A fall walk with a mommas boy

ahhhh fall time- nothing beats those fiery colors and crisp air.

except maybe a beach. In Hawai’i.

nothing beats a beach in Hawai’i

Le pumpkin patch

While my parents were in town a couple of weeks ago, we took Gordie to get his first pumpkin!!

We were all ecstatic for him to experience his first big holiday

but of course he was probably thinking “why are we out in the cold taking a butt load of photos? and why is the sun so dang bright?”

The pumpkin patch is a beautifully put on production brought to us by the local farmers.

free tractor rides/hay rides, petting zoo (although there was more looking then petting), a hay fort for kids to play on and a giant corn kernel pit! like a sand box but with corn kernels! Probably the best part in Scott and I’s opinions!

I am so (SO!) excited for Gordie to experience the holidays for the first time!

Now with Halloween in t-minus 2 days we are still need to carve our pumpkins

and we need to find makeshift costumes for Scott and I that we can make with little or no money.

perks of being poor college students with a baby. 🙂

So i will have to spend sometime online to come up with something

rolls.

I cannot get over how much i love each individual roll this little guy has!

seriously! I’m in loooove!

these pictures, were however, taken in September. So he’s much rollier now-

and those little curled toes?

i die!

some Gordie love

Have a fabulous weekend!!

picture lala land

GUYS!

I have bad news.. I lost my camera card reader thing. Which basically means all my pictures (and theres a lot people) that i’ve taken in the past week are stuck on my camera!

STUCK!

well.. stuck until i find, and actually put effort into finding, my card reader orrrr i fork out some moolah ad buy another.

laaaaame.

So i’ll be looking for it today and hopefully report back with good news

 

bath time

If Gordie can do one activity all day long it would be bath time! This kid looooves his baths.

he laughs. he coos. he blows spit bubbles. he kicks. he does his infamous stiff body stretch and he pees (sometimes).

fortunately, he hasn’t pooed yet (knock on wood…)

But he just thinks mama and dadda are hilarious during bath time- which of course, makes us feel like a million bucks

Raw chocolate fudge brownies!

Hello gorgeous…

whats that?

oh- you’re raw, vegan annnnd sugar free??

and you’re also chocolaty, fudgy annnnnd rich??

well- lets stop talking and get munchin- shall we?!

in all seriousness- make these!

they are delish and easy and totally perfect for those late night post-workout chocolate/junk food cravings!

recipe from HungryHealthyHappy

Ingredients – Makes 16:

-150g/1 cup almonds (you could use a mixer of almonds, pecans and walnuts too)

– 30g/Quarter of a cup of cocoa powder and another 60g/half a cup of cocoa

– 4 tbsp shredded coconut

– 150g/1 cup of pitted dates

– 4 tbsp honey

– 1 tbsp orange essence or juice from an orange (we’re not to fond of orange and chocolate so we left it out)

– 4 tbsp almond butter (you could use any nut butter you like).

– 2 bananas (the riper the banana the more banana flavor there will be)

 

1) Put the almond, 30g/quarter of a cup of cocoa, coconut and dates in a food processor and process until it forms a crumb like consistency.

2) Tip this mixture into a brownie pan and press down with your hands so it is packed down real good.

3) Put the rest of the cocoa, honey, orange essence, almond butter and bananas in a food processor until smooth.

4) Spread onto the pressed crumb mix and then put it in the freezer.

5) Whenever you want a bit, take it out of the freezer and cut a piece off and put the rest back in the freezer. You can it it straight out of the freezer if you like the brownie to be a bit harder or if you want it softer, leave it for 5-10 minutes before eating. It is delicious either way.

 

Nutritional Information per piece: makes 12

Calories: 135

Carbs: 20

Fat: 6.5

Protein: 3.6

Sugar: 13.1

How about them pups? Artie.

Well, we still have our lunatic dogs, incase anyone was wondering.

And those said lunatic dogs are still our best man-pets

pretty much Scott & I can’t imagine our life without them (which some may find pathetic lol)

But really. How is having 2 gigantic dogs, a small apartment annnnnd a baby?

well, to tell the truth, for the most part, it’s wonderful.

the apartment is small but works for us- and i can totally clean it in like a 1 1/2 (we’re talking vacuuming, dusting and laundry!)

The baby is (a-duh) fabulous and cuter than i ever imagined

and the dogs… are the dogs!

Typical.

Yes we have our bad days- but the “bad days” usually only last about an hour- make sense? Like when they know the mail man has arrived, which is usually around Gordies nap time, and Artie decides to sound the alarm so to speak. That = a bad hour. because for that next 30-50 minutes Artie shamefully sits by the door (because he knows he’ll get in trouble if he barks) and does his shallow deep woofs. It’s seriously like this.

Artie: BARK! BARK! BARK! LETEVERYONEKNOWTHEMAILHASARRIVED! BARK!

Me: ARTIE! GO TO JAIL! kick kick

Artie, with his body as close to ground as possible makes his way to the corner

after a few minutes he’ll army crawl to the door and go (in his deep voice) woof.

:pause:

woof.

Me: Arrrrtieee quuuuiet.

:pause:

woof.

and this continues until he gets distracted by something else.

 

But other than that Artie simply stays out of my way. He follows me around the house, doesnt get tangled in my legs and rushes to Gordies room when he hears him cry or makes noises (which is cute bee-tee-dubs)

But Artie spends about 90% of his day staring at the ground awaiting for a reflection to pounce on and chase.

