Wednesday, December 26, 2012

christmas 2012


Christmas was amazing this year, as always.
Here's little Ruby helping me make Christmas morning breakfast (pumpkin pancakes and eggs).
I am constantly thankful for family that lives so close by and is so involved in ours and our children's lives. It is a blessing that I never take for granted.

We watched videos of little Kev soloing...


Ruby helped Aunt Julie and Lori go feed some horses and chickens they have as a side job. I *think* she had a good time...


 Aunt Lori, Ruby, and Pretty Boy


Candlelight service at my sister's church.


Cousins giddy with excitement to sing "Jingle Bells" with hundreds of people.


Nora was given the absolute cutest little shoe/sock/bootie things I have ever seen in my life. Every picture you see of her from now on, she will be wearing these. LOVE them on her chubbers wubbers legs!




After sitting on couches and opening presents and eating lots of food all day, I realized "oh! I have grandparents here! I have babysitters!" I rallied the Kiehn kid troops to go do a workout.
It was like 27 degrees and reeeeeeally windy (the "feels like" weather was 17) so I can't say that it was fun like I had hoped. I puppy-dog-eyed my husband into doing it in the first place and I felt a little sheepish when we were all doing burpees in the tundra.



It was such a good time full of family, excitement, and love.

And, in mine and Kevin's true nature, we hope to take down the tree and all the Christmas decorations and say BRING ON THE NEW YEAR!
Yahweh has so much for us in 2013. I love new beginnings!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

revelation



I got to spend a few hours while big sister napped this afternoon folding laundry and eating lunch with this little darling.




I just look at her and am in awe.
Because her arrival took this family to a whole other level, family-wise. 
It was all fun and cute and smaller and more contained when we just had Ruby.
But with two, especially seeing that their personalities are pretty different, I am reminded that I am so not in control.



That our little family is growing.
Our responsibilities are increasing.
Our parenting abilities are being tested and more added to us.
Our marriage is tested, and we run to each other in unity like never before.

I look at the girls and just think "Yahweh help me. I hope I'm doing this right"
I am constantly aware that something I say flippantly, or in passing could burrow itself into their little brains and stay forever, so it better be something good.






And then I tell myself:
"you are the steward and not the owner. Are you doing your very best, and giving it to Yahweh and letting Him direct you on how to mother?"
and I say "yes"
I think "are you worried about something that's not even happening or here?"
and I say "well, I was. But I'm not anymore" :)
and then i'm reassured and boosted to keep going. Because that's all one can do.  
 



Just do your best.
Pray for your children. Pray with them.
Talk around them all the time about what Yahweh is doing in your life, so that they can see it for themselves in real lives, in their own family's, instead of just hearing Bible stories and never making the connection that that God is REAL and He speaks today.



It's a mother's nature to brood over her children, but I know the even greater calling is to release them and know that the Father of all fathers is in control. Kevin and I often say "He's the ultimate parent". We try to raise our girls like He raises us.
 


The birth of Nora has brought on a flood of change in this home.
I guess she is holding up to her name - shedding light and bringing Truth to all that needs it.


Friday, November 30, 2012

shutting my mouth

I haven't written a lot on this blog for a while
#1 because I literally always have my hands full. I remember my friend telling me when you have little ones, getting to cut your toenails is like a special vacation-y treat, and she was so right.
#2 I honestly don't have much to say.
Let me clarify:
Yahweh is doing so much in me, telling me so many things, teaching me. So many circumstances have happened that have been learning experiences for me. Events that have opened my eyes, taught me something, etc.
And I realized something.

I spout off at the mouth a lot.
I always have an opinion.
I am always talking and have my index finger loaded and ready.

And I've learned that's a rather big sign of immaturity.
Sure, I'm further ahead than many others my age. But being arrogant about being "mature" makes you not mature.
The truth is, I don't know.
I haven't lived enough life to stand on soap boxes and preach up one side and down the other.
What I thought I knew is constantly changing.
I am constantly being humbled over and over again.
He is constantly teaching me new things.

