Wednesday, May 21, 2014

a day in the life of

Well, I tried to document a whole day of our lives but things got too busy and I didn't take pictures past naptime. Woops!

7:15ISH wake up. Groggily put something together for breakfast for these sweet munchkins.Today it was almond waffles (Kevin's makes huge batches and freezes them for convenience. I love him.) and brown rice cake with almond butter and Ruby had "healthy" cheerios. (they basically just have real ingredients.)


I have a class at the gym Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri at 8:45am. I seem to be making about one of those a week here lately and just doing home workouts or nothing. I am always so torn about rallying the troops to get up and going and making it to a certain place at a certain time.  I would do HORRIBLE with public schooling. Praise the Lord for homeschool. They're tired! I feel so bad rushing them in the mornings. I want the mornings to be peaceful and slow-going for them. But I LOVE starting off the day with a workout, I have so much more energy and all those endorphins does a mama good.


8:20am Ruby's job is to empty the table after every meal. She is ALWAYS really good about her own dish, but she's still working on everyone else's.


Monday the kids won and we stayed home and had a slow going morning, but today (Tues) I was determined to get to class.

8:45am- class

I absolutely love these classes. They are different every time. Fun, challenging, and actually work. These ladies are like a little family and it's cool to get to be a part of. (My instructor is the one to the right of me, if you couldn't tell by her arms.)


Our gym has a childcare room and I feel bad dropping them off and when I pick them up every.single.time.
I obviously have some mommy guilt when it comes to working out at the gym! I'm sure I need to get over it. It just seems so trivial to be like "I'm gonna drop you off in this room that smells like pee and they're playing cartoons I don't allow you to watch and even though you're crying (nora), mommy wants a tight butt, so...goodbye! good luck!"


But then again, Ruby loves it (most days) and Nora has pretty much stopped crying all together. It must be because she's familiar with the whole routine now. And it's only one hour. And again, it's not like we go 4 times a week like I'd like to. But most importantly, Kevin said not to feel bad, and to do it and enjoy it and that's that. Sigh. He always makes me feel better. If he says so, I know so.


9:45am - We walked out of the gym, endorphins high and no plans and the day was beautiful. A girl from class mentioned the splash pad was open for the season! It was a no-brainer. Called my sister and said meet me there in about 30mins.

10:00am - run home to pack a lunch for the park. Today was brown rice crackers, tuna and avocado salad (made with grapeseed oil vegenaise), carrot sticks, and apple slices.


If you know my family at all you will just associate this raw mixed nuts snack with our faces. We ALWAYS have them with us. I panic if I'm out somewhere and get hungry. I hate being hungry!




 10:45am - splash park with cousins! Trying to tan our wintered skin...



12:00pm - come home from park. lunch has been eaten. we're sun-kissed and wiped out (yes!) and ready for naps.



from this point on I took no pictures...sorry!... (next time)

12:30pm - actually laid them down
12:30-1:30pm - I uploaded pictures, picked up a TINY bit, got on the Internet, etc. aka wasted time
1:30-2:30pm - I actually took a nap! I hardly ever do just because, actually, I don't know why. But today, I did. I completely skipped out on all my work and napped.

The rest of the afternoon was
girls woke up
got them snacks
I took a shower for the first time...
cleaned my salon
made second cup of coffee for the day
5:00pm Kevin gets home
5:15pm my first client shows up
then the next one
and I work them both (color and cut) at the same time.
at 8:15pm I'm done
come into the house and Ruby is running a high fever and the house is still a total pit (because remember, I did nothing house-work related this day:):) )
Kevin's made dinner. Grass-fed burgers and sweet potato fries.
I scarf it down and then go snuggle Ruby on the couch.
I read a few library books to the girls, who are way past their bed times, and Kevin cleans the kitchen.

9:30pm - Ruby asks if she can please sleep with us and if I could go and lay down in there with her and just talk for a little bit.
My heart melts and I say yes without a doubt.

Kevin stays up with a wide-awake ornery, HAPPY Nora and I'm shocked we've let her stay up so late.
10:00pm I hear them laughing so hard in the bathroom while he's brushing her teeth and then I hear him put her to bed.

