Full Moon Rising

What a week it has been over here at the Bradbury compound. The full moon greatly affects our children. Wow, does it ever. Years ago I became noticing the increase in emotion, disobedience and food intake during the full moon week (approximately 5 days on either side). I thought that it was just a coincidence, but as the children grew and I began studying astrological signs and star charts more, I realized that this was a real thing.

The benefit to knowing this is to be able to mentally prepare for the craziness that always ensues. This week was unreal though and I was not at all prepared for what it would bring.

Monday: I wake up to a GIGANTIC puddle of pee in the middle of my kitchen. HUGE. I, of course, have a 9×7 rug covering most of my kitchen floor. I know that’s weird, but I actually like it in there. The pee puddle was covering 2/3 of the rug. HUGE. Our dog, Ruby, hasn’t had an accident since she was like 8 weeks old, but it had to be her right? I couldn’t figure it out. This was far more than I had ever seen her pee. It was definitely pee. Saturated the rug, through the padding and puddling on the floor below. UGH. This is what I woke up to. Way to start a Monday. I also wasn’t able to get my run in on Monday because our 6 year old needed ALL the breaks during school.

There are a million reasons that I homeschool, time management is one of them, but he really just didn’t want to do anything and decided that that was the hill he wished to die on on Monday. Therefore, school took FOR-EVER, which ran into my run time. Mom’s sanity time.

Tuesday, school went better. My run was great. Then at dinner time while grilling burgers, the grill caught fire. Like really. Scorching dinner to an inedible crisp. Late Tuesday night a friend appeared on my doorstep in need of a glass of wine and some girl time (that makes two of us). Much later in the night (10pm) we are still visiting and Atlas comes out of his room, walking with intention across the kitchen pulling his penis out of his pants to pee. . .IN MY KITCHEN! He is completely asleep. I escort him to the bathroom, he goes and then back to bed.

So guess who the culprit of Monday morning’s pee puddle was?!?!? You guessed it.

Wednesday morning was uneventful, but I almost froze to death at Baseball practice later that evening.

Thursday morning I awoke to a flooded laundry room. Atlas had gotten up in the middle of the night to get a drink and forgot to turn our water filter off so it ran onto the floor the entire night. He may have been sleep walking, still unsure. I might have been crying by this point. Thursday night at 11pm the rain started.

Friday morning when I woke and it was still pouring outside about the last thing that I expected to see before my coffee was a dead gopher lying in the middle of my living room. A gift from our lovely doggy daughter. The rain didn’t let up all day. School went better, I got three different work outs in (two videos and a run), but of course I had to go to the grocery store in the rain. When I got home and unloaded the groceries the baby kept pulling the whip cream out of the refrigerator door and let’s be honest eventually I just let her have it. The photo represents my week so well.

When my dear friend down the street sent me a text saying “is it too early to start day drinking?” and offered to feed us dinner, I absolutely said yes to dinner.

When I got back home another dear friend had dropped off some dark chocolate for me. Thank goodness for good friends and chocolate.

2020 in Review

As I sit here in our home in the early days of the year 2021, I find myself quietly pondering this past year. For so many it was a year of turmoil and uncertainty. I can recognize that this family had it rather easy despite a deployment. I was a homeschooler pre-covid, a home birther pre-covid, a non eater outer pre-covid. So much of my life didn’t change and in some ways it changed for the better at just the right time. Covid began its surge days before I gave birth to our newest family member. Thus, forcing me to sit and enjoy her. Sit and observe my family. Rest, be still and content.

The side of covid that effected most people very minorly is the side of covid that devastated me. It clipped my wings, cemented my feet in a way I never imagined. I had plans this last fall to be back in Europe during my husband’s deployment. To squeeze friends I haven’t seen in a couple of years, to recharge my travel bug batteries and expose our newest passport carrier to everything that sets her mother a fire. When the world shut down to me experiencing it my ability to find inspiring things to write about shut down with it.

