Sunday, February 23, 2014

Y is for Yoga

My what a crazy week it's been! I haven't been this happy to see Friday in a long time. I'm not even sure why.  Maybe it's due to being constantly on-the-go all week, going from a two car family to one (only temporary but proving difficult nonetheless), or battling sick children, but I am welcoming this weekend with arms WIDE OPEN!  Hoping that the weekend will bring more stillness and calmness, leading me to the reason of this post: yoga.

If you asked me to describe my yoga practice in one word, I wouldn't be able to do it.  You see, it's been such a blessing for me to find an exercise that I like, truly love, and that I can and want to stick with and one that is not only an exercise for my body but also for my mind and my soul.  Yes. Yoga is an exercise for the soul.  Who wouldn't want to get behind that?!


I had a really rough day yesterday.  Safe to say, we - the children and I - all had a rough day.  It was Thursday, we were all worn out from the busy week behind us, and Omi was out with the sickness. Man, when that girl gets sick, even the slightest runny nose....RUN!  Needless to say, we stuck it out survived. Not only was it a day full of three year old tears, but Benjamin is going through a developmental leap right now, so he's clingier and clumsier than usual, so we had all just had it. By 2:00, I started to feel defeated, and I HATE letting those emotions and negativity seep in.  It's hard to turn it around when we are all losing it together...or is it?  We can let the emotions defeat us, get the better of us yet again, or we can do something about it.  Just turn it around.  It really is that simple, yet we have to have an open mind and heart to let those feelings in.  I wasn't defeated, and yesterday doesn't define who I am.  It was just a hard day out of so many days I am fortunate and blessed enough to spend with these little people who won't be so little for very long. 

You know the saying: "get some fresh air?"  It's a simple phrase, perhaps overused, but it's so important to remember to do just that when we find ourselves in thick, mucky situations.  Yesterday was just no good, but by stepping out of the murkiness and into the sunshine, figuratively or literally, we can easily turn it all around.  Yoga very well could be my sunshine. It is my happy place - the place where I can let it all go and just breathe.  It all sounds so simple, and it really really is.  How important is it - yet simple enough - to just be in the moment and breathe?  Thoughts are no longer present - only your breath.  If thoughts arrive, you turn up your breath and as soon as the thoughts trickle in, they trickle right out.  It is the most basic skill in life - breathing - in order to live, yet sometimes, we just can't let go of what life throws at us.  We all too often forget or think it's too hard to find the time to breathe.


Yesterday, that's exactly what I did.  I created a space to just let it all go, let go of what happened earlier, and just be present in the here and now.  Meditation along with yoga is now my most powerful tool in life.  I want to scream it from the rooftops for all to hear.  Yoga is better than any therapy or drug. It's health benefits are truly remarkable and aid in everything from stress-relief to heart health. It has become a way of life for me, pulling me out of stress and chaos that may come my way.  

The simple act of just breathing.  That's all yoga really is.  Becoming one with your breath and body.  Soon, you feel the power of your mind and body working together for the sole benefit of your very soul.  It is powerful, peaceful, and makes you stronger than you ever thought possible!  Since I've been practicing, I can do things that I never thought possible in my adult years.  Not only have I become stronger physically and my flexibility is through the roof, but I feel more connected mentally than I ever have before. I am a better person thanks to yoga and thanks to my wonderful yoga family here in Savannah.  Yoga inspires myself and others to be better, to think clearer, and to eat healthier....to do good things.  It is a total win, and it all takes place right there on your mat. How hard can that be? Go on and give it a try. Still trying to get Andrew to give it a go, but he is a hard sell. I'll never give up! :) Hey, if this lady can do it, so can you! 


This video was taken on Thursday - the worst day of the week, yet I was able to get upside down and turn it all around.  Yoga is my therapy - my happy place!!
 
