The Hart Family

The Hart Family
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Today....A Gift


Hi. I know I know this Blog has been left neglected after a long fun summer. I had good intentions to write at least once a week but it just didn't happen that way. I often punish myself somewhere in the corner of my mind for not getting enough accomplished. I'm just not going to do it today! I'm showing up in October having not been here since March, happy that I was so busy playing with my kids that I didn't have a second to write. I'm in my 30's and still have the urge to create "to do" lists a person in there 20's with no children would never have the energy to complete. I really get down on myself at the end of the day that I had not done enough. I even stopped today and wondered which was higher on my to do list. This entry or the laundry? Today the entry won!

I woke up and checked my email and glanced at facebook for an moment. There was an overwhelming theme in the posts and emails today. Live in the Present....today is a gift. The thought made me smile and realize the many gifts I have today....right now! I'm not going to lie the last few years have been the hardest years for Steve and I (financially)in the 10 years that we have been married. I have found ways to wonder what we had done to desearve such horrible luck. It's been hard for me lately to stay as positive as I should. Maybe that's why I create such horribly long to-do lists. So I don't have to concentrate on the negetives....but while I am busy distracting myself from the pain.....I have found I have distracted myself from all of the beautiful moments that happen to me regulary. I have a Beautiful life with beautiful children and a freakin fantastic husband! I am going to start today to really live in the present. For I know today is a gift.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Here's a thought from Kellen's Heart


Kellen says to me the other day, "Mom, you are really handsome." I said, thank you sweetie with a genuine smile. he continues to say, "But Mom, girls aren't supposed to be handsome. They are supposed to be pretty. You are supposed to be pretty Mom."

That made me chuckle after I recovered from a bruised ego. I guess It's time to do my hair and makeup!

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
by Marianne Williamson

Oh The Places You'll Go! Crew's first birthday party!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!





 Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Happy First Birthday Crew Crew KaChoo!
 

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
                   You'll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don' t
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

Happy Birthday To My Best Friend!

One of my most important posts EVER would be to say happy birthday and I love you to my husband Steve. I CELEBRATE him in my life and in the lives of our children.

Marrying Steve was the best and happiest decision of my life.  He is my BEST friend and I owe him a big Thank-You for my 4 beautiful boys and 11 very happy years together.  I can't wait to Celebrate our 10 year marriage anniversary with you this October,  every year keeps getting better.

You're the best Sweetheart! I love you into eternity,

Your Wifey! Aim

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Crew turns one!

Crew turns one today.  I am sitting in bed watching the snow softly fall out my master bedroom window and I can't help but remember the beautiful day he was born exactly one year ago.  I am in awe at the gratitude I feel for this little soul.  He has blessed our family in ways I can't put to words.  After I had Kellen, Steve said, "OK, hun that's three boys... can we call it good?" I knew in that moment that there was another little soul that would bless our family and I was right.

His name is Crew Richard Hart!
Happy Birthday little buddy we love you very much!





I woke up the morning of February 25th 2010, and Steve rolled over and asked how I was feeling.  I started to cry when he looked at me.  I had endured a quiet night of labor pains that kept me awake all night long. When the light started to chase away the dark of that night, I knew we would be meeting our little baby that day.  My tears were tears of exhaustion and gratitude..... I had made it to delivery date.  He was officially 36 weeks now and they would not stop the labor if I started labor again.  I told Steve that it was time to go to the hospital.  2 hours and 2 pushes later we met our new little baby boy!  It was love at first sight!  Here are pics from day # 1!















Thursday, February 24, 2011



If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all the hearts to behold the miraculous change.
    
                                                             

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I am so grateful for the beauties of the earth around me and for the opportunity I have to be living in such a beautiful home and beautiful place on God's green earth.  I am grateful for season's and I know that we have seasons in life as well. I am just coming out of a dark cold winter (it was cozy) but happy for the new life of spring. 

I love my family dearly.  My four boys and my beautiful husband....and all my friends and family who bless my path along it's way! 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart~
-Amy


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A perfect Presidents Day!

We had a such a fun presidents day today.  It had nothing to do with George Washington or his birthday, but I'm grateful he was born so my kids didn't have to go to school.  Steve and I got to play with our monkey's on the ski slopes! Quality family time is what it is all about!



Mr. Chaz


I totally had one of those perfect mommy moments where I looked at all my little boys conquering that cold mountain all the while  having the times of their lives.



This one wasn't from today. 
 It was a month or so ago, but I felt bad that Crew wasn't apart of this post! 
 Isn't he the cutest baby Ever?



Mr. Kaden



Momma and Chaz's Ski's crossed on our ride up the lift!




Snuggling for warmth! 




I would take this over
ribbons, bows, and tutu's any day!

After we we tucked the kids into bed...
A total workout miracle occurred!

Steve totally did Yoga with me!!!
For my birthday Steve got me a new yoga mat..blocks...and a band!
He also brought home this AM and PM yoga DVD that just stretches you out
and helps you meditate and relax in the PM.  LOVED IT!

YOGA POSITION OF THE DAY...

CHILD'S POSE

Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
Relieves back and neck pain when done with head and torso supported


Then we finished off the night with THE BACHELOR a very guilty pleasure of mine!



Friday, February 18, 2011

Better now then never.


     I have always been a career wife and then a mother. This year, I have decided, I have that backwards.  My New Years Resolution was to do more of what makes me feel better.  What makes me feel better is being a mother that is excited and present emotionally when the monkey's (I have 4 of them) get home from school.  Being able to cook a meal I actually thought about and didn't "wing" with the leftovers that were in the refrigerator at the time.  Being the type of wife that thinks first about what would make my husband blush....and then actually doing it!

     I also love to write and haven't even found the time to return emails to loved ones whom have reached out from all over the world!  I am fascinated with health and well being....and this year I am choosing to be fascinated with it enough to do the Yoga I crave, eat the healthy foods I love, and work out with my husband. 

    I also have been wanting to scrapbook my wedding...that was ten years ago, and the 4 children that have come to this earth and have chosen me as their mom.  After 10 years and four kids I have  no scrapbooks, and I feel like a scattered brain work-a-holic!

    So, I am choosing to make a shift.  I know it's February not January but I had work to do! HAHAHAHA!  In this blog I plan to "scrapbook my life" starting now!  I apparently am a terrible scrapbook-er but I am intensely sentimental so I will slowly catch my self up from my wedding on.  I will reminisce the good old days while staying present and grounded in the day I'm in!  I am so excited to gain control of my life!  It took me a bad case of Bronchitis to bring me to my knees and to be still enough in a moment to create this blog! So, namaste to my lungs thank you for being sick!

    This blog will contain yummy healthy recipes and work-out tips as I happen upon them. My favorite quote of the day from one of my children....as they always have something to say that I feel should be written down. I hope inspiration will grace this page every once in a while with thoughts and ideas as I have them.

    If you are reading this....I hope this to not be a waste of your time,  Because love will fill every one of my entries. Amy, my name means "LOVE" and I hope to be able to embody it.

    Cheers to a beautiful 2011!
   -Amy