Exercise... for the last... oh.... 9 years that has been a BAD word in my house.
BUT, I've recently learned how wonderful exercise can be! I'm not talking about aerobics, weight lifting, riding a stationary bike, ect.
I'm talking about getting out and moving your body, smelling the fresh air, looking at the trees, the animals, the clouds, the blue sky, the river. Moving in a loose, relaxed way. Relaxing your hips, your shoulders, your arms and just moving through the world.
It's so amazing!
THEN, get your kids out there! My Boys complain and complain almost the whole time we are walking, but they also laugh, and find "walking" sticks, and dig in the dirt and play at the playground that we walk to after school. I think deep, deep down, they LOVE it. At least that's what I tell myself =)
When they ask me why I make them walk everyday. I answer them that school doesn't allow for enough exercise and I want my boys to be happy, healthy kids. With the nation struggling with obesity especially in our children I think a nice brisk walk every day is a GREAT habit to get our kids into.
We have a new Dog Whisperer in our family. My cousin has a 2 year old daughter, Little M. She is adorable!!! (Of course, how could she be any different, after all she IS related to ME!)
Okay, so she doesn't look A THING like me. But look at those EYES!!
She and Gentry enjoyed some cuddle time on the bean bag while they watched Shrek 3. I swear I LOVE this dog!! (and the baby too of course!)
Little M LOVED Angus's dog food bowl. She very carefully carried it all over the house (the dogs were hunting down dog food pieces all evening yesterday! lol) and then she would put it down and take a piece out, feed it to Angus then reach in for another piece, feed it to Angus, and on and on. I don't think Angus has EVER eaten so much at one sitting!
There is NO question as to who the "Pack Leader" is in these pictures!
And I know it looks like Angus is very intently watching the food, but actually he is focused on the blue ball that Little M is almost sitting on =) He is ever hopeful that SOMEONE will throw it for him. Of course Little M obliged him all afternoon. Along with hand feeding him...
Monday was Hubby's birthday, but we celebrated it on Sunday. Not a big party, just us, a Mud Pie and a home made card =) Yum!
Thinking up a wish...
And blowing out the candles!
Last year I made Hubby a notebook. Every year I write him a birthday letter in that notebook. It's wonderful gift and didn't cost me much! I used a composition notebook and covered it with neat paper to make it more "Him". It's a great memory book! Onto the letter...
Shooting? Us? Yep, we went shooting this weekend. Talk about weird! This is what we will be doing as a family on the weekends. Hubby needs to practice handling his hand gun and it's a good time to do a little hiking. I just have to be aware of where Hubby is =)
Gentry handled the shooting great! He jumped around a little after the first one or two shots, but after that he didn't even bat an eye. Angus was another story, but was tucked away safely in my jacket. All warm and safe.
Anyway, it was a fun afternoon! Onto the pictures...
Gentry posing so nicely!
Gentry being silly! Angus keeping up nicely.
The Boys climbing up an icy, slippery hill. I did not climb this. Instead I walked up the perfectly nice, snowy road and found the state land we were looking for.
The boys coming down the hill towards me. Hubby went back for the truck.
I love this shot.
Little L climbing a tree.
Big B made a snow elephant =)
And Hubby shooting!
Kneeling and shooting. I think they start shooting in school this week. They have to do all sorts of things like, shoot kneeling, from the hip, one handed, shoot with their weak hand, load the gun one handed, ect. So he was practicing some of these things.
I am editing a new book written by my Aunt Sara about using Essential Oils on animals. It lists different health issues and then gives solutions using Essential Oils and other natural remedies. It's going to be great! Keep your eyes peeled! It's coming soon...