And, while I know I will ALWAYS be learning and never know it all, I know that this particular season and this particular time/age of my life is a shut-up-and-listen stage. He's teaching me so much, and molding me into what He wants me to be. And He just needs me to humble myself, sit at His feet, and learn. And not run off "look what I learned! I know soooo much!!! Looky looky!".
But to quietly soak everything in, let Him change me from the inside out, and then when I'm ready and it's time, go live and let my life speak louder than my words.

four months old


Nora Facts:
-very particular. gets her point across well.
-loves to be swaddled to sleep.
-is teething already (what?!)
-champion nurser
-side profile consists of a round cheek with the very tip of nose and lips barely poking out
-really, really sweet
-doesn't, does NOT, like to be set down and someone walk away. wants to be held/sitting in someone's lap.
-adores bathtime and kicks and flaps her arms the whole time. the floor around the tub is soaked by the time you're done.


 -recently fascinated by her hands. she just twists them and stares at them. next it'll be her feet. i love that stage!
-is the very happiest in the morning, in bed, right when she's woken up.
-we tried the amber teething necklace on her and it made you her the fussiest she's ever been for the two days you had it on. maybe she hates hippie crap?


You still absolutely adore your sister. This morning I woke up to you and Ruby playing next to me in bed. And by playing I mean you taking a serious beating with Ruby's leaning elbows and being laid on. Sometimes you mind and cry a bit, but sometimes you're like 
"i don't care! she's so cool! she can hurt me, i'll get over it!"
You just stare at her and smile or straight up laugh, it's wonderful.




Ruby, you're such a little mommy, sweetie. I'm so proud of you.
You love Nora so dearly, and it's not like a fad-type of love. It's real. You talk to her exactly how I spoke to you as a baby and it's so endearing. You share with her, snuggle her, comfort her, dance in front of her, peekaboo with her, and sing to her.
There are times when she's crying and I'll be in the kitchen and say "Ruby, can you play with Nora? Can you get her her sassa?" And you so kindly respond "um, no thank you." 

Sometimes when she's crying for awhile you quietly say "it's ok, Nora. It's ok, Nora. IT'S OK, NORA!!!!" Haha, your little patience grows thin with a crying baby at times. Life used to just be you and was more quiet, I get it sweetie. But you've adjusted so amazingly well. There are times in the car when Nora's screaming, and you're sitting quietly, not making a peep. Not complaining, and even drifting off to sleep here and there. I'm so thankful and so proud of you.



I love you, our sweet girls.

Friday, November 16, 2012

life lately

Nora, the best human that has ever existed.
You are the snuggliest girl I've ever met.
With the most perfect, fat, cellulite thighs and bounciest, chubby cheeks.


The other day I put in a Jillian Michaels DVD and Ruby did the whole thing with me.
I couldn't believe it! 20 minutes of focus and movement. Go Ru!


Someone gave us a hand-me-down pink sheer canopy to hang over Ruby's bed and she was thrilled. 
A real princess bed. She was singing every word because she was in princess zone. 
"daaaaaddy, would you read me a boooook peeeeease?"
"saaaank you"
Whenever I look at Nora, John Mayer's Your Body is a Wonderland starts playing in my head.


We went on a nature scavenger hunt and Ruby was loving every minute.
Kids belong in water and outdoors.



Life lately has been so huge and so humbling.
Sometimes it's just plain hard. The hard times are the maturing times. The times when there's a fork in the road and you can either go towards Yahweh or away from Him. And it's always, always hard to choose the right thing. Because up front it's A LOT more work and a lot harder, but in the end you're always so glad you did.

I've learned that life is a series of ups and downs. Testing times and then rejoicing times. Preparing times and then performance times. You just gotta hold on close to your family and press on through.