11:00pm - I finally close my eyes and try to fall asleep, wired from a too-late cup of coffee and I always find it hard to sleep when my house is a mess. But I've done this thing long enough to know that there's always tomorrow. (and today is that "tomorrow" and I got the house clean so all is well:) )

*Ruby and I woke up several times throughout the night to help her potty/give her cool water.
She woke up this morning 100%! Her body did it's awesome thing with no medicine or interventions. Fevers are actually a good thing - let the body burn up the sickness! (obviously to a certain degree/length/etc.)

Today is a no-gym day so it works out well to play around the house and get housework done.
Church is tonight which is always a late night.
Then tomorrow morning, back at it, 8:45...we'll see if we can make it!!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

i need to learn more about photography

This post could also be titled "I'm too lazy to edit photos"
I see other blogs and the lighting is gorgeous and bright and the angles are spectacular and all mine look like we live in a dungeon. I'll work on that!

Here's some completely unrelated items from this spring I forgot to keepsake:


 Daddy turned 29. Holy moly. In my mind we are perpetually 24 and 25 but nope, we're actually getting older each year. Still so young though! Right?...



Our church's annual skate party was a hit with my 4 year old!



And afterwards our dear friends The Steigers had everyone over and Ruby got to love on their horses. The girls LOVE their horses!


Every single Saturday Kevin balances the checkbook, pays bills, etc. This particular week the girls played along and balanced their checkbooks.

It's been really good over here. I've, as usual, been learning a lot. Learning to shut my mind off and live and enjoy life! We've had lots of amazing weather lately that's included adventure after adventure. So thankful!

I wanted to write something funny Ruby said the other day.
I ran into a store to return something and Kevin stayed out in the car with the girls. They started playing "I spy".
Kevin- "I spy something yellow"
Ruby- "that sign?"
Kevin - "yep! good job. "
etc. etc. etc.
K- "I spy something brown"
...a few Hispanic people walk by...
R- "those brown people's faces?"

She also totally called out a woman the other day, after meeting her, a woman I knew that we ran into at the store, we walked down a different aisle and Ruby says "I want to see that chubby lady again. Like, the one with (and motions a big belly with her hands)."
It was interesting explaining to her how that's not nice to say. In kids' minds, everything is just so matter of fact. Calling someone chubby is the same as saying they're blonde. It's just factual, haha. *sigh* I love children.

What is something your little ones have blurted out that has totally embarrassed you??




Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day
















I put this one up because one day they will be my height or taller for our Mother's Day picture and I want to remember them this little!
I come from a long line of women that adore their families and always put them first.
My Papa shared a story on Sunday of how his mother always told him and his brother that no, no, she WANTED to eat the back side of the chicken because it was her "favorite part" and she told the boys to go ahead and eat the breast and wings (all the good meat) and she'll have the back (hardly any meat).
He said he never realized what she was doing until he got older and realized.

It's motherhood 101, sacrificing. Sometimes I don't even realize that I'm sacrificing because I love those little souls so much. But it's such a wonderful life. To lay yours down to raise another's up and in the mean time, you are forever changed for the better.

Thank you for thinking of it all, Yahweh! If you weren't a Father, I couldn't be a mother, so thank you.

Happy Mother's Day! 
Momma's make the world go 'round...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan- with some rough recipes:)

I will probably only end up doing this once (haha), but I so appreciate and love when I can get meal ideas from other busy mommas. So here's what the Kiehns are eating this week:

(I jotted these "recipes" down fast. Hopefully you get the basic idea and can go from there. Leave a comment if you have questions!)

M- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
 Cook quinoa (I did 1.5 cups of dry quinoa which makes 3 cups of cooked.
Toss in bowl of cooked quinoa kalamata olives, avacados, fresh basil, tomatoes, sauteed 1/2 a red onion, and a green bell pepper)

T- Wild Caught Salmon, Skillet Balsamic Green Beans + Cantaloupe Mint Salad
It is crucial to make the quality of what you eat of utmost importance. I'm going to do a post on that someday, but if you are eating eggs thinking you're being healthy...but your eggs came from a sick chicken crammed in an awful environment where they can't move and are being fed grain all day, how much nutrition do you think that egg really has?
They have "farms" (aka feedlots) for fish and the fish are fed grain and other processed, unnatural-for-fish feed and are just as sick as that chicken I described. You have to read labels carefully and the fish you eat MUST be Wild Caught Alaskan. Wild game is packed full of it's original nutrients. Omega's baby! You'll definitely pay more for this quality, but is there anything more worth putting your money into than you and your family's health?

