Loving Anna doing yoga.

Loving me doing yoga.

Loving how many times The Wizard of Oz has been watched since Christmas.

Loving the community that's developing around One Little Word (the class has open enrollment throughout the year so it's definitely not too late if you're interested in joining).

Loving that Project Life is now on my kitchen counter. I'll give an update in a post next week.

Loving reading through Karen Maezen Miller's blog archives and being inspired in all sorts of ways.

Loving commitments that I'm making to myself and keeping.

Loving that I roasted beets as a side dish for dinner the other night and Simon liked them (the kind of like where you can't help but smile when asked).

Loving that my parents will be here for Simon's birthday later this month. He will be 9.

Loving that I've got a date with a friend next week.

Loving that I'm almost done with the book Sabbath and I've enjoyed it so much I want to start it again.

Loving that it's almost the weekend and Simon and I are planning to take a test-run at doing some stop-animation with his legos.

Hope you have a great weekend!

55 thoughts

  1. Chris

    2011-01-07 16:23:17 -0500

    You have the absolute best pictures of Anna. I thought nothing could top the picture of her and your husband in your December daily album where she looks so surprised, but this one is close second. How fun!

  2. Tammy B

    2011-01-07 16:41:37 -0500

    I so love my yoga class. It can be so hard but I always feel good after. And I really needed it the other day. From the moment I woke up everything seemed out of order and wrong. My yoga class put it all back into perspective and calmed every part of me down - something that was really required that day!!

  3. MK

    2011-01-07 17:30:59 -0500

    I have spread the buzz about One Little Word, in fact a graphic designer I work alongside was blown away by your website. He dug the whole idea of the OLW concept, I could see the wheels in his head turning. As far as Yoga, I have considered and may just break out of my fear of the anything related to exercise and go to a class at our local community center.
    I suggest roasting brussel sprouts and carrots-they are delicious. A little olive oil, salt and pepper. Yummy.

  4. Rebekah

    2011-01-07 17:39:49 -0500

    Aw, all your loving sounds wonderful! I'm loving the One Little Word community too. Almost done with my first few pages and will post on my blog soon! It's been a rich experience thus far.

  5. Erika Bates

    2011-01-07 18:18:08 -0500

    i love these posts! can't believe Simon is almost 9! Let us know how the animation tries go. I have a 19 year old brother with Aspergers that is way into legos too and wants to try some stop action films with his Bionicles :)

  6. Karen Maezen Miller

    2011-01-07 18:41:44 -0500

    All feelings are mutual. Loving you in return.

  7. Queen Mary

    2011-01-07 18:50:22 -0500

    Ali, I don't know how else to get to you -- love the pic of A doing yoga by the way. Went to a cool presentation last night with Charlie by his prof (who will hopefully direct his PhD). It was at the "Creative Cauldron" in Falls Church, she's on the board of directors. She believes our brain wants/needs stories; she uses some research she did with the Great Apes in Iowa -- bonobos -- apparently you can find Youtube videos -- we saw one last night. Her research is with "twice exceptional" children -- high IQs + some learning disability, her specialty is autism. Anyway, her work is neuroscience and since you do so much with story telling I wanted to share this, her name is Layne Kalbenfleish (or some spelling close to that). Charlie is thinking of doing his research on the brain needing stories as its only way to actually learn. OK, you can let me know if you are interested in more. Bestests, Mary

  8. Christianne Marra

    2011-01-07 18:56:35 -0500

    Loving your blog post for today, and what a beautiful photo! I am planning to post an entry on my blog this weekend and have been tossing around ideas for the theme. Your post has inspired me!

    Loving the fact that I am part of the OLW community this year. I am so very thankful that I happened to come across information about the class through Michelle Wooderson's blog: http://michellewooderson.blogspot.com/


  9. Christine S

    2011-01-07 19:43:25 -0500

    Anna is so cute!

  10. Angela DiGiovanni | life * poetry * art

    2011-01-07 20:33:02 -0500

    Loving Karen Maezen Miller's book, "Hand Wash Cold: Instructions For an Ordinary Life"!!!

    Loving that I found your blog!

    Loving that I just received a treasure trove of family history from my uncle after my grandma's passing.

    Loving all doors that are open to me in 2011.

  11. Jill

    2011-01-07 21:43:18 -0500

    Loving Anna can touch her heels to the floor in downward dog. . . and so wishing I was so limber. . . almost, but not quite there yet ;)

  12. Pam

    2011-01-07 23:06:47 -0500

    Both my sons used to do this, and I SO wish I knew then what I know now that getting down on the floor and taking that once-in-a-lifetime, always-to-be-cherished photo is priceless. Better late than never! Your picture of Anna reminded me of this. Thanks!

  13. Tamara

    2011-01-07 23:22:57 -0500

    loving that i read this post tonight! i clicked on your link to karen maezen miller's blog and was thrilled with what appeared on my screen. just the type of blog i've been looking for...and she mentioned a retreat, near to me, that i think i'll take my mom to for her birthday! thank you!!

  14. Tona

    2011-01-08 00:57:38 -0500

    That photo of Anna is just too adorable! Thanks for the smile.

  15. Kerry

    2011-01-08 11:19:35 -0500

    What a lovely post and a gorgeous photo as well xx

  16. Dona B

    2011-01-08 13:19:06 -0500

    I love this photo of Anna. So sweet. I started pre-natal yoga this week (yeah, little late, but at least I'll get a few weeks) and it felt SO GOOD. I have missed the mat.

  17. Denise

    2011-01-08 13:46:56 -0500

    Yea Simon! Roasted beets (with added roasted sweet potatoes and roasted carrots) are my fav...yummy!

  18. Alisa

    2011-01-08 13:49:33 -0500

    Loving that photo. Too cute!

  19. Bec Kilgore

    2011-01-08 17:04:58 -0500

    I am another one wishing I had that kind of flexibility. One of those use it or lose it kind of things.

    Precious photo.

  20. Margaret

    2011-01-08 23:31:09 -0500

    My son, who is 9 next month, and I did a stop motion video with his toys. All I did was push the shutter release. He did everything else. We loved it and want to do more. I hope you share yours.

  21. Leauriy

    2011-01-09 02:11:29 -0500

    We grew beets this year and my husband just remembered about them so he and daughter have been making red velvet cake and cupcakes with them! (even coloring the yummy frosting with the beet juice). The recipe is from the MooseWood desserts cookbook. We all LOVE beets here.

  22. joanne smith (spagirl)

    2011-01-09 22:42:29 -0500

    just wanted to say hi ali!
    great post! thanks for sharing!
    anna's too cute! :)

  23. Margie S

    2011-01-11 02:25:42 -0500

    I gave my son a simple P&S camera for his 10th birthday on November 4. I also gave him the Klutz book 'Animation' (I think that is the title??). He and his 12 year old brother have been making stop motion animation features ever since. They use Legos, clay, chairs, anything and everything. I highly recommend the Klutz book. They also have another one on how to do tricks with video. They are all cool tricks and easily doable by kids. ENJOY!

  24. EmmaJ

    2011-01-12 13:41:17 -0500

    Ali, do you and Anna use a yoga DVD or just go on your own? What DVD do you use, if there is one.

  25. laurie

    2011-01-14 18:49:57 -0500

    i enjoyed this post so much that i did one of my own! you can check it out at: http://blackbirdinflight.blogspot.com/2011/01/loving.html

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