Monday, February 22, 2016

Jasper through the years

For a school project Jasper is supposed to bring a picture of him for every year of his life so I spent part of nap time going through some old pictures. And holy cow did I get emotional. 
 A few weeks old 

How did this happen? How is he going to be NINE soon??

And this one didn't make the cut but I got even more emotional looking at the pictures from Drews graduation.  It makes me realize just how far we have come. And also brings back the memories of trying to keep a super hyper 2.5 year old quiet and calm/entertained for 3 during the ceremony.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Whole30 While Breastfeeding

Has anyone done it? Drew and I are on day 5 and so far so good! Days 2-4 I had a bit of a dull headache, and today lunch didn't really sound that great but I forced myself to eat and I'm really glad I did. I'm honestly getting a little sick of meat, I don't usually eat meat more than 1-2 times a week, so eating it 1-2 times a day is a big change for me. Drew is loving that part of it thought!

Things that have helped me so far;
Meal planning. I think it would be impossible to do this otherwise 

Eating as soon as I get a little hungry. If I get too hungry I get super cranky and nothing sounds good

Drinking a ton of water. I'm averaging 100-130 oz/day

A La croix water every afternoon to sip on, helps with cravings I think

Having a support system! I convinced Drew to do it with me, and a friend is doing it also, totally helps

And some of the things we have been eating, because I'm always curious to see what others are eating during things like this. 

I'm making sure to eat a lot of avocados to make sure I'm getting the good healthy fat and calories to keep up with the demand of growing baby boy (Soren, not pregnant if that needed clarification!) 

Anyone have any Whole30 tips/tricks/favorite recipes? 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tindra says

After blowing her nose for the first time this week (btw do you know how hard it is to try to teach someone to blow their nose?) 'Wow I'm a big girl this week. I figured out how to unbuckle my car seat and now I can blow my nose. Guess I'm big enough for a boyfriend' 

Monday, February 8, 2016

That time we got stranded in a blizzard

Last Monday we got the sad new that Drew's grandmother had passed away. It was noon when Drew called me and had just started to snow.

As he was looking at the forecast while on the phone with me he decided we basically needed to leave right away to get to Lincoln for the visitation/ funeral because the snow we were getting (12-18 inches) was heading to Nebraska next. 

He rushed home and started packing, I threw together things for me and the kids and we picked Jasper up at 3:30 when school got out and got on the road. 

First hour or two where fine, snowing, but still good visibility and the roads were fine. 

Then we stopped after 2.5 hours for me to feed Soren and get gas and food. When we got back on the road 30 minutes later we were all of a sudden driving in a real blizzard. With basically no visibility, down to one lane because the other side of the high way had major drifting, and it was only going to get worse. 

After driving in that for a while I convinced Drew we Needed to stop. This was like 7:30 only and the storm was only going to get worse after midnight. I was honestly terrified we were going to end up in a ditch somewhere. Drew was confident in our suburban and his driving to keep going but his brother and sister in law who were behind us were stopping so he was finally convinced.

We ended up in a little hotel in Ogallala, Nebraska with a pool, my only requirement in case we got stuck there a while. 

Drew's brother/sil were only 30 or so miles behind us, but after we pulled over it got even worse and it took them almost 2 hours to catch up! Absolutely horrible driving conditions. 

The next day while we were waiting to hear how the roads were (we had heard there were some closures) the kids swam and had a blast. 

Finally we decided to check out and get on the road even though they weren't amazing, but much better during day time. We got like 60 miles...and then the high way was just closed down. Police blocking the road saying we needed to exit- and all on ramps blocked. I seriously didn't know this was a thing, that they could just literally shut down the roads. Well, in Nebraska they do. 

So once again we were stranded, but in a slightly bigger town with a much newer/nicer hotel. Drew even managed to get us upgraded to the family suite, so the big kids slept in bunk beds in their own room.

The kids swam some more, and then the next day we waited around for the  interstate to open up. When we realized it wasn't going to, Drew found a bunch of back roads to get us to Lincoln. That trip should have been about 3 hours and instead it took almost 7. Finally, more than 50 hours after we left Denver we made it to Lincoln, normally a 7 hour drive.

Probably the most eventful road trip we've ever done (though sadly not the first time I've been stranded in Nebraska due to a storm) Thank God for amazing little travelers! 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

I knew when I saw this sunset last night as we were driving through Nebraska that it was a sign.. 

 That our Broncos were going to win the Superbowl!!