Cover thawed salmon in minced garlic, salt, pepper and a drizzle of real maple syrup.
bake at 350 for about 12 mins and check on it. when it flakes and still a pretty deep pink, it's ready.

Fresh green beans sauteed in iron skillet in Kerrygold (grassfed) butter and balsamic vinegar and minced garlic. add salt and pepper to taste.

cut up ripe cantaloupe and put in bowl. Add sunflower kernels, chopped mint leaves, and squeeze a half a lemon over it. so good!

W- Lentil Sweet Potato Soup
recipe here

Th- Grass-fed Beef Sloppy Joe lettuce wraps, Sweet Potato Fries, Fresh Beets
Walmart sells legit grass-fed beef now! I'm sooooo happy!

Sautee 1lb ground beef in olive oil and minced garlic.
For the easiest sloppy joe sauce ever....I just squirt in Organic Ketchup. Lazy:)
Wait to add ketchup until your meat is all cooked and turn the burner off.

you can find a recipe for sweet potato fries anywhere on the internet.

I love this tutorial on making beets by Epiphany Farms! My family LOVES beets and the health benefits of them are out of this world. (don't be scared...they turn your poop red for a bit!)

F- Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry (meatless)

Make cauliflower rice

sautee a bag of frozen stir fry veggies in sesame oil and organic coconut oil.
Add fresh ginger, honey, garlic, and whatever other seasonings you want. Combine "rice" and sauteed veggies and enjoy!

S- Wild Caught Salmon, 3 Bean Salad
I buy the bag of salmon at Sam's because it's crazy high quality and I can make 2 meals out of it.
This time we might grill it, or bake it in the oven again.

Here's a delicious 3 bean salad that you can adjust to make healthy options. Hint- swap out the sugar for raw honey and make sure you get organic beans if you're using canned.


S- Leftovers

Eat at home! Save money, lose weight, get creative, make more family time, feel better!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

a day in the life of

Well, I tried to document a whole day of our lives but things got too busy and I didn't take pictures past naptime. Woops!

7:15ISH wake up. Groggily put something together for breakfast for these sweet munchkins.Today it was almond waffles (Kevin's makes huge batches and freezes them for convenience. I love him.) and brown rice cake with almond butter and Ruby had "healthy" cheerios. (they basically just have real ingredients.)


I have a class at the gym Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri at 8:45am. I seem to be making about one of those a week here lately and just doing home workouts or nothing. I am always so torn about rallying the troops to get up and going and making it to a certain place at a certain time.  I would do HORRIBLE with public schooling. Praise the Lord for homeschool. They're tired! I feel so bad rushing them in the mornings. I want the mornings to be peaceful and slow-going for them. But I LOVE starting off the day with a workout, I have so much more energy and all those endorphins does a mama good.


8:20am Ruby's job is to empty the table after every meal. She is ALWAYS really good about her own dish, but she's still working on everyone else's.


Monday the kids won and we stayed home and had a slow going morning, but today (Tues) I was determined to get to class.

8:45am- class

I absolutely love these classes. They are different every time. Fun, challenging, and actually work. These ladies are like a little family and it's cool to get to be a part of. (My instructor is the one to the right of me, if you couldn't tell by her arms.)


Our gym has a childcare room and I feel bad dropping them off and when I pick them up every.single.time.
I obviously have some mommy guilt when it comes to working out at the gym! I'm sure I need to get over it. It just seems so trivial to be like "I'm gonna drop you off in this room that smells like pee and they're playing cartoons I don't allow you to watch and even though you're crying (nora), mommy wants a tight butt, so...goodbye! good luck!"


But then again, Ruby loves it (most days) and Nora has pretty much stopped crying all together. It must be because she's familiar with the whole routine now. And it's only one hour. And again, it's not like we go 4 times a week like I'd like to. But most importantly, Kevin said not to feel bad, and to do it and enjoy it and that's that. Sigh. He always makes me feel better. If he says so, I know so.


