Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIAW & A Farmstead Field Trip

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's that time of the week again, to find out what Avery and I are up to...and what we're eating of course. This week we also went on a fun little "field trip" to a local farmstead where Avery got to meet a number of farm animals, which she was very excited about! Scroll down if you want to see some farm fun!

Now for this week's food you may notice that I'm back to my old routine of lots of snacks. I'm doing this mainly because I've been getting up at my usual "in school" time of 4:45 AM. Although it's not too fun when the alarm clock goes off, I'm able to get my workout in, shower, and get ready for the day all before Avery wakes up! I love that. Maybe it's because I'm so used to that routine during the school year that it feels weird to sleep in and not even get my workout in until nearly lunch time.  Don't get me wrong, I still make time to relax and chill out each day (and still sleep in on others!), just not

Enough rambling about me and my need for routines and schedules, let's get to talking about food! Be sure to check in on Jenn's Peas & Crayons blog to see more of the "What I Ate Wednesday" fun. Last week there were nearly 200 bloggers who took part in the weekly link up...awesome!

Here's Avery and I's gluten-free, vegan food for the day...

5:15 AM Just woke up snack: Rice Chex Cereal with
Vanilla Coconut Milk

Workout: 1 hour pilates with 10 Minute Solutions Rapid Results Pilates DVD.

Avery's breakfast: EnvrioKidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs
with SO Delicious Sugar-Free Vanilla Coconut Milk.

"Wait one this that panda cereal I love?"

8:00 AM Breakfast: Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie
Chia seeds, hemp seeds, raw cacao powder, rice milk,
2 frozen bananas, 5 frozen strawberries

9:15 AM First Morning Snack: Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar

10:30 AM 2nd Morning snack: Gluten-free, vegan pancakes 
from Cinnamon Quill with Maple Agave Nectar.
12:00 Green Juice: Apple Juice +

12:30 Lunch: "Veggie Sizzle Burritos" with zucchini,
mushrooms, onions, and green peppers on corn tortillas with
Daiya cheddar cheese...and of course some homemade
guacamole and corn tortilla chips on the side!
2:00 PM Afternoon Snack: Almond Dream Strawberry Yogurt

As I said before, we went on a "field trip" today to a cool local attraction called, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Aside from having all kinds of farm animals for kids to see and learn about, it's free! (Well, Monday-Thursday is free, Friday and Saturday cost $2). Check out the fun we had as some of the characters from Avery's favorite books came to life!

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead in Overland Park, KS.
My parents joined us since they are off on summer break too
(yep, you guessed it they're both teachers like me!).

Here's the look she had on her face when she saw the first

"Mmmmmm" as Avery would say.

Still working on saying goat, or something related to a goat.
We saw enough of them there, I'm sure she'll
know them well now!

For horses, she makes a clicking sound with her mouth.

Onto the ducks...
"Look Mom look!"

"Ha ha ha" (hop hop hop) of her favorites!

Fun with Papa Frank.

Even from the stroller, she found lots of things to point at.

Like that finger pointing at the bench? She was pointing for my
grandpa to join us on the bench-lol.

My favorite shot: peeking around the stroller.

Those yawns let us know it was time to call it a day at the Farmstead. I have a feeling we'll be back there again soon.

4:00 PM Afternoon Snack #2: organic strawberries for
the drive home.

We also had some of Avery's new favorite snacks...
Veggie Straws!

Next on the schedule...a nap! Can you believe I typed that? Let's just call it my reward for getting up at 5 AM on my summer break! I've been trying to get in the habit of taking just a short nap each day (25 minutes) just to relax, rest, and re-energize myself for the evening. So when Avery goes down for her afternoon nap, so do I. I set my alarm for 25 minutes and I zone out to my favorite relaxation track: "Gentle Surge" by Aaron Aldridge. This was the track I listened to when I gave birth to Avery and I have been hooked ever since. (In case you're wondering, I do track #2 that does not have any's just music). I highly recommend it for birthing, or just general relaxation.

5:30 Evening Snack: "Chocolate Vanilla Smoothie": vanilla
coconut milk, Chocolate Sun Warrior Rice Protein Powder,
Spinach, 1 1/2 frozen bananas, 3 frozen strawberries

7:00 PM Dinner: "Tofu Mushroom Stroganoff" a favorite
in this "green" house! Baked tofu with mushrooms, vegan
sour cream, and gluten-free noodles.
"My favorite...tofu mushroom stroganoff!"

Finger-lickin' good.

Well, that's our food and farm fun for the day. See you next week for some more adventures!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

13 Months Old

Well, long time no see followers! I've been busy relaxing with Avery on my summer break from teaching. Since we're over the 12 month mark and my cute little monthly stickers all ran out, I decided to try out a new idea...a chalkboard sign. 
It was getting harder and harder to put Avery in the same rocking chair each month, so I knew I needed something that would allow her to move and go (as she likes to do). The only question was, would she hold the sign long enough for me to snap a picture? Let's see...

