Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A little food, a little family, a little fun

I tried a new recipe for fried rice and despite it sounding good, it wasn't as big a hit as I'd hoped it would be. It was tofu pineapple fried rice and the sauce was delicious, even the tofu out of the oven was hot and crispy but once I added everything together the tofu was chewy and the rice was too soggy. But the picture looks good, doesn't it!?! The carrot soup on the side was delicious so that was a nice surprise.
I caught Em and Pops snuggling reading on the floor and it was pretty cute to see.
I dried my hair and thought it looked nice so I took a pic. My hair is getting to a long enough point that I'm considering chopping it off significantly. I really liked when it was a bob but I'm not sure if I'm ready for that yet. Maybe this summer!
I saw this piece of garlic starting to grow so instead of using it to cook, I stuck it in the dish of water that I was growing celery in and it sprouted overnight! It made huge roots as well as the shoot out of the top!
I've been back at the gym with all the other folks super motivate in January and it's been fun. I have a handful of friends who go most days so it's nice to see a friendly face or two to keep me going and having fun.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Indoor Rocking Climbing with Friends

We went on a double date with our friends and their kids and we all had such a fun time. We went to an indoor rock climbing place and it was so cool. 
The kids had a blast and they worked so hard climbing up the walls.
Alex got a little nervous about going too high but he went all the way to the top of one wall and was so proud of himself afterwards.
It doesn't look that high up but it really was!
They had a kid wall where you didn't have to be strapped in and could just climb and Emily liked this spot a lot. The hand holds were in the shapes of legos and letters.
Here is Emily and her friend Ava and my friend Brooke.
That's me!
 Being that I don't like heights, I wasn't sure how I would do but it was so much fun and the only scary part was letting go at the top and trusting the rope to hold me and lower me back to the ground.
I touched the top part and came back down. Do you see Emily watching from down below?
Here's  Brooke and Seaward cheering on Alex and his buddy Jonah as they climb side by side.
Alex and Kevin climbed side by side too. Kevin is on a harder wall. You can't really tell from the angle of this picture but the wall he's on is slightly tilted outwards so it's more challenging to climb.
Here Alex is at the ceiling of a lower climbing spot and trying to get onto the ceiling.
We had so much fun climbing with our friends and I'm glad we were able to do it with them instead of just going out to eat. :)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A few pics from the week, mostly food!

I was looking at all my pura vida bracelets and really liked how they looked together so I snapped a pic. Can you tell how many bracelets I'm wearing here? It's more than 3. :) 
Kids + boxes = hours of play, some fighting, but mostly fun play.
Can you spot Alex?
Everyone smile and say "Tacos!" I think I got them mid-talking...
Anyone want a homemade crouton recipe that's wonderful and delicious!?

This is a sweet potato, chick pea curry that I made and it was surprisingly delicious! We all really enjoyed it which is always a good thing. 
When you have a kid that loves salad, you have to document it.
I can tell you ahead of time that this ended in tears.  Horray for them playing together and getting creative but it was easy to see that this wasn't going to end well.
Kids back in school means my grocery cart is neat and tidy and I can take my time shopping! This is one of my favorite things to do! :)
It may be cold outside, but my windowsill plants are still mostly happy and growing. I had some room so I started a celery top.
Grocery day always means, fun lunch day! I bought this  premade and it was surprisingly tasty.
Remember how I said it's getting cold here..that means low 50's which to Emily means she had to find every piece of winter gear we had and wear it all at once. She looked a little like a hobo but she was warm and happy with her wardrobe choices so I let her be.
All in all, January is flying by which is a good thing since January and February seem to be long months with winter temps and things slowing down after the holidays.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New year, new stuff!

This year, Santa brought us some new baking sheets and as you can see from the picture below, we really needed them. There was no amount of brillo or scrubbing to take off the damage that was done to those pans. In my defense, I cook every day and the pans have seen lots of love and use making yummy meals. It was just time to get new ones. :) 
I don't usually get tea or anything from starbucks or any other tope of coffee house but I felt a migraine coming on so I got a hot chai tea to drink while waiting to pick the kids up from school. The tea did help with my headache, hooray for caffeine. Unfortunately, it also kept me up until the wee hours of the turns out when you don't drink caffeine very often, your body gets all sorts of confused when you do mid afternoon.
Alex has been really branching out and learning fun things to do on his computer. One of those things is using a website called Tynker where he was working on coding. For all of my negative views of kids using electronics, sometimes they can do and learn some pretty cool stuff.
This picture I took mainly for my own amusement but it just always cracks me up how a full pot of spinach will cook down to not even 1/4 cup of cooked spinach! Plus, I love looking at pictures of my le crueset pans. They're just so pretty. :)
Not to be outdone on electronics, here's Em doing a reading app on her iPad. I love when they have fun learning.
Everyone has new years resolutions, right? My goal from last year to get in better shape still stands but this year I'm focusing on getting us to eat even more plants at every meal. That means, new recipes and trying new foods like tofu and jackfruit! Below is a picture of jackfruit that I've cooked and then baked before putting it in pita bread. Jackfruit has a consistency and texture of meat so it's often used in recipes that would call for pulled pork or shredded meat. The consistency was good but the flavor wasn't my favorite. The kids ate it but neither of them really liked it.
I volunteered in Alex's class the other day and had to take a picture of this on the wall  when I passed by. It's a 3 page essay as to why he likes his school.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Remainder of Christmas break

The remainder of Christmas break went both very quickly and painfully slowly. We had a few days of just lounging at home, letting the kids have ample time to play with all their goodies. We stayed in pajamas, cooked, ate left overs and played lots of family games. The weather was mostly on the cool side but we did get a out for a few bike rides around the neighborhood.
Both kids did some coloring with me which was nice. We used to do it a lot when they were younger so it was fun to color and talk while hanging on the kitchen floor.
Most days the house had some version of this going on, toys, games, and half finished projects laid out on the floor.
I bought a new hanging plant for my yoga area and I'm really happy with how that part of the house is coming along. I'll have to take some more pictures but in this one I wanted to show you my new (real) hanging plant, the painting I painted hanging on the wall, and the fake but cute plant in the corner of my yoga space. Between the beautiful lighting and all the happy little touches, this room is starting to become my new hang out spot!
What's Christmas break without a trip to the local library? We may have taken out way too many books, but the kids and I were equally excited about them all.  We took out  41 of our allotted 50 book limit!
New books means quiet reading time of course. This didn't last for all that long but even just 10 minutes of magical reading and snuggling was a great addition to our day.
I even made some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies so they could snuggle under blankets with a warm snack while they read.
All in all we had a great Christmas break but we were all ready to head back to our normal routine when it was over! 

A little food, a little family, a little fun

I tried a new recipe for fried rice and despite it sounding good, it wasn't as big a hit as I'd hoped it would be. It was tofu pine...