Sunday, April 20, 2014
I had these glorious plans of sharing all of our joys, sorrows and lessons from Lent, holy week, C's birthday (more on that later this week) and Easter but I think my sleep deprivation has finally hit me like a ton of bricks. It's from a wonderful form of busy, but exhausting nonetheless. I will be hitting the pillow hard very soon but first just a few tidbits from Easter.
My children participated in their very first Easter egg hunt today. Our (very packed) church held one after Mass. We didn't know it was happening so we didn't come prepared with baskets. The girls made do with their aprons, instead. They enjoyed the hunt and were surprisingly okay with not eating the candy inside the eggs (thanks to a vegan chocolate lollipop they received from the Easter bunny). Later on in the day they went on yet another Easter egg hunt (two in one day!) that our neighborhood hosted. They totally had the hang of it that time around and came prepared as well. The spent a good part of the rest of the evening playing Easter egg hunt in our backyard by filling empty eggs with leaves and bark chips for one another to find.
I bet a lot of you are thinking the girls Easter dresses look somewhat familiar. There is a reason for that (I feel it's important to give credit where it is due!! It doesn't seem like that happens anymore in this blogging community and that really saddens me.) I fell completely in love with the Easter dresses my friend Ginny made her daughters a couple of years ago (made with one of my favorite patterns, too - you can see them here), and when I happened upon the very same fabric on clearance last year I knew I had to make the same dresses for my girls. While I do not normally copy someone else's idea I just couldn't resist this one. Hey, why mess with perfection, right? Of course Ginny's look a million times better than my attempt but we still love them! I planned on sewing them for last Easter but with Kevin away and my preparing to join the church, my plate was full. I had a bit more time on my hands this year so I was able to pull it off. I do wish I had better pictures to share but we finished up at church right around noon and we all know of the "never shoot outdoors in bright light at noon" rule. *sigh*
Speaking of creating, I finished Little L's Peter Rabbit sweater the night before Easter. I think it looks so cute on him but I forgot one thing when I was dreaming the sweater up in my head - buttons. I didn't have seven matching buttons of any kind so I found a temporary solution with one random wooden one I had and then six bee buttons meant for C (made by Wooly Moss Roots). Since C was looking forward to those bee buttons I will be removing them and purchasing new ones this week. But what sort of button should I choose? Decisions, decisions. Hopefully I can get better pictures once the new buttons are on, too.
Oh and completely unrelated but I think this moment needs to be recorded for prosperity's sake: Tonight as I was busy getting dinner ready, Kevin asked me to get the children to do something (I forgot what it was now, but that part isn't important). I asked him if he could talk to them instead because I was in the middle of cooking. He then replied, "They listen/respond better to your way of asking them than mine." Ah yes, my gentle vs. his authoritative. I had been trying to tell him this for a long time now...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Of course with Easter and C's birthday just around the corner, we all came down with sicknesses. Murphy's law, right? But our miserable state gave us the excuse to try the flu-fighter sunshine smoothie from a cookbook that just arrived in the mail today. We had all of the ingredients on hand minus one. That forced us out into the fresh air for a bike ride to the store, which then led to flower picking and nature observing. Ah yes, we needed that ride. A nice reminder that no matter what life throws at you, there is always something good waiting around the corner.
Speaking of smoothies, we have been on quite the smoothie kick the past few weeks, thanks to our tax return splurge - a Vitamix! Our most recent family favorite concoction is inspired by a drink we tasted at Whole Foods back in January. This smoothie is a good way to start your day, or as in my case lately - an evening pick me up to help me with my late night crafting endeavors. Whichever way you chose to drink it, your body will thank you for it.
Drink Your Greens
makes enough for our family of five
3 1/2 cups apple juice
2 frozen bananas, chopped
5 tsp spirulina*
2 c kale (frozen preferred)
2 c frozen strawberries
a handful of ice
Place the ingredients in your blender in the order they are listed. Vitamix or other high powered blenders work best for this. Blend on high for one minute. Pour into cups and enjoy!
*If your family is not used to the taste of spirulina you may want to start with 2 tsp or so of it and then gradually increase it to 5 over time. Also, not all spirulina is created equal. We have tried a few different brands and some of them have quite the strong flavor *ahem*. Thankfully we discovered pure Hawaiian spirulina pacifica which has a nice mild flavor and blends into our drink quite well.