Thursday, May 29, 2014

On Target Living

That's it we are going to be a healthier family! Let me start by saying that we are not living super unhealthy, I mean we do eat out and splurge on junk food at times. 
It is really scary when you think about the fact that thirty percent of people in the entire world are obese. Just let this number sink in.
My husbands job site provided a voluntary seminar by the people of "On Target Living"! When I talked to him on the phone he sounded so excited about it, I could tell he wanted us to live healthier. Initially I was almost a little upset "whoa you mean I cook unhealthy and feed my kids junk?" 
But the next morning he left me two Information sheets on the counter, a chart that showed the bad, fair, good and super foods for adults and a separate chart for kids. My eyes immediately wandered to the bad food section and yep there it was. 

And so here we are making a commitment. I am not exactly sure how we do it yet but we are starting slowly. My two biggest concerns are: 

1. Budget
2. Time Management

We all know that organic can cost quiet a bit and I know for certain that not all grocery items will be organic, but definitely more natural. And time management concerns me because of my kids and me being a bit busy ( 3 kids under 4 explains it all)! But I am not discouraged because I know the benefit will outweigh the maybe stressful baking/ cooking times.

Here is what we think 
- definitely organic meat because of hormones and nitrates. 
- organic eggs 
- almond milk instead of cows milk, especially for the kids. 
- juices: I almost bought the Naked brand but the price shocked me a bit, afterwards I thought it is actually not that since we will add water anyways 
- organic teas served cold in the summer with honey as a sweetener, my kids weren't sure initially and made these really disgusted faces but they do tolerate and almost like it know. 
- organic yogurts ( if you by the pint you could add fresh strawberries or some chocolate morsels as a treat for the kids) 

Tonight I made Chicken Burger with tomato, lettuce, avocado and whole wheat buns served with homemade potato chips. It was really yummy. 

We try to be realistic and take it one step at a time, I am not sure I could live without my ranch or my hubby without his creamer but very little bit counts. Our DNA is designed to digest simple food not artificial processed foods. 

I will let you know how it goes and post recipes that I try. Please keep I mind that these recipes won't be strictly Gluten free or dairy free. I am still learning but super excites to have made this commitment for our family.

Daniel

I love these guys with all my heart! 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

All is well with my soul tonight

Ask me about my weekend and so far I tell you it has been amazing. Last weekend was very different as all our three munchkins came down with a virus. But what makes my weekend so special is that if you would ask me what we did you might expect
"Oh we went to the beach for the weekend and visited this new water park. At night we visited a really fancy restaurant." 
Reality: 
We got up and enjoyed our coffees outside while the kids entertained themselves in the grass playing with bugs. We fulfilled the needs of hungry little Toddler tummies while nursing a baby and talking about the upcoming summer. Well not so upcoming summer since the 82 degrees at 9am pretty much hit you in the face. 

We then went to a wake to one of my husbands coworkers brother who passed away and was a former military member, he wanted to show his respect and condolences. I knew it meant a lot to my husband if we would come along. I was a bit nervous since my 3 kids are more like a traveling circus at times (in a good way, you know the main attraction that you will be talking about for weeks). But on the way over we explained to our four year old what we are doing and where we are going. This opened up a great Q&A about some very hard to address topics. When we arrived we found ourselves in this really quaint town where you instantly were surrounded by this magical mix of people, such an amazing community. 
We met the most loving and kind people who made us feel part of their special family by tending to our kids and engaging us in meaningful conversation about a Life that was celebrated on this sweet Memorial Saturday. Our kids settled quickly and found new friends ( Zach had a girl literally stalking him) their laughter lightened the heaviness of this gathering and reminded us of the Beauty what Life has to offer and the peace that only comes with knowing that The Lord gained another great man in heaven that day. 

After nap time and a round of golf for my hubby we decided to check out our new membership to our neighborhood pool and we had a great time. While the boys were splashing and jumping in the wading pool, I was taking in all the place has to offer and how I will spend time here with my 3 kiddos by myself. The planner in me never shuts of:). I watched a Mom of 7 kids, ranging from maybe 16 -2 years of age and wow she is an inspiration, such patience and kindness. So encouraging and inspiring. 

In the evening we let the kids play in the backyard while I prepped dinner for us. The kids ate first while we sat with them and tried various forms of knuckle knocks:) So fun to watch them doing that. After bath time and bedtime my husband and I enjoyed our "grown up dinner"! A quick Tritip on the grill with a salad on homemade avocado dressing( yummy)! We talked about how our faith has given us peace and what Gods purpose for us is right now. 

See our amazing weekend might not sound exciting to you but it was so intentional! We also knew we had some serious parenting to do in our kids and the best way to focus on these issues for us is to be intentional with each other and don't busy our minds too much so we are receptacle for Hods teaching moments. 

Love to you all. 




Daniela 

Monday, May 19, 2014

The little Things

This post has probably been published over a million times in different languages, formats and wording. But it is so therapeutic to write it down and look at my masterpiece in the end:)

What can I say the last couple of days our two boys got sick one after another, it makes for loooooong days and my patience is being tested! Children melt down ten times faster when they sick, one cries the other one thinks he needs to sympathize and starts crying, attention spams are short, no appetites ( I listed the contents of my entire fridge and pantry) I even threw in ice cream but nope! 
So what can you do? Pray as often as you can and do it while you go potty since this is the only quiet moment you might get ( unless the cat busts the door) ! And so I did. Here we are taking one moment at a time! 

So we had a snack under the oak tree in our yard while reading a book, baked a yummy birthday cake for grandpa in heaven, played hide and seek ( I was hiding real good and enjoyed the giggles while they couldn't find me), we took two baths today (yes two one with foam overload), we snuggled while watching Peter rabbit and laughed a little louder at the funny scence! We tickled and snorted. My little baby girl was awesome and sweet as if she understood that Mama was a little extra busy! 
When they napped I picked up quickly, we baked a cake with a 2 year and 4 year old, let your imagination run wild:) and then I just enjoyed the alone time. House Hunters on TV was just about right while enjoying my lunch and checking out! ( now I have 10 more DIY ideas) 
In the evening my hubby came home and jumped right in:) we bathed the boys sang our happy Birthday to grandpa in heaven! Oh and on days like that I don't hesitate to make the executive decision to get take out! 
After all the germs today I felt I needed more then just a shower, those little buggers needed soaking till they fry off! LOL. And here I am sitting outside next to my hubby and enjoying Fireflies and crickets. Life is good more than good it's beautiful! 
I am so thankful and feel blessed trust me I say this from my heart. They grow up so fast and these moments go by so quickly! 

The best part of my day was getting the mail today. My husband got me a mothers day present but there was a problem with his order so my present came late. See Mothers Day was such a great day. We had so much fun! The gift came at a perfect time, when I needed a reminder! (See last picture) 


Baking a cake for grandpa, we made our own strawberry frosting and it was fun using the purée mixer while crushing the bad guys! Lots of giggles! 


After snack time they looked for bugs:) 


When I got ready to take my bath that's what I found! Love it:) 


It is a necklace with the tree of life! The outer circle has the name of my three children on it! LOOOOVE!!! 

Lots of Love 

Daniela