Between sick kids and Nora boycotting her nap almost daily I’ve been short time to blog. So you get the pleasure of one really long post to cover the past two weeks 🙂
I started something new this past week that I’m pretty excited about! Now that Calvin is sleeping through the night until about 5:45ish (somewhat consistently) I decided I really wanted to incorporate more yoga into my life because I miss being able to practice more than once a week. So this week I began waking up at 5 a.m. so I can get about an hour in before I have to start the day with the kids. l’m still keeping up with my other workouts later in the morning on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays and so far it’s working out. It has been a great change of pace!
What actually prompted this change was this awesome new YouTube channel I found Five Parks Yoga. When we lived in Hawaii, I went to Core Power Yoga 6 days a week and LOVED it! They had an early morning yoga class called Sculpt that incorporated weights (with yoga flows) and a little cardio throughout the class. It was awesome. Needless to say, the Five Parks Yoga YouTube channel has a huge variety of 30 min- 1 hour classes and several that include weights. She calls them her “Fit Yoga” classes. Her yoga teaching style is the closest I have found to Core Power and I’m so thankful I stumbled upon it.
Sometimes Calvin wakes up a few minutes before I’m done, so he gets to enjoy an early morning snack once Nick leaves for work, while I finish up.
I tried a new one pan dinner Wednesday night (I love these, they are so quick and easy!). I made this Peanut Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner and everyone loved it! Everyone except Calvin, he still isn’t too keen on chicken. (Next time I’ll remember a picture)
Calvin and I did our usual grocery shopping while Nora was at preschool Tuesday. He fell asleep on the drive so we headed in as soon as he woke up. This is his “I just woke up, why am I in a grocery store” look.
He also enjoys helping me out any chance he gets. And yes that is one of those cart covers you see, I still put it on there for him even though he is 15 months. But he prefers to snack while I shop and this thing is great for holding his snacks and keeping them from falling all over the floor 😉
It was Nora’s turn to bring snacks to preschool on Thursday. So Wednesday her and I got to work putting them together. She is always so excited to do this, but in reality very little gets into the bags and more in her mouth. This time we combined pretzels, raisins, popcorn and chocolate chips. Then she decorates the bags with stickers of her choosing.
Thursday morning was jam-packed with Dr’s appointments. Calvin had his 15 month check up and I had a last-minute scheduling for a follow-up with my Dr. regarding something I’d had checked out the previous week. With both appointments, Calvin’s immunizations and a trip to the pharmacy, we spent a total of 2.5 hrs there. I came fully prepared with books, Baby Einstein to watch on the Kindle and snacks. Calvin was a trooper.
Nora is really into her baby doll right now. She always has been since Calvin came around, but the involvement at which the baby joins our everyday life varies. Last week though she had to be included in everything. This was Nora’s set up for a couple of days. We have learned to utilize the kitchen table as much as possible when she doesn’t want Calvin interfering with her playing. That baby gets fed soup a lot 😉
And we had a fun mid-week visit with Elliott. He had just returned from spring break with loads of laundry and an appetite for a home cooked meal so we happily obliged.
The tail end of our week and the week after we have been hit with sickness. Experienced croup for the first time in the middle of the night with Nora. The steroid shots and breathing treatment in the ER cleared the croup but we are still trying to get over the residual cold symptoms with both kids.
Although we are not all 100% better, everyone has been in pretty good spirits.
I’ve tried a couple new things in the kitchen this week. I made some butternut squash noodles to go with dinner one night (picture on the left). They were so good! You simply spiralize the squash first and then roast the “noodles” in the oven. Another night we had some roasted vegetables including sweet potato, brussel sprouts and zucchini. I sprinkled them with salt, pepper, garlic and parmesan. These are my fave! I really love any roasted vegetable and especially love adding them to salads.
Later in the week things warmed up a little outside and we were in the mood for something lighter. I made this Spicy Quinoa & Kale Black Bean Salad. We haven’t had this since last summer and forgot how delicious it is! And talk about simple and quick! This is great leftovers too as it always taste even better the next day, after it sits in the fridge and all the flavors absorb into the beans and vegetables.
I sampled a new recipe for Calvin as well this past week. It turned out to be a win for both kids! These Zucchini Bites are cheesy, healthy & delicious (I sampled one or two as well).
We tried to lay low this week to let everyone rest up and start to feel better. But no matter how sick they are, it’s hard to keep this two kids down. Calvin is always ready to play, especially when his sister is close by.
I think she had actually moved off the couch to get some space from him, but he quickly found a way to move closer.
I love being their Mom, most days are pretty fun 😉
We got a little bit of relief from the cold. But we are hoping that we can get another burst of warm weather that will stick around so we can start enjoying the parks on a daily basis.
When Elliott came over for dinner Friday I tried a new recipe that is definitely a keeper! This Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchilada Bake is something Nick is already asking for again. This picture doesn’t do it justice, take note of the original bloggers pictures of the inside of the enchiladas.
I used corn tortillas (as I have a gluten sensitivity) and I’m still trying to determine if dairy is a problem for me. For whatever reason my stomach can handle feta cheese ok, so I mixed that along with sharp white cheddar cheese for the “Mexican cheese blend” the recipe calls for. You could really do whatever type of cheese you wanted. She does mention at the end of the recipe that it is on the spicy side. I used only about a Tablespoon and half of jalapeno and I only used 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper in the enchilada sauce. Mine still turned out a little too spicy for the kids. So definitely do some taste testing as you go along to make sure you get the spicy kick that best fits your taste buds.
I did finish reading Present Over Perfect but I’m going to have to save my thoughts on that for another post in fear of making this one ridiculously long.
Here’s to hoping this week brings a restoration of health and some warm sunshine! We are hopefully headed to Boston at the end of the week, Nick has a work conference, the kids and I want a little change of scenery and we will have the opportunity to enjoy some time with family!