Friday, November 20

say hi baby girl

Happy Friday! I already cover this in the video, but basically I'm just excited and anxious/nervous to start putting up lots more videos finally! I pretty much just wanted to say "Hi, I'm back." officially instead of starting off out of the blue with some random makeup tutorial or something. That's it.haha Also Evelyn makes a brief (and somewhat messy) appearance as well which is pretty fun:)

And that's that! I've kinda inched my little channel through the mud since I started it, but as I said I feel that I've really lost a lot of inhibitions through everything that's gone on this year, and so I'm just looking forward to getting a fresh start after all this time. 

I promise I'll try to look presentable as much as I can, and some days I'll do my makeup and hair just for a video I'm sure, but expect many more messes like Evie shared, crazy flyaways, oversized t-shirts, peanut-butter faces, spray-tan nuckles, laundry piles, and much more of that sort.haha

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Take care,

Thursday, November 19

something to hold on to

Hello friends:) Last week we packed the kiddos up and drove to SLC on a little trip. Mainly it was to visit some of our family who we'll miss over Thanksgiving, and also to have some family pictures taken.  We've been doing Christmas cards(with our own photos) every year since we had Ellie, but after having our pictures professionally done last Fall by our great friend Justin Hackworth, it was clear we'd never go back to shooting ourselves if we could help it. We decided to create a standing appointment for every holiday season with him, though I think it'll be hard to top this year's photo shoot.haha

Here is one of my favorite images out of a couple Justin sent us right afterwards. I just love Martin's smile:)
There are more parts to our trip and experience that I'd love share in a later post, but something that I wanted to stress for today is to please, please take pictures of your family or preferably have them taken, if you can possibly manage it! We have more pictures of our day to day lives than a lot of people as a result of this blog, but not too surprisingly the only time we get every single member into one picture (maybe even looking one direction? :)) is once a year for our holiday picture, and that's just absolutely priceless to me.

I try not to get into the archives of my picture files too often lately, as I'm having a hard time watching my babies get so big and independent, but a few months ago when I thought I'd lost thousands of pictures from the last year, it was way more devastating than I could have expected. I was so sad to hear how many of you guys had been through a similar situation.

There is definitely something to be said for living in the moment and not worrying about capturing it on camera (there's definitely been plenty of that with us too), but photographs = memories to my overly crowded brain, and with such an uncertain future, I hold onto each and every memory that I possibly can. 
They say a picture is worth a thousand words? But I'd go farther (and cheesier) to say it's worth a thousand smiles, a thousand morning cuddles, a thousand jelly faces, and/or maybe a thousand kisses on his scratchy cheek:)

Sorry for the random PSA.haha Just something to think about on a cold and rainy evening. 
Have you had photos taken yet this year, or do you plan on getting them done? Say yes! haha 


Sunday, November 1

SMOOTHIE SUNDAY | Blueberry superfood

Happy Sunday! This recipe is actually one that I typed in the notes on my phone when I made it for the first time because I was so so good, and I wanted to be able to make it again exactly. Well, I did make it again, and again, and about 10 more times after that:) Each time I may add in little bonus things that may be hanging around, for extra nutrition or flavor, but it's definitely the most popular smoothie just like this.
The reason that this is the household favorite is for sure because it's jammed with so much spinach while at the same time the yogurt and blueberries make it so smooth and sweet, that the kids think they're drinking Dairy Queen or something? haha I like to think that our kids are pretty good at eating healthy food, but they're still much more easily convinced to eat veggies when in smoothie form. I'm sure I'm not alone! haha A big glass of this definitely serves as a little meal for me, because- especially with the Pro Spinach powder and the protein powder, it's really so filling. Enjoy!

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie
1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
3 handfuls of fresh spinach (approx half your blender)
2 heaping scoops vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp wheat germ
2 tbsp flax seed
1 big dollop (heaping spoonful) of greek yogurt
1 handful of ice cubes
1 1/2 cups pure organic coconut water
Add all the ingredients to your blender in order listed, and blend till silky smooth; usually about 10-15 seconds in total. Easy! Also, this recipe makes approximately two tall glasses and four small glasses worth:)

Tip: If your blender gets stuck or jammed, a Blendtec! haha in all seriousness, it happens to the best of us and pulling the ingredients away from the blades a bit and adding a little water or some more coconut water will fix it right away:)
Anyways, as usual I'd love to hear any favorite/unique ingredients that you'd suggest I try in a future smoothie, let me know if you have any questions at all and I'll answer them as fast as I can! Thanks so much for visiting, and have a great new week ahead.

Saturday, October 31

Winning at Halloween

This is my beautiful and oh so serious 'Qween Eleanor' before her Kindergarten Halloween party on Friday, and in case you didn't notice, this is the same dress she wore for Halloween last year! Another testament to the fact that we still don't quite have it together, but that we're just rolling with it:) Here are the phone pics (Martin's and mine courtesy of Ellie) that we snapped quickly before heading out. Love my little clan!
We knew with everything that's happened and changed in our lives this year that we wouldn't be able to have our traditional Halloween of preparing and sewing months in advance for themed family costumes, but we're okay with that! Essentially we sat the older kids down a week ago and asked them each what they wanted to be, and then tried to find the quickest and easiest way to make that happen! I love that Ellie chose her outfit from last year, and I love that I could let it go and just enjoy the holiday for what it's about: Having fun together.
I had plans of making a big comeback for Halloween to somehow prove to myself and others that we haven't let this thing beat us in so many different ways, but I still think we've won this holiday:) Don't get me wrong, I think the kids look awesome and we've had a blast, I just had to really let my overachiever tendencies go and accept that it was going to be different this year. 
Even if I didn't love the excuse to sew over-the-top costumes, etc, there's a lot of pressure on Halloween for us (as parents especially) to produce awesome/original/creative outfits and have awesome styled photo shoots (not that anything is wrong with being caught mid-sentence:)), but since we didn't really have the choice this year, we've been able to look at holidays from a brand new perspective. 
All in all, I've still felt many little pangs of regret seeing all the many amazing costumes and makeup all over my friends blogs and Instagram's for the last month, but we couldn't be happier with our spontaneous, second-time-around Halloween costumes.haha Martin and I are wearing wigs and eyeliner and going as Trueblood extras or maybe vampire rockers with a baby? haha Sophia is going as Sophia the 1st (her favorite recycled birthday dress), John refuses to take his Knight/Ninja (as he calls it) costume off for anything, and Lydia is re-wearing Sophie's ladybug costume from three years ago. I'm pretty proud I kept track of the matching antenna and wings.haha

Sugar highs here we come! Since that's what Halloween is all about anyways right? Can I get an amen? :) 

Take care tonight if you're going out and about, and have a wonderful holiday,