Yes, we are still here!

Oh, hello there!  So, the blog was unintentionally on a 3 month hiatus.  Nothing big and crazy has been happening here… I guess I just fell out of the habit of posting.

I’ve continued to share pictures and snippets of our life on Instagram.  It’s just so easy to snap a quick photo, write a few sentences and post.  But, I’ve been wanting to get back to writing here, maybe sharing some recipes and goodies I’ve been cooking up in the kitchen and more on our adventures around Los Angeles.

Over the weekend we went to the pumpkin patch.  It was fun being back again.  The pumpkin patch was one of our first excursions when we arrived here last fall.

I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I did last time, but here are a few.
(side note: I mentioned last year that there was a paparazzi pen at this pumpkin patch- apparently it’s where all the celebs go.  Today, I stumbled upon this article- Only in L.A. Sadly, we did not spot J.Lo, Jessica Alba or any other noteworthy celebrities during our visit- although to be honest, I was too busy chasing around a 2 year old to do much people watching ;) )

This was Lincoln's face after waiting for about 30 minutes for a pony ride...

This was Lincoln’s face after waiting for about 30 minutes for a pony ride…

At last!  A ride on Tucker the pony!

At last! A ride on Tucker the pony.

Lincoln & Dad

Lincoln & Dad

And after the pumpkin patch, Lincoln ran around in a nearby park

And after the pumpkin patch, Lincoln ran around in a nearby park

a San Diego weekend

A few weeks ago husband and I celebrated our six year wedding anniversary.
We were able to get away for a very quick weekend to San Diego, with Lincoln in tow.  Here are a few pictures from our trip…

silly boy, ready for our mini-road trip

silly boy, ready for our mini-road trip

Lincoln's favorite part of the trip... a model train museum!

Lincoln’s favorite part of the trip… a model train museum!

of course, we had to stop and check out the train table...

of course, we had to stop and check out the train table…

shoulder rides with Dad in Balboa Park

shoulder rides with Dad in Balboa Park

Lincoln & Mama

Lincoln & Mama

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obviously, he had to wade in this giant fountain

Lincoln got his first taste of lemonade... I'm pretty sure he liked it...

Lincoln got his first taste of lemonade and I’m pretty sure he liked it…

Ocean!

Ocean!

so much fun getting wet and messy on the beach...

so much fun getting wet and messy on the beach…

sound asleep on the drive home... I think he had a good time :)

sound asleep on the drive home… I think he had a good time :)

 

food

Remember once upon a time when I talked about weekly dinners and my plans to share recipe details and photos of all the amazing dishes I was whipping up at home?  Right.  Well, between cooking with a toddler semi-attached to my hip and trying to get dinner ready at a reasonable time before we have to start our bedtime routine, I have not been able to document many of my recent kitchen creations.
But, I promise that I have been cooking- a lot!

I’ve been on a bit of a food journey lately, trying to make sure I am eating good, whole, real foods– and that I am feeding those same things to Lincoln!  I had heard a lot about the Paleo diet, but didn’t give it too much thought.  Then, I stumbled upon the Whole30 plan and felt really compelled to give it a try.

The Whole30 (in case you haven’t heard about it) is a 30 day program during which you eliminate several types of food from your diet.  During the 30 days, you do not eat any dairy, sugar, alcohol, legumes (peas, lentils, peanuts, etc.) or grains of any kind.
So, basically, you exclusively eat  fruits, vegetables, and proteins – plus some healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, etc. for one month (which in reality, is what we should probably be eating all the time anyway, right?)

I followed the Whole30 plan for the entire month of May, and about another 15 days into June.  It has really been a great change.  I am eating more vegetables than I have, maybe ever in my life and I am making almost every meal at home, from scratch.  I have more energy, I lost a few pounds and my skin looks really good.