I have spent these first couple of days of 2021 attempting to revise my vision. The world may, very well, never open up to me again and I miss writing. I miss documenting the lives of these beautiful kids without the dark shroud of covid. Therefore, I will write. I will seek out adventure in whatever capacity it presents itself and I will find inspiration worthy moments. Moments that counteract the fear in our society today. Moments that remind you to take chances. Moments that temporarily blind us from the state of our country.

With motivation restored, I will be writing a weekly blog, maybe twice weekly if one post involves food (I love food). I will be attempting to post on instagram daily. The instagram post will funnel to the Wild Bradbury Facebook page for those using Facebook as a means of connection. My big goal is to also post a weekly YouTube video. The editing involved is a massive turn off for your girl here, but these kids are hilarious and it would be a shame to not hear these stories from them.

My hope for you this year is that you find time. Find the time to have the coffee with a friend. Find the time to take the longer route. Our worlds, however small they may feel, are fascinating places full of magic. The opportunity for adventure is everywhere.

The Bread Baking Challenge

In a quest to do something “together” and learn a new skill, my mother and I both purchased the same book. ‘Bread: the breads of the world and how to bake them at home.’ It has 100 recipes in it and we are going to make 2 to 3 of them every month from now until we move in August 2022. Neither of us are confident free form bread makers and we want to improve that skill set. I love traditional cooking. It makes me feel like all the ancient spirits are applauding. So, when my mother suggested this extensive and loving exercise of grit, I agreed instantly.

Our very first recipe was for a Granary Cob loaf from England. Our experiences and loaves turned out completely different. I intend to post the recipes as well.

https://www.facebook.com/lydia.bradbury.94/videos/vb.742110532/10163817839030533/?type=2&video_source=user_video_tab

Our Newest House Addition

Living this military life comes with many challenges. I tend to pride myself on the flexibility and resiliency that I have adapted and instilled in our children, but this life is not without its sad truths.

I was raised in a very rural atmosphere. Learning lessons from nature, animals and running wild on the land. I want my children to have that experience. Their natural cadence pulsing with the creek current, but I cannot give that lifestyle to them and sustain a military career and marriage.

Therefore, for one last time, we have brought a puppy into the house. Hopefully, this puppy will give them some of the responsibility and exposure that they are missing from the homestead experience. It is not the same of course, but here we go anyway.

Welcome to The Wild Bradbury Crew Miss Attica

On March 31st, 2020, we welcomed our daughter Attica to the family. She was born at home here in San Diego, CA. We streamed it live to Facebook and were shocked by the amount of people who tuned in to share this time with us. It was so much fun going back and looking at your comments after the birth and it also opened a huge window into what birth does and doesn’t look like for your families.

I hope by watching our most recent home birth that you are encouraged to try it with your future pregnancies. That you feel that you were witness to what childbirth can be. I hope that the beauty, power and calm that can be present were apparent. We loved sharing it with you. Below is the Home birth of Miss Attica, feel free to share! Normalizing childbirth, especially in the name of taking back home birth, is a huge passion project of mine.

Posted by Lydia Bradbury on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Episode 26: Birthing During a Pandemic

In this Episode of The Wild Bradbury Podcast, I discuss:

  • The effects of Covid-19 on labor and delivery
  • More women turning to homebirth
  • The need for insurance companies to cover homebirth costs
  • New hospital policies because of pandemic
  • Labor and delivery support for birthing mothers
  • Long term effects of Covid-19 on new mothers

Thank you for listening and joining us here on our family page. We hope you all are finding the beauty in this quiet, slow time of quarantine.

Episode 25: Blessingways and Baby Showers amid Covid-19 Chaos

In this Episode of The Wild Bradbury Podcast, I discuss:

  • What a blessing way is
  • The different varieties of blessing ways
  • Mental and Spiritual preparations for natural childbirth
  • Baby shower gatherings during Covid-19

As always, thank you so much for listening and stopping by our site. We are so happy to have you here.

Episode 24: Home Birth Preparations

In this Episode of The Wild Bradbury Podcast I discuss,

  • What kind of mentality you need to successfully deliver at home.
  • What kind of supplies go in to making the big day possible.
  • The tasks that must be done once labor has started.
  • What home birth looks like for us now compared to our first home birth.
  • Preparing your spaces and your mental state for home delivery.
My beautiful Magic Tree in our backyard that I intend to birth under.

