Time Flies

One thing that I’m coming to realize as a parent is that time goes by so quickly.  I’m looking at photos on my phone and google conveniently makes me these flashback photo comparisons that really make me think about times that seemed like yesterday, but in reality they were a YEAR ago (or sometimes more).  I think about all of the things I’ve meant to do that just haven’t gotten done.  Part of me knows to forgive myself and think about being present, however the other part of me pushes myself to work harder to achieve more for my family and be better.

One example of this is reading.  I realize that I have not been reading enough with my daughter.  This is particularly on my mind as she’s having some recent challenges with reading.  I think about how I could have facilitated her passion towards reading more than I have.  We read together, but I haven’t taken her to the library as much as I should have to pick her own books.  I’ve often been tired and moved through our reading time quickly instead of treating it like a fun and engaging time for both of us.  I’ve often been climbed on and had books torn out of my hand by my young son which prevents me from reading books with more complexity and age-appropriateness for my daughter.  The past week has made me feel like a failure and has made me realize how much time has flown by.

But then again, I stop and think about all that I have done right.  She is creative, fun, playful, and DOES love to read.  Even though I haven’t done it all right or always had time to be perfect for her, she’s doing pretty great.  It is a reminder to me to check in with myself and the priorities of our household.

This parenting and life thing is pretty crazy.  You definitely can’t have it all, but I have everything I need.  I’ll keep a positive attitude and remain even more mindful of parenting choices going forward.

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Backyard garden 

Did a lot of work on our backyard today! We planted some pumpkins and carrots and also got a fancy purple tomato cage to keep the tomatoes from falling over. We also planted some perennials: lantanas, salvias and A mystery purple flower that I can’t find the name of. So far we’ve only had a mild slug problem in the garden and I’m hoping the gophers don’t discover all the plants I planted. 

DIY Headband Storage

So I guess anybody who has a little girl should be prepared for a ton of headbands. I found myself in this predicament and decided I need to find a way to make them more organized. After making this simple do it yourself headband organizer, now my daughter is able to find any have been she wants much more easily. I love that she got to choose the fabric and design and it was something that we already had in our pantry.

To make this all you need is a large oatmeal container, A scrap size of fabric to cover the oatmeal container, some paint to paint the top cap and a hot glue gun.

Our Garden

We got around to planting the garden today and it was fun. So far we have tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos, jalapeños, two kinds of sweet peppers, a zucchini and some herbs. We also have a blueberry plant in a pot. I’m seriously hoping the snails and Caterpillar’s don’t eat it all. Lex and I will be checking it for bugs and she’ll be helping me take care of it. I’m hoping this will be a fun family project for us over the summer! 🐌🐛☀️☀️☀️☀️🌱🌱🌱🌱



Here’s some photos of our work (and a little baby boy trying-and succeeding- to eat grass)

Perfect Day

I don’t want to jinx it but I’ve had a wonderful day today so far. I went for a walk with the little guy after dropping lex off at preschool. We stopped at Bel Bacio which is an amazing Italian coffee shop and I had a cardomoccachino. Next I finished an etsy order and packed up Christmas cookies for some family and friends. I finished little guy’s Christmas handprint ornaments and then just sat outside with him for a little while watching the breeze and listening to sounds. Babies grow so fast and I’m enjoying every minute of my time with this guy as an infant. Today was so productive yet relaxing.  

  

cardomoccachino at Bel Bacio

  

little guy’s first christmas handprint ornaments

 

  

Recipe: Chia Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars

Chia Coconut Granola Bars

Chia Coconut Granola Bars

So I decided a while ago that I wanted to start making my own heathy snacks to replace packaged foods.  This is one of my endeavors to get rid of foods with preservatives and incorporate more whole grains and seeds into mine and my kiddos diets.   I have been loving granola bars lately and there is a homemade one at a coffee shop that I go to that is SO good so I was inspired to find my own recipe.  I stumbled upon the blog Well Plated and found some great recipes, particularly a healthy Chia Granola Bar recipe that I modified.  I love that these are a no bake recipe that can be kept in the freezer.  Also, they were very easy to make as well as modify.  I doubled the recipe because I’ve been super busy lately and want to have some snacks on hand, but here is a breakdown of what I included in mine:

1 1/3 cup creamy organic peanut butter

2/3 cup raw honey

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup organic black chia seeds

1/2 cup organic millet

1/2 cup organic dried coconut

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup raw organic chopped walnuts

To make, just mix all of the ingredients together and then spread the mixture into a pan and pop in the freezer.   I cut mine into small 1″x 1″ squares  so they are more like bar cookies.

The recipe is DELICIOUS and I love the combination that I made, however the possibilities are endless.  Maybe next time I’ll try almond butter or some dried fruit for a different variety.  The millet was the only ingredient that was completely new to me but I love it.  It gives a great much needed crunch.  These are definitely kiddo friendly and will give me lots of energy when I need something to snack on to keep up with these TWO kiddos 🙂

July / August Knitting Update: Getting Ready for Baby Boy

These past few months have been busy, but now I suddenly have tons of time on my hands after finishing classes for my Masters degree in mid July.  At this point, I’m just getting ready for baby boy who could be due any time this month!  I’m currently 35 weeks and Lex came right at 37 weeks so I could be getting really close.  I’m doing some project planning for the fall and I think I’m going to try and finish my fair isle jacket that I started last year.  It’s a Debbie Bliss pattern and it’s coming out beautifully so far.  I’m hoping to have it done around Christmas this year.  Another long term project that I’m planning is something that I’ve never attempted before: a shawl.  I always see beautiful shawl patterns and I’ve only dabbled in lace knitting a little bit so I think this would be a fun challenge for me when I’m staying home with baby boy this fall (we’ll see how much time I have to knit lol).  I’m going to make the shawl for my sister and she started this pinterest page to get some inspiration.

As far as baby knitting goes, I’ve finished all of the projects that I really wanted to have done and am currently working on Pepita, by Martina Behm,  using a beautiful hand painted merino from Knitpicks.  I’m very excited about it so far and am about halfway through the project.  I made a hat for the little guy using some scrap sock yarn from a previous project.  I did the baby sheep hat colorwork by Melissa Burt and I love the result!  It seems like it will be a very warm hat which will be perfect for the winter!

It has become a tradition for me to knit a little stuffed animal for every new baby in our family.  I unofficially started it, but I really like the idea of making a special stuffed animal just for new little ones.  A few months ago I was brainstorming what to make for little guy and I decided what could be more perfect than an Alpaca!  Fortunately, I found an adorable pattern by Rebecca Danger and it came out beautifully.  I tied some jingle bells together and stuffed them inside it so that it will sound a little bit like a rattle.  He doesn’t look much like an alpaca, but I think he’ll make a great companion for baby boy.

Pepita so far, Knitpicks Herbal Wreath

Pepita so far, Knitpicks Herbal Wreath

Baby Sheep Hat, made with Scrap Sock yarn

Baby Sheep Hat, made with Scrap Sock yarn

Zeke the aloof alpaca, by Rebecca Danger

Zeke the aloof alpaca, by Rebecca Danger