Another lunch…

So this was my lunch today and yesterday – a really yummy vegan salad inspired by this…

A sprouted bean trio by TruRoots that my mom told me about at Costco.   It cooks up in 15 minutes which is super easy and quick  and they are already sprouted for maximum nutritional value.

And here is my lunch salad in all the glory that is my cherry mixing bowl…

I used some organic spring mix – also from Costco – about 1/2 cup of the cooked beans,  a chopped up avocado and a tomato and about a tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar and a crushed garlic clove for extra oomph  (and because I have a cold and I want to chase it away with really bad breath.)

But seriously, it’s a really good vegan  salad that stays with you and tastes so good you eat way too much at one sitting!

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4-Wheelers and a Baby

Doesn’t that just sound like it should go together, 4-wheelers and babies?  What a perfect combination.  But that is what this past Sunday was all about for us.   My middle brother John  and his wife had their second daughter and so we made the journey home to see them.

Here he is holding his baby daughter.  Isn’t she a sweetie?  Here’s one a little closer…

So now on my side of the family there are 13 grandchildren made up of  7 boys and 6 girls… almost even!

And because we were already in the area and because the kids were longing to go visit my youngest brother  Dan, we arranged to spend some time his family and his four wheelers.  And to be honest it isn’t their little cousins or my brother’s charm that’s the draw,  I’m pretty sure it’s the 4-wheelers.   And they are pretty lucky because they got all the time they wanted on them and more.

Here is Erik riding around the house…

And William’s turn seen here with my brother with his son on the big one.

And you may ask how I felt when my boys were riding… and to be honest I felt mostly fine.  You know, there is always that bit in you that wants to keep your kids wrapped up in downy blankets and kept somewhere safe, but I have that tiny bit of thrill seeker in me and I can’t not allow them to do these sort of things that I myself love to do.  But you can be guaranteed that my boys will approach a dirt-bike with my blessing….. oh no… if I have my way they will NEVER get near one of those death traps, NEVER.

And I’m so dad-gum mad I didn’t get a pic of my nephew riding his little 4-wheeler, oh-so-cute.   We tried Sarah on that one because it has a kill-switch on a remote just in case.  But in her case that kill-switch came into play too many times so we decided Sarah best to keep to this…

Slow and steady is the name of the game here.   Because it is a bit of a trick to learn how to adjust the speed, steer and LOOK where you are going.  I think she may have had trouble with the first two and never did catch on to the third part – which also happens to be the most important.

We had such a great day with family.   It almost makes us want to move back home and buy some land and get us some 4-wheeler’s of our own.  Almost.

So lately….

I’ve made these energy bites from a recipe my sister-in-law sent me that I also saw on Pinterest

Source: gimmesomeoven.com via Lisa on Pinterest

 Made leggings for the girls from this pattern.  Pretty easy and fun too and didn’t take that long.

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Source: makeit-loveit.com via Lisa on Pinterest

And after years of having this flower in my garden and not know what it was, I found the picture on Pinterest and now I do, fireweed or Rosebay Willowherb…


Source: flickr.com via Lisa on Pinterest

Then I made this play-dough for the girls.   I’ve been making homemade play dough for the kids for years and years, but making it in smaller batches is the key as I realized from here and then you can dye it the nice bright colours..

Source: musingsfromasahm.com via Holly on Pinterest

And then served the children their drinks during pizza and movie night in jam jars inspired by this…

Source: hisforhandmade.blogspot.com via Clair on Pinterest

Pinterest is so much fun!  And it’s especially cool to log on and see all the cool things your friends have found.   And I have always liked learning from other people… probably because deep in my heart I believe that everybody else has all the good ideas.   🙂

Which is all well and good until I start feeling crummy because I’m not doing all the cool things other moms are clearly doing and my house and children must be suffering because of it… haha.   So when my friend Christa found this blog entry and linked to it I knew I would have to link to it too…

Your Children Want You!!!  (by April Perry)

Here’s a little excerpt…

“Can we remind each other that it is our uniqueness and love that our children long for? It is our voices. Our smiles. Our jiggly tummies. Of course we want to learn, improve, exercise, cook better, make our homes lovelier, and provide beautiful experiences for our children, but at the end of the day, our children don’t want a discouraged, stressed-out mom who is wishing she were someone else.

If you ever find yourself looking in the mirror at a woman who feels badly that she hasn’t yet made flower-shaped soap, please offer her this helpful reminder: “Your children want you!””

Thanks April!   Because that, my friends, kinda puts the whole Pinterest thing into perspective.

Did you know….

That William had a birthday and turned 7 years old April 1st?

And that his mommy who loves him insanely is just posting about it today, April 12?

Well she is, and she’s embarrassed that she didn’t do a post in honour of her second son sooner.  Thankfully I don’t think he’s  affected by it at all.

We celebrated his birthday 3 times, once with friends, one with my family and then again with Jason’s family, so he had all the cake and presents and party a little boy could wish for.

He’s growing up so fast!  One upon a time I had a baby boy who looked like this…

and then I just happened to turn around and saw this…

He’s hard working, he’s a saver, he’s the most amazing big brother to Sophia.  He’s a thinker and a cuddler and a leader and has so many friends it’s a bit over-whelming at times.  But most of all he loves God and his family, and Jason and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

We love you William!

More Easter pics…

Warning!  This post is pic heavy… but I don’t think the grandparents will mind. 🙂

Easter celebrations actually started a week ago Sunday when we celebrated birthdays and Easter and my side of the family.  All three of my brothers and their families were there and it was great to have everyone together.   Here are some of the cousins waiting for their dinner…  some and not all… there are 12 cousins in all!

And here is my littlest niece on my side of the family, but she won’t be the littlest for long.  It’s very exciting but my middle brother and his wife are expecting number 2 any day.  And more babies is great in my books!

And then yesterday afternoon we were off to Jason’s parents for the annual Easter egg hunt graciously put on by the Easter bunny (a.k.a. Grandpa and grandma.) 🙂

Another great Easter come and gone with just the chocolate left, but it’s disappearing fast as well!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! The day we celebrate Christ rising from the grave… sin has been paid for, we no longer need to fear death!

Well, we had a wonderful church service this morning and it’s wonderful to celebrate Easter with our church family and our family… here are the rascals dressed in their Easter best…

And soon off to Grandma and grandpa’s to enjoy the rest of the day!