Sunday, March 30, 2014

and the boy is five

And just like that, in the blink of an eye, my baby boy turned five.

Also, I'm not allowed to call him my baby anymore.

And he doesn't need my cake decorating services any longer either.  Aside from applying the icing & slicing the strawberries {per his request, I might add}, Sam insisted he could do the rest, and indeed he did.  Honestly, I'm pretty certain he has more skill at the age of 5 than I do with a couple of decades of practice under my belt.

Gosh, I love that boy.  and his growing independence.  and his love for all things super hero.  and his dreams to be just like daddy one day--or batman, batman would do too.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

protein packed strawberry vanilla smoothie

We've been in a smoothie kinda mood around here lately and I thought this new favorite was worth sharing. This smoothie makes for an easy & healthy meal replacement on those days you just don't feel like cooking or just a great protein & vitamin packed snack during the day.  With only 5 ingredients it's simple to make and no cutting or chopping needed!  Hallelujah!  Just toss the ingredients all together in the blender and blend until smooth.

Protein Packed Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fat free vanilla soy milk
  • 1 TBSP soy protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 8 strawberries {I use frozen, but fresh would work as well}
**The entire smoothie contains 15 grams protein and only 307 calories.**

Bottoms up!

Monday, March 10, 2014

pregnancy problems #291

Pregnancy is truly miraculous.


I would never argue against that.  But when people say pregnancy is beautiful I am forced to conclude that either they have never experienced pregnancy or never had the pleasure of living with a pregnant woman.  You see, as your womb accommodates the growing wonder inside, the rest of your body decides to throw a full blown, down on the ground, kicking & screaming in isle 4 of the grocery store, temper tantrum about it.  This is particularly true of the gastrointestinal tract.  That ol' GI tract always was a diva.  It starts with nausea and vomiting.  Then come the food aversions and ridiculous cravings.  Soon to follow comes the bloating, constipation, heart burn and gas--from both ends.  Oh yes.  And it's close friend, the urinary tract shares similar sentiments regarding the new developments within the abdominal cavity.  She often likes sharing her complaints in the middle of the night, requiring frequent mad dashes down the dark hall filled with tiny Lego landmines, as you make it to the bathroom just in the nick of time.

Just yesterday, after returning home following a lovely lunch out with friends, my GI tract decided to make her displeasure known in a mighty way.  The look upon my husbands face, it was as if he was trying to pinpoint the exact moment in time at which his beautiful bride had turned into a caveman.  A few years back I would have been horrified, but instead after 7.5 years of marriage and halfway through pregnancy #2, all I could do was laugh.  And laugh I did. Until I peed my pants {not a whole flood  mind you, but enough to make any 90 year old woman with a hankering toward stress incontinence proud}.  Right there in our townhouse parking lot.  With my husband and son looking on.  Which only made me laugh harder.  "What's wrong with mommy?" I heard Sam ask as I ran, still laughing, towards our door.  I laughed all the way to the bathroom and continued laughing until I cried.  And then laughed some more.

And that right there is the truth of pregnancy.

Terribly awkward?  Yes.
Mostly hilarious?  I'd say so.
Miraculous? Absolutely.
Beautiful? I'll let you be the judge.

Monday, March 3, 2014

name suggestions for baby girl, by sam

  • Darth Vader
  • Black Widow
  • Angela
  • Vimi
  • Coca-cola Lady
  • Snorta
  • Saleesha
  • Sinaorp (written on his napkin during breakfast this morning.  "Mommy, what does that spell?" "Oh, we should name our baby that")
  • Joseph

Choices, choices... :)