So seriously, if its been one of those days where i just neeeed Artie to get out of my way, i open all the blinds and put on his collar and Leo’s collar (for extra reflections) and waaalaaaa. Artie is occupied until the sun goes down. literally.

21 days: day one

As of lately i feel as if im in a rut. A rut i have been in many times before but this time it’s different, i have a almost 4 month old along with the rut. So really i guess this rut is different- but there a lot of the same anxieties/worries/fears and i think a lot of it has to do with the lack of me paying attention to me and taking care of my basic needs. Does that sound selfish?

i hope not. But today, when the hubs got home, i decided to take a shower. Whilst i was showering i was in shock that the last time i took a shower was Saturday! SATURDAY PEOPLE! annnd on top of that, i’ve been wearing the same pair of yoga pants and crappy tee for three days annnnd i’ve been working out in them as well as sleeping in them. (not to mention the lovely  accumulating spit up and slobber)

Gross? more like rancid-disgusto

It’s not that i didnt want to shower it’s that i didnt have time and/or i was just going to work out and get sweaty, so what was the point, right?

mmmm yeah no.

but with the no showering comes the no make-up, the no getting dressed, spending waaaay to much time on my computer instead of being productive and forgetting to eat, brush my teeth, shave and actually do something with my nappy hair!

Yes- having a baby is hard and takes a toll on me but at the same time i need to develop a way for me to feel better about myself even if it’s as simple as putting on makeup and some jeans. Its amazing what the little things can do for your self esteem. Like for instance on days when im feelin great im usually dressed and prettied up and on days (most days unfortunately) when im feeling blah and down on myself you can usually find me marinating in my own juices and looking like i got beat with the ugly stanky stick.

It’s crazy how incredibly selfless you are as a mom but often time feel sooo selfish when you do something for you.

Like for example i go to pilates on Mondays and Wednesdays and Yoga on Tuesday and Thursdays- for only one hour.

one.uno.

and by the end of the classes im about ready to bolt home just so i can spend time with my baby and not neglect him- which if you dont have kids, or maybe you do and this just didnt happen to you, but i feel so guilty leaving him and going out to have Me time.

 

Well, along with changing our eating habits i have decided to create a ‘Better Me In 21 Days’. This is something i feel i need to do or i’ll loose myself and not be whom i’ve been working on so hard to be. Each day, for the next 21 days, i will pick one or two simple things to do each day to help reestablish my foundation (aka who i am/was) and allow me to have me time. But each day builds up on one another. like for example, todays goals will also continue tomorrow and the next day and hopefully become a habit. So by the end of the 21 days i would have (hopefully) developed and reestablished 21 habits i feel will inprove my quality of life.

 

Today is day one:

The goals for today are..

do one Bodyrock workout and read 2 chapters in the Book of Mormon for personal scripture study.

 

-Working out has been something i’ve always loved- however im not able to attend a gym during the day so Bodyrock is perfect! 12 minute at home HITT workout- which can be easily done during Gordies nap time. However, it’s a hard 12 minutes, but i know i will feel so good once i finish- it’s just the getting started part that i have problems with.

-Personal Scripture study has been lacking as of late- the hubs and i have been amazing and have been on track to reading all the standard works by the end of the year (and we have had some crazy awesome discussions!) but my personal scripture study has been zilch. So i need a personal Come To Jesus time where i can sit, pray, read and reflect.

So there you have it- hopefully i can stick with this

no.

i need to stick with this. So along with my regular post i will be chiming in on my daily goals, feeling and such

 

 

2 ingredient protein pancakes!

Ok- so like i’ve mentioned, Scott & I have been trying to eat uber healthy and 80-90% clean

with that being said, eating healthy can also get old. real fast. So in order to not get into that typical ‘i’m sick of veggies and oatmeal’ after day 4, i’ve been frantically searching the internet for new and tasty ways to eat clean and healthy.

 lets be honest, my toughest critic is my husband. I can either be strong against cravings or really really weak and binge eat on double stuffed Oreos along with him. So yes, variety (including healthy desserts) is extremely important.

breakfast has posed to be a problem area- we often don’t have a lot of time between me feeding Gordie and fixing Scott’s lunch and Scott getting ready and having to be out the door at a certain time in order to get to school-

So quick, healthy and delicious breakfast are a must- especially since were on the go all day long

so there is nothing more wonderful than and easy, two ingredient, HEALTHY, protein packed breakfast!

I found this little gem of a pancake recipe on one of my favorite fitness blogs- Blogilates! (and yes we use paper plates- we’s classy individuals.)

these pancakes are 100% natural- gluten free,low calorie and best but not least it’s EASY AND HEALTHY!!!!!

Now- for the recipe.

Protein banana pancake recipe!

Ingredients:

– 2 eggs

– 1 banana

WA-BAM! Thats it! So now you cut the banana up in a bowl and mix n’ mash the two eggs (Leave the yolks!!)  in till its a lovely frothy batter! it’s ok for it to have banana chunks. Oil a pan, preferably a skillet if you have one, with EVOO, Pam or coconut oil. Heat the pan to low-medium heat, scoop some batter in the pan and let it sit for 30-40 seconds and then flip! waaaa-laaa! you’ve got breakfast!

If ya wanna make it fancy and a little bit more complicated you can add in some cinnamon to the batter.

The pancakes are totally scrumptous as-is but you can totally top it with some low-fat plain yogurt and fruit preserve 🙂

heh. it kinda looks like an egg..

from blogilates.com