid spent the entire afternoon and early evening, lounging in the hammock. If the night hadn’t gotten chilly, he probably would’ve slept in it too. Thankfully, my husband …

Pedernales Falls State Park

The last time my husband and I went out to Pedernales Falls State Park, we had our old dog Boo Boo with us. To get to the falls, you have to scale some pretty large boulders, and I kind of forgot how much effort it took, especially when you’re trying to get a 65-lb dog who isn’t a jumper up and over. Eight years later, no dog but two kids… same huge boulders. It took some effort between my husband and I to pass kids over crevices to make sure no one fell into holes or moving water. It also took quite a bit of effort to keep Bear Shark from trying to jump off of boulders that were taller than him! On our way to Twin Falls, we accidentally took a more scenic trail down the hill to the river that’s part of Trammell’s Crossing Trail. It was a fun little detour, climbing over rocks and following the natural “stairs” that led downhill, but it also meant we needed to make the hike back …

McKinney Falls State Park

Ever since we bought a State Parks Pass ($70 for an entire year), we have been trying to make the most of it to see the natural beauties in Texas. The closest to us in Austin is McKinney Falls State Park, a quick 20 minutes from downtown. I’ve been there a handful of times, but there was recent rain that made the waterfalls a little more exciting than our visit last year. We got there in the morning around 10 and brought lunch in a cooler. The kids were very excited about carrying trail maps, as if we were hunting for treasure. Our first stop was toward the Lower Falls. The last time we visited, we told the Big Kid about how he lost a shoe as a baby, and it bounced on the rocks and landed in the creek below. He found the same spot we pointed out to him of the lost shoe and gave us a pose – both shoes firmly on his feet. The Lower Falls don’t look like much when you first …

SXSW 2017: Working Moms Meet Up

It was a joy to host the Working Moms Meet Up again this year! We had a mix of moms with different children’s ages, varying work/home situations and surprisingly many within advertising and UX. I loved witnessing the little sparks when someone could completely identify with another woman’s struggle or victory. Parenting is truly a group effort. Even if you yourself have the most amazing mother as a role model, it isn’t quite the same as sharing with someone who is currently or has recently experienced what you’re going through. Working motherhood has an extra challenge in that networking with other working moms isn’t easily accessible. Your hours are limited perhaps to only weekends and evenings. Setting up playdates with other families with kids of the same age is a rare occasion or doesn’t happen at all. Through technology, social networks, online forums and the like, finding and maintaining strong friendships expands beyond local networks. It’s still not the same as meeting another working mom and her kiddos at the local park, but the internet can start to bridge …

Fall classes at Dittmar Rec Center

I’m excited to be back at Dittmar Recreation Center this fall to offer 60-minute Yoga + Meditation classes for the South Austin community. Classes will be held on Thursday mornings at 9:30 am in the recreation center’s dance room. I’ll kick off the fall series with a FREE preview class on September 29. Come try it out. Bring a loved one with you. I’ll be giving away a couple of free class passes that day! You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase 5 and 10 class passes that can be shared among family and friends. To purchase passes online and for more details, check out the event page here. Dittmar Recreation Center 1009 W. Dittmar Road Austin, TX 78745

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