I've learned that the world is all about separating the family, and getting everyone to be so busy and go their separate ways. But I know better than to tear the family unit apart, to mess up Yahweh's greatest expression. Kevin and I have been fighting lately to protect our family and keep us in unity and in agreement and standing strong as one. Starting with he and I, and trickling down to the girls. Hard up front, worth it in the end.

I encourage you today - seek Truth.
Shut off all the voices and hear what the voice of the Lord is saying to you.
Follow that voice and obey it's directions and you'll be overwhelmed with the goodness of the fruit of your labor.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

warm november day


It takes a lot of work to get out of the house these days, but every time I do, I'm glad I did.
Nothing beats perfect weather, happy-because-I-brought-snacks-toddler, and content baby on a walk.
On a walk where the sun is keeping you warm amidst the cool air and yellow, orange and bright red leaves are falling and swirling around you as you walk.

oh, MOM. this hat is so silly!




Sometimes I could (and actually do) just squeal when I look at these girls and my husband and the life we've been given.

Bless the Lord, oh my soul!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

classic ruby


 If you ever do something wrong or messy, that's not necessarily disobeying but you know it's not good and that Mom won't be thrilled...


You just put on a goofy, happy face, dance a little, and keep the mood light and happy.

chopsticks help

Because really, who can be mad at this?


Thursday, November 1, 2012

yummy snacks


Snacks for kids do NOT have to be pre-packaged, fake, convenience foods.
Trust me. Truuuuuuust me, I know what it's like to have too much on your plate, going non-stop, being needed by everyone and everything and there is such a huge pull and temptation to just do that quick-and-easy convenience food. Open up a package and hand it back to your screaming kids in the car.

I am far from perfect. We do Chik-fil-a in a pinch. In a very VERY rare occasion we'll have to give Ruby a Clif bar.
But in general, I know that all it takes is some planning ahead on my part, to create delicious, real food snacks for my children and myself.

SWEET POTATO CHUNKS
So, so easy.
Cut up a sweet potato in chunks, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and pepper, toss to coat, spread on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 375 for about 15 mins. give or take.

It's finger food. It's sweet and salty. It's so nutritious. Win, win, win.

"CHEESY" GARLIC KALE CHIPS
large bunch of kale. drizzle in olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and pepper, garlic powder and lots of nutritional yeast. toss and coat with clean hands:)
spread on cookie sheet and bake in oven at 375 for about 10 mins.
Light, crunchy, salty, super flavorful and super nutritious.



 When you include your kids in the prep process of healthy snacks, they are even more excited about eating them. "Do you want some of the kale that YOU made? Ruby, you made these! They're so good, thank you babe!"



Other Kiehn go-to snacks are:
baggies of raw nuts and raisins. So filling. SO EASY.
fruit cut up.
homemade hummus and carrots and celery.

Here's a favorite super easy (are you seeing a trend here? these days I choose easy) family favorite meal:

PESTO PASTA SALAD
1 bag of brown rice pasta (gluten free section at Walmart)
1 jar of pesto sauce (this is bad-it has soybean oil in it. vomit. BUT if you are in a pinch and haven't made your own pesto sauce, then this will just have to do. just curse that soybean oil before you swallow it!)
1/2 bag (or more) of frozen corn
package of cherry tomatoes, cut up
can of black olives, cut up
1-2 zuchinnis, cut up
1 pkg of portabella mushrooms, sliced/cut up


1. cook noodles according to package. Toward the end, add the frozen corn.
2. dump all the ingredients into the pot and mix all together.

Plan ahead. Think outside the box. Find encouraging websites.
NO JUNK FOOD!
nothing is more valuable than you and your family's heath.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

3 months old


Oh my soul! 
Truthie Pie!!
Our family is just crazy about you. And, according to the faces you make and your body language...you are pleased as punch with us as well.

You are THE MOST SMILEY baby I've ever met. Which goes without saying, I adore.


Those cheeks are getting harder and harder to support, neck-strength wise :)
Hang in there, Nora!


