March 29, 2017

Spring hobbies



Spring is just baaaarely starting to surface in the Northwest and I could not be more excited!  It has been a long, cold, wet and yucky winter so when I woke up this morning to flowers popping up in my backyard and the pink cherry blossoms starting to bloom, my heart was happy.  I've been looking for new hobbies to do to help keep my sanity.  With a toddler running around and a baby who is almost due, I needed something for myself.  However, I do include my daughter in some of it which she absolutely loves.  Two of my favorite things to do lately are garden and make water kefir.  What the heck is that?  I'll touch on it in a minute.  :)

A few weeks ago I started my herb and vegetable garden indoors and have been pleasantly surprised with how well my plants are doing!  The plants are getting pretty big and the weather is warming up enough that in a week I plan to transplant them to pots on the patio.  This has been such a fun hobby to do with Addy!  She loves to look at our plants, help water them and we talk about how yummy they will be.  She kind of thinks they are flowers and always tries to smell them- haha.  Lucky for her, in a couple of weeks we will be getting our flowers and I know she will be so excited to help take care of them!

Water kefir.  As a family we have made a very conscious effort, especially in the last year, to take the best care of our bodies that we can and to maintain good health.  Good health leads to good energy and I need as much energy as I can get chasing around my girl!  You probably know that one of the best ways to take care of your health is to take care of your gut.  It's important to eat a wide range of colorful fruits and vegetables, monitor your starch intake and choose good quality meats, eggs and dairy products.  Probiotics are another major component to gut health.  I am not going to get into what probiotics are right now, but you can read more about it here.  We've recently had some health issues with Addy that have forced us to change her diet and add in more probiotics.  A great way to do that is through kefir!  Water kefir is a lot like kombucha.  For the last few months, I have researched it like crazy and how to make it, health benefits, recipes, what it is, any cons, basically everything!  I never found a single negative thing about it.  I was honestly so intimidated to try making it, but it's next to impossible to find on the market to buy so I decided to order this and give it a shot.  Let me tell you- we are so addicted and have noticed the biggest difference in our health over here!  My skin is clear and glowing, all of our digestive systems seem to be so much better, energy levels have increased, and it just tastes so amazing.  I currently have 5 batches in my fridge- haha!  It's been fun playing around with different flavors too, plus you can use coconut water instead of regular water.  Some of our favorites are lemon ginger, mixed berry, tropical fruit, lemon, lemon mint, and orange.  Addy gobbles it down too and it's so cute to hear her say "kefir kefir!" and run to grab her cup.  It's a mommy win knowing that she's drinking something so good for her growing little body!  
 

What are some of your favorite spring hobbies?  Please share!

March 10, 2017

POIPU

If you follow me at all on social media, then you know that we just spent a week on Kauai.  We had such an amazing trip and were SO thankful to escape to warmer weather, the beach, the fresh fruit stands and basically everything opposite of the cold that we've been experiencing in the Northwest.  It did rain a couple of days while we were there but we didn't let it stop us from getting out and exploring!

It had been almost 5 years since Nick and I went, and I totally forgot about the fact that there are feral chickens and cats running around literally everywhere.  Which totally made the entire trip for Addy!  haha!  She was seriously in heaven and would run around yelling "bok bok" or "ca ca" (cock-a-doodle-doo) or "meow" and then start screaming and laughing.  I couldn't even handle it.

We spent one of our first days there in Poipu on the south shore walking around the Hyatt, eating, swimming and playing.  Addy was totally cracking me up walking around in her sunglasses.  She knew she was hot stuff and was playing it up for everyone who would talk to her!







March 8, 2017

TUNNELS BEACH

Our favorite place to go in Kauai was Hanalei.  I'm seriously obsessed with that cute town and would move there in a heartbeat if I could.  They also have THE BEST bakery and coffee shop there and we picked up a couple of loaves of their fresh homemade bread.  We also ate at the fresh fruit stand on a regular basis and got smoothies and acai bowls every time.  I think it's safe to say we love food ha!

Anyway, right outside of Hanalei was our favorite beach- Tunnels Beach.  The water was so blue and clear, it was beautiful.  We saw a few turtles which was so fun for all of us.  The sand was really soft and there were lots of shells, perfect for Addy.  There was also a little inlet that the kids could safely play in.  Even though this isn't the town we stayed in, we spent the majority of our trip on this part of the island and at Tunnels Beach- it was that amazing!





















February 11, 2017

Baby 2: 26 weeks

Am I seriously almost to the third trimester of this pregnancy already?!  The time is flying right before my eyes!  I have documented exactly 0 pictures of this precious baby boy growing in my belly, and figured it was about time I write some things down and photograph it so I remember it all.

How far along?  26 weeks

How big is baby?  the size of a butternut squash

Total weight gain/ loss:  I don't have a scale, but last appointment I'm up about 17 lbs

Maternity clothes?  Some maternity and some non maternity.  I'm carrying different this time around so I'm able to have more choices

Sleep:  It's taking me a while to fall asleep, but not due to pregnancy, just because my other child wakes up when I'm falling asleep ha!

Best moment this week:  When Addy came up to my belly, lifted my shirt, said the baby's name, kissed him and gave him a hug, and he kicked back!

Movement:  Kicking and punching like crazy!

Food cravings: This one has been weird.  I've been mostly craving granola, yogurt and fruit.  Then I randomly get the craving for cinnamon rolls, maple syrup and spicy chinese food (not together, ha!)

Any aversions:  not really

Gender: BOY!

Labor signs:  nothing yet

Pregnancy symptoms: achy back, heartburn

What I miss: wine

What I'm looking forward to:  Addy meeting her baby brother

Upcoming appointments/ events: glucose test next week

Milestones: only 2 weeks left in the second trimester!