This video is mindblowing.  It shows how yoga can totally transform a person if you simply just do it. (Thanks Nike). :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hey Stranger

That's it. It's time. It's time to jump back on the bus that is my sweet little ol' blog. I sat down to research a past blog, and I got to reminiscing over past posts laughing and smiling at pictures and some of the hilarity that is my writing. I miss it! I miss you, sweet dear blog readers! So, I am hoping to jump back on, but this bus may be slow moving! 
have you seen the new VW van coming out this year?! I'm in love. 
Hop on the bus! (Couldn't resist)!
Lately, I have been busy like any mama of a toddler and a preschooler - well, any mama in general, really!  I am constantly flooded with thoughts of childhood activities, food to prepare, money-saving ideas, and the likes.  I am amazed at how the days fly by, and with that thought, this blog seems to be my way of slowing things down a little and looking back on these days and years with admiration and awe. My babies are growing before my eyes, and I want to document everything!! 

Speaking of documenting it all, are you like me in the sense that every single image is saved to your camera, computer, and hard drive?  I have 3 separate hard drives that I switch in and out, one of which being completely full of pictures of Naomi's first two years!! I'm talking ONLY pictures and videos, y'all. Music files aren't really saved anymore like they used to be, as I really only listen to Spotify or my SiriusXM radio these days.  I really feel bogged down with all of this data, so I guess, subconsciously, I stopped downloading music files to clear up some of this madness!! I have got to get a hold on picture/video files. What do y'all do with all of these things?? Erase them? Store them? Copy somewhere ELSE? There's really no need for every single picture - our mothers and grandmothers snapped pictures and waited to get them developed to weed out the bad ones. Now, we keep even the blurry messed up "whoops" pictures of the grass that we accidentally shot.  I've got to get a handle on it - we're talking thousands of files here, people. We all love our children and want to take pictures, but that is just insane. 

I have at least 30 more pictures from this afternoon of raking leaves! 
but aren't they cute?!
Things are rolling along in this new year.  A year of new possibilities and new hope.  Naomi is finishing out her second year at our church preschool, and even though I am in love with everything about it, next school year, we may be looking into something completely different for her education.  Next week, I am planning to attend a discussion about local options, less expensive options, for her future....and Ben's too.  She is a bright, bright child with an old, kindred soul, so I know she will do well where ever she goes, but I am in constant prayer about it these days because I want her to be in her best fit.  I am currently looking into montessori lottery programs (which are funded by the state and she may or may not get in) OR OR OR OR....I am considering homeschooling.  BIG ORS, BIG DECISION!  I look at it like this: my kids are only little once.  Like I heard this past week, "they are only passing through," and are only ours for a short while. There are excellent home school curriculums, for a fraction of the price of most private educations, and I hold a degree in education.  I know I could do it, and they could excel from home, especially in these younger years, but I have my reservations about it as well. Is it the BEST option for my kids?  Will we get burnt out on the process?  I feel like it can really work out beautifully, especially the more time I put in to it.  I have talked to a few home schooling friends of mine, and it works out so well for their families.  They know where there children are academically and how to help nurture that and help it to blossom - one on one, day after day.  There are so many pros to it, and so little cons in my opinion.  I just have a lot of praying to do about it because at the end of the day, He is in control and knows what is best for my family.  All trust goes to Him.  
I could easily spend all day every day with these faces

Omi gearing up for a cold day at school. 19* - coldest day we've ever had in Savannah!
I have been staying grounded these days by putting myself and my all into my family, becoming more and more involved with our church, and with quality "me time," more affectionately known as yoga.  I go to class here in town 3-4 times a week, and I try my best to practice at home (easier said than done with a Benjamin...yes, "a Benjamin" - he is a WILDMAN through and through!).  It is the meditation and breathing that helps keep me focused not only in class and on the mat but off the mat too.  It calms my inner voice to just be.  How powerful is that simple yet effective solution to daily problems? Just being. Just breathing.  Taking each day as it comes and just letting it go and letting it BE. It really is a wonderful thing.  Yoga strengthens my mind, body, and spirit, and I am hooked.  It helps me to be a better mother, wife, and person in general.  I'll take it!

Naomi's first day of gymnastics and she LOVED it!!!
This post has been a refreshing moment in time, and I thank ya for listening! I hope to be back soon and on a regular basis, taking you all on a journey through our lives and time here in the lowcountry.  I hope you'll come along and join us a few times here and there.  Have a wonderful day!! xo, Martha
can't believe our sweet boy will be 18 months old in 10 days!!
she's got her deddy's smile!