9:45am - We walked out of the gym, endorphins high and no plans and the day was beautiful. A girl from class mentioned the splash pad was open for the season! It was a no-brainer. Called my sister and said meet me there in about 30mins.

10:00am - run home to pack a lunch for the park. Today was brown rice crackers, tuna and avocado salad (made with grapeseed oil vegenaise), carrot sticks, and apple slices.


If you know my family at all you will just associate this raw mixed nuts snack with our faces. We ALWAYS have them with us. I panic if I'm out somewhere and get hungry. I hate being hungry!




 10:45am - splash park with cousins! Trying to tan our wintered skin...



12:00pm - come home from park. lunch has been eaten. we're sun-kissed and wiped out (yes!) and ready for naps.



from this point on I took no pictures...sorry!... (next time)

12:30pm - actually laid them down
12:30-1:30pm - I uploaded pictures, picked up a TINY bit, got on the Internet, etc. aka wasted time
1:30-2:30pm - I actually took a nap! I hardly ever do just because, actually, I don't know why. But today, I did. I completely skipped out on all my work and napped.

The rest of the afternoon was
girls woke up
got them snacks
I took a shower for the first time...
cleaned my salon
made second cup of coffee for the day
5:00pm Kevin gets home
5:15pm my first client shows up
then the next one
and I work them both (color and cut) at the same time.
at 8:15pm I'm done
come into the house and Ruby is running a high fever and the house is still a total pit (because remember, I did nothing house-work related this day:):) )
Kevin's made dinner. Grass-fed burgers and sweet potato fries.
I scarf it down and then go snuggle Ruby on the couch.
I read a few library books to the girls, who are way past their bed times, and Kevin cleans the kitchen.

9:30pm - Ruby asks if she can please sleep with us and if I could go and lay down in there with her and just talk for a little bit.
My heart melts and I say yes without a doubt.

Kevin stays up with a wide-awake ornery, HAPPY Nora and I'm shocked we've let her stay up so late.
10:00pm I hear them laughing so hard in the bathroom while he's brushing her teeth and then I hear him put her to bed.

11:00pm - I finally close my eyes and try to fall asleep, wired from a too-late cup of coffee and I always find it hard to sleep when my house is a mess. But I've done this thing long enough to know that there's always tomorrow. (and today is that "tomorrow" and I got the house clean so all is well:) )

*Ruby and I woke up several times throughout the night to help her potty/give her cool water.
She woke up this morning 100%! Her body did it's awesome thing with no medicine or interventions. Fevers are actually a good thing - let the body burn up the sickness! (obviously to a certain degree/length/etc.)

Today is a no-gym day so it works out well to play around the house and get housework done.
Church is tonight which is always a late night.
Then tomorrow morning, back at it, 8:45...we'll see if we can make it!!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

i need to learn more about photography

This post could also be titled "I'm too lazy to edit photos"
I see other blogs and the lighting is gorgeous and bright and the angles are spectacular and all mine look like we live in a dungeon. I'll work on that!

Here's some completely unrelated items from this spring I forgot to keepsake:


 Daddy turned 29. Holy moly. In my mind we are perpetually 24 and 25 but nope, we're actually getting older each year. Still so young though! Right?...



Our church's annual skate party was a hit with my 4 year old!



And afterwards our dear friends The Steigers had everyone over and Ruby got to love on their horses. The girls LOVE their horses!


Every single Saturday Kevin balances the checkbook, pays bills, etc. This particular week the girls played along and balanced their checkbooks.

It's been really good over here. I've, as usual, been learning a lot. Learning to shut my mind off and live and enjoy life! We've had lots of amazing weather lately that's included adventure after adventure. So thankful!

I wanted to write something funny Ruby said the other day.
I ran into a store to return something and Kevin stayed out in the car with the girls. They started playing "I spy".
Kevin- "I spy something yellow"
Ruby- "that sign?"
Kevin - "yep! good job. "
etc. etc. etc.
K- "I spy something brown"
...a few Hispanic people walk by...
R- "those brown people's faces?"

She also totally called out a woman the other day, after meeting her, a woman I knew that we ran into at the store, we walked down a different aisle and Ruby says "I want to see that chubby lady again. Like, the one with (and motions a big belly with her hands)."
It was interesting explaining to her how that's not nice to say. In kids' minds, everything is just so matter of fact. Calling someone chubby is the same as saying they're blonde. It's just factual, haha. *sigh* I love children.

