Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Yay - it's finally here... first box of vegetables from a local produce delivery service. I'm so excited - no, really, I am! Look at all the delicious goodies:
...squash, blueberries, white new potatoes, endive, cilantro, dill, asparagus, broccoli and turnips.

Over the last few months, we - as a family - have been trying to eat healthier and more 'real' by eliminating as many chemicals and unnatural substances as we can. Now that doesn't mean we don't partake in an occasional processed food item, but we are trying to be more conscientious of what goes in our mouth. This may seem like the fairly common sense thing to do - but let me tell you it wasn't easy getting everyone to agree to this (especially Tim - who's diet consisted of an array of Little Debbie snack cakes, frozen dinners and other junk).

But after reading the book In Defense of Food he came around. This made it much easier to persuade my somewhat reticent children. I can't say that they're completely thrilled with the idea, but they are slowly getting used to trying new things and giving up a few of their dietary staples that didn't quite cut the mustard. They are also learning that eating healthy/whole doesn't mean they're on a diet. We still have sweets and desserts but they are more often than not homemade with whole wheat flour and real ingredients as opposed to out of a box. They actually like this part of it a lot!

Our eating habits are still far from perfect (and I can tell you they probably never will be), but we are learning, trying new things and continuing to make small changes along the way - which is why we signed up for the Produce Box. I'll let you know how it goes.

Oh, and by the way - does anyone know how to fix turnips?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Happy Mother's Day

First let me just say that I can not stand to have my picture taken (which is why I have yet to put a picture of me on my blog profile). But since it was Mother's Day I decided that it would be nice to have a picture of me and the three kiddos - and my new bird bath which was part of my Mother's Day present (the other part was cleaning out the garage - and yes, that was a good thing but more on that later).

We tried to take some photos with all of us standing near the bird bath, but since Mia wanted to jump out of my arms into the bird bath we had to rethink that idea. So we decided to all squat around the birdbath. (I wonder how many professional photographers actually tell their subjects to squat - probably not too many, but that's OK.) We ended up with a couple of shots that were pretty decent. Here's one of my favorites.

We are all looking in the general direction of the camera with mostly sincere expressions of happiness on our faces.

As soon as that was done, everyone went inside and scrambled to get out of their church clothes as quickly as possible (heaven forbid anyone have to keep on a shirt with a collar for more than five minutes). Then we moved on to the BIG gift of the day - cleaning out the garage.

We have tried to do this numerous times, but my poor husband freaks out every time because it was soooo overwhelming to him. And rightly so - we have entirely too much junk. But he promised me that since it was Mother's Day and I've been bugging him for months to do this he would try not to self-combust before we were finished. The kids agreed to help too - since it was Mother's Day and since most of it was their junk anyway.

We moved EVERYTHING out of the garage and then went through every item -- from sports equipment to screws. Then we sorted like every good organizational guru tells you to do: KEEP, DONATE/SELL and TRASH. And boy did we have a lot of items that fell into the last two categories which was the goal. Then we organized the keep items and we'll finish up this weekend by taking loads to the dump and to Goodwill and hope that we can get rid of some of the larger items on Craig's list.

(I realize it still looks a little messy, but we couldn't very well leave the trash and the donate/sell items in the driveway for the week. The neighbors wouldn't have appreciated that.)

And that was my Mother's Day - maybe it wasn't glamorous or pampering, but it was something I wanted to do. And I spent it with the four most important people in my life. There was very little complaining and I believe they even had a little fun at times.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Most of our Saturday mornings are spent going from this...

to this...

to this...

and I really wouldn't have it any other way.

But I have to admit that every now and then it's nice to have a Saturday morning when we can all be lazy and stay in our PJs for a little while and enjoy a big yummy breakfast. This past Saturday was one of those days.

Whole wheat chocolate chip pancakes...


A steaming cup of coffee...

And the evidence that it was enjoyed by all...

Next Saturday will be back to 'normal', but it was yummy while it lasted!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May Day Weekend Fun

Since Tim was out of town for most of the weekend (on his first guys' weekend that he's ever taken since we've been married - but more on that another day), my parents and my nephew came down to hang with me and the kids. We found lots to do to keep us busy.

Friday night we went to the annual barbeque at our church. Lots of yummy food. (But forgot the camera so no pics - which is probably good since we were pigging out.)

Saturday morning we loaded up and headed to Peakfest. Our town has a great street festival each May with lots of arts and crafts, music, kids activities, etc.

 Gotta love the Chic-Fil-A cow...

 My nephew with our own 'Barney Fife.'

Spring has sprung into summer here in N.C.

My oldest child 'begging' me to adopt a dog from one of the animal rescue booths.

After a bit of a rest and a break from the almost 90-degree temps, we went and watched Joshua's lacrosse game.
He scored his first goal of the season - YAY!!!!!

Sunday Tim got back from his guys' weekend and we participated in Brandon's confirmation service at church. It was an awesome way to end the weekend - beautiful service, big group of kids.

(Photo's a little blurry - Joshua did the best he could from far away.)

There were a lot of confirmands...


We love you, Brandon. You're an awesome kid and we couldn't be more proud to be your parents.

Well that was our weekend in a nutshell!