This Simple Life

I remember almost five years ago frequently coming up to Franklin from Florida to visit Jason’s family for a few days at a time. Once we hit the mountains it felt like we could take a deep breath and relax. Franklin is a small town (less than 4,000 people) while our previous home in central Florida was a very large city (100,000+ people). Once Lorelei was born we took the opportunity to move to Franklin. It was quite the adjustment. I missed the ease of shopping in a large city where you could get what you want/needed that same day. I missed Publix where, “shopping is a pleasure”. The first few years were hard as Jason settled in, got promoted, settled in, got promoted, and finally started making the drive to Asheville every day. We had Henry in there too while also shuffling the kids back and forth to their dad’s and all the stress that comes with that.

We moved in October of last year, to the house we see ourselves in for many, many years. Life is still stressful as Jason is now in school full-time and I’m about to be as well, but it’s a simple life. A country life, if you will and we love it. We’ve learned to love Ingles and Walmart (as much as anyone can love walmart) and to wait patiently for packages via Amazon Prime shipping. We take a lot of walks and hikes and watch the birds on the porch for fun. We spend a lot of time with family. We have chickens and recently acquired a few more dreaming about a farm one day. I’ve got the garden growing. We love this little town.

I had friends come in for a quick visit this past weekend (Hi, Nicole!) and it made me think about living in Lakeland and how different life is now. We have crappy cell service and internet and don’t really mind. The pace is slow and the mountains are still beautiful and the seasons are fully embraced.

We went for a walk yesterday evening since we all took a late afternoon nap.
BlackberriesBlackberries in our yard.

Farmer LoreleiShe said she’s “a person that takes care of animals” aka a farmer. Lol

cookiedoughCookiedough came along for a little while.

holding handsHappily holding hands

the view

Cheese!Henry started saying “cheeeeese” thinking I was taking a picture of him, so of course I had to anyway.

I'm here tooI was there too.

Interesting flower

More blackberriesMore blackberries. Yum!

Tree stumpAny opportunity to take a picture of my sweet loves.

Oreo comes alongOreo followed us there and back exploring along the way.

Run!They love to chase each other

sleepy bugLorelei picked this flower for me and it had a sleepy bug underneath (he woke up and crawled on top)

Tired Oreo

Take my picture

Henry

me too!Monkey see, monkey do

My beautiful girl

The road back homeThe road back home.


May Yoga

Downdog

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Catchup

Downdog

updog

High plank

Halfway Lift

Standing Forward Fold

Chair pose

Mountain pose

Lolasana

Boat pose variation

Boat pose

Shoulderstand

Camel pose

Fish pose

Pigeon pose

Gate pose

Triangle pose

Split

Hero pose

Standing Forward Fold

Chair pose


I took a wee break from all of my challenges and only participated in two short ones this past month. I really enjoyed the first one because it was focused on “what this pose unlocks for you”. I don’t enjoy all yoga poses and I’m still learning and my body is still getting stronger and more flexible, so most of my poses were from a place of frustration. Some poses, however are sweet release. I actually was one of the winners for that challenge; #masterkeymay. It’s fun to win and I received a sodalite bracelet. The second challenge was focused on Sun Salutation and the poses within that vinyasa. Very simple. I’ve started school, so I’m not doing any challenges this month, however I do jump in occasionally with a video or two. Perhaps I’ll share those with you here next month.

*March and April Yoga
*February Yoga
*January Yoga
*December Yoga
*November Yoga
*September Yoga


March and April Yoga

Bakasana

Marichasana C

seated twist with half lotus

Side crow

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Uddiyana Kriya

Dancer pose

Seated forward fold

Tiger pose

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wheel

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Wheel with half lotus

baby bakasana

ear pose

camel pose

Funky tripod headstand

Lolasana with lotus

Noose pose

Peacock pose

Lotus bakasana transition

Garbha Pindasana

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Half Bound Lotus Standing Forward Fold