Nora Facts:
-still weigh around 15 lbs. last time we checked
-wearing 3-6 months, but when combining your cloth diapers and your thunder thighs, you can wear basically any size leggings and they fit fine. The other day all we had was Ruby's 24 month leggings with us and you had to wear them (blowout!) and they fit great.
-You go to sleep every night we're home around 8:00. You must be swaddled to sleep happily. You're very particular about that. Cool mist humidifier buzzing, pitch black room. And you're out
-You wake up about two times at night. Sleep with us. When you wake up to nurse I just roll over and feed you, then put you back up between our pillows and we all keep snoozing. SO much less work than Ruby. I got up every time she wanted to eat. I really get to sleep all night, pretty much.
-You wake up at about 7:30-8:30 am for the day. Up for an hour, then down for a morning nap for about an hour.
-After that, I have no idea what you're routine is. It's all just play-it-by-ear style. Story of my life!


-With your herbs you are pooping much better, as long as I remember to actually give them to you.
-I finally just printed some pictures of you, since you've now been here for 3 months I figured it's about time.
-We love to all three of us just sit and look at you and talk for you. We take turns saying what we imagine you're saying and you just smile and coo back at us.
-We have to literally pull your rolls apart to clean in between or else you get sores:(  Sad but also a funny problem.
-You have all the same cowlicks and swirls in your hair as Dad.
-You have all the same everything as Dad.
-Actually SOMETIMES I see a smidge of me. And every now and then I kind of see Aunt Shannon. Ya never know how those genetics work.
-You absolutely adore Ruby. No doubt about that.

We love you Gaborsey.
We love having you in our family.
The world is yours, babe.
Love, Mom

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

sisters


I knew as soon as I found out it was a girl.
I saw pictures in my mind of a chubby little 2 year old staring up at her 4 1/2 year old big sister, standing in front of me and Kevin, wearing mismatched outfits with tutus, and singing for us as we sit on the couch and watch and oooh and aaah at their performance.
Ruby would be a little bossy, telling her sister what moves to do and when.
"Nora! Turn around! Arms up, Nora" and Nora would doing what she could to please her sister, but maybe not quite as into the performance as Ruby is.

It's already starting.
Ruby is the best big sister ever. Never an ounce of jealousy - talks to her sister like I talk to her. With such a big girl tone of voice and stance.
And Nora thinks her big sister is just the coolest thing she's ever seen.

I love you girls. May you be best friends forever.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

beautiful peaceful morning

To say the month of October has been and will be busy is the understatement of the year.
Actually, the past two months have been. I feel like I gave birth to Nora, hit the ground running, and haven't stopped since.
Things will slow down soon enough, though.
Last night we didn't get home from church until 11:30pm because we stayed and talked and Ruby ran around and played with other home-schooled kids that can sleep in the next day if necessary:)
So this morning? We slept till 9:45. NINE FORTY FIVE. Sweet Virginia. 

We woke up, had scrambled "Cheesy" Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and homemade granola cereal with almond milk.
And then Ruby got out leftover rice noodles and begged for chopsticks...
(I said yes, if you were wondering. Why not?)

I burned some essential oils (lavender, lemon, and a drop or two of white camphor) and turned on the Avett Brothers station on Pandora and we've been having ourselves an amazing morning.
How can a banjo playing in the background not make you happy?

Anyway, here's some life lately:



"i so sited!" Ruby at Oktoberfest


nora...snoozin' in church


keeping each other warm on a cold October walk to the square

and just days earlier it was this hot on our walk. by the way nora, whatever you're doin girl, it's workin for ya. look at that bod.

ruby is just like me and gets downright annoyed at the sun in her eyes. we couldn't find her glasses so she needed mine :)

And I'll end this with these darling little hilarious girls of ours.
I need to end this post because Ruby just emptied the entire Elmer's glue bottle during craft time onto her paper and it's in a puddle dripping from the table to the chair to the floor.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

christmas 2012


Christmas was amazing this year, as always.
Here's little Ruby helping me make Christmas morning breakfast (pumpkin pancakes and eggs).
I am constantly thankful for family that lives so close by and is so involved in ours and our children's lives. It is a blessing that I never take for granted.

