Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Carrots

Ever since Will started eating real food I have tried my best to feed him the best. I am a firm believer that eating well at a very young age makes all the difference in your future health. He really is a great eater. I mean, he will eat a salad. My 3 year old will eat a salad! Most of the time with no complaints. BUT the older he gets it is just not possible to control everything he puts in his mouth. Especially since he is just like I was when I was his age.

You see, I would sneak into the fridge, take a tub of Cool Whip, hide under the table and have at it. Will does the same thing! He is constantly going into the kitchen, getting food and either hiding under the table or shoving it into the couch when I walk in the room (I know, I know. We're working on this). The best is when it's a big hunk of cheese being stuffed into the abyss that is my couch. Gross.

But, unfortunately for Will, I don't tend to keep Cool Whip in my fridge. So, he resorts to the next best thing: Carrots!


He will easily eat 5 in a day. And these are no baby carrots. These are the real deal, big fat carrots.





Wednesday, January 25, 2012

You've got to be kidding me...

*Disclaimer: I have a tendency to be, as my husband would say, blunt. ESPECIALLY when talking about something I am pretty passionate about. Soooo, be warned.* 

While driving home from the gym today, I was listening to a Christian music radio station. The female DJ was talking about how busy life can get, and that more often than not her family eats frozen meals for dinner.

Now, if you know me at all, you already know about my disdain for frozen/packaged meals. So, at this point I am already quite irked by just hearing that.

But then she goes on to say that serving her family frozen meals is, and I quote, "Not cheating, but an efficient use of precious time." Say what!? Ok, now I am full on mad.

I am mad at how lazy our culture is when it comes to eating. Mad about the lack of knowledge we have when it comes to what we are putting into our bodies. Even more so, I am mad at the big food companies who claim that their sugar packed, MSG ridden and slathered in hydrogenated oil packaged food is actually HEALTHY!

Come on people! Put in a little effort when it comes to what you eat. Do your research. Your health is so important. Food Inc. is a great documentary, and a good place to start. I highly recommend it!

While still listening to the radio, and lady called in to comment saying something along the lines of, "I hear ya! We have hockey practice one night for this kid, and gymnastics for that one. My family would starve if it weren't for frozen meals. All hail frozen meals!" Ok, so maybe she didn't say that last part, but come on now.

I get it momma's! Life can be busy. I have two young boys, my husband works 65+ hrs, 6 days a week, and I know it will only get busier as the years go on. But it is SO important that we take the time to provide REAL healthy meals for our family.

Proverbs 31:15 says, "She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family..." The Proverbs 31 woman makes it a priority to make sure her family is fed nourishing food, and we should too! Even if it takes having to get up even earlier than we already do or perhaps cutting down on some of our social activities.

Now, I'm not talking gourmet meals here. All it takes is a little thought and preparation to provide a simple meal that is way above anything a frozen meal could ever hope to be!

Take advantage of that crockpot you've had sitting in the cupboard. Get together a list of easy crockpot recipes (there are literally hundreds out there!) throw in some ingredients in the morning, and bam! Dinner is served. Or how about scrambled eggs and toast for a last minute meal? It can be plain or you can toss in some veggies, cheese or good quality meat. (Lately, I've been liking mine with broccoli and kale!). So yummy, quick and easy, and way better for you then a frozen/boxed dinner!

So, if you don't already, please make an effort to bless your family with a good quality meal!

P.S. This applies to ALL meals! Not just dinner!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gifts for Will

This was the first Christmas (*Eye roll* Yes, I am still talking about Christmas. This is the last time, I promise) that Will really understood about the whole present thing. We always go over to my family's house Christmas morning, but I thought it would be fun to have some time with just us four opening gifts around our Christmas tree before heading over.

I didn't want to get carried away with piles of gifts. I knew Will would be plenty spoiled by his Grandma and Aunties (which he was), so I just got him a couple things.

First, I made a wooden block memory game. I absolutely love how they turned out!



I used some Jenga blocks I already had, and modged podged scrapbook paper onto it. Super cute right?





Will loves playing with balls, and has quite the arm on him. Even though he already has a plethora of balls around the house, most of them aren't very inside friendly. Like, actual adult sized soccer and baseballs. So, I wanted to make him a safe, softer ball. You know, one that wouldn't knock Sam out when it inevitably hit him. So, I crocheted him one. I know, I know. I am such a cool mom.




It turned out pretty well. I made it bigger than the pattern had it, and I messed up just a little. But thankfully it isn't very noticeable.


Will was very happy with his gifts! He immediately wanted to play catch with daddy after opening his football. We play his memory game almost every day, and Will is just awesome at it. I know I'm partial, but this kid is pretty smart. They also double as building blocks, and teething toys for Sam!



Saturday, January 14, 2012

First Tooth!

 At 1 year Sam finally got his first tooth!



Friday, January 13, 2012

Burlap & Lace

I mentioned in my last post that I had been super busy planning and making the decorations for a church event this past weekend. It was for our church's women ministry, Oasis. This was the second time I have exclusively been in charge of decorations for a shindig, the first being my sis-in-laws baby shower last Spring! It's a lot of work, but fun to do! Although, I find that I become a bit anal and a little OCD about everything being just right. Thankfully, I don't have a problem telling my helpers EXACTLY what to do (Ha, sorry mom and Val!), so everything worked out great.

We had the meeting in a beautiful lodge. All the decorations looked so pretty against the natural wood, dim lighting and the fireplace.

I wasn't able to get many decent pictures. The lighting was so dim, and I haven't figured out the best setting for it on my new camera yet. Here are a few to give those of you not there an idea: (Thanks to Val for taking some!)



(I took this one at home while testing out my camera)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SIGHHHHHHH

I feel like letting out a big fat sigh. SIGHHHHHH. Ahh, that's better. Life has been SO busy for me the past 3 months. Between working on making over 200 paper snowflakes for our church's Christmas banquet (of which I have NO pictures of. Boo!), making almost every Christmas gift I gave, and then doing the decorations for another church event just this past weekend, I have had no spare time at all. I did love being able to let out some creativity, but all of it put together didn't leave time for much else!

Now that I have time to just sit and breath, I have a few things I want to blog about. Starting with...Christmas!

We had a great Christmas! Lots of time spent with lots of family. We drew names to give gifts between all of us siblings (and their spouses and fiance's.) Dean and I had my sisters, Jenny and Valerie, and I did manage to get a couple shots of some of their gifts I made:



For Val we have a pillow and legwarmers from a thrifted sweater, a crocheted ski band with detachable flower clips, and some pillow cases (which I did not make, but they were the exact match of one she already had. Score!) Then we have yarn bottles with some pretty coffee filter flowers.


And for Jenny we have, yes, another sweater pillow and legwarmers, a "bookpage" candle (although I used a sheet of Beethoven's 5th Symphony instead), and some crocheted earrings and a broomstick lace arm cuff.

I loved how everything turned out, and had to keep myself from just keeping it for myself! Although, I do admit, it all looks better than it sounds. For instance, when Dean wanted to know what he was giving Val for Christmas I told him, "Oh, well there is a pillow from an old sweater and I made the sleeves into legwarmers. Then I wrapped beer bottles with yarn, and...." And then I'd realize how silly it all sounded, and just said, "Don't worry, she'll like it. It looks better than it sounds." Ha!

Here are some pictures that my sister took from Christmas day (thankfully, since I took zero!):

My family Christmas morning. With me, apparently, wearing a sweatpant skirt.



Cute cousins


Do they not look so completely different from one another?