Friday, June 28, 2013

~ This Moment ~

Inspired by Amanda to share with you {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Have a beautiful weekend friends!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Big Bike

On Monday my co-workers & I raised some money, raised awareness, raised our voices & raised a little hell, all for a great cause!

We rode "The Big Bike" for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. We had so much fun! One of my most fave things to do is rallying with people from different backgrounds and all walks of life and uniting for the same cause, it really fills my spirit with joy! 

It's ALL about love, every minute of everyday we are given a new opportunity to share love! These buzzing little bees were filled to the brim with light & love for a great cause. Today hug somebody you love super tight, all we have is today!

Thank-you Lord,
For the rainbows of light & love in everyone!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Lovin...

It's that time of year again, when life slows down:) Our little Brown Bunch loves & adores the summer! Flip flops & bathing suits, ice-creams & freezies & best of all NO SCHOOL!!! 

I'm really a kid at heart, I hate school. I feel my kiddies angst having to wake up out of a sleepy slumber & leave the place where you're loved most of all! Having to face a world that's filled with conflicting messages that counteract with what you're told at home. But sweet summer time, is a time of rejuvenation and peace. A time for sleep-ins & sleep-overs. A time to remember who you really are! 

Sweet summer time, oh how we love you & have missed you! We will relish in your glory all season long. We won't take you for granted, not even when the kids are bored and fighting! We will NOT utter the words "is it back to school yet!" We will enjoy baseball, swimming & BBQ'S and we will miss you terribly when you have to leave us, because we love you so!

Thank-you Lord, we're forever grateful!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Our Woody

Today is the first day of Summer. Today we celebrate & honour the life of Jason Woodcock (our Woody:) Our free spirit Woody. Jason was earthy and hip. Jason was the cool guy, not because he tried to be, that's what made him so cool. Jason had an ear for music, he was that guy who knew cool music before it even became cool. Jay even smelled cool! How does one smell cool? Oddly enough Jason did. I want you to know him, I know you would have loved him.  He was a special person. Jason was easy going, HILARIOUS, generous and kind. He was the kind of guy that would make you laugh so hard milk would shoot out of your nose! You had to be very cautious while sipping liquids when he was talking, it was dangerous! The first day of Summer is a beautiful awesome day, it holds significant meaning to many full hearts who remember, honour and love him today. 

Today squeeze your Father/Uncle/Son/Brother harder than ever, because while we're on this earth all we have is now. Although I love the "first day of summer" it can just get over itself, today is Woody's Day!

It's all about LOVE! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Motivational Monday's "The Jig Is Up!"

Thank-you Jesus, that we didn't have to go into the woods to be tempted for forty days & nights! Lord knows we would've cracked like scrambled eggs on day 26! 
So we lasted 26 hardcore days of juicing! We're proud of that, it's not the 60 days we set out to accomplish, but 26 days of strictly juicing is nothing to snivel at! We're slowly introducing fruits & veggies back into our systems along side the juice. Our long term goal is to be eating 90% macrobiotic foods. One of our greatest accomplishments was kicking coffee to the curb, we're super happy about that! Why did we crack? It was a combination of a few key factors; Juicing is costly. We tried our very best to juice on a dime, but let's face it, would I ever really sit down & eat the volume of fruits & veggies required for 1 juice? No I wouldn't, that's what makes it so incredibly healthy. I know this next one is a little like succumbing to the "Little Liar" within, but it's the truth darn it! Cleaning the darn juicer!!! I can't tell you how much we hated cleaning the juicer! Okay I can tell you! Hated it!. Time factor, there were so many nights that we would close down the kitchen & then have to go juice. Ugh! It's a lot simpler to prepare 6 meals verses 4 meals & then juice. So some good things to grow on this juicing journey are; no coffee. 90% macrobiotic foods. Healthier food choices for our children & becoming educated in a healthier lifestyle. Not too shabby in 26 days! Today is day 29 & let me just say that our first real bite of an apple was sensational! Our pallets are so full and rich now, we would never have imagined getting excited for a salad!!! So the jig is up, but we're more motivated than ever to stay aboard the healthy train!

FYI - I lost 15 pounds & Nathan lost 33 pounds in the past 29 days! It's a very successful start to our new beginning!

Thank-you Lord for carrying us through!

Friday, June 14, 2013

~ This Moment ~

Inspired by Amanda to share with you {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

(This is what happens when you wake a peanut up too early for school!)

Be a blessing friends!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Parenting 101...

Parenting lessons never really come from books, magazines or classes. They ALWAYS come from our very own children, or at least that's the case in our home. My sweet and adorable little mirrors of my horrible side, are constantly teaching me who I really am and who I really want to become. ALL of the things that I hold my children accountable for, I am equally guilty of. We literally learn a new lesson every single menotenous day, I'll share this one with you now...

Tyson had a Medieval Times project, before I begin my little applause for him; I have to say that last year Nathan & I learned yet another lesson! You do not, I repeat DO NOT do your children's projects for them! Ty had to build a bridge last year & somehow his amazing, very crafty Mother and Father took over this exciting project and got ourselves an A! Tyson however did NOT receive ANY satisfaction from "his A" and taught his Mother & Father an invaluable lesson. If there is an A to be had he's got to be the one to achieve it & recieve it! I know that for some (or most) that this might be like "parenting 101". But for Nate & I, we're really just children in an adult's body! Tyson really impressed the heck out of us; He came right home from school with a friend, asked if they could go and get the "building" materials required (with their OWN money!) Of course we said yes & the rest is history! I did not. I repeat did NOT help in anyway, shape or form with this MASTERPIECE! In fact I hinted that perhaps he should paint the inside of the castle as well & his response was; "I don't think they had paint in Medieval Times." YAY Tyson!

