Friday, May 20, 2016

Project 52 - Week 10

Project 52 - Week 10

Molly has been obsessed with drawing and writing in her special notebook for weeks. She's writing letters, drawing pictures and telling us amazing stories. 
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Baby Food, Life and Death and Wool Are This Week's Links From Around the Web


What to Feed Your Baby: Formula, Breast Milk and Beyond I had such a great time writing and shooting this article for ParentMap. It really brought me back to the girl's introduction to solid foods. I loved that part of babyhood.

Life and Death in Yellowstone National Park In college, I worked in Yellowstone and it was a defining moment for me. I learned about the awesomeness of nature. I learned about the stupidity of humans. I learned how to fear and honor the earth.

Unearthing The Secrets of New York's Mass Graves This article was so well-written and compelling that I keep going back to it and not only because I am a bit morbid and obsessed with death.

The Truth about Shearing Beautiful!

For LGBTQ Methodists, Church “Discipline” Feels Like Discrimination There is a revolution growing in my church and while the world church isn't ready to accept it, I'm thrilled to see the movement growing.

Monday, May 16, 2016

On Fitness


For the past few months, I've been struggling with my fitness. Last year when I discovered barre3 and started taking the classes, it was AWESOME and I loved it. Then I started to not love it as much but I still liked it because it worked with my lifestyle. After completing the barre3 challenge in January, I made a goal to keep working out at least 4 times a week. I did ok with that goal until Scott went away in April for 10 days. I totally slacked off! 

Along the way, I started listening to a new podcast, The Shameless Mom Academy. I noted that the podcaster had a gym in Seattle and it sounded good. Then I friended her on Facebook because I'm a stalker. A few days later she posted about her Little Black Dress Transformation project. I quickly messaged her to ask about it. I hemm'd and hawww'd for a few hours and then signed up. And I'm so glad I did! 


Today is the start of my second week on the four week program. We do three boot camp classes a week with two additional workouts outside the gym. We'd been given a meal plan to boost our nutrition and daily encouragement from Sara. The boot camp classes are hard but so do-able. I feel like a total bad-ass at the end of them. I've been making Scott feel my 'guns' and he said he's impressed. I'm in love with working out again. This morning, I woke up before my 5:15 a.m. alarm and bounded out of bed. I wanted to get to the gym to work out hard and today was a doozy! The workout is only 45 minutes which is perfect! I'm home by 7 a.m. and most of the time everyone is still snoozing so I hop in the shower, get breakfast and am ready to great them when they come stumbling out of their rooms. 

So far I'm re-learning (constantly re-learning this) that I need to eat more veggies and that I need to plan my meals ahead. I just can't flow through life or I will eat crap. The two weeks before I started this program, I was feeling so lethargic and was having a Starbucks Chai almost every afternoon to make it to dinner. I went to bed tired, woke up tired and after only a week, I'm not feeling this way. Yes, last Monday, I went to bed at 8:45 p.m. and slept for 9 1/2 hours but now I'm sleeping 7 hours or so. I'm bounding out of bed. I'm feeling energetic and most importantly, I'm happy!  

I'm going to conquer this goal and get fitter along the way! 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Project 52 - Week 9

Week 9

On Mother's Day, we headed to the Farmer's Market and explored Ballard to our hearts content. We found art on the walls, had delicious treats and even flew a kite!

Kite Flyer

Monday, May 09, 2016

2016 Garden


My garden has already changed so much since it was featured on NW Healthy Mama back in April. A few weekends ago, I gathered plants for my spring planting, finally got a trellis for my peas and did some mad weeding. I also ripped out the kale plants from the winter. The chickens had eaten their fill of kale and the plants went to seed when the weather warmed up so quickly.


I planted the carrots in early January and they are looking quite big so I'll be harvesting them soon. Luckily my kids love carrots so we'll be devouring them quickly. 


I planted some beans, corn, zucchini, squash and peppers a few weeks ago and they are all growing so fast. I have low expectations for the corn but thought it would be fun for the kids. I had some extra space in the garden bed and so threw caution to the wind. This year, I also bought a few more tomato plants than usual. I love tomatoes and I'm hoping for a hot summer for strong tomato production. 


This past weekend, I was gifted some sunflower plants from my Buy Nothing group and thinned out my herb garden area. That is one area of the yard that goes from mellow to OVERgrown so quickly.


The sage continues to be overgrown and gigantic with bits of mint sprinkled it. The thyme has really taken off with our Spring heat. Yum! 


My pear tree is looking good. I have a great water irrigation wrap for it that I plan to get on sometime this week. 

overgrown blueberries

One area of the yard that I need to take care of is the blueberry, tagberry and strawberry area. The weeds are growing like mad and I haven't had a chance to get out there and clear some space for these poor plants. They are looking gorgeous with tons of flowers which is giving me great hope! 



The chickens are still doing well and were even given the chance to roam the garden a bit while I did a big clean out of their coop. It's on my list to get them a much better run built. I have all the supplies and plans done, I just need to get it done. I currently have a bird net over their janky run as they quickly learned how to fly out and go on adventures. I'm not comfortable with free-range chickens in my neighbor's yards so bird net it is! 

What are you growing in your garden this year? 

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