We watched videos of little Kev soloing...


Ruby helped Aunt Julie and Lori go feed some horses and chickens they have as a side job. I *think* she had a good time...


 Aunt Lori, Ruby, and Pretty Boy


Candlelight service at my sister's church.


Cousins giddy with excitement to sing "Jingle Bells" with hundreds of people.


Nora was given the absolute cutest little shoe/sock/bootie things I have ever seen in my life. Every picture you see of her from now on, she will be wearing these. LOVE them on her chubbers wubbers legs!




After sitting on couches and opening presents and eating lots of food all day, I realized "oh! I have grandparents here! I have babysitters!" I rallied the Kiehn kid troops to go do a workout.
It was like 27 degrees and reeeeeeally windy (the "feels like" weather was 17) so I can't say that it was fun like I had hoped. I puppy-dog-eyed my husband into doing it in the first place and I felt a little sheepish when we were all doing burpees in the tundra.



It was such a good time full of family, excitement, and love.

And, in mine and Kevin's true nature, we hope to take down the tree and all the Christmas decorations and say BRING ON THE NEW YEAR!
Yahweh has so much for us in 2013. I love new beginnings!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

revelation



I got to spend a few hours while big sister napped this afternoon folding laundry and eating lunch with this little darling.




I just look at her and am in awe.
Because her arrival took this family to a whole other level, family-wise. 
It was all fun and cute and smaller and more contained when we just had Ruby.
But with two, especially seeing that their personalities are pretty different, I am reminded that I am so not in control.



That our little family is growing.
Our responsibilities are increasing.
Our parenting abilities are being tested and more added to us.
Our marriage is tested, and we run to each other in unity like never before.

I look at the girls and just think "Yahweh help me. I hope I'm doing this right"
I am constantly aware that something I say flippantly, or in passing could burrow itself into their little brains and stay forever, so it better be something good.






And then I tell myself:
"you are the steward and not the owner. Are you doing your very best, and giving it to Yahweh and letting Him direct you on how to mother?"
and I say "yes"
I think "are you worried about something that's not even happening or here?"
and I say "well, I was. But I'm not anymore" :)
and then i'm reassured and boosted to keep going. Because that's all one can do.  
 



Just do your best.
Pray for your children. Pray with them.
Talk around them all the time about what Yahweh is doing in your life, so that they can see it for themselves in real lives, in their own family's, instead of just hearing Bible stories and never making the connection that that God is REAL and He speaks today.



It's a mother's nature to brood over her children, but I know the even greater calling is to release them and know that the Father of all fathers is in control. Kevin and I often say "He's the ultimate parent". We try to raise our girls like He raises us.
 


The birth of Nora has brought on a flood of change in this home.
I guess she is holding up to her name - shedding light and bringing Truth to all that needs it.


Friday, November 30, 2012

shutting my mouth

I haven't written a lot on this blog for a while
#1 because I literally always have my hands full. I remember my friend telling me when you have little ones, getting to cut your toenails is like a special vacation-y treat, and she was so right.
#2 I honestly don't have much to say.
Let me clarify:
Yahweh is doing so much in me, telling me so many things, teaching me. So many circumstances have happened that have been learning experiences for me. Events that have opened my eyes, taught me something, etc.
And I realized something.

I spout off at the mouth a lot.
I always have an opinion.
I am always talking and have my index finger loaded and ready.

And I've learned that's a rather big sign of immaturity.
Sure, I'm further ahead than many others my age. But being arrogant about being "mature" makes you not mature.
The truth is, I don't know.
I haven't lived enough life to stand on soap boxes and preach up one side and down the other.
What I thought I knew is constantly changing.
I am constantly being humbled over and over again.
He is constantly teaching me new things.