Nathan & I have learned to refrain and control our impulses to "help" with class projects, thank-you Ty for teaching us "parenting 101!"

Monday, June 10, 2013

Motivational Mondays; Day 22, This Train Has Left The Station!

We're in this mode on day 22! Survival mode. My negative inner voices have been raging war within me. Maybe you've done this long enough now? A little food would be good for you! Maybe this isn't good for you? Should you really still be detoxing??? These voices are tricky to handle in some of my "weaker" moments. I'm leaning on God's voice to guide me now, more than ever before. I will NOT listen to the rotten little liar within, who wants me to give up & quit (even though that little liar is pretty darn convincing at times!) I have been reading & watching enough to know that by day 21 we are now in what's called deep tissue detox mode, doesn't that sound like fun? It's not! I had a good 5 days of feeling energized, but all weekend I've been battling a sore throat...You'd think with all of the freaking fruits & veggies my body's been absorbing for the past 22 days, it would take a nuclear missile to bring me down! We're forging ahead because it's the right thing to do! We're saying shooshy to "the little liar" who would like nothing more than to derail us off this health train. Well too bad, this train left the station 22 days ago & isn't due back to the station for another 38 days! Holy Moly, did I just say 38 days?! Chug-a-chug-a-choo-choo!

One of our greatest joys this week is watching our children WANTING to become more healthy, because what we say as parents is finally lining up with what we do!

Happy Juicing Friends! Choo-Choo!

Friday, June 7, 2013

~ This Moment ~

Inspired by Amanda to share with you {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Have a blessed weekend Friends!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Child's Grace

Do you recognize this? Do you remember what Little Willy said? He specifically warned me in his sternest tone of voice "don't kill it, like you did last year!" I'm not gonna lie but I was sweating over this one folks; why you may ask?, it's just a plant you may say. I promised William that I would love it and water it and make it grow big! In all my efforts to love this plant, I killed the poor dear thing. I was so worried not to kill it like I did last year that I unintentionally overwatered it! oops! Now it's deader than a door nail. 

While eating dinner last night William made the keen observation that I may have overwatered the plant & potentially killed it, he then said in a very forgiving tone of voice; "that's okay Mommy, I'm not upset I saw you tried to take good care of him. I think he's just hard to take care of! I wish he could just tell us when he needs a drink!"
I said thank-you for being so forgiving & for going so easy on me, I said that I was worried that he was going to be upset with me for ruining his Mother's Day Gift. Do you know what that amazing little Monkey said to me; "My Mother's Day present wasn't the plant Mommy" I asked him, what was it then? He simply answered; "It was spending the day with you." My kids are honestly growing the "adult" within me. The grace of this sweet dear boy, absolutely took my breath away & taught me how to be a wee bit less critical & a whole heap more gracious! 

Thank-you Willy-Jay, for teaching us how to be more gracious.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Motivational Mondays 15 Days!

So it's been 15 days!!! This is the beautiful array of vitamins & minerals our bodies are absorbing daily. I'm not one to discuss weight, who cares how much you weigh, how do you feel?! Well the answer to that is...Pretty darn lousy; I feel okay today, but day 11 & 12 I had a serious meltdown. I'm talking like everyone can take a flying #&%##!! meltdown. My body is in serious detox mode, if you've never experienced this; let me just say that it hurts like HE double hockey sticks! I have a nasty cold sore, I have 0 energy and I still have 4 kiddies and a husband to tend to. Let's just say the "tending to" these past few days sounds more like, "WHAT DO YOU WANT NOW???!" How is Nate doing? He's your typical man, men don't seem to have "feelings & emotions" I'm like the roaring sea & he's like a steady annoying rock. Perhaps you can hear a touch of resentment coming from this roaring sea? (You are correct!) Blah blah blah, Nate's doing great! Now that I got that rant off my chest;) Nate is actually doing fabulous! He has lost 25 lbs & is all energized & motivated to climb Mount Everest. Not eating food has made me face the cold hard truth that I am an emotional eater, not having anything to fill that emotional void has at moments left me in a state of despair. I am having to rely on God HEAVILY to see me through some seriously unsightly moments! Okay so I'm gonna come clean on something; when we began juicing we thought that we would try 10 days of juicing to detoxify our bodies; but we're now on our fifteenth day and we've decided to go for 60 days! I was nervous about sharing this number out loud with you because I wasn't sure if I could do it or not? But I often forget things so I am reminded that: All things are possible through Him who gives us strength! Now that I've said that number out loud, I kinda feel obligated to stick to it:) I will share with you the total poundage lost, when we've reached our final day of juicing.

I wanted to share a few things with you; because I feel that when we find things that inspire and motivate us to become better people and make better choices, it's good to share with others!

Here are two awesome documentaries that you need to watch;

Here are a couple of simple juicing recipes that you can try for yourselves;

Mean Green - 1 granny smith apple/ 4 stalks of kale/ 3 stalks of celery/ 1/2 lemon/ (ginger optional)

Blue Fairy - 1 grapefruit/ 1 cup red cabbage/ 2 cups watermelon

I'll add recipes, motivational tips, some ranting and other good inspiring stuff as we continue on our juicing journey!

Until next Monday, happy juicing!

Thank-you Lord for your steadfast love, your unwavering hand has guided us thus far! You Rock!