I’ll admit, there is no way I can live the rest of my life without another bite of coconut milk ice cream or some dark chocolate, but this 30 day challenge has really changed the way that I approach food.  Now, if I can just convince my husband to adopt some of these healthy eating habits…

Here are a few photos of some recent meals (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen them)…

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Oh!  And I have to share this recipe for “Paleo Pancakes” that I came across.  They could technically work on the Whole30 plan, but it is not really recommended to eat a lot of paleo-ized baked goods while you are on the plan…  The point is to break your sugar cravings and simply replacing a regular muffin with a “Paleo” muffin isn’t really helping… (Check out the book, “It Starts With Food” for all of the plan details)

Anyway, I can’t recall where I found this recipe, but I jotted it down and made it for breakfast yesterday.  Easy, fast and super delicious!
(I don’t have any photos of the finished product, because Lincoln & I ate them all so quickly!)

3 bananas
3 eggs
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients together.
Grease skillet with coconut oil.
Cook over medium heat.

Yum, yum!

birthday celebration, round two

We spent the long weekend in Bend celebrating Lincoln’s birthday- and husband’s birthday!

Here is a boatload of pictures…

He loves Nani... and that lawn mower!

He loves Nani… and that lawn mower!

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starting his hockey training early

starting his hockey training early

Lincoln was delighted to open more presents!

Lincoln was delighted to open more presents!

a new puzzle

a new puzzle

attempting to spray Popi with the water hose

attempting to spray Popi with the water hose

we spent an afternoon at the local pool...

we spent an afternoon at the local pool…

then, more cupcake and singing, "Happy Birthday!"

then, more cupcakes and singing, “Happy Birthday!”

husband got a cupcake too...

husband got a cupcake too…

a beautiful hike by the river

a beautiful hike by the river

piggy-back rides with his cousins...

piggy-back rides with his cousins…

Lincoln & Connor

Lincoln & Connor

Lincoln and Connor and Andrew... so sweet seeing these boys together

Lincoln and Connor and Andrew… so sweet seeing these boys together

two years old!

Well, my sweet baby boy is officially two years old.

We had a low key celebration at home on his birthday Monday, with a few presents, cupcakes and balloons.

Tomorrow we are heading to Oregon to celebrate with the rest of our family.  Here are just a few pictures from his special day.

the birthday boy!

the birthday boy!

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Someone could not wait for his cupcakes...

Someone could not wait for his cupcakes…

Presents!

Presents!

a pants-less reenactment of blowing out the candles

a pants-less reenactment of blowing out the candles

Happy Birthday Lincoln!

my chatty toddler

I know I have been seriously neglecting this blog.  I truly do not know how all of those mommy bloggers out there have time to write daily posts… or how they maintain lives that are interesting enough to write about that often :)  Lincoln and I are always on the go, but it’s typically to Whole Foods, the post office or the dry cleaner.  I don’t think those day-to-day errands warrant any blog entries.

So, while I don’t have any fabulous recent adventures to tell you about, I can share some funny things Lincoln has said recently.  He is very verbal these days, and I love hearing all of his thoughts…

- On the airplane back from a recent trip to Bend, OR, the flight attendant asked Lincoln if he would like anything to drink.
He asked for a La Croix. (Apparently, my obsession has rubbed off.)

- Instead of wishing me a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday, Lincoln said, “Happy Easter Day!”

-One day while Lincoln was napping, I was sitting in the room with him, snacking on a bag of cashews.  Upon waking up, Lincoln saw the bag and very quietly, but very eagerly whispered, “Nuts… Cashews… Yes!”

-Reciting the words to “Looby Loo” (very similar to the “Hokey Pokey”)… Instead of saying, “I give my hand a shake, shake, shake,” quickly, Lincoln very slowly says, “I give my hand a shake, a shake, a shake…”

-We’ve been doing some counting recently, and Lincoln’s 1-10 usually goes like this, “One, two, three, four, nine, ten!”

-Every time we talk about walking outside or are about to go out, he always reminds me, “Do not step on any bees!”

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My silly (almost 2 year old!!) boy

 

Easter Hunt!

