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Tuesday, February 10

let's talk "busy" first...

it's been a lot of hustle & bustle around here...let's see, where should i start? how about from saturday. (keep in mind everything is all about "perfect timing" when you are nursing a baby...i know some of you out there know exactly what i'm talking about).
saturday i took clara and ema & ella, (along with 3 friends), to see the movie "hotel for dogs". the kids loved it. i summed saturday up pretty quickly but i must tell you i left the house at 10:15a.m. and did not return home until 7p.m. (it was an all-day affair: taking em to swim, picking friends up, stopping by the house, getting lunch, the movie, stuck in traffic for 40 min. due to an accident with 6 kids in the car and 1 of them being a hungry baby, meeting parents for p/u, sitting in the 7-11 parking lot w/ 5 kids to do a power feed with the baby before the next drop off. etc....pure craziness but so worth it to make things happen for your kids.)

sunday was breakfast with deb and wayne and a small photoshoot with them and the baby. i'm still going through some of the pics but here are a few...

monday, all-day running, health food store, publix, seminole towne mall and back to publix. left the house @ 10:20a.m. and did not return until 3:45pm. i will not go into details because it would bore you and frankly it's embarrassing. (side note...ella, unexpectedly, was requiring more frequent feedings - not a good mix when you are on a mission). big smile. anyway, so i got home, fixed cranberry chicken, mashed potatoes, & green beans for j's mom and dad. ** i must add that ema and her friend daniel helped snap the beans so all i had to do was clean and steam them...yummy. again, i was pushed for time because ella would need to be fed @ 5pm and dinner had to be in the oven by 5pm. potatoes had to be peeled and cooked and ready for mashing following the's all about timing. i seriously don't think anyone gets it unless you are a mom with multiple children and have attempted nursing. sometimes it works like magic and other times it's nothing but chaos.

we finished the evening with family night - discussing our RAK's we are going to do for one another this week - incorporating the hearts i made on friday. for refreshments we had some sliced strawberries with a small bit of whipped cream and then i baked some molasses crinkles (one of our family favorites...thanks to grandma ambs)...@ the request of j's mom. they are flying back home to illinois today so it was nice to have dinner with them on their last night.

and now for fcat...

tuesday - this morning my girls are enduring the "fcat writes" portion of the state assessment testing...along with all other florida students. they are encouraged to eat a good breakfast the morning of and of course get a good night's sleep the night prior. so...this morning i prepared pancakes and bacon. (i would've done eggs but i was out and therefore couldn't use an egg in the pancakes and therefore the combination of me using white wheat instead of regular flour and no egg...well, let's just say it didn't go over too well with the kids). clara didn't even eat the bacon?? what's up with that? but anyway, i had to laugh because my friend heidi posted about pancakes and the griddle she just recently got. i have the same exact one! (although, unlike heidi, i don't have to have a huge transformer to plug mine into - but that also means i'm not living in japan either...craziness). i saw the cuisinart griddle on an infomercial and requested it for my birthday...and BAM! my mom & rick surprised me with it. so here's the wholesome, eggless pancakes from fcat breakfast today:

and then finally...."something new & exciting:

my aunt cindy has helped to inspire me to take things to the "next level" with my health. since having the baby i've been ready to get back to a regular exercise routine and get rid of these excess pounds/inches once and for all. she's a certified personal trainer and has graciously agreed to put me on an exercise regimen, albeit through emails since she lives in utah and i'm all the way here in florida. she recommended this book and i wanted to share it with you. for those of you who know me, over the years i've really tried to cook and eat healthy with my family. i'm not saying i'm an expert and that i've been hardcore committed either. (hence, the occassional bouts with chocolate and consuming large amounts of peanut butter in one sitting here and there. hey...the chocolate thing can get out of control but over the last couple of years my focus has been on "dark chocolate"...which has some health benefits. but i will say that i'm a huge fan of millet bread, almond butter, xylitol, vegenaise (with grapeseed oil), flavored stevia & van's wheat-free waffles. i've even acquired a taste for pure maple syrup...something i didn't use to enjoy. i'm super excited about this book because it incorporates a lot of things i've learned over the years...introduces me to some new things and puts them all together - if that makes sense? the book has beautiful photography in's easy to follow and i got the newest version that focuses on families/kids too. i recommend getting the original one first because it outlines a 2 week eating plan to get you started on eating clean. so i spent a part of my day picking up items i need to incorporate in my eating protein, ground flaxseed, bee pollen, steel cut oats, agave nectar & some puffed millet.

j is skeptical because of the grocery budget...but i asked for 2 weeks to prove my commitment level and show results. besides, the book suggests "eating clean" is actually less-expensive. so here's the bkfst i had this a.m....steel cut oats with 1/2 cup of assorted berries. (i added a little agave nectar and i should've had some egg whites scrambled in addition to this...but i'm out of eggs...remember)?

pretty tasty...the texture was nice. i enjoyed it much more than just regular old-fashioned oats. cindy says steel cut oats are more concentrated. but anyway...enough rambling for today. i wanted to get you caught up on things. em and i are still consistenly doing the fitness routine cindy has outlined for us. i'll keep you posted.

here's to a healthy, happy, less busy and equally exciting tuesday!!

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