Ben's new fighter pilot hat from Uncle Jason!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Benjamin's First Birthday

Hard to believe our little Benji-man is already one. In just the past few months, we've watched (in disbelief) as he's quickly gone from babbling baby to a walking/talking little man! It's as if the transformation happened overnight, as he began to pick up more and more, with each passing second.
 
He loves to watch his sister, and he eagerly takes in, and more often than not becomes involved in all of his surroundings in every sense of the word. To "get one" with his new found world, he's started to climb, and boy, has he ever taken on some major obstacles!
 
He climbs, from one to another, from little to big. Small chairs, large chairs, bigger tables - he is king of the mountain! Just today, he successfully straddled the rocking horse, stood up, began to rock, standing, with both feet on the horses back, and he carefully lifted his hands into the air off of the horses mane as if to balance - which is exactly what he was doing! Balancing, with a look of pure joy and bewilderment twinkling in his eye.  Little stunt devil man he is! He's an absolute adventurer, thrill-seeker, our little wild man, who will most definitely be keeping our lives exciting for a real long time to come. We love his adventuresome spirit and feed off of his energy. 

Ben's first birthday was small and sweet, celebrated at home, with just the three of us to soak him all in. We enjoyed a day full of trains, balloons, good food, and good company.  Uncle Jason joined us for Ben's spaghetti supper that evening that ended with Benjamin's first ever chocolate cupcake. He destroyed it, eating only a little, all while smiling and laughing and covering his face with the rest. We had a wonderful time celebrating Benjamin Scott, and he certainly enjoyed the doting. He is such a happy, energetic, and mischievous little guy, and we love his little ways. Looking forward to a busy, wonderful new year of more firsts and more adventure. Cheers to sweet and oh so loveable Benjamin Lee. We love you, sweet boy!!
Uncle Jason spoils these kids so! A stuffed dog with a tongue that unrolls as a blanket!
homemade cinnamon rolls for the birthday boy. he loves anything sweet and savory.
After showing quite an interest in trains at the bookstore, Andrew and I scored this collection from consignment for under $15!


checking out the 'new' train!

happy with his vintage fisher price circus train. this was a favorite of mine at Geemama's while I was small.

at food lion. one year old. happiest shopper around!



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Y is for Yoga

My what a crazy week it's been! I haven't been this happy to see Friday in a long time. I'm not even sure why.  Maybe it's due to being constantly on-the-go all week, going from a two car family to one (only temporary but proving difficult nonetheless), or battling sick children, but I am welcoming this weekend with arms WIDE OPEN!  Hoping that the weekend will bring more stillness and calmness, leading me to the reason of this post: yoga.

If you asked me to describe my yoga practice in one word, I wouldn't be able to do it.  You see, it's been such a blessing for me to find an exercise that I like, truly love, and that I can and want to stick with and one that is not only an exercise for my body but also for my mind and my soul.  Yes. Yoga is an exercise for the soul.  Who wouldn't want to get behind that?!


I had a really rough day yesterday.  Safe to say, we - the children and I - all had a rough day.  It was Thursday, we were all worn out from the busy week behind us, and Omi was out with the sickness. Man, when that girl gets sick, even the slightest runny nose....RUN!  Needless to say, we stuck it out survived. Not only was it a day full of three year old tears, but Benjamin is going through a developmental leap right now, so he's clingier and clumsier than usual, so we had all just had it. By 2:00, I started to feel defeated, and I HATE letting those emotions and negativity seep in.  It's hard to turn it around when we are all losing it together...or is it?  We can let the emotions defeat us, get the better of us yet again, or we can do something about it.  Just turn it around.  It really is that simple, yet we have to have an open mind and heart to let those feelings in.  I wasn't defeated, and yesterday doesn't define who I am.  It was just a hard day out of so many days I am fortunate and blessed enough to spend with these little people who won't be so little for very long. 

You know the saying: "get some fresh air?"  It's a simple phrase, perhaps overused, but it's so important to remember to do just that when we find ourselves in thick, mucky situations.  Yesterday was just no good, but by stepping out of the murkiness and into the sunshine, figuratively or literally, we can easily turn it all around.  Yoga very well could be my sunshine. It is my happy place - the place where I can let it all go and just breathe.  It all sounds so simple, and it really really is.  How important is it - yet simple enough - to just be in the moment and breathe?  Thoughts are no longer present - only your breath.  If thoughts arrive, you turn up your breath and as soon as the thoughts trickle in, they trickle right out.  It is the most basic skill in life - breathing - in order to live, yet sometimes, we just can't let go of what life throws at us.  We all too often forget or think it's too hard to find the time to breathe.


