Friday, February 3, 2017

CONVERSATION WITH A 3 YEAR OLD


The other day while picking Parker up from preschool Tyler and him had the cutest conversation. Tyler was going through his backpack and pulled out an envelope that had a tuition invoice in it.  Here's how the conversation went...
Parker: What that?
Tyler: Your preschool bill that daddy and mommy have to pay 
Parker: I pay that
Tyler: But you don't had any money
Parker: I get job
Tyler: Where?
Parker: The donut store (there's a dunkin donuts right down from our house) 
Tyler: When do you start
Parker: Not now, Sunday 

Here are some another cute things he says...
I not know
Baby Jude (we get corrected if we just say Jude)
Watch mine (when wanting to watch his show)
That make Parker happy
wait wait wait, I tell you something 
I PeterParkerSpiderman (that's all one word by the way)

Monday, January 30, 2017

HEALTHY BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

Healthy banana muffins with chocolate chips that are kid tested and mother approved ha.

Ingredients
(makes 12 muffins)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp olive oil
1 egg
1/2 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray*  
2. In a middle bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
3. In a separate bowl mash the bananas.  Add the honey, vanilla, oil, egg, milk, and yogurt and combine.  
4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips**
5. Divide batter evenly into muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.  Let muffins cool for 5 minutes before serving.


*I used coconut oil cooking spray.
**I used semi sweet chocolate chips
Recipe from Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com 




Saturday, December 17, 2016

MEETING SANTA...AGAIN

Last year Parker wouldn't get anywhere near Santa. I think all the hair and fur and jolliness scared the daylights out of him.  You can see pics from that here.  This year however he was super excited. He waited in line and was just jabbering away about how he was a good boy and that he was going to tell Santa all the things he wanted from him...until it was actually his turn to go up. He got super shy but luckily found some courage and didn't cry or scream. He was a bit unsure about the whole situation though.  As you can tell from the photo above he wasn't about to actually sit on Santa's lap, which I was totally fine with. If you think about it, it's kinda weird the way we as parents would never allow our child to sit on a complete strangers lap except for this one time a year when it's suddenly okay haha. He ended up telling Santa that he wants a race car for Christmas and thats it, so I hope Santa delivers or he will be one upset toddler (he's been talking about Santa bringing him his race car ever since he met him).

I can't wait until Christmas morning this year because this is the first year that Parker's really starting to understand how Christmas works. All the traditions we start will forever be in his memory from this Christmas and on!  
Jude wasn't having any of it with Santa this year lol
Why can't I get all 3 boys to look at me at the same time ugh

PS: sorry Parker's blurry in all the picture, that kid can't sit still for 2 seconds these days, ha

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

GOING FROM ONE TO TWO: THE FIRST SIX WEEKS

Coming home from the hospital with Jude was terrifying. Not only was I going to be taking care of a newborn, but also a very rambunctious 2 almost 3 year old.  I remember thinking "what did I get myself into?" "why did I do this?".  Tyler only got one week off from work so it was just me and the boys most of the time.  I didn't breastfeed for long (3 or 4 days) before realizing I just couldn't keep up with Jude's appetite.  It felt like I was feeding him every hour for 45 minutes each time.  It just became too much for my sanity and so I decided to formula feed.  Jude started sleeping a little more and I started becoming somewhat sane again.  I have had a few rough days with Jude not sleeping due to gas or being overtired.  It didn't help that Parker on those days would be extra bad by running around making a mess and not listening to a single thing I said.   One day I texted Tyler that I couldn't do it anymore and I'm pretty sure I had a nervous break down.  He thankfully left work early so that he could come home and take over.  He let me sleep the whole night which helped my mental state tremendously.  It was hard and there was a lot of off and on crying during those 6 weeks.  Another issue was after having Jude I worried about my bond with Parker.  I cried all the time thinking that I wouldn't get one on one time with him anymore.  But I figured it out and I still put Parker to bed every night by myself.

Things are finally starting to feel more at ease and life with 2 kids is becoming amazing. I just can't wait until Jude is older and running around trying to keep up with his big brother!
^yea this happened and yes Parker got stuck^
^Parker looking all sweet but the reason Jude is crying was his sweet brother was being  a little to rough with him^