Saturday, April 27, 2013

just another day

Just another day of playing with chalk and drawing on trashcans. No big deal.








Tuesday, April 23, 2013

health food kick

So, I’ve been on a bit of a health food kick. Jimmy has been going to bed awfully early (think 8pm!), so I’m left with a quiet house. So, with nothing else to do (other than clean the house, finish laundry, etc), I started watching several documentaries on Netflix, and they have motivated me to change the way we eat. My first documentary was called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It’s about a guy who drinks/eats juice for 60 days. At the end, he is much happier, healthier, and is off all the prescription medications that he used to take.

I’m still juicing, but am exploring new veggies and fruit to add to my recipe.
The blender we received for our wedding is finally seeing light. I made a green smoothie with spinach, peanut butter, almond milk, flaxseed, greek yogurt, and banana.




The smoothie is pretty freaking awesome.

I also watched Hungry for Change and they mentioned Chia Seeds. At first, I was like, chia what? But after researching, I found out that they are super rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, and has tons of fiber, AND it’s also good for weight loss. Yay!

Now, I dump a tablespoon of chia seeds in my family’s yogurt, smoothies, cereal, and drinks.

 

*My son first panicked when he saw the seeds…he thought it was “trash” and was determined to pick every last seed out of his cereal. Mommy, I take out trash! Lol*

I also found this super easy, super tasty quinoa chicken recipe. It tastes just like any ‘ole chicken fingers, but has the added bonus of quinoa : high protein, fiber, iron, and calcium. My son likes to drench them in honey mustard. Delicious.
 








Last but not least, I’ve been trying different types of salads--other than lettuce with tomatoes and cucumbers.
 


After making this, my husband mentioned that this was just a chunky guacamole. Ummmm...I guess...

…and the best thing about all this? I’ve lost almost 10 pounds!! Yay!!

 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

earth day 2013

If you know Jimmy, you know that he's big on recycling. Like, super big. As in, wash and recycle those tiny salsa containers from El Pollo Loco and bring home empty soda cans and even his daily yogurt container if there isn't a recycling bin in sight. So naturally, Blee has developed a love and commitment for recycling, which I think is great. It brings a smile to me when he's able to identify which items to recycle and it especially makes me happy when he is able to reuse items around the house to play with. Teach them young to love and protect our planet!

This year for Earth Day, we made a fun, special treat for the little guy…complete with worms, dirt, and gooey mud. Pure awesomeness!






We also made a bunch of bird seed feeders...or so we thought we did. I found a super easy tutorial awhile back and have been wanting to try it. I thought, there is no way I could mess this up. Melt gelatin. Pour bird seeds. Mold. Easy peasy. Right?

WRONG!
 
Here's where I went wrong.
1. I didn't wait for Jimmy to come home.
2. Which means I was too lazy to measure out the gelatin.
3. Which means the whole thing came out to be way too watery.
4. Which means the darn project FAILED.
 
I almost threw out the whole thing, but then reminded myself that this was our Earth Day project for the year. It would be way too ironic if I threw them out.
 
*My pathetic attempt to forcefully mold the bird seeds into dinos and stars*

 
Now I have a bag full of semi-gelatinous bird seeds. Lovely.

Hope next year goes better...

The End


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

finger sucking

I used to suck on my fingers till I was 4. According to my mom, I stopped when my dentist told me that my mouth was going to become pointy like a rabbit’s mouth.  I won’t tell you how long Jimmy used to suck on his fingers, but I can pretty much say that my son is screwed.


 
His doctor told us to dip is fingers in vinegar. And guess what? He liked it. He asked for more.

We’ve tried the pacifiers. To be accurate, we tried 5 different pacifiers. He doesn’t like it.

What to do?
 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

dino museum

We have driven by the enormous, completely out-of-place dinosaurs next to the freeway many times on our way to Palm Springs. And I always thought, one day, I’ll go check it out.

Last week, we finally had the chance to visit Mr. Rex's Dino Adventure.
 
 


The animatronic dinosaurs were entertaining, to say the very least.  Jimmy and Blee had a great time tripping the motion sensors. They jumped up and down, and waved their hands to see if they were able to get the dinosaurs to move.




Right outside the museum was a “dinosaur dig”. A video instructed us to dig for a rock with a name of a dinosaur. Cute concept, even though Blee was done in less than 30 seconds.




Across from the dino dig was the sluice. A stream of water ran down into a section with dirt and rocks. The video also instructed us to grab a bag, so we were able to put our rocks inside as a keepsake. Jimmy and I tried hard to get Blee to pick the pretty pink and blue ones, but he opted out for the boring, gray and brown rocks. Arg.



 
We then found ourselves on a dirt path where various dinosaurs were looking down upon us. Kinda scary, kinda weird, and kinda funny.


My son, of course, ran right by the dinos and headed for the BIG ONE. Mr. T-Rex himself.We climbed up the narrow, steep steps and found ourselves inside T-Rex’s mouth. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!




On our way back, Blee traded his rock from the dino dig for a piece of awesome, cheap, plastic.


Thanks for a fun time!

garden

On Easter, we gave Blee 4 packs of seeds in addition to several toys and a handful of yummy goodness. Since then, he has been wanting to plant them in our garden…especially the sunflowers. He carried the little packs and talked to himself about it. He walked around the house mumbling:

Sunflowers today? No. Daddy’s sick. Maybe tomorrow.
Sunflowers today? NO! Too cold outside. And too dark.

Sunflowers on Saturday. First, go to sleep. Then wake up. Then sunflowers.

Last weekend, he was finally able to plant the seeds.

 
 
 
 


 


One of his daily chores will be to water the plants. I have a feeling he won’t forget…or let us forget.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

calendar

Over a year ago, Jimmy gave me a blank calendar and wanted me to draw pictures of events and schedules for our son. Blee had just started to understand the concept of today and tomorrow, so we thought a calendar would help him organize the days. At that time I thought, when does he think I have the time to do this? I actually looked for stickers to put on the calendar instead of me having to draw, but it was pretty much impossible to find EXACTLY what I wanted (church, swim practice, school, art class, etc).

Now, a year later, I finally got off my lazy butt and filled the calendar in with our weekly schedules.




My plan was to review the calendar every morning and every night, but we've been slacking off. I strongly believe in having consistency, so I really hope to start incorporating this into our everyday routine.

Oh, and we got the adorable free calendar printable here. The frame is from IKEA.

Monday, April 1, 2013

anpanman

For the longest time, we were anti-television for our son. But, slowly but surely, our son has been watching TV…well, Japanese TV, to be exact. His favorite is Anpanman, a popular Japanese cartoon geared towards his age group. The thing is, this cartoon has a TON of characters.

 
I have recently realized that keeping track of all the characters is a full time job.

Oh joy!