Yesterday, that's exactly what I did.  I created a space to just let it all go, let go of what happened earlier, and just be present in the here and now.  Meditation along with yoga is now my most powerful tool in life.  I want to scream it from the rooftops for all to hear.  Yoga is better than any therapy or drug. It's health benefits are truly remarkable and aid in everything from stress-relief to heart health. It has become a way of life for me, pulling me out of stress and chaos that may come my way.  

The simple act of just breathing.  That's all yoga really is.  Becoming one with your breath and body.  Soon, you feel the power of your mind and body working together for the sole benefit of your very soul.  It is powerful, peaceful, and makes you stronger than you ever thought possible!  Since I've been practicing, I can do things that I never thought possible in my adult years.  Not only have I become stronger physically and my flexibility is through the roof, but I feel more connected mentally than I ever have before. I am a better person thanks to yoga and thanks to my wonderful yoga family here in Savannah.  Yoga inspires myself and others to be better, to think clearer, and to eat healthier....to do good things.  It is a total win, and it all takes place right there on your mat. How hard can that be? Go on and give it a try. Still trying to get Andrew to give it a go, but he is a hard sell. I'll never give up! :) Hey, if this lady can do it, so can you! 


This video was taken on Thursday - the worst day of the week, yet I was able to get upside down and turn it all around.  Yoga is my therapy - my happy place!!
 
This video is mindblowing.  It shows how yoga can totally transform a person if you simply just do it. (Thanks Nike). :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hey Stranger

That's it. It's time. It's time to jump back on the bus that is my sweet little ol' blog. I sat down to research a past blog, and I got to reminiscing over past posts laughing and smiling at pictures and some of the hilarity that is my writing. I miss it! I miss you, sweet dear blog readers! So, I am hoping to jump back on, but this bus may be slow moving! 
have you seen the new VW van coming out this year?! I'm in love. 
Hop on the bus! (Couldn't resist)!
Lately, I have been busy like any mama of a toddler and a preschooler - well, any mama in general, really!  I am constantly flooded with thoughts of childhood activities, food to prepare, money-saving ideas, and the likes.  I am amazed at how the days fly by, and with that thought, this blog seems to be my way of slowing things down a little and looking back on these days and years with admiration and awe. My babies are growing before my eyes, and I want to document everything!! 

Speaking of documenting it all, are you like me in the sense that every single image is saved to your camera, computer, and hard drive?  I have 3 separate hard drives that I switch in and out, one of which being completely full of pictures of Naomi's first two years!! I'm talking ONLY pictures and videos, y'all. Music files aren't really saved anymore like they used to be, as I really only listen to Spotify or my SiriusXM radio these days.  I really feel bogged down with all of this data, so I guess, subconsciously, I stopped downloading music files to clear up some of this madness!! I have got to get a hold on picture/video files. What do y'all do with all of these things?? Erase them? Store them? Copy somewhere ELSE? There's really no need for every single picture - our mothers and grandmothers snapped pictures and waited to get them developed to weed out the bad ones. Now, we keep even the blurry messed up "whoops" pictures of the grass that we accidentally shot.  I've got to get a handle on it - we're talking thousands of files here, people. We all love our children and want to take pictures, but that is just insane. 

