The Flynn house is a fun house. We play games, eat yummy food, a laugh A LOT. We love having fun together, and since Steve is the happiest person I’ve ever met, having fun is pretty easy when we’re together.
Unfortunately, most of the fun in this house is the sedentary kind. And it usually involves food. Yummy, caloric food in large quantities. And Steve and I have the waistlines to prove it.
Between my chronic back pain and Steve’s chronic knee pain, we haven’t had much opportunity for exercise, unless you count walking to school (which we do, and we’re proud of it!). This was my main reason for getting Steve the Wii console for Christmas.
Getting a video game console was a really hard decision for me. I’ve been very anti-video game since high school. 1 Corinthians 13:11 says “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” and I interpret that scripture to include video games. I’ve come to realize, slowly, that what really bothers me is video game use in access, not video games in general.
Somehow, I’m married to man who is a self-confessed video game addict. We made the decision awhile ago that we wouldn’t have a console in the house until Steve finished school, if ever.
But then they introduced the new red Wii bundle that came with the new Super Mario Bros game in time for Christmas, and I was faced with the temptation of buying one for the first time. I knew that there was nothing I could get for Steve that would make him happier. I made the mistake of bringing the idea up with him several months before Christmas, only because we had made the decision not to get one together and I felt I needed to discuss the idea with him first. That led to several months of “If you get me the Wii for Christmas…” There was no way I could change my mind by then.
I did, however, feel that it was important that if we had the Wii that we needed the Wii fit. I actually bought it first, at a Black Friday sale at Target (sidenote: I will never go to Target on Black Friday again!)
And I love it.
Most mornings I get up, do my little body test that tells me I’m overweight, and then do some simple exercises before the Wii tells me that I’m still in pretty good shape for my age (still? I’m 26!). And then, the fun starts.
Most of my joy from playing on the Wii is not from the games themselves, although I do enjoy them. The best part is the Miis.
Steve and I have attempted to make Mii characters out of many of our family members. The hardest were my sisters-in-law, whom I know will probably see this. Sorry if you can’t recognize yourself Angie, Becky, & Stacy! Feel free to come over and try and fix your character.
So, (almost) each morning I can select which one of us is going to work out:
This picture is funny because it is true- I’m working out, Steve is sleeping, and Evelyn is sitting on the floor.
I love that it has a Baby Stats option, I can easily track Evelyn’s growth.
Not that her weight has changed at all since the end of January… but at least I can track the lack of change.
And then I do step aerobics with my family!
Pass me those hoola hoops, Becky & Steve!
How about a little Kung Fu?
I can go for a jog with my mom…
And everyone is there to cheer me on when I get to the finish line!
I really love it. I find that I’m using the Wii more than Steve is, which I never thought would happen. Some people gave us heck about getting the Wii instead of the Kinect, but I’m happy with what we did. I enjoy some of the Kinect games, but I find that this platform works better for what our family wants.
All in all, I’m happy that we got it.
But don’t come over when I’m playing Tetris, I’m a mean Tetris player and I’m not ready for you to see that side of me…