Bear with me here as I update you on 2017 in 2018….
River turned 2 in June!
We had a simple party for him and had some friends over. The kids played in the back yard, in the water, jumped on the trampoline and enjoyed each other! I have stopped putting *SO* much efforts into birthday parties and putting more emphasis on enjoying my growing family and have loved it!
Oh my goodness. Have I been absent for awhile.
Life gets busy!
As I am sure ALL of you know. I have had so many ideas for blog posts and things I wanted to remember about our family but times just slips away and now months and months later, I am just getting back into it.
Let’s see, what have I missed…..
I love holiday mornings.
The excitement from the kids is better than any gift I could ever get.
The big kids ran straight to their baskets (which had bubbles, dark chocolate and cotton candy) and Riv lagged behind emptying the candy from the eggs.
Lo filled up her basket with all the eggs she could and Foster shook each egg and if their wasn’t something in it he put it back down.
River just ate the candy.
The sweetest thing happened. Foster found and egg that Lo loves, the diamond egg. Without any prompting or Lo asking, he walks over and hands her the egg and they give each other the biggest hug. Riv didn’t want to be left out so they yelled, “cuddle family” and did a big group hug.
We wish Bryson could’ve been home but we thought about him and face-timed him.
Such an awesome and relaxing morning with the family.
Easter! We got together with the family, poor Bryson was at work (AGAIN!) The day before we went to my grandparents house with the family. We did two easter egg hunts, 4 and under and 5 and up. the little kids were slow, the closer to four year olds would shake the eggs to see if there was something in them and if there wasn’t they would just leave them on the ground haha
The bigger kids were a free for all. They were waiting in the garage while they eggs were being hid and when we opened the door it was like a stampede.
I love getting the cousins together and watching them build these memories. Some of my favorite memories growing up were our big, family get togethers.
We got messy and had fun! River ate the water dye, Foster painted his arms and Claira and Lo had fun decorating their eggs the right way haha
This year we bought 100% recyclable plastic eggs (they felt like cardboard) from Walmart. I couldn’t find the link but they were under $2/ dozen. They didn’t do well in the cups because they floated, however the dye it came with worked really well and dried quickly.
We loved having cousin Claira over to decorate eggs and then hang out with us!
We love all these cousin memories <3
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Just some snapshots of some of my favorite things I’ve eaten lately! If you’d like any recipes feel free to let me know in the comments below. Some recipes are linked already, just click the title above the picture.
If you’d like to see more details like what my vegan baby eats in a day, what my three vegan kids eat in a day and, coming tomorrow, what my vegan husband eats in a day feel free to head over to my youtube channel! I post videos pretty regularly and will be sharing more and more!
Of course, all recipes are vegan!
Rawnola! I have heard people rave about it but it just never sounded great to me. I don’t know about you but I like my granola sweet.
Like, really sweet.
I know that not all granola is good for you and the “healthy” granola at the store is normally cooked, full of preservatives and still has more sugar than I would put in if I was making it myself.
I know people make normal, aka not chocolate, rawnola and there are loads of recipes for it, but I decided to through in some cacao (not cocoa, cocoa is processed cacao is the purest form of chocolate and raw. It’s also a superfood!)
Like chocolate powders, not all oatmeal is created equal. Your best bet would be steel cut oats but if that’s not your cup of tea rolled oats will be fine. Avoid instant oats.
All oatmeal starts off as oat groats (which you wouldn’t use for this) and then are processed. Steel cut is right after oat groats, then rolled and all the way at the bottom and most processed is instant oats.
Sushi! One of my very favorites. Super easy to make, but like the spring rolls, it’s a bit time consuming.
Only a few ingredients and you’ll have a yummy, vegan meal.
These are hand rolls, to show you what they will look like if you don’t roll with with a bamboo mat. You don’t need any new equipment to make these, you can even make them with the rice on the outside. I think these are just as tight as with the bamboo, but are a little harder to get super tight on the edges. If you want to give these a try before buying a mat it’s a great idea!
Before I even start this post I am going to say there is going to be wayyyy too many pictures.
We just had so much fun walking and exploring.
We climbed up a fallen tree and Foster only fell off once. I consider that a win for this adventurous dude.
He’s so full of exploration and life right now that I wanted to take a second to focus just on the middle child.
Right now he’s stripped down to his underwear jumping on the bed. He has so much energy, is so loving and has that hint of naughtiness that just makes him, him!
Any time he gets into trouble he gives you a cute, dimpled smile that can get him out of just about anything!
One of my most favorite meals to make. They are so easy and healthy and the kids love them as much as I do. Which is rare and a huge plus.
I like to roast the red pepper, just because I love that smoky flavor, but if you’re wanting a raw roll then just cut it up along with the other veggies.
Sometimes I like to add some romaine lettuce to the outside but I didn’t have any and it’s not a necessity. If you do want to use it then just lay it on top of the rice paper before you add the veggies.
I love a spicy, garlic, peanut sauce but if you don’t want the spice then just skip the sriracha.
These are vegan, gluten-free and easily made raw.