My adorable little boy is 9 months old today! (excuse the drool, he's teething big time :))
Jonah is such a funny boy! He's not as mellow as he use to be, and is bound and determined to get into everything. He has a great eye for trouble. He can trash a room in seconds. We all adore him though!
This week he learned a new trick, WALKING!!! It's no where near perfect, but partly that is because he is trying to run. He's like his big brother and only has one speed, and that's super fast.
He now has 3 teeth with 2 more teeth almost through.
He's going to be a talker. He can say MANY words and he started saying "I da do (I love you)" when someone tells him they love him. (which so happens to be about a billion times a day!) His favorite word is "mama". The cutest thing, he falls over and we say "Jonah, you okay?" and he says "YUP!" This is where he reminds me of Kathryn, he actually understands perfectly what we are saying. You tell him not to touch something, he grins and does it anyway and then says "NO, NO, NO!!!" I have a feeling this one will keep me on my toes. Oh another thing he does when we say "shew you stink! did you poo poo??" he says "YUP!" :-D He is so smart!!!!
I can not believe in just 3 months we will be celebrating his birthday! :-D
I have once again fallen off the raw wagon. I have just been so busy! However, I am all raw for breakfast and all snacking is raw. So I am making better choices and still losing weight, just not as fast. I plan on going back to 100% on Monday.
I've really been enjoying playing with my camera. The girls needed new pageant photos so we had makeovers and had a shoot. The picture above of Kathryn is one of them. I didn't get to retouch it other than remove a shadow and turn it into black and white. I needed it fast for a headshot picture of a pageant we are doing in Ohio on March 10th. I'll post the finished touch up later.
I am so excited!! Kathryn and I are going away for a whole weekend alone. We are going to a natural and glitz storybook pageant in Canton, Oh. We made some great friends at the pageant we did on Kathryn's birthday and we are meeting them there to hang out and just have a great weekend. I've never gotten the chance to go away with 1 child before, I don't know who is more excited, her or me!! :) I plan on doing this with each child one day.
Let's see, what's gone on. Oh! Kathryn's birthday pageant. It was amazing. I ate some crow... figured I'd let her do glitz, only because it was her birthday, and ALL SHE WANTED. Thought I'd hate it, thought she'd hate it, and that would be the end of that! HA!! It was a blast!!! We all had a great time!
Both girls did amazing in the natural part, Jemima really shone. I mean, did better than most 4 year old's, let alone her age group. I had a feeling little sis just beat big sis on her birthday.... When a little one goes up there and does that good, it doesn't go unnoticed!
Then it was time to get ready for glitz, I am not going to pretend for even a second that I knew what we were getting in to! I know nothing about hair and makeup, and since it was her birthday, I left her in the hands of someone that did.
Kathryn was hooked the second she climbed in that chair. I mean totally HOOKED. (I'll get to what she's up to today in a minute.)
Little Miss Stinky Tink all glitzed up was hooked too. She loved the makeup and hair. I got her ready myself, I knew that couldn't be too hard, right? (thank you youtube!!!) It wasn't, she sat very still so excited.
Kathryn was getting ready in another room with the Glam Squad while I got Jemima ready. Jemima had already done her beauty (and did it well!) and was already in her first outfit change before I went back to get Kathryn. It was almost time for her to go on. I walk into the dressing room and scan it. I didn't "see" her and started to walk out when I hear "I'm over here Mom!"
True story, I DIDN'T KNOW MY OWN CHILD!!! She looked 15, yeah, it scared the crap out of me. However, wow, she looked so different!! (I am keeping my shot gun after all, we are in some serious trouble when she's a teenager, she is drop dead beautiful!) She took the stage along with 8 other girls for line up, most of them top models. I figured we had slim to no chance of pulling anything.
Then it's her turn to go on alone. Her head was held high, she walked on with so much confidence, she had this. Didn't matter that everyone else's dresses were better (custom made, costing more than my first car no doubt), didn't matter that she was the only one without a wig (she doesn't need one, she has so. much. hair!!), didn't even matter that she was the only one without a coach. She had this!! Mine and Ryan's weren't the only one's jaws to drop. When she walked on stage, you could have heard a pin drop, everyone was watching.
The rest of the pageant went off great.
We had some silly moments.
We had what Kathryn called a "SASSY" moment. And all in all, she says this was the best birthday ever.
We had an after pageant party that night, we brought cupcakes and everyone sang to her, and then they danced, had a mom's pageant... I was totally forced into it, I hate getting on stage. And then it was finally bed time and we all crashed. Next morning was crowning.
