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June 3rd, 2009


Liam has an on-again-off-again love affair with veggies.
Right now we seem to be in the off-again mode, so I'm having to find ways to get him his full amount sneakily.

This was our breakfast smoothie toady:

2 cups Stony Fields yougurt
1 whole banana
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup mango chunks
2 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup wilted kale
1/4 cup ground flax seed meal
Scoop of whey protein with spirulina
Sprinkling of nutritional yeast

So...woo for veggies for breakfast!
It's great. You cannot taste the pumpkin or kale AT ALL in there, because all of the fruit and coconut milk covers it up. He had a big cup and asked for seconds :)

I'm a bit of a health nut, especially when it comes to Liam because I know how essential nutrition is for his brain and body right now. I'm not willing to compromise on what he eats, even if it means taking extra time and effort to get the right stuff into him. And stuff like smoothies really isn't that hard! Power foods like squash, sprouts, leafy greens, broccoli, sweet potatoes, spirulina, and the B vitamins and omega-3's found in flax seed and nutritional yeast are things that I aim to feed us every day. It's just a matter of mixing it up in different preparations and methods so that we don't get sick of it.

Other veggies I plan to sneak him today:
Roasted edamame as a snack
Tomato soup for lunch
Veggie Booty as a snack (lame, because it's processed food, but I suppose it still counts for something
Pomegranate Blueberry V8 Fusion which is a full serving of fruits and vegetables (yay beet juice!)
Onions, spinach, and bell pepers are included in tonights dinner
-And I'll try cheesy  broccoli too at some point if he's still hungry

If anyone has any other ideas as far as how to make things "deceptively delicious" I'd love to hear them!!

There's so much to do at 2!

I recently hit me that in a few short months I will have a TWO YEAR OLD!!
How did this happen so fast!?!?

Aside from the shock, this realization also came with excitement. Because now that Liam will be two he's old enough to be a part of so many fun things! I'm a huge believer in socialization for children from infancy on up. We are a herd creature, not meant to be contained in small spaces and definitely not meant to be alone! Because of that mindset, we've been doing playgroups 2-3 times a week since Liam was little and Kid's Clubhouse (a giant run around- fall down-knock over- play with other crazy kids time) at our gym for a while now as well.

But now, when he's two he can start kids yoga, animal adventures at the zoo, messy art, and swim lessons too. 

Kids yoga is a once a week class taught by Melissa, a good friend of mine. It' simple yoga postures like downward dog, cobra, mountain, boat etc, but she also does a story, song and craft to go along with the weekly theme.
For example, a while ago they learned and practiced the dragon pose for the Chinese new year. Then they made dragon banners and braclet and ankle bells and had a parade for all of us moms! So cute!
She covers so much ground in her class from simple letters and numbers, to the turning of the seasons, to cultural studies. And every class ends with a short (very short :P) guided meditation for the kids.
I'm so excited for Liam to start this! Most of his friends older siblings have been doing it for years and they all love it so much. As an added incentive, matt and I really feel that yoga is important for the growing body, and since his family has notoriously bad feet, knee and hip issues, we both think it's great to get Liam started as early as possible during his growing phase. Hopefully it will help everything align and position correctly and be strong!

Animal adventures at the Zoo is a class for toddlers doing introductions into the animal world. They do arts and crafts and stories about an animal each week and then get to meet and touch and learn about said creature. They bring in snakes, porcupines, hawks, sea cucumbers, deer, and even wild cats for the kids to meet and learn about. Again...so cool!! Big bonus here...Matt or I get to go with him :) 

Messy Art is just a fun art class set to music that's offered at the Jewish Community Center. Most of the moms in my circle of friends rave about it, but I don't know if it's something we'll persue. We do SO much art and music at home, I can't decide if it's worth it to do a structured class just yet. Cool thing is though that the JCC offers supplementary art classes for homeschoolers...so I imagine we'll be there someday!

Liam can also start taking formal swim classes at the gym as of Nov. We've had him in the pool since he was 3 months old, but we've kind of hit a plateau when it comes to teaching him ourselves. He can swim independently with a floaty swim suit and basically do the doggy paddlle and blow bubbles, but I think it would be great for him to learn some other strokes and skills soon too.

Holy crap, now that I look at it, that's a lot of stuff!
But, really, It's all once a week and not any more then what we do on our current schedual so I don't think it will be overwhelming but, man....I fear the teenage years! 
Dance, camp, music, sports, ridding, martial arts, homeschool, friends...and more kids! Will I ever get to rest?!

Maybe I should just keep all of my kids at home and make them into hermits...at least we'll be well rested hermits.


Liam in the grass

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