What a great way to start the new year, let’s go play in the snow to start out 2019 right.
Just part of life
Let’s start with a gorgeous and delicious breakfast.
Liam and his buddy Reed enjoyed complimentary pancakes.
Elda and Liam sat on Santa’s lap
Awesome way to greet Christmas! Thank you Brasada Ranch!
I love yoga…
In 2003, or so, I moved into a new house. Not a new house, but it was new to me and I was in love with the ‘Hippy Den’ at the corner of 12th & Portland. While outside unloading groceries one day, I noticed a neighbor and called out to her.
“Hi, I’m new here, want to come have a beer?”
“I don’t drink” The neighbor replied
“Well, my dad is here” she said
“He can have some too”
So they came over. We must have had a nice time because we have been friends ever since, I like to joke that being my neighbor is a lifetime commitment! I started hassling Danielle a couple times a week, and one fateful Monday she took me to a yoga class.
That first class with Sundari was something so special; she is so passionate about yoga and sharing it with her students. We went through some breathing, basic sun salutations, and a shoulder stand. I was blown away by her caring nature, I had never been around someone like her (and still haven’t, i think that she is the nicest lady EVAH!) not to mention the fact that i walked outta there that night HIGH AS A KITE on oxygen. It turns out group breathing gets you stoned… I took class there for about the next year or maybe even 2. Each class left me feeling a little stronger and more flexible. Sundari chants and leads a guided meditation savasana that is magical and felt so blessed to be a part of it each week.
Sundari opened the Bend Yoga Center but i never actually went there, I am not remembering why. My attendance had fizzled out for some reason, this was about 10 years ago. I have taken from many other instructors since those first classes, but it was never the same. Not that it was ever bad, yoga instructors are a delightful group of people in my experience. They are kind, supportive, beautiful people who really want to share the gift. I have been so lucky to have some great people to help me grow in the practice.
Having a baby really cut into my practice. It hasn’t felt right to get a babysitter in order to take a class. One of the great things about practicing is not worrying about what is going on externally, i couldn’t see leaving the baby with someone and not worrying… Not to mention the expense.
I ran into Sundari a month ago or so, what a JOY! She is doing great and has a baby just older then my son! It turns out she still teaches the same Monday night class! Andrew is able to be home with Liam so I can go without any concerns about care or cost! What happy kismet! I feel like i have returned to a place where i belong and it feels so darn good.
I owe a great many thanks for all of the beauty in my life, I am so glad that this class is once again part of my myth.
We bought a van man!
It has a table inside where we toasted our new 7 passenger, 2 bedroom car! The top pops and is a double bet, while downstairs there is a queen sized bed. We have already taken this sweet ride on one little camping trip and excited looking forward to many more.
And the ensuing lent
How does this always sneak up on me? Because I do not attend mass, sorry God.
I am not very religious but I really dig lent. There is something so good about giving something up and knowing that you are able to do without. Is that strange? Why would i like that?
Today is Fat Tuesday which always marks the day that I choose something to give up for lent. I am typically surprised by the fact that it is Mardi Gras at about 9 am. Today kept to tradition, I discovered that today is today about 9 which gives me about 15 hours to come up with something good to give up for the next 40 days and 40 nights.
I have been toying with the idea of giving up sugar for the last few days but, based on everything i have heard you need more then 15 hours to prepare for that kind of big diet shift.
TV? We did tv 2 years ago and that would be a good repeat. I am ashamed of how much i love to watch AND the vast quantity of time I waste in front of the mother box.
Alcohol? I was pregnant last year and gave it up for longer then 40 days so I don’t really feel like i need to do that again at the moment.
Single serving containers? This is what i did last year. It is pretty gross to consider the amount of garbage we produce in a day. Andrew wanted to give up garbage altogether, but that proved to be unobtainable.
Gossip? Negativity? Complaining? Judging others? Judging self? these are all really good suggestions from the internet. Oh giving up the internet would be a good one… if it was not my livelihood…
I really want to give giving up sugar a try. So to make sure that I have a shot at this I decided to eat as much of the sugary sweets that I have in the house today. Starting with the birthday cake I made for myself.