Just like I thought...
Jemima beat her sister, on her birthday. She got 0-5 Grand Supreme! Her first high title. Kathryn knew she earned it was and was very proud of her.
Kathryn won her age group! That was a huge win for this being a national pageant.
Then it was time for glitz crowing. Jemima got 1st runner up out of 4 little girls, so that was an awesome win. Then it was time to crown Kathryn's group. Now I never get nervous for her, she's a big girl, what ever happens, happens, this is just for fun. But on this day, I WAS NERVOUS!!! They called 7th runner up, then 6th, then 5th, then 4th (my heart was pumping here), then 3rd, then second.... then 1st! Then "please welcome your new 1212 winter wonderland glitzy cuties QUEEN, step forward contestant number 14, Kathryn Grace!!!" She wasn't even upset she didn't supreme, because she knew what she just did. She went to a national pageant, first time glitz ever, and just outshone some serious top models, some of them have been coached since birth. Yes, I am bragging here. :-D If you know anything about pageants, you know this NEVER happens, EVER!
3 lovely beauty QUEENS!!! New friends truly are awesome!
I remember in the car going home, Kathryn (and Stink for that matter!) said they were now glitz girls. Kathryn insisted that from now on, they would practice every single day. It has been a month, and they have both practiced every single day. We have stepped it up a notch, Kathryn is now being coached too. She's had 1 lesson so far. We taped the routines she was given and she's been playing it over and over and practicing for about 2 hours everyday. (this is not forced, she does it on her on. I am called in to watch when she's ready for me to see.) We are about to put all this to test Sunday. She looks amazing. We also got her a better dress. I am going to make the next one, there just wasn't time right now. Sunday is another natural and then glitz pageant, but crowing is the same day this time. I feel more ready for this one than the last, that is for sure. We know what is to be expected now. Even better, Aunt Rachel ( my sister) is coming with, and we are leaving all the boys home. It's going to be a great day!
So I guess I am a real pageant mom, I am not crazy or insane like those nuts on tv, and I never will be. This is just for fun. The day the girls say it is over, it's over. But they have my full support, and I can not believe I am admitting it, but I do love seeing them on stage. And for the record. Most pageant mom's aren't like those nuts on tv!!! They seriously do find the worst ones to air. I've met a couple that were rude, but for the most part it's all been very positive. We've met some amazing people and made great friends too.
Anyhow, I have been sewing a LOT here lately. Like every single day. Random stuff (most not for us.) from diaper repairs, children's clothing, and even Jane Austin style dresses for a friend. I am busy!
I made this cute little outfit for a little girl last week. Not my little girl, and she was a bit upset that those awesome ruffle pants weren't for her. So I had to make her some too, however hers are zebra print (you'll have to wait till after the pageant to see!!)
And for those of you that are thinking "oh man, she's totally changed, what happened to that hippie mama???" Don't worry!! She's still here!! Check out my awesome cake!
hehehe Hey! It's gluten free! I made this for a blessingway, it was for one of my dearest friends in the whole world.
I still burn my incense, put my baby in cloth, wear him everywhere, and yes, he's still in my bed. I still eat organic and clean with natural products, and seriously limit the tv intake in my home. I am still strongly for ALL human rights and against routine vaccines. So don't worry, it's still the same old me. :-D
Tomorrow will be 1 week on the raw diet. I have to say, it's been so much easier this time. I've had some really rough days where I've felt awful. For the most part though, I feel great!
I am down 9 lbs. The pounds I put on while we were on the cruise (yes, I did gain 9 lbs in 7 days. I had chocolate lava cake every single day, sometimes TWICE a day ;)), GONE. I hope to never see those again. Not even in pregnancy!
One of out favorite snacks here lately have been Bliss Balls (pictured above). They are so filling, easy to make, and great on the go, it's been great to have them to reach for when I've felt starving. They taste heavenly! All my kids love them. We've made these 3 times this week. They are really great for after dance and karate, they really fill you up.
You can use any kind of nut to make these, but we use sunflower seeds, they are cheaper. I grind 2 cups of sunflower seeds in the food processor till it's almost like a course flour. Then I add in 3 tablespoons of raw coco powder (SUPER FOOD), 3 tablespoons of raw agave, and about 2 cups of pitted dates. I pulse the food processor till I've got a huge chocolaty clump. Then I break off little bits of the chocolate clump and roll them into balls. Then I roll them in organic unsweetened coconut flakes.
