Photo Shoot 9/24
I took these last week. I really enjoyed working with this couple because they felt relaxed and it shows. It was also fun because they were willing to humor me with some crazy artsy ideas I had. They were so beautifully in love. I am excited for this week to work with a few families in the ward. I hope to capture what they envision for their little families.
Luvs to all.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Photo Shoot 9/24
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 8:52 AM
Apples, CharLee & Beau News:
Last week Beau and I went to a "Pick Your Own" Orchard in Sandy with a friend in the ward and her two cute boys. It was so nice to just be out in the Fall air with little Beau and watch her plummit bad apples into our basket. We made organic applesauce two days later of which CharLee was so excited about.
CharLee News: CharLee loves to organize programs or gatherings. It could be with friends, neighbors or a family night; he loves being in charge. I often have to tell him, "CharLee , just play, it doesn't always have to be an organized production." Each week he plans out our Family Night and gives each person in the family their individual assignments. Someone 's got to be organized. . .for him I am grateful.
Beau News:Beau is our little fiesty, messy and oh so adorable addition. She really has such a vibrant spirit and knows what she wants. Every morning she toddles into my closet and pulls down at least 5 necklaces puts them on and exclaims "prettise". Then she goes to find these goggles and brings them to me to help her. She loves to adorn herself, a little bit opposite of myself, but soooooo adorable so Beau so girl.
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 7:37 AM
Friday, September 26, 2008
My Love is 30!The day started with his request of not one but two breakfasts. The first homemade muesli. He then went to play some football so I could prepare the second course. Then it was veggie omelet and blueberry muff muffs.We invited a few high school friends over for a BBQ to celebrate the rest of the day. The men watched the BYU game while we ladies talked of course and kept track of all the little ones. Later on that day the men went to play baseball and then returned for cookie cake. The day was a lot of fun and even the kids were loving it being entertained by the Doxey clan. The next day we had the Family over for a BBQ Veggie pizza dinner and I had Lorie make the coveted Chocolate Cake. I am not the baker and so I was grateful she agreed to do it. Matthew loved it, thanks Mom. Chef CharLee loved making his own personal pan, of course. Thank you, Mom and Dad for your amazing son. Beautiful Arica and Drew. Look at those feet, Lane. Jo and Lee are beaming with a little one on the way.
We (Mom&Dad Lisonbee, Lane, Lee & Jo, Andrew&Arica) then just vegged in the front room opened gifts and watched an episode of Bryan Regan . . . always great. What a birthday. . .hope it was all you hoped for my Love. I love you more than you know!
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 8:07 PM
Happy Birthday Mom!Hey mom just thought I would send this Beauty pic since you don't get Fall there in California. I know how much you love the Fall. Oh, I guess you will see it when you come in October. We wanted to say we love you and appreciate your love in our lives. Hope your day was blissful.
Luvs and Kisses. I wish you were here. Soon enough I guess.
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 1:23 PM
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
A New Earth: Awakening your life purpose:
Fear, greed, and the desire for "more" or power are the psychological
motivating forces not only behind warfare and violence between
nations, tribes, religions, and ideologies , but also the cause of incessant
conflict in "our" personal relationships. They bring about a distortion in your
perception of other people and yourself. Through them , you misinterpret every
situation, leading to misguided action designed to rid you of fear and satisfy your need
for MORE, a bottomless hole that can never be filled.
I heard once that if a woman didn't feel loved or fulfilled she would eat chocolate or go shopping. Or women say, I will be happy or content once I've achieved this or obtained this. Why?
I think many people look for resolve or contentment in obtaining "More" or becoming "noticed" from ego driven desires and then come to find they still want more. . . but when does it end? A cycle of want and want and wanting more once you have the "more" you wanted. I love becoming more aware of the simple beauty it is to just "be" and not desire any thing "more" to feel fulfilled. I am content. I am a child of God. I have everything I need. My Life my Love and my Family. Life is wonderful.
"Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you."
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 9:48 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is our favorite breakfast meal. . . or at least mine anyways.
1 english cucumber unpeeled
1 handful spinach
2-3 limes peeled *I like 3
2-3 packets sweet leaf stevia
lots of ice
Blend until smooth in a vitamix. Sprinkle raw organic coconut on top.
For those who have asked, if you want organic healthy recipes:
My parents have published 4 books called the "PH Miracle" and 3 cook books
"Back to the House of Health , of which both have hundreds of recipes. All of the books
can be found if you go to my link "healthy lifestyle" under Things to Luv, or go to Amazon.
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 8:59 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
So this entry will be kind of well eclectic but all good.
First I want to share with you a little bit about how we usually start our day.
