Sunday, May 24, 2009

Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels!

You know those crazy family moments when you wonder... "How in the world did this get started?" Well, we had one of those. 

Like last Sunday for example, when one of the girls grabbed the stopwatch & next thing I knew we were taking turns racing around the outside of the house timing one another trying to "PR" (track term for breaking your own "personal record"). I made it in 31 seconds flat. I will not mention any other records, except a certain someone did it in half my time...(huh humm KEVIN!)

Here 2 days ago I walked into the kitchen to find Kevin levitating the girls on his back, their legs extended, their bodies flat as a board. Mmmmmm. I nodded my head and assessed.

"Mom! YOU DO IT! Come on it's your turn!"

Okaaaaayyy! "So what? You just hook your arms around like this & now lift... lift.... LIFT YOUR LEGS! LIFT I SAY!" 

"You can do it MOM! Here we'll help you!"

"No no. I've got this. I just have to quit laughing! Give me a sec."

Ta-dah! Be amazed! The veins in my neck popped out, all muscles contracted & the abs pulled through! Hence... the levitating began!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Coloring my World

It didn't matter what else was going to get done for the day... I had to make two stops. And how convenient for me that each stop just happened to be right next door to each other.... I needed 'raw food' and paint! A girl on a mission, that was me.

Two hours later I had $200 worth of rainbow colored food & $200 worth of gorgeous paint in 4 shades. Money well spent. I was happy, mission complete.  Well, sort of.

I got it all loaded into the house... mango's, kiwis, strawberries, blackberries, honey dew, pineapple, broccoli, green beans, avocado's, baby spinach, mushrooms & sooooo much more. 

My focus is on eating nutrient dense food, not calorie dense food. Sure, I have an allotted amount of calories I need to consume each day, but not with 'garbage'! I want as many nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals as I can possibly get each & every day. The real stuff. Raw food. Why? 

Just a few benefits:
#1: Weight loss 
#2: Increase in energy 
#3: Prevents sickness & fights disease 
#4: Natural anti-aging components 

And it tastes good! Last night after dinner I pulled out the blender & quickly threw in 2 mango's, 2 handfuls of strawberries, 2 handfuls of ice & a cup or so of vanilla soy milk.  I poured it into some fancy glasses, topped it with a T. of whipped cream and a cherry. Delicious! The family loved it! 

So it's simple. I say the richer the color, the richer the benefits! Color makes me happy. 

You know what else makes me happy... looking out the kitchen window & seeing my plum, pear & apple trees in blossom! Beautiful. I'll be sharing again at harvest time!

p.s. I'll post some pictures of the paint job later.

Friday, May 15, 2009


'Oh-no there it goes, sky opens up like a firehose, & it must be soakin' someone... can we stay here together, stay here forever & get lost in this weather!'

I could barely see driving home as my wipers were exhausted, as was I.

I had just finished my late night workout.  As I pulled into the driveway I could see my two teenagers in the driveway dancing to their hearts content! 

It was pouring, I mean torrential downpours! They were DRENCHED!

"MOM! Dance with us!" they cried out.
"I'm freezing!" I hollered back.
"Open the hatch! Turn up the music & DANCE with us!!!!"

I grabbed my gym bag & began to head into the house shaking my head but grinning at their fun.

And then I remembered as this little voice spoke inside my head....

"it's not about waiting for the storm to pass.... it's about learning to dance in the rain"

I was sopping wet as it was... I spun on my heels & turned the speakers up loud! The girls squealed. I started to laugh... so did they. 

And then we danced.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mother's Day & Important Re-post

The girls made me the cutest card.
You are such a SWEETTART. You make life a BIT OF HONEY.  You are EXTRA special & I know you were MINT to be my mom. You're the REISEN I'm growing up to be such a SMARTIE. 
Happy Mother's Day.

I woke up Mother's Day to this beautiful ensemble hanging in my closet.  Kevin did a little shopping while I was gone at my favorite store White House Black Market...
dress, jewlry, shoes, the works! 
There are benefits to a husband who knows your size!!! 

And of course some dark Godiva chocolate & flowers made it for a perfectly perfect day after I finished eating his delicous roast, rosemary baby reds, grilled zucchini & green salad. 
And for dessert a homemade carrot cake prepared by my Soph. 
Am I bragging a bit... well yes, but they deserve it! Thanks family! It's so good to be home!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Being Aware

A patch of sunlight to rest my bones.

Reuniting with the ones I missed.
Visiting with an old friend.
 Holding a day old baby bunny.
Seeing a complete double rainbow touch both sides of the earth. 

Ever been in the right place at the right time and you new it was meant for you. For instance, you're on a walk & right above you flies a flock of geese coming home from the South.  

It makes you smile inside and out and you know the 'snapshot' was meant to make your day just a little brighter.  I've always referred to them as God Gifts. He is aware of me and aware of you. I am so grateful. Just a few of my God Gifts over the last couple of weeks.

Monday, May 11, 2009

I'm Back & Ready to Work!

But first a few pics of my trip....        My dad.
              My mom.
My Grandma & Aunt.
My siblings.
         My nephew.
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