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Revolved Triangle

side plank with half lotus

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Butterfly pose

lotus cobra

Marichyasana A

Wide legged forward fold

Revolved side angle

Shoulderstand with lotus pose

Hero with lotus pose

Peacock with Lotus pose

Lotus pose

standing forward fold

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pincha scorpion

eight angle

Crane pose

Side plank

Seated twist

Float prep

handstand

Baby grasshopper

Flying pigeon

chinstand

handstand

firefly prep

Forward fold

Lolasana

Baby bakasana

Warrior II

standing forward fold

standing backbend

pincha with stag legs

dolphin pose

shoulder stretch

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Warrior III

dancer pose

side crow

epk2

bound side angle

puppy pose

Extended hand to big toe pose

Mountain pose

Eight Angle


It’s MAY?! In March I took on a lot of challenges. I always end up dropping one usually because I don’t like the hosts, but the challenges were pretty intense, so I teetered off a bit. I then did a Journey to Handstand challenge and a Lotus challenge in April which I enjoyed. I took a little break from Yoga the last week or so. I’m only doing a short challenge again this month and it’s more introspective than asana focused. I like those the best. I’m continuing to make progress, but have moved away from a daily practice.

*February Yoga
*January Yoga
*December Yoga
*November Yoga
*September Yoga


February Yoga

Peacock pose

Flying crow

Flying Pigeon

Pincha with lady legs

Side Crow

Pop up headstand

Bird of paradise

Handstand scorpion

Pincha

Side Plank

Split

Thread the needle headstand

Epk2

Triangle pose

shoulder stand

humble warrior

Handstand with eagle legs

Wide angle forward fold

pincha hollowback

Easy pose

Handstand tuck

Downdog

Warrior II

Bakasana

Handstand scorpion

Locust pose

Chaturanga

Pincha

Half moon variation

Forward fold

Bow pose

Dancer's pose

Mountain pose

Eight angle

High cobra

Easy pose

Pincha straddle

Savasana

Headstand

Funky bakasana

Camel pose

Handstand pike

Flying Ninja

Firefly


I had to do a lot of inside yoga this month due to inclement weather, but lots of progress was made and a few new poses tried. I’m dealing with a lot of “almosts” in my poses and I’ve recently stopped going to the gym and switched to the new yoga studio downtown. Her studio is more Vinyasa Flow style and will help with cardio as well. She has a foundational class and what I would call a power class. I hope her studio will continue to grow and she’ll be able to expand her classes. Franklin needs more yoga!

*January Yoga
*December Yoga
*November Yoga
*September Yoga


The Last Big Snowfall

Snow

Snow

Snow

This is what we woke up to last week not once, but twice. It was beautiful. We got between 3-4 inches both times which is enough to be stuck at home and play in during the morning.

Snow

kitty

chicken

kittyThe animals were silly in the snow, running around and playing, except for the chickens.

chicken and snow

Chicken and snow

Nope Nope NopeThe chicken says, “nope, nope, nope”. Lol

Nora snow ball

Lorelei and Nora's snowman

Snow pretty

Snow pretty

Snowball fightJason threw a LOT of snowballs at Noah, but Noah came back with one really good one!

Jason's favorite thing to do in the snow Snowball fights are his favorite, if you can’t tell by that huge grin.

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Our house It didn’t last but a few days and we’re now more than ready for Spring!


February Snow Days

The kids were off all week due to “inclement weather and secondary road conditions”. Our first winter when the kids would have snow days I was a little appalled at how easily they called off school, but now I’m used to it and have acclimated. We seem to get at least one Winter Break 2.0 per year. It was actually a nice break from our routine. :)

Ice

Ice

The first few days were more ice than snow. It would fall then melt a little and fall again and freeze, so Jason was working from home for a few days. It finally snowed a little more on Thursday and again Friday late. I wish it would have just dumped a load and been done, but the weather is so silly sometimes.

yoga I took the snowportunity to get a #snowga picture.

Cat prints I love seeing the cat prints in the snow.