What is something your little ones have blurted out that has totally embarrassed you??




Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day
















I put this one up because one day they will be my height or taller for our Mother's Day picture and I want to remember them this little!
I come from a long line of women that adore their families and always put them first.
My Papa shared a story on Sunday of how his mother always told him and his brother that no, no, she WANTED to eat the back side of the chicken because it was her "favorite part" and she told the boys to go ahead and eat the breast and wings (all the good meat) and she'll have the back (hardly any meat).
He said he never realized what she was doing until he got older and realized.

It's motherhood 101, sacrificing. Sometimes I don't even realize that I'm sacrificing because I love those little souls so much. But it's such a wonderful life. To lay yours down to raise another's up and in the mean time, you are forever changed for the better.

Thank you for thinking of it all, Yahweh! If you weren't a Father, I couldn't be a mother, so thank you.

Happy Mother's Day! 
Momma's make the world go 'round...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan- with some rough recipes:)

I will probably only end up doing this once (haha), but I so appreciate and love when I can get meal ideas from other busy mommas. So here's what the Kiehns are eating this week:

(I jotted these "recipes" down fast. Hopefully you get the basic idea and can go from there. Leave a comment if you have questions!)

M- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
 Cook quinoa (I did 1.5 cups of dry quinoa which makes 3 cups of cooked.
Toss in bowl of cooked quinoa kalamata olives, avacados, fresh basil, tomatoes, sauteed 1/2 a red onion, and a green bell pepper)

T- Wild Caught Salmon, Skillet Balsamic Green Beans + Cantaloupe Mint Salad
It is crucial to make the quality of what you eat of utmost importance. I'm going to do a post on that someday, but if you are eating eggs thinking you're being healthy...but your eggs came from a sick chicken crammed in an awful environment where they can't move and are being fed grain all day, how much nutrition do you think that egg really has?
They have "farms" (aka feedlots) for fish and the fish are fed grain and other processed, unnatural-for-fish feed and are just as sick as that chicken I described. You have to read labels carefully and the fish you eat MUST be Wild Caught Alaskan. Wild game is packed full of it's original nutrients. Omega's baby! You'll definitely pay more for this quality, but is there anything more worth putting your money into than you and your family's health?

Cover thawed salmon in minced garlic, salt, pepper and a drizzle of real maple syrup.
bake at 350 for about 12 mins and check on it. when it flakes and still a pretty deep pink, it's ready.

Fresh green beans sauteed in iron skillet in Kerrygold (grassfed) butter and balsamic vinegar and minced garlic. add salt and pepper to taste.

cut up ripe cantaloupe and put in bowl. Add sunflower kernels, chopped mint leaves, and squeeze a half a lemon over it. so good!

W- Lentil Sweet Potato Soup
recipe here

Th- Grass-fed Beef Sloppy Joe lettuce wraps, Sweet Potato Fries, Fresh Beets
Walmart sells legit grass-fed beef now! I'm sooooo happy!

Sautee 1lb ground beef in olive oil and minced garlic.
For the easiest sloppy joe sauce ever....I just squirt in Organic Ketchup. Lazy:)
Wait to add ketchup until your meat is all cooked and turn the burner off.

you can find a recipe for sweet potato fries anywhere on the internet.

I love this tutorial on making beets by Epiphany Farms! My family LOVES beets and the health benefits of them are out of this world. (don't be scared...they turn your poop red for a bit!)

F- Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry (meatless)

Make cauliflower rice

sautee a bag of frozen stir fry veggies in sesame oil and organic coconut oil.
Add fresh ginger, honey, garlic, and whatever other seasonings you want. Combine "rice" and sauteed veggies and enjoy!

S- Wild Caught Salmon, 3 Bean Salad
I buy the bag of salmon at Sam's because it's crazy high quality and I can make 2 meals out of it.
This time we might grill it, or bake it in the oven again.

Here's a delicious 3 bean salad that you can adjust to make healthy options. Hint- swap out the sugar for raw honey and make sure you get organic beans if you're using canned.


S- Leftovers

Eat at home! Save money, lose weight, get creative, make more family time, feel better!