Thursday, March 29, 2012

Catch'n Up - Photo a Day

I need to do some March Photo a day. Although I'm missing some, I'll throw in what I have and add the rest by Saturday night!

15. Car

16. Sunglasses

17. Green

18. A Corner of Your Home

19. Funny

20. Before/After - a before, but no after. But the after is coming. Its almost done!!

21. Delicious

22. Kitchen Sink

23. Moon

24. An Animal

25. Breakfast

26. Key

27. Your Name

28. Trash

29. Feet

Sunday, March 25, 2012

You Know You're Feeling Better When.... feel like getting up and moving!

Its been a long long week. But today, the sun was shining, and Goran came home early. I was able to rest after a sleepless night of more illness. I could feel my energy slowly building. I wanted to make super, (a good one) and I was motivating the kids and hubby to chip in and getting moving. We worked together. One putting place mats on the table, another putting dishes on top of them, and another (my dear boy!) mixing up the whip cream for dessert. It was like one of those commercials on TV where they are singing, and stepping around each other gracefully, and all sat down once everything was done, all at the same time.

The energy is building!

A visit from Nana and Paka, with piano lessons, 

a quiet walk after diner,

a sweeter worn my cousin Calvin, and Bryan, and now my weeist one!

baths and PJ's, and everyone tucked in bed before 9:00pm.

I'm feeling good and looking forward to a new week. Catching up on my photo-a-day, my volunteer work, my weight loss journey via blog posts, laughing with my babies, stories on the couch, visiting a friend due to a missed visit last week, and maybe, if whether allows, a trip to the beach!

Oh the promises the week hold. Stay tuned to see our greatness!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Its been a week. A week of sunshine, and walks, and a swimming lesson, and a volunteer group meeting, hubby switching to afternoons, and more sunshine. Its also been a week of nausea, tummy troubles, and a sore back. The later all mine. I struggled with guilt as I needed my naps to recover, but my big kids needed time outside playing and running and enjoying the sunshine. I struggled with guilt at my back went into spasms, and I snapped at the kids. I hobbled to them, and tried to keep my cool to help them work out problems. I struggles with guilty trying to explain to them that mommy was not well, and in a lot of pain, could you please please stop fighting, (crying, screaming, hitting,ect) just for a moment.

Yes, its not all roses, and rainbows, and unicorns.

Sometimes its hard, and overwhelming, and lonely, and sometimes I struggle.

But even in all of that, there IS the good. The biggest one taking the lead in helping clean a bed room, and my 2nd practicing her piano everyday with out being asked. My biggest boy came home from the dentist with a toothpaste to share with his 2 big sisters. And the baby, she napped beside me quietly every day, waking up rested and happy after wards. There has been book reading, puddle playing, a night camping (before the illness plagued me!) a March break spent with a new friend visiting grandparents next door, a picnic, and a trip to the store for a treat.

No its not all been bad, and I have taken time to enjoy a few special moments, but it has been a hard week. I'm hoping my back heals quickly, and that my health comes for my upset tummy tomorrow.

A quick cap of our week, and then off to bed for me!

monkey see monkey do

coleman stove cook'n!

little girl next door, my kids luv her!


treats on the front porch in the beautiful weather and sunshine. short sleeves and sandals in March!

I've been thinking of March Photo a Day every day!! I promise I will catch up, and it will be worth the wait! I will not let you down!

Now, to bed for me, and health tomorrow!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


March Photo a Day

14. Clouds

It was a beautiful clear, day all day, until just now. I think it turned out well :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


March Photo a Day

13. A Sign

A sign of Spring. And a sign, that no matter how much technology you throw at kids, digging in the dirt is still more fun.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Things I've Been Thinking - With a Check In

The house is quiet, and I feel myself letting go. Unwinding. Sigh that big sigh.

I ran today. 5k. It felt good to get, out. The air was warm and I was never cold. Not when I started, and not when I turned back on to my street. I felt strong, and alive, and healthy. Healthier anyway. Duke padded along beside me the whole way. He is quietly in his bed now sleeping. Could I have warn him out....??? I doubt it...

I luv friendships. The new and old. The ones that are fresh, and new and exciting. You ask questions, and get to know each other, and wonder what kind of friendship it will turn out to be. The 'old' friendships. The ones that have stood the test of time and troubles. You supporting one another, knowing that the friendship is stronger then the trouble, and your friendship will come out in the end stronger then before.