As always, thank you so much for being here.

What a Wonderful World

GREEN. . .

It has long been my favorite color, primarily because of all the things that are green and what those things mean to me. Today Green, was a friendly reminder of all the reason why. Why we homeschool, why I choose to stay home with our children, why we grow our own food the best that we can, why I love Thursday afternoons so much, and the list goes on.

Today our oldest, Lux, asked “What are we doing for science today?” I simply said “you’re going to water the plants.” He retorted with “but I do that everyday with you.” He isn’t wrong, but what he is missing is the exploration that will take place naturally if mom is not there to supervise.

He came back through the house where I was cleaning my stove top (Thursdays are deep clean day here as well) he said “mom I noticed all kinds of things that I don’t think I’ve ever noticed before.” I asked him to elaborate:

“Well, the cantaloupe plants look droopy, but I think it’s because they are starting to vine. The Watermelon plants aren’t droopy at all, but they vine too right?? The Tulip bulbs that have sprouted have TONS of layers of leaves protecting the flower. ALSO, I think you bought some weed bulbs because those things that are coming up all over the yard don’t look very pretty. Did you BUY weed bulbs mom??”

“No, I don’t believe I did, but it is possible that the bag was mislabeled and something different than expected is coming up. How did the vegetable box in the backyard look?”

“Oh yeah! So I went back there to water and there’s these little tiny wildflower sprouts, but I don’t remember planting flowers in the vegetable box.”

“Those are not flowers. Those are carrots.”

“(eyes wide, kid loves himself some carrots) THEY START OUT THAT SMALL?”

“All things do sweetie, that’s part of what makes it so magical.”

“I’m going to go look at the carrots again and water the tulips again because clearly they are sensitive or they wouldn’t need so many layers of leaves AND THEN I’m going to lay in the hammock and look up in the tree.”

“That sounds like an excellent way to spend your time.”

“Mom?”

“Yes Lux.”

“I’m glad I’m homeschooled.”

“Well that’s very nice to hear (we had one heck of a school week). Why is that?”

“Because our neighbors just got home from school and went inside to play video games. They have spent so much time not looking up in the trees that they have forgotten it is there.”

“And that’s what started this homeschooling journey to begin with.”

There are plenty of days when I feel like I’m failing. Many many times when I don’t have the patience I should. Even more times when I question if they are learning anything from me, but today is not that day. That very brief dialogue with our Lux will be one of the most profound moments of this month. Tomorrow he may hate me again for making him do cursive, or for looking at him the wrong way. But today, today while I started more seedlings by the kitchen sink, he spoke straight to my mama heart.

I hope that you felt validated in your efforts this week, but if you didn’t, they are listening. The validation is coming. Look for the subtle hints and enjoy the little dialogues full of big ideas and curiosity.

Episode 23: Packing for Extended Stays and Numerous Seasons

In this Episode of The Wild Bradbury Podcast, I discuss:

  • How to pack capsule wardrobes for yourself and your children. 
  • What to bring to help you transition from one season to another while abroad.
  • Multipurpose wardrobe essentials.
  • Must haves for survival mode times.
  • What over packing does to you.

Here are some of the must-haves that can be found on Amazon, I do not make a single penny whether you click-on, purchase, or don’t:

https://www.amazon.com/Columbia-Silver-Ridge-Convertible-Medium/dp/B00DCYCJDW/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=columbia+kids+zip+off+pants&qid=1582647041&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Womens-Fashion-Zipper-Scarves/dp/B01M65E4PS/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=scarf%2Bwith%2Bpocket&qid=1582647919&sr=8-1-spons&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzQjBFQzlDMlUwM1ZSJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTY2ODI5UFg3N0NMUDJZQVpPJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAxNzEzODcxNlNNREU0NlQ2VFVZJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1

The above link is an infinity scarf that I like to travel with that includes a pocket. The pocket works wonderfully for hiding a passport, or separating your cash so it isn’t all taken from one spot. Also works as a head scarf, child leash and for warmth.

Until next time, thank you for reading, listening, laughing and being here.