Beau and I love to take peaceful contemplative walks in the morning.
I sometimes bring tunes and place speakers under the stroller so we can
both enjoy the music. . . Beau loves music. Other times I just take the opportunity to teach Beau
about the world around her until she falls asleep. I then take time to give my
gratitude to my Heavenly Father for my perfect life. There is something sacred
about being outside and just looking at the nature view sounds and smells. We always end
at the house with some yoga stretches and some artistic chalk time. It is so nice to leave the
noise of life behind sometimes.
I then come in and Beau takes a nap and I get cleaning done, fill the snack bowl
and think about the one recipe for the day I will make. Last week Beau helped to make Pesto
from our enormous Basil plant. Could she get any cuter!
The snack bowl is a little wooden four compartment bowl that I put four different
healthy organic snacks in. This way I know my family, and especially the kids will
grab for good snacks, like jicama, celery, almonds, almond butter, fruits, veggie crisps,
rice cakes, soybeans or whatever I have on hand. I also have been experimenting with
gluten and dairyfree low sugar treats.
CharLee News:He has really progressed in his art skills. He surprised me one day and showed me
some portraits he'd been working on. I could not believe how good they were.
I guess it is time to start teaching him again. He could probably handle charcoal now.
He also started Ballroom with his long time friend Aspyn this week.
He danced with his little six year old partner for two hours. Lets just say, he was beaming
afterwards. CharLee is so talented. . .
The Luvs:We went to the BYU game with the bishop this weekend. It was so nice to be able
to spend time with Matthew and leave the work stress behind for a few moments.
These are the times I cherish. . .just to be with him is so satisfying. Great game, BYU 59-0!
Recipe of the week:My family loves these, we make a bunch and freeze them. Alena this is the recipe that will help
your dad heal.
This combination of seeds guarantees a good intake and ratio of essential fats.
Note: Using healthy fats to burn on (for energy) is better fuel than burning on sugars, which causes more fermentation and lactic acids.
Make sure you start with very fresh organic raw seeds and nuts
(order from Jaffe Bros. www.OrganicFruitsandNuts.com or call 1-760-749-1133 to order).
Preparation: Measure out seeds and mix together:
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1/2 cup raw flax seeds
In a coffee grinder, grind the seeds to flour in 1/3 cup batches. (or grind all at once in your Vita Mix blender to flour)
Measure out one cup and put in a bowl for the pancake recipe. Store the rest in fridge or freezer for another time.
1 cup seed flour
1 cup millet or spelt flours, or a combination of other (quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, bean flour)
1 & 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. Real Salt
optional: 1/16th tsp. Stevia
Soymilk (unsweetened) or water to make the right consistency (batter thickens after sitting a couple of minutes)
Directions: Pour or spoon batter into a fry pan and cook in Olive, Coconut, or Grapeseed oil, on both sides. Buckwheat Pancakes
variation: Use 2 cups of buckwheat (made from raw buckwheat kernels) for the flour and follow same directions for seed pancakes.
Anything Pancakes Any combination of flours (seed, nut, grain, bean) follow same directions for seed pancakes.
Pancake Whipped Topping
1/2 carton soft tofu
1/3 cup Thai coconut milk
1/2 tsp. Frontier non-alcohol vanilla,
1/8th tsp. white Stevia powder
1 TB. fresh lemon juice
Whip in blender and serve over seed pancakes.
Keep cold in fridge YUM!!!!!!!!!!!
We Love you All.
Have a beautiful week!
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 10:52 AM
Sunday, September 14, 2008
My dear friend Wyatt in China shared this wisdom with me from a book he
has recently read. Life could be this simply beautiful.
"Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you."
I rejoice in simplicity. I love my life, love and
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 10:27 PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So I finally took some new pics of the kids for 2008.
Isabeau was sweet for the first few minutes and then,
well you can see... CharLee is charming as ever! Love you
My sweet neighbor asked me for the Gazpacho recipe so
here it is:
4-5 garden tomatoes
1 unpeeled garden cucumber
1 bell pepper (any color)
1/2 lime juiced
1 tsp real salt (Redmond Salt. . . the best!)
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ceyenne
1/2 cup olive oil
6-8 ice cubes
Put in a good blender and blend away.
This is my favorite fall harvest recipe
my Mom had it in Spain and spred the
Add some chopped avocado and a
sprouted wheat tortilla(Ezekial brand) on the side
for a little something extra yummy.
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 2:45 PM
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
So here are the 4 new things:
#1 I am reading the Twilight of which many have told me I should.
I am intrigued because of authors story of how it came
about. I feel Matthew has been similarly inspired in
writing his novel/series. One day he too will fulfill his
dream. You go my Luv.
