Thursday, March 24, 2011

It's a good life

Listening to music & having banana snacks

 Breakfast of champions!

Things got a little rowdy after breakfast so I instituted reading time....
which was well accepted.

After they regrouped, the EbyKids enjoyed a game of
Caves & Claws.

Well deserved computer time. I love when they work together!

After lunch & a few errands, Simone decided she wanted 
to do some math. Lucky girl, doing math on that cozy couch!

Simone also enjoyed a little piano playing.....

and she discovered some old National Geographics which kept her
occupied for quite some time.

Ezra loves doing math, too!

Mostly, he enjoys playing with the math blocks.

Kaiya's not a math girl but the iTouch is always fun!

And even on the coldest of days, when the sun comes out,
it's playtime!

Yep, it's a good life!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Seriously....who has time for this?

I started this blog with noble intentions of documenting my ideas & activities & creating a lifelong habit of writing. But there aren't enough hours in the day! Occasionally a thought will run through my mind & I'll think, "Oooh, I should expand on that & blog something!" ....but alas, nothin'.

So what do I do all day? Let's see....

I cuddle with my kids, make breakfast, clean the kitchen, feed the cat, pick up random clothes & toys, work-out, sit down for a few minutes to check email & Facebook, take a shower, make smoothies, dress children, brush teeth, listen to great piano creations, do laundry, prepare snacks, break up fights, play board games,  make lunch, clean the kitchen again, kiss boo-boos, run errands, pick up more random clothes & toys, fold laundry, prepare more snacks, answer phone calls, make appointments, pay bills, admire art work, put away laundry, get the mail, plan dinner, unload the dishwasher, break up another fight, call a friend, lie on the floor & get stomped on, make dinner, clean the kitchen, play games, brush teeth, put on PJs, put the kids to bed, think about reading but veg in front of the computer instead, zzzzzzz......

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Brewing it up!

I'm an alchemist in the kitchen rather than a chef. Food is not fun to me (sorry, mi familia) but I enjoy creating healthy medicinals from simple ingredients. Here's what's brewing in my kitchen, at I write....

Nourishing infusion of red clover


Raw milk kefir

Sprouts (just started last night so no action yet)

Elderberry syrup

Here are the brewing elderberries but
they're not quite ready....

There you have it.
Stephanie's Thursday morning brews!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Closets & their lies

Spring is in the air and junk is in the closet. It's time to declutter, purge & rid myself of all that suffocates! I'm not a minimalist, by any means, and I appreciate the pretties on the shelf just as much as the next person.... but I have a soul that longs for only the essentials.

So...this week I've cleaned out four closets! Those little spaces with doors are dangerous, wouldn't you agree? They disguise the excess in tidy corners, hidden from our own eyes. They try to make us think their purpose is for storage but really, they trap us into buying stuff we don't need & cover it within their four walls. But I discovered their trick & called their bluff. Bwahahaha!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Giving in & giving up....

I'm about to alarm you with some shocking news so brace yourself....

I've never given anything up for Lent. Never. So there. 

Apparently I haven't been much into self-sacrifiice but as I get older (yep, the big 4-0 this summer), I'm starting to appreciate the beauty of self-discipline. I've followed numerous cleansing & detoxing programs, fasted, started running and recently became a proud veganista. It feels good to commit to something and be successful! 

So as this season of Lent approaches.....a time of sacrificial contemplation....I'm giving in & giving something up! Since I didn't grow up in a tradition that observes Lent, I don't know if it's appropriate to share what my sacrifice will be be but, well, forgive my ignorance. (I'm pretty sure everyone shares this, though, because I always knew who wasn't eating chocolate or drinking soda.) 

I, Stephanie Wills Eby, am sacrificing a small portion of my time each day. I've decided to follow Jesus into the desert of meditation. For 40 days I will sit in my sacred space and be still. I will pray, cry, laugh, sing and read, if I feel so inclined. And I will most likely fidget. But I will think about what it means to give of myself and be thankful for my redemption.