Happy 36th birthday to the most amazing man alive…my one and only, and my best friend
Chris, for your birthday this year, we thought there would be nothing better than to let you know just a few of the many reasons we are so grateful for you in our lives.
Our kiddos took this task pretty seriously…Matix and Marley were so cute and wanted to write down what they were going to say to make sure they didn’t forget anything important . Ruby had PLENTY to say about you, and Cash? Well, he’s two and a half, and said whatever came to his hilarious little head.
Without further ado… out of the mouths of your babes…
Now, from me? Too much to possibly write here, so I’ll keep this short and tell you the rest in person…
I love you so, so much, Babe. We may have the occasional spat (let’s be honest, they’re almost all my fault!), but no matter how many we have, these statements will always hold true:
YOU are my best friend,
YOU are the one I laugh with about the silliest things,
YOU make me a better person, just by being around you,
YOU are my mentor,
YOU are my partner in crime,
YOU are my rock,
YOU are my everything.
Working, living, and raising a family together 24/7 can carry some challenges…but I’ll tell ya…I wouldn’t have it any other way. The benefits of having you to experience every aspect of this life with me far outweigh those challenges. This life is so much better with you in it (not just for me, but for those reading this too). Thank you for being the love of my life. Thanks for standing by my side as we accomplish our dreams and help others accomplish theirs. I am a better person because of you.
That’s right. Something crazy happened at the Powell Home… we found snowflakes!!! A very rare occurrence in Arizona.
Okay, so it wasn’t “real” snow but since we are firm believers in taking action and making things happen, Matix and Marley decided that if they couldn’t get Mother Nature’s version of snowflakes, that they would just make their own. (LOVE my proactive kids!) I might be a little biased, but these snowflakes are definitely some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen!
“Are you here on holiday?” Everybody here asks…with their dreamy New Zealand accent, I must add.
This isn’t the first country (or state for that matter) that we’ve visited where this question seems to be asked repetitively. If not by the locals, then by friends, family, and our loyal Facebook, Instagram and Twitter friends. Nope. As a matter of fact, so much of our lives is spent on the road in beautiful, breathtaking places that Chris and I had only dreamed of visiting just a few short years ago.
While it might seem like the answer to that burning question should be an easy “yes” or a “no”, it’s slightly more complicated than that.
Yes, Chris and I get to travel the world. And we get to do it with our family in tow. But I must admit, not one single, itty bitty (or huge) trip we’ve taken since we have met has been for the sole purpose of vacation or pleasure. I kid you not!
All of them, every single one, to date has been for the purpose of work. Most of these trips are to visit our peeps or shoot the show, but occasionally our trips are to take business meetings, or visit some of our favorite morning or talk shows. “That’s a LOT of work trips,” you say! Yes, yes it is.
BUT…and this is a huge “but”, this doesn’t mean that we don’t make every trip a holiday ☺. Because we do!! We have learned that since time is precious…and it’s hard for us to take time for ourselves, or ever really travel just for fun, we can make fun wherever we go.
I never in a million years would have thought that I would have the opportunity to see the world like I have been able to. I also never imagined my 4th child would see 6 states and 3 countries just after her 2 month birthday. And that’s just little Ruby’s experiences! If Cash, Matix, and Marley ever write a book…I’ll tell ya, they would have some adventures to share!
How do we do this? We work hard (REALLY hard), nearly all day everyday with a huge smile on our faces. Why smile when we work? Two reasons:
One: We hardly consider this work. We get to inspire and BE inspired by people everywhere, and we get to make best friends with those people transforming their lives. The saying is true…
“Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Two: Because we know in the midst of these extremely long days we put in (on the phone coaching from afar, on the computer writing or tweaking programs, shooting the show, developing tools to help millions…not just those on the show), that when our work day wraps, a new adventure in a foreign location awaits the Powell Pack ☺.
The perfect example – Today we were lucky enough to get to spend half of our work day on one of the most beautiful, black sand beaches of New Zealand. Knowing this was the location of the shoot, we brought the family along to play between shoots. Cash had the time of his life (going on a scavenger hunt today) while Ruby smiled at everyone and everything ☺. And for us? What’s better than being able to sneak kisses and hugs from some of our bundles of joy during our work day? Dream come true.
So, whenever you wonder if “we are here on holiday,” you now have your answer.
Everyday: I Am So Very Thankful for the Four Amazing Kids Who Make Our Powell Pack Complete
POSTED ON December 4, 2013
The Month of Thanks if officially over, by my expressions of gratitude aren’t quite finished yet. I apologize in advance if these are getting old, but I can’t not show appreciation for these amazing blessings I have in my life…especially in the midst of so much sadness, tragedy, and heartache this world is experiencing.
On my mind today…
The four awesome kids I have . They are each unique in their own way—even Baby Ruby—and they each bless our lives in ways too numerous to count. They have disagreements just like other kids, but I know they always have each other’s backs, no matter what. They love and serve each other, have amazing senses of humor, are so very talented, love to have fun together, make us laugh, try to make good choices, keep us grounded, put up with the crazy life we lead, and remind us daily of what is really important in life.
Matix, Marley, Cash, and Ruby—today (and every day) I am so very thankful for you!
“Extreme Weight Loss” trainer Chris Powell and his wife Heidi welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday, People reports.
“We are so incredibly grateful for such a beautiful and healthy little addition to our family,” the couple told the news source. “The six pack is now complete.”
The new addition, named Ruby Lane Powell, arrived weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. and joins siblings Cash, 2, Marley, 6, and Matix, 8.
In case you didn’t know, today is National Young Reader’s Day! I so appreciate a day that celebrates something that really does give our kids such incredible building blocks for long-term success. I am fortunate enough to be one of those lucky mommas whose kids love to read. I love it!
Wanting to get your kids reading more? Check out some of the Powell Pack’s top book picks. These keep them reading longer than they are allowed sometimes!
Here is a list of a few more good reads for each age group:
Birth – 3 Years:
3 – 5 Years:
5 – 8 Years:
Since we have all heard time and time again that one of the best things you can do for your child and for your parent-child relationship is to read together, it’s time to grab a book, snuggle up and get reading!
November is one of my favorite months. Why? Because it is the month of thanks. We should all be living in a “lifetime of thanks”, but with the normal chaos of life, it’s often hard to sit in a place of graciousness for too long before it’s time to discipline the kids and run them around to all of their practices ☺.
Chris and I love to try our best to live with an “attitude of gratitude”. No better reminder than Thanksgiving month to appreciate what we have before we are forced to appreciate what we had.
In honor of this month of thanks, I am following suit of a sweet girl in our family’s life that showed quite the example by posting her 30 Days of Thanks. I’m a little late: today is November 5, so we will only get 26 days of thanks! I’ll do my best to remember to post daily…I’m not perfect, so forgive me if I miss a day or two ☺.
To make up for my tardiness, I have jam-packed my first Day of Thanks with a few things I’m grateful for.
My family. This family. Although these aren’t my only family members, I think this is such a wonderful place to start.
Without these people – all of them – I wouldn’t be where I am. They make me smile and laugh everyday. They are the reason I get up and work so hard, and my biggest source of support in all that I do. A couple of them are the silent “heavy lifters” that help me make it through my days, and make my kids feel even more loved and special than I ever could alone.
These people make one happy, warm, and loving home.
I am a blessed and lucky woman. Thank you to this amazing family of mine. I love you all ☺