Monday, January 27, 2014

portrait, 4 of 52.




easton: he found a fourth of july hat and flag in grandpa's attic.
sailor: he is enjoying his big brother these days and giving him lots of smiles.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

let's talk about parental guilt.







































sometimes i wonder if i'm the only mama out there who questions my parenting skills constantly. i am always asking myself if i should be allowing easton to watch tv, eat a certain breakfast bar, stay in the house all day, look at electronics while sitting in the stroller,  etc. etc.

guilt is one feeling that i find myself constantly battling. i always feel as if i could have, should have done better. on the days that i feel great about my parenting decisions, i feel guilty about the household chores i didn't get accomplished. on the days that i feel good about the chores i finished and my time with easton, i feel guilty about the fact that i didn't get dinner on the table. and there are those days when i feel like the only answer to easton's whining is giving in to whatever he's having a fit about- those are the days i feel really guilty.

i once heard someone say, "sometimes you just have to concentrate on being a "human-being" and not a "human-doing'." i loved that. i love the idea of letting myself just be. being just as i am HAS to be good enough somedays. i will always take care of my children's needs, food will always be put on the table (even if it's take out), and i will always have a healthy home environment for my family- even if it doesn't appear to be catalog worthy.

i wish i could turn off those voices in my head that tell me i'm not good enough, or i don't do enough…

how do you deal with parental guilt? my newest challenge to myself is to make sure that at least 15 minutes of every hour is dedicated, intentional quality time with my children. i notice that the days i am overly distracted with computers, phone, and other media are the days that i feel the most guilty about parenting.

most importantly, i want to concentrate on just "being." i want to watch easton while he plays instead of using that time to check my email, i want to cook and not feel the need to clean up right away every single time, and i want to sit down and enjoy time with my family even if my house isn't in perfect order. i am going to work on not feeling so guilty all the time.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

portrait, 3 of 52.



















easton: he asked to have his picture taken.
sailor: he's been doing some smiling, some cooing, and lots of crying.

Friday, January 17, 2014

mama to a two month old.


sailor is two whole months old today. what an amazing two months it's been…


he's been sleeping pretty well- i usually wake up with him two or three times a night. he smiles quite a bit these days, and loves to hang out on my chest all day long. i do a lot of baby wearing and a lot of nursing. :)

life as a mama of two has been wonderful. there are definitely days that are harder than they were as a mama to one- but overall our life has been smooth sailing. i think the hardest thing about sailor is that he really really doesn't like to be put down- he also seems to want ME only, which was not something i noticed when easton was a bèbè.

he is starting to get his own unique look. he has looked so much like easton (to me) that it sort of felt like i had a little clone baby. but, sailor is beginning to look a lot like his daddy (he even has the same hair line!) and all of a sudden his eyes have started to take on the shape of mine! it's sort of strange- i look into his eyes and it's like looking at a mini version of my own. pretty cool.

nursing has been going wonderfully. i am feeding him on demand, which works well for us right now but i will probably start using Baby Wise techniques soon enough. we'll see.

i started using cloth diapers with sailor but it didn't last long. i have far less interest in it this time around, and would like to focus on tasks such as keeping my home clean, knitting, writing, and working out rather than washing and stuffing poopy diapers. so there.

look at this kid…what a prince.

















Tuesday, January 14, 2014

portrait, 2 of 52.






















easton: he's been wearing his dino tail everywhere.
sailor: hae' been staying awake a lot more during the day.

a portrait of my children once a week every week in 2014.

Monday, January 13, 2014

vegan chocolate shake.

if you know me, you know that i am a huge (huge!!!!) fan of desert. it's my biggest weakness and my greatest vice. alas, i have given desert up (for the time being). i am following a vegan diet both for health benefits and weight loss. i am following the "eat to live" plan, outlined in this book which i highly recommend. the crux of the diet is this: 90% of the food you eat should be high nutrient dense foods, namely vegetables, legumes, fruit, nuts, and seeds- which leaves 10% of foods (of 150 calories) a day to eat non-nutrient dense foods like grains. so i have had to find substitutions for my beloved desert…




here is my go-to chocolate (vegan) shake.

ingredients:
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 banana
5 oz spinach
2/3 cup almond milk
4 dates
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseed

blend. enjoy.

















this recipe was taken from "eat to live" by joel fuhrman

Thursday, January 9, 2014

portrait, 1 of 52.

last year i meant to take one photo of my little easton every week. i didn't do it all 52 weeks (maybe i did half?) but this year, i will make a greater effort to get it done. i got the idea from a blog that i read weekly. i loved watching this blogger's kids grow throughout the year. it's so fun to watch easton and sailor grow- it's my favorite thing about parenting…so here is my attempt to capture it (and document it).

new years day at the beach in capitola, ca.

















easton- he wanted to take that bucket and shovel to bed with him.
sailor- he is crying a lot these days.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

i've been eating, cooking, reading, browsing, and buying...

here's what i've been up to lately:

eating
lots and lots of vegetables (both raw and cooked), tons of fruit, and all i can eat legumes. i'm eating a cup of grains a day (steel cut oatmeal, usually), an ounce of nuts, half of an avocado, and one ounce of seeds (usually a combo of chia seeds and flax seed). i'm trying so hard to lose baby weight and get into a habit of "eating to live." disease prevention starts now! let's do this.

cooking
lot's of soups. i'm making a lot of lentil soups, bean soups, and veggie soups (even easton likes to cook soup!)
















reading
right now i'm reading two books; Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman and Uncommon Life by Tony Dungy. The Uncommon Life is a daily challenge with scripture, athletic analogies, and goal oriented daily challenges. can't get better than that. (tony is reading it with me :)

browsing
we are still slowly decorating our new place- so i've been browsing for couches and have found a couple that i'm really into. also, i've been picking out frames from an online custom framing website (which i've used before) for a few pieces of art that i have, and a couple that i'm going to buy. this buffalo picture is something that i've wanted for over a year now and i think that we are going to pull the trigger in the next month or two (we'll be getting the 24x30 size).

buying
tony and i just bought tickets for a trip to nashville for my 30th (eeek) birthday in april. we are so excited and have been checking out neat places to eat, shop, and wander. we will be bringing sailor (because he will still be nursing exclusively) and leaving lil easton with his favorite babysitter, donna.


buffalo image borrowed from The Animal Print Shop. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

a photo an hour.

yesterday was tony's last day of winter break. i decided that it was the perfect day for the second edition of "a photo an hour." hope you enjoy peeking into our day...

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5:45

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8:15

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10:15

tony started working a little early this morning. taking molly on a walk in flip flops (it's been so warm!).    easton is helping mama make soup. music time. watching football while easton sleeps and sailor screams. my soup is almost finished. lunch (my diet is going well!). easton woke up from his nap quite grumpy- and brought his top hat to lunch. auntie meg dropped by for a quick visit. church. on our way home from church. dinner. i wore sailor to work out (emma stopped by to do the steps with me). sailor's nursing face and sailor-boy is wide awake, swinging away. daddy is spending some quality time with baby sailor before bed. 
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