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April, where have you gone?

As with most things in this world, my time and desire to stop and write something here on my little spot seems to ebb and flow. I was wondering this morning in the shower about why that is the case. And the best I could come up with is that we've just been busy lately.

Case in point: as I'm getting ready to prepare my monthly statements for April, I'm discovering that it will go down in the books as my busiest month since turning my professional energies full time to my wellness business 3 years ago. I've taught more classes, in more places, to a wider audience than ever before. Wow! Which is awesome and eye opening at the same time. Awesome to know my services are so well respected. Eye opening to the fact that while I love doing what I do, doing it at this intensity for any length of time isn't going to work physically for my body. I've known this for a while. But the recent flair-up of my sciatica, which I'd been able to keep pretty well in check for a wh…

DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

School Bound...

Me: (Giving Lexi a hug before she heads out the door to walk to school.) Just a little over a month left of school and then it will be summer. And then you'll be a second grader!

Lexi: (Smiling) And soon I'll be a colleger!


Who taught her such foul language? (Sigh.) But yes, before we know it she'll be a "colleger".


peace

The Human Connection...

I often think about why I continue to blog. Why I spend time maintaining this little spot. Why I continue to take time to read the words of other bloggers out there...some close family and friends, some distant strangers. Of why social networking sites are the biggest business on the internet these days. Some may see that time spent as a waste. Time that could be spend reading my girls a book. Making improvements to our house. Working on my latest crafty project.

But just like so many life activities, I see my choice to blog as just that...a choice. And while my initial interest came from wanting to have a place to play around online and learn a little more about how it all works, both for personal information and because at the time it was useful for my job, I choose to continue updating because of a very unexpected thing that I've found blogging (and in general the boom of social networking applications available these days) creates...a human connection. A reminder, sometimes gen…

The Other Kids...

I realized it's been awhile since I posted about our other kids. You know, the dogs. Seriously, with the welcome of Tilde into our family, we've become "those" people. You know, the ones who treat their dogs like people. There's something about her neurotic personality that requires extra pampering and patience which has somehow boosted both her and Jasper's status in the fam. The girls adore the dogs and spoil them rotten. (And honestly so do Scott and I, so it's not all their fault.) I can't even begin to imagine our family without them and their endless shedding and scattered bits of soggy, half eaten raw ride chews strung about the house.

So having explained how important the dogs are as members of our family, imagine my horror yesterday when the couch swallowed Tilde's head!


ACTUALLY, Tilde was cleaning the cereal bar crumbs from between the cushions after Brea's morning snack. She's helpful that way. But it struck me funny and luckily…

Hoppy Easter...

peace

Fancy...

Brea: How fancy do I look?


Fancy...especially with your mac-n-cheese and cherry Popsicle goatee!


I spent the day yesterday cleaning and reorganizing the girls' room. (That's the disassembled crib in the first picture waiting to go its new home and a new baby!) They are thoroughly enjoying being able to find and reach all their favorite play things...like the whole basket of Mardi Gras beads and dress-up accessories!


peace

A2NY...

Austin (TX) to (South Lima) New York.

On a bike.

Approximately 1800 miles.

Self supported. (Carrying everything you need to, besides food, on the bike with you.)

This is the current adventure on which my brother has embarked.

It's the first of what I'm quite certain will be several (if not many) bike tours Jason takes in his lifetime.

You can follow along on he and Ally's (his riding partner for the trip and general friendly gal) trip on their ride journal or through his frequent updates on Twitter. The ride journal is a few days behind, but includes pictures and more information about their adventures than the short 140 characters that Twitter allows. I personally love the Twitter updates. I have them sent to my phone so that several times a day I get a little Tweet updating me on their location and general well being. For a worry wart like myself, it's a nice little connection afforded by technology.

I have so many emotions, so many things I wish I could articulate about Ja…

A Private Tour...

Even though the weather doesn't seem to be cooperating with the calendar, spring is here and end of the school year activities are starting to signal that summer is not far away! Lexi had a piece of her art work chosen to be in the all Elementary Art Show which goes on display each spring in the community gallery for a month. This year, unlike last, we actually made it in to see the instillation before it was taken down to next make room for the High School Art Show.




Lexi had walked down with her class last week and she she was so eager to give Brea and I a personal tour of the exhibit, pointing out her favorite pieces. Scott unfortunately wasn't able to join us as the gallery hours are during the hours he's working away in DSM, so Lexi asked to make a short video to explain to him her piece.



Lexi has always enjoyed making art and spends a lot of time drawing, coloring and creating pictures to illustrate the stories she writes. She is always excited when it's art day at …

3! How can that be?

In so many ways it does not seem possible for us to have celebrated Brea's 3rd birthday last month. Yet I watch her entertain herself during the day as she colors, "reads", and imagines her own little worlds, and I often have to remind myself that she is ONLY 3!


She has an incredibly fun imagination, cheery personality, and thanks to her older sister's teaching skills, she regularly amazes us with how much she has learned about numbers (a direct result of her new favorite card game, Go Fish), letters, and even math. (Lexi's favorite subject. She's always been a numbers girl, even when she was little before she started preschool, numbers have always been her thing. Brea has definitely benefited and has already helped solve a fair amount of math equations with sidewalk chalk in the driveway.)


I was in Wisconsin at the Yoga Journal Conference on Brea's birthday, but Grandpa Bob, Daddy, Auntie Pammy, Uncle Chris, and big sister Lexi did a great job making Brea&…

Celebrating LOVE...

Today the Iowa Supreme Court made a ruling (unanimously) that will result in the legal recognition of same sex marriages in the state of Iowa. Score one for love!

I feel so fortunate to be a resident of this little progressive state here in the middle of the USA. To be raising my children in a place that (for the most part) celebrates having an open mind...and an open heart.

As many of you know, normally I'm not one to make much mention of things political OR controversial. But I couldn't let this one pass.(I'm probably opening a big ol' can of worms here, but sometimes you've gotta get your hands dirty to get any work done. And I'm lucky to live in a place that allows me to have and express my opinions! Feel free to comment and let your thoughts be known too...even if you disagree with me.)

No matter how I look at this issue, I can't understand the opinion held by opponents of the legalization of same sex marriages. With most issues, I think I'm pretty go…