Friday, April 7, 2017

Toddler Test Kitchen

The best part about being a blogger is getting opportunities to do new things. We were invited to participate in a toddler cooking class at the Halle Heart Children's Museum and I'm so glad that I jumped at the opportunity! I really wanted to have a mother daughter date with Gwen because I've been feeling a little guilty/bad for her since most of my attention is towards the baby these days. It was really nice to give her all of my attention and help her cook. I never really think about having Gwen help me cook at home, so I looked at this class as a "test run" to see if she's ready to take directions. It helped that the kitchen was a super low-key, comfortable atmosphere. It has to be when you're dealing with toddlers, right? lol 

We learned to make avocado banana muffins. Gwen helped pour in the ingredients, mash the banana and avocado, squeeze lemon juice, and stir it all together. She especially liked taste testing. 

While everyone was waiting for the muffins to bake, we read a story about eating fruits and veggies and then colored this fun worksheet. 

The finished muffins! Gwen and I thought they were delicious. It was hard saving a couple for Ryan to eat... I just wanted to eat them all!

I really want to go to another class! It's such a fun activity to do with little kids and it's so nice to prepare food without having to clean up afterward! It's also a great way to learn new, healthy recipes. Now that I've been once, I feel like I'd be comfortable taking Fox in my Ergobaby carrier. Yaffi, our cook, was wearing her baby the whole time she taught. It inspired me!

The Halle Heart Children's Museum has offered my readers a 10% discount code!
Just use TTK-WhatADay at checkout! This code is applicable for individual tickets as well as the 4-class series option for all upcoming Toddler Test Kitchen classes. I love the multi-class deal they'll be having this summer. This sounds like a great indoor activity to stay out of the heat in the upcoming months! 

Here's information on how to register- Toddler Test Kitchen. 
Who wants to come with us?? 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Before Fox

About a month(?) before Fox was born, my lovely friend Lydia offered to take our family portraits. In film! I've barely ordered the prints and downloaded digital copies of my favorites to share here. I love taking photos in this location! The desert can be so pretty. I love looking at photos of my big baby belly. At the time, I didn't feel like I was that big by the end. Ha! I was wrong. Pregnancy is kind of surreal.  

Ok! This picture of Gwen! She looks so much younger, but it was only a few months ago?? I'll cherish this little baby faced photo forever. 

Thanks for the gorgeous photos, Lydia!
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Fox's Blessing

Ryan gave Fox a blessing earlier this month and I'm just now posting the photos. Such is mom life. He's wearing the same outfit Ryan wore as a baby! 1980s vintage. 

Every day I think of how happy I am that Fox has joined our family. It's that best. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Fox's Newborn Photos

These were taken when Fox was about a week old! He's currently six weeks old and 11 pounds! All photos were taken by Let Me See You Sparkle Photography.  Chrissy was amazing with both of my kids! I'm convinced she's a toddler whisperer. 

Of course we must begin with the fox outfit photos. My sister in law made this little outfit for Gwen when she was a baby, way before we dreamed of having a baby boy named Fox. I guess it was meant to be! 

Gwen is still adjusting to having a brother. There have been tantrums and jealousy, but she has sweet moments with him, too. I'll look forward to the day when Fox doesn't need to be held so much and he'll start noticing Gwen. 

I think it's important to mention Ryan's hair color in these photos. He had dyed it brown for Halloween and it was still fading in these photos! I didn't realize that he'd have brown hair by the time Fox was born when I agreed to help him dye his hair, hahaha. I think he looks alright, it's just confusing for people when they see him but can't put their finger on what's changed. 

How cool is it that we made these two little humans? 

My mother in law made this gorgeous blanket- 

Aaaaaaaannnd Gwen steals the show. She's been used to being the main star, I guess I don't blame her for being dramatic. What a diva.