Summer Wrap Up and Kids Back to School

Oh my gosh!  Where and how do I even begin this?  I have taken a very long sabbatical from the blog world.  Here’s the deal,  summer was coming and I knew we had some vacations planned.  I was killing it at Pure Barre going pretty much six days a week and actually challenged myself to 30 days in a row {completed} while hitting over 300 classes.  I wanted to write and share updates on life and healthy living, the kids, food and all my Pure Barre badness, but instead just unplugged.  This mom needed a mental break from technology writing {Instagram doesn’t count as writing}.  Summer consisted of a nice ten days relaxing in Cabo San Lucas, water aerobics, stair running {that ended after the second, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and educating myself on how many ways to drink rum. Spending a week in South Lake Tahoe was the way…  Read More…

Easter Sunday, Reflecting and A Giant Peep

I have been waiting and wanting to find the time to sit and write again.  Since my last post, I have been able to pull myself together and I am happily back on track with life and my fitness routine. Yesterday morning had me waking before the husband and kids.  I waited patiently waiting for all of them to emerge from their beds.  Baskets were downstairs delivered from the “bunny”.   I found myself sitting quietly and enjoying a cup of coffee and reflecting at the same time.  It was going to be somewhat of a difficult day and some sadness would be in my heart.  I would be remembering my grandfather Benson {Easter was a favorite holiday of his} who passed on this day in 2011 at 95.  I would be thinking of my very large family and how sad it is that we are not close, regardless of what…  Read More…

Putting Me Back Together Again

I knew I had to get back to my routine, I new it would be difficult, but the only way to get through the days ahead, was to get back on track.  I was doing so well attending my Pure Barre classes, I was feeling amazing and my body had kicked into fit mode.  Then one day {weeks ago} everything changed and honestly, I was terrified.  I was actually nervous to walk back into the place that I visited just about every day of the week.  The quaint studio down the street from my own home {where I pretty much knew everyone} suddenly became one of the scariest places for me.  The last time I had entered through the doors, I had broken down and found myself sobbing over the fact that we had just said goodbye to our son as he shipped of to the Army Rangers program.  I…  Read More…

Finding My Way As An Army Mom

When life hits a bump in the road and you feel as if God is giving you {yet once again} something more than you can handle, you stop and take the longest of breaths.  You literally stop.  At least that is what I have done.  Since hearing the official word from our son about his leaving for the Army Ranger program and actually seeing the paper work, the last few weeks has had me feeling as if the heaviest of loads has been suffocating me.  I can’t seem to function on all cylinders and it is crippling.  I am not used to this, I am normally very together, organized and timely.  On task with work {like my blogging} and my job at home.  The simplest of daily routines seem to be interrupted by the distraction in my mind.  Pure Barre class has me in a daze and not paying attention,…  Read More…

The Brave Mother

Waking this morning with a very heavy heart … I am not ready nor prepared for what is coming.  Although we have been discussing it, and trying to accept it, my head, heart, soul and body is struggling.  I am the proudest I have ever been today as a mom, I can’t imagine being more proud ever in this lifetime.  I am the saddest ever this day as a mom.  I will have many emotions for months to come {years}. I will struggle I will cry I will smile and reflect I will be strong I will be sad I will find courage I will be afraid I will be confused I will be angry I will be vunerable I will pray I will talk to God I WILL BE BRAVE The past seven months has been spent preparing and discussing.  We have been going through the process as a…  Read More…

Holiday Project Day For Your Teen

School was out last week for the Christmas break and as usual {to keep up with tradition}, we hosted another holiday get together for miss Faith and her gal friends.  Since this requires getting everyone together before travel plans start, it means planning and prepping weeks ahead.  This isn’t our first rodeo, we know how to pull it together with plenty of time … DATE/TIME *Check calendar and choose a few different dates. *Send out email invite with details and specified dates and include the time.  This gives everyone a chance to chime in on what works for them. *Confirm final date and respond. *Come up with food {menu}. *Are you wanting to do easy?  Are you on a budget?  Do you want to have anyone bring something? *Plan food for specific time of the day. Plan a holiday project day #kids #familytime #holiday #craft #teens Click To Tweet PROJECT/CRAFT…  Read More…

Pet Adoption and The Volunteer Job

How is summer going everyone?  We are into the second week of July and with the 4th behind us and the Tahoe trip  {post to come} in the past, I am finding that the days are filled with swimming at the country club pool or grandma’s house.  If that is not enough to keep the kids busy, then I am at a loss.  I am actually looking forward to some quiet time and just doing nothing for a few days, but when it is too quiet the kids get restless.  Noah has football workouts and camp three days each week until season starts, so that helps.  Miss Faith is busy shopping on-line for anything because, well she is a girl {a 13 year old girl}, she gets bored and she apparently thinks that we have a money tree planted in the back yard. This is when I get creative.  Faith…  Read More…

Cross Country My Heart Is Happy

When Miss Faith had decided to get out of the pool and hang up her swim fins two years ago, I was so bummed.  She just had the most natural way about her in the water and picked up on swimming as a competition right away.  Her butterfly stroke was AMAZE balls!  However, as kids will do, she just decided to stop that sport and give something else a try. I know, I know, we are to be nothing but supportive when it comes to our kids.  Don’t push them or force them into something that they will in turn end up hating or even resenting us for, but I can’t help it, I just loved going to swim meets and hanging out all day.  The water, the smell of the pool, the bags of towels and clothes, the locker rooms, the waiting in between events, the “cups of sodium”…  Read More…

Our Future Leader

Miss Faith is currently running for 7th grade rep at her middle school.  The speeches are to be given this Friday.  Let me recap our daughter and her goals quickly to get to my story… Faith is our only daughter, she is 12.  She is amazing, inspiring, smart, talented, compassionate, helpful, friendly, creative, organized, well liked, honest, hard working, stubborn, speaks her mind, stands up for herself, steps out of her comfort zone.  She is sarcastic, funny, loyal to a fault, an amazing friend.  She is trusting, caring, competitive, strong and has moxie.  {there is more, but you get it}. We have just returned from our very first CASL trip {California Association of Student Leaders}.  This trip is open to all leadership kids at the school, only this year it was also open to the yearbook students.  Yes Miss Faith is in yearbook {the 6th grader in a 7th/8th grade…  Read More…

My Proud Moment

Welcome to “Faith’s Corner“,   This is a category on my blog where our daughter will write, post and share whatever she feels like at the time.  I am sharing a paper she had to write for an assignment in one of her classes she was 8 years old when she did this event {she is in 6th grade}, the subject was “One Of Your Proudest Moments“.   “On your marks, get set, GO“!  When the buzzer went off I knew it was time to dive.  I dove off the block and into the water. The water was cold. I kicked my feet as hard as I could while doing the butterfly stroke, hearing the crowd around the pool, cheering all the swimmers on. I blocked out the sound and said to myself, “I can do it”. I came to the wall, turned then started my backstroke. I went fast, then…  Read More…

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