a visit from Nina and Nino

Over the last week we have been blessed by a visit by Owen’s Nina and Nino. It had been quite awhile since we last saw them but yet Owen felt very comfortable with them almost right away which of course made me very happy, since he often is very shy around people he does not see often, with some people he simple never opens up to. So yes I am quite happy that he likes his Nina and Nino since they are his godparents after all! Our dog Bella definitely remembered them as she couldn’t stop crying for joy and jumping all over them when they walked through the door. Oh Bella, what a big heart you have.

We spent our days going to the beach, taking walks in the forest, and eating delicious food. At night we spent our time sewing away as we were trying to complete a quilt for our tiny fall arrival. And amazingly we did indeed finish a baby quilt. I’d say it took us about 3 nights and we will be sure to post all about it as soon as Jenna and Tristan arrive back home from the rest of their trip. It was so great to have them stay with us for the time that they were here, as it always is, and we will miss them dearly in till their next visit.

We miss you already Nina and Nino,

Hugs and kisses from Owen and the rest of us,

xoxo

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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

 

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craving

It’s been about a month now that my cravings have calmed down however Tuesday night around 10:00 pm I was hit with the biggest craving for some homemade chocolate chip cookies. Seeing as how it was 10:00 pm and I was getting ready for bed there was no way I was going to start baking so I planned on having to satisfy my craving till the next day. Not being a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies (when not pregnant obviously!) I was in search of a new recipe, something a bit healthier and the perfect recipe was given to me by my friend Sarah.

Mix up dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mash 1 banana with 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (or butter) and 3/4 brown sugar. Add dry ingredients to the banana mixture. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips (raisins or chopped walnuts can substitute) and 1 peeled and graded apple, although I added 1/4 cup of apple sauce. Bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees and craving satisfied!

These cookies were the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had! Not too sweet and not too loaded with chocolate either as I’m not really a big fan of chocolate. I also loved the added texture and flavor from the oats. This recipe is definitely a keeper! This recipe was also great to make with Owen as I didn’t have to worry at all about him eating the uncooked batter and he did indeed love the batter. The cookies himself he didn’t try but fruits are about the most sweets he likes to eat.

Thank you Sarah for the lovely recipe, you definitely helped me satisfy my craving in the best way.

Enjoy!

 

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turning two

My precious baby boy has turned two years old. Two years ago we welcomed our first son into our arms and our lives have changed ever since. With Owen’s birth came so much clarity about what was truly important to me in this world, watching the world through his eyes opens my heart and soul like I never imagined it could be. We celebrated this special day by gifting him with his very first birthday ring as well as his very first bike. He was filled with joy and amazement at his new bike and has been glued to it ever since. On the weekend we celebrated with some friends at a park nearby our house where the kids had a ton of fun playing parachute games and running around the play structures. May we have another year filled with wonder and joy!

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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

 

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outside art

This week I took advantage of the gorgeous weather to bring some of our art time outside. I am so excited that spring is now truly here and showing its face everywhere we go. I thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate our return to the outdoors by enjoying some fun with paint on canvas out in our backyard. It was really such a simply project too, all I needed was a canvas, some brushes and of course paint! I brought out all of my paints and let Owen pick his favorites. At first I tried setting out the paints he chose on a palette for him to paint from. However, he just ended up using the palette as his canvas so I soon realized that simply putting the paint directly onto the canvas would work much better, and it did. I would just put the paint directly from the tube of paint he chose onto the canvas and then he would paint away.

Once he was all done painting I brought out a bowl full of warm soapy and he of course had a blast with this part probably just as much as he did ith the painting if not more. It was also adorable to watch him clean himself up with very little help from me I might add. I simply gave him a towel to help him clean up and once he was all clean he even wiped down his table. What a good boy.

Overall he didn’t stay focused on the project as long as I would have hoped for, but maybe this is a sign that he prefers water colors to acrylics (yes I actually used acrylics with my babe haha, totally risky!) because every time we have done water colors he paints for almost an entire hour! Although, I thought maybe being outside was what distracted him as we have not done any art outside since last summer. All in all it was a successful art session and I can’t wait to take on more outside art projects.

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better together

Time; how we spend it is up to us and what a precious thing time is. As of late I have chosen to spend my time trying to just be with my son. This pregnancy has made me feel a bit guilty for bringing another child into the picture. Even though I know how overjoyed we all will be to welcome this new love into our lives I can’t help but think about how I will now have to share my time with another and share my love with another. I give Owen so much of myself and I am afraid I won’t be able to give him as much as I do now especially in the first few months after the baby is born . To heal these feelings I have had to slow down and focus on making the bond we have now even stronger. Projects around the house have been put on hold and instead it has become a priority to simply focus on siting down and playing with my son. To just be in the moment with him rather than having five other things going on all while trying to be there for him. I’m finding it very peaceful and rewarding to be spending more time simply focusing on my son and not the million other projects I have going on around the house. We have been staying home a lot more and simply sitting around reading books, coloring together and just having fun being silly. I am loving this time alone with my son knowing that soon he will have to share me with another little one.

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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

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Owen’s garden

Spring is soon on its way and so I was inspired to start up a little garden with our little Kai that we could later transplant into the outside garden. Owen was so excited about this project, mostly because it involved water, but I’m sure once flowers begin to bloom he will be excited about that as well. We chose to plant sunflower seeds, daisy’s, and strawberries. So far the strawberries have not grown at all but somehow they keep soaking up all the water. Every morning when we go check the plants the two strawberry pots are completely dry but the daisy and sunflower pots are still moist and growing rapidly. Hopefully the strawberry seeds we got weren’t bad. I just love the feeling of springs arrival, the sweet sound of spring birds in the air, beautiful blossoms upon trees, and the return of warm summers air. All of this always gets me excited about getting my hands deep in to cool soil to plant a new years arrangement of flowers, herbs and veggies. Last year we did not have enough sun coming into our yard so most of the things we planted did not make it very long. This year however we are planning on re-modeling the back fence in hopes that this will let in more sunshine for our garden. I am really excited about the thoughts of having a large bright and delicious garden which we could eat from. Here’s hoping!


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this moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful weekend.

-April

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