Eating Out of Their Hands

December 14th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (18 Comments)

Why, hello.

Half a Face

This would be my view for much of our 4 hours in the woods today. Who wants to walk when you can be carried?

Despite lugging around 30 lbs of toddler, we had a great time with our homeschooling friends and our day outside!

Into the Woods

We walked the trails at a local park and spent the day exploring the woods. We inspected animal tracks in the snow, listened to birds and best of all, waited for chickadees to come eat pumpkin seeds and walnuts out of our hands.

Isaiah and Ava Waiting

Stock Tip

December 7th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time - (12 Comments)

With an active day in store for us, I used my workout time this in morning to make some head way on packing and other turning-our-lives-upside-down prep work. I got my heart rate up a couple hours later during an outdoor homeschooling mid-morning adventure with 28 extra pounds strapped to my back.

Monkey On My Back

She looks thrilled, no? Let’s let this picture be a little cranky pants foreshadowing.

We met up today with our friends for a hike through the woods and to build a shelter made with sticks.

Take Me to the Other Side

A NEAT Morning

November 20th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (11 Comments)

Given that yesterday was our Stay At Home day, I decided to take the girls car seats out of the car to wash the covers. Upon removing the Britax Beasts, I discovered they were harboring a small community of broken crayons, cheerios and Kashi granola bar crumb fugitives.

So this morning instead of running past the car wash like I do day after day, I thought my carseat-less vehicle could use a little quality time with the vacuum before I spent a half hour reinstalling the seats.

Greetings From the South Pole

November 16th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Parenting - (16 Comments)

I swapped my early morning work out today for a little early morning de-cluttering/getting-ready-to-pack-up-this-entire-house-and-move-our-worldly-possessions-25-minutes-east-of-here instead.

La de da just taking stuff we don’t use any more to drop off and donate! Don’t mind me!

Load It

Wait a minute. Not so fast. Have you ever tried to donate or get rid of something with your children around? Be it their old toys or your own kitchen and household items? Trying to move stuff OUT when you have curious creatures wanting to know what they are missing out on or are being robbed of makes this a very delicate operation. This should only be attempted in the wee hours of the morning when no one is around to protest the donation of old toys. Old toys that are haphazardly thrown from toy bins directly to the floor while in search of the toys they actually play with.

My hesitance to work out yesterday was my cue that it’s time for a rest day – so today’s the day. We’ve got another beautiful day in store for us and we’ll be outside and active for sure so it’s the perfect day to take a break.

Instead of getting my sneakers on, I turned the oven on.

Oven On

I. Must. Have. More. Squash. And. Apple. Curried. Soup.


November 1st, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Motivation - (18 Comments)

I’ve had one thing on the agenda for today: Recalibration.

After a week of brownie sundae’s, Halloween party goodies and Kit Kats, I channeled Brendan and Natalia today to help me fend off the sugar cravings that have started to try and sneak up to hit me on the head with a lead pipe, in the kitchen, by Colonel Mustard.

Oh no you don’t sugar. Nice try. I’ve got the dream team on my side!

Our Sunday Best

October 25th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (15 Comments)

Per usual, I was up before the rest of the crew this morning. I fired up the oven first thing and put together another batch of Toasted Apple Cinnamon Cereal a la Brendan Brazier and Thrive.

When I made this cereal earlier this week I was sort of surprised at how perfectly chewy the apples turned out. I sliced up a second apple and baked it right along with the cereal, both for an hour at 250.

Apples with Cereal this Morning

I’m pretty sure I saw Mama Pea do this a while ago.

Homemade Dried Apples

Mango Madness

October 13th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast - (19 Comments)

Another Tuesday, another glass of green goodness. Today’s green juice was pretty typical. Romaine, cucumber, lemon, ginger, with the addition of a red bell pepper and some spinach. The orange-ish tint at the top of the glass was sponsored by the red pepper.

Green Lemonade with Red Pepper

Zak wanted to swim laps this morning so I stayed home with snoozing children and enjoyed a “rest day” while I folded and put away laundry, tidied up and swept and mopped the kitchen floor. I think I feel equally satisfied with my clean floor as I would have if I’d run 5 miles this morning.

Adventures in Homeschooling

July 25th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast - (4 Comments)

Exercise this morning is going to be in the form of a homeschooling adventure. My mom is coming to stay with Maxagirl while Ava and I take off on a little road trip.

I enjoyed my breakfast with staying power!


I ate while I packed our lunch


and started compiling the stuff we need to take with us today.


Nothing like eating breakfast when you’re tearing around the house like a mad woman. OK in truth I just walked around normally, but sometimes I like to call myself a mad woman. “Walking around the house like a mad woman” just doesn’t paint the same kind of picture.