And, while I know I will ALWAYS be learning and never know it all, I know that this particular season and this particular time/age of my life is a shut-up-and-listen stage. He's teaching me so much, and molding me into what He wants me to be. And He just needs me to humble myself, sit at His feet, and learn. And not run off "look what I learned! I know soooo much!!! Looky looky!".
But to quietly soak everything in, let Him change me from the inside out, and then when I'm ready and it's time, go live and let my life speak louder than my words.

four months old


Nora Facts:
-very particular. gets her point across well.
-loves to be swaddled to sleep.
-is teething already (what?!)
-champion nurser
-side profile consists of a round cheek with the very tip of nose and lips barely poking out
-really, really sweet
-doesn't, does NOT, like to be set down and someone walk away. wants to be held/sitting in someone's lap.
-adores bathtime and kicks and flaps her arms the whole time. the floor around the tub is soaked by the time you're done.


 -recently fascinated by her hands. she just twists them and stares at them. next it'll be her feet. i love that stage!
-is the very happiest in the morning, in bed, right when she's woken up.
-we tried the amber teething necklace on her and it made you her the fussiest she's ever been for the two days you had it on. maybe she hates hippie crap?


You still absolutely adore your sister. This morning I woke up to you and Ruby playing next to me in bed. And by playing I mean you taking a serious beating with Ruby's leaning elbows and being laid on. Sometimes you mind and cry a bit, but sometimes you're like 
"i don't care! she's so cool! she can hurt me, i'll get over it!"
You just stare at her and smile or straight up laugh, it's wonderful.




Ruby, you're such a little mommy, sweetie. I'm so proud of you.
You love Nora so dearly, and it's not like a fad-type of love. It's real. You talk to her exactly how I spoke to you as a baby and it's so endearing. You share with her, snuggle her, comfort her, dance in front of her, peekaboo with her, and sing to her.
There are times when she's crying and I'll be in the kitchen and say "Ruby, can you play with Nora? Can you get her her sassa?" And you so kindly respond "um, no thank you." 

Sometimes when she's crying for awhile you quietly say "it's ok, Nora. It's ok, Nora. IT'S OK, NORA!!!!" Haha, your little patience grows thin with a crying baby at times. Life used to just be you and was more quiet, I get it sweetie. But you've adjusted so amazingly well. There are times in the car when Nora's screaming, and you're sitting quietly, not making a peep. Not complaining, and even drifting off to sleep here and there. I'm so thankful and so proud of you.



I love you, our sweet girls.

Friday, November 16, 2012

life lately

Nora, the best human that has ever existed.
You are the snuggliest girl I've ever met.
With the most perfect, fat, cellulite thighs and bounciest, chubby cheeks.


The other day I put in a Jillian Michaels DVD and Ruby did the whole thing with me.
I couldn't believe it! 20 minutes of focus and movement. Go Ru!


Someone gave us a hand-me-down pink sheer canopy to hang over Ruby's bed and she was thrilled. 
A real princess bed. She was singing every word because she was in princess zone. 
"daaaaaddy, would you read me a boooook peeeeease?"
"saaaank you"
Whenever I look at Nora, John Mayer's Your Body is a Wonderland starts playing in my head.


We went on a nature scavenger hunt and Ruby was loving every minute.
Kids belong in water and outdoors.



Life lately has been so huge and so humbling.
Sometimes it's just plain hard. The hard times are the maturing times. The times when there's a fork in the road and you can either go towards Yahweh or away from Him. And it's always, always hard to choose the right thing. Because up front it's A LOT more work and a lot harder, but in the end you're always so glad you did.

I've learned that life is a series of ups and downs. Testing times and then rejoicing times. Preparing times and then performance times. You just gotta hold on close to your family and press on through.

