I finally have enough quote photos written out that I can do what I planned to do from the beginning!!! I have really wanted to put to slide show of them together set to music that I can share in a video! Today I finally did it, you may notice that there is another one in the montage that I haven't posted in my quote of the day area, it is a quote from Prince. As I said before I wasn't a huge fan of his but since he died last week I wanted to do something to pay homage to him since I am really into music and he was a pretty famous musician!!
A few months ago I signed up on B&H (I actually say B&N in the video...oops!!!) publishing to do book reviewing, it had been so long that I actually forgot that they were going to send me one, but today I checked the mail and there it was!!! I received The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Shirer. I am really looking forward to reading this book, the back cover makes the story sound really interesting.
A little information about the book: it was published this year (2016) and is categorized at a christian young adult. I am in the process of doing some further research about the author, but this appears to be the first in a trilogy so that is exciting!!!!
anyway here is the picture of the front cover:
And here is a link to the youtube video I did on the book:
Stay tuned for more on the book and more books to come!!!!
On Saturday our family celebrated earth day at the zoo. As I said before I love earth day and this was fun, they had several booths explaining different environmental things, which was really cool, you could paint a sidewalk square, or flower pots, or watch a puppet show! It was really nice but we mainly walked around and looked at the animals. It was really cool to see my kids look at the animals and talk to the volunteers about how much they know, Cole really impressed one of them by asking if "Patrick" ( The Ball python) was done shedding his skin. It is probably just because we go so often!
Here are some pictures and a video from the event!!!
Sunday we went to a horse rescue and the kids got to pet horses, donkeys, and miniature horses!! ( I didn't get any pictures because I was busy with the kids) They really enjoyed it, This place was really amazing they rescue animals from bad situation (like going to slaughter, Something I didn't even know they did to horses) Here is the picture from their website.
All in all it was an environmentally packed weekend!! We all came home tired and took a nap!!! Now we are starting another week!!!
Today I am doing a quote which has a special connection to earth day, I have always loved earth day and it is a day that holds a ton of significance for me. I remember as a kid learning about how we needed to protect our planet and help it to be healthy and how sometimes we as humans aren't very good at that.
God gave us this great planet and put us in charge of protecting it. Today and every April 23rd can be a great reminder of what we should be doing to help our earth!!
Come back later to see our earth day trip to the zoo Video!!!
It's Friday again, meaning it is my day to post my normal one song yoga.
Today's one song yoga includes a lot of poses that are good for just getting out of bed and limbering up our muscles for the day!!
I really love doing these posts every week and spend a lot of time working on what song I am going to choose to go with the poses I have chosen for that week. This week I really considered using a prince song considering his passing earlier this week, but this song by Madonna spoke to me much more for this routine. This was a song I had honestly never heard before and I am not sure if it is one of her extremely popular ones or not. I listened to her much more in the late 90s early 00s.
It isn't overly happy for greeting the morning, but I like the title because it shows the washing and refreshing of a new beginning. I know not all the lyrics reflect that but oh well....:)
So this week my computer is not working, so I am having to do my blog posts from my iPad. Not that I am complaining, I love this thing. It is frustrating though because we are quickly approaching the end of the semester and so this is not really the time for a computer issue. Besides that, this is the third time in 3 months that we have had computer problems, we probably should have just bought a new one when all of this started, but alas we didn't do that. Computer issues, along with sick kids, along with end of the semester coming up leads to a fair amount of stress.
I looked online and found this one song yoga to Meghan Trainor's "All About that Base" and it definitely seemed fun!!! It is a basic sun salutation but I have found in the past that these are some of the best stress relieving poses.
As part of my seminary education we had an assignment a few months ago entitled "Discoving our Rule of life." The Rule of life is basically a regiment that we do for self care, most of us have spiritual practices such as prayer or service on or rules of life, but it can be anything that helps us to feel closer to our creator, and usually something that relieves the stress that has entered our lives.. I really think that everyone should have a rule of life, because it can help bring you back to center.
Whether you are a student, a mother, work in what ever capacity, I suggest you use this week to focus and re center...We all need it, we all have stress!
Have a great Sunday, and remember the week is just beginning!!
I honestly can not believe this but last night was cole's kindergarten round up!! He is so ready to start in the fall! I'm pretty sure that I will have a harder time then he will, it is really helpful that I love the teachers and the school, so much, I have compete confidence in them, plus Liam attends and Cole will be attending a magnet school, for those who don't know a magnet school is a public school that has special programs associated with it, ours is a science, fine art and music magnet school. Meaning they get special instruction in these areas, which is particularly amazing, since this school is one of only TWO in the city that has an art program at all....
The whole evening was pretty cool, the kids got to see all the science labs, and the whole thing had a wizard of oz theme, right up mine and the kids alley!
Here is a few pics we took and a video I made up
Here is the yellow brick road leading into school....
The tornado and the witches feet at the enterence to the library
Wow!!! I am so behind!!! This has been one heck of a week, it's one of those weeks that you just hope and pray that next week will be better. Tuesday night Caroline woke up sick in the night with vomiting and a fever, I thought it was probably a sinus infection because this is her normal routine when she has one, so the next day we took her to the doctor, yep sinus infection alright...Dan and my mom got antibiotics for her while I went to school...Ugh it is so hard to leave my babies when they are sick, but I knew they were in good hands with my mom and Dan once he got off work. Cole had also been coughing and acting just generally unwell so we wound up taking him to the Dr yesterday and the poor guy has croup, a sinus infection and an ear infection....so we are on antibiotics all around.
