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.


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.