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Finding My Balance

1 Feb
Me in side Crow Pose

Me in side Crow Pose

I cannot say that I am an authority on balance. I look back over my life and find that balancing my lifestyle differed according to where I was in life. In my 20’s, with no husband and children, I balanced work, college, post graduate studies, and a social life. Once I married my life shifted and, I had to find a new balance. In my 30’s I birthed one child, then two and three came soon after!! NOW I REALLY HAD TO BALANCE! To be honest here, often I was unbalanced. What I have always had was a desire to be:

-active

-engaged in life and

– always at peace.

In each decade of my adulthood I really would strive for balance in my life. The 20’s found me in college where I was active as a cheerleader and dancer. After college, I taught dance classes (as well as a teacher in the public schools). I took ballet classes and joined a gym. In my 30’s I resurfaced from the new motherhood trenches and exercised more, taught more fitness classes and, found sanity when I spent time doing something for myself. That something was exercising. It helped me release which, in turn, helped me handle the ins and outs of life.

Today (in my 40’s here), I found this definition of balance in my ZEN cards by Daniel Levin

Balance

The Center is not always the point of balance. When you find that place where BALANCE is achieved, Peace will result in all situations. There is no conflict, for everything RESTS without strain.

That sums up balance for me now. That place where I have peace and I find that all is well with myself; spirit, soul and body. My sense of peace and stability change with life. It ebbs and flows and, there are days as well as seasons that I am well out of balance. Ultimately, I always come back to the center, my center. And, for me that always includes time to Sweat Everyday!
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Summer is Here

23 May

Summertime is here! Well, the summer solstice isn’t until June however all three boys are officially out of school today! The 5-year-old finished last week (he was in Mother’s morning Out 4-year-old class) so he’s been home. I am now counting down the minutes until it arrives with awful great expectations. I am excited that we don’t have to engage in the daily early morning “wake up get ready” yelling discussions ( I engage in – they ignore). We can sleep in, especially since they are taking a season off from swim team (first time in a while). I am feeling ready, confident that we will have a good summer.

I think…

I hope..

I Pray…

O.K. I know I am supposed to cherish these boys, love the fact they will be home everyday, all day, with me, did I mention all day.

I recognize that I have a limited amount of time with them and every homeschooling friend I have will pop me upside the head for feeling differently BUT I have to tell you my patience is running thin (notice they have yet to have one summer day here and already I feel this way)! This summer Insanity Sanity will be had by all.

A 12-year-old, 10-year-old and 5-year-old boy will not defeat me. If they do, hubby can handle it. Who am I kidding?! We’re going down, but not without my plan. I have plans!!!  Chores will be done,  lots of time will be spent outside (by them not me) and at the pool and you better believe a good VBS camp will be found! I’ll be at the gym DAILY! A few trips here and there to go on and all will be well. That should wear them OUT!

Phew! OK, that’s my plan, we can do this.

I think…

I hope..

I Pray…

Now, I feel better. I have vented and all will be well. My cool will be kept all summer long.

My yoga mat beacons and I’ll have a good smoothie to follow right now. I have to get some yoga in right now because the hours are going by fast and they will be home SOON.

ALL SUMMER LONG!

What are your summer plans?

Wordless Wednesday – A Developing Artist

27 Oct

This is my 11 year old son. Just within the past few weeks he has really been expressing himself artistically. I am so inspired.

He is Playing the Viola for the Orchestra

He drew this earlier this week. Has a stain on it...

He watched a YouTube Video, on how to draw an eye, and he proceeded to draw his brother's eye.

Apples to Apple Pie

22 Oct

I hit the jackpot this week! A wonderful friend of mine loaded me up with lots of goodies. First, of all she watched my youngest son while I taught the fitness club at my middle son’s elementary school afterschool. That was a blessing if ever! He is usually running around the gym, going into the offices, classrooms and media center coveting all of the candy sitting on everyone’s desk. And, he is so darn cute that everyone acquiesces to him and just lets him run rampant. He is sweet but he is BUSY!!! I digress…

When I went to pick him up, from my friends and his playdate with her son, she sent me home with him (trust me he didn’t want to come home and her son didn’t want him to leave), and bags of food! I SCORED! What mother wants to be given food to go home with…everyone of them!

So this is my stash…

She picked some fresh apples from the North Georgia apples and gave me a bagful! YUMMY!!!!

Then I got these:

Homemade apple butter, homemade applesauce and a strawberry from the summer! I will be making homemade biscuits tomorrow for sure!

Now, I was inspired to make an apple desert so…

My apples I already had at home,Store bought apples

 

 

 

 

 

Were transformed  into an apple pie filling

Cut up apples, add sugar, a little flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon

 

 

 

 

And then Apple Pie!

It smelled so good, and looked so yummy that we dove in before I even remembered to take a picture for this blog!

 

 

 

Here’s a bowl of it with vanilla ice cream. The picture doesn’t do it justice. It was heavenly!!!

I rationalize eating all this yumminess by first of all using all natural ingredients and then the plan of exercising it off. Well, I was out of organic turbinado sugar, and I really wanted sugar in it so  regular granulated had to suffice. My pie crust was already made, didn’t feel like making it from scratch and my 8am morning run around Stone Mountain today…well, suffice it to say that didn’t happen either. But, I have no guilt. I am happy, the 3K’s (my sons) were happy, and my hubby who was in his man cave working on a top-secret car project tasted it and he doesn’t like apple pie! All was well on my Friday night.

Oh and one more thing…my friend’s husband jarred pickles this summer and my son LOVES them and guess what?