Thursday, May 18, 2017

beat the heat

I love a good smoothie. They probably make my TOP 5 dessert list. Seriously!

A healthy, simple and minimal clean-up treat is a solid win in my book. I thought I would share with you a fun summer favorite of mine and the girls that helps to beat the summertime heat!

INGREDIENTS:

3C- Frozen Fruit (mango, strawberry and blueberry)
5C- Unsweetend Almond Milk
1T- Agave

TOPPING:
3tsp- Chia (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:
- Add frozen fruit to blender
- Pour in almond milk
- Add 1T agave
- Blend until it reaches desired consistency. For a thicker     smoothie or smoothie bowl add less almond milk.
- Pour into your favorite cups and voila!

Simple, right?!

It's totally optional but the girls and I love to add a teaspoon of chia seed to the tops of our smoothies as garnish. It's seriously sooo good!





Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Music to my ears

Music is such a big part of my husband's life. Play a tune and I'll bet my morning coffee that he can tell you who sings it. Yeah, he's that impressive. He has so many stories that involve artists, songs, and concerts. I love to hear about the festivals he's attended and he frequently surprises me with who he has had the opportunity to see live. Several of our early dates were even spent traveling to see shows together.

It is no wonder that our girls have the same fondness for tunes. It is important to us to share the music culture with them and as of late, a crowd favorite has been our post nap time vinyl sessions. I let the girls pick out any album to listen to. Sometimes they get up and dance while other times they sit quietly, just listening.

Not to brag or anything but 3/4 of our girls know how to change out a record and I am sure that by 18 months old Ev will be doing the same. It's just in their blood.

This is a tradition that I look forward to continuing as they get older. Helping them to grow their own collections and passing down some of their favorites.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

You made me a mother

I have been mothering for nine years.

It is so hard to believe and even harder to remember what life was like before my girls. Finding my identity as a mother has been a search like no other. Becoming a mother so early in life I never really found myself as an individual so there has been this balancing act between who I am and who I wish to be.

These young ladies have taught me so much about life, love and happiness. I frequently find myself thinking that I should be teaching them about these things and yet I am the one continuously learning from them.

On this Mother's Day I am so thankful for them. Their patience as I learn to parent, their forgiveness for my faults and their unconditional love. Motherhood isn't easy but they make me want to do better everyday. I am so thankful that these young ladies call me mom.


Monday, May 8, 2017

On the night you were born

It has officially been a year since our sweet Evelyn Tate was born in the early hours of May 8th, 2016, Mother's Day. All day yesterday, Brian and I reminisced about this day last year. Here is her story. 

I woke up Saturday May 7th, 2016, 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant with slight lower back pain from yet another poor night sleep and we headed out for a morning at the softball fields. I remember it being so hot and sunny, I could not get comfortable. After the game we took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent much of the day outdoors, dropped Liv off for a sleepover at a friend's house and Brian grilled dinner. Around 5:30pm I started having what I thought were just some more Braxton hicks from being on my feet all day. I was used to having braxton hicks throughout this pregnancy. I remember getting a wave of energy as I started cleaning the house just in case these were more than just braxton hicks. 

By 7:30pm the contractions picked up a little and I had a hunch that this might be the real deal. This was a new experience for us as with our previous pregnancies my water breaking had been the only sign that labor was starting. Brian and I agreed that if the contractions stayed consistent we would give our midwife a call at 9pm. As 9pm rolled around I wasn't fully convinced and we decided to wait a little longer before making the call. At approximately 9:45pm contractions were starting to get pretty close and picked up in intensity so we called our amazing midwife to let her know that it was baby time and our sweet Ev was on her way.

As 11pm approached our midwife arrived. Contractions were getting really close but I was still relatively comfortable and walking around the house hoping to keep things progressing. At midnight, the contractions were every couple of minutes and stopping me in my tracks. I kept my fingers crossed for a quick labor and it seemed to work. Our sweet Ev was born into the loving hands of our midwife, fast and fierce just after 2am. She was perfect. The wave of emotions and adrenaline coursing through my body was nothing like anything I have felt before.

Evelyn, our first year with you has been so surreal. We have cherished every moment and have found so much joy in watching you grow. Happy Birthday baby girl.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Half Moon Market

Thank you to social media for guiding me towards events I wouldn't necessarily have know about!

The good old FB let me know last week that one of my friends was interested in a market in the area where local artisans would be setting up shop for the weekend. I clicked on the event page and immediately thought "these were my people" and I fired off a stream of text messages to my husband letting him know we would be in attendance.

The Half Moon Market was located in an unexplored part of the city for us. We knew there were a lot of local parks in the area but what we found in the historic Washington Park district was amazing. The walking trail, pond, bridges and historic building were nestled into the city almost forgetting the urban setting surrounding it.

Afterwards we headed out to enjoy a cup of coffee and a beer from Superior Merchandise Co. I can't say enough great things about this cute little shop. It is such a gem in the city and I look forward to heading back again (perhaps sans children) to relax on their beautiful patio.

Here are a few of the highlights from our day exploring the city we call home...












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