Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Taking some time tonight to work on my Buddha Series of photo art. There will be nine in the series and the edited images are just the start of what I hope to create.
Stay tuned as my vision progresses. Since I was little and my Grandparents had a big jolly Buddha on their bar I have been fascinated by them. I am blessed to have a dear friend with a gorgeous garden with a very special Buddha collection I was able to do most of my images from.
I am blown away almost daily by the art and brutally honest work my Noah is producing, he shares some on his page Accounts of a Flailing Mind.
It is moving, witty, edgy and emotionally stirring; especially for a Momma who worries constantly and feels helpless in his journey. Please support him. I am deeply passionate about with some of my volley work now in Mental Health. Awareness, openness and unconditional love is the only way our society is going to beat the ugly disease of mental illness that afflicts us all to some extent.
I share Noah`s dry, cynical sense of humour and this made me giggle this morning.
Driving to school in the mornings this NO song by Meghan Trainor is always playing and I sing it to the boys...although Noah probably wouldn't agree I think it pairs nicely with this. Girl view vs boy view. There is a huge difference between asking something authentically and just trying to hook up, everything about the bar scene culture scares me. I don't often go out but I joined some friends late Saturday night for a band at a bar and had a few fun dances and laughs with people yet I kept hearing this song in my head and I am pretty sure that was my heart protecting me. Love it. Wish somehow I could protect my boys hearts too.
Before I get back to tackling Monday's huge to do list I wanted to share another couple of Noah's pieces as I am so proud.
This is so powerful and true...there is a little devil in our heads. It makes our head overpower our heart and can mess everything up.
He just did this recently and captioned it: When you are trying to be a fish but it ain't working out...
Have a great Monday friends, thank you for your support,
A lot is going on in my little world right now, and like many other people I am having an emotionally heavy week. Nothing tragic or traumatic and I am beyond grateful for that, but still I am worried.
When my mind is racing and my tummy is churning with the unknown I turn to happy music for comfort. When I get a few minutes to sneak out in the garden I hear this tune in my head...sun, birds, spring, sweet love...little things to believe in.
Enjoy friends, sending love & light to those struggling everywhere,
I have been exploring Pinterest tonight working on my new heART key studio logo artwork as well as some work for another business I am excited to be involved with. It is my happy place of ideas and images. It is where I find myself often when I feel stuck or uninspired. While scrolling I saw this quote and wanted to share it right away.
Techinically it is now Sunday, and I can think of no better way to begin a new week than moving forward with a happy spirit.
Adding this to my new and ever-growing heART key studio Pinterest page. Life has been so busy with several projects lately I haven't had much time at all to devote to my own business, I would love a visit and follow to both heART key play places if you feel inclined.
Here is an image from that post as a wee reminder...
It was a great party, and although I tried to keep it simple and inexpensive it was still a fair bit of work, but worth it to me at the time.
Well, this year Ry's birthday was the day after we returned from spring break and was passionate about another Lego party and lucky for me we found the perfect option at our local toy store Vernon Teach and Learn. They recently added a huge Lego collection and an amazing Lego themed birthday room. Now, I have never paid before to have one of my boys parties somewhere, I love hosting and planning but the Lego room at Vernon Teach and Learn and their party packages made it impossible to say no. Ry was literally vibrating with excitement after we did the tour.
He had six class friends and we were able to do it after school one day which made it easy for everyone.
The room was big and the boys were allowed to be as excited and noisy as they liked.
Everything IS Awesome!!!
The Teach and Learn team have done an amazing job putting together a museum downstairs with lots of Lego themed displays. There was a challenge to find the one Lego thing that didn't fit in each zone...the boys enjoyed that. The whoops of joy were so fun especially as they saw rare and very valuable sets put together like the Star Wars Death Star with all the ships. Everyone was calling out to me: "Take a picture for my Dad!!!" Sorry Dads, you will have to go, I couldn't capture it all.
They had hot dogs and juice and fresh popped popcorn and kept busy building cars to race for the ramp and exploring.
Instead of doing goody bags which I tend to spend a lot on we got the party package where they got to create their own mini figure to take home. The boys were so happy with this and worked a very long time creating their figures from a big selection of heads and bodies and hats.
Oh my, there is something so beautiful to my Momma eyes to see Lego so perfectly sorted.
Instead of a traditional cake their package included a visit to the ice cream bar upstairs in Teach and Learn, they serve Marble Slab Creamery ice cream.
The had any flavour they liked and made sundaes...the shop even topped them with chocolate mini figures. No one even noticed their wasn't cake.
What 9 year old boy would miss cake when there was a sprinkle assortment like this he could use as he pleased?
Awesome work Vernon Teach and Learn! Ry was so thrilled and thanked me so much and every one of the boys that attended said they wanted their next birthday party there...that is a big thumbs up all round if you ask me. To be honest I actually spent less than I would hosting myself and had no worries at all except a parking ticket when we finished because no one wanted to leave. The store also gave the birthday boy a nice gift card he got to spend to pick something from the awesome Lego collection upstairs in the store.
Signing off with just a few of the mini figures the boys made to take as their party favour; if you have a Lego lover in your clan whether they be young or old they are sure to love the Lego paradise at Vernon Teach and Learn.
"To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of stuff."
This is a reblog from a very special Easter in 2010 when our little family was all together and the boys still loved all the sweet traditions. This year we are in Mexico and will be keeping things simple. I am so grateful for all my blessings and my time with my boys and folks. It will be the first year without an egg hunt and it isn't April and doesn't quite feel like Easter should but I am looking forward to the special day nonetheless.
Happy Easter friends!
blockquote> An array of dirty wineglasses still sit by the sink awaiting a wash. They have been there since yesterday's festivities and I've decided they need to be patient and will be washed tomorrow.
I am in the final pre-holiday flurry but I wanted to quickly share this piece I wrote for another page before I go. I was asked a while back and didn't feel I had anything suitable to share till just recently. I wrote quickly and from the heart, and as per my usual there is not shortage of run on sentences or grammar fumbles. C'est la vie. I figure I will have time for those details when the boys are grown, for now just sharing freely works best. I admit it is painful to notice them after and watch to rework things but I let it go.
Here is a bit about CrowdCONNEX taken directly off their home page:
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Now back to packing and tying up loose ends...the boys and I will be leaving at 4:30 a.m. headed for Mexico. I am very excited to spend two weeks with them at my parent's place. I will post when I can.