So its February and Feels Like April

This kid is all about helping in the kitchen these days!  Love him to the moon and back...I believe he put a pit date in this smoothie. yum.

This kid is all about helping in the kitchen these days! Love him to the moon and back…I believe he put a pit date in this smoothie. yum.

My plans to write more consistently were thwarted by a broken computer, a wild as all get out almost two year old boy, several part time jobs, a return to running, a house that just won’t clean itself and gets messy beyond belief due to said wild as all get out almost two year old boy…. So basically, a lot of excuses.  MUCH is happening in life right now.  There are so many incredible things in the pot that I can hardly keep up with it all.  Its wonderful and exciting and also slightly overwhelming.  I can’t decide if I’m taking life by the cahoonas or if I’m just falling into a phase of life where things are HAPPENING.

Things really started moving in the last weeks of January.  I was going to wait until February to start a 21 day reboot, similar to the one I did last winter.  But after a couple of days of weaning off coffee, I decided to just go for it a week early.  I was free from coffee, sugar, refined grains, gluten, and alcohol for what turned out to be more like 17 days (I felt justified in ending it early when my naturopath and co-chair on a wellness committee busted out a bottle of wine at our planning meeting…).  Things really moved in those 17 days.  For starters, I had an incredible offer made to me regarding a potential job– doing something I LOVE and am good at and allows me to use all my creative juices and still be with Leif most of the time. I am not going to disclose quite yet.

A few other things really started to fall into place during the first week.  Leif and I were at the zoo with my friend and her flock of delightful 4 daughters.  One of the girls asked if she could see my ring, referring to the turquoise ring my parents bought me when I graduated from ASU.  I looked down and to my shock, the gem stone from my tanzanite ring, which I wear on the same finger, was missing!  My heart sank.  We bought that ring when I finished my studies at the University of Cape Town.  It was so special to me.  I don’t know if I had taken that ring off since we left Cape Town.  It was a constant reminder to me of the special place South Africa has in my heart.  I was so heart broken.  The girls of course were so sweet… “Well at least you still have this beautiful ring!”

I left the zoo feeling really down.  Missing Cape Town so so much.  Feeling like it would be years before I could return again.  A few days later I got a message from a friend asking me to come to Cape Town this summer.  What?  An excuse to go to Cape Town?  In July/August though?  That’s their winter…its also the most expensive time to fly from the US.  How could I possibly save enough to fly me and Leif there?  How could I possibly fly across this globe with this WILD boy?  How would this all work?  After days of toying with different plans, I decided that I will be going to Cape Town on my own this time.  I am already so anxious about leaving my sweet (and WILD) Leif for 2 weeks but I know he will be in the loving care of grandparents and Josh.  My heart needs this journey… And as much as I’ll miss my boy, I think the best Mama’s are happy and fulfilled mamas.  And one day, not so long from now, Leif will be proud of his adventurous mama who follows her heart and encourages him to do the same.  I’m busy saving now, we’re eating lots of beans, rice, and veg around here.  I opened a travel rewards card, which we’ve been meaning to do for years anyway and I’m starting to plan all the details of leaving the homestead and my family for a couple weeks.  In addition to dreams coming true, we also took on some much needed grown up stuff that has been hanging over us for a while.  Refinancing the house to save us money and getting our long overdue repairs done on our computer (works like new)!

I really do give credit to the reboot for all this clarity and goodness coming to my life.  Also, I’m running a lot more.  My long run is up to about 12 miles just 6 months post surgery.  My surgeon is amazed at by my progress.  My acupuncturist taught me how to use cupping on myself and gave me the tools to do so.  I’ve turned into a cupping monster.  If I have an ache anywhere, and I can reach it, I stick a cup on it!  She has also turned into my running partner as well as my co-chair in planning a women’s wellness event for WILLO (Women’s Intergenerational Living Legacy Organization).

The goats moved to the CSA farm where we get out veggies from and they are so happy!  We go visit once a week while we picking up our share.  Leif stomps around in the mud and we wrestle those two silly goats while Son (our exchange student) puts in his volunteer hours on the farm.

They LOVE it here!

They LOVE it here!

Throwing stuff in the pond on the farm.  A dream come true.

Throwing stuff in the pond on the farm. A dream come true.

The weather has been spectacular and we are planning to plant some seeds in our green house this weekend!  CRAZY!  Its still february and we’re getting 60 degree weather and sunshine many days of the week!  Can’t wait to have a gorgeous garden once again!

Can't wait to start these bad boys over the weekend

Can’t wait to start these bad boys over the weekend

I suppose I can’t complain!

Cha-Cha-Cha- Life is sweet

Cha-Cha-Cha- Life is sweet


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