I saw one of the later today. It was a supporting day for her. Hugs, deep chats, and comfort food. It was a soul filling day. One I would not have missed for the world.

Thank you dear friend for letting me and my wee ones in you home and your heart on a day you needed some extra support and luv. What a privilege and an honor.

Check In 

OK, so I did my 5k race, and luved it! We - hubby and I - are looking into some more. I'm continuing the running as well! It feels good, empowering, exhilarating, and I feel so alive. I'm trying to get out 3xs a week, which is working well, and I'm aiming for 5k every time. Today I did 5k. A good start to the week!

I'm also getting up to 1/2 hour video in the morning. I don't do it every morning, but aiming for 5-6 times a week, which I have been successful with.

So the Weight Watchers and counting points have flown out the window :( The scale was a reflection of that this morning. I was up 1.4 from last week. *sigh* Why can weight loss be easier?
So I'm recommitting to the points for the whole week, with a goal! By Easter, (4 weeks away) I want to be down 3lb. I know I can do it! I just need to eat well. I like eating well. It feels good!! So here I go. Wish me well :)

I'm not meeting all of my weight loss goal as quickly as I wanted. But I am meeting my fitness goals, and making stronger ones as I go. Despite the weight, I feel good about that! 

March Photo a Day

11. Someone you talked to today

12. Fork

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happiness Is....

....having my hubby cheer me across the finish line!!
....a party after wards with friends.

 ....a note from Mom and Dad wishing us well on a race well run.
....running and knowing my kids are safe at home, with the next best thing to me.
....fresh laundry off the line and put away.
....the hard efforts of organizing, and having a place for every thing again.
....babies walking.
 ....chatting with neighbors as children ride up and down the sidewalk in the sunshine. 
....a day spent outside is sunshine and  +12  degree weather.


 ....signs of spring.

....tidied kitchen, with the help of little ones.
....freshly bathed babies wrapped in towels.
....quiet house after babies are peacefully tucked into bed.

O, Happiness is good. Life is good. I am elated with life. With my wee children, with my husband, family, friends.....the list goes on and on. It can't all be wrapped up in one post. But it continues here, day after day.

Thank you for following me in this journey of life. In the good and the bad.

March Photo a Day

9 - Red

10 - Loud
they are learning so much, but the toy is LOUD! Ack!!

11- Someone you talked to today

Stay tuned for tomorrow!

Friday, March 9, 2012

{this moment}

{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.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
inspired by SouleMama 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March Photo a Day - 8

March Photo a Day - 8 - Window

My front window. I luv watching for my friends to come, watching the kids ride bikes, and I'm just nosy - I enjoy watching the neighbors. I also enjoy looking in, when I'm coming home from a run, to see what they do without me!!

can u see them and a bit of me in the photo?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Great Day.........To Be Alive...

Oh where to start? Its been a great day! The kids and are so insinc  with each other. The weather was a beautiful +15C today, and we got to do things we luv! Ballet, a walk in the windy sunshine, hanging laundry, library, and pizza. Really, can it get any better for me or them?

i luv to wear her close to my heart, little feet dangling by my side

at the same time i luv it when she takes off after them...

i luv how they lead her to play, keep her safe, and luv her

the wind blew it across the yard!! more clothes pins the 2nd time around!!

Catch up on  March Photo a Day  (ohps)

5. A smile

6. 5 p.m. (or 5:01)

7. Something you wore

pj's - every night, yes, pink leopard, fleecy and warm

Check in - Weigh in

I was slightly disappointed to see the weight the same as last week, but I was able to shrug it off at the same time. Its become about more then the scale. It has to do with how I feel, and what I'm doing about it. It has been less about the food, and more about being active. Not just exercising, but moving. I like a good walk with the kids, or being in the yard hanging laundry, and dancing to my favorite song on the radio. I've also picked up and enjoyed running. Running with someone is FUN too!! Honest. It feels so good, the cold air hitting the lungs, the gasping for breath, and muscles screaming out to me. I ran with Shana this week, and Goran. And luved it!!

I have also entered a race. (with free food and beer at the end!) Its 5km, and I have done 5 km (with Shana) so I know I can, and I understand, from friends who have a done a 5 km race, that on race day, your adrenalin is pumping, and 5 km flies past! Race day is Saturday, and I am pumped!!

I will check in next Monday again, and update about the race.

Photo a day for the rest of the week!!