I have 100% given up coffee this time. Last time I still had a cup a day, I am down to none. I start my day with fresh juice (here lately, grapefruit with kale!! YUM!!) till I feel full. The natural raw sugar from the fruit is enough to give me a nice kick start. I start the kids off on juice too, though it's either orange or apple and carrot. Depending on when we wake up, this might hold us till lunch, if not, they can snack on fruit. Lunch lately has been a raw soup.
Liam loves raw veggie soup!
I love my vita-mix. It can get raw soup warm just by blending. You have to be careful though not to blend too long or it will boil. You don't want that because it zaps out all the fresh veggies have to offer. We like it just above body temp.
Raw Vegetable soup:
4 tomatoes, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 avocado 1/2 onion, chopped 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp agave salt
I double this and it feeds us all till we are full.
We did cheat last night. My big kids were invited to a super bowl party and they were talking about getting to eat pizza, chips and dip, cookies, cupcakes, and other junk. It had my littles in tears, it didn't seem fair at all that they got to go to a party, and GASP eat PIZZA while the little ones were only going to have salad and smoothies. I felt awful for them, so I made homemade organic pineapple pizza. We got into our jammies and snuggled while we ate and watched Bedtime Stories till they were asleep. I am not the least bit sorry for this! :) To them, this was much better than getting to go to a football party, and it really made it up to them being left out.
Mothering 5 children, 5 small children at that, is no easy task. I am lucky to get the little sleep I do get. In our rush to do our school, go to activities, keep chores up, and the house somewhat presentable, we have forgotten to slow down and really plan out our meals. We live very close to so many great places to eat. Like less than a mile. It is so easy to just call something in. Here lately with Jess being in karate 4 nights a week, the girls dancing another night, and just other stuff, having someone else make dinner has been the case more often than not here lately.
Nothing good has came from it! We had less spending money (you can guess what it would cost to feed a family of 7!) and it was seriously making us ill.
We had what we thought was a stomach bug, it was bad. Everyone but Jonah, Jemima, and myself had it. Liam got the sickest. Poor boy was sick every day for 8 days long. Just when we were about at the point to take him in, he started to get better and it dawned on me what we had ate before we got sick. We had been to Happy China, our favorite spot to eat and we can all eat for about $25. I had a small bite of the sweet and sour chicken and to me it tasted like it was at the spoiling point. I voiced this, but Ryan insisted it was fine. That's Liam's favorite, and he ate a plate full! Jemima and Jonah didn't eat any of it and they were fine. That will teach them to listen to me! ha!
Anyway, after that ended my mom started a detox through facebook (We are always taking new members for those interested!!) and at first it was just going to be that for me, two week raw detox. (BTW, I ended up taking 4 days off facebook but went back, mainly for this detox support!) Then I went to www.am-i-fat.com and I've changed my mind.
Now I don't eat 100% healthy all of the time, but I don't eat 100% bad either. When we have burgers, I can only eat about half, same with anything. However, an unhealthy lifestyle has destroyed my thyroid and I've put on pounds after Jonah was born that I am still in shock they came on. I am seriously over weight.
I've also started having chest pains.
Asthma has flared up at least 5 times since the cruise.
Leg pains are back in full force.
Panic attacks are back.
I feel like crap!
I am shortening my life span with the food choices I have been making. I am slowly digging my own grave. Coming from the health background I come from, I will be lucky to live 20 more years if I go on this way. I guess if it was just me I had to take care of, that would be 1 thing, but.....
Jesse the juice man making breakfast!
Princess Kathryn, my 6 year old who lost her first tooth at her birthday party!
Liam my 3 year old walking miracle.
Jemima my artest, my stinky tinkerbell.
My 8th month old Jonah with all his giggles and cuddles.
Count um up! I have 5 good reasons to change! I can not put myself in the ground while these guys still need me. It's not fair for them to see me making myself sicker. It's not fair of me to feed them the same stuff!!! I want to see them grow and and have families of their own, I want to see them grow old!
I KNOW BETTER!!!
Here we are again, trying the raw diet. We are on day two and so far so good. I don't want just a detox, I want a lifestyle change. I don't want to be sick anymore. I don't want to cause my children to get sick anymore. It is not only my job as their mother to teach them how to obey, to be happy, to stay clean, to clean up after themselves, to be helpful, loving, and so on. It is also my JOB to teach them healthy eating habits. IT'S MY JOB!!! Yes, like in everything, I am 100% sure I will stumble and make more mistakes, but at least I'm here trying to better myself everyday. It is never too late to change and do the right thing. We can only move forward. Right now we are moving forward. I am not sure what the future holds, but I can only hope we are taking the right steps to better health.