#2 I figured out how to make a very tasty non dairy non gluten
zucchini bread for CharLee of which Matthew even said he enjoyed.
If anyone wants the recipe let me know.
#3 I bought some bottles and a canner; and as of right now
I am bottling fresh tomatoes from our garden. This will
make for yummy veggie soup in the winter months to come.
Never thought I would ever bottle, but I am excited about it.
Arica if you want to bottle or some garden veggies let
me know, there is plenty.
#4 I am phasing Beau into cloth and biodegradable diapers. . .so
much better for the earth and the budget. More work but it is
I guess I have been really motivated to do and accomplish things
myself and in a "All Natural" way of course. I really feel impowered
knowing that I can learn and take care of my family better. I love
progressing in this way as a mother. There is comfort in knowing
I can help my own family live a more healthy clean and balanced life.
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 2:09 PM
Thursday, September 4, 2008
CharLee's Birthday, A Little Chefs Party!
CharLee this year desired to have a Ratitoulle themed B-day.
The day started with his requested cream of wheat with candles and Chocolate Silk.
Then I took balloons and a small treat to him at school.
His party then started at 4 when he arrived home from school.
We had all the kids make there own unique pizzas and then
had fruit pizza for dessert. We also had a fruit snack filled
pinata and a "guess what smell it is" game.
His highlight gifts were Camp Rock movie, thanks to Essa. Grandma Bee
gave him a humanitarian box in which he can make toys for kids
around the world and his Batman car from Daddy was also a hit. We missed you
Essa, Popeye and the rest of the family.
So we took a short trip to Ioka, Uintas this last weekend
for a Lisonbee/Nelsen Family campout.
It was good to see Grandma and Grandpa Cow
as we don't know how much longer they will be with us.
As for camping the first day was beautiful, and we were able to
play in the river. As for the rest of the camp out. . . it was not so much
fun but what an adventure. The last night the storm was so bad. It was
literally raining inside our tent. So a 2a.m. we decided to gather up Beau
and CharLee and make way for Grandmas house.
CharLee is now officially off of all dairy and gluten and he is excited about
it. I told him he didn't have to do it since I know it was hard,
but the next morning he said, "Mom, we need to go through
the school menu and pick one day a week I can eat at school,
but it has to be dairy and gluten free." He also makes sure
I don't mess up making him his other meals. Way to go
Skippy (CharLee) you are so strong and brave.
He has also been enjoying his Baptism Book. Every night we
read a chapter. . . but he won't stop he insists on reading 3-4
chapters. Thus, we are almost finished. He says he wants
to read it again after we finish. CharLee is just a good boy
to the core. After school yesterday he told me how there
was some bully's at recess picking on some girls and he told
the boys to please stop. I knew even when CharLee was
very young, before he could talk, that he already had such
a pure sweet tender spirit.
Beau continues to todddle around. She is speaking more.
This morning I told her don't get in the dirt when we
walked CharLee to school and she said,"NNNNO, Dirt!"
She has also found her love for art. She especially loves to
color on the floors, highchair and the windows. Beau is
my little disaster girl. She leaves a blazing trail of mess
where ever she goes. This keeps me in shape. She is also
fond of dancing. She points to the ipod and reaches up for
Matthew and then takes his hand in dancers stance. I
don't know where she gets that from:) She melts Matthews heart
as they dance in the kitchen to some good Micheal Buble' tunes.
One thing she started doing is her love for being "Prettise" (Pretty).
She loves to pick out her clothes, hair barette, curler and also
jewelry for the day. She even has come out of my closet wearing
necklaces of mine I never wear. . . everyone knows how much I
love jewelry. Lets just say she is all girl. . . Everthing nice and a
little bit spice.
Matthew and I are as in love as ever before. It was great sharing the non-ideal weekend
adventure with him. Work is going well and the prospects of new and exciting
opportunities are still a brew for him. I am just loving being a Mom and serving my family
the way I know best. Luvs, Kisses, healthy meals, story time, peaceful walks, art time,
cleaning time, dancing time and just vegging time.
I also started a cleanse this week. Today is day three and I am feeling much better. The first 2 days I was a little faint. I usually like to do this after I stop nursing to clean house and start
a new. Today for breakfast I had a "Limy" shake (thanks Essa) and for lunch
Gazpacho is in the plan and for dinner my garlic/onion/veg soup I made yesterday. Only 7 more days to go. . . and doing good! If anyone is interested it is from my parents book The pHMiracle; you can find it on Amazon. Thanks for all the knowledge Mom and Dad.
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 11:47 AM