Give love and receive love

It’s really that simple.

We recently spent some time on the beach.

Sidebar:  We live a “stone’s throw” from some of the most beautiful beaches in the US – in my opinion – and we just don’t get out there very much, I’m sad to say.

Anyways, we went took the boat and some of the kids to the beach recently just for the afternoon.  It was a gorgeous day!  We really had a great time.  I noticed my 14 yr old had been sitting in the softer sand for a while.  Letting him do his thing, I just keep an eye on him.  Eventually he got up and moved on to chasing a bird or something like that… boys will be boys.

I walked over to see what had held his concentration for such a long time and found this.images (40)

What I found absolutely melted me.

My 14 yr old, sometimes self absorbed, typical teenage son had been methodically carving a perfect heart in the sand.

What did this say to me?  His heart is full of love.

Our hearts should be filled with love.  We should give love without reservation.  In return we will receive love.

See? It’s as simple as that.


Just 30 minutes… Just 20 minutes… Just 10… 5… 4… 3… 2..

As I try to better myself and take part in a 10 day yoga challenge, I found something very humerous.  I started practicing yoga again to become more flexible.

Desk jobs are really hard on the back and neck, shoulders, stomach…. etc!  I get out of the office a bit but not as much as I used to and it’s taken a toll on my 40+ yr old body.

In a house with 5 kids and a cat, no-one and I mean NO-ONE wants anything to do with me until I start my 20-30 minute yoga session.

I sneak in, close my door quietly, unroll my mat, press play on my computer (LOVE Yoga Today.. btw)  and somewhere during the second sun salutation it happens.

Kid #1 needs money for fundraiser, kids #4 and #3 began chasing each other up and down the hallway, Kitty wants in the room, door bell rings… door bell rings again.. kid #5 and friend ask where the laptop is (its in my room..duh!)

Kitty wants out, Kids #5 and #4 now are in some strange duet contest trying to outsing each other in crazy high annoying voices. Kitty wants back in (can’t blame her)

There is basically a circus on the other side of my bedroom door.  A. Three. Ring.  Circus.

Just breathe into triangle pose……

I know I didn’t mention kid #2… frankly I am not concerned with his whereabouts at this point.  He is quiet and that is good.

Kitty is now curled up under my plank, a sad droopy plank that shifts to knee assisted plank more than I’d like to admit.  Down facing dog is an open invitation to sniff my nose, eyes, mouth and possibly headbutt me in the face.

Kitty gets kicked out as soon as we return to  “both feet at the front of the mat” position.

Moving on to crow pose…. if you are unfamiliar with crow pose just think of butt waaaay up in the air, knees in arm pits, and balancing treacherously on your hands with your face inches from the floor.  This is when my husband walks in…. “HEY THERE!!”  in the “man sees woman in yoga pose and his mind goes directly into the gutter” tone.  Just breathe…

I used to be good at crow… now it’s a sad attempt to not smash my face in the two seconds I can get my feet off the floor.  I know… a little at a time.. 🙂

My husband comes back in during the tiny little 2 minute savasana and asks if I had a peaceful yoga session with a smirk.

I say sure did!  I’m working on my flexibility 🙂

Tomorrow is a new day.  Namaste

I linked my Instagram account!

I have really enjoied Instagram lately.  I find it’s super easy to soothe my photographer personality.

I need a cool angle!!

I need cool filter!!

I need collage!!

Oh yeah!

Good stuff 🙂

I hope you enjoy looking back through some of my Instagram posts.  They are a direct representation of my daily life!

Look for it on the side… to the left, to the left! ( Or here )  Follow me!

There’s a crack in my yellow brick road???

Hi!  How have you been?!  I know, I know… it’s been a while.

I wish I could say I’ve been doing something amazing that has consumed all of my time.

Actually….. I HAVE been doing something amazing… it’s called LIVING 🙂

Don’t you agree that if you woke up this morning you are lucky?  There you are breathing, stretching, waking up to enjoy a beautiful day… coffee in hand… birds singing… happy kids… happy husband… your making your plans for this glorious day and then SOMETHING happens….

Could be the cat threw up in the hallway and you didn’t realize it until your bare foot stepped into the warm mushy pile of vomit yuk!

Could be that your water heater decided to have a blow out in the middle of the night.

Could be a devastating email or phone call.

Could be your beautiful smart adorable child did not shut the freezer all the way when he got the last ice cream sandwich… and you didn’t realize this until you came home later that day and wondered what the heck was leaking all over the garage…..( that was fun.)

It’s called LIFE.  There’s two ways to deal with it…..

Isn’t it amazing how you can be skipping along your yellow brick road and BAM! Out pops a little munchkin that throws you a curveball…. Quick!  Drop everything and catch!

When life throws me a curveball or pulls the rug out from underneath my feet, Trust me, I freak out… but then I take a deep breath (or 5) and consider what should be done.

I think I learned that in yoga… Breathe through it, Ease into the pose and you will know what your body is capable of.   That super smart, super cool, yoga instructor was awesome… I think of the way she teaches yoga often.

Life is full of surprises.  We need to breathe through them and enjoy that we are living.  What is the alternative?

I like living 🙂

Contrary to popular belief we are NOT the Brady Bunch!!

We are a family of 7.  Yes, 7.  We do not have a dog or a maid or an additional child.  We do have a cat.

I’ll take the maid though, if anyone wants to know. brady1

We are, in fact, a blended family.  And everyday is a blessing.

I consider everyday we get through raising our children to be amazing adults is a blessing.

In fact raising the kids to be fabulous adults requires a LOT of blessings.  SO BRING IT ON!!!  Send us blessings!! We need it! heehee

We became a family in April 2014.  It’s always busy, always loud always rambunctious but it’s always fun and I am very thankful.  🙂