Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
I started making my own granola several months ago, when I realized that as a family of five we were eating A LOT of it in our yogurt. I used to buy a delicious kind that had all sorts of preservatives, flour, food coloring, and double the amount of sugar. While I am not necessarily anti these ingredients, I figured why not make my own and avoid those, if I could? So I googled up a storm and found several recipes and made each of them one at a time, for my four little taste testers. After a few experiments, I settled on an amalgam of all the recipes. When I posted a photo on my instagram, I had several people who asked me for the recipe. So without further ado, here it is! I hope you like it as much as we do! I double this recipe (and adjust my cooking time), so that it lasts my family of five several weeks.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Optional: Dried Fruit
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
This past Sunday, I ran in my FOURTH half marathon. I am in the process of putting together a post with advice for people who want to start running (one of the biggest questions I get emailed is "How do I start?" or "How do you find the time?" so I want to get that for all you!). But I wanted to do a Race Recap. I actually did this race last year, so it's kind of fun to look at how much I've progressed from exactly one year ago.
I always lay my stuff out a few days beforehand, because it gives me a few days to look at everything and figure out what I'm missing.
Hubby snapped a few photos of me on the big screen in Raley Field. I know it's hard to see in this one, but there I am up there.
- Oct 13, 2013 - 1st Half Marathon - Walked 1 minute, ran 1 minute - 3:05:59
- Mar. 16, 2014 - 2nd Half Marathon - Walked 1 minute, ran 2 minutes - 3:01:37
- Oct. 17, 2014 - 3rd Half Marathon - Walked 1 minute, ran 3 minutes - 2:47:58
- Mar. 15, 2015 - 4th Half Marathon - Walked 1 minute, ran 4 minutes - 2:41:25
Friday, March 13, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I feel like a broken record. This whole parenting/working full-time/blogging business is crazy! Something has to give and lately it's been laundry and blogging - which is unfortunate because I need the outlet of writing...and my kids' clothes stink. Actually, it isn't the doing of the laundry that's the problem; it's the folding and hanging of it. Some day when I'm wealthy (haha! Darn I chose the wrong profession for that), I'm going to hire a full time laundry folder.
So where have I been, if it hasn't been updating this blog regularly and it hasn't been spent doing laundry? When I'm not working, or cooking, or sleeping, I've been a chauffeur and sports spectator.
My darling adorable boy is on his very first Tee Ball team and goodness-gracious folks. WHY DIDN'T ANYONE WARN ME? Seriously. You get so much advice when you're pregnant (unsolicited, might I add). You get so many warnings and "you should" and "don't ever" lists when you have a baby or toddler. But no one told me the time-suck that would be organized sports. Teeball is at least 2 days of games a week (usually at night during the work week) and then one or two practices a week on top of that. Lucky for us (or unlucky, depending on how you see it!), our oldest is very athletic. Four days a week doesn't seem like that big of a deal, until you think about all the other "stuff" we have to get done between the time I get off work and the time the kids go to bed. It's a bit insane, and definitely not for the faint of heart. And I only have one kid in organized sports! Holy Moly. What will happen if I have three?!? Yikes.
Monday, March 2, 2015
A few weeks ago, I had my February break off from school. Unlike almost all of my other breaks, this particular one I did not share with ANY of my kids. They all had school that week. I had planned on volunteering in Connor's classroom one or both of the two days the kids were in school, but Connor's teacher only had enough work for me to come one day - so I ended up with a Friday all to myself. And then, the miraculous happened. Hubby ended up working a 20 hour day earlier in the week. (I'm not even exaggerating. It was crazy!) Because of that craziness, he ended up taking Friday off that week, which meant we had an entire day without children...together. WHAT?!?
My husband is a good man. He knows that when his wife asks if he wants to go on a several mile hike, the answer is yes. Actually, let's be honest. Any question that starts with, "Baby, do you want to..." should be answered with a resounding YES, if you'd like her to be happy. Thankfully, after 14 years, my husband knows how to make himself happy and it involves agreeing to whatever crazy plan, his insane wife concocts.
We had to go to my sister's house to drop something off anyway, so it seemed only natural to go on a hike out by her house.
After our hike, we went and had alcohol in the middle of the day! Ha! No, but really, we went out for lunch and didn't know what to do with ourselves. We finished our food in about 15 minutes and then tried to figure out what normal people, without three littles, do for the rest of the time? Seriously. It seemed like way too much time to sit in a restaurant. (We have mastered the fine art of taking kids to a restaurant...hurry and order...hurry and eat so that you can attend to small children sitting beside you...then hurry and pay before small children start fighting...and finally, hurry to the car before small children stage a small uprising).