Jonah Got Glasses!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


When we were in Gatlinburg I noticed that Jonah was holding his books and kindle really close to his face, he was complaining of headaches a lot, and then we were playing a letter game, and he couldn't tell the difference between a lower case "c" and a lower case "e." So I made an eye appointment.

Honestly, I was really just doing it to check off a list. I didn't think he actually had an eyesight problem. Boy was I in for a surprise! After a lengthy hour and half appointment, the doctor informed me that not only did Jo need glasses, he needed special lenses because normal lenses would be too thick for glasses!

I feel kinda bad that it took so long for us to figure out that he had an eyesight issue!

The boy can see now, and loves his new glasses. It's fun to see him actually see well for the first time. He is taking time to study all of his toys and books like they are new. So blessed by this boy.


Gatlinburg

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

We just got back from a lovely week in Gatlinburg. It was SO good to be back in Tennessee, but it was hard to leave it again as well. Driving by our old church, house, and favorite places was rough. I may or may not have been praying and crying during that part of the drive. I love Tennessee, and would move back there in a heart-beat; but there is no denying the blessings that have been poured out on us for obeying God in moving to Baton Rouge.

Justin's parents were at their cabin the same time we were, so it was really nice to have the grandparents as back-up. It was also nice to be spoiled by them too...

We did all sorts of fun things last week. An exotic petting zoo, the boys first hike (that they actually hiked), shopping, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, and we even went to Dollywood for a day.

Levi feeding the goats.
These deer were so sweet! Hungry, but sweet.
Check off a box on the bucket list: petted a zebra!
My tendered-hearted cub has decided he wants to be a farmer who helps baby animals...
SMORES!
So Laurel isn't exactly a real hike, but when your middle cub's inseam is 12 inches, you call it a hike...
Love this family photo.
The ducks at Dollywood.
Jonah was a tad excited to ride a really big "grown-up" roller coaster. This kid is fearless.
Levi is in the blue shirt, Justin is smiling at the camera. Jo is on the other side of Levi, not pictured.
My sweet man-cubs.
The view from the Smoky Mountain Wheel.
Our first family of five photobooth picture. 
I love my wild boys.
"Flying" with Nana and Cocoa Papa
Dinner at Paula Deen's. Um... YUM!
The view from Nana's Cabin the our last night.

Until next time Tennessee...

Benny Bunny is 5 Months

Saturday, April 30, 2016

My sweet, happy Chubby Bunny is 5 months old today!
Benjamin weighs 18 lbs 2 ounces. I have started to lovingly call him my Chubby Bunny. This child has the most amazing thighs... So many rolls. He has almost grown out of his 6 month onesies, and all of his pajamas. Also, the poor kid can't sit in his Bumbo seat anymore because his thighs won't fit! (Levi can sit in it, but Ben can't!)

He's in still in size 3 diapers, but we still use a special night-time diaper. Benny is eating 6 ounces of formula every 3.5 hours, and has started to eat solid food. Pediatrician recommended it, so I tried giving him a little... Now he prefers food to the bottle! His favorite so far is apples. He's not a huge fan of squash. Typically he wakes once at night to get a bottle. Big Ben no longer wants to be swaddled. Makes me kinda sad. The Bigs wanted to be swaddled until 6 months... not this boy!


He is still nowhere close to rolling over, but he can sit up if i hold his tush in place. Since starting food everything goes in his mouth to taste and see. 
He's grabbing toys, his lovey, is blowing raspberries, makes some pretty awesome spit bubbles, discovered his feet, and loves to have people talk to him. His favorite toy is a tie between biggest brother and his jumper. Best thing ever is to have Jonah play with the jumper while he is in it.

My sweet smiley chunk of boy is a joy.

Banana-Carrot Protein Muffins (Dairy-free)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


I've been making a lot of muffins recently. My boys are ravenous ALL. OF. THE. TIME. Seriously, less than 30 minutes after eating a hearty breakfast of oatmeal and fruit they are asking if it's snack-time. Now that Levi is dairy-free, it's hard to find snacks he can eat that don't break the bank. Well, this morning I made up my own muffin recipe... and amazingly it turned out quite good! I was even sneaky and added Levi's most hated vegetable. The dreaded carrot. He has no clue, and he's getting fruit, veggie, and protein in one little snack! Mama win!


Banana-Carrot Protein Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:
  1/2 cup pureed carrots
  2 ripe bananas
  2 eggs
  1/2 cup oil
  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  2 cups flour
  1/2 cup sugar
  1 teaspoon baking soda
  1 teaspoon baking powder
  1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1/4 cup vanilla hemp protein powder (got ours from trader joes)

Directions:
I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. Then I mixed all the wet ingredients in my Kitchen-Aid (the first six ingredients). Next I put my sifter on top of the mixer, and added all the dry ingredients into the sifter (the last 7 ingredients). Then I sifted the dry into the wet, and mixed well. Pour batter into 12 lined muffin tins. Tin cups should be 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean. (If you don't sift the dry ingredients, the muffins should turn out just as tasty... just not very fluffy.)

If my directions aren't very clear, please comment. I'd be happy to try explain further.


The Color Run

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I completed my first run post-baby last Saturday. It was brutal. I was so in-shape before I had Benjamin... it's sad to know how much strength I lost, and how much weight I gained in a year. So I'm considering these race photos my "before" shots.