Last weekend, Lincoln went to his first two Easter egg hunts.
He called them “Easter Hunts” – no eggs mentioned… it was pretty adorable, and he had a great time.

the 1st hunt was at Knott's Berry Farm...

the 1st hunt was at Knott’s Berry Farm…

Checking out Charlie Brown & Snoopy… from a safe distance

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Lincoln in a lovely Easter bonnet at another Easter Egg Hunt...

Lincoln in a lovely Easter bonnet at another Easter Egg Hunt…

Lincoln and the lovely hostess on a wagon ride...

Lincoln and the sweet hostess on a wagon ride…

before the Easter Egg Hunt began, Lincoln spent some time mowing the lawn

before the Easter Egg Hunt began, Lincoln spent some time mowing the lawn

All in all, a very successful Easter weekend

All in all, a very successful Easter weekend

more recent excursions…

I don’t know exactly how, but the weeks here seem to fly by… I just can’t believe it’s the end of March and Lincoln is almost two years old!?!

Aside from the day-to-day business of grocery store trips, park visits and mommy & me class, we have tried to venture out and do some other fun things.  There is a small airport near our home with a ‘visitor deck’ that allows you to sit, listen to the air traffic controllers, and watch the small planes and helicopters land and take off.

Checking out the Van Nuys airport...

At the Van Nuys airport…

Lots of airplanes and helicopters to be seen...

Lots of airplanes and helicopters to be seen…

Flying a plane!

Flying a plane!

In the control tower...

In the “control tower.”..

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My sweet boy

And earlier this week, we got to spend a few days in Disneyland while husband’s radio stations did some live broadcasts there.  The park is still pretty overwhelming for little Lincoln,  but he had fun.  He particularly enjoyed the merry-go-round, the train you can take all the way around the park and the monorail.

And, at Disneyland...

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

He was definitely experiencing some sensory overload...

Having a lot of fun on the train!

Having a lot of fun on the train!

"Getting the tangles out of Dad's hair" ... according to Lincoln

“Getting the tangles out of Dad’s hair,” according to Lincoln…

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the problem with my iPhone…

I love my iPhone.  Really.
But, the problem is that because it’s so handy and has a pretty good camera on it, I find myself taking far more pictures with my phone- instead of my really good actual camera.  And, it’s so easy to just share those quick cell phone pictures on Instagram… I forget I might want to have pictures that I can actually print out and frame.

I am trying to get back into the habit of using my “real” camera and I want to practice taking better pictures with it.

So, anyhow, here are some pictures from a few of our recent weekend adventures… (almost) all of which were taken on my actual camera :)

Checking out the LA Fire Department Museum...

Checking out the LA Fire Department Museum…

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Loves driving vehicles…

We saw some very old trains at Travel Town in Griffith Park...

We saw some very old trains at Travel Town in Griffith Park…

Lincoln checked out some old trains...

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I don't think he ever stopped moving that day... Too much train excitement!

I don’t think he ever stopped moving that day… Too much train excitement!

Got a free balloon from some kids who were shooting a commercial in the park (we are so in LA...)

Got a free balloon from some kids who were shooting a commercial in the park (We are so in LA…)

Another day we checked out the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium...

Another day we checked out the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium…

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Rode a few rides on the pier...

Lincoln rode a few rides on the pier…

And we ended the day on the beach...

And we ended the day on the beach…

polar vortex indeed!

Lincoln and I spent several days in Chicago last week-
such a wonderful time of year to visit the tundra…

We were in town because my lovely friend Victoria is having a baby! and her baby shower was over the weekend.

It was great to catch up with some friends and family, but I have to confess… after several days of driving in the snow and slush, bundling myself and Lincoln up every time we stepped outdoors and a few slips on that infamous “black ice,” I was more than ready to return to sunny California.

Lincoln and all of the La Crosse cousins

Lincoln and all of the La Crosse cousins

Lincoln seemed to LOVE the snow

Lincoln LOVED the snow….

... and he was a great traveler

… and he really was a great little travel companion

Back at home, worn out from our travels...

Back at home, very worn out from our travels…