These latest adventures have lead to my one song yoga pose choices for this week, I found that several of them are good for clearing out the sinuses. Which can help in preventing sinus infections, and reduce allergy symptoms, a helpful thing for everyone this time of year. Obviously I am not a doctor and it isn't proven that these poses do anything at all but I can honestly say that I felt a huge different in my sinuses after doing them!!! Engage carefully but every little bit helps1!!
April is upon us! Cole has been asking for months to plant a garden, this Sunday afternoon we finally took the first step.
Cole was soooooo excited
We decided that the best place to build this garden was probably going to be at my parents house because they have a much bigger back yard then we do, We started out by tilling the ground and then adding sand to make the earth a little softer.
After that Cole and my dad did some raking.....
finally they put down dirt
We decided to wait a week or so to plant since there are apparently some better times then others to plant a vegetable garden all of the kids got in on digging in the dirt and helping to prepare the ground for planting
Cole is ready to plant, and has very specific things he is wanting to grow, we will see if it works, but even if he doesn't it is a great lesson in farming and gardening!!!
Here is my quote for Sunday! I had never seen this quote before but the other day I was heading home from a walk on a local trail and I saw this on the back of a jeep that was going the same direction that I was....My best friend was with me and she told me that her husband had this same quote on a shirt!!! How awesome is that!!!
So here is the quote of the day!!!
I love this quote and it is another one that is so true and I just think it is beautiful! Of course it comes from the mind of JRR Tolkin so what else can we expect!! It apparently comes from a poem entitled "All that is Gold does not glitter."
Last week was multifaceted for us. There was a LOT of Good and a little bit of bad. It started out with Liam getting his orange belt, this was such a special think for him given the special needs that he has. The night after he got his belt he started showing signs of illness, he had been showing cold symptoms for several days, but his mucus color changed and he developed a fever, the normal signs for him of a sinus infection. So off to the doctor we went, they informed us that it was intact not a sinus infection but just allergies, and recommended that we go back to see the ENT (we have a favorite ENT, who did ear tube surgery on both Cole and Caroline)
Monday after Easter started out Good! Liam won an award at school for being on the honor roll, Cole got to be the special helper at school which was a huge deal for him.
Tuesday and Wednesday were normal days for me, as I went back to school, but this is my mom's first week of school time child care, She and Caroline are adjusting to a LOT more time together, (Which is working out great), and my mom is adjusting to the times that Cole and Liam need to be dropped off and picked up from school and other activities. It is an adjustment but I think it will be good over all. Wednesday night we developed a little bit of an issue, we were eating dinner and Liam started complaining about his tooth hurting, I was surprised to notice that one of his molars was chipped, I assume he must have done it while he was eating because I hadn't noticed it during regular teeth brushing. So I made an appointment with our regular dentist. We went in and he tried to get x-rays but wasn't very successful because this equipment was not the right size. he referred us on to a pediatric dentist in town which we had seen before with Liam, we had actually stopped taking him there because I felt like the pediatric dentist was just looking for problems to get more money, and Liam has been going to the dental van since he was in kindergarten (a program that does cleanings every six months and takes care of any issues that they see) Well the pediatric dentist found a TON of work that needed to be done in Liam's mouth. and quoted us a price of 3,000 dollars!!! I was totally freaked out, especially considering the fact that we brush and floss twice a day! The problems do see to be genetic, my husband and dad both have very bad teeth, they are pretty (very white and straight) but the enamel is weak. I am currently looking for natural methods to help fix his issues, and we have set up an appointment for a second opinion. If anyone knows of any natural dental methods PLEASE let me know!!! We will just keep going and I know that all of this will work out but its a little frustrating for my little guy to have to go through this! HAVE A HAPPY SUNDAY!!!! PEACE, We are off to build Cole's Garden, pictures and video to come!!!!!!
A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided we needed to start getting healthier. Neither one of us is that much over weight but we were not exercising and we felt like this was the time to start. I always used to be very into health and exercise, but after my kids were born that kind of went out the window, because I was spending all of my time taking care of them. We joined the YMCA and started going to the gym. Other then that I have also been doing some working out at home, i have been riding the stationary bike and doing jumping jacks ( I try to do about 500 a day). Also I have always been a huge fan of yoga. Previously i didn't really consider it as part of my work out, I actually used it more for meditation and self centering. But over the past few weeks I have found that i can use it as a warm up to the other parts of my work out.
When my husband and I started working on getting healthy, I looked around the internet and found something called a "One song workout' It claimed that you could get pretty much a full body work out in one song, and used popular music which seemed like fun. While I personally don't believe you can get a full work out in one song, I thought that these were good warm ups or cool downs. so I decided to put those ideas together and came up with this.
Now obviously I am not a yoga instructor, but this seems like a beginning level to me, I am going to try and write one up about once a week, to different songs and different poses. Songs are going to be more upbeat then others, I would consider this one a warm up, and I will probably write some that are more cool down worthy or relaxation worthy..