First Day of School!

Last Friday was the First Day of Preschool for the boys! Mama was glad they were excited about their new Preschool, teachers and meeting new classmates! Sienna will be home with me another year and I’m excited about our one on one time together as the boys enjoy learning at school.  This will be Parker’s last year and Preschool.  With his September birthday, he’s in the Young 5’s class. He misses the cut-off for Kindergarten, but he’s going five days a week! I miss my morning time with him, but I know how much he loves school, and I enjoy the fun times we get to have in the afternoon!  Mason has always been pretty apprehensive about new situations or environments, so I was pleasantly surprised that he didn’t cry on the first day! He was so brave!  He’s growing up so fast.  He’s in the 3 year old preschool class and going three days a week.  It’s nice that he has a balance of three days at school, but still two days home with Mama.  He’s so easy going and enjoys his time at home too, so this was the perfect schedule for him.

Excited about the new school and a new year of learning and fun with these sweet kiddos!

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Visit from Grandpa, Grandma and Uncle Chris

Rennie and Dad come down usually once a year in the summertime to visit, and all of us are always excited to see them and visit with them! The kids get lots of love and attention from them and this time they got lots of love and attention from Uncle Christopher too, who they haven’t seen in years! The boys had a blast building legos with Christopher, and Rennie enjoyed helping with coloring and sticker time at the table. Dad really enjoyed having some one on one time with Mason, reading his truck book and learning all about Mason’s monster truck collection. We ended our visit with a home cooked dinner and a walk around the neighborhood. It was so nice to get to see them and catch up on life together!

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#Shesgotlegs Challenge

A friend of mine over at In Balance Yoga Crystal, who I went to school with is an amazing Yoga teacher and great friend. We have two kids that are within days and weeks of each other! Our boys are a day apart and our daughters are a few weeks apart. When she challenged me to the #shesgotlegs yoga challenge, I thought it would be a good way for me to be intentional about my yoga practice at home. I’m more of a studio yogi and can’t seem to get motivated enough at home or know exact poses to do.  It’s a challenge where there are poses every day in the month of August, and you do the pose to the best of your ability and snap a picture of yourself in that pose and post to Instagram with the #shesgotlegs hashtag.  It’s that simple.

I thought it was a helpful challenge to me, but I learned some things about myself and ultimately I have decided to quite doing this picture-taking portion of the challenge.  I think it’s a great challenge and it’s great for people to encourage one another to go further in their yoga practice, but for me, it ultimately left me with some insecure feelings.

Let me elaborate. I  know yoga is for EVERY Body. I know… However, it has really brought out my insecurities about my weight having pictures taken of me in yoga positions when I’m not fit.  I know it may sounds very superficial and maybe self absorbed, but it’s true.  I know some of you understand.  The unfiltered truth is, that when you have extra weight on you, that not only is it more difficult to get into more challenging poses, but they don’t photograph as well either. You can’t suck in, you can’t do that “skinny” angle…it’s very open and vulnerable.

There’s good news in this though.  It has really been just the motivation that I’ve needed to get back into shape.  The right way… the feel good and look good way. The motivation not to stop until I’m living a life that I know I should. No excuses. I’m too young to be continuing on  the way I have and I’m too smart to not just “do what I need to do” to get there.

My grace period is over. I’ve had three kids in three years, gone through Lyme disease and the ailments that followed, and now that I’ve recovered, it’s time to get serious!  My goal is to focus on cardio and strength training 4-5x a week with yoga mixed in 2-3x a week.  Dan and I signed up for a 5k at Lake Lanier in November, so I am working on getting in shape for that.  I’m working on eating less and retraining my body limit foods with processed sugars, grains, carbs and  fill with whole foods and protein. Not easy, but totally doable! As a longer-term goal I can focus on next Spring when Dan and I will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and even though we don’t have anything planned, I would love to be fit, looking good, and feeling good by then!

So here I am… flaws and all. Letting the chubbies all hang out. I enjoy practicing yoga, and I will continue to do the #shesgotlegs challenge on my own, I just won’t be taking any more pictures of myself in the poses! Crystal was able to give me tips on how to do a headstand too. I was using a chair to help me kick up at first, but now I can do one on my own without a chair. This week in Heated Power Yoga I was able to do my first headstand at the end of class. Something I had been working towards for several months! Baby steps! I never thought my body would be able to do all these yoga poses and inversions, but it has. This has reminded me that my body is capable of so much if I have faith that it can do it! I’m asking God to help me along the way with prayer and intention, to work through me during my workouts. More updates to come!

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Enjoying Summer Break Part 2 |iphoneography|

This summer has FLOWN by. In just a few short weeks, the boys will be starting preschool at their new school!  The hustle and bustle of the school year will start again, and there will be a tad bit more normalcy in the homestead, but also maybe not as much leisure time as there has been this summer.  I’m looking back on these months past as we get ready for the school year, upcoming birthdays, fall baseball (a first in our house!) and I think we’ve had a great summer! Even though we didn’t take any vacations this summer (we just did Destin in the spring), we had lots of fun mini day vacas with the kids and little adventures that I think they really enjoyed.

As I mentioned in the first summer break post hereI set up a playgroup for every Friday during the month of June and July in order to be able to enjoy some fun activities with friends.  We really enjoyed those who came out to hang and made some fun summer memories with us! I know the kiddos really enjoyed seeing their friends, and of course, I really enjoyed getting to catch up with the Mamas too! A big thanks to those who took time out of their week to meet with us! We’ve also enjoyed our time spent at home, keeping it low key and finding fun things to do around the house! As sad as I’ll be to see summer go in a few weeks, I thinkwe’ve had a pretty successful one!

 

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Stillwaters Farm- Visiting the Ashbys

We had been planning all summer to visit my grandparents, and this past weekend, we finally took time out of our weekend to go up to Hartwell, Ga and enjoy a nice summer day at the farm. Of course, the kiddos were so excited to see Great Grandpa and Great Grandma! We had a nice time together catching up. We enjoyed picking fruit from the garden, eating lunch together, driving out on the pickup truck to see the cows, riding in the tractor, climbing the hay bails, swinging on the tree swing, enjoying yummy ice-cream, snuggling on the sofa (with beloved Georgia Tech blanket), and enjoying conversation with my amazing Grandparents!  They are truly a living example of what God calls us to be. Humble, loving, gracious, giving and many more Christ-like attributes. We are beyond grateful for their love and Godly influence in our life! We enjoy savoring these moments with them, making lasting memories, and wishing that we could do it more often.

 

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