May 25, 2015

PLANT IT FORWARD!

What if there were NO FARMERS?
Any clue how that would ruin our world?
Food does not grow in stores.
It simply doesn't.
I discovered this wee gem on you tube.

It struck a chord with me.  
Please educate your littles on where food comes from.

Kashi is a very aware company.
It supports small and local Farmers.


And along with this post I ask for your prayers for rain.
RAIN makes things grow right.
Right now it is incredibly dry in our area.
We need rain.
Please pray, or dance, or whatever you do.
Without rain our crops suffer.

May 23, 2015

Go outside!


His version.


Her version.



In our happy little home I'm feeling the technology crunch.
I'm the guiltiest under this roof.

Working so hard lately at being present.  Encouraging less stuff and more fresh air.
It's really hard for me.
I'm constantly planning and processing 3 steps ahead, just to try to keep up.

The iPad is a beautiful invention.
It buys us parents some time to breath, eat, or pee on our own.  WOW.  What a concept.
Lately though… it's driving me NUTZ!
I want less iPad in our home.

This mean a few extra BRIBES.
A LOT more popsicles.
And a whole lot more sandbox explosion messes I have to take care of… 
but I'm willing, I'm trying.

GO OUTSIDE.
It's worth it!


May 20, 2015

Volunteers

If you've never been a volunteer there are so many things you'll never really know.

… the time it takes away from your own family
your own rest
your own routines.

… how much patience you'll need
you'll loose
you'll realize you have.

One of our little man's soccer coach this year just happens to be one of my dearest friends.
Thank you EK for your commitment to our kiddos.
We know you have 3 little ones (under 3) of your own… who all come to cheer the team on.
And days like today, after a 12 hour work shift and no sleep, you still come out to play.

Thank you.
Thank you to anyone who has ever volunteered.
You make a difference, you may not know it but you do.




And little sis…
Can't wait to play next season….


May 13, 2015

Gardening 101

I have huge memories of planting a garden every year with my Mom as a child.
At the time it seemed like miles and miles of garden… but I suppose it wasn't quite that large.
I'm told as a baby my brother and I would crawl behind her in our garden jammies, in search of dirt, rocks, and worms.
Mmmmm, yummy!

I am committed to sharing many of these same traditions with my own littles.
Planting a garden together is one of those traditions.
It is just something I need to do, I want to.

It is absolutely imperative that my children know where food actually comes from.
Where it starts, how it grows, and how much WORK is involved in maintaining food for our bellies and harvesting the 'fruits of our labor'.
Food does NOT come from Safeway or Costco or in a package from Walmart.
I don't care who you are, if you are a Vegan, Vegetarian, or eat anything put in front of you.
FOOD COMES FROM FARMS.
FOOD COMES FROM FARMERS!!!

While our city garden may only be a portion of what I was used to as a child, the concepts are the same.  We plan, we dig, we get filthy, we water, we enjoy and WE APPRECIATE!
This year it was really obvious that our oldest "get's it".  He understands we grow food.

He had better.  They both better, they are Grandbabies to FARMERS!

A few images from our gardening adventures in our back yard.



May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!!


from this proud Mumma…


(photo from the incredible Mom and my favorite & talented Photographer… Kelly MacDonald)


I'm learning to be the best I can be from my own Mom.

(photo from Scott Drexler, Maui)


May 9, 2015

On being a MOM.

Hardest job ever.
Most rewarding job ever.
I'm often torn between guilt and bliss and my own Mom tells me that is just part of this gig… enjoy the journey.

I love being a Mom.  I always knew I'd be rewarded with this title.  I just didn't know it would be such a ride…. such an exhausting and bumpy and BEST DAMN DAYS EVER ride!

Happy Mother's Day to the Moms, Gramas, Moms to be, Adopted Moms, birth Moms, Aunties and anyone who has a role in raising little and big people.

A few images from our journey today.
Tomorrow my goal is to get one image with my children. Ha.  Good one!




May 8, 2015

Project 52: Images of Inspiration for 2015

My commitment to this project continues….

One photo.

Each week.52 weeks.
Yes.JUST ONE! (that's very hard for me)  These are all my own images.





~ SHAPES…



~ REFLECTION…



~ NIGHT…



~ BREAKING THE RULES…



~ SOLITUDE…



~ LOVE…



~ QUIET…



~ FREEDOM…



~ FLORAL…


May 3, 2015

May 2, 2015

Butterflies.

They creep the heck out of me.
And fascinate me at the same time.

I'm not sure if I love them or not but they are indeed my favorite part of the zoo these days.
I sooo wish I had a fancy macro lens to capture these critters.

Check out the Calgary Zoo Butterfly Conservatory next time you are there.  The building is new and bright and if you close your eyes and use your imagination you might even feel like you are on a tropical vacation.


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