Cold Chicken
The chickens have mostly stayed in the coop. They’ve come out today because it is about 20 degrees warmer than it has been.

Bagauk?

Chicken prints Chicken prints are fun too.

Coop Most of the snow has melted and the chickens are thankful. Still pretty, though.


January Yoga

Dolphin pose

Star acroyoga

Tripod headstand

Revolved Plank pos

Divine Goddess

Down dog, down dog split

Locust pose

Headstand funky arm variation

S2F Alter Eagle acroyoga

Toppling tree pose

Camel pose

Elephant trunk pose

Cow face pose

Headstand Eagle variation

S2F Camel pose Acroyoga

Handstand

child's pose

wheel pose

S2F child's pose acroyoga

hollowback handstand

chinstand

handstand tuck

bakasana

seated twist

Crow acroyoga

fish pose with frog legs

Standing split

Pincha mayurasana

Onelegged crow

Low lunge

Pincha with stag legs

Warrior 3

Supported Shoulderstand Acroyoga

headstand

Pincha Mayurasana

Dolphin pose

peacock pose

Locust pose

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Tripod headstand pike variation

Flying crow

Handstand stag legs

Reclined wide angle pose

Wide leg child's pose

Wide leg forward fold

Side crow

Wheel pose

Wild thing

Unsupported shoulder stand

Bound Half Lotus Boat pose

Camel pose

Plow pose

Scale pose

Supta Virasana


Jason and I did some acroyoga in January! We had so much fun. It is quite the trust exercise and team building experience. I did three challenges this month including the acroyoga one and I think that’s my limit. I had a good time working on my inversions and doing some interesting variations. I’ve started doing more videos and hyperlapsed videos, which is fun. Find me on instagram (dgreb) to see them!

*December Yoga
*November Yoga
*September Yoga


Early Valentine’s Day Getaway

Half of these are taken with my phone and half are taken with the real camera, so I apologize for half of these pics being grainy. Lol

Jason’s department decided to meet at a restaurant in Downtown Asheville Friday night for an evening that included their significant others since their annual Christmas party is for employees only. Jason’s sister graciously agreed to watch the kiddos so we could stay overnight as a little getaway. It was wonderful!

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The Book Exchange After dinner at Pack’s Tavern we headed over to The Book Exchange in Battery Park. There we had truffles, coffee and adult conversation! Yay! It is a great place filled with used books and a cozy atmosphere.

Me and Jason

Hallway lights
We stayed at Aloft right in Downtown and it was awesome. The room, though a bit small, was ultra modern and clean and the bed was comfy. It was very colorful, with these neat fabric boxes over the hallway lights.

Our room number Our room number was 327 which is our anniversary. A happy coincidence!

Banangrams

When we got to the hotel and started unpacking, look what I found! I bought this game two Christmas’ ago and then promptly lost it. I had brought it down to Florida to play and blamed my aunt for taking it, though she swears she didn’t. Ha! It was funny to find it after all this time.

Aloft

Aloft

Aloft There was a huge mirror on the bathroom door that I loved!

View from our room

View from our room This is the view from our room. We were a little worried it would be noisy, but not so, we slept quite well.

Rooftop pool On our floor was the rooftop pool. It had a nice view.

Poolside I bet this is a great spot in the Summertime.

meWe stopped at Green Sage in the morning for breakfast. Jason humored me because it is an interesting place where tempeh and tofu are popular menu selections. We had real eggs and sausage, however and it was delicious!

Green Sage

We had a great time in Asheville and returned to Franklin refreshed and happy.


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I promised you some inversions and I think I delivered! December was a good month of progress. There were a couple of poses I’ve never done which kept it interesting and a few poses towards the end were difficult, but I pushed through and am glad I did. I gained a lot of strength and have decided to do three month-long challenges in January. I think that’s my limit. One is a regular challenge coupled with some internal work, the second is an inversion challenge and the third is Acroyoga! Acroyoga is a partnership yoga, so you’ll see Jason in some of my pics for next month. :)

*November Yoga
*September Yoga