I have at least 30 more pictures from this afternoon of raking leaves! 
but aren't they cute?!
Things are rolling along in this new year.  A year of new possibilities and new hope.  Naomi is finishing out her second year at our church preschool, and even though I am in love with everything about it, next school year, we may be looking into something completely different for her education.  Next week, I am planning to attend a discussion about local options, less expensive options, for her future....and Ben's too.  She is a bright, bright child with an old, kindred soul, so I know she will do well where ever she goes, but I am in constant prayer about it these days because I want her to be in her best fit.  I am currently looking into montessori lottery programs (which are funded by the state and she may or may not get in) OR OR OR OR....I am considering homeschooling.  BIG ORS, BIG DECISION!  I look at it like this: my kids are only little once.  Like I heard this past week, "they are only passing through," and are only ours for a short while. There are excellent home school curriculums, for a fraction of the price of most private educations, and I hold a degree in education.  I know I could do it, and they could excel from home, especially in these younger years, but I have my reservations about it as well. Is it the BEST option for my kids?  Will we get burnt out on the process?  I feel like it can really work out beautifully, especially the more time I put in to it.  I have talked to a few home schooling friends of mine, and it works out so well for their families.  They know where there children are academically and how to help nurture that and help it to blossom - one on one, day after day.  There are so many pros to it, and so little cons in my opinion.  I just have a lot of praying to do about it because at the end of the day, He is in control and knows what is best for my family.  All trust goes to Him.  
I could easily spend all day every day with these faces

Omi gearing up for a cold day at school. 19* - coldest day we've ever had in Savannah!
I have been staying grounded these days by putting myself and my all into my family, becoming more and more involved with our church, and with quality "me time," more affectionately known as yoga.  I go to class here in town 3-4 times a week, and I try my best to practice at home (easier said than done with a Benjamin...yes, "a Benjamin" - he is a WILDMAN through and through!).  It is the meditation and breathing that helps keep me focused not only in class and on the mat but off the mat too.  It calms my inner voice to just be.  How powerful is that simple yet effective solution to daily problems? Just being. Just breathing.  Taking each day as it comes and just letting it go and letting it BE. It really is a wonderful thing.  Yoga strengthens my mind, body, and spirit, and I am hooked.  It helps me to be a better mother, wife, and person in general.  I'll take it!

Naomi's first day of gymnastics and she LOVED it!!!
This post has been a refreshing moment in time, and I thank ya for listening! I hope to be back soon and on a regular basis, taking you all on a journey through our lives and time here in the lowcountry.  I hope you'll come along and join us a few times here and there.  Have a wonderful day!! xo, Martha
can't believe our sweet boy will be 18 months old in 10 days!!
she's got her deddy's smile!

Ben's new fighter pilot hat from Uncle Jason!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Benjamin's First Birthday

Hard to believe our little Benji-man is already one. In just the past few months, we've watched (in disbelief) as he's quickly gone from babbling baby to a walking/talking little man! It's as if the transformation happened overnight, as he began to pick up more and more, with each passing second.
 
He loves to watch his sister, and he eagerly takes in, and more often than not becomes involved in all of his surroundings in every sense of the word. To "get one" with his new found world, he's started to climb, and boy, has he ever taken on some major obstacles!
 
He climbs, from one to another, from little to big. Small chairs, large chairs, bigger tables - he is king of the mountain! Just today, he successfully straddled the rocking horse, stood up, began to rock, standing, with both feet on the horses back, and he carefully lifted his hands into the air off of the horses mane as if to balance - which is exactly what he was doing! Balancing, with a look of pure joy and bewilderment twinkling in his eye.  Little stunt devil man he is! He's an absolute adventurer, thrill-seeker, our little wild man, who will most definitely be keeping our lives exciting for a real long time to come. We love his adventuresome spirit and feed off of his energy. 

Ben's first birthday was small and sweet, celebrated at home, with just the three of us to soak him all in. We enjoyed a day full of trains, balloons, good food, and good company.  Uncle Jason joined us for Ben's spaghetti supper that evening that ended with Benjamin's first ever chocolate cupcake. He destroyed it, eating only a little, all while smiling and laughing and covering his face with the rest. We had a wonderful time celebrating Benjamin Scott, and he certainly enjoyed the doting. He is such a happy, energetic, and mischievous little guy, and we love his little ways. Looking forward to a busy, wonderful new year of more firsts and more adventure. Cheers to sweet and oh so loveable Benjamin Lee. We love you, sweet boy!!
Uncle Jason spoils these kids so! A stuffed dog with a tongue that unrolls as a blanket!
homemade cinnamon rolls for the birthday boy. he loves anything sweet and savory.
After showing quite an interest in trains at the bookstore, Andrew and I scored this collection from consignment for under $15!


checking out the 'new' train!

happy with his vintage fisher price circus train. this was a favorite of mine at Geemama's while I was small.

at food lion. one year old. happiest shopper around!