I have sweets in the house ALWAYS and have been an avid baker since childhood. Sugar and sweets would definitely be a good (and really tough) thing to give. I ate 3 pieces of this today in preparation for this period of diminished sweets. Andrew high fived me when I told him the idea this evening. He said that my body would thank me for it. Here goes nothing!
Months, years even. My friend Jonan told me that few people are true freaks. Hair has a finite growing lifespan, and growth rate so hair can only get so long. I wanted to know if I was a freak, so i stopped getting hair cuts.
I think it looked really good on the days that I washed and blow dried it with some nice smelling product. (I actually did not realize how nice it looked until i put this post together, now i am a little sad that I cut it) (it is a mega pain to grow hair out)
The problem is that… let’s face it…I can’t (won’t) do that all the time. There were many a morning where it all wound up in a ponytail or some sloppy bun. It felt gross a lot of the time and was increasingly frustrating to deal with. It was about this length when i felt like I was no longer seeing it get longer. So i gave up. And went back to getting hair cuts!
There has been a ton of snow here is Central Oregon and I for one am LOVING IT!.. I wish this happened every year. The world seems magic when there is this much snow in town. I like that everyone has to slow down, and in some cases completely change their routine. It is all real good stuff.
AP (begrudgingly) agreed to go cross country ski with me last Saturday. There is a secret spot near our house that I thought might just be a good candidate for a ski close to the house.
It was great! Perfect weather, perfect snow, decent trail, no other people.
Liam slept the whole time, what a lucky little boy. His dad and I were sweaty messes, but he seemed unconcerned.
Selfie on the bridge, AP doing the requisite duck lips.Poor Annie Pants has a tough time with deep snow. When you only have 8 inch legs, 20 inches of snow is hard to manage. She stayed right behind AP. Andrew ended up having a very good time and i think that we are all the healthier for it.
I have watched this happen to other people.
I never understood.
Friends who had children would drift out of my life in a cloud of baby bliss. I didn’t know about the bliss and joy that babies bring (yep, all the hormones that are supposed to make me feel close to my baby are working as advertised) so, from the outside it looked bad. Suddenly there were only pictures of this tiny stranger on their facebook page. They had a sudden fascination with poop. And even though they were never out late, sleep appeared allusive. I never saw the draw.
But now, I am one of these people who is so totally absorbed with a tiny stranger.
I can’t get over it. We have this really cute new roommate! And we just LOVE HIM 🙂 All the clichés are true! Bundle of joy? Yes Mam!
Proud Papa and his mini me. We were at the 6 month check up. Liam is small, but is growing steadily and that is the thing that i am supposed to be focusing on. I want him to be exceptional, but he appears to be a regular little human boy growing at a standard and reassuring rate.
You prepare to have a baby in the house by procuring all of these pieces of equipment, chairs and swings, bouncy seats and rocking cradles. They come with seat belts and you scoff, I was even tempted to cut the seat belt out on one of these things. Then, one day, the seat belt makes a ton of sense.
He knows what the camera is, or at least, he knows that he is supposed to smile. it is pretty great of the digital camera companies to have created the shutter sound effect, it queues a great smile!
He is enjoying crawling through things these days.
Teething is so tough, he just wears the bib to absorb some of the bucket of goo generated each day. You can see that we broke down and fenced the living room, stress level was very appreciative of one less thing to worry about, no burning the babe on the wood stove. I thought that there must be a way to teach that it is hot, but he is so young, just 7 months and hyper 4×4 mobile for about a month now. The fence makes it so that I can run to the restroom assured that there is not going to be major trauma in my 60 second absence.
I think that we are doing great. Everyone seems pretty happy and healthy and we are so excited for this adventure to continue to unfold. We have disappeared into a cloud of babiness!!!
The Hogan’s and The Patrick’s piled into the Great White Dodge and went out in search of the perfect trees.
The view from inside the cab was terrific.
The view inside the truck was also great.
In the end we found perfect trees.