 Happy 13 Months Old Girl!
 It wasn't easy though, every time we would hand her the sign...

...she would throw it!

"What can I say? I like to make photo shoots exciting!"

"I like to laugh too."

Wonder what life is like for Avery now that she's 13 months old? Here's some of her favorite things:

1. Favorite food: strawberries
She has them for breakfast nearly every morning. Yum!

2. Favorite word: noodles (Avery pronunciation: "no-nos")

Noodles everywhere!

 3. Favorite book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell (or as Avery calls it "ow-buk")

4. Favorite activity: watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Every morning after breakfast we watch a little Mickey
Mouse Clubhouse. She loves to dance and wave at all the

Then it's on to more books!

5. Favorite move of the month: Hands up asking "Oh?". Anytime you ask Avery where something is ("Where are the dogs? Where is Dad?") she'll put one or both hands up like this and say, "Oh?" as if to ask, "I don't know, where?" Too funny.

Swinging won't stop her from "Oh?"

Other favorite move: blowing kisses!
Every time we say "goodbye" to someone, or even "hi" it
usually will come with some blown kisses from Avery!

Here's some of the highlights of the last month. First up was Mother's Day, and although it was my second Mother's Day, I was the first one where I actually felt like a mom. Aside from feeling like I "put in my time" with Little Miss, I truly do feel like a mom this year. In the past year she has given me feelings of  love, worry, pride, patience, and joy and many more...and I love her for that.

Gotta show some love for my mom! I couldn't do it
without you! ( :

So many swing or not
to swing?

Playing peek-a-boo with Grandma and Uncle Austin.

Another fun thing that happened this month is that we got a fun, pink tent for Avery (thanks to my friend Erin, for passing it on to us!). And boy, has she loved it!

She loves to stand in it... books in it,

... hide from Mama!

...and of course, be silly in it,
As I said at the beginning of the post, I finished up with school this past month, which meant that Avery finished up with daycare. Granted she was never in an actual "daycare" since she was with her grandma three days a week, and a friend of the family for the other two. But that didn't stop me from taking some pictures to document the change I knew would take place between the nine months!

Here she is on her "last day of daycare" this May.

Now remember what she looked like when she started daycare back in August at 4 months old, compared to what she looks like now at 13 months the difference is pretty shocking!

I think it's safe to say this girl has gotten "BIG!"

"See I'm a big girl guys!"

Now since some of the big milestones are over and done, like rolling over, crawling, walking, saying that first word...I feel a little bit at a loss of words of what to post about this month. Don't worry though, I've got lots of pictures. So here's some more fun stuff we've been up to this past month.

We put our "fancy clothes" on and went to a wedding.

Someone always has time for kisses with Daddy.

We also managed to get away from Avery for one of my New Year's resolution's on going on a date night every month. This month's date was simple with no frills as we just went out to eat at a new restaurant. If you have followed my blog for a while you know that one of my favorite types of restaurants is Mongolian BBQ. This type of restaurant rocks for people with special diets, like me who's a gluten-free vegan. Our restaurant choice was Genghis Grill.

My bowl had: brown rice, tofu, broccoli, carrots, onions,
mushrooms, green beans, and their Sweet N' Sour sauce.

They had a similar format to most Mongolian BBQ restaurants where you get to choose your own veggies, noodles, meat or no meat, seasonings and sauces.  Genghis Grill has one of the best allergy-aware environments I've seen. I was able to tell our waiter I had a gluten allergy and he wrote it on my "order card" that I gave to the chef once I created my bowl. With this card, they then made my bowl on a separate gluten-free grill. Sweet!

'On top of that, they listed all the ingredients to the sauces above each of that made it much easier to choose which ones I could have. You can read more about their menu and ingredients in their brochure here.

Skateboarding on the hot pink
skateboard she got for her 1st

Swinging, as you already saw above. 

Swing time= Happy time.

Ever wonder what Avery likes to do in the back seat while
we're driving? Read books! Well, not literally, but you
know what I mean. That girl is a book lover.
Another favorite thing to do in the backseat? Smile and
make silly faces.

 Pinterest craft of the month: "Chalkboard Sign"

Inspiration: Technically this wasn't something I found on Pinterest, just something I saw on Etsy (here) and thought, "Hey, I bet I could do that!"

  • 1 large sheet (poster board size) of black foam board
  • 1 can of Valspar Chalkboard paint $15, I figured I'd use it for other projects as well
  • 1 small container of white paint (I use soy paint)
  • 1 roller and a small paintbrush
The Valspar Chalkboard paint I used.

Steps: (I enlisted the help of my Mom aka "my project assistant"!)

1. We painted the foam board with the first coat. Then waited
24 hrs. and painted a second coat. (instructions per the paint can)

2. Next we (my crafty mom) drew on the quote bubble shapes
I liked the best from some Google searches.

3. We painted a thick, white border around each quote bubble.
This took a few coats.
4. The quote bubbles were then done and ready to be used!

See you guys next month. Until then, you'll know where I'll be. 

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