I have always been into nutrition and health and read and inquired about different nutritional topics.
Recently with my research on how to garden ( since some of us don’t naturally have a green thumb!) I have really come to appreciate the beauty of veggies and gardens and the work that goes into making them thrive. I feel like such a dork sometimes!
I will look at my garden and just be so excited to see the growth. When I harvest my lettuce, I feel exhilarated that I grew it! When I see other gardens or walk through the produce section at Whole Foods, I marvel at the beauty in the colors… I know… I have gone totally woo woo… ( Is that a word?).
When I heard that an amazing mom at Brayden’s school had applied for, and received, a $5000.00 grant to build and grow a garden at his school I wanted in!I went to our first meeting the other day and I am so thrilled to be on the ground floor of this important project for our kids. The build-out will be in September and I will be in charge of bringing the community and kids in with events and activities. I will keep you posted on our progress 🙂
We are going to construct a garden for and with the school community, compost food scraps from the cafeteria to use in the garden, and eventually use the food grown in the garden to feed the children in the cafeteria.
How cool is that?
For experiential learners ( like Brayden) the garden will be used to teach lessons to meet learning targets for each grade and the kids and community will have the opportunity to work in the garden to make it something beautiful for us all to share…
I am selfishly hoping to gain some gardening tips along the way too!
Take a girl out of California and put her in Oregon and she becomes a hippie!
What are your garden tips for building a community garden?
- Little Sprouts (amominspired.com)
Once a year, I go to the motocross with a happy heart, no complaints, no worries (yeah right!) and I swoon over my wonderful husband as he rides like the wind and flings himself many, many feet in the air on his dirt bike.
This is the place where I really see my husband. I see him enjoying his passion, full of life, unburdened by responsibility, and taking care of himself.
Sometimes I forget, as challenging as it is at home with the kids, that his plight has its own challenges. Feeling the pressure that he puts on himself everyday to “take care” of us and all the feelings of pride and failure that can sometimes come with that.
It is nice to spend one day every year with him doing only what he loves and allowing him the time to just really be in his passion with nothing else holding him back.
As you can tell… the boys had NO fun 🙂
And then come Monday, it is back to the grind.
I am the queen, yet again, and it becomes all about me. ( Did I really say that?) Ha!
What did you spend your Father’s Day doing this year?
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The next phase of our dietary madness has been aligning ourselves with the Primal philosophy.
I really can’t take the credit for this one as Brent has been the captain of this ship.
It started when he found Mark’s Daily Apple online which prompted him to read the book “The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy” by Mark Sisson.
He was convinced that: 1) It made perfect sense and 2) I would love it.\
I have to admit that I was feeling a little resentful of yet another dietary change. I had just gotten into the gluten-free, chocolate-free, peanut-free lifestyle and finally felt that it was second nature and then here is one more curveball being thrown in my direction.
When we make a change in our family, especially in the way of diet, I am the one who is impacted the most. After all, the hats I wear do include the grocery shopping hat, recipe finding hat, chef hat, and many more…
So to say the least I was skeptical…
But how could I resist when Brent had been eating this way throughout his three-week long trip to Asia and was feeling better than he had felt in the last year.
So here we are…
I am almost done with the book and it is really interesting.
I have not had bread in three weeks (well except the pizza the other night that I thoroughly enjoyed!!)
I have made Primal/ Paleo granola and muffins ( via Elana’s pantry)…
So far so good! We are only a couple of weeks in, so I will give an update in a bit…
No one wanted to invite us to dinner before with just our gluten-free, everything-free plan, now, we are really on our own!!
Has anyone given the Primal lifestyle or Paleo lifestyle a try?
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My, how time is flying!
Hard to believe I haven’t posted in a week! Seemed like just yesterday that I wrote my last post…
Hard to believe that my baby is done with Kindergarten and will move onto the first grade!Hard to believe that the rose bushes that were just thorny stems are now beautifully in bloom…
Hard to believe that my youngest cutie turned 4 and is now wanting to be a black belt in Taikwondo…
Just like the last week has gone by in a blink, the last 6 years seemed to have flown by.
Just like that, my kids are becoming more and more wonderful as they move through life.
I am just trying to enjoy everyday and live in the now so that I don’t miss it… although even with this consciousness I still feel like it is going way too fast.
How do we really enjoy this time without it getting away from us?
Happy Friday!! Enjoy every moment!!
Do you remember my empty garden beds??
And my little baby sprouts?
I am such a proud mama right now!! We just ate our first salad with lettuce and spinach from our very own garden! Yes, it’s true!! Can you believe it??
I am so excited that our garden efforts actually are starting to look like we will have veggies! Wahoo!!
Look at this! drumroll pleeeeease…..
Brussel Sprouts are sprouting!
Lettuce and Kale and zucchini!
It totally makes me want to be a farmer! I am currently batting my eyelashes and very sweetly trying to convince my hubby that we need to have farm fresh eggs… yes, I want to be a chicken lady 🙂
It’s not going over too well… but a girl can dream right?
How are your gardens growing?
This was last weekend…
Notice the sunshine?
Doesn’t it look warm and wonderful?
Here is the view out my kitchen window tonight…
Notice the GIGANTIC raindrops? And gloom? And nastiness?
California Sunshine Oh how I miss thee…
I have so many summer sunshine plans! I thought with school letting out next week and fountain play last week, we were well on our way to beautiful Oregon summer.
I was so WRONG! I guess that’s what happens when you put a California girl in Portland, Oregon 🙂
At least we got a little hint of Summer last week!
What are your summer sunshine plans?
Hello Friends! I have not fallen off the face of the Earth…
After quite a vacation ( blogging vacation that is…) I am back!
We took a weekend trip to California for some much needed family time and a very special day for my mom ( more on that later!).
And then came back to REALITY!
The end of the school year is upon us, and boy there is a LOT going on…
So… if I am a little less consistent over the next couple weeks, I am running around like a CRAZY woman with a few screws loose (to say the least!). What else is new?
Just wanted to check in with you all and say HELLO! My dear friends, I have missed the blogesphere 🙂
What has been going on in your world over the last couple weeks??
Until the next post…