The gift of Adventure

Now that the craziness has pasted from the holidays, we have been discussing how blessed we are and how loved our child is by the outpouring of amazing gifts from family and friends. Now that she is getting a little older and enjoying the process of unwrapping gifts it makes Christmas so exciting just to watch her!

We have been discussing our traditions as a family. With the baby only 21 months old, we can start establishing our own family traditions. One of those traditions we would like to implement is a holiday experience.

We have talked for years about going on a volunteer vacation. Giving back with a to service to others. We are very excited to make this a priority in our little family.

“Materialism is taking a backseat to experiences, ” says Darren Humphreys, owner Travel Sommelier, a safari and gastronomic travel company.

We have one year to start making a change in how we celebrate the holidays. We have 365 days to ingest this idea into our immediate families. How do we tell them to only send minimal gifts and if they would like they can help contribute to our holiday experience instead? It sounds greedy. It sounds ungrateful. But we would rather show our little girl that its not about opening 15 million presents at 5:00am on Christmas morning.

Its our job as parents to show her empathy, raise her to be respectful and show her how to be humble. In 2014 we would like to enjoy a new tradition, a Holiday Experience.

Quote from USA Today

New Years Day Workout

We spent the morning at the Crossfit Box for New Years Day! AWESOME partner WOD! Donald and I weren’t able to be partners, but we each kicked butt on our individual teams. Lots of sled pulls, 400 meter run, clean and jerks, front squats, double-unders and burpees. My partner and I crushed it! Hard workout! Here are a few photos from after the WOD. Enjoy!

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What kids needs from their Mom – Talking

I am reading a book I was given for Christmas last year called “What Mothers Can Do to Make a Lifelong Difference; 52 Things Kids Needs from a Mom”  I want to share one thing weekly on how to make a difference in your kids.

Week 1: Talk to your kids like they are fascinating! 

Our little one is only 20 months old but we have a strong connection to each other with talking. She mostly mumbles and I respond like I know what she is saying. But it gives her the confidence in talking back to me like we are in a conversation. I will need a LOT of help when she can use real words!

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