Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pumpkin pickin' time

What fun we had at the pumpkin patch with Kelen's class. We visited the petting zoo, picked our own pumpkins, got lost in the awesome corn maze & played tag in the hay bale maze. We could not have asked for better weather. It was sunny with no wind & although the fields were a bit muddy we all wore boots so no big deal. Besides the boys loved picking all that mud out of their boots (and momma's too).

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

the zoo

Free day at the zoo last week. I decided, when we picked Kelen up from school that we should go. What a great way to spend the afternoon. Kelen gets out of school relatively early (2:10) so we had almost 2 1/2 hours to see the animals. The snakes were the favorites this trip. Kelen is really into learning about pythons, ever since he did a report on them in 1st grade.
I am going to try to find the picture mom has of me when I was around their age, standing next to the "How far can YOU jump?" sign. That thing has been there forever. Well, obviously as mom has a picture of me jumping and now I have the same picture of my two babies. That is pretty cool.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Just an fyi. The kids and I have moved. They did switch schools. I am still not unpacked (after 3 weeks). I am too tired/lazy/exhausted/emotionally empty/busy to take pictures and write a real blog about our new place. I will tho. *yawning* I am just not up to it right now. Notice how I was too tired to type the entire word before? *yawn*

Monday, October 01, 2007

Strawberry fields 'til the first frost

What a fun time we had at the Berry Patch Farm. Picking raspberries right off the bushes & popping them into our mouths. I forgot just how amazing a fresh raspberry tastes. They were so sweet I could have happily stayed there all day. But next we were off to the strawberry plants. Yum! These berries were so sweet. All of the kids had a blast learning how to pick the berries and Nevaeh was absolutely delighted to be picking with Grandma and Momma. She kept running back and forth between the two of us. She was so proud that we were both there with her on her special day.

We also went on a nature walk, wearing bug glasses with special lenses that gave us a bugs' eye view of the plants on the farm. We found butterflies, flies, bees, millers, ladybugs, spiders & some sort of crawling thing that I don't want to think about. We learned all about how the bugs' help the organic farmer with crop protection. Ladybugs eat aphids, bees pollinate plants & flowers, worms help w/ composting etc...

Turns out the farm is organic, which I did not know. Mom bought us both some unfiltered honey, roasted anaheim peppers & a quart of strawberries (that we picked). Delicious. I am so excited to find a local farm for buying the organic, unfiltered honey. The kids and I try to eat at least 1 spoonful of local honey everyday to help ward off seasonal allergies and yay! Now I found some that is organic and I can support our economy all at the same time. Woo hoo! Those little things really brighten up my day, ya know?

rockin', rollin' & cub scoutin'

Kelen is once again in the Cub Scouts. These are a few of the activities from his first official den meeting as a Wolf scout. Looks like fun huh? The theme for September was trains so the boys made train tracks out of pretzel sticks, using frosting as the "glue". That was a delicious and fun part of the meeting. Then it was outside for tumbling time! The boys practiced somersaults (both front, back and from standing), walking on boards (front, back, fast & slow). Not that you can tell from these photos but I did finally get those darn patches sewed on his shirt. Well, sewing is a bit of a stretch. Ok, to say that I sewed the patches on would be an out and out lie. I bought the greatest sticky, no-sew stuff at the Scout store. It even has the patches (most of them) pre-outlined and perforated so I didn't even have to trace the little boogers onto the paper before cutting it out. This is amazing! Now, don't think I am too lazy. I still have to sew the patches onto his brag rag because the sticky stuff does not work right on the felt but I also bought myself some super-strong needles. The kind that are made to sew through leather, fur, tapestries etc...not even I can break those babies! Yeah!

As for the first picture, that is my Neva playing guitar. She really wants an electric guitar for Christmas, to which I have said no. Instead she is practicing on the guitar I bought Akira a while back. This will have to do for the time being. She looks like a natural doesn't she?