Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Friday, March 30, 2007

One World Everybody Eats

Well, for those of you that know me, you know that girl scouts is a huge part of my life. I have been leading for going on 7 years now and I love it! Right now I have 6 Junior girl scouts in my troop and we have so much fun!! We have recently taken on volunteering at One World Cafe in downtown Salt Lake. On Sunday's we help in their organic garden. Last week we helped them put out the compost on the beds so they could be tilled. This week we are moving lots of dirt! It is a lot of work but really fun. Bo, the sous chef, has invited us to eat in the cafe after we volunteer. The rules of the cafe are, pay what you can or what you think the meal is worth, if you can't pay, you can work at the cafe but there is always a rice and daal bar for anyone who can't afford to eat and after they close they give anything leftover to the homeless. Everything is made fresh daily and it is so good!! Today, we cleaned up The Jubilee Center which is right next door to the cafe. It feels really good to help people in need and to support such an amazing resturant!

Project Wild

The last Monday of each month we get together with other homeschooling friends and participate in Project Wild activities. Project Wild ( www.projectwild.org )is an environmental curriculum for K-12. This is our 2nd year and we love it. We have learned so much and I really feel like it is a wonderful way to help kids grasp the importance of conservation, wildlife and the environment. I took the training along with my friend LeeAnn last year with the intention of just doing it with our girl scout troop. After the training, we thought, why not have a seperate group! We start each meeting with our talking stick so all the kids have an opportunity to share any thoughts or experiences they have had. Our last meeting had 20 kids present! We did a lot of weather related activities, built a barometer, made a rain cloud and played a game about trees in the forrest and their needs. The older kids did a map/graph activity where they compared the average yearly precipitaion and elevation to vegetation and wildlife in the state of Utah. It was really interesting to see why certain plants and animals grow and live where they do. Here are some photos from our last meeting.



Tanner Park

We love Tanner Park! Hiking is a big part of our family and anywhere we can take our dog is a must. Maggie is an almost 2 yr old Border Collie. She is obsessive when it comes to tennis balls and will fetch until she is barely walking.
We love to hike to what my kids call the "spider tree". They could stay in that tree all day.






















Inspiration

All of my wonderful friends here in Utah have inspired me to create this blog, so here it goes :)

About Me

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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and married to my best friend and love of my life. We co-habitate with 1 cat, Asha, 2 dogs, Maggie May and Juniper Wren, a Chinchilla names Ozwald, and a Hamster named Fat Panda. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 13 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint,travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!