I've learned that the world is all about separating the family, and getting everyone to be so busy and go their separate ways. But I know better than to tear the family unit apart, to mess up Yahweh's greatest expression. Kevin and I have been fighting lately to protect our family and keep us in unity and in agreement and standing strong as one. Starting with he and I, and trickling down to the girls. Hard up front, worth it in the end.

I encourage you today - seek Truth.
Shut off all the voices and hear what the voice of the Lord is saying to you.
Follow that voice and obey it's directions and you'll be overwhelmed with the goodness of the fruit of your labor.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

warm november day


It takes a lot of work to get out of the house these days, but every time I do, I'm glad I did.
Nothing beats perfect weather, happy-because-I-brought-snacks-toddler, and content baby on a walk.
On a walk where the sun is keeping you warm amidst the cool air and yellow, orange and bright red leaves are falling and swirling around you as you walk.

oh, MOM. this hat is so silly!




Sometimes I could (and actually do) just squeal when I look at these girls and my husband and the life we've been given.

Bless the Lord, oh my soul!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

classic ruby


 If you ever do something wrong or messy, that's not necessarily disobeying but you know it's not good and that Mom won't be thrilled...


You just put on a goofy, happy face, dance a little, and keep the mood light and happy.

chopsticks help

Because really, who can be mad at this?


Thursday, November 1, 2012

yummy snacks


Snacks for kids do NOT have to be pre-packaged, fake, convenience foods.
Trust me. Truuuuuuust me, I know what it's like to have too much on your plate, going non-stop, being needed by everyone and everything and there is such a huge pull and temptation to just do that quick-and-easy convenience food. Open up a package and hand it back to your screaming kids in the car.

I am far from perfect. We do Chik-fil-a in a pinch. In a very VERY rare occasion we'll have to give Ruby a Clif bar.
But in general, I know that all it takes is some planning ahead on my part, to create delicious, real food snacks for my children and myself.

SWEET POTATO CHUNKS
So, so easy.
Cut up a sweet potato in chunks, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and pepper, toss to coat, spread on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 375 for about 15 mins. give or take.

It's finger food. It's sweet and salty. It's so nutritious. Win, win, win.

"CHEESY" GARLIC KALE CHIPS
large bunch of kale. drizzle in olive oil, sprinkle sea salt and pepper, garlic powder and lots of nutritional yeast. toss and coat with clean hands:)
spread on cookie sheet and bake in oven at 375 for about 10 mins.
Light, crunchy, salty, super flavorful and super nutritious.



 When you include your kids in the prep process of healthy snacks, they are even more excited about eating them. "Do you want some of the kale that YOU made? Ruby, you made these! They're so good, thank you babe!"



Other Kiehn go-to snacks are:
baggies of raw nuts and raisins. So filling. SO EASY.
fruit cut up.
homemade hummus and carrots and celery.

Here's a favorite super easy (are you seeing a trend here? these days I choose easy) family favorite meal:

PESTO PASTA SALAD
1 bag of brown rice pasta (gluten free section at Walmart)
1 jar of pesto sauce (this is bad-it has soybean oil in it. vomit. BUT if you are in a pinch and haven't made your own pesto sauce, then this will just have to do. just curse that soybean oil before you swallow it!)
1/2 bag (or more) of frozen corn
package of cherry tomatoes, cut up
can of black olives, cut up
1-2 zuchinnis, cut up
1 pkg of portabella mushrooms, sliced/cut up


1. cook noodles according to package. Toward the end, add the frozen corn.
2. dump all the ingredients into the pot and mix all together.

Plan ahead. Think outside the box. Find encouraging websites.
NO JUNK FOOD!
nothing is more valuable than you and your family's heath.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

3 months old


Oh my soul! 
Truthie Pie!!
Our family is just crazy about you. And, according to the faces you make and your body language...you are pleased as punch with us as well.

You are THE MOST SMILEY baby I've ever met. Which goes without saying, I adore.


Those cheeks are getting harder and harder to support, neck-strength wise :)
Hang in there, Nora!


Nora Facts:
-still weigh around 15 lbs. last time we checked
-wearing 3-6 months, but when combining your cloth diapers and your thunder thighs, you can wear basically any size leggings and they fit fine. The other day all we had was Ruby's 24 month leggings with us and you had to wear them (blowout!) and they fit great.
-You go to sleep every night we're home around 8:00. You must be swaddled to sleep happily. You're very particular about that. Cool mist humidifier buzzing, pitch black room. And you're out
-You wake up about two times at night. Sleep with us. When you wake up to nurse I just roll over and feed you, then put you back up between our pillows and we all keep snoozing. SO much less work than Ruby. I got up every time she wanted to eat. I really get to sleep all night, pretty much.
-You wake up at about 7:30-8:30 am for the day. Up for an hour, then down for a morning nap for about an hour.
-After that, I have no idea what you're routine is. It's all just play-it-by-ear style. Story of my life!


-With your herbs you are pooping much better, as long as I remember to actually give them to you.
-I finally just printed some pictures of you, since you've now been here for 3 months I figured it's about time.
-We love to all three of us just sit and look at you and talk for you. We take turns saying what we imagine you're saying and you just smile and coo back at us.
-We have to literally pull your rolls apart to clean in between or else you get sores:(  Sad but also a funny problem.
-You have all the same cowlicks and swirls in your hair as Dad.
-You have all the same everything as Dad.
-Actually SOMETIMES I see a smidge of me. And every now and then I kind of see Aunt Shannon. Ya never know how those genetics work.
-You absolutely adore Ruby. No doubt about that.

We love you Gaborsey.
We love having you in our family.
The world is yours, babe.
Love, Mom

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

sisters


I knew as soon as I found out it was a girl.
I saw pictures in my mind of a chubby little 2 year old staring up at her 4 1/2 year old big sister, standing in front of me and Kevin, wearing mismatched outfits with tutus, and singing for us as we sit on the couch and watch and oooh and aaah at their performance.
Ruby would be a little bossy, telling her sister what moves to do and when.
"Nora! Turn around! Arms up, Nora" and Nora would doing what she could to please her sister, but maybe not quite as into the performance as Ruby is.

It's already starting.
Ruby is the best big sister ever. Never an ounce of jealousy - talks to her sister like I talk to her. With such a big girl tone of voice and stance.
And Nora thinks her big sister is just the coolest thing she's ever seen.

I love you girls. May you be best friends forever.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

beautiful peaceful morning

To say the month of October has been and will be busy is the understatement of the year.
Actually, the past two months have been. I feel like I gave birth to Nora, hit the ground running, and haven't stopped since.
Things will slow down soon enough, though.
Last night we didn't get home from church until 11:30pm because we stayed and talked and Ruby ran around and played with other home-schooled kids that can sleep in the next day if necessary:)
So this morning? We slept till 9:45. NINE FORTY FIVE. Sweet Virginia. 

We woke up, had scrambled "Cheesy" Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and homemade granola cereal with almond milk.
And then Ruby got out leftover rice noodles and begged for chopsticks...
(I said yes, if you were wondering. Why not?)

I burned some essential oils (lavender, lemon, and a drop or two of white camphor) and turned on the Avett Brothers station on Pandora and we've been having ourselves an amazing morning.
How can a banjo playing in the background not make you happy?

Anyway, here's some life lately:



"i so sited!" Ruby at Oktoberfest


nora...snoozin' in church


keeping each other warm on a cold October walk to the square

and just days earlier it was this hot on our walk. by the way nora, whatever you're doin girl, it's workin for ya. look at that bod.

ruby is just like me and gets downright annoyed at the sun in her eyes. we couldn't find her glasses so she needed mine :)

And I'll end this with these darling little hilarious girls of ours.
I need to end this post because Ruby just emptied the entire Elmer's glue bottle during craft time onto her paper and it's in a puddle dripping from the table to the chair to the floor.

Have a great day!