SPRING!

In the last month I have been so thoroughly embracing spring and the outdoors that I haven’t had time to sit down and gush about it.

In April we started a wall because it was hard to see that spring was on its way.  I needed a concrete and inspiring reminder when the slushy snow was falling in gobs from the grey sky.

But now…IT IS HERE! Continue reading

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An Inspiring Family

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”   – Mark Twain

In pursuit of a primal lifestyle, I’m mindful of not only feeding and moving my children in more healthful ways, but also engaging them with their surroundings in more meaningful ways. 

It is true that our Paleolithic ancestors probably had very little awareness of the larger world beyond their ability to travel on foot, but their complex, intimate knowledge of that environment was essential to survival.  Continue reading

The New Year

I love fall.  The crisp mornings this week have drawn me into knitted sweaters and afternoon cups of tea.  Morning sunrises are late and made more glorious by the low angle of the sun and the yellow leaves sprinkled on the street.

The loose, random adventures of summer have their place, but I’m energized by the start of the new year, the laying down of the new routine.  There is some freedom in the kids being gone for a portion of the day.  I usually get restless and decide this is the time for me to make some changes… get a job… get in shape… start a blog.  This September, even though my energy is slow coming after a difficult August, I’ve decided to do all three.

Dayhome kids are starting this week, but I won’t be running full throttle until November 1st.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to incorporate each child into the routine with plenty of time and attention.  A slow pace will be good for all of us to start.  My kids and I are going to have to find ways to make this work, especially before and after school.

Three months essentially off the exercise wagon means I have lost strength and resilience.  I lost my chin-ups (though I only had two, they were precious to me…) and I’m back to slugging through sore muscles and lower cardio capacity.  The good news is that strength is returning far faster than it grew in my initial run at Crossfit one year ago.  I haven’t lost everything, evidently.

And, the blog is up and running.   I’m going to try and embrace the discipline of writing in order to keep that dream alive… even if it is only my own ramblings.  Welcome!  Feel free to follow along…