it’s official. the temperature around here has finally dropped below 90°. that means it’s really fall.
i will now buy a pumpkin or three for the porch. i protested when it was 100° and trader joe’s had pumpkins out in front of their store in the heat getting all rotten.
we got the girls’ halloween costumes done early this year so they could enter a costume contest at sac con. they won! my kids got a ton of attention. anya doesn’t handle that as well as stella – who walks around with her hands on her hips waiting for people to notice her.
now onto some random things i’ve had on my mind:
1. i really needed fall.
2. i miss having seasons (being from seattle will do that to you.)
3. i’m not sure i enjoy having two kids playing soccer.
4. i like that both my kids are in a sport.
5. i’m allowed to contradict myself. this is my blog.
6. i am going to start baking more. because it’s fall.
7. i can’t wait to wear a scarf.
8. i can’t wait to find boots that fit over my fat calves.
9. i am going to try and make my fat calves not so fat so i can find boots a lot easier.
10. i found this today. i can’t wait to read and laugh. a lot.
11. i miss taking pictures.
12. i like fall.
13. I like that i don’t have to hear myself complain about the heat anymore.
14. my puppy is one year old today. whoa.
15. my girls are already talking about going to the snow this year. this. will. happen. even if i have to put socks on their hands for gloves – because that’s what i did as a kid (yes, we were that kind of poor.)
16. i refuse to look at anything christmas. can we just get through halloween people?
happy birthday maggie mayhem. you are one crazy loved dog!
how was that for a totally random post. again.
this baby…oh wow. she was such a dream to photograph.
smiling in her sleep.
look at those sweet little striped legs!
thank you leng & melinda for letting me get my baby fix!
i really am so excited to have both my kids in school.
they need it.
they are at each others’ throats lately – which in turn makes me kind of a mean mommy. the first week couldn’t have gone better. and for that, i’m so pleased.
big kid is in 2nd grade and littlest kid is in kindergarten.
kinder, 1st, 2nd. whoa.
pals since before preschool
super excited to see what this year holds for my girls.
and i’m so happy to see them getting along.
i love you both very much!
5. five. V.
this kid makes me laugh daily.
she makes me proud to be her mommy.
she gives the best hugs.
she challenges me. she’s funny, smart, compassionate, giving, and will always be my baby girl.
happy birthday stella! we love you to the moon, around the stars and back! ♥
so, i’m a little over a week into my “changes.”
i discovered something recently – bread does not agree with me. i started noticing if i had half a bagel in the morning that i felt completely nauseous and totally sluggish. bread never had this effect on me – or maybe i just wasn’t as aware. i’ve been really watching what i eat and about 5 days ago, i decided to cut out wheat. not gluten altogether, but wheat. so – basically no bread or baked goods, to start. i’ve had a very small portion of pasta and that seemed to be ok. i think it’s bread. bread is the culprit to my bloatedness and terrible feeling after eating it. i know it must make me feel pretty bad because to me, bread is like candy. i love love love a good bagel with cream cheese. just typing the word “bagel” kinda makes me want to hurl. so, here i am working on eating better and without the bread. so far so good. i feel better already.
it’s time things started changing around here.
when the larger sized clothes in my closet start to feel tight and uncomfortable, that’s it. i have drawn the line. i’m hoping to keep up with things here so i can be somewhat accountable (not that anyone is listening or reading this.) but it will give me a place to vent, track progress, and talk about what is working and not working.
i’m starting with this:
and the scarsdale diet (modified slightly.)
i’m not setting unrealistic goals for myself at this point. no “i’m-going-to-lose-X-number-of-pounds-in-X-number-of-days” and never touch carbs kind of crap (for anyone that can do that, great! but it doesn’t work for me, i ALWAYS mess that up.) work hard. eat better (cut back on eating out and eating because i’m stressed out.) quit making excuses about my knees and lack of time and blah blah blah.
this is it. i made it through my first day of shred. 20 minutes and i’m not dead. it was hard. it always is. but i did it. walk/running will be fit in as well.
today, everything changes.
i am addicted to pinterest. i’ve been trying to be better about only pinning recipes that i might actually make. i also have a “a girl can always dream” board for all the amazing things i find that i never want to forget for that one day when i’m filthy rich. until then, i’m just keepin’ it real and cooking some amazing things. tonight i made this from a farmgirl’s dabbles.
Coconut & Green Curry Beef with Peanut Sauce
needless to say, this was an amazing recipe! the peanut sauce. oh. my. i wanted to just grab a spoon and shove that stuff in my face (maybe i did…you’ll never know.) my girls even loved this. they cleaned their plates and i got a resounding “mommy, you are the best cooker in the world!” works for me.
pinterest didn’t disappoint for dessert either. i made these from just jenn recipes.
Peanut Butter Cheerio Treats
i might have had more than one of these for dessert. and i might just have one for breakfast, but i’d rather not say.
thank you, pinterest for being you! however, i may need to start pinning things that don’t have anything to do with food or else i’ll need to go find a diy wheelbarrow to get myself out of the house at the rate i’m going.
yesterday was the premier of GOOD street food + design market here in sacramento. can i just say how much we needed this? it was awesome and very fun. GOOD is featuring local designers and food vendors (food trucks too!) the first sunday of every month through the summer. my good friend rachel from popcycle creamery made her debut with her ice cream pops. she got rave reviews and tons of attention. i’m super proud of her!
another friend, amy was selling her jewelry, revitalized vintage. i fell in love with that turquoise beaded necklace, but didn’t nab it fast enough. sad face.
we had the most amazing food from voodoo van (they came from san francisco) – i think i got my deep fried intake for the year. note: i must have been too busy stuffing my face and forgot to get photos. sorry. next time.
there were tons of free activities for the kids too. face painting, pinata making, all sorts of mess-making that i didn’t have to do at home. sweet!
i can’t wait for the next GOOD event in july. it’s promising to be even better than the first!
stella had a field trip with her friends to the train museum today. i can’t believe we’ve never been! but *free* is a really good incentive to go. it’s pretty cool inside. they even have trains you can go into and one that simulates movement like you are on a real moving train (insert nausea here.)
i didn’t take any pics in the train museum (wrangling kids on a preschool field trip takes a lot of attention), but i did get this one of the cutie-pies waiting outside.
they are such great pals and have known each other for about 3 years. i hope they know each other for a very long time.
after the field trip we went to a nearby park and ate lunch.
i think maybe the highlight of the day and what they were all waiting for was karate lessons. our preschool is getting 1 whole month of free lessons! it’s just about the cutest thing imaginable. the instructor, mr. oliver, is so great with the kids. he teaches them a lot about respect and honor and what karate really means: empty hands
stella is having so much fun with the classes. we just might have to figure out a way to continue past the free month.
the girls were complaining that they were bored. john told them to go outside and build a home for fairies to come visit the garden.
here’s what they made:
i’d go hang out there, wouldn’t you?