Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day 2008

I have never celebrated Earth Day before. I didn't grow up "green", and I just started recycling during my 24th year...and I am ashamed to say that that is only because I received a big blue recycling bin in my yard. But this day, I thought a little more about our Earth and all its glory. There are countless facts I could list about its amazing-ness, but we all know what a wonderful design we have been given. But...I did read several "save the Earth" tips that I think adopting into our family would be a great start for the unlearned in recycle-ology.

1. Using re-usable grocery bags--I love the ones Publix sells for 99 cents. They hold twice as many groceries as one would think.

2. Become Vegan--I would never in a million years be able to get myself or my meat lovin' husband to drop meat all together. After all, a big juicy cheeseburger does make my heart sing. But, what we can do is go easy on beef, dairy, and chicken. I read an article yesterday that stated that the farms that raise cows and chickens emit dangerous gases into the environment and require gi-normous energy inputs.

Buy energy efficient light bulbs--this one is easy--they cost a little more at the time of purchase, but they last longer than the conventional ones and cut down on your electric bill!

Drive less--We all can't afford hybrid cars, but we can drive less. We've been doing this for awhile since the gas prices have been high, for what, like 3 years now?! But, just because I love love love the park on the North side of town, does not mean we need to go there every day. If there is a park right around the corner, let's save time and money!

Use the recycle bins--The city has really made it a no-brainer by passing out recycle bins to homeowners (or home renters, like us!). All you have to do is drop the recycle-able goods in the bin and put it out front every week to be picked up. I love it--but I will say sometimes it's easier just to toss the empty milk jug into the trash--it's these decisions that I am choosing to be a little more aware.

I think it's great. I'm not into the whole green "movement", if you will--to be mod and trendy...but doing something makes me feel like we're trying to do our part. Our children watch our every move and even though we are starting late in our life--it's just the beginning of theirs, and maybe they'll carry on what we've tried to start. (With that said, we really are not educated on the ways of "green living"--so it will be a process to learn.)

So we celebrated Earth Day by having a lesson on the The Creation (thanks to Nicol for her great pictures) and then worked on the yard a little--and had Orange Pineapple Smoothies!

Happy Earth Day!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Bryce and Jackson
When I first saw Jackson sitting on Bryce, I ran over and started to tell him not to do that--but then I saw how much fun they were having. Jackson wasn't just sitting on Bryce...he was also singing to him and he kept looking down and talking to him. Bryce loved it--he was cracking up.

Happy Birthday to Me!

A Day Downtown

On Friday afternoon me and the boys went downtown. We did the Main Library-

Then we had a hot dog in Heming Plaza--we watched the metro go by, stuck our hands in the fountain, watched people playing checkers, and listened to the live music. Then we took a stroll through the "mini" farmer's market. It was great fun and perfect weather! Going downtown is not that significant--we have been there a thousand times before--but this time was special...It was probably one of the last times we will visit our beautiful downtown before we leave!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Favorite:

My friend Sheila turned me on to these delightful little wedges of spreadable cheese called "The Laughing Cow". They are SO GOOD! Each wedge is a total of 35 calories and comes in a few different flavors. I love the French Onion. I spread them on Kashi's Original 7 Grain crackers--for a total of 165 calories--not bad for a filling snacks that tastes SOOOO good. I also tried it on a plain mini bagel. Delish!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Warm Weather Rocks!

Living in Florida, you get used to the warm weather--I haven't worn a winter coat ONE TIME since living here--but yesterday and today are the first REALLY WARM days we've had all year! The bees are buzzing, the trees are in full bloom, the sun is shining brightly--and only a few puffy white clouds dot the heavens....with highs in the low 80s. It's time to hit the beach--I have to get a good Florida tan before returning to the midwest, you know! Here's what we've been doing the last couple of days:

Poor Travis--he is sick--we think with the flu (just the regular kind, not the stomach). So he hasn't gotten to enjoy any of the good weather...hopefully it goes away quickly and doesn't spread!

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