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ladies and gentlemen…this very well could be blog suicide…but sometimes change is necessary and good for the soul!
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nolan goes to summer camp for the first time on sunday! we are so pumped for him and excited to hear all of his stories! i had to get him all packed up today and i think it was clear that the ‘mom’ in me showed itself in full force as i may or may not have gotten a tad emotional with the packing… give me a break!! this is the first time he will have gone somewhere that i can’t call him when i want or vice versa! he is growing up!
tomorrow we celebrate toms birthday with our 2nd annual tombalah party! we can’t believe how many awesome people are making the effort to come out! this year it is a mexican theme since tom seems to spend a lot of time down there for work these days! we’ve got a mexican feast, badminton tourney, slip and slide, fireworks, pool party…and what would a mexican birthday party be without a piñata!!!!! so I made one this week!
this is my first piñata attempt without paper mâché. it was fun! i cut out 2 shapes out of cardboard, then using duct tape, i formed my 3-D donkey. once that was done I took streamers and cut them so they were all frayed, and glued then on row by row! i found a lot of different options for decorating online including making the ears! I filled it with water toys for kids and a bit if candy…and it’s always a bit depressing to know it is about to be smashed after my hours of tedious work, but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do to throw a good party, am I right?!
we are having a really great summer! my sister and her family came to visit last week. it had been two years since we last saw each other and we had such a great visit with them! we got to meet the newest addition to our family, dominic. he is 2 months old and adorable. i had the privilege of taking him for his very first swim, which he loved and ended up having a nap in the pool! i also got to take him to his first movie and he did great…and it’s official, i am now in baby withdrawal! my sweet little nieces, 6 and 8, were just as cute. both saying the funniest things all week! i will miss their subtle hints for snacks and presents and the requests for snuggles and hugs!
nolan did a week of sailing the week before our company arrived. he did so well that the leaders were trying to talk me into letting him join the racing team…as much as that would be great and all, it is so bloody expensive, not to mention time-consuming, so he will do one more week of sailing in august and hopefully pass the level he is working on which will allow him to eventually, once he is old enough, volunteer at the sailing club in future summers! his tackle football season commenced last week which means i have a very happy boy on my hands…and a tired one! he is so motivated this year, wanting to be the best and working very hard for it. he is only eleven, but he tries to eat good and train extra. i can see his fellow team mates motivated by his drive and passion which all helps to make one very good team! tom started taking nolan to crossfit with him on saturdays and nolan is loving being challenged and surprising everyone with what he is capable of!
this weekend we took a family road trip in search of fireworks for tom’s annual birthday bash! we ended up driving almost all the way to osoyoos which led us to our favorite winery, LaStella….this place has the best wine and we highly recommend it! along the drive tom made me run into every fruit stand that looked like it may potentially carry fireworks as if we were asking for drugs or something super illegal, fireworks are only a little bit illegal here so i did feel like someone was watching me everytime i asked if they were sold somewhere, but it’s nice to know he would have my back! i am sure he was just thinking he would be my getaway driver just in case… after being shut down enough times to think we were out of luck, we did finally find a place and now the party is going to kick butt! poor nolan had to tag along for all this boring stuff with us, so we took him for his first “high-dive” experience in peachland and had a nice family dinner! i am really enjoying these moments with my family! we have so much fun together!
this week is serious scramble time for pulling of “tombalah”…the annual birthday party of the year for my tommy! we have had an incredible response so far and even have one of tom’s friends flying in from san francisco for it!
like i said, we are having a seriously great summer complete with lots of pool and beach days, eating fresh fruit and we still have so much to look forward too!
it is summer…sigh… i feel an overwhelming sense of happiness when i feel the warmth of the sun. i love the beach days, the pool days, the local fresh fruit and veggies. it never lasts long enough, but i do try my very best to make the most of it. we had a great long weekend. friends came into town somewhat last minute. i have been friends with mel and jared since high school. mel accompanied me to pre-natal classes when i was young and pregnant with nolan, nolan was the first baby jared ever held, 10 years later nolan held their second born son laird who was born on nolan’s birthday, mel also came to vegas with me in the spring. we did so much with them while they were here and now i am sad they are gone. they are the easiest company we ever have come through…gotta love that! we had pedicures, went wine tasting, sat poolside with cold beverages, mel and i snuck in a little quad ride while jared made an amazing paella and sangria for all of us for dinner, we sang karaoke (which is our tradition from now on)…i actually don’t know how we made time for everything but it was awesome, as the usual when they come to visit us. and now i have post-visit depression…
the rest of our weekend was nice and chill. our little family enjoyed the sun, ate too much food at our favorite mexican restaurant in town and had our first beach day. long weekend=success.
today is a pool day with friends…after work of course, the reality i escape when i go to the beach or sit poolside…
cheers to the start of a fab summer, more fun times with family and friends, summer drinks, summer nights, and summer tunes.
these are one of the weekly snack staples i make for the boys. tom calls them tim-bits, nolan calls them truffles! i have to give a daily “2 per day” limit due to the “yum-factor” of these! the other day i asked nolan if he wanted to go grab ice cream and hit the beach with me. his response, “sure, but first, can i please have a paleo snack?” he ate his daily two then we went for ice cream! i love how much he enjoys the healthy snacks we have around now. he has adjusted quite well to us cutting out the crap and because he is 11 and an athlete, he can also understand the unlimited benefits from eating healthy and making better choices. these truffle/tim-bit/snack balls really don’t last long in our house, probably not even a whole week so thank goodness they take 5 minutes to make!
paleo snack balls
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/3 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil
directions: combine all ingredients. mix well. roll into bite-size balls and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour before eating. keep chilled in an air-tight container for up to one week. enjoy!
this was a total accident that happens to be the best accident i think i have ever had in the kitchen! i fully created this as i was trying to come up with healthy popsicle ideas for tom. this recipe qualifies as a paleo recipe, but these are so delicious that even the non-paleo peeps out there are gonna want to get their paws on them! super easy to make and the perfect refresher on a summer’s day!
pina colada popsicles
3/4 cup coconut milk
1-2 tbsp organic honey (depending on how sweet you prefer them)
2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
over medium heat in a small saucepan, combine coconut milk and honey. mix until melted, remove from heat. place pineapple chunks in a blender and blend until smooth. add pineapple puree to the coconut milk and honey. mix well and pour into 6 popsicle molds. prepare to have your taste buds blown with the most delicious summer treat…