Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Snow in April

Look, I am over winter. I mean it has gone on long enough. However, it snowed today and I could not help but find myself under the spell of snow on flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Natural Healing

After my great purge, from what I believe to be food poisoning from a pre-packaged meal, I was feeling mighty weak! We decided to stick close to home. Thankfully it was a stunningly beautiful day yesterday so I lounged in the hammock, puttered around the yard a bit and enjoyed time with the family. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I am feeling back to normal today, or mostly normal. I am still kinda food wary at this point. My energy is back and I am ready to enjoy spring!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Quote: Humane

 

We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.
-Kurt Vonnegut 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Puke Fest 2017

 

Well, yesterday was memorable. I was sick, super unwell. We were house sitting for my parents so when it became clear that I was 100% out of commission Eric took the day off from work and went to our home with the girls. I just wallowed in misery all by myself at my parents' home. This was a sickness for the ages. At one point I was very uncomfortable sitting in a chair and wanted to lay down, but it took me thirty minutes to gather the energy to make it from the chair to the nearby couch. 

The good thing about this kind of illness is that they tend to move along pretty quick. After about 36 hours with no food I have eaten and seem to be successfully digesting a small bowl of rice cereal (if this is TMI for you then I am sorry, but this is being human) and am eager to feel some energy.

This has been quite a reminder about what a gift health is to a person. Truly I don't even know if I could have driven myself to the doctor yesterday had I needed to go. I am so thankful that my body is able to power through something like this. I am so thankful for my amazing husband who took on solo parenting and gave me a bubble of isolation, while still checking in with me on a regular basis.

Now I need to sanitize EVERYTHING! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Phone Photo Friday:4.21.17

Hi! I am sick, like a sick I will remember for years to come. So I am just gonna post this blog before I puke some more. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Without Words

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Birthday Review

Yesterday was a great day! Nothing major happened, but it didn't need to be a day of big things. Yesterday was a perfect day of little things.

I woke up and opened some thoughtful gifts and enjoyed breakfast with the family. Then we went about the normal routine of preschool, work drop off, homeschool, etc. For lunch I met with my parents and the fam for lunch and more gifts.

I returned home and was gifted with so many messages and emails and Facebook posts. I talked with both of my brothers and was just feeling so very loved. I was sitting at the table thinking about how thankful I am to know such kindness and support and how I just wish everyone could feel such love when the doorbell rang. A flower delivery woman was there with flowers from a dear friend. I may or may not have cried. 

 

Later my mom took the girls to prep a cake while Eric took me out for dinner and a walk.

 
Vegan pizza!!! 

 
Check out my hand earrings!

 
And here is the cake my mother made and the girls decorated! 

I went to bed last night feeling truly overwhelmed by the kindnesses extended to me or on my behalf. Several people told me that they had eaten vegan or given a stranger a compliment! Animals were sponsored. Honestly I am just so deeply moved by the goodness, by your goodness! I am inspired and want to work to live up to all of you. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Birthday Request


 

Hi! It is my birthday! If you are wondering what to get me I have some ideas:

-Go vegan for a meal, a day, week, month or forever. It would mean the world to me.
-Walk some dogs or pet cats at your local shelter.
-Adopt or sponsor the adoption of an animal at your local shelter. 
-Give a stranger a compliment.
- Smell some flowers.
-Take a walk and really enjoy it.
- Sponsor an animal rescue! 
-Look at some art.
-Be kind to yourself. Don't say or think mean things about yourself. 
-Have a happy day.

Love,
Maria

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Review

Yesterday was Easter, FYI. We did it all.

 
We stared by eating a ton of food.

 
So much! 

 
Foood!

Then it was time for the hunt.
Nostrils flared with exhilaration.

 
Running to get to as many eggs as she could find.

 
Score!

 
My parents look on.

 
Two introverts and a table of My Little Ponies

 
My mother and Elise. 

 
My dad as the target of a silly string attack.

 
Cupcake

 
Aaaand this. You are welcome.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Quote: Our Hearts Sing

 

With every sunrise, our hearts sing with joy, our hearts dance with love, and our lives get energized with new life.
-Debasish Mridah

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Today

 
Today is about donuts and coffee and letting the girls watch a little extra TV. 
Today is about drawing and painting.
Today is catching up on errands and paying bills.
Today is about a windy walk with a basset hound.
Today is about cleaning house and doing some meal prep for tomorrow.
Today is about cuddling kids.
Today is about maybe (or maybe not) giving the dogs baths.
Today is about reading a good book.
Today is catching up on emails.
Today is about eating good and living well.
Today nothing is hurried. 
Today the rules are merely suggestions.
Today is good.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Phone Photo Friday: 4.14.17

What a week it has been! Spring is here in full force and we are soaking it up!

 
The girls have been playing in the yard as I work my way through winter clean-ups.

 
Morning drawing with Momo.

 
Drawing.

 
Vegan eats.

 
Eric and Momo.

Elise and me in a movie theater. We watched Beauty and the Beast. 

 
 Some with hands that I drew.

Message from Cordelia's homeschool art teacher! 

 
Sun and baby leaves.

 
Fox drawing.

 
Yesterday was my dad's birthday. Since he is a pastor and it was Maundy Thursday he had a full day of work. So, we all met up at his office and had lunch there. We like weird birthdays.

 
Lunch! 

 
Just another afternoon outside.

 
Hammock is out!

 
Daily drawing!

Dyeing "eggs" which are not real eggs. It is weird.

 
 Evening walk with my babes.

 
Happy Friday to you!
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