Toddler Yoga at Morton's Grove

Toddler yoga is real! 


I didn't really believe it was possible at first, i just sort of pretended to so some of you guys would come over and hang out with me. 


But it really happened! Most of the kids were around 2-3 years old, and they actually listened and participated! Except for Ruthie, she wasn't having it. I've been experiencing big giant major tantrums for the first time recently, and for the love of God PARENTING IS SO HARD. The instructor's sweet assistant asked Ruthie if she would like a feather. Ruthie was majorly offended and responded OF COURSE NOT! Maybe next time Ruthie girl!


April Thrift (yoga instructor for all ages and stages at iBloom) led the session, starting with a simple craft activity: assembling a yoga foot dream catcher (a little foot cutout with streamers and feathers attached).


Following the craft came a story with frequent breaks to incorporate yoga stretches. Toddlers are (can be?) so freakin' cute. April called out questions to them and they always had the craziest and cutest answers. When pulling on their pretend yoga pants, April asked "what color are your pants?". Little cutie Peyton shouted in answer "maybe just brown?!".


My goal with Morton's Grove is to become a resource for building healthy families with food + nutrition and fun events + programs that celebrate the whole baby (+ mama). This yoga sesh was my first attempt to wrangle some people into this dream with me. Thank you to everyone who was a part of our first toddler yoga. It means so much that you spent your Saturday with us! 


After everyone left, Ruthie spent hours doing tree (aka flamingo) and happy baby in the barn.  


Contact April Thrift at iBloom for more information on toddler yoga or to see her class schedule. 


Ruthie is 1

Ruthie's first birthday was last Friday, April 22nd and I still cannot believe she's one! When I was pregnant, I hated hearing how fast pregnancy would go. When Ruthie was born, like the day she was born, so many people told me to cherish it because it would go by SO fast and I hated hearing that too. Now that she is one, I hate that everyone was SO right because it DID go by that fast. CRYING FACE EMOJO.

Ruthie was born on Earth Day which is an amazing reflection of her tree-loving daddy. We had an Earth Day themed party on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. It was perfect, thanks so much to everyone who wished her a happy day. And I think I've calmed down a little bit in case anyone is in the mood to tell me how Ruthie will be 21 before I know it.

The Beginning

So, what's all this about?
I am Laura Morton, the idea-haver for this venture. I'm a registered dietitian and whole food nutrition is my jam. I've got grand ideas on tying my nutrition expertise into this project in the future, stay tuned. My future-husband (the word fiancΓ© is to me as the word moist is to you), Austin, is a recent grad from Wash-U's MFA program and is not only a super creative sculptor, but is also capable of conceptualizing and building just about anything. He is the doer for this venture. Our greatest accomplishment is our daughter, Ruthie - the most precious part of our lives and driving force behind this project.

We're gettin' hitched
Austin and I have been together for a close to 10 years. We've been through it all and we love each other a lot. We share an interest in lots of stuff but most of all in parenting the funniest and cutest little darling. Austin proposed in August on a family trip to Anna Maria Island and it went a little something like this: a shaky hand shot out of nowhere and stuck a gorgeous antiqued band on the middle finger of my right hand. My left hand was holding a sleeping baby girl and also attempting to button my dress after nursing. It was perfect. Our wedding will take place at our home, AKA Morton's Grove, October 8th, 2016. This will be the first event at Morton's Grove and we are pumped to be the guinea pigs. 

We love where we live and love the idea of raising a little peanut to be a wild child running around the woods. We love it so much that we started to think maybe other people would love it too. If anyone out there is planning their wedding or maintaining an active Pinterest profile, you know that unique celebration spaces are topping planners' lists these days. We have one other thing going for us: Austin can literally make anything. From concept to construction, he can create something amazing and unique using ingredients that are meaningful and relevant to the time period and style of our home. Almost everything on the property has been created by Austin or our Dads, two other amazingly resourceful and essential parts of this project.

If you are interested in learning more about renting our space, we would love to hear from you. I hope you'll continue to follow along with the progress, I can almost guarantee it will be an entertaining journey!