Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Wintery Winter

It's been awhile since we've been able to enjoy such a beautifully white winter. So many Rhode Island cold, wet, freezing winters have graced us in recent years. Every flake of snow that falls puts a smile on my face. Another blanket laid upon our existing covers. The kids enjoy every moment. I believe this could almost be more enjoyable to them then the blustery days of summer. The knock at the sliding glass door when they just about had enough. The rosy cheeks and snow drenched hair poking out beneath their hats. Another adventure.

The moments when the house is silent.
Someday I believe we will be blessed with a wood stove, but for now every time I hear the heat click on, my two oldest scramble for the warmest vents in the house (the back room and the bathroom), shut the doors to contain the warmth and pull up a child-sized chair. Their slippers come off and those tiny toes caress the warm metal grates. And there they will remain, quiet and peaceful, for the duration that the warm air blows.

How does a family who focuses on raw food stay warm and happy during a New England winter? Well besides amazing green-fruit smoothies, superb super foods and to live for home-made chocolates. Have you ever tried an irish moss mousse? We've been taking this super nutritious sea vegetable and creating the most out-of-this-world desserts. Any occasion is an occasion for celebration. Recently we had some great friends over for dessert. I decided this was a perfect excuse to treat ourselves to something a little decadent. Strawberry mousse with a coconut meringue, chocolate covered strawberries and a splash of chocolate love hearts. Who needs dinner? Life's short, eat more dessert! All raw, mostly organic and filled with love. A bit of heaven in every bite!
I highly recommend Sweet Gratitude: A New World of Raw Desserts this book brought to us our irish moss Ah HA! moment. This amazing book is refining the simple pleasures that we delight in sharing with our loved ones.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Life Lessons

My Mother always told me that there are different paths that you can take to get to the same destination, your purpose in life. One path is going to be difficult, you'll hit a lot more bumps along the way. The other path will flow more gently.
This lesson has proven itself to me in many ways over the course of my life thus far.
It feels as though when you change your thoughts, switch gears, follow your passion, point yourself in the direction that feels right in your heart, not necessarily what makes sense in your mind, the Universe/Spirit/God will respond. It can be subtle or in your face, but it will respond. Inspired thoughts, meeting new people that bring your journey to new places, a feeling of genuine exitement, like a child on Christmas Eve. The destination may not be what you intended for at the begining, but rest assured, it will be exactly where you need to be.
Do what you Love and Love what you do.

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our First Ice Skating Adventure

Emelia decided sometime ago that she wanted to become an ice skating teacher. So, for Solstice, she and Eli received their first pairs of ice skates. Patiently they have waited, and FINALLY the pond froze (our "pond" in the living room is thankful!) We headed way up north to Foster, RI, where we had our own personal rink.

Eli's four year old version of gathering his warm clothes for ice
Mom helped to find warm, waterproof mittens, a wool hat, a snow coat and snow pants...
He did find the knee pads though...

Suiting up for the adventure

I was very impressed at how quickly they adjusted to being on the ice, even Eli went back for more.

Although, Dad took to lying around on the job ;-)

Where was baby Willow during all of this, you maight ask?

Snug and warm, bundled and cuddled close to Mama and patiently waiting for her turn on the ice.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Winter Movement

We settle in for our long winter's hermitage, in this little state that doesn't quite have a true winter, but definitely experiences cold, wet and windy for many months of the year.

We are home bound more often then a four and six year old might like, as keeping cosy with our babe seems more comforting, more grounding. This is a very difficult transition for me, I have always been on the go, activities, movement. With the addition of Willow to our family, a gentle flow happens, much easier, when we stay home. The kids are happy with their backyard "frosty", climbing through the skeletons in the garden that never quite got put to bed this year, as we had more exciting fruits to harvest this past September. Being in our little home, seems stifling, so much clutter, so little space for 7 bodies. I have so much creative energy vortexing within my being. So many ideas, so much excitement. Our days are lengthening, bringing more light energy into our daily routine. This is a time of transition. Alas, it is time for serious movement within my